this Saturday, online

August 27, 2020

Independent Bookstore Day will look a little different this year. Instead of the usual lineup of readings and signings and authors working the cash register, IBD will happen largely online. Beginning with a kickoff event on Friday, August 28, 2020, the classes, readings, discussions, and kids’ events continue through the day on Saturday, August 29. Visit indiebookstoreday for a list of events and Zoom links. While you’re at it, support your local indie bookstore by ordering a book or stopping by during open hours.

late (but not too late)

August 4, 2020

Back in 2017, poet Nicole Sealey realized that she “hadn’t been doing much reading” and decided to do something about it. She challenged herself to read a book or chapbook of poetry each day for the month of August and posted her intentions on social media. Poet Dante Micheaux coined a hashtag, #TheSealeyChallenge, and the word spread. (Here’s a 2018 article in Literary Hub on why Sealey launched her ambitious challenge.)

The Sealey Challenge is now in its fourth year. It’s already August 4, so you have a bit of catching up to do, but chapbooks count, so you can do it! We’ve posted loads of recommended titles and here’s a 2019 list in Electric Lit: “31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August.”

Plus, if you happen to be participating in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, this will give you plenty of fuel for your postcard poems. Happy reading!

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photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

The Poetry MarathonPushed to the edge of exhaustion, what kind of poems would you write? Here’s a chance to test yourself. The Poetry Marathon is an annual, round-the-clock poetry-writing event. The goal is to write one poem every hour, for 24 hours straight.

The Poetry Marathon starts at 9 a.m. EDT on Saturday, August 23, 2014, and goes till 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, August 24. Those who are interested in doing a half-marathon start at 9 a.m. EDT on August 23 and end at 9 p.m. the same day.

Every hour you must write and post a poem on the Poetry Marathon site. The length and content of the poem is up to you. There will be prompts posted on the official website every hour on the hour. You can choose to follow these prompts or ignore them. What you do with the rest of the hour is up to you. You can write the whole time, you can sleep, cook, eat, edit, run….

The Poetry Marathon only asks that participants fill out a short application form by August 20 to show their commitment.

By the time the clock winds down, you’ll have a chapbook’s worth of poems to edit, and perhaps a whole new approach to writing.

Get all the details, including the application and answers to frequently-asked questions, on The Poetry Marathon website and visit The Poetry Marathon on Facebook for updates.

summer lit…

July 25, 2013

Auburn Days

If you’re eager to show off the Northwest’s literary chops to your house guests, consider taking them to Auburn Days on Sunday, August 11, 2013. The three-day festival (August 9, 10 and 11), which includes a parade, a dance, model boats, a car show, plenty of food and other fun, culminates with Sunday’s Adventures in Literature. The lineup features workshops, readings by Poets on Parade, a small press fair and book swap, an essay contest, open mic and much more. See the complete schedule for Adventures in Literature or visit Auburn Days on Facebook.

Institute of New Writing

Tired of beach reading? Looking for a way to beef up your writing this summer? Have a look at the curriculum for the Institute of New Writing, August 12-17, 2013, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Faculty: Craig Wright, Robert Arellano and K. Silem Mohammad; plus visiting writers: Kevin Killian, Sharon Mesmer, Vanessa Place and others.

Events include intensive workshops in the short story, noir literature, and poetry, with an emphasis on emergent forms, styles and genres; afternoon panels and evening activities; colloquia with visiting writers; and the fourth annual Lollapaganza Festival, featuring contributors to West Wind Review.

More here and on Facebook.
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Thanks to Harriett for the tip!

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