on poetry

March 31, 2017

“If society abolishes poetry it commits spiritual suicide.”
Octavio Paz
(March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998)

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Take a trip with the Chuckanut Writers Conference at a special screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the Pickford Film Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The reception starts at 6:30pm, so bust out your aviators and Hawaiian shirts and join CWC for a night of special Hunter S. Thompson-themed writing prompts, activities, and refreshments, and escape into the wild world of this cult classic. Make sure to sign up for the raffle for your chance to win a special Fear and Loathing gift pack!

Admission is $10.75 general, $7.50 for Pickford members, and $8.00 for students.

Details on Facebook.

Back in December, we introduced the Poetry Coalition, 25 nonprofit poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Beginning this month, the inaugural effort of the Poetry Coalition is Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. “For this collaborative effort, each organization in the Poetry Coalition will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of migration.” The projects are inclusive, original, wide-ranging, relevant and engaging.

You can see how each of the organizations describes its projects on the Academy of American Poets Because We Come from Everything page and you can also see many images from the project on Twitter #WeComeFromEverything.

According to an uplifting article in The Guardian, poetry is thriving in Britain. Using the R-word (renaissance), the article states, “Poetry book sales have gone up by more than 50% in four years, while there are now more than 30 annual events devoted to celebrating spoken and written verse.” Read all about it.

around the corner

March 26, 2017

National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begin on Saturday, April 1, 2017. You can anticipate an extra serving of readings, book signings and other poetic events. Here are a few other items of interest:

  • Get daily prompts at NaPoWriMo.
  • Two Sylvias Press invites you to celebrate National Poetry month with 30 prompts delivered directly to your inbox each day, PLUS you can also have one of your 30 poems critiqued by the editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy.
  • April is also National Letterwriting Month. Check out the event lineup at Write_On.
  • At Writers Digest, Robert Lee Brewer once again offers up the Poem-A-Day Challenge.
  • Thirty Thirty Poetry posts a prompt a day for the month of April.
  • The Academy of American Poets has a nice list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

In addition to the usual weekly events… poetrynight, Poetry Laboratory, Easy Speak Seattle (2nd and 4th Monday), Vancouver Poetry Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Write Time Poetry, Rain City Slam, Broken Mic, Watermark Writers’ Workshop, Everett Poetry Night, Olympia People’s Mic, The Salem Poetry Project, Planet Earth Poetry, Portland Poetry Slam (every other Sunday)

…and the many scheduled appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody

…here are a few of the National Poetry Month events that are showing up on Cascadia calendars (Washington state unless otherwise indicated):

1 and 2 – Manzanita, ORPoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

1 – Port TownsendPoetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

1 – SeattleReading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

3 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

4 – SeattleReading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – Springfield, ORSpringfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library

5 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

5 – BellinghamMary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – DuvallDuvall Poetry presents Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

6 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

7 – Corvallis, ORA reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda

7 – SeattleLiterary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – EllensburgInland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg

8 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

9 – EdisonNational Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery

9 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

10 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

10 – SeattleHugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room

10 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

11 – Redmond – Joannie Stangeland facilitates this month’s Poetry and Prose Circle – 6:30pm – at Redmond Regional Library

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – OlympiaCelebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers and open mic – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

13 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – Portland, ORJohn Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

14 – SeattleBook Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

15 – KirklandRobert Lashley – 3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading – workshop 4:30pm, reading/open mic 6:15pm – at BookTree

15 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop taught by John Sibley Williams – Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays – 10:00am – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

15 – Port TownsendPriscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

15 – SeattleBook launch for Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

15 – SeattleReading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

16 – BellinghamDaniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books

17-23 – SpokaneGet Lit! Festival

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

18 – SeattleWord Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall

18 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

19 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

20 – Anchorage, AKReading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge

20 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

20 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

20 – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night presents readers from Two Sylvias Press: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michael Schmeltzer, and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House

21 – SeattleBook Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22 – Everywhere – Earth Day

22 – BellinghamSusan J. Erickson reads poems from Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine – 7:00pm – at Village Books

22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

22 – SeattleLena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

23 – BellinghamSandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – LangleyPoetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano: TWO events: Poetry workshop 1:00-3:00pm, Special reading and interview 7:30pm – at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

23 – SeattleReading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books

24 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattlePoetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre

27 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

27 – Anchorage, AKSavor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

28 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

28 – SeattleReading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

29 – NationwideIndependent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)

29 – SeattleA reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

30 – SeattleAfrican-American Writers’ Alliance Reading – 4:30pm – at Open Books

Check the lineup for the rest of the year on the CALENDAR page. Updated (almost) daily!

If you’d care to share your Cascadia-region National Poetry Month event (open to the public and not on this list), leave a Comment.

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Poster artwork by Maira Kalman

Whatcom countdown

March 25, 2017

Attention Whatcom County poets! The deadline for submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm. Submissions emailed, delivered or postmarked after March 31 will be disqualified.
See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page… and send in your winning-est poem!

poetry on vinyl

March 24, 2017

At the intersection of two passions — poetry and vinyl — Fonograf Editions is carving itself a small, bold niche. Calling itself “a vinyl record-only poetry press,” Fonograf is based out of Portland, Oregon, and is an arm of Octopus Books. (We mentioned Octopus a few months back in a post about Octopus editor Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service.)

Hoping to produce two to three albums each year, Fonograf already has a catalog of two: Conflation by Rae Armantrout and Aloha/irish trees by Eileen Myles.

For more, visit the Fonograf Editions website and Facebook page and also see the article in the Omaha World-Herald.

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