Last Call!

November 8, 2018

Belly up to the podium for a lively evening of poetry, exuberance, and wild abandon. Between the covers of Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine and Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers) is a party that never ends. This is a poetry reading that is sure to lift your spirits. Come toast editor/emcee Jim Bertolino and an intemperate group of contributing poets at a Village Books Literature Live event on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00pm.

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set your alarm for this one

October 26, 2018

The 116th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will be held at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham November 9-11, 2018. This year’s theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages.”

The Friday morning General Session will feature a Creative Writers Spotlight with poets Rae Armantrout, Juan Delgado, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and Jane Wong. The session begins at 9:15am at the Performing Arts Center on the WWU campus.

Although current PAMLA 2018 membership and registration is required for all other conference sessions, this event is free and open to the public.

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Thanks to Nancy Pagh and Lysa Rivera for the info.

Saturday workshops!

October 17, 2018


 
 
In case you haven’t yet signed up, there are still a few spaces available in the two poetry workshops that will be offered this Saturday, October 20, 2018, in downtown Bellingham.

From 10:00am to Noon, Jory Mickelson (top left) will present Spectacular, Wild, Precarious! The workshop will use Yellowstone National Park as lens and inspiration, “as metaphor and structure to reinvigorate and let a little wildness in to our writing.”

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Laura Read and Maya Jewell Zeller (middle and lower left, respectively) will present The American Character & The Personal Pronoun, a workshop that “will help you generate writing that explores your own individual lives as artifacts of our current national landscape.”

The workshops will be held upstairs at Mindport, 210 W Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register (soon!) by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

See the full workshop descriptions and instructor bios (as well as information about the two November workshops) on the Workshops page.

poetry in the classroom

October 11, 2018

PoetryCHaT is sponsoring a half-day poetry workshop at Western Washington University on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Centered around cross-cultural and interdisciplinary poetry, this morning Mini-Camp will provide resources for use in classroom teaching, hands-on activities, spoken word, and ideas to promote poetry in educational and library settings. The program includes keynote speakers Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and spoken word poetry by Wyatt Heimbichner-Goebel.

Registration is $35.00 and includes GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, a Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday Power Book. CEUs are available. Parking is free.

Teachers, librarians, parents, and poets are welcome. See additional details and registration information on the Poetry Mini-Camp page.

tonight and more

October 3, 2018

You’re invited to join poet Betty Scott as she celebrates the release of her new collection, Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth, freshly published by Cave Moon Press.

The book launch begins in Bellingham, Washington, tonight, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, with a reading at Greene’s Corner, and continues on Saturday, October 13, at the downtown Community Co-op at 7:00pm, and on Sunday, October 14, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship at 7:00pm.

Go hear Betty and buy a book! A portion of every book sold will be donated to Lummi Youth Academy.

breakfast with Nancy

September 27, 2018

Reader, best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, Nancy Pearl is also a fierce advocate for the importance of literacy. Each year, she shares her list of favorite reads at a fundraising breakfast to support the Whatcom Literacy Council.

This year’s Literacy Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:00am on the campus of Bellingham Technical College. Advance Registration of $11 is required to hold your seat (or $88 per table). Call (360) 752-8678 or email events@whatcomliteracy.org to reserve a seat.

poems for peace

September 26, 2018

You are invited to join peace-minded poets, musicians, and audience, as World Peace Poets celebrates its Sixth Annual Read-In on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The event, plus potluck dinner, will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (lower level) in Bellingham. Doors open at 5:00pm, potluck begins at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm, and poets read their original peace poems and sing peace songs beginning at 6:15pm and continue until everyone has been heard.

Each poet has 5 minutes, each musician 6 minutes. If you would like to read/play/sing, sign up by Monday, October 1, 2018, by sending an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com. You will be assigned a time slot.

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