meet and retreat

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).

For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.

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Pulitzer!

April 13, 2017

2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

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.

Griffin shortlist

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.

International Shortlist

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
Archipelago Books

Falling Awake • Alice Oswald
Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company

Say Something Back • Denise Riley
Picador

Canadian Shortlist

Injun • Jordan Abel
Talonbooks

Violet Energy Ingots • Hoa Nguyen
Wave Books

Silvija • Sandra Ridley
BookThug

See the announcement along with poet bios and sample poems on the The Griffin Poetry Prize 2017 Shortlist page. The Griffin Poetry Prize is also on Facebook.

around the corner

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)

…and the many scheduled appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody

…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, ORPoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

1 – Port TownsendPoetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

1 – SeattleReading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

3 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

4 – SeattleReading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – Springfield, ORSpringfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library

5 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

5 – BellinghamMary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – DuvallDuvall 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 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

7 – Corvallis, ORA reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda

7 – SeattleLiterary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – EllensburgInland 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 – EdisonNational Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery

9 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

10 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

10 – SeattleHugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room

10 – SeattleEasy 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 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry 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 – OlympiaCelebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’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 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – Portland, ORJohn Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

14 – SeattleBook Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

15 – KirklandRobert 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 TownsendPriscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

15 – SeattleBook 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 – SeattleReading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

16 – BellinghamDaniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books

17-23 – SpokaneGet Lit! Festival

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

18 – SeattleWord Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall

18 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

19 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

20 – Anchorage, AKReading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge

20 – BellinghamVB 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 – RedmondSoulFood 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 – SeattleBook Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22 – Everywhere – Earth Day

22 – BellinghamSusan 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 – SeattleLena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

23 – BellinghamSandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – LangleyPoetry 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 – SeattleReading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books

24 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattlePoetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre

27 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

27 – Anchorage, AKSavor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

28 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

28 – SeattleReading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

29 – NationwideIndependent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)

29 – SeattleA reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

30 – SeattleAfrican-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

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.

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photo: Seamus Heaney words visualized by J.I. Kleinberg

state finals

February 28, 2017

Poetry Out Loud

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.

See more on ArtsWA and on Facebook.

Whatcom get ready…

February 26, 2017

countdownIt’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.

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