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countdownIt’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.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.

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.

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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