your poetry needs this

March 15, 2019

The fourth annual Inland Poetry Prowl is coming up and you really, really should participate. On Saturday, April 6, 2019, poetry will take over downtown Ellensburg, Washington (with additional programming on Friday night and Sunday morning). In (mostly) 45-minute sessions throughout the day and evening, galleries, stores, cafes, pubs, and other venues will host free readings and presentations. The poetry, the people, and the energy coursing through town are invigorating and inspiring. Go.

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call for poems

March 1, 2019

Whatcom County: send us your poems!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens today and remains open until 6:00pm, Sunday, March 31, 2019. All Whatcom County poets, regardless of age or poetry experience, are invited to submit ONE poem for consideration. Please read and following the guidelines on the 2019 Contest page.

Poetry Out Loud

February 23, 2019

Once again, it’s Poetry Out Loud season and that means students from over 65 high schools around Washington State have been learning, memorizing, and performing poems. The seven regional finals are now over and the top 13 students will move on to the state final on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:00pm at Tacoma Arts Live / Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, in Tacoma. Produced by ArtsWA, the event is free and open to the public.

The top student from the state final will receive a cash prize of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, (with a chaperone) to represent Washington State in the National Finals, April 29 – May 1, 2019. The state winner’s school also 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.

Click for information on Poetry Out Loud in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

Inspired by the Poetry Coalition programming for March 2019, the theme for SpeakEasy 23 is Poetry & Democracy.

The free event, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington, will feature a special guest appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna along with a selection of strong and relevant poetry from Luther Allen, Anita K. Boyle, Sarah Brownsberger, Nancy Canyon, Linda Conroy, Roger Gilman, Rick Hermann, Lois Holub, Paul Hunter, Georgia Johnson, Peter Messinger, Jeffrey Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Tim Pilgrim, Rena Priest, CJ Prince, Janette Rosebrook, Jim Schmotzer, Carla Shafer, Carey Taylor, Gary Wade, and Leslie Wharton. You are invited to join the audience for a meaningful evening of words.

Information on Other Mind Press or on Facebook.

residencies!

February 19, 2019

Seattle City of Literature has announced that applications are open for three City of Literature residencies: Kraków, Poland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Tartu, Estonia. Deadlines are coming right up, so read all about it and apply!

FisherPoets… soon!

February 16, 2019

FisherPoets 2019 will be happening Friday, February 22, thru noon, Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Astoria, Oregon. The Evening Reading Schedule is posted (seven venues, 100+ poets), as is the Special Events Schedule (art, music, politics, movies, workshops, and more). More on Facebook event page. Go. You’ll get hooked.

there’s still time…

February 7, 2019

There are four remaining spots in each of the Egress Studio workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 9, 2019. Raúl Sanchez and Jed Myers will each offer a two-hour workshop on the theme of Mixing Poetry & Politics, held at Egress Studio in Bellingham. See the complete workshop descriptions, poet bios, and enrollment information on the Egress Studio blog. And if you plan to sign up, don’t delay!

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