happening in Everett

January 31, 2017

Poetry Laboratory

Perhaps you’re familiar with the long-running every-Thursday Everett Poetry Night at Café Zippy, but did you know there’s a second weekly poetry scene in Everett? The Poetry Laboratory happens every Monday at Black Lab Art Gallery, with featured poet, open mic and artwork on the walls. Visit the Poetry Laboratory Facebook page for the latest.

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hearing from Hedgebrook

January 30, 2017

HedgebrookFor more than a century, U.S. writers and artists have nurtured their creative impulses at retreat centers around the country. From Thornton Wilder and Aaron Copland to Louise Erdrich and Michael Chabon, literary and artistic figures have benefited from the freedom and creative space offered by colonies and retreat centers.

In 1985, Hedgebrook was established on a Whidbey Island farm by Seattle philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff. The retreat center would be a place for women to come and be in solitude and community. Nancy’s vision has evolved into a global community of writers enriched by diversity: of culture, nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations. Nearly two thirds of Hedgebrook’s alumnae are women of color, and they come from all over the world, and all walks of life. They are emerging and published, ranging in age from 18-85, and writing in all genres.

On February 5, 2017, Hedgebrook founder, Nancy Nordhoff, and dynamic executive director, Amy Wheeler, will tell the Hedgebrook story firsthand at Vashon Center for the Arts as part of its Arts & Humanities series. For ticket information and additional details, visit Vashon Center for the Arts.

good idea

January 29, 2017

Books On The Subway

It’s hard to say this more clearly than the Books On The Subway site, so we quote…

It’s like a public library, but on the New York Subway.

We go out and leave some of our favorite books on the New York subway. There are new books every day, and they’re there to be taken, read, shared, and most importantly, enjoyed! We want everyone to get involved and fall in love with reading again and we want to make the subway a more friendly and enjoyable experience.

So, if you find a book from us on the subway, feel free to pick it up and take it home with you, but when you’re done, be sure to put it back on the subway for someone else to enjoy.

Launched in 2013 by Rosy Kehdi and Hollie Fraser (Fraser had started Books on the Underground in London a year earlier), BOTS gets books from authors, publishers and ordinary readers. The books are left on benches, or just about anywhere there’s a shelf, and returned when readers have finished them. There are now stickers to identify BOTS books. If the photos are any indication, the offerings seem shy of poetry. So we add this:

Calling all authors & publishers! Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to send us your books to distribute on the subway. If you would like to get your own sticker to place on your books and distribute, drop us an email to bookssubway@gmail.com.

Read more about Books On The Subway and like them on Facebook.

Poet, submit!

January 28, 2017

open sign with snowIt may still be winter, but deadlines are busting out all over. This list includes Cascadia-region publications that have current/ongoing submissions calls. There are many other fine journals in the region, but if they are not accepting submissions, they are not included here. Dates are 2017. Follow the links for details.

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poetry to keep you company

January 27, 2017

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf is a twice-monthly podcast series offered free by The Poetry Foundation. In each audio segment, producer Curtis Fox “explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.” With podcasts dating back to April 2006, you will find new and favorite poets as well as conversations addressing topics timely and traditional. Have a listen.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the suggestion

Guidelines posted!

January 26, 2017

2017-guidelines

Whatcom County (Washington) poets, the guidelines for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are now posted on the 2017 Contest page.

The New York Times

The New York Times Opinion page writer Nicholas Kristof invites you to submit a poem for his Donald Trump Poetry Contest. There’s no specific deadline, but the contest probably won’t last long, so act soon. Visit the announcement and post your poem as a comment.

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