good news

December 31, 2017

In a year-end/year-start bit of good news, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has announced a $1 million endowment gift from artists Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) and Jack Shear to establish an annual $40,000 C.D. WRIGHT AWARD FOR POETRY. The award will be made each year to a poet over the age of 50 whose work exemplifies Wright’s vibrant lyricism, seriousness, and striking originality. It will be one of the few, significant unrestricted poetry awards in the country. The inaugural C.D. Wright Award will be made to experimental poet LISA ROBERTSON.

Confidential nominations are accepted from invited artists and arts professionals once a year. In the field of poetry, two established poets, poetry editors, or poetry professors are asked to review nomination materials for each poetry nominee, confer, and make a joint recommendation to the Selection Committee, which is comprised of artists, arts professionals, and FCA’s Board of Directors.

C.D. Wright was herself a recipient of a Grants to Artists award in 1999. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 67. Wright was a selfless champion of the poetry community. She was a tireless teacher and supporter of young poets as the I.J. Kapstein Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University from 1983 until her death. With her husband, the poet Forrest Gander, she founded and ran Lost Roads Publishers, a book press of some 45 titles. In addition to celebrating the spirit of her own work, the C.D. Wright Award for Poetry will also continue Wright’s deep commitment to supporting her peers.

Happy New Year!

get away to Galiano

December 29, 2017

For your mid-winter getaway, consider Galiano Island, British Columbia, where the 9th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will take place February 23 – 25, 2018. An intimate, one-venue festival, Galiano includes a robust lineup of authors, workshops, readings, book signings, and a book fair. Find details on the Festival website and also learn more about Galiano Island.

Best-of, round two

December 28, 2017

say something

December 23, 2017

ornament 2017 © j.i. kleinberg
ornament 2017 © j.i. kleinberg

on poetry

December 22, 2017

“Against the ruin of the world, there is only one defense — the creative act.”
Kenneth Rexroth
(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982)

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hurry, poets

December 19, 2017

Add your poems of joy, resolution, dire warnings, laments, or songs of praise to the Vashon Poetry Post in the Village Green to celebrate the Winter Solstice, Thursday, December 21, 2017. If you’re on Vashon Island, post your own. Otherwise, email your poem to Ann Spiers – spiers [at] – to add to the season’s much-needed cloak of poems.

a new reading in town…

December 17, 2017

Wondering what to do on the first Monday of the month? Ponder no longer. SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) has partnered with Easy Speak Seattle to launch a first-Monday reading series at Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach, Seattle.

The new series rounds out a month of Mondays for Easy Speak, including

  • Second Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe
  • Third Monday Re/Write (critique group) at Third Place Books, Seward Park
  • Fourth Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

See the list of upcoming featured artists on the Easy Speak site.

on poetry

December 16, 2017

“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”
George Santayana
(December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)

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Friday in Anacortes

December 14, 2017

Join with other fine poets this Friday, December 15, 2017, at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse in Anacortes, as friends of Robert Sund gather for an evening of poetry and music. Featured poets include Georgia Johnson, John Brooks, Jeff Langlow, Brad Killion, Jeff Winston, and more.

and so it begins…

December 13, 2017

As you may recall from years past, we’re particularly fond of year-end best-of lists. Although it’s not easy to find out how many poetry books are published each year (one source says 10,038 books of poetry or drama were published in the United States in 2012), it’s certainly a lot, and recommendations — from friends, reviewers, instructors, etc. — can help narrow the field a bit. Here’s the first of this year’s best-of poetry: