more poetry to read

January 26, 2022

More titles for your growing list:

What poetry book(s) have you read lately? If you have don’t-miss recommendations, leave a comment!

copyright free

January 25, 2022

As The Public Domain Review reminds us, “Each January 1st is Public Domain Day, where a new crop of works have their copyrights expire and become free to enjoy, share, and reuse for any purpose.”

In the United States, that means works published in 1926, or before, and all pre-1923 sound recordings. (Copyright terms vary from country to country.) So, if you’re inclined to use the words (or sounds) of others in your own poetry (or music, or erasures), you will no longer have to worry about crediting Ernest Hemingway for that quote from The Sun Also Rises, or A.A. Milne for Winnie-the-Pooh, among a great many other materials now copyright-free. (You don’t have to, but you might do so anyway out of professional courtesy.)

If you wouldn’t know where to begin, have a browse through the inspiring Collections at The Public Domain Review. To learn more about copyright law in the U.S., visit the U.S. Copyright Office.

workshop reminder

January 24, 2022

Just a quick reminder that Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest will be offering an online poetry workshop this coming Saturday, January 29, 2022. Enrollment is limited, but there are still a few spots available. The workshop, called “Pulling Poems from the Ends of Our Pens,” will be held 10:00am to Noon on Zoom and a complete description is available on the Workshops page.

Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. TO REGISTER, submit your payment of $30 via Venmo ( ) OR by check (made out to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442. Please be sure to include your name, email, phone, and the title/date of the workshop(s) you wish to attend. Zoom links will be provided after registration.

Poet’s Perspective

January 22, 2022

If you are a Pacific Northwest Puget Sound area writer, the city of Edmonds, Washington, invites you to submit up to two original short poems to be displayed in temporary outdoor poetry installations at two city locations. Poet’s Perspective is open to adult and youth poets. There is no fee to submit, though there are length and formatting restrictions. Entries are due February 24, 2022.

poetry in your pocket

January 13, 2022

The U.S. Mint began this week circulating quarters with the image of poet Maya Angelou. This is the first issue in the four-year American Women Quarters™ Program, with up to five coins to be issued each year, celebrating “the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country.”

The image on the Angelou (reverse) side of the coin was designed by freelance illustrator Emily Damstra and sculpted by U.S. Mint Medallic Artist Craig Campbell.

The coin’s obverse features a right-facing profile of George Washington, originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser. In 1931, Congress held a competition for a coin to honor the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Though not chosen, Gardin Fraser’s popular submission was revived for the 1999 George Washington Commemorative Gold Five-Dollar coin and finally goes into wide circulation on the obverse of the American Women Quarters.

What to read now

January 10, 2022

Let the recommendations flow!

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10:00am – Noon Pacific, Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest will offer an online (Zoom) workshop: Pulling Poems from the Ends of Our Pens.

Here’s Rena’s description of the workshop:

“Where do your poems come from?” This question is often asked in Q & A sessions and interviews. I think it’s a great question. Where do poems come from? We’ll have a discussion about where our poems come from and if you have a favorite poem you’ve written, I invite you to bring it along and share it, along with a few words about your process. People will also often ask “How do you start a poem?” In this workshop we’ll begin by sharing our strategies for getting started, and we’ll respond to a series of prompts. By the end of our time together you’ll have a fresh set of ideas on which to build new poems.

Rena Priest is a Poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021-2023. She is a Vadon Foundation Fellow, and recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues, was published in 2017 by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. She is a National Geographic Explorer (2018-2020) and a Jack Straw Writer (2019). She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 per workshop. Zoom links will be provided after registration.

TO REGISTER, please submit your payment of $30 via Venmo ( ) OR by check (made out to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442. Please be sure to include your name, email, phone, and the title/date of the workshop(s) you wish to attend. If you have questions, please contact Jay, our workshop coordinator by email: jsnahani AT

See the full lineup of winter 2022 workshops on the Workshops page.

Celebrating Stafford

January 6, 2022

Every January, poets and poetry lovers throughout Cascadia (and elsewhere) celebrate William Stafford (January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993) with a variety of birthday readings. Most (but not all) of the 2022 celebrations are online and most require advance registration. Here are a few. All times are Pacific; follow the links for details:

fluff up your calendar!

January 1, 2022

Judged by forthcoming poetry readings, 2022 is off to a promising start. On Wednesday, January 12, at 5:00pm Pacific, Elliott Bay Book Company presents a virtual reading with stellar poets Tess Gallagher, Alice Derry, Kathryn Hunt, and Gary Copeland Lilley. We’ll be adding this and other events to the CALENDAR page… and hope to see you at a reading soon.

new in ’22

December 31, 2021

We may have a few more “best-of” book lists after the first of the year, but meanwhile, lists of forthcoming poetry books are already showing up. Here are a few for 2022. (You can also visit your favorite publishers’ websites and view the Spring 2022 catalog of forthcoming titles.)

Happy New Year and happy reading!

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