Mark your calendar for the first Sunday of the month at 5:00pm, as a series of summer sidewalk readings present the voices of Bellingham poets. If you show up at 1507 Larrabee, in Fairhaven, look for the book box and that’s where the the readings will be held.

June 3 ~ Shannon P. Laws
July 1 ~ Donna Rushing
August 5 ~ Jim Bertolino & Anita K. Boyle
September 2 ~ Nancy Canyon

See you there!

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Winners and awards!

May 6, 2018

Bellingham Cruise TerminalCongratulations to the 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets! A total of 224 Whatcom County residents participated in the 13th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, which was judged this year by Richard Widerkehr and Jane Wong. The judges selected the 25 winning poems through a blind process.

The 10 Walk Award winners are six adults — Marie Eaton, Felicia Clemmons, Alandra Barker, Donald Antenen, Tanner Abernathy, and Nancy Canyon — and four students — Madeleine Joyce Patterson, Mason Cash, Izetria Grace-Lind, and Emma McCoy.

The 15 Merit Award winners are eight adults — KJ Vande Bossche, Elizabeth Vignali, Bonnita Lynne, Roger William Gilman, Leslie Wharton, Nora Whitley Abelite, Stephen Palmer, and Barbara L Weed — and seven students — Meagan Gillikin, Jackie Lomas, Jacob Murphy, Ellie Osterloh, Grace Moore, Allie Haugen, and EmmaThario.

The public is invited to honor the winners and to hear the poets read their winning entries at the contest’s awards ceremony, 7:00pm, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Aveue in Fairhaven. The event and parking are free. Bellingham poet Kevin Murphy will emcee, and the judges will present award certificates.

A chapbook of poems from this year’s contest will be available for purchase, and all poems entered in this year’s contest will be on display at the ceremony.

Copies of each poem — on placards designed by Angela Boyle, Megan Carroll, Christian Anne Smith, and Kim Wulfestieg — will be displayed for a year inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses circulating throughout the county. Also, Walk Award poems will be displayed for a year on engraved plaques on the Poetry Walk in front of the downtown Bellingham Public Library — one of a growing number of permanent poetry installations in the United States.

The winning poems and their placards will be posted on this page each Sunday, beginning after the awards ceremony, and linked to the Winners page.

You are invited to join WWU Creative Writing alumni Bailey Cunningham (BA, 2017), Katy Ellis (MA, 2002), Maya Jewell Zeller (BA, 2002) and Taneum Bambrick (BA, 2014) as they read poetry and prose alongside their most influential and inspiring Creative Writing faculty members, including Kami Westhoff, Carol Guess, Nancy Pagh, and Bruce Beasley, respectively.

The reading is free, open to the public, and part of Western Washington University’s Alumni Weekend. It will be held on campus at WWU, Friday, May 18, 2018, 4:30-6:00pm, in Viking Union 565.

be an early bird

May 2, 2018

Chuckanut Writers Conference

Now that it’s May, we can start planning for June… and that means it’s time to take advantage of early-bird pricing for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Held in Bellingham at Whatcom Community College, CWC begins with Pre-Conference Master Classes on Thursday, June 21, 2018, and continues with a robust schedule of events on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

Once again, the conference offers an impressive faculty of writers in all genres as well as literary agents and publishers.

Registration is open now, with early-bird registration ending May 22, 2018.

Poem Booth time!

April 29, 2018

You could be as happy as Poem Booth winning poet Dayna Patterson (pictured above) if your poem is selected for framed display from June 1 to August 31, 2018, on the Forest Street side of the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellingham. In addition to having their poem displayed, the winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Guidelines

  • Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018, by midnight
  • Submit poems to: poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF, or Note attachment via email
  • Please do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • No computer? Mail your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information, plus a separate cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone, mailing address, and email address, to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225.
  • Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog.
  • The winning poem will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2018

tonight in Seattle

April 25, 2018

Sometimes you just want to be two places at once. This evening, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Seattle presents a tough choice:

At Hugo House, Shankar Narayan will read from his new chapbook, Postcards from the New World, and other works. Dujie Tahat, Troy Osaki, and Gabrielle Bates will open the evening with readings from their own work.

At the same time (7:00pm), at Core Gallery, Leanne Dunic, Elaina Ellis, Amber Flame, Erin Malone, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Shin Yu Pai, and Holly Wren Spaulding will read their poetry from the Broken Broadsides exhibit.

If the choice is too challenging, you could just split for points north and go to The Write Riot Poetry Slam at the Colophon Café in Bellingham!

Saturday in Bellingham!

April 19, 2018

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry is going to be an exceptional evening of insightful reflections and scintillating words from poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

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