The Larger Voice

November 6, 2022

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) advances equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States.

The NACF National Artist Fellowship initiative was built around the fact that in order for any artist to succeed creatively, they need time, space, and financial support to cultivate their creative process, improve their craft, explore new concepts and, for some, take risks that they might not have had the capacity to take otherwise.

The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows is a new publication by NACF that highlights the work of National Artist Fellows in literature. Edited by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, the collection features cover art by Dyani White Hawk Polk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota), a foreword by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Mvskoke), and selected works by Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Natalie Diaz (Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe), Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe Turtle Mountain), Kelli Jo Ford (Citizen of the Cherokee Nation), Santee Frazier (Citizen of the Cherokee Nation), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Layli Long Soldier (Citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation), Mona Susan Power (Enrolled Member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation), Luci Tapahonso (Diné), David Treuer (Ojibwe), Michael Wasson (Nez Perce [Nimíipuu]), and Elizabeth Woody (The Confederated Tribes of the Reservation at Warm Springs, Oregon).

Read The Larger Voice on issuu or request a PDF.

at the local library

April 15, 2022

Nice to see POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, The First Five Years on display in such good company at the Bellingham Public Library for National Poetry Month. Edited by Nancy Canyon and Anita K. Boyle, and designed and illustrated by Nancy Canyon, the 152-page collection includes the full text of all winning poems from 2006 through 2010. Copies are still circulating in the Whatcom County Library system and at Western Washington University.

A second five-year collection was published in 2015 and chapbooks of winning poems have been published annually since then. The 2022 chapbook will be available at the time of the awards ceremony, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

call for student poems

March 10, 2018

Portland, Oregon, based Honoring Our Rivers invites student (kindergarten through college!) submissions of original writing, art, and photography for the annual Pacific Northwest Rivers anthology.

The submission deadline is EARTH DAY, April 22, 2018.

The subject matter is Pacific Northwest rivers: “anything relating to your watershed” including oceans, animals, human interaction, forests, etc. “We especially love to see students express their personal connection to rivers.” Within the anthology, there is also a themed section: Celebrating the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and present-day relationships to rivers.

Read the complete submission guidelines here.

A conservation nonprofit, Honoring Our Rivers encourages stewardship of river watersheds and nurtures the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of youth. Learn more here.

watch for it…

June 27, 2017

We have it on good authority that Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall is working on a series of readings for Washington 129.

We’ll post them here when dates are confirmed, but meanwhile, check out the review of Washington 129 by Dennis Held in The Spokesman-Review.

toasting the new year

January 3, 2017

World Enough Writers

Do you have poems in which beer, wine, or spirits play a role? If so, wobble on over to World Enough Writers and have a look at the submission call for the Beer, Wine, & Spirits Anthology. To be edited by James Bertolino and published in Winter 2018, the anthology invites poems of any style, form, or line length. Submit one poem at no charge, two or more for $5. As of this writing, the submissions page does not include a deadline, so submit soon.

nudge nudge

October 14, 2016

Washington 129

We mentioned this back in March, so this is just a gentle reminder that submissions are still open for Washington 129, the anthology of poems by Washington State writers being assembled by Washington’s Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall. According to the call for submissions, “all poets, no matter age or experience level, are encouraged to submit. Poems are not required to address Washington geography, imagery, or culture directly, but those that do will be given priority consideration.”

Poems must be previously unpublished. Submit no more than three poems as a single Microsoft Word attachment or in the body of an email to submissions@humanities.org. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. (Poems may also be submitted by U.S. mail; details on the call for submissions.)

One hundred twenty-nine (one for each year of Washington’s statehood up to 2018) of the poems will be included in a print anthology; an additional selection will be assembled into an e-book available online.

Visit the Washington 129 page on the Washington Poet Laureate site, download the call for submissions and send your poems!

cat call

June 22, 2016

Sugar skull catHere’s a call for poems that’s sure to offend some people and sure to elicit fine words from stories untold:

Poet Dee Dee Chapman is (in her own words) “putting together an anthology on the theme of dead cats. Why dead cats, you say? Good question! (I love cats, for the record, and wish them to be fluffy, sassy and cuddly for as long as we both shall live.) This is an experiment, because I discovered the theme to be oddly prevalent at a poetry reading, and the more I talk to writers about it, the more pieces are out there that fit. I’m excited to discover what the topic/theme/image can mean, and where it will take us beyond the initial loss of a companion.”

After an initial round of submissions, promoted through Facebook and word of mouth, Chapman has extended the deadline and says, “My first round of submissions was wonderful, strange and promising. However, I’d like to publish a full-length anthology, so I’m keeping submissions open….Side note: I’m truly sorry to all the friends I know have lost their fluffy friends recently. Please don’t take my interest in this subject to mean I’m insensitive to the loss of kitty companions. Quite the opposite.

“Continued CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to NINE LIVES LATER: A Dead Cat Anthology. This upcoming anthology seeks to examine the image of a dead cat. We are accepting poetry, nonfiction, prose, fiction, art, music. Previously published is acceptable. We are looking for work that takes the theme beyond the loss of companions (though great work that grieves them will be considered). ***NOTE: living cat stories will not be accepted; neither will other dead animal stories. This is a specific theme, please submit only pieces within that theme. Compensation is one copy of the anthology when it is printed in October, as well as invitation to read at the anthology’s release party.”

The submission deadline is Thursday, September 1, 2016. Submit work by email to deedeetheshark@gmail.com.

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Sugar Skull Cat

Ice Cream, etc.

April 4, 2016

World Enough Writers

World Enough Writers, an imprint of Concrete Wolf, publishes a diverse offering of themed poetry anthologies and selected individual collections. Managing editor Lana Hechtman Ayers has announced topics for a number of upcoming collections, including an Ice Cream Poetry Anthology edited by Patricia Fargnoli, deadline Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Send something tasty!

More on the World Enough Writers website and World Enough Writers on Facebook.

the sound of Noisy Water

November 29, 2015

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington

Other Mind Press is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, an anthology of work by 101 outstanding poets who have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County in the last five years.

The first reading, SpeakEasy 17, will be held in the Encore Room at Mount Baker Theatre (Bellingham) at 7:00pm this Tuesday, December 1, 2015. More than two dozen poets will read and copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.

The program for the second reading, Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Village Books, features an entirely different lineup of poets.

Additional readings are scheduled in the new year at county libraries and again at Village Books for National Poetry Month. See the complete list of readings and poets on the Noisy Water web page.

All events are free. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase at each reading and, beginning in December, at Village Books (in person and online). (Perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list!)

a winning reading

August 27, 2015

POETRY WALK II

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, a second anthology of winning poems has been published, with cover art © Copyright 2015 by Kim Wulfestieg. A celebratory reading of selected works from the collection will be held at Village Books on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 7:00pm. Copies will be available for purchase at the reading and through Village Books.

Mark your calendar…and ask for
POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Contest, The Second Five Years
– ISBN 978-1-4951-6861-1 – 147 pages, 125 poems by 108 Whatcom County poets (some represented multiple times), $14.99

The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest is particularly grateful to WECU for underwriting the first print run.

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