April 17, 2017
Here are a number of conferences, retreats and other events in the greater Cascadia area (and beyond) that merit some planning for the coming months (all 2017).
- May 17-21 – Writing by Writers Methow Valley Workshop – Winthrop, WA
- May 19-21 – Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival – Salmon Arm, BC, Canada
- May 31 – June 3 – North Words Writers Symposium – Skagway, AK
- June 3 – Haiku Northwest Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA
- June 9-12 – Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference – Truchas, NM
- June 16 – Convergence 2017: We Will Not Be Separated – New Denver, BC, Canada
- June 23-24 – Chuckanut Writers Conference – Bellingham, WA
- June 30 – July 3 – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference – Sun Valley, ID
- July 9-16 – Tin House Summer Workshop – Portland, OR
- July 10-16 – Summer Fishtrap – Wallowa Lake, OR
- July 15 – Poets in the Park 2017 – Redmond, WA
- July 16-23 – Port Townsend Writers’ Conference – Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
- July 20-23 – Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) Conference – Seattle, WA
- July 23-28 – Napa Valley Writers’ Conference – St. Helena, CA
- August 1-31 – August Poetry Postcard Fest
- August 3-5 – Mendocino Coast Writers Conference – Ft. Bragg, CA
- August 5 – 2017 Poetry Marathon
- August 17-20 – Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts – Sechelt, BC, Canada
- Sept 8-10 – Cumberland Poetry Festival – Cumberland, BC, Canada
- September 8-10 – Poets on the Coast – La Conner, WA
- September 22-23 – The 2nd Annual FisherPoets on Bellingham Bay – Bellingham, WA
- September 22-23 – North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference – Crescent City, CA
- September 22-24 – LiTFUSE – Tieton, WA
For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.
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April 13, 2017
In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess, for his book Olio (Wave Books, 2016). The finalists were XX, by Campbell McGrath (Ecco/HarperCollins) and Collected Poems: 1950-2012, by the late Adrienne Rich (W.W. Norton). Read more about Jess and Olio or watch a video of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Announcement by Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride.
April 11, 2017
In case your must-read poetry list was getting too short, the shortlist for the Griffin Poetry Prize was announced today. Griffin awards literary prizes totaling $200,000 (Cdn) to Canadian and international nominated books of poetry. To make their selection of seven books (four international, three Canadian), the judges “each read 617 books of poetry, from 39 countries, including 23 translations.” The seven finalists will each be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Toronto, and the winners, to be announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards on Thursday, June 8, will each be awarded $65,000.
World of Made and Unmade • Jane Mead
Alice James Books
In Praise of Defeat • Donald Nicholson-Smith, translated from the French
written by Abdellatif Laâbi
Falling Awake • Alice Oswald
Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company
Say Something Back • Denise Riley
Injun • Jordan Abel
Violet Energy Ingots • Hoa Nguyen
Silvija • Sandra Ridley
March 26, 2017
National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begin on Saturday, April 1, 2017. You can anticipate an extra serving of readings, book signings and other poetic events. Here are a few other items of interest:
- Get daily prompts at NaPoWriMo.
- Two Sylvias Press invites you to celebrate National Poetry month with 30 prompts delivered directly to your inbox each day, PLUS you can also have one of your 30 poems critiqued by the editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy.
- April is also National Letterwriting Month. Check out the event lineup at Write_On.
- At Writers Digest, Robert Lee Brewer once again offers up the Poem-A-Day Challenge.
- Thirty Thirty Poetry posts a prompt a day for the month of April.
- The Academy of American Poets has a nice list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.
