Sunday in Bellingham

January 31, 2018

Join the authors of the top Whatcom WRITES contest entries as they read their work on this year’s theme: RESISTANCE. The free reading will start at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Whatcom WRITES is an annual feature of the WhatcomREADS program, which this year features the book Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa. Find out more, including other upcoming events related to WhatcomREADS.

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on poetry

January 30, 2018

“I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word ‘mayonnaise’.”
Richard Brautigan
(January 30, 1935 – ca. September 16, 1984)

more new

January 29, 2018

Here’s another batch of new and “most anticipated” poetry books, thanks to Craig Morgan Teicher and NPR: The Personal Is Always Political: A 2018 Poetry Preview.

call for youth poets

January 27, 2018

The Whatcom County Library System invites submissions from teens in grades 6-12 for inclusion in A Forest of Words 2018, a teen poetry anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries.

The entry deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. See the guidelines and submission form at WCLS.

winter Clover

January 26, 2018

Mary Gillilan and Norman Green launched Clover, A Literary Rag in the summer of 2010 with the writing of contributors from the Independent Writers’ Studio — 17 in all. Thirteen editions later Clover has published a total of 234 writers — about half from Washington State, around 40 from Whatcom County, and 11 from international locations.

To see and hear what Clover has become, attend the reading for Volume 14 at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Featured contributors are Luther Allen, Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Susan Chase-Foster, David Drummond, John Green, Frances Howard-Snyder, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Janet Oakley, Raul Sanchez, Harvey Schwartz, Karen VandeBossche, and Betty Scott. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(Submissions for Volume 15 are open until April 30, 2018.)

a different list

January 25, 2018

We like lists that suggest essential books and authors, and 12 Essential Spanish-Language Female Authors by Cristina Rivera Garza is no exception. The list includes stories, novels, and poetry, all sounding very tempting and most available in translation.

looking back

January 24, 2018

As Tod Marshall rounds out his last few days of official laureate duties, The Spokesman-Review has published a thoughtful interview in which Marshall reflects on his experience, observations, and ideas about what’s ahead. Read Carolyn Lamberson’s interview with the outgoing poet laureate here: The end of the road: Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall looks back on two years of words, inspiration, and road trips.

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