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February 17, 2017

Galiano Literary FestivalLooking for something to do this weekend? The 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival starts today, Friday, February 17, 2017, and continues through Sunday the 19th on Galiano Island, BC, Canada. There will be workshops, readings and plenty of relaxation. All events are held at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, a 5-minute walk from the ferry or 15 minutes by float plane from Vancouver or Victoria. Download the complete schedule on the Galiano Literary Festival website.

for your calendar

February 16, 2017

100 Thousand Poets for Change

We don’t usually offer seven months of advance notice for poetry events, but this one is already in the air, so we thought we’d mention it.

100 Thousand Poets for Change was founded by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in 2011 and has happened every September since. Organized locally, 100TPC consists of poetry readings, music concerts, dance performances, and art exhibitions for peace, justice and sustainability. People from all over the world participate.

This year’s global event will happen on Saturday, September 30, 2017. There will undoubtedly be many events in Cascadia. For now, we’ve heard that Brandon Pitts, Isabella Valencia and Black Lab Gallery will be hosting a 100,000 Poets for Change event in Everett and 100TPC is looking for other local organizers.

Find out more on the 100TPC website and 100TPC Facebook page.

movie words

February 15, 2017

poetry on film

We like to highlight films that include or feature poetry — a meeting of two powerful creative forces. Taste of Cinema offers “10 Movies About Poetry That Are Worth Your Time,” which includes some films we’ve previously mentioned and some we haven’t. Have a look.

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love underfoot

February 14, 2017

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

There’s more than one way to bring poetry — and love — into your life. Here, for example, landscape architect Topher Delaney designed a Braille pathway for a Tiburon, California, house with the words of Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” spelled out in bricks.

Happy Valentine’s Day, however you write it.

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.

get thee to Ellensburg!

February 12, 2017

Inland Poetry Prowl 2017

National Poetry Month will be here before you know it and a day in Ellensburg, Washington, at the 2nd annual Poetry Prowl will be a day well spent. The Prowl celebrates an acclaimed poet from the past (Edna St. Vincent Millay this year) and features guest poets, open mics, and a book fair, hosted by various venues within easy walking distance, in the heart of historic downtown Ellensburg.

An impressive list of featured poets is already posted and the full schedule will be available soon.

The Poetry Prowl happens Saturday, April 8, 2017, Noon – 10:00pm, and it’s FREE!

Details on the Inland Poetry website and Inland Poetry Facebook page.

books to watch for

February 11, 2017

New Poetry 2017

While you’re plowing through the books on the best-of lists from 2016, there are already plenty of new books in the pipeline.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly offers a list of 2017 poetry titles, without comment.

The Guardian provides a month-by-month calendar of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 2017, and Andy Croft replies in a letter to the editor, concerned about the dearth of poetry titles on the list.

Writer David Nilsen offers his own list of 2017 Poetry Books I’m Excited About.

For NPR, poet and poetry critic Craig Morgan Teicher lists Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017’s Best Verse.

That oughta keep you busy for a while.

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