March 2, 2018

NOTE: As of March 9, 2018, this event has been CANCELLED.

We previously posted about the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye. In conjunction with the lecture, but on a different date, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong will offer a three-hour workshop at Western Washington University: A World of Poetry: Featuring Contemporary Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye and Others.

Vardell and Wong, co-creators of The Poetry Friday Anthology series and Poetry Friday Power Book series (representing the work of 150 poets in 800+ poems), will present a world tour of poetry. There will be hands-on activities designed for anyone interested in reading, writing, sharing, teaching, and exploring contemporary poetry for young people, with a particular focus on the work of Naomi Shihab Nye.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm.

See the complete workshop schedule on the PoetryCHaT website as well as a registration link.


Back in October, we mentioned the animated feature film, Window Horses. Written and directed by award-winning Vancouver filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, Window
is about love — love of family, poetry, history, and culture. The film’s poems include work by Rumi, Ann Marie Fleming, Sean Yangzhan, and Taylor Mali.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 3:00pm, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington, will present Window Horses as part of the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival Young Sophisticates program. (Perfect for poets ages 10+.) Mark your calendar.

AltLib new home for poetry

February 20, 2018

Bellingham’s Alternative Library has moved around a few times, but it seems to have found a solid home base in an historic church near downtown and the Western campus at 519 E Maple Street. In addition to a robust lending library, it is a community space, hosting near-daily events, including concerts, film screenings, workshops, and readings.

And speaking of readings, check out the Radical Poets’ Showcase: Featuring ATL Slam on Friday, February 23, 2018, at 8:00pm. (Suggested $7 donation.)

Featured poets:

Nobody Likes Us But We’re Here Anyways
Nate Mask and Ryan J are Atlanta-based spoken word artists. They are tolerated in their local scene because their poems are somewhat entertaining, but nobody actually likes either of them. Their work touches on topics ranging from the struggle of deconstructing masculinity, learning to exist in a world that looks down on blackness, relationships, mental health, to driving in Atlanta traffic. Despite their differences in approach and personality, their dynamic as a team somehow works, as Ryan actually enjoys talking to people, and Nate always comes through in the clutch, and opens tough jars for Ryan.

Robert Lashley
A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March 2017.

Dee Dee Chapman
Dee Dee Chapman received her BA in Creative Writing at Western Washington University in 2016. She has been published in The Noisy Water Review, Sweet Tree Review, and Wallpaper Magazine. In September 2014 she self-published her first chapbook, Colluvium, whose title poem received a 2017 Walk Award from the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. She’s the Editor of Nine Lives Later: a Dead Cat Anthology, released in November 2017.


remembering Ella

February 11, 2018

We’ve written before about Ella Rhoads Higginson, the first Poet Laureate of Washington State. Now, Laura Laffrado, WWU professor and author of Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature, has initiated a campaign to celebrate this important figure in Washington State poetry with the creation of a bronze bust to be placed in the Reading Room in Wilson Library. Robert McDermott, whose sculpture of Dirty Dan Harris on Fairhaven Green will be familiar to many, has been chosen as the artist.

To learn more or to contribute to the campaign, visit the Western Washington University VikingFunder Ella Higginson project page.


last minute!

February 10, 2018

It’s not too late! Today, Saturday, February 10, 2018, poet Bethany Reid (author of the remarkable Sparrow, among other writings) will offer a free 90-minute workshop, Writing with Emily Dickinson.

In the workshop, Reid “will set her own poetry in the larger context of Dickinson’s, attempting to introduce Dickinson to those unfamiliar with her and to ‘estrange’ the poet from those who think they already understand her. The workshop includes time for participants to write from a prompt and share their work.”

The workshop will be held at the South Whatcom branch of the Whatcom County Library System, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2, in Bellingham, 2:00-3:30pm. Bring writing materials.


Sunday in Bellingham

January 31, 2018

Join the authors of the top Whatcom WRITES contest entries as they read their work on this year’s theme: RESISTANCE. The free reading will start at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Whatcom WRITES is an annual feature of the WhatcomREADS program, which this year features the book Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa. Find out more, including other upcoming events related to WhatcomREADS.


winter Clover

January 26, 2018

Mary Gillilan and Norman Green launched Clover, A Literary Rag in the summer of 2010 with the writing of contributors from the Independent Writers’ Studio — 17 in all. Thirteen editions later Clover has published a total of 234 writers — about half from Washington State, around 40 from Whatcom County, and 11 from international locations.

To see and hear what Clover has become, attend the reading for Volume 14 at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Featured contributors are Luther Allen, Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Susan Chase-Foster, David Drummond, John Green, Frances Howard-Snyder, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Janet Oakley, Raul Sanchez, Harvey Schwartz, Karen VandeBossche, and Betty Scott. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(Submissions for Volume 15 are open until April 30, 2018.)

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