On Saturday, December 2, 2017, SpeakEasy 20 will present five highly accomplished Canadian poets — Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter — reading a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices, each responding to the previous poet’s words.

In addition to the 7:00pm reading at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, three of the poets will offer workshops earlier in the day:

9:15 to 11:30 am —
FORMULATE! — Barbara Pelman
12:45 to 3:00 pm —
Haiku and Small Book Making — Terry Ann Carter
3:00 to 5:15 pm —
Show and Tell: A Generative Poetry Retreat — Richard Osler

Workshops are $15 per session and will be taught at a downtown Bellingham location. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot by sending an email to othermindpress@gmail.com.

See complete event information, poet bios, and workshop descriptions on the SpeakEasy 20 page at Other Mind Press.

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call for writers

November 16, 2017

The annual collaboration between Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance is now underway, with a call for poems, short stories, and essays that will serve as the inspiration and foundation for dances to be performed April 13, 14, and 15, 2018, at the Western Washington University Fine Arts Gallery. The show: “A Night in the Gallery: Dance, Poetry, and Visual Art” will feature four or five poetry and dance collaborative works.

(Note: If you are unfamiliar with Bellingham Repertory Dance, the troupe will perform “Emerge” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 17, 18, and 19, 2017.)

The call for writing follows. Submissions must be received on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Follow the instructions very closely.

Choreographers in the Company read the written submissions with a fresh perspective. They look for feelings, images, or stories to convey through modern dance. Four to five performance pieces will be chosen and will involve one or more dancers. Works may be read aloud or posted prior to, during, or after the dance. All winning submissions will be presented in a Phrasings 2018 chapbook.

The program is looking for a wide range of poetry and all forms of writing to be selected for:

  • Originality — has not been published or performed previously.
  • Vivid imagery — the content could be personal, pastoral, and/or tactile.
  • Lyrical qualities — gives attention to rhythm and language.

Important note: No writing has ever been selected that refers to dancing or had obvious dance content.

Instructions (follow closely):

  1. To submit: e-mail submissions to chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Use the Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2018.
  2. Submit an attachment of up to 3 poems and/or dialogue, essay, or short story as a pdf or MSWord attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit submissions to pieces that are 1-2 pages in length. They must be original and not previously performed on stage.
  3. Plus, in the body of the e-mail, please list the titles (or first lines) of the submissions and your name, phone number, street address, and e-mail address. In 75 words or less, write a short introduction that describes you and your degree of openness to how your works might be performed.

Receipt of your submission and outcomes with follow-up details will be sent via e-mail. Please address comments or questions to Carla Shafer at chuckanutsandstone@gmail.com.

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Photo by Nolan McNally

more poetry workshops!

November 13, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, two poetry workshops will benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

From 10:00am to Noon, Megan Spiegel (left, above) will offer Text + Image: A Hybrid Poetry Studio.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ely Shipley (right, above) will offer Presence Through Poetry.

The workshops, which cost $30 each or $50 for both, will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park. Advance registration is required: send an email with your name, phone number, and workshop(s) you wish to take, to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com. Pay with check or cash at the workshop and be sure to bring writing materials.

Read the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

Perhaps you’ve noticed the Poem Booth on the west side of the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street in downtown Bellingham. Coordinated by Christen Mattix, Summer Starr, and Shannon Laws, the Poem Booth features a poem by a Whatcom County poet. The contest for the next poet is now open.

Here’s the Call for Submissions.
Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for display in the POEM BOOTH. The winning poem will be framed and displayed in the booth for three months, from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, and the recipient will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Poem Submission Guidelines
(Only poems submitted according to these guidelines will be considered.)
Deadline: November 18, 2017, by midnight

  • Submit poems to poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF or Note attachment via email
  • Do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • Do not submit your poems to individual jury members.
  • No computer? Submit your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information plus a cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone and email address. Mail to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225-5059.

The winning poem will be announced on December 1, 2017. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth Bellingham blog.

Saturday workshops!

October 25, 2017

Workshops

Just a reminder that there will be two terrific workshops in Bellingham this Saturday, October 28, 2017, to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest — and you!

From 10:00am – Noon, Nancy Pagh will offer Corresponding Intimacy: The Letter Form in Creative Writing. From 1:00 – 3:00pm, Neil Aitken will present Writing at the Threshold of Loss and Desire.

Workshops will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park, 103 Chuckanut Drive North. Registration is required: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop. Register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

See the complete descriptions on the Workshops page.

Peace Arts Workshops

October 17, 2017


 
 
Set aside some time on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and participate in one, two, or all three Peace Arts Workshops offered by the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (WPJC).
 
Transform Your Writing
with poet Betty Scott and songwriter-musician J.P. Falcon Grady
10:00am-Noon, Tuesday, October 24

This workshop will help you explore how the world of peace and justice can be realized through writing. Participants will transform the thought, emotion and images of a free write into a fixed form, perhaps a horoscope, a sonnet, a pantoum, or a revised chorus from a favorite song. Through writing, discussion, and performance examples, participants will look for the gifts that structure and re-visioning provide, then partner with musician J.P. Falcon Grady to enhance their writing with chords and rhythms.

Peace Collage Workshop
with Nancy Canyon
2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, October 24

Spend the afternoon with Nancy Canyon, author and artist, creating a 6 x 8 inch Peace Collage. Let go of the thinking mind. We’ll work from a space of non-judgment, collecting magazine images that describe the complexities of the concept of peace. The process will feel leisurely and meditative as we cut and move pieces around the matt board, arranging colors and shapes in engaging composition. At the end of class, we’ll share our collages. Magazines and matt board will be provided. Please bring scissors and glue sticks and additional magazines, if you can.

Writing for Peace and Resistance
with Abbe Rolnick
​4:30-6:30pm, Wednesday, October 25

Interactive workshop that highlights storytelling using both fiction and non-fiction techniques to present ideas of justice, resistance, and peace. Core principles of authenticity — original thinking, transformed into meaningful essays or stories.

All three workshops will be held at WPJC, 1220 Bay Street in downtown Bellingham. To register, visit the WPJC Peace Arts Workshops page.

Poet Laureate two-fer

October 14, 2017

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and the Washington 129 anthology will enjoy a full day of poetry in Bellingham on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In the afternoon, Tod will participate in a meet-and-greet at Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street. Doors open and open mic signup begins at 1:30pm. There will be music and readings from 2:00 to 4:00pm. This event is hosted by poet Betty Scott, musician J.P. Falcon Grady, and Lance & Kristine Bailey, the poetry-loving owners of Greene’s Corner.

Beginning at 7:00pm, Tod will host an evening of readings from Washington 129 at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. Reading their anthology poem as well as new and selected works will be poets Alice Derry, Betty Scott, Daniel Moore, Eric Lochridge, Janette Rosebrook, Jennifer Bullis, J.I. Kleinberg, Luther Allen, Paul Piper, Robert Lashley, Sierra Golden, Susan J. Erickson, and Tess Gallagher. The reading is free and copies of Washington 129 and other titles by the poets will be available for purchase (thanks, Village Books!). This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and graciously hosted by the Mount Baker Theatre.

Please join Tod Marshall and friends at one or both of these fine events!

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