new Bellingham venue

August 28, 2017

Poetry has a new home in Bellingham, Washington: Greene’s Corner (formerly at Smith Road and Northwest Avenue, now on James Street where VIS Seafoods used to live). With poetry features coordinated by Betty Scott, Acoustic Wednesdays are hosted by musician JP Falcon Grady and open with music (6:30pm), followed by an open mic (7:00pm) and then the evening’s feature: poetry read by outstanding regional poets.

This Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the featured poets are father and son John Morgan and Jeffrey Morgan.

John Morgan divides his time between Bellingham and Fairbanks, Alaska. He has published six books of poetry and a collection of essays, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and many other magazines. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Rattle, and West Branch. He is a 2017 National Poetry Series Finalist.


words and music workshop

March 14, 2017

Musician JP Falcon Grady and poet Betty Scott are offering a workshop titled “Poetic Justice” through Whatcom Community College Community Ed program on Saturday, March 18, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Together, participants will laugh, be creative, thoughtful and inspired. Write from prompts, discuss communication strategies that build trust and explore the joys and challenges of creative collaborations moving through the inevitable “fall-apart” stage of re-visioning or restructuring a work in progress. It is bound to be a lively workshop.

See the complete lineup of Chuckanut Writers Writing Classes and a link to the course description and registration information.

Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WAJoin the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theatre at the Firehouse Café in Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington) this evening, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 7:00pm.

The reading will be hosted by poet Betty Scott, with both new and familiar voices featured during the open mic.

While you’re there, check out the artwork and poetry on the walls by Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, J.I. Kleinberg and Sheila Sondik.

My Dog Barks*

July 7, 2013

My Dog Barks by Betty Scott
2013 Walk Award
By Betty Scott

          In memory of Mona Lisa
          the family dachshund

She’s an old lady now,
our silent talks and walks numbered.
Soon I will miss her long stretches:
the arc and arch of her spine,

her struts to the back door, tail up,
curled nails against sliding glass,
black nose pointed toward grass,
her return, the scrape and scamper

and later, her warm body
against the middle of the night,
even her littering rights.
Exigencies of living—with the art

of her in starts and stops,
her leash and release of me.

*Copyright 2013 by Betty Scott.
Placard design by Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle,

World Poetry logoBetty Scott, poet, editor, writing instructor and a judge for the 2012 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, is currently featured on the World Poetry Reading Series site. Have a look at Betty’s poem, All Aboard the Give It Up For, from her collection-in-process, A Courtroom and a Waterfall: Odes to the Spirit, and read more about the World Poetry Festival, held each May in Richmond, B.C., Canada.

poetry and peace…

May 23, 2012

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival 2012
The second annual World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is coming up this weekend, just over the border in Richmond, BC, Canada. Sue Boynton Poetry Contest judge Betty Scott has been honored as World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012 and will read at 2pm on Saturday at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Learn more about the festival at

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is enormously pleased to introduce our two judges for the 2012 contest, Jeffrey Morgan and Betty Scott.

Jeffrey MorganJeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame, published by Blazevox Books. His writing has appeared in Cutbank, Diagram, Fourteen Hills, La Petite Zine and Spinning Jenny. He holds an MFA from Penn State University and teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Jeffrey Morgan is spending the 2011/2012 academic year in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. You can visit him online at his blog Thin Nimbus.

Betty ScottBetty Scott is an award-winning poet, instructor, spiritual seeker, activist and editor. She holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from WWU and teaches oral and written communication at Bellingham Technical College and poetry workshops at Whatcom Community College’s community education program. Betty Scott’s writing has appeared in Bellowing Arc, Bellingham Review, Borders, fathoms, The Kumquat Challenge, Jeopardy, Labyrinth, Soundings Review, A World of Words and at She was featured at the World Poetry International Festival in Richmond, B.C., Canada, and was a 2010 award winner at Surrey International Writer’s Conference.

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