Robert Sund appreciation

July 11, 2016

A Flutter of Birds
A couple of months ago, we mentioned the new book, A Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper. This week, Frost and Piper and other contributors to the tribute volume will be reading at Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham). Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:00pm, and join in an appreciation of this Pacific Northwest legend. The reading is free and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

A Flutter of BirdsA Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper, has just been published and is available from Amazon for $20. Local bookstores will stock it soon.

This book, a tribute to the Skagit poet Robert Sund, contains poetry, reminiscences, art, anecdotes, essays, photographs and more from over 35 contributors, and includes work by such luminaries as Robert Bly, Gary Snyder and our own Jim Bertolino.

Robert Sund was considered to be the informal poet laureate of Washington State for a number of years, and was truly a great poet of place. Keep an ear out (and watch the Calendar) for readings that will accompany the launch.

Read a review of A Flutter of Birds in the New York Journal of Books.

Poetry reading

National Poetry Month may be winding down, but it’s not going out with a whimper. Readings, events and postings continue, and here’s yet another, free, in Bellingham. Poets James Bertolino, Allen Frost and Paul Piper will read at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in the beautiful Special Collections Research Room of the Western Washington University Library. (Come for the poetry, stay for the view…and the snacks!) See additional details at Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Click for campus parking information.

tonight in Bellingham!

April 24, 2014

SpeakEasy 14: String Theory

Break out the string, here comes the poetry… SpeakEasy 14: String Theory is a sequence of poems created and read by poets Luther Allen, Sheila Sondik, Allen Frost, Paul Piper and Nancy Pagh — each poem strung to the one before and suggesting the one that follows. Free (donations appreciated) at Village Books at 7:00pm. Plus, the first 40 audience members to be seated receive a free chapbook of the string of poems.

SpeakEasy 14: String Theory

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 24, 2014, and join five poets for SpeakEasy 14: String Theory. The poets will “string” poems together based on some common element from the preceding poem — theme, topic, word, phrase or style — something that gives birth to the idea within the next poem. Poets Luther Allen, Sheila Sondik, Allen Frost, Paul Piper and Nancy Pagh will read their poems in a round-robin format. The reading, which is free, will be hosted by Village Books at 7:00pm.

Wilson Library, WWUYou are invited to a free poetry reading on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:00pm, at Western Washington University. “A Pod of Poets” — Bruce Beasley, Ryler Dustin, Allen Frost, Nancy Pagh, Suzanne Paola, Paul Piper, Jeremy Voigt and Misho Wooldridge — will read their own work and the work of others who moved or influenced them.

The reading will be held in the Library Presentation Room (southwest corner, street-level) of the old Wilson Library (just off High Street). Paid parking is available on campus (contact Parking office for assistance if needed 360-650-2945 or parking@wwu.edu).
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photo of Wilson Library