OPA Conference: Saturday!

October 7, 2021

The annual conference of the Oregon Poetry Association will be held this Saturday, October 9, 2021, all day and all online. Registration is required.

This year’s theme, bearing witness, will be addressed by keynote speaker Emmett Wheatfall and there will be four workshop sessions with two workshops each, plus a virtual book room.

Full details, including access links, will be provided with registration. You can find a link to a sample schedule and registration on this page.

doc in the making

October 5, 2021

The city of Vernon, located in the Okanagan region of British Columbia’s southern interior, is home to about 43,000 people. It’s unclear how many of them are poets, but Hannah Calder, Curtis Emde, and The Orange Lamphouse Studio have set out to put Vernon on the world’s poetry map.

Their documentary, “Why We Write,” is currently in production, slated for a Spring 2022 release.

Learn more and watch the official trailer here.

Mark your calendar and grab your mask: the Greater Gig Harbor Poetry Series starts this Saturday and will run for three consecutive Saturdays at 3:00pm, in-person at the Harbor History Museum. The featured poets are:

Saturday, October 9, 2021, Chris Jarmick
Saturday, October 16, 2021, Jennifer Preston Chuschoff
Saturday, October 23, 2021, Robert Lashley

On Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00-5:00pm, Christina Vega will lead a free, all-ages Poetry Collaboration workshop at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor. Space is limited and registration is required.

Find out more about the poets on the GGHPS website.

meanwhile, in China

October 3, 2021

The online architecture journal ArchDaily features the new Museum of Poetry and memorial garden in Songyang County, China. Designed by DnA architects, the museum honors the long cultural heritage of poetry and will provide venues for cultural activities. As shown above, seating in the garden features vertical stone slabs engraved with poems by Song Dynasty poet Zhang Yuniang (1250-1276), “like the unfolding pages of a book.”

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photo by Ziling Wang

on poetry

October 2, 2021

“If I’m writing a long book, I stick only to that — unless a poem happens to come along. (I always stop everything for a poem.)”
Diana Hendry
(b. October 2, 1941)

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poetry, personalized

October 1, 2021

Because we like to keep up (and keep you up) on new poetry stuff, we mention Pagesmith, though we don’t have all the details yet. The UK publisher Faber & Faber, nearly a century old, rather than resting on its considerable laurels, has just this week introduced Pagesmith (in time for the holiday season).

In short, Pagesmith is gift-book program: a way of creating a personalized poetry collection using poems and templates provided. You choose sixteen poems from one of eight themes, select a cover and artwork, approve a mockup, and then Pagesmith prints and delivers your gift book.

There is currently no information about shipping outside the UK. The base price is £30 (about $40) and there is also no information about quantity discounts. But it’s an idea that may catch on, so visit the website or the Pagesmith Facebook page for more information.

plan ahead for publishing

September 30, 2021

If you’re planning a holiday print run of your current or future poetry collection, the Publishing Team at Village Books in Bellingham urges you to get started now. In an email to publishing and print-on-demand clients this week, they said (in part)

As many of you are already aware, the book industry has not escaped the effects of the pandemic and many of our partners are struggling with supply chain issues. Wood shortages create paper shortages, which drives up book-printing costs, and worker shortages due to COVID-19 leads to delays in packing/shipping/transporting books. We are anticipating delayed printing times of 3-4 weeks for any order of paperback books, and 4-6 weeks for hardcover books.

Here’s what this means for you: if you are needing to order a print run of your books before the holidays, we need to know by October 15th, 2021. This is the suggested cut-off date from our printers to hopefully ensure your books arrive on time. We cannot guarantee that any orders placed after this date will arrive before the holidays.

The concern expressed by Village Books is confirmed by a Bloomberg article that appeared in Tuesday’s Seattle Times, Paper shortage hits American retailers when they need it most.

The bottom line: start planning now and contact your printer to make sure the materials you need will be available.

Thanks to Luther Allen for the heads up.

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more awards

September 29, 2021

The MacArthur Foundation has just announced the slate of 25 MacArthur Fellows for 2021. The Foundation awards “unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Known colloquially as “genius” grants, the awards recognize exceptional vision in a variety of fields. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

Among this year’s fellows are poets Hanif Abdurraqib, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Don Mee Choi.

Banned Books Week

September 26, 2021

Banned Books Week starts today, Sunday, September 26, 2021, and continues through Saturday, October 2.

What are you reading? Perhaps it’s time for a title from one of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists. ALA doesn’t categorize banned or challenged books by genre, but there are a number of poetry titles on this list of Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books. What will you read next?

Congratulations BTV Bellingham!

September 25, 2021

Congratulations to BTV Bellingham, which earned three national awards on September 23, 2021, for videos featuring Bellingham Public Library and one award for a Public Service Announcement from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk video, featuring Librarian Suzanne Carlson-Prandini and young poet Haley Van Ness, to highlight National Poetry Month in April, won an Award of Distinction in the Library category.

The Library Curbside Service Behind the Scenes video produced in February, also featuring the Van Ness family and the sustained collaboration of Bellingham Public Library staff to keep materials circulating during the COVID-19 pandemic, won two Awards of Honor in the Library and Editing categories.

“The talented staff at BTV and the quality of their content are a true service to Bellingham, keeping our locals informed and raising the profile of our City alongside communities throughout the country,” said Annette Bagley, Head of Community Relations for Bellingham Public Library.

BTV Bellingham is operated by the City of Bellingham to provide information about publicly funded government and educational institutions through high quality video services delivered via the internet and cable television. It can be viewed live 24/7 on the City of Bellingham website, as well as on Comcast Cable TV channels 10 and 321 in greater Bellingham.

Special thanks to BTV and to the Bellingham Public Library for a long tradition of supporting community poetry in Whatcom County!

See also BTV videos of 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winners Margaux Barber, Barbara Bloom, Marie Eaton, David M. Laws, Jory Mickelson, Janette Rosebrook, and Genevieve Whelan, with one more, by Lynn Geri, to come!

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