Go Spokane!

January 7, 2019

We like this: Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and Spokane Arts currently have an open call for Poetry at the Podium, an opportunity for more than 30 Spokane poets to read their work at Spokane City Council meetings. At each meeting, after the Pledge of Allegiance, during Words of Inspiration, one poet will read a single poem.

Read more in The Spokesman-Review, at Spokane Arts, and on Facebook.

(We also like the Spokane Arts logo, which looks a lot like Spoken Arts.)


Poetry for Queens

January 6, 2019

There’s nothing static about Queensbound. Here’s a description from KC Trommer’s site:

QUEENSBOUND is a collaborative audio project curated by KC Trommer and supported by a New Work grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. From Long Island City all the way to Jamaica, the poems of QUEENSBOUND map the neighborhoods and the vibrancy and diversity of the borough, embedding audio recordings from leading Queens poets and writers on a subway map, designed by Kyle Richard. Technical support for QUEENSBOUND was provided by Maham Faisal Khan.

On November 3, 2018, the QUEENSBOUND project launched with a reading on the 7 line and reception at the Queens Museum. Some of the leading writers and poets of Queens, including Rosebud Ben-Oni, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Fletcher, Sherese Francis, Jared Harél, Nicole Haroutunian, Abeer Hoque, Safia Jama, Paolo Javier, Joseph O. Legaspi, Ananda Lima, Maria Lisella, Vikas K. Menon, Belal Mobarak, Meera Nair, Maria Terrone, and curator and host KC Trommer, read original work on the 7 train, beginning at Vernon Blvd Jackson Av stop, before stepping off at Mets-Willets Point and heading over to The Queens Museum for a reception. The event concluded with a song which included lines from every poem in the launch from Adam DeGraff and Tyler Burba, hosts of the reading series Kith & Kin.

Read the story in Literary Hub and listen to the poems by clicking on the Queensbound map.

book birthing

January 5, 2019

Norman L Green and Threshold Documents have supported the poetry community in immeasurable ways, including, among many other things, co-editing and printing Clover: A Literary Rag, and the annual chapbooks and anthologies for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

Norman has midwifed innumerable books, and on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, he will be the guest speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of Whatcom Writers & Publishers at Nicki’s Bella Marina in Bellingham. Show him some love. The details are here. RSVPs are required.

planning ahead…

January 4, 2019

If you start getting a few extra minutes of sleep each night, by June you should be ready for the 2019 Poetry Marathon. Yes, it’s back after a brief hiatus, and it’s a chance to shake up your complacent writing habits by writing 24 poems, once an hour for 24 hours.

Sign-ups begin in late May and the marathon starts at 9:00am Eastern time on Saturday, June 22, 2019, and goes till 9:00am Sunday, June 23. A half-marathon option is also available. Mark your calendar and watch for updates at The Poetry Marathon and on Facebook.

post some peace

January 3, 2019

If you’re interested in peace, poetry, and postcards, it’s time to sign up for 2019 Peace Poetry Postcards. The project is open to poets of all ages throughout the world.

You can sign up between now and January 28, 2019. Beginning on February 1 and continuing through the month of February, send an original poem each day to those on your list.

To register and receive a list of 28 addresses, send an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com following these instructions:

  1. Use the subject line: Peace Postcard Signup.
  2. Provide your name and complete mailing address. This will not be shared anywhere beyond your group.
  3. Once your group has filled to 28 members, you will receive your address list via email. Find your name on that list and make sure your information is correct.
  4. Gather 28 postcards, which can be homemade, or purchased online or in bookstores, thrift shops, etc.
  5. Buy stamps. (NOTE: as of January 27, 2019, domestic postage for postcards no larger than 4.25″ x 6″ is $0.35; for oversize postcards the “forever” stamp rate is $0.50; international rate for standard-sized postcards is $1.15 for all countries.)
  6. Once you get your list, start writing original peace poems directly onto postcards addressed to the names on your list. START WITH THE NAME BELOW YOURS on the list of poets. (If you are #7 on the list, your first postcard will go to #8 and proceed from there, circling back to the top.) Be sure to sign/write your name on your poem postcards. No one can publish your poem without your permission.
  7. A list of prompts will be posted on the World Peace Poets Facebook page
  8. If you sign up, please be sure to complete your 28 postcard poems.
  9. Please do not share your list or use it to promote other projects or products.

Sign up now and post some peace! The deadline is January 28, 2019. If you have questions, contact Carla Shafer or CJ Prince at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com
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strong voices

January 2, 2019

You’re invited to look and listen as a group of poets offer their words to accompany the Women Empowering Women exhibit at Allied Arts in Bellingham on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 4:00pm. Featured poets include Nancy Canyon, Lois Holub, Jessica Lee, Maria McLeod, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, Dayna Patterson, Carla Shafer, Kami Westhoff, and Leslie Wharton.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk, Friday, January 4, 6:00-8:00pm. The participating artists (Francie Allen, Mary Jane Davis, Patti Fairbanks, LaVera Langeman, Erin Libby, and Leslie Wharton) will also host a film and fundraiser for the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday, January 17, 6:00-8:00pm, and a Tea Party in honor of the Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00pm. The exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Make Awake

January 1, 2019

Expedition Press

“MAKE AWAKE” was created as part of Myrna Keliher’s debut interdisciplinary art show, “Awake,” at Core Gallery, Seattle in June 2017. The limited-edition linocut, along with scores of other Cascadia-author broadsides and books, was printed by Expedition Press in Kingston, Washington.

The words seem an apt salute to the New Year. All best from The Poetry Department for a richly poetic 2019.

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