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.

planning ahead

January 9, 2017

ModPo 2017 schedule

For those of you who like to plan ahead and have been contemplating taking — or retaking — Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”), here is the 2017 schedule. Enrollment is now open and you can find all the details regarding this free and very worthwhile MOOC (massive open online course) on the Coursera ModPo page.

forthcoming, part 2

January 4, 2017

New Poetry 2017

Many “Most Anticipated” lists have been released and while most don’t include poetry, Vulture makes a near-exception by including the forthcoming memoir, Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood, on its list, and TIME includes Sherman Alexie’s memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

Happy reading.

call for haiku

January 2, 2017

Right Hand Pointing

The online journal Right Hand Pointing, which publishes about 12 issues a year of short poetry, very short fiction, art, and other things, invites submissions for the Winter Haiku Issue, to be published in February. The deadline is January 20, 2017, and the complete guidelines are here.

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