Friday in Anacortes

January 21, 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:00pm, Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse will welcome poets Elizabeth Austen and Ed Harkness for a late-winter reading. Singer/songwriter Erik Christensen will also perform. Join them.

The monthly reading series is coordinated by Michael Daley.

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new voices

December 28, 2018

In the spirit of the season, and to usher in the new year, Pelican Bay Books hosts eight young poets, all current or former students of Anacortes High School. Come hear Anna Prewitt, Addi Garner (Poetry Out Loud 2017 Washington State winner and 2018 honorable mention), John Harrison, Geoffrey Hamilton, Alex Hanesworth, Layne Woodward, Will McCracken, and Jade Carter. The reading starts at 7:00pm tonight, Friday, December 28, 2018.

next Friday in Anacortes

November 23, 2018

Enjoy a congenial evening in Anacortes at The Annual Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Robert Sund on Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books. Featured poets Georgia Johnson, Chip Hughes, Jeff Langlow, Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, and Costa Lavigne-Thomas, will be joined by musicians Jeff Winston and Brad Killion.

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.

Friday, May 25, 2018, you can enjoy the full bouquet of Roses at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes. Bob Rose, Rachel Rose, and Alex and Jefferson Rose will share their poetry and music starting at 7:00pm.

Nearly 50 years ago, paterfamilias Bob Rose landed on north Whidbey and has lived within 60 miles since. He nurtured Rachel and Jefferson on the side of Mt. Erie and in Seattle. A poet, publisher and founding member of the Co-op Press, he led the effort to protect Heart Lake and the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Since then, he has been a key figure in preserving forests and farmlands throughout the state.

Rachel Rose has won poetry, fiction, and non-fiction awards, including a 2014 and 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a 2016 nomination for a Governor General’s Award. Rachel is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver, BC, and the author of The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops (St. Martin’s Press), which was just shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis award for best non-fiction crime book, 2018. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Globe & Mail, The American Poetry Review, Monte Cristo Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, and The Press Democrat.

Sweethearts Alex and Jefferson Rose lead the Seattle based musical collective, The Pazific (pronounced just like the Pacific Ocean). Their debut release, The Fusión EP, is a wave of Seattle sound, blending the spirit of the West Coast with inspiration from around the world. With songs in English and Spanish, The Pazific’s Latin pop, soul, and surf sounds hit home, while their nomadic influences take you on unexpected journeys. Their previous collaboration, Jefferson Rose Band’s record, Feel Like Dancing, enjoyed 28 weeks on the CMJ World Music Top 40 charts. Jefferson has also worked with the Pongo Writing Project, a non-profit that focuses on helping people leading difficult lives express themselves through poetry.

The Sisters Band of 1956

April 20, 2018

Lifelong friends Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder will read poetry and discuss the art and artists of the Skagit Valley on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books and Coffee House.

The small print (in image):

Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder were born midcentury to working class parents whose second worst fear for them was that they might become writers or painters, and therefore doom themselves to a life of N’er Do Well.

These pressures of suburban values created in them irresistible urges to make stuff up, in paint, in words. For nearly 60 years their efforts have won them no coveted awards, and very little money, but you may enjoy their persistent pursuit on Non-Sense.

Go. It’ll be good.

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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