Mapping Literary Utah

November 9, 2020

We’ve mentioned various poetry-mapping projects, including Washington Poetry Routes, and here’s another worthwhile addition to the list: Mapping Literary Utah. Created by Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s fifth poet laureate, the archive includes poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction by hundreds of native-born Utahns, current residents, and writers who spent a significant period of their creative life in the state.

Among the writers is Dayna Patterson, who will be teaching a two-hour poetry workshop, “Exploring the Feminine Divine,” this Saturday, November 14, 2020, and will also be one of five featured poets the same evening for SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread.

poetry mapping

July 22, 2019

We’ve posted before on the subject of poetry maps. A new project, Places of Poetry, “aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place.”

The Places of Poetry map has a distinctive 17th-century look, until you operate the slider at the bottom of the page, which turns it into a zoomable, contemporary Ordnance Survey map.

The site is open for writers to pin their poems (in English and/or Welsh) to places until October 4, 2019. It will then be closed for new poems but will remain available for readers.

There’s already plenty to keep you busy on the map. (It doesn’t look like so much until you start zooming and more and more places pop up.) Enjoy!

a new poetry map

April 16, 2019

When she was Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna spearheaded a poetry mapping project called the Seattle Poetry Grid. Now that she is Washington State Poet Laureate, Castro Luna has expanded the project to highlight site-specific poems for the entire state.

Washington Poetic Routes is a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State.

Visit the map, click the dots to read the poems, and submit your own!

Click here for more poetry map posts.

putting poetry on the map

December 20, 2018

Poetry is in the landscape. Go see some.

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image: A Sky View of Earth From Suomi NPP

mapping poetry

June 29, 2017

In a continuing commitment to put poetry on the map, Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna has created the Seattle Poetry Grid. The clickable map “traces the city in the voices of its citizens, from folks new to expressing themselves in poems to well established and beloved writers.” Currently displaying the work of more than 60 poets, the map will continue to grow as Seattle poets submit their work to Castro Luna.

More poetry maps: Denver; Dublin; Melbourne; Nanaimo; Scotland; Toronto; the world.

poetry map app

October 12, 2016

Poetic Places

Here’s another poetry map app (for iOS and Android). This one was launched in London, England, but hopes to expand worldwide and invites your suggestions. Poetic Places ties together geography, poetry, history, images and sound. If you leave it running in the background, Poetic Places will alert you when you’re nearing a significant site; if you’d rather plan your poetry route, you can search by location.

A collaboration between the British Library and Sarah Cole of TIME/IMAGE, Poetic Places has an informative website as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter feed @poetic_places. The developers are quite transparent about their process, so if you’re considering a similar undertaking, check out Points of Interest.

Mapping the World*

August 21, 2016

Mapping the World - Joe Nolting
2016 Merit Award
By Joe Nolting

I held your newborn body, felt the sudden
tug of your tiny heart on mine. Questions took root
as your dark eyes probed the universe. I had no answers
for these silent queries but drew a map of the world
above your crib so that you might find your way, travel
unburdened, never be lost. I shaded the landscape of
family and friends gold. Drew love’s gentle contours —
shapes of a head and heart and hand.
Traced routes skirting the debris field of loss.
As you grew older my map became frayed,
landmarks faded, known places vanished like smoke.
Soon you drew your own map of the world.
The countries were shaped like monsters and bore
terrifying names. Safe passageways had been erased.
Every crossing harbored new hazards. You read your map
as a blind man and journeyed in the darkness through
newly drawn continents of fear. For years you stumbled
across this troubled land, dropped a breadcrumb trail,
unraveled an endless ball of twine, whispered inchoate
prayers to keep from getting lost. Slowly, step-by-step
you found all that you needed to build a compass —
one whose needle floated on a tiny sea of courage
and always pointed to your heart. You tore up your map.
Now you knew the way and all the place
names sounded like love.

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*Copyright 2016 by Joe Nolting. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

Denver Poetry Map

Whether they evoke an atmosphere, an event or a memory, many poems are place-centric enough to be pinpointed on a map. Thanks to poet Aaron Angello, the city of Denver now has a poetry map, which is continuing to grow as more poems are added to it. Learn more about the Denver Poetry Map and read an article from Colorado Public Radio that includes audio files of poets reading their mapped poems.

Does your community have a poetry map?

mapping the year ahead…

January 2, 2014


Now that all that’s over, it’s time for a New Year of writing. Here are a few regional highlights for your map of 2014 writing events. Please note that some of these events require advance registration and may fill up early, so if you’re interested, follow the links for more information. For a much more extensive list of events, please visit the CALENDAR page; check back regularly — it’s updated daily!

All locations are in Washington unless otherwise noted.

January 27 – February 1 ~ 30th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada

February 26 – March 1 ~ The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference & Bookfair in Seattle

March 1 ~ Children’s Literature Conference at Western Washington University in Bellingham

March 4-9 – The Victoria Spoken Word Festival in Victoria, BC

March 14-16 ~ There won’t be another Whidbey Island Writers Conference until 2015, but the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts offers the 2014 Writers Lockdown Retreat at the Captain Whidbey Inn on Penn Cove in Coupeville

April 5-12 – Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver, BC

April 10-13 ~ April Poetry Symposium at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend

April (date not yet confirmed) ~ 9th Annual Ferndale Poetry Festival in Ferndale

April (date not yet confirmed) ~ Get Lit! Festival at Eastern Washington University, Spokane

May 1-4 ~ Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle

May 15-18 ~ Skagit River Poetry Festival in La Conner

May 16-18 ~ Write On The River writers conference at Wenatchee Valley College

May 30-June 4 ~ Vortex: Hedgebrook presents a weekend salon at the Whidbey Institute

June 27-28 ~  Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham

July 7-13 ~ 27th Annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers at Wallowa Lake, Oregon

July 10-20 ~ The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference at Centrum, Fort Worden State Park

July 13-20 ~ The Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop at Reed College, Portland, Oregon

July 17-20 ~ Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) summer conference (location not yet announced)

July 19-22 ~ Sun Valley Writers’ Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho

September 26-28 ~ LiTFUSE in Tieton

October 3-5 ~ Write on the Sound writers conference in Edmonds

November (date not yet announced) ~ Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland

November (date not yet announced) ~ Northwest Writers’ Weekend in Port Orchard

If you are planning a reading, workshop or other event in the Pacific Northwest, please leave a comment (on any post) with the details and a link (required) where people can find more information.

Possibility by Julia Copus, Blackburn, Lancashire, UKWe like writing about poetry walks — places where poetry has emerged from the page or screen to inhabit the landscape and invite a different kind of interaction.

Here’s another. “Possibility,” a poem by Julia Copus, has been incorporated into the town center of Blackburn, in Lancashire, UK. Artist Stephen Broadbent spirals the words around plane trees in Fleming Square, in some places keeping them flush with the ground, in others raising them to bench height in a bronze ribbon. The project was completed in 2003 and remains a popular attraction in this large Lancashire town.

More here and here.
“Possibility” photo by Jo Bell

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