awards season

September 18, 2021

A few days ago, we mentioned the Washington State Book Awards, and that Patricia Smith had been awarded the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize. Smith’s award is dazzling, and we should also note the Academy of American Poets prizes, including the Wallace Stevens Award, which went to Toi Derricotte, the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, the National Book Foundation’s 2021 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry, and poet Patricia Lockwood, whose debut novel, No One Is Talking About This, has been shortlisted for both the 2021 Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Congratulations finalists and winners!

Poetry prizes are announced throughout the year. Finalists for the UK’s T.S. Eliot Prize and Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced in mid-October.

Memory and Memorial

September 16, 2021

UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics has posted program and registration details for the 2021 Fall Convergence, themed Memory and Memorial. The conference, which is entirely free, will be held online Thursday and Friday evenings, September 30 and October 1, and all day Saturday, October 2, 2021. Advance registration is required.

The Poetry Foundation today announced that Patricia Smith has been awarded the 2021 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. One of the most prestigious awards given to American poets, the $100,000 prize honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Read the announcement here.

More about Patricia Smith here.


September 12, 2021

Congratulations to Raven Chronicles Press, editors Phoebe Bosché, Anna Bálint, and Thomas Hubbard, and all the contributing poets and artists whose combined efforts turned Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, a Raven Chronicles Anthology into the winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award in Poetry.

Congratulations as well to all the other winners and finalists in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

LiTFUSE time

September 11, 2021

When we posted about LiTFUSE back in April, it wasn’t certain whether the annual poetry gathering would happen in person or online. Now it’s certain and there’s still time to register and participate in this lively event.

LiTFUSE 2021 will be all virtual, September 24-26, with readings, craft talks, keynote addresses, and a variety of classes. (Note: it appears that the “opening act,” with Camille Dungy and Matthew Dickman, will happen the previous weekend, on Sunday, September 19, 2021.)

In addition, there is a free, pre-LiTFUSE event: Poets in Conversation on Friday, September 17, 4:00pm, featuring Ching-In Chen, Claudia Castro Luna, and Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Visit the LiTFUSE website for information on instructors, events, and registration.

National Book Festival

September 7, 2021

The 2021 National Book Festival will be a ten-day literary extravaganza presented by the Library of Congress, September 17-26, 2021. The readings, conversations, Q&A sessions, and other events will all be available free online, plus, only one program will livestream at any given time, meaning this year you won’t need to make any tough choices on which program to attend. See the author lineup and additional information about the Festival.

Tell It Slant

September 6, 2021

Formerly known as the Amherst Poetry Festival, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free, annual celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson. The 2021 Festival, September 20-26, will be an entirely virtual event featuring workshops, panels, and readings, as well as the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic online reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems. You can see the schedule and registration information here.

best selling

September 3, 2021

Nice to see two Cascadia-region publishers (Empty Bowl and Fonograf) and five titles among the top twenty poetry bestsellers for August from Small Press Distribution! All available through your favorite independent bookseller.

worldwide reading

September 2, 2021

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 3:00pm Pacific.

The reading is intended to commemorate those who have died in the pandemic. You may watch/listen on Zoom and/or participate as a reader. If you would like to read:

  • Prepare a short (1-2 minute) text you wish to share, in any language.
  • Send a note of intent, including the title of your text, to no later than Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:59pm Pacific.

Readers will be listed in the Zoom chat at the event.
Details on Facebook.

keep reading!

August 27, 2021

As we wrap up the final days of the August Poetry Postcard Fest* and the #SealeyChallenge, there is still plenty of reading (and writing) to be done. Here are more titles for your list:

*If you’re interested, there will be a post-postcard fest open mic on Zoom on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 10:00am Pacific.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the CBC alert!

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