October 14, 2019

Victoria Doerper will read from her wonderful collection of poems, What If We All Bloomed?, on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham. The brand-new book includes gorgeous line illustrations by John Doerper. Be there.



October 13, 2019

2019 Merit Award
By Elliot Stockman, Grade 6

There once was a young girl named Jane,
Who lived in England, and took lots of trains,
She walked on the track,
And with a loud “Thwack!”
She ended up flying to Spain.

In Spain, they all rode on bikes, of course,
But what surprised her was they all spoke in Norse
She wanted a pie,
But she encountered a sigh,
And she ended up eating a horse.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2019 by Elliot Stockman. Broadside illustrated by Christian Anne Smith.

celebrate, tonight!

October 12, 2019

Back in July we posted a list of finalists in poetry for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards. Well, tonight, Saturday, October 12, 2019, is the night to celebrate with the finalists and winners in all categories at the Seattle Public Library. This after-hours program will start with an awards ceremony where host Paul Constant, of the Seattle Review of Books, will announce winners in eight categories. This will be followed by a reception, book sale, and book signing. All are welcome and there’s no need to register.

bye bye, Glimmer Train

October 11, 2019

And speaking of longevity… the Portland, Oregon, based literary fiction print journal Glimmer Train has been publishing (and paying writers) steadily since 1990. After nearly 30 years, Susan and Linda have published their final issue, number 106, and plan to “begin a new phase of our lives with our husbands and families — still sisters and next-door neighbors, still avid readers looking back in history and forward, wondering, and trying to figure out how we can best make ourselves useful in these strange times.”

We salute them for their vision and contribution. Thank you!

Visit the Glimmer Train website to learn more about the journal, current and past issues, and online resources.

Poetry Moves

October 10, 2019

It’s impressive when a public poetry project carries on year after year. Conducted annually since 2006, the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest can certainly be counted as an ongoing success. So can Poetry Moves, in Clark County, Washington. We’ve mentioned Poetry Moves before. Placing placards with winning poems in Clark County buses, the project highlights the work of student and adult poets in alternate years and is now accepting submissions from Southwest Washington residents for season 9. See more, including lists of past winners and sample poems, on the website of Artstra, a nonprofit arts advocacy group in southwest Washington.

Spokane Arts has announced that Chris Cook will assume the title of Spokane Poet Laureate in November, when Mark Anderson completes his two-year term. Read more in The Spokesman-Review and learn more about Chris Cook and listen to some poems on Pictures of Poets.

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photo by Dean Davis

Celebrated as the Bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814 – March 10, 1861) was a poet, artist, and influential thinker. A monument in his honor was unveiled in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Canada Day 1951 and the original Taras H. Shevchenko Museum was opened one year later. That structure, along with its collections, was destroyed by arson in 1988.

On October 20, 2019, the brand-new Taras Shevchenko Museum will open at 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto, just down the block from the original. Shevchenko’s poetry is prominently featured and the collections are said to be “far superior in size, quality and variety” than its predecessor. In addition to honoring the poet, the museum celebrates Ukrainian culture and the contribution of Canadians of Ukrainian descent to the social, economic, and cultural life of Canada.

Much more information on Taras Shevchenko and the museum here.

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