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.
August 30, 2016
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 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)
August 29, 2016
August 28, 2016
Down by the river,
sun rises lifting fog.
I watch, and wait,
I came to fish,
but first bend over
I gather words.
Raise my arms,
shake my hands,
Turn toward the bank.
Dry my hands
on soft moss,
warm them on
left bare in drought,
laid down by the river.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Leslie Wharton. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.
August 27, 2016
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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August 26, 2016
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.)
August 25, 2016
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.