Poetry Coalition

February 28, 2018

We’ve previously introduced the Poetry Coalition (here and here). During the month of March 2018, the 20+ organizations that make up the Poetry Coalition will present programming on the theme Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body (a line from “Flores Woman” by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith).

Each organization will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of the body, including a range of events and publications that address issues such as mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care. This programming is supported in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets.

See a list of the organizations and their anticipated programming here.

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on poetry

February 26, 2018

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.” (N’être pas écouté, ce n’est pas une raison pour se taire.)
Victor Hugo
(February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885)

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Portrait of Victor Hugo by Étienne Carjat

poetry on film

February 25, 2018

In our ongoing pursuit of poetry on film, we should mention the new independent film, The Kindergarten Teacher. Directed by Sara Colangelo, the film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and includes the work of a number of poets, including Ocean Vuong and Kaveh Akbar. To learn more about how the poetry found its way into the film, view the Sundance Film Festival video on the Los Angeles Times website.

(According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film rights have just been acquired by Netflix, which will release the movie later this year.)

Back in October, we mentioned the animated feature film, Window Horses. Written and directed by award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, Window
Horses
is about love — love of family, poetry, history, and culture. The film’s poems include work by Rumi, Ann Marie Fleming, Sean Yangzhan, and Taylor Mali.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 3:00pm, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington, will present Window Horses as part of the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival Young Sophisticates program. (Perfect for poets ages 10+.) Mark your calendar.

awards

February 23, 2018

Since 1963, the PEN Awards have honored the most outstanding voices in literature across a diverse range of genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes each year, awarding nearly $315,000 to writers and translators.

This week, PEN named the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards winners as well as the 2018 PEN America Lifetime and Career Achievement Honorees. Among the former is poet Layli Long Soldier’s debut collection, Whereas. Among the latter is poet Kamau Braithwaite for his body of work including Elegguas, Born to Slow Horses, and Ancestors.

Congratulations to these two important voices in poetry.

countdown

February 22, 2018

It’s almost time…
The annual submission window for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will open a week from today, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Early and late submissions will be disqualified.

This would be an excellent time to review the submission guidelines and make sure your poem does not exceed the line count or character count.

Whatcom County poets, on your mark…

comic relief

February 21, 2018

In case you’re in need of some comic relief, Tom Gauld may be able to help. His comics, which often refer to literature or the writing life, may be familiar from The New Yorker, The Guardian, or New Scientist, but you can also find them on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Laugh a little. It’s good for you.

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