Stefania Heim, who will be teaching a workshop on ekphrastic writing on Saturday, October 26, 2019, will also be the featured poet at a dual book launch, 4:00pm on Sunday, October 27.

BRUNA press + archive in downtown Bellingham will present the sixth event in the MUTTER COURAGE program, an occasional reading series and conversation space curated by Yanara Friedland. Stefania Heim will read from Geometry of Shadows (A Public Space Books, 2019), her translation of the Italian-language poetry of surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, and her own collection, Hour Book (Ahsahta Press, 2019). The event is free.

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blooming!

October 14, 2019

Victoria Doerper will read from her wonderful collection of poems, What If We All Bloomed?, on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham. The brand-new book includes gorgeous line illustrations by John Doerper. Be there.

workshop reminder

October 5, 2019

Workshops

Just a quick reminder that there are terrific poetry workshops coming up in Bellingham on Saturday, October 26, and Saturday, December 7, 2019. Terrific instructors. No previous poetry experience needed, but advance registration is required. All the details on the WORKSHOPS page.

celebrating Bertolino

October 4, 2019

TODAY, October 4, is Jim Bertolino’s birthday.

TOMORROW, October 5, 2019, you can help Jim celebrate at SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino, an evening of poetry honoring this prolific and influential poet. It’s free, in Bellingham, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. Please join us!

Reading Bertolino

September 23, 2019

SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino will be a lively evening of poetry written by James Bertolino and honoring this prolific and influential poet.

Jim’s poetry has been published internationally in hundreds of magazines, scores of anthologies, and dozens of books over the past 50+ years. He holds an MFA from Cornell University, has won numerous awards, and taught creative writing for more than 36 years. Jim’s first book was published in 1968, and his recent publications include Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press, 2014) and Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers, 2018), which he edited. Bertolino’s poem “A Wedding Toast” was featured on Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, on June 29, 2019.

This free, public event will be held at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 7:00pm. Please join us.

At a recent workshop at Egress Studio, Anita K. Boyle introduced the idea of the self-directed writing workshop. The idea is that rather than working under the guidance of an instructor, participants work independently, responding to prompts and to the site.

Riffing on this idea, World Peace Poets invites your participation in the five-week-long World Peace Poets Community Write-In on Peace and Justice, September 21 through October 26, 2019. Drop in for a few minutes or an hour or more; join in as often as you’d like. It’s self-directed!

Free and open to the public, the Community Write-In provides sites around Bellingham where participants can sit and create poems, essays, short stories, or artwork. Bring your own writing materials. Some inspiring words will be available and a volunteer will be on hand at each site. Additionally, each site will create a “fusion poem” to which participants can add a line of their own.

Click here for a chart of participating venues and times (PDF). Note that new venues and times may be added, so watch for updates on World Peace Poets on Facebook. If you think you will participate on one or more days, please register by sending an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com in order to help the organizers prepare.

The write-in will culminate in the free World Peace Poets Read-In at St. James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham on Saturday, October 26, 2019, with a 3-minute-per-person open mic for writing and music related to peace and justice. Doors open at 5:00pm, a soup and salad supper will be served at 5:30pm, and side dishes will be provided by you, potluck.

same booth, new poem

September 5, 2019

Come out for Downtown Art Walk on Friday, September 6, 2019, and celebrate with the Poem Booth team as they welcome and install this season’s winning poem by Luther Allen. The Fall Poetry Reading and award ceremony starts at 6:00pm at the Downtown Coop. See you there!

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