April 26, 2020

Congratulations to Andrew Shattuck McBride, Jill McCabe Johnson, and the many fine writers whose work is included in For Love of Orcas, which has just received a prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category Animals and Nature.

Congratulations, also, to Clyde Ford, whose book Think Black won a Nautilus Gold Award in the Social Change and Social Justice category, and to Eric Scigliano, whose book The Big Thaw was awarded Special Honors as 2019 Nautilus Grand Prize Winner.

See the complete list of Nautilus Book Award winners.

orcas in Seattle, tonight!

November 12, 2019

Hear scientists and writers discuss the fate of the endangered Southern Resident orcas and read from the anthology, For Love of Orcas (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), tonight, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Hugo House. Featured readers include Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, and Adrienne Ross Scanlon. The reading and talk, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by anthology co-editor and poet Jill McCabe Johnson. Details and participant bios at Hugo House.

holiday weekend

June 29, 2019

As you’re lining up events for your holiday weekend, please plan to join the editors and contributors to For Love of Orcas on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham, for a reading of work from the anthology.

hear the whales singing

April 26, 2019

Next Friday, May 3, 2019, Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room will host a chorus of poetry in tribute to whales as SpeakEasy 24: For Love of Orcas celebrates the publication of a new anthology edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson to address the plight of the southern resident orcas, chinook salmon, and their extended ecosystem.

The evening’s readers/contributors include Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Seren Fargo, Jessica Gigot, Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, Carol Guess, Julie B. Hunter, Jill McCabe Johnson, J.I. Kleinberg, David M. Laws, Rob Lewis, Carole MacRury, Christen Mattix, Andrew Shattuck McBride, JS Nahani, Cynthia Neely, Paul E. Nelson, Sheila Nickerson, Nancy Pagh, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, and Sheila Sondik,
with additional work by Ronda Piszk Broatch, Sam Hamill, Jim Milstead, and Alina Stefanescu

The event, which starts at 7:00pm, is free and copies of For Love of Orcas, as well as other books by participating poets, will be available for purchase and signing.

Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

winter Clover

January 26, 2018

Mary Gillilan and Norman Green launched Clover, A Literary Rag in the summer of 2010 with the writing of contributors from the Independent Writers’ Studio — 17 in all. Thirteen editions later Clover has published a total of 234 writers — about half from Washington State, around 40 from Whatcom County, and 11 from international locations.

To see and hear what Clover has become, attend the reading for Volume 14 at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Featured contributors are Luther Allen, Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Susan Chase-Foster, David Drummond, John Green, Frances Howard-Snyder, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Janet Oakley, Raul Sanchez, Harvey Schwartz, Karen VandeBossche, and Betty Scott. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(Submissions for Volume 15 are open until April 30, 2018.)

I Love My City in Snow*

November 9, 2014

Andrew Shattuck McBride - I Love My City in Snow
I Love My City in Snow
By Andrew Shattuck McBride
2014 Walk Award

I love how, as the snow starts,
everything slows and the city catches its breath.
As hush settles over landscape becoming snowscape,
I love the quiet, how the hard edges soften,
how snow covers grit and scatter of litter.

Power’s out in my apartment.
I’m on foot, feel I don’t belong, feel as unwanted
as a trespasser. The diner on Cornwall is open:
I gulp coffee, shovel down biscuits and gravy,
sausage and eggs, finally find comfort.

Snowmen, a snow frog and a snow ogre
appear, redeemed by eyes that aren’t coal.
Deciduous trees are black, fringed with white lace.
Tracks everywhere: humans and dogs,
rabbits and raccoons, deer and birds.

I’m not alone; I do belong. I love my city in snow.

*Copyright 2014 by Andrew Shattuck McBride. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.

Reading this evening

July 12, 2014

Whitney WimbishWhitney Curry Wimbish, a journalist, editor and writer of creative fiction and nonfiction, has been teaching a workshop this week in Bellingham and will offer a reading this evening, Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Mindport Exhibits. Whitney Wimbish’s articles have appeared in The Financial Times, the FT publications FundFire and BoardIQ, New Jersey’s The Herald News and Bergen Record, and The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

Along with Wimbish, readers will include workshop participants and poets Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jim Milstead. The reading is free. Doors open at 6:30pm, the reading starts 7:00.


June 9, 2013

Andrew Shattuck McBride ~ Forgetfulness
2013 Merit Award
By Andrew Shattuck McBride

Morning fog swaddles like forgetfulness
as I walk through downtown streets toward
the water, always the water. From the top
of the bluff visibility is low; sailboats
at anchor are ghostly, half-remembered.
Noise from the graving dock and shipyard
thrums the stillness. The over-water walkway
arcs out through gauze of sea fog, is barely
visible at its north end. On the water two
goldeneyes push toward shore; their wakes
create a large W. Why is the statue Grace
gone? I’ve forgotten why I’m here—until
I see a great blue heron on a rib of sandstone
outcrop nearby. I put aside my discomfort
over losing something. There’s still time.

*Copyright 2013 by Andrew Shattuck McBride. Placard design by Egress Studio.


June 3, 2012

Andrew Shattuck McBride ~ Grace

2012 Merit Award
By Andrew Shattuck McBride


After nightfall an anonymous sculptor
and helpers install a statue below a Fairhaven
bluff. As platform, they choose the jagged
tin boulder surrounded by water at high tide.
They balance the statue perfectly on one foot,
and bolt it in to older metal. The artist calls
the statue Grace. She points one arm to sea,
trails the other to meet leg curling up behind her.
Formed of silver bands wrapped around steel
core and heart, she’s untempered and pure.
Grace is silvery fine and fair, and appears
to be a dancer — her stomach is taut, her limbs
long-muscled and lean. A friend tells me Grace
is in a standing bow pose or dancer’s pose.
To me she seems prepared to leap or soar.
While Grace is lithe and limber, she is caressed
by salt water and air, and her carbon steel
is in certain decline. When the sculptor returns
and takes her from us, he will leave this artistry:
however we choose to picture or embody grace —
in repose, or as a dancer prepared to soar or
leap, reclining, or as an elder walking with
quiet dignity — we rediscover grace. Grace
resides in us, and remains available always.

*Copyright 2012 by Andrew Shattuck McBride. Placard design by Egress Studio.

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