Joni, today

October 22, 2019

As Joni Mitchell turns 75, many celebrations mark the singer-songwriter-musician-poet-artist’s contributions and influence. Today, October 22, 2019, Morning Glory on the Vine, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, will go on sale in stores. The volume, which presents a selection of Mitchell’s poems, lyrics, and paintings, is actually a re-issue of a limited-edition, handbound book she created in 1971.

Read more in The New Yorker and find Morning Glory in your favorite independent bookstore.

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.

reading the Raven

October 17, 2019

Raven Chronicles may have ended its run as a literary journal, but it is far from finished. Next Thursday, October 24, 2019, you can join a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy of ravens (all words for multitudes of such corvids) for a reading and reception for Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, Selected Work, 1991-1996. The evening will feature emcee Paul Hunter and readings by Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. Find them at the Jack Straw Cultural Center starting at 7:00pm. Free.

In the ‘far from finished’ category, we should also mention that Raven Chronicles is beefing up its YouTube channel:

On our channel we have posted many readings from 2014 to the present, but in the coming months we will be updating the site to include all the readings we have videotaped in the past few years, at Jack Straw Studios, the Columbia City Gallery, and other venues. On the site now: Voices From The Margins, 6/1/19 Anna Bálint Library Reading/Talk; Stealing Light: A Raven Anthology reading at Seattle Downtown Library, 10/21/18; Bridges Not Walls: a collaborative/ bilingual presentation, 2/28/17; Jack Straw Reading, 11/18/16, from Raven’s Vol. 24, Jack Straw Writers Program, 1997-2016.

here comes Cirque

August 27, 2019

Volume 10, Number 1, of CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim is on the road and set for launch in Portland, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington. In addition to the magazine, Cirque is now a press, and the two readings will include the launch of the latest Cirque Press book, Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Portland on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00pm, at Central Lutheran Church, along with poets Kristin Berger, Shawn Campbell, Maggie Chula, Diane Corson, Paul Haeder, Sandra Kleven, Alex Leavens, Rosemary Lombard, Ryleigh Norgrove, Paulann Peterson, Leah Stenson, Carey Taylor, and Nancy Woods.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Bellingham on Friday, August 30, 7:00pm, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, along with poets Luther Allen, Susan Chase-Foster, Gerrie Ellen Davis, Sandra Kleven, Jerry McDonnell, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, John Morgan, Anne Nolting, Harvey Schwartz, Allen Weltzien, and Richard Widerkehr.

book launch, etc.

August 13, 2019

David Ossman, perhaps best known for his work with the Firesign Theatre, writes poems. Egress Studio Press publishes exceptionally beautiful hand-stitched books.

This Saturday, August 17, 2019, Egress Studio will host a book launch party for Ossman’s new Egress-published collection, The Old Man’s Poems. In addition to a pre-reading potluck supper, the event will include a performance by Seattle’s Band of Poets, a music and poetry group featuring John Burgess, Anna Jenkins, Jed Myers, Ted McMahon, and Rosanne Olson. (Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.)

For more information, here’s a post by Anita K. Boyle, and here’s the event on Facebook.

Sunday in Seattle

February 27, 2019

The brilliant bookstore, Open Books in Seattle, is the place for poetry books, readings, and workshops in the Northwest. Their calendar of events is action packed. See for yourself on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 5:00pm, as Open Books hosts the launch of Gravity Assist by Martha Silano. Martha will be joined by poets Kelli Russell Agodon, Rick Barot, and Molly Tenenbaum. Go!

Join Carey Taylor as she celebrates the launch of her debut collection, The Lure of Impermanence, next Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, at Tsuga Fine Art and Framing in Bothell.

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