On Mornings Like This*

August 19, 2018


2018 Merit Award
By KJ Vande Bossche

On mornings like this
when pieces
of the sky
are still missing,
I leave you
warm in bed
under sheets
soft as old t-shirts
to look for them.

. . . . .
KJ Vande Bossche (Van-duh Bush-shay) is a wife, mother, writer, teacher, cat-owner and motorcycle rider who lives and works in Bellingham. KJ graduated from WWU decades ago with a degree in English and plays with words on a daily basis.

“On Mornings Like This” was written early on a winter’s morning while sitting quiet and alone on the couch watching the sun come up and sipping that first cup of coffee. Previously published work can be accessed at kjvandebossche.com

. . . . .
*Copyright 2018 by KJ Vande Bossche. Broadside illustrated by Christian Anne Smith.

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go outside

August 18, 2018

This evening, Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30pm, join poets Carletta Carrington Wilson and Paul Nelson along with The Jim O’Halloran Quintet and vocalist Elva Pope at the 13th Annual Bradner Gardens Concert and Poetry Reading. Bring chairs, blankets, dinner, family, and friends, and enjoy a congenial evening at Bradner Gardens Park in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of southeast Seattle.

Celebrating… soon

August 17, 2018

It’s nearly here: the grand re-opening of Hugo House. Mark your calendar and join the festivities on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, to see the 10,000 square foot space for writers and readers, and to enjoy readings, performances, installations, music, and more. It’s all at 1634 Eleventh Avenue, on the corner of Eleventh and East Olive, in Seattle. See the full line-up and RSVP.

Meanwhile, the Hugo House Fall Catalog is now online and registration will begin soon (with Early Bird pricing August 20 through September 3).

Here comes Cirque

August 16, 2018

Bothell, Portland, and Bellingham will celebrate the launch of CIRQUE #18 and two poetry collections from the newly established Cirque Press at a series of readings by current and past contributors. Join the celebration:

Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, at Tsuga Fine Art, Bothell, Washington
Friday, August 25, 2018, 7:00pm, at Taborspace, Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Bellingham, Washington

Meanwhile, submissions to Cirque #19 are open through September 21.

more awards

August 15, 2018

The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books.

The finalists in poetry are:

  • Thresholds by Glenna Cook (MoonPath Press)
  • Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices by Claudia Castro Luna (Two Sylvias Press)
  • Timber Curtain by Frances McCue (Chin Music Press)
  • Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller (Entre Rios Books)
  • Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces by Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright (Mayapple Press)
  • Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (Red Hen Press)

See the complete list of finalists on the WCB website and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s terrific writers.

Congratulations!

August 14, 2018

It’s pretty exciting when there are names you know on lists of winners, and that’s the news today as Bellingham’s own Rena Priest is named an American Book Award winner for her book Patriarchy Blues (MoonPath Press). Congratulations to Rena and all of The 2018 American Book Award Winners!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Re-bar Seattle will host a Seattle Poetry Slam open mic (open to all poets), and the first Women of the World Poetry Slam Qualifier. The WOWPS competition is open to those who identify as women or gender non-binary. Poets must have three poems: 1 minute, 2 minutes, and 4 minutes, with a ten-second grace period. The 1st and 2nd place winners will move onto Women of the World Seattle Finals to compete against 8 other poets hoping to win the chance to represent Seattle Poetry Slam in 2019.

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