If your poetry passion is the current state of our environment, you might want to consider submitting your work for The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize. Offered by the Academy of American Poets with generous support from Treehouse Investments, the prize will honor three poets who submit “exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present.”

Find out more about the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize and the complete guidelines.

In a related note… if you are engaged with the topic, the literary journal apt is accepting submissions that address climate change for issue 10 through August 31, 2019. Note that apt publishes long-form work, but for this issue will consider “shorter” work, defined as 1,000 words/100 lines/7 pages minimum for poetry. See the apt submission guidelines here.

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been to Everett lately?

August 21, 2019

If it’s been a while since you visited Everett, Washington, you might want to check out the lineup at Everett Poetry Night. There’s poetry on tap every Thursday — featured poet plus open mic — at Café Zippy. See link above or find more Everett Poetry Night on Facebook.

planning ahead

August 20, 2019

Spend an entertaining evening in Anacortes on the last Friday of the month as Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse opens its doors for featured poets and musical interludes. Michael Daley, who coordinates the series, has released the list of poets for September through May and you can download a PDF by clicking 2019-2020 Pelican Bay reading series.

Hugo Lit

August 19, 2019

The Hugo Literary Series has a powerful lineup for the 2019-2020 season:

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The Great Divide
Jayne Anne Phillips, Mira Jacob, Ruth Joffre, and Sarah Paul Ocampo

Friday, November 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Taking Liberties
Juan Felipe Herrera, Hannah Tinti, Richard Chiem, and Amber Flame

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Behind Closed Doors
Anthony Swofford, Mitchell S. Jackson, Charles D’Ambrosio, and JusMoni

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Strange Appetites
Karen Russell, Kiese Laymon, Tara Conklin, and Little Spirits

The work presented is commissioned specifically for the series and no one sees or hears the work before it is read or performed at the events for the very first time.

All events are held at Hugo House in Seattle. Series passes are now on sale. Guest writers for the Hugo Lit Series often teach a class before or after the events. These classes require a separate registration. Find out more about the Hugo Literary Series here.

Water by Salmon*

August 18, 2019


2019 Merit Award
By Phelps McIlvaine
After Emily Dickinson’s “WATER IS TAUGHT BY THIRST”

As life is taught by death,
and the Sun by Space,
So, Clouds are taught by Land
and Rains by Place.

As Mountains are taught by Plains,
and Rivers by Lakes,
So, Trees are taught by Soils,
And Elements by their Weight.

As Deserts are taught by Shores,
and Ocean Waves by Wind,
So, Depth is taught by height,
and Tides by Celestial Spin.

As Sound is taught by Silence,
and Insight by Reason,
So, humans are taught by Water
and Water, by Salmon.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2019 by Phelps McIlvaine. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

summer reading

August 17, 2019

It was already the middle of the month when we happened across 31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August, but we like the idea and we like the list, and who says you have to start on the first of the month anyway?

over the border poetry

August 16, 2019

Wondering what’s new in Canadian poetry? CBC Books has posted their Fall Book Preview, with 23 collections of Canadian poetry to watch for this fall.

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