summer Sundays

June 1, 2019

You’re invited to a first-Sunday-of-the-month
poetry reading
at 5:00pm
by the book box
at 1507 Larrabee,
in Bellingham.

Featured poets are
Kevin Murphy (June 2),
Carla Shafer (July 7),
Luther Allen (August 4),
and You (open mic, September 1, 2019, followed by a potluck).

Thanks to Jeni Cottrell for the idea and the venue!

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May 10, 2019

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the downtown Bellingham Co-op. One poem, one page maximum, and the deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Read the guidelines. Send a poem.

And if you’re at the Co-op, stop by and read the second-quarter winning poem, North Garden Glass by Leah Hill. (You can also find the winning poem and the three runners-up on the Poem Booth blog.)

awards ceremony

May 9, 2019

Bellingham Cruise TerminalYou’re invited to an appreciation of poets and poetry as the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest celebrates the winners of the 2019 contest. The winning poets will read their poems, the beautiful poem placards will be on view, and all of this year’s submissions will be displayed. Plus, a chapbook of the winning poems will be available for purchase and there will be refreshments! It’s all free, and a truly heart-warming community event: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven.

It seems like National Poetry Month has burst its seams and is spilling over into May. There’s a lot of poetry going on, including what promises to be a terrific reading on Thursday, May 9, 2019, when poets Martha Silano and Laura Da’ read from their latest books, Gravity Assist and Instruments of the True Measure (respectively). Join them at 7:00pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

This evening, Saturday, May 4, 2019, join poets (clockwise from top left) Anita K. Boyle, James Bertolino, Richard Widerkehr, and Gayle Kaune, as they read new and favorite poems. 7:00pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery.

2019 Boynton winners

May 2, 2019

We have winners!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest committee has announced the winners of this year’s contest.

Winners will read their poems at a free public awards ceremony, 7:00pm, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, in Fairhaven. Poet Kevin Murphy will host the ceremony.

Now in its 14th year, the annual contest is open to Whatcom County residents of all ages and poetry experience. This year’s winners were chosen by judges Jessica Lohafer and Christopher Patton, both Bellingham-based poets.

Ten Walk Award winners will have their poems displayed for a year on plaques outside the downtown Bellingham Public Library. Those poems, and the 14 Merit Award winners, also will be displayed on artist-designed placards on WTA buses. (The winning poems and placards will be posted weekly on this site following the awards ceremony.)

Winners include Jaelyn Pitts, a Bellingham 3-year-old, the youngest in the contest’s history; and award-winning poet Luci Shaw of Bellingham, who, at age 90, is likely the contest’s oldest winner ever.

Youths who won the Walk Award are Maddie Patterson, 5th grade, Silver Beach Elementary; Gavin James Karney, 6th grade, Whatcom Middle; Bella Mendoza, 12th grade, Squalicum High; Margaux Barber, kindergarten, Sunnyland Elementary; and Jaelyn Pitts.

Adults who won the Walk Award are Barbara Bloom of Bellingham, Tor of Bellingham, Sandra F. Lucke of Lynden, Stephany Vogel of Bellingham, and Luci Shaw.

Youths won won the Merit Award are Quinn Moore, 4th grade, Natural Learning Center; Porter Chesbrough, 6th grade, Whatcom Middle; Gaia Garza, 6th grade, Whatcom Middle; Eliot Stockman, 6th grade, Whatcom Middle; Lucas Cunningham, 12th grade, Sehome High; Anishka Duggal, 11th grade, Sehome High; Karanjot Mann, 12th grade, Squalicum High; and Adam McCluskey, 11th grade, Squalicum High.

Six adults won a Merit Award: Sally Hewitt of Glacier, Phelps McIlvaine of Bellingham, Carlos Martinez of Ferndale, Tom Moore of Bellingham, Susan Cohen Raphael of Bellingham, and Cadillac Joe Wright of Bellingham.

A chapbook of the winning poems will be available for purchase at the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the winners and heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of poets who submitted their work to this year’s contest.

This evening, Saturday, April 27, 2019, Village Books will host two stellar poets, Elaina Ellis and Sierra Golden, reading from their books, Write About an Empty Birdcage and The Slow Art. The reading begins at 7:00pm. Go.

P.S.: Today is also Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated at your favorite bookstores around the country with readings, signings, and other festivities.

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