Congratulations to Madeline Luther, 2018-19 Washington State Poetry Out Loud Champion. A junior at Okanogan High School, she won with her recitation of “On Quitting” by Edgar Albert Guest. Madeline will represent Washington State at the National Finals, April 30-May 1, 2019, at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University.

Read the poem here.


more poetry on film

March 7, 2019

Here’s another entry in the poetry-on-film file: “Secrets,” currently in production, is a short film by Kathryn Roszak based on the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer. The film layers Tranströmer’s words with dance performed by members of Danse Lumière, and a trailer can be viewed here.

On a related note, “Österjöar” is a film by Eva Jonasson Wine and James Michael Wine that also features poetry by Tomas Tranströmer, read in Swedish, and filmed on location in the Stockholm archipelago. A trailer is here and a discussion of the film appears on Moving Poems Magazine.

outlaw poetry

March 5, 2019

In case you missed this fascinating bit of news, it seems that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow took time from their outlawing to write poetry. Their 1933 notebook full of poems, along with some related material, will go on the auction block in April 2019 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. While Heritage believes the material to be genuine writings by Bonnie and Clyde, they say the evidence is, thus far, “not conclusive enough for us to definitively authenticate the handwriting.” They are continuing to seek authentication. Read all about it on the Heritage Auctions site.

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sweet Clover

March 4, 2019

Clover, A Literary RagFor the last eight years, Clover: A Literary Rag has shown up, twice a year as if by magic, filled with poetry and prose, its ivory cover imprinted with a partial list of the Contents.

If Clover was initially hailed as a local publication, it reached far beyond its Bellingham roots to gain a far-flung and appreciative audience. We can only imagine the conversation between Mary Gillilan and Norman L. Green “under lamplight on the corner of Holly and Commercial Streets in Bellingham, Washington” that resulted in the launch of Clover, but we have all been the beneficiaries of their ambitious imaginations and ferocious hard work.

When Mary and Norman announced, at the February 24, 2019, Clover reading at Village Books, that Clover 16 would be the last volume, they were greeted with a stunned silence that, after a few words of explanation, turned to a standing ovation.

As poets, writers, and readers, we are deeply grateful to Mary and Norman for their vision, grace, good humor, and hard work — for turning our ragged words into a robust, handsome, and respected literary journal, sixteen times over.

Read Mary’s brief post on the closing of Clover here.

meet the MUSE

March 3, 2019

Muse Reading Series is a student-run literary collective that curates diverse groups of local writers to read their work in various Bellingham community spaces.

Their second reading will take place TODAY, Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00pm, at the Alternative Library. The program will feature authors Dayna Kidd Patterson, Iris Graville, and Hanna Webster, as well as student writers Madison Starks, Sydnee Smith, Jabez Richard, and others.


March 2, 2019

Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and a stellar lineup of other poets will offer their reflections on Poetry & Democracy this evening, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham.

SpeakEasy 23: Poetry & Democracy adds regional voices to the nationwide conversation initiated by the Poetry Coalition for the month of March. Please join us. The event is free.

call for poems

March 1, 2019

Whatcom County: send us your poems!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens today and remains open until 6:00pm, Sunday, March 31, 2019. All Whatcom County poets, regardless of age or poetry experience, are invited to submit ONE poem for consideration. Please read and following the guidelines on the 2019 Contest page.

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