from the Folger

April 12, 2021

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Located in Washington, DC, and, in fact, closed for renovation, the Folger offers a wide variety of events, performances, and activities, notably the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

There are two more online readings this season:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:30pm Eastern/3:30pm Pacific
Michael Collier & Monica Sok
This is a ticketed event.

Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific
Billy Collins
This is a free event, with registration required.

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special thanks to Sheila Sondik

Prize-winning author of sixteen novels, Laura Kalpakian will be the guest speaker for the Whatcom Writers and Publishers May dinner meeting, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Her topic: How to give a reading. The event, at Nicki’s Bella Marina, is free, but seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Find details on the WWP website.

If you can’t make it, you can see what Billy Collins has to say about “How to Read a Poem Out Loud” on the Library of Congress website.

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on poetry

March 22, 2017

“There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens.”
Billy Collins
(b. March 22, 1941)

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getting ready…

November 25, 2013

sweet potatoesIt’s that time of year and it’s that week: Thanksgiving is almost upon us. While you’re stocking up on sweet potatoes and cranberries, don’t forget to put in a supply of poems to share at the feast.

To facilitate your Thanksgiving poem selection, here’s a short list of places to browse for appropriate fare:

Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy the gratitude.
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photo: Bellingham Farmers Market

on poetry…

October 15, 2012

openquote“Those who want to write good poems should be reading good poetry, not how-to books. Indeed, every fine poem is a how-to manual.”
Billy Collins

on poetry…

July 15, 2012

openquoteI throw drafts away all the time and I wish more people did… If you have a kitten, they love playing with rolled-up balls of paper, and that may be all a failed draft is good for. Why make a reader unhappy when you can make a kitten happy?closequote
Billy Collins

on poetry…

January 8, 2012

“In poetry, language is returned to its once magical state. The words are surprised to be there. Some seem relieved, others embarrassed. The poet has brought them out of the orphanage for a day at the beach.” Billy Collins

the poet on poetry…

August 15, 2011

“Poetry is like standing on the edge of a lake on a moonlit night and the light of the moon is always pointing straight at you.” Billy Collins

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