February 10, 2017
Is correspondence with politicians, local organizations, far flung friends, on your list right now? Need info about size and postage requirements when making your own postcards? Need supplies? Typewriters? Mindport’s Correspondence Club meets Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm, 210 W. Holly St. in Bellingham. Bring your addresses and postage, they supply the rest!
February 8, 2017
Twelve of the issue’s authors will read: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Douglas Cole, Victoria Doerper, Susan Chase-Foster, Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Jim Milstead, Sara E. Simard, and Harvey Schwartz. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.
February 4, 2017
The 14th Annual Western Washington University (WWU) Children’s Literature Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00am to 3:30pm on the WWU campus, Performing Arts Center. Registration is limited, but still open. The conference will feature four award-winning authors and illustrators as speakers: Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Phelan, Christian Robinson, and Rita Williams-Garcia. For information on the conference, speakers, schedule and registration, visit the WWUCLC website and the event page on Facebook.
February 3, 2017
In case you missed it, there was a lovely article in the Bellingham Herald about Joe Nolting, a two-time Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winner, retired teacher and inspired distributor of books to kids who might not otherwise have them.
Kids Need Books! is a project of the Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County. On the Interfaith Coalition Facebook page, they ask for your help: Donate a gently used/good quality children’s book, or purchase a new one, for Kids Need Books (KNB) program, and invest in the life of a child! KNB distributes at two local elementary schools to low income children throughout the year. Drop off book at the Interfaith Coalition, 910 14th Street, Bellingham, Washington.
According to the Herald article, Nolting hopes to distribute ten thousand books this year. Good work, Joe!
January 24, 2017
Back in November, we introduced the Bellingham Poem Booth. Now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s time to move forward with the restoration and the poems.
Whatcom County poets are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the Community Food Co-op, downtown Bellingham, Washington. Writer of the winning poem will receive $25 cash prize and a $25 Community Food Co-op gift certificate. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth website. New poems will be selected and displayed each quarter.
The suggested writing prompt: If you could call anyone, anywhere, any century (including this one), what would you say? Submission deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017, by midnight. See the complete guidelines on the Poem Booth blog.
January 22, 2017
The Poetry Marathon challenges participants to write (and post) 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12 hours). Originated and organized by Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans, writers and web publishers living in Cascadia, The Poetry Marathon is entirely free. In 2016, more than 500 poets worldwide participated in the full or half marathon.
SpeakEasy 18 will present a number of participating poets from the region reading selections from their marathon output. Readers include Jessica Ankeny, Ramona Elke, Janel Erchinger-Davis, Jacob Jans, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Pagh, Silvester Phua, Paul Sarvasy, Harvey Schwartz, Sheila Sondik, Caitlin Thomson, Jeanne Yeasting, and Tobe Zalinger.
Please join us for SpeakEasy 18 on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and copies of the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology will be available for purchase.
January 15, 2017
Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017, writers of every stripe, from communities around the world, are coming together to commit to the fundamental principles of democracy. Events are planned for many cities, including
- Bainbridge Island, Washington
- Bellingham, Washington
- Ellensburg, Washington
- Olympia, Washington
- Port Townsend, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- Seattle, Washington
- Spokane, Washington
Visit the Writers Resist website for more information.