March 17, 2018

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we remind you that submissions for Issue 15 of Clover, A Literary Rag are open until April 30, 2018.


We like to make note of places where poetry finds an unexpected audience and here’s one from Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Platform 2018 is a contemporary arts festival in its second year, which offers a week of exhibitions, performances, music, talks, and workshops, March 24-31, 2018. Into that substantial mix comes Perth poet Jim Mackintosh, PLATFORM Poet in Residence, who will visit

all the Festival events to tease out collaborations and create new work to be published during the Festival via a daily diary blog / Twitter / Instagram with the odd photograph and video along the way.

He will also be travelling the bus routes of Perth and Perthshire to engage with passengers, bus staff and anyone impacted by the bus routes to pen some new poems but importantly to encourage people to pen their own poems based on their travels and using text, e-mail, scraps of paper persuade them to submit their words so they can be pulled together and displayed or even published later in the year.

Mr. Mackintosh was previously named Club Poet for the St. Johnstone Saints, a professional Scottish football club. For a taste of what bus riders might hear, watch Mackintosh read his poem “Mind The Time” on YouTube.

Congratulations to Cedar Tree School junior Isaac Lu, who has been named 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Champion. Lu earned the honor of representing Washington State at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, to be held April 23-25, 2018, at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Watch him recite “A Thank-You Note” by Michael Ryan on YouTube.

Rising to the top from a competitive field of over 18,000 students from 66 schools across the state, Lu was among the 13 regional Poetry Out Loud champions who competed at the State Final held March 10, 2018, in Tacoma.

Although he had competed in Poetry Out Loud before, this was the first time Lu made it through regional to the state competition. He credits his success to his choice of poems and the work he did to try to understand what the poems meant.

Janelle Thirtyacre, a senior at Eatonville High School in Pierce County, was named first runner-up. Honorable mentions went to Addi Garner, a senior at Anacortes High School in Skagit County (and last year’s state champ); John Jones, a senior at Rainier High School in Thurston County; and Mackenzie Woodworth, a senior at Liberty Bell High School in Okanogan County.

As the Washington State Champion, Isaac Lu will receive an award of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national championship. Cedar Tree School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. First runner-up Janelle Thirtyacre will receive $100, with a $200 stipend going to Eatonville High School’s library.

nurturing the story

March 14, 2018

If you are looking to create, refine, or publish short stories, consider this intriguing program from Kahini.

Eleven Stories is a year-long program exploring the genre from a variety of perspectives. Comprised of weekly text lectures and videos focused on 24 craft elements, the goal is to write one new short story each month. There are two tracks: Writing and Publishing, with lectures by Sheila Bender, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jordan Hartt, Sayantani Dasgupta, and others. Eleven Stories started in January, but if you’re interested, visit the Eleven Stories page or contact

Orcas Island Lit Fest

March 13, 2018

Love books? “The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring exciting new literary voices, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, award-winning poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.”

Poets include Kevin Clark, Jill McCabe Johnson, Tina Schumann, Jane Wong, and Maya Jewell Zeller, among others.

More info on the OILF website and on Facebook.

word play

March 12, 2018

It has been a while since we mentioned Magnetic Poetry. You may have a scatter of words on your refrigerator, but you can also indulge online. Go to the Magnetic Poetry Play Online page and click on one of the kits. The interactive screen deals up an array of words that you can move around. Click for more words and you get more words; after a number of clicks the screen will come back to your original selection, minus any words you’ve already used. It’s fun, easy, free, and who knows? It could be the start of something big.

call for student poems

March 10, 2018

Portland, Oregon, based Honoring Our Rivers invites student (kindergarten through college!) submissions of original writing, art, and photography for the annual Pacific Northwest Rivers anthology.

The submission deadline is EARTH DAY, April 22, 2018.

The subject matter is Pacific Northwest rivers: “anything relating to your watershed” including oceans, animals, human interaction, forests, etc. “We especially love to see students express their personal connection to rivers.” Within the anthology, there is also a themed section: Celebrating the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and present-day relationships to rivers.

Read the complete submission guidelines here.

A conservation nonprofit, Honoring Our Rivers encourages stewardship of river watersheds and nurtures the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of youth. Learn more here.

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