Attention Tacoma poets!

January 10, 2019

Do you have creative ideas, great people skills, plenty of energy, and a commitment to enlivening the poetry community? The City of Tacoma, Washington, is looking for a Poet Laureate for 2019-2021. Learn something about outgoing PL Kellie Richardson and see the guidelines and application online.


planning ahead…

January 4, 2019

If you start getting a few extra minutes of sleep each night, by June you should be ready for the 2019 Poetry Marathon. Yes, it’s back after a brief hiatus, and it’s a chance to shake up your complacent writing habits by writing 24 poems, once an hour for 24 hours.

Sign-ups begin in late May and the marathon starts at 9:00am Eastern time on Saturday, June 22, 2019, and goes till 9:00am Sunday, June 23. A half-marathon option is also available. Mark your calendar and watch for updates at The Poetry Marathon and on Facebook.

post some peace

January 3, 2019

If you’re interested in peace, poetry, and postcards, it’s time to sign up for 2019 Peace Poetry Postcards. The project is open to poets of all ages throughout the world.

You can sign up between now and January 28, 2019. Beginning on February 1 and continuing through the month of February, send an original poem each day to those on your list.

To register and receive a list of 28 addresses, send an email to following these instructions:

  1. Use the subject line: Peace Postcard Signup.
  2. Provide your name and complete mailing address. This will not be shared anywhere beyond your group.
  3. Once your group has filled to 28 members, you will receive your address list via email. Find your name on that list and make sure your information is correct.
  4. Gather 28 postcards, which can be homemade, or purchased online or in bookstores, thrift shops, etc.
  5. Buy stamps. (NOTE: as of January 27, 2019, domestic postage for postcards no larger than 4.25″ x 6″ is $0.35; for oversize postcards the “forever” stamp rate is $0.50; international rate for standard-sized postcards is $1.15 for all countries.)
  6. Once you get your list, start writing original peace poems directly onto postcards addressed to the names on your list. START WITH THE NAME BELOW YOURS on the list of poets. (If you are #7 on the list, your first postcard will go to #8 and proceed from there, circling back to the top.) Be sure to sign/write your name on your poem postcards. No one can publish your poem without your permission.
  7. A list of prompts will be posted on the World Peace Poets Facebook page
  8. If you sign up, please be sure to complete your 28 postcard poems.
  9. Please do not share your list or use it to promote other projects or products.

Sign up now and post some peace! The deadline is January 28, 2019. If you have questions, contact Carla Shafer or CJ Prince at
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strong voices

January 2, 2019

You’re invited to look and listen as a group of poets offer their words to accompany the Women Empowering Women exhibit at Allied Arts in Bellingham on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 4:00pm. Featured poets include Nancy Canyon, Lois Holub, Jessica Lee, Maria McLeod, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, Dayna Patterson, Carla Shafer, Kami Westhoff, and Leslie Wharton.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk, Friday, January 4, 6:00-8:00pm. The participating artists (Francie Allen, Mary Jane Davis, Patti Fairbanks, LaVera Langeman, Erin Libby, and Leslie Wharton) will also host a film and fundraiser for the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday, January 17, 6:00-8:00pm, and a Tea Party in honor of the Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00pm. The exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, January 26, 2019.

looking ahead

November 20, 2018

We’ve mentioned the Poetry Coalition several times before. Now the Academy of American Poets has announced the theme for the Coalition’s third year of programming to take place nationwide throughout March 2019. Programs in 11 cities will explore the theme “What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy.”

The question “What is it, then, between us?” is an excerpt from the poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman. In addition to Whitman being recognized as a poet whose work forged a new kind of American poetry, which both expresses democratic ideals and contains painful truths about our country’s origin, throughout 2019, many libraries, museums, schools, and cultural organizations will be marking the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, which took place on May 31, 1819.

These are culturally important conversations. Local programming related to the theme is encouraged. Watch for more information on events in the region and follow developments at #PoetryCoalition and @Poetsorg.

the Anacortes season

September 3, 2018

Pelican Bay poetry, a monthly reading series in Anacortes, has released its lineup of poets scheduled from September 2018 through May 2019. The readings, which generally feature two outstanding poets, are coordinated by Michael Daley and are held on Friday evenings, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books. For a complete list of the poets, download the 2018-2019 Pelican Poster.


August 4, 2018

Early-bird registration for AWP 2019 in Portland, Oregon, is now open (and continues through October 11, 2018).

The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

AWP will happen at the Oregon Convention Center March 27–30, 2019. Not sure? Check out the list of events.

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