April 30, 2016
“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?”
(b. April 30, 1945)
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photo by Phyllis Rose
April 29, 2016
“The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.”
The twelve 2016 Jack Straw Writers, selected by curator Karen Finneyfrock, will present their work in a series of three Friday evening readings in May at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Further details at Jack Straw and on Facebook.
April 28, 2016
If you — or someone you know — is age 14-19, a Seattle resident and a poet, applications for the next Seattle Youth Poet Laureate will be accepted through Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Youth Poet Laureate receives a book deal from Penmanship Books and performs and tours the city at a variety of events throughout the year. Find the application and program details on Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers In The Schools (WITS) page and follow the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate on Facebook.
April 27, 2016
Back in early March, we posted the news that John Marshall would be retiring from the helm of Open Books, in Seattle, and the fate of the outstanding poetry bookstore was unknown.
Now, less than two months later, we are very pleased to share with you this update from John Marshall and Open Books:
“We are exceedingly happy to announce that the next owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium will be Billie Swift. She has been an avid customer for years, has a sharp and inquiring mind, and is a truly engaging soul. We cannot imagine a better person to be entrusted with the future of Open Books. The actual change in ownership will take place at the end of August, but Ms. Swift will be a fixture in and around the store from now until then. Of course we’ll have a celebratory ceremony/party near the date of transfer, and we’ll count on your presence then, either in body or spirit. Between now and then, you’ll have ample opportunity to see us all (including on occasion Christine, who does the bookkeeping and pops in now and then). Please know that the store you love is still here and will go on, with your continued care and support. The amazing journey continues!”
Such good news. The store will be open until 7:00pm on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. Stop by and say congratulations (and pick up a few poetry books while you’re there).
April 26, 2016
From the Stuff We Love file comes this project in Miami, Florida. In cooperation with the Miami International Airport Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs and the literary culture organization O, Miami, artist Randy Burman has created a National Poetry Month project called Poems to the Sky. Short poems written by 3rd and 4th grade students at two local elementary schools have been painted on rooftops of Miami buildings in one of MIA’s several flight paths. These gigantic, skyward murals, visible to airplane passengers, are being documented with drone video and photography and brought back to the schools where they were created. BravO, Miami!
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April 25, 2016
Every day is a busy day for the Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, so Bellingham is particularly pleased that he is here as the featured reader for poetrynight, tonight, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Mount Baker Theatre, in the Encore Room. There will also be an open mic. Doors open and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! See you there!
April 24, 2016
If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, this might be a good time to start thinking about the writing months ahead. When it comes to writing festivals and retreats, summer begins in May. Below is a selection of 2016 goings-on in the wider Cascadia region. Some of these events have fees and require applications. Follow the links for more information.
- May 13-14 – Convergence 2016: The Spirit in the Landscape, Silverton, BC, Canada
- May 19-22 – Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, Washington
- May 20-22 – Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
- May 27-June 2 – Twin Creeks Writing workshop with Barbara Turner-Vesselago, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
- June 3-5 – Poetry Retreat with Ellen Bass, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
- June 12-19 – Quest Writer’s Conference, Squamish, BC, Canada
- June 24-25 – Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, Washington
- June 25 – Poets in the Park, Redmond, Washington
- July 10-16 – Summer Fishtrap, Wallowa Lake, Oregon
- July 10-17 – Tin House Summer Workshop, Portland, Oregon
- July 12-15 – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho
- July 17-24 – 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington
- July 24-29 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, St. Helena, California
- July 28-31 – Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) Conference, Seattle, Washington
- August 1-31 – August Poetry Postcard Fest, everywhere
- August 4-6 – Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Ft. Bragg, California
- August 4-7 – North Cascades Institute: Beats on the Peak: Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake, Diablo, Washington
- August 5-7 – The Hidden Architecture of the Poem, a workshop in poetry with Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
- August 8-11 – Elk River Writer’s Workshop, Paradise Valley, Montana
- August 11-14 – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, BC, Canada
- August 12-14 – Haiku Society of America Meeting, Portland, Oregon
- August 27-30 – Beargrass, Greenough, Montana
- September 9-11 – Poets on the Coast, La Conner, Washington
- September 11-17 – The 2016 Kona Writers’ Retreat, Kona, Hawaii
- September 22-25 – Environmental Writing Institute, Missoula, Montana
- September 23-24 – North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, Crescent City, California
- September 23-25 – LiTFUSE, Tieton, Washington
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photo by Emma Larkins