We posted about this contest back in April, but that was sooooo long ago, and it seems sooooo relevant to the current state of our lives that we’re reposting the information here. (Also, some of the information has changed.)

K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, are encouraged to submit poems or songs to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Launched as a National Poetry Month action in partnership with Village Books, the contest is accepting submissions through Monday, September 25, 2017.

The five winning poets will receive gift cards, be videotaped by BTV-10, and be invited to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual Peace Builder Awards and given the opportunity to read their poem aloud. Winning poems will be showcased throughout Whatcom County during the year in various locations, including libraries, schools, and small businesses. The work of winning teen poets will also be submitted to the Forest of Words annual library publication.

To download the submission form, submit poems, and see the names and some video recordings of previous winners, visit the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest page on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center site and at Village Books.

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Congratulations!

July 22, 2017

Congratulations to Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System, which have been selected to serve as the host site for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye.

May Hill Arbuthnot (1884-1969) was born in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1922, receiving her master’s degree in 1924 from Columbia University. Along with educator William Scott Gray, she created and wrote the Curriculum Foundation Readers for children — better known as the “Dick and Jane” series. The annual lecture series was created in her honor.

The lecture will be held in the spring of 2018 and will be announced here as soon as a date is confirmed.

Read the announcement here.

Whatcom wins!

June 16, 2017

When you think “library” the next word in your mind probably isn’t “marketing.” But this week a connection was made as the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) announced that it has won three national library marketing awards, including the very prestigious John Cotton Dana award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.

As the WCLS website explains,

WCLS worked with Red Rokk, a Bellingham-based marketing agency, to launch the “My Modern Library” campaign in the spring of 2016; the digital marketing campaign focused on promoting the library’s digital services in a fun and positive way. At the end of the 9-month campaign, WCLS more than doubled their annual goals for circulation and cardholders, increased digital circulation by 86.5%, and broke the record for most card sign-ups ever in one month by 26%.

We love our libraries and congratulate WCLS and Red Rokk on their big wins… and also thank them for their support of poetry in Whatcom County!

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Pictured from left to right: Sally Crouse, Christina Nelson, WCLS Executive Director Christine Perkins, Sherri Huleatt, Megan Cook, Lizz Roberts, Sarah Hirsch, Red Rokk CEO Tyler Byrd, and Steven Aldous. Photo Credit: 1123 Productions

K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, are encouraged to submit poems or songs to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Launched as a National Poetry Month action in partnership with Village Books, the contest is accepting submissions through September 30, 2017.

The five winning poets will receive gift cards, be videotaped by BTV-10, and be invited to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual Peace Builder Awards and given the opportunity to read their poem aloud. Winning poems will be showcased throughout Whatcom County during the year in various locations, including libraries, schools, and small businesses. The work of winning teen poets will also be submitted to the Forest of Words annual library publication.

Previous winning poems are being showcased at Whatcom County libraries for National Poetry Month. They will also be exhibited during the annual Children’s Art Walk downtown, Friday, May 5, 2017, and will remain on display until May 20.

To download the submission form, submit poems, and see the names and some video recordings of previous winners, visit the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest page on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center site.

Whatcom countdown

March 25, 2017

Attention Whatcom County poets! The deadline for submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm. Submissions emailed, delivered or postmarked after March 31 will be disqualified.
See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page… and send in your winning-est poem!

Whatcom get ready…

February 26, 2017

countdownIt’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted March 1 – 31 only, and all submissions must follow the guidelines regarding line and character count. See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page and read about this year’s judges, Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado.

The judges for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado. As always, after submissions are closed (March 31) the judges will both read every single poem that is submitted (without knowing the name of the poet) and will then work together to select the Walk and Merit winners.

Jacob HartsochJacob Hartsoch grew up in a small Montana town and was inspired by Richard Hugo’s poetry about local places he knew and loved. His work has been selected three times in the annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and he is the recipient of the Gonzaga University Costello Award in poetry. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two young boys and is currently excited about wind, water, and reducing his family’s carbon footprint. Photo by Sheila Carson.

Laura LaffradoLaura Laffrado’s current work is focused on returning forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson to literary prominence. Her most recent book is Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature (2015). Laffrado is also author of Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women’s Writing (2009, 2015) and other books and essays. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.

This year’s guidelines are posted on the 2017 Contest page.

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