next up in Anacortes

February 2, 2018

Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes, Washington, continues to attract terrific poets and a dedicated audience for monthly third-Friday readings. Following on January’s successful reading by Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle, the upcoming reading, on Friday, February 16, 2018, will feature Sam and Sally Green.

Both poets and publishers, Sam and Sally have been operating Brooding Heron Press & Bindery since 1982, publishing fine letterpress books of poetry by Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, James Laughlin, Hayden Carruth, Donald Hall, John Haines, and Pattiann Rogers, among others.

Sam Green, who served as Washington State’s first poet laureate, most recently published All That Might Be Done (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014). Sally Green’s chapbook, Full Immersion appeared from Expedition Press in 2014.

Join them in Anacortes for an evening of good poetry and good company.

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coming up in Anacortes

January 7, 2018

Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse will present a reading by Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:00pm, to launch this year’s third-Friday reading series. Come hear two accomplished poets in the relaxed surroundings of an independent bookstore (and coffee shop!) in the heart of downtown Anacortes.

Friday in Anacortes

December 14, 2017

Join with other fine poets this Friday, December 15, 2017, at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse in Anacortes, as friends of Robert Sund gather for an evening of poetry and music. Featured poets include Georgia Johnson, John Brooks, Jeff Langlow, Brad Killion, Jeff Winston, and more.

next week in Anacortes

November 6, 2017

Take in one more delicious helping of poetry before Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 17, 2017, poets Tim McNulty and Lorraine Healy will read a selection of new and published poems. Join them at 7:00pm at the Third Friday Poetry Reading at Pelican Bay Books and Coffeehouse in Anacortes.

We were very sad to see that Patti Pattee of Watermark Book Company in Anacortes is turning a final page on the bookselling business. But there’s still hope for the independent bookstore: YOU! If owning a bookstore is on your bucket list, this could be your chance. See Pattee’s letter on NW Book Lovers and visit Watermark online or, better yet, in person.

Go Fund Addi

May 4, 2017

Back in March, we announced that Addi Garner, a junior at Anacortes High School, was the Washington State winner of Poetry Out Loud. (She also took first place in the Oratory/Persuasive Speaking event at the Washington State Debate Competition.) Last weekend, we had the good fortune to meet Addi and hear her recite two poems from her collection of memorized favorites. Impressive!

Accepted by Brown University to attend a month-long summer program for outstanding high school students, Addi Garner is now hoping to generate financial support that will allow her to participate. Every bit helps. Visit Addi’s Summer @ Brown University and help this young writer on her way.

Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

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