poetry, three ways

August 14, 2019

It will be poetry three ways as Alaska poet John Morgan, his son Jeffrey Morgan, and Jeffrey’s wife, Carla Conforto, read poetry from their latest books, The Moving Out: Early Collected Poems (Salmon Publishing), The Last Note Becomes Its Listener (Conduit Books), and Popular Piety (Dancing Girl), respectively.

Please join them for a lively 7:00pm reading on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Village Books in Bellingham.


book launch, etc.

August 13, 2019

David Ossman, perhaps best known for his work with the Firesign Theatre, writes poems. Egress Studio Press publishes exceptionally beautiful hand-stitched books.

This Saturday, August 17, 2019, Egress Studio will host a book launch party for Ossman’s new Egress-published collection, The Old Man’s Poems. In addition to a pre-reading potluck supper, the event will include a performance by Seattle’s Band of Poets, a music and poetry group featuring John Burgess, Anna Jenkins, Jed Myers, Ted McMahon, and Rosanne Olson. (Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.)

For more information, here’s a post by Anita K. Boyle, and here’s the event on Facebook.

bounce tonight!

August 12, 2019

poetrynightBoynton Bouncers is here! Tonight! At the Alternative Library in Bellingham. The list of readers so far includes Amber Ashbjornsen, Nancy Canyon, Lynna Fuller, Shannon Laws, Carol McMillan, Rachel Mehl, Deborah Royal, Jim Schmotzer, and J.L. Wright.

You can still sign up by sending an email with your name, phone, and poem title(s) to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com or you can just show up and read or be part of the audience. Hosted by poetrynight, it’s free.

summer in Bellingham

August 3, 2019

Among summer’s many worthwhile pursuits, Bruna Press + Archive presents Hiroshima Library, a project by poet, editor, and archivist Brandon Shimoda.

Hiroshima Library is an itinerant, sometimes spontaneous, often undisclosed collection of books on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and their ongoing afterlives, as well as the environments and situations in which the collection either publicly or privately exists. The collection consists of hibakusha testimonies, history and journalism, art and photography, poetry, novels, graphic novels and comic books, art and literary criticism, in part by the Rest House in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima; the ice cream vendor in the Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki; the reading areas in the MRT stations in Kaohsiung, Taiean; abandoned gas stations and strip malls throughout the United States and Japan; as well as mundane, workaday spaces adjacent to catastrophic life, which occupy a frequency between communal mourning and melancholy, private refreshment, and idle and free associative learning, and into which an individual (passerby, tourist, wandered, child), motivated by an aimless yet open curiosity, might enter and, for a moment, disappear.

The collection was first conceived in 1988 when Shimoda received, as a gift from his parents, a copy of of Keiji Nakazawa’s manga, I Saw It: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima: A Survivor’s True Story (English translation, 1982). That same year he visited, for the first time, the city of Hiroshima. He was ten years old.

Opening cultural, literary, historical questions thrust into consciousness by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which extinguished over 225,000 lives nearly 74 years ago, the Hiroshima Library, and its accompanying events program, co-developed with local organizations, invites new relationships with the unfathomable, unconscionable events of 1945.

On view through Sunday, September 29, 2019, Hiroshima Library will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 pm, or by appointment. See the complete schedule of programming on the Bruna Press website.

attention fishers

July 5, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films.

The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the water and/or find inspiration there that fuels your art, consider adding your voice and vision to this lively, multi-venue event. See the details here.

plaques in place

July 1, 2019

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award plaques are now installed along the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library, on Central Avenue, downtown. They will remain there until the 2020 contest winners take their place.

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.

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