ModPo about to begin again

August 31, 2016


This year’s Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is about begin. Offered through Coursera, the free ten-week online course is intensive, demanding and rewarding. Taught by Al Filreis and a panel of teaching assistants, it is a combination of audio, video, live sessions, reading, forums and, if desired, writing. ModPo begins September 10, 2016 and enrollment is now open.

See our previous posts about ModPo.

Fall-Winter planning

August 30, 2016

fall-winter 2016-17

Here are a number of conferences and retreats happening in the Cascadia region over the coming months. Follow the links for more information. If we’ve missed your event, please leave a Comment.

September 30 — Bellingham, WA — Bellingham SeaFeast presents the 1st Annual FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

September 30 – October 2 — Edmonds, WA — Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference

September 30 – October 2 — Eugene, OR — The Oregon Poetry Association Annual Conference 2016

October 1 — Bellingham, WA — PoetryChAT poetry camp

October 1-2 — Kalispell, MT — Flathead River Writers’ Conference

October 7-8 — Richland, WA — Rivers of Ink Writers’ Conference

October 13-16 — Sublimity, OR — Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Fall Retreat

October 14-16 — Bellevue, WA — Emerald City Writers’ Conference

October 20-23 — Surrey, BC — 24th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

October 21-22 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Poetry Festival (also on Facebook)

October 27-30 — Seabeck, WA — Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway

November 2-6 — Seattle, WA — Cascadia Poetry Festival

November 4-6 — Port Orchard, WA — Northwest Writers’ Weekend

November 5 — Portland, OR — Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

January 13-16 — Orcas Island, WA — Artsmith Poetry Manuscript Intensive

January 20-23 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 1 (Fiction)

January 27-30 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 2 (Creative Nonfiction)

February 4 — Portland, OR — Write to Publish 2017

February 9-11 — Portland, OR — PubWest Conference

February 17-19 — Galiano Island, BC — Galiano Literary Festival

February 24-26 — Astoria, OR — FisherPoets Gathering

March 3-5 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 3 (Poetry)

on poetry

August 29, 2016

Thom Gunn“My greatest fear is that I’ll discover — or worse, that someone else will point out to me — that I’ve stolen another man’s words, thinking them my own.”
Thom Gunn
(August 29, 1929 – April 25, 2004)
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Nooksack Salutation*

August 28, 2016

Nooksack Salutation - Leslie Wharton
2016 Merit Award
By Leslie Wharton

Down by the river,
sun rises lifting fog.
I watch, and wait,
for clarity.
I came to fish,
but first bend over
to touch
flowing water.
I gather words.
Raise my arms,
shake my hands,
remember rain.
Turn toward the bank.
Dry my hands
on soft moss,
warm them on
smooth stones,
left bare in drought,
laid down by the river.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Leslie Wharton. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

Elizabeth Bishop

If you are a fan of Elizabeth Bishop or if you muse on the mysterious interweaving of a poet’s life and writing, you may want to visit “One Long Poem” by Heather Treseler, published last week in the Boston Review.

The article talks in particular about three (unpublished) letters written by Bishop to her psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Foster, in 1947, placing their forthright language in contrast to Bishop’s reticent poetic style. It’s a very well-written article and worth your time.

In considering how letters and diaries contribute to (or detract from) the understanding of a poet’s work, compare “How to Lose Things: Elizabeth Bishop’s Child Mourning,” a scholarly article by Diana Fuss published in Post45. Fuss focuses on the presence or absence of mourning in Bishop’s poetry, and one can’t help but wonder how Bishop’s letters might have altered Fuss’s reading of the poems. (If she read them, she does not mention that fact.)

Read more in the Fall 2014 Bulletin of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, and “Approaching Elizabeth Bishop’s Letters to Ruth Foster” by Lorrie Goldensohn is available for rent/purchase from The Yale Review, with additional comments by Goldensohn in the Fall 2015 EBS Bulletin.
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get listed

August 26, 2016

Poets & Writers

P&W’s Directory of Poets and Writers lists more than ten thousand contemporary authors. Are you one of them? If you accrue a minimum number of points according to P&W’s Criteria for Listing, you can apply and take your place among your peers. (If you are relying on journal listings for your points, note that not all journals are officially listed with P&W, so it’s a good idea to have a few spares.)

reading two-fer

August 25, 2016

Snyder-Camp reading

Megan Snyder-Camp has no shortage of awards and literary credits. But it’s a swell month when a poet triples her book credits. Her 2008 collection, The Forest of Sure Things, won the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Award. In the next couple of weeks, she will add to her shelf a second Tupelo Press book, Wintering, as well as The Gunnywolf, from Bear Star Press.

You can join Hugo House and Open Books as they welcome Megan Snyder-Camp reading from both books on Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:00pm at Hugo House First Hill, in Seattle. This should be a terrific reading. Open Books will have copies for sale at the event.

Here’s a link to the Megan Snyder-Camp event on Facebook.