accessorize with poetry

August 31, 2018

Wondering where the money is in the poetry world? Apparently it’s in accessories. This hand-embroidered clutch is modeled after the first edition of Lunch Poems, the 1964 book of poems by Frank O’Hara. Designed by Olympia Le-Tan and made exclusively for Bookmarc, this piece is one of only sixteen, framed in polished brass, lined with a Liberty print fabric, and priced at $1,500. Jennifer Lawrence carries one.

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big poetry prizes

August 30, 2018

The Academy of American Poets this week announced the winners of the 2018 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable poetry prizes in the United States. This year the organization has awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. See the complete lineup of winners here.

Clover!

August 29, 2018

It’s Clover time again! Join Mary Gillilan, Norman Green, and Village Books as they welcome contributors to Clover: A Literary Rag, volume 15.

The writers/readers will be: Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Susan Chase-Foster, Virginia Herrick, Paul Hunter, J.I. Kleinberg, Shannon Laws, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Abbe Rolnick, Betty Scott, and Pat Phillips West.

The reading begins at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books. It’s free, of course, and copies of Clover will be for sale before and after the reading.

on poetry

August 28, 2018

“If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.”
Rita Dove
(b. August 28, 1952)

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photo by Fred Viebahn

Hologram*

August 26, 2018


2018 Walk Award
By Mason Cash, grade 3

Projected image
A cool hallucination
Seen but not solid

. . . . .
My name is Mason and I am 8 years old. I go to Beach Elementary on Lummi Island and this is my first published poem.

I came up with the poem, Hologram, by flipping through a dictionary and randomly picking a page. I decided the word I chose would be the title of my poem. I then thought of the characteristics of a hologram and used those to write my haiku.

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*Copyright 2018 by Mason Cash. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

memoir your September

August 24, 2018

September is Whatcom Memoir Writing Month (WhaMemWriMo) and for the fourth year, Chuckanut Writers and Village Books will offer a series of four memoir workshops. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words a day — 50,000 words (a book’s worth) for the month.

The workshops, taught on successive Thursdays by Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, Nancy Canyon, and Jennifer Wilhoit, can be taken individually or as a series ($25 each or all four for $89). See the full description and registration links on the Village Books WhaMemWriMo page.

Youth Peace Poetry Contest

August 23, 2018

It’s time again for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Youth Peace Poetry Contest. Young writers ages 4 to 18 are invited to submit their poems on the subject of peace (with themes such as listening, respect, anti-bullying, friendship, etc.). Five winning poets will receive public recognition and have the opportunity to read their poems aloud at the WDRC’s annual Peace Builders Awards Gala.

To read last year’s winning poems and to download a submission form, visit the WDRC Youth Peace Poetry Contest page.

Submission deadline: September 25, 2018

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