In addition to the usual weekly events… poetrynight, Poetry Laboratory, Easy Speak Seattle (2nd and 4th Monday), Vancouver Poetry Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Write Time Poetry, Rain City Slam, Broken Mic, Watermark Writers’ Workshop, Everett Poetry Night, Olympia People’s Mic, The Salem Poetry Project, Planet Earth Poetry, Portland Poetry Slam (every other Sunday)
…here are a few of the National Poetry Month events that are showing up on Cascadia calendars (Washington state unless otherwise indicated):
1 and 2 – Manzanita, OR – PoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts
1 – Port Townsend – Poetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
1 – Seattle – Reading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books
3 – Auburn – Striped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café
3 – Portland, OR – Free Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room
4 – Seattle – Reading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books
4 – Springfield, OR – Springfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library
5 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books
5 – Bellingham – Mary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books
5 – Duvall – Duvall Poetry presents Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library
5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall
6 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books
7 – Corvallis, OR – A reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda
7 – Seattle – Literary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge
8 – Bellingham – SpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
8 – Ellensburg – Inland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg
8 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden
9 – Edison – National Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery
9 – Portland, OR – The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios
10 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books
10 – Seattle – Hugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room
10 – Seattle – Easy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House
11 – Redmond – Joannie Stangeland facilitates this month’s Poetry and Prose Circle – 6:30pm – at Redmond Regional Library
12 – Bellingham – Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe
12 – Milwaukie, OR – The Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House
12 – Tacoma – Poetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books
13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books
13 – Olympia – Celebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol
13 – Port Townsend – Northwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center
13 – Seattle – It’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers and open mic – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
13 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery
14 – Portland, OR – John Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294
14 – Seattle – Book Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books
14 – Tacoma – Distinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books
15 – Kirkland – Robert Lashley – 3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading – workshop 4:30pm, reading/open mic 6:15pm – at BookTree
15 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop taught by John Sibley Williams – Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays – 10:00am – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts
15 – Port Townsend – Priscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe
15 – Seattle – Book launch for Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
15 – Seattle – Reading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
16 – Bellingham – Daniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books
17-23 – Spokane – Get Lit! Festival
18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library
18 – Seattle – Word Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall
18 – Tacoma – Commencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books
19 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books
19 – Olympia – Olympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade
19 – West Seattle – WordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company
19 – Woodinville – PoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside
20 – Anchorage, AK – Reading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge
20 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books
20 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books
20 – Redmond – SoulFood Poetry Night presents readers from Two Sylvias Press: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michael Schmeltzer, and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House
21 – Seattle – Book Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books
22 – Everywhere – Earth Day
22 – Bellingham – Susan J. Erickson reads poems from Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine – 7:00pm – at Village Books
22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden
22 – Seattle – Lena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
23 – Bellingham – Sandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books
23 – Langley – Poetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano: TWO events: Poetry workshop 1:00-3:00pm, Special reading and interview 7:30pm – at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
23 – Seattle – Reading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books
24 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books
24 – Bellingham – Open Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books
24 – Seattle – Poetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre
27 – Everywhere – Poem in Your Pocket Day
27 – Anchorage, AK – Savor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.
27 – Port Townsend – Northwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center
27 – Portland, OR – Verselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
28 – Redmond – RASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center
28 – Seattle – Reading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House
29 – Nationwide – Independent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)
29 – Seattle – A reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
30 – Seattle – African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading – 4:30pm – at Open Books
Check the lineup for the rest of the year on the CALENDAR page. Updated (almost) daily!
If you’d care to share your Cascadia-region National Poetry Month event (open to the public and not on this list), leave a Comment.
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Poster artwork by Maira Kalman
March 12, 2017
Once again, the Ferndale Arts Commission has issued their call for the Free Verse Poetry Project. The idea is to visualize a line or two from a poem and then build and photograph what you visualize.
- The line of poetry must be in the photo when shot, not added later.
- Pictures must be 8″ X 10″ and mounted on standard black mounting board, or black construction paper.
- Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017.
- Entries will be accepted in person: Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, or by mail: City of Ferndale, PO Box 936, Ferndale, WA 98248. Online entries cannot be accepted.
- Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. All entries will be displayed in participating businesses throughout Ferndale.
For a downloadable entry form, visit the Ferndale Arts Commission page.
February 28, 2017
Thirteen high school students — the winners from seven regional finals held across Washington — will recite poetry in competition for the state title, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Poetry Out Loud national finals. The state winner also receives $200 and the state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up in the state competition receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Additionally, $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded to the winners at the National Finals.
This event is FREE and open to the public. It will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 1:00-5:00pm at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway in Tacoma.
February 26, 2017
It’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted March 1 – 31 only, and all submissions must follow the guidelines regarding line and character count. See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page and read about this year’s judges, Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado.