picturing regional history

November 12, 2018

If you’re inspired by history or looking for some visual prompts for your poetry, pay an online visit to the Washington Rural Heritage Collections of the Washington State Library. The Collections provide free access to digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State. 152 cultural institutions have participated in the project and there’s a link to the archive for each one on this page. It’s a fascinating and surprisingly personal collection.

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photo: U.S.S. Constitution “Old Ironsides anchored outside of Jim Crow Creek on the Columbia River. She is a three-masted sailing ship build in 1797 at the Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts. Said to have never lost a battle, she can currently be seen in Boston at the Constitution Museum. Masts were 200 feet high, wooden hull. Jim Crow Creek is located in Section 4, Township 9N, Range 7W and is upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River. The ship went from Longview, Washington on August 24 to San Francisco, California on August 31, 1933; this period is likely when this photograph was taken.”

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November 11, 2018


2018 Merit Award
By Bonnita Lynne

It is more difficult
to maintain perspective
in a city.

In the rural Southwest
are the mesas
with the footpaths of The Old Ones
worn in the rock;

and when I see them
and touch them
I remember

that this two weeks
and these months
are not the only thing
that is.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2018 by Bonnita Lynne. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

on poetry

November 10, 2018


“Poetry is for the inner ear.”
Vachel Lindsay
(November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931)

. . . . .
photo
quoted in A Poet in America by Edgar Lee Masters

Speedway & Swan

November 9, 2018

Here’s another poetry podcast series you may have missed: Speedway & Swan. A monthly, one-hour free-format radio program, S&S presents contemporary poetry against a variety of musical selections. Culling from the libraries of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI 91.3 Tucson Community Radio, host Susan Briante is joined in conversation each episode by a guest co-host who brings a selection of poetry from his or her personal canon, which, along with the freshest and best from the “new shelves,” they read live. Most episodes also feature a recorded performance from Voca, the Poetry Center’s audio archive of its legendary poetry readings since 1963.

Tune in to the latest, Episode 42 with guest Chris Martin, or visit the S&S page on SoundCloud.

Last Call!

November 8, 2018

Belly up to the podium for a lively evening of poetry, exuberance, and wild abandon. Between the covers of Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine and Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers) is a party that never ends. This is a poetry reading that is sure to lift your spirits. Come toast editor/emcee Jim Bertolino and an intemperate group of contributing poets at a Village Books Literature Live event on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00pm.

Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science + SF is a gathering of scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and many others. The event will take place on April 12-13, 2019 in Egham, Surrey (United Kingdom), and is set to be the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the relationship(s) between poetry, science, and science fiction.

If your scholarly concerns fall into that realm, consider responding to the Call for Papers. “We are interested in academic papers and panels, creative responses, poetry readings and performances. We welcome scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and all others.”

VS Podcast Live

November 6, 2018

The 3rd Annual Chicago Podcast Festival, coming up November 26 through December 2, 2018, aims to celebrate the medium of podcasting and storytelling by creating events that bring together independent voices and national talent with an appreciative audience.

This year’s lineup includes Season 2 of VS, the Webby-nominated podcast that expands poetry beyond the page. The free, live, in real time episode will be hosted by Franny Choi and Danez Smith.

If you’re in Chicago, reserve a (free) seat and go. To get an idea what you’re in for, tune in to Season 1 of VS on SoundCloud.

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