meet the MUSE

March 3, 2019

Muse Reading Series is a student-run literary collective that curates diverse groups of local writers to read their work in various Bellingham community spaces.

Their second reading will take place TODAY, Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00pm, at the Alternative Library. The program will feature authors Dayna Kidd Patterson, Iris Graville, and Hanna Webster, as well as student writers Madison Starks, Sydnee Smith, Jabez Richard, and others.



March 2, 2019

Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and a stellar lineup of other poets will offer their reflections on Poetry & Democracy this evening, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham.

SpeakEasy 23: Poetry & Democracy adds regional voices to the nationwide conversation initiated by the Poetry Coalition for the month of March. Please join us. The event is free.

Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

Inspired by the Poetry Coalition programming for March 2019, the theme for SpeakEasy 23 is Poetry & Democracy.

The free event, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington, will feature a special guest appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna along with a selection of strong and relevant poetry from Luther Allen, Anita K. Boyle, Sarah Brownsberger, Nancy Canyon, Linda Conroy, Roger Gilman, Rick Hermann, Lois Holub, Paul Hunter, Georgia Johnson, Peter Messinger, Jeffrey Morgan, Kevin Murphy, Tim Pilgrim, Rena Priest, CJ Prince, Janette Rosebrook, Jim Schmotzer, Carla Shafer, Carey Taylor, Gary Wade, and Leslie Wharton. You are invited to join the audience for a meaningful evening of words.

Information on Other Mind Press or on Facebook.

Day of Remembrance

February 15, 2019

Award winning poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra will be a special guest at Western Washington University in Bellingham on the Day of Remembrance. She will read from her new book, Isako Isako (Alice James, 2018), which speaks to the generational impact of the Japanese American internment.

Isako Isako is a powerful testament to poetry’s capacity for alchemizing history, memoir, and the lyric: the poems here intimately address the landscapes of war and the reverberations of violence through bodies and bloodlines. Malhotra’s visionary debut collection spans generations, countries, and loves, weaving the story of a mother survivor with reflections on the limits and reaches of memory. Sandalwood cities, desert gardens, dragon skin, and peach pits emerge from a shadowed past, details that ‘elude / even as they’re remembered.’” Brynn Saito, author of Power Made Us Swoon

This special event is free and will be held at 4:30pm on campus in Old Main 483.

weather permitting…

February 12, 2019

With so much surprising winter weather and so many cancellations, plans for Sunday in Bellingham has to carry a caveat: weather permitting.

Should the season allow, Bruna Press & Archive, in Bellingham, will offer an afternoon session on Sunday, February 17, 2019, Noon to 3:30pm. DO IT YOURSELF: Zines + Artist Made Publications is a series of workshops and conversations by four local artists, publishers, and community organizers centered around their methods and practices of independent publishing. Each participant — Rosie Lockie, Andrew Molitor, Cullen Beckhorn, and Bailey Cheney — will speak for 30 minutes, sharing their work and perspectives with attendees.

The same evening, Bruna will also host Coast Salish Concepts of Time + Space, the next in its ongoing series of monthly full moon gatherings that explore and introduce seasonal moons, the gathering of foods, and some of the ideas and values that sustain First Nations Coast Salish peoples. The gathering is led by Lummi Elder, William John, X’welwelat’se.

Keep an eye on the website or Facebook page, or follow Bruna Press on Twitter for updates on events… and weather.

Joshua Beckman at WWU

February 9, 2019


Poet Joshua Beckman will discuss two of his two recent books, Three Talks and The Lives of the Poems (Wave Books, 2018), on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:00pm, at Western Washington University (Bond Hall, room 105), as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The event is free.

Joshua Beckman is the author of many other books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry
in Translation Award. He also co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). He lives in Seattle and New York.

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