island time

March 25, 2019

National Poetry Month is almost here, and so is the Orcas Island Lit Fest. OILF will begin the evening of Friday, April 5, and continue until mid-day on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The program features “panels, readings and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” See more, including panel descriptions and presenter profiles, on the OILF website and on Facebook.


at one hundred

March 24, 2019

Today, March 24, is the one hundredth birthday of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Co-founder of City Lights, prolific poet, playwright, publisher, painter, and activist, Ferlinghetti is being celebrated in San Francisco and elsewhere. The New York Times offers a Ferlinghetti-inspired tour of The City, while the poet speaks for himself in this article and interview in SFGate. As if a hundred years on the planet is not enough to celebrate, Ferlinghetti’s first collection of poems, A Coney Island of the Mind, has recorded sales of more than one million copies.
Happy Birthday, Mr. F!

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photo Stacey Lewis

On Thursday, March 27, 2019, the Vashon Bookshop will host an evening of poetry on the subject of Poetry and Democracy, in keeping with national programming presented by the Poetry Coalition. The reading begins at 6:00pm with a number of featured poets, followed by an open mic.

AWP offsite

March 22, 2019

In addition to the zillions of people, readings, panels, books, and so on, at AWP, one of the major attractions is events held offsite. AWP has helpfully assembled a list of offsite events to be held in Portland and nearby communities, Tuesday, March 26, through Sunday, March 31, 2019. It’s still growing, so check back.

March 21

March 21, 2019

Read. Write. Listen. Share.

World Poetry Day

film in 48 hours

March 20, 2019

We’ve mentioned Motionpoems here a number of times. “Motionpoems explores the space between poets and other artists to create hybrid artworks that connect with contemporary audiences in new ways.”

In keeping with that mission, Motionpoems is currently running a (very modest) Kickstarter campaign for Hothouse. The project matches four award-winning poets with four cutting-edge filmmakers and gives them 48 hours to produce a film.

The all-or-nothing campaign ends Wednesday, April 10, and the Hothouse films will be screened at the Loft Literary Center’s Wordplay Festival in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Read all about it on Kickstarter.

say bye bye

March 19, 2019

New York-based F+W Media, publisher of Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market (among other specialty publications), has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. While the company is likely to remain in operation during the liquidation process, it has not yet been announced what will become of the popular writing publications. Read the story in Forbes.

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