still time, Spokane

April 21, 2018

Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts : When Women Collaborate is on view at the Spokane Art School through Friday, April 27, 2018. With poetry by Maya Jewell Zeller and illustrations by Carrie DeBacker, the exhibit highlights an imaginative creative collaboration. Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts was published in 2017 by Seattle-based Entre Ríos Books.

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The Sisters Band of 1956

April 20, 2018

Lifelong friends Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder will read poetry and discuss the art and artists of the Skagit Valley on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books and Coffee House.

The small print (in image):

Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder were born midcentury to working class parents whose second worst fear for them was that they might become writers or painters, and therefore doom themselves to a life of N’er Do Well.

These pressures of suburban values created in them irresistible urges to make stuff up, in paint, in words. For nearly 60 years their efforts have won them no coveted awards, and very little money, but you may enjoy their persistent pursuit on Non-Sense.

Go. It’ll be good.

Saturday in Bellingham!

April 19, 2018

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry is going to be an exceptional evening of insightful reflections and scintillating words from poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

poetry trail

April 18, 2018

Once again, the trails are alive with poetry in Olympic National Park. In a program now in its fifth year, North Olympic Library System has partnered with the park to install poems along four self-guided walks: the Hall of Mosses Trail, the Madison Falls Trail, the Peabody Creek Trail, and Spruce Railroad Trail. The poems will remain in place through May 31, 2018. Details and trail information here.

Write Riot returns!

April 17, 2018

It has been a while since we heard anything from Write Riot Slam, so we’re pleased to see that they’ll be stepping up to the mic in honor of National Poetry Month. This time around, Write Riot is teaming up with Village Books for an evening of slam poetry to be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, starting at 7:00pm, at the Colophon Café (adjoining Village Books). Read more about Write Riot in Jessica Lohafer’s 2015 guest post and watch the Facebook event page for more information.

on poetry

April 16, 2018


“Wasn’t it strange that a poem, written in my vocabulary and as a result of my own thoughts or observations, could, when it was finished, manage to show me something I hadn’t already known?”
Tracy K. Smith
(b. April 16, 1972)

. . . . .
Tracy K. Smith has recently accepted an appointment to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2018-2019. Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

poetry in Kirkland

April 15, 2018

In what is now a legendary commitment to poetry, Christopher Jarmick, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, is scheduling monthly workshop/reading/open mic sessions that are free and lively.

For National Poetry Month, the featured poets will be Anita K. Boyle and James Bertolino. The program, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, will begin at 4:30pm with a workshop on Collaboration (Boyle and Bertolino have collaborated on a number of chapbooks, among other projects), to be followed at 6:15pm by a reading and open mic. See further details and poet bios on the BookTree event page and on Facebook.

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