Bring on the poems!

March 1, 2018

Whatcom County: send us your poems!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens today, March 1, 2018, and will remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31. Whatcom County poets of all ages and all levels of experience (or lack thereof) are encouraged to submit a single poem for consideration. The judges, Richard Widerkehr and Jane Wong, will select 10 Walk Awards and 15 Merit Awards from the submissions. Read and follow the guidelines carefully. And please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17, 2018, when the winning poets will read their work at the festive, free public awards ceremony.


Poetry Coalition

February 28, 2018

We’ve previously introduced the Poetry Coalition (here and here). During the month of March 2018, the 20+ organizations that make up the Poetry Coalition will present programming on the theme Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body (a line from “Flores Woman” by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith).

Each organization will bring its unique mission to the task of presenting programs and projects on the theme of the body, including a range of events and publications that address issues such as mass incarceration, transphobia, violence against people of color, and health and self-care. This programming is supported in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation secured by the Academy of American Poets.

See a list of the organizations and their anticipated programming here.


February 22, 2018

It’s almost time…
The annual submission window for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will open a week from today, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Early and late submissions will be disqualified.

This would be an excellent time to review the submission guidelines and make sure your poem does not exceed the line count or character count.

Whatcom County poets, on your mark…


more new

January 29, 2018

Here’s another batch of new and “most anticipated” poetry books, thanks to Craig Morgan Teicher and NPR: The Personal Is Always Political: A 2018 Poetry Preview.


call for youth poets

January 27, 2018

The Whatcom County Library System invites submissions from teens in grades 6-12 for inclusion in A Forest of Words 2018, a teen poetry anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries.

The entry deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. See the guidelines and submission form at WCLS.


Poetry Marathon update

January 17, 2018

For those of you who are past participants in the Poetry Marathon and any of you who might have been considering jumping in on the next round, PM founder Caitlin Thomson has posted an Update on The 2018 Poetry Marathon.


in the pipeline

January 9, 2018

Hot on the heels of the 2017 best-of lists are 2018 poetry-books-to-watch-for lists. Here’s a starter:

Happy reading!

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