knowing the poet

February 27, 2017

Elizabeth BishopHow much do we want to know about the poet? How will knowing more (or less) inform or influence our assumptions about the poems? Fans of Elizabeth Bishop now have the opportunity to delve into a trove of revelations in Megan Marshall’s new biography of the poet, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). To learn more about the book, and about Bishop, read “Elizabeth Bishop’s Art of Losing” by Claudia Roth Pierpont in The New Yorker. Then read the book and decide for yourself.
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Reasons to go to… Chicago

February 23, 2017

American Writers MuseumThe American Writers Museum will open in Chicago on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The museum’s mission “is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.”

The museum will have exhibits for adults and children, ongoing programs, classes, a word waterfall and more. The museum’s first online exhibit, Power Of the Word, is an interactive site in which leaders, readers and writers exchange ideas about valuable books.

See more on the American Writers Museum website, Facebook page, on Instagram and Twitter @AmerWriteMuseum.

books to watch for

February 11, 2017

New Poetry 2017

While you’re plowing through the books on the best-of lists from 2016, there are already plenty of new books in the pipeline.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly offers a list of 2017 poetry titles, without comment.

The Guardian provides a month-by-month calendar of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 2017, and Andy Croft replies in a letter to the editor, concerned about the dearth of poetry titles on the list.

Writer David Nilsen offers his own list of 2017 Poetry Books I’m Excited About.

For NPR, poet and poetry critic Craig Morgan Teicher lists Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017’s Best Verse.

That oughta keep you busy for a while.

coming right up!

February 4, 2017

WWU Children's Literature Conference

The 14th Annual Western Washington University (WWU) Children’s Literature Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8:00am to 3:30pm on the WWU campus, Performing Arts Center. Registration is limited, but still open. The conference will feature four award-winning authors and illustrators as speakers: Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Phelan, Christian Robinson, and Rita Williams-Garcia. For information on the conference, speakers, schedule and registration, visit the WWUCLC website and the event page on Facebook.

Got kids’ books?

February 3, 2017

kids' books

In case you missed it, there was a lovely article in the Bellingham Herald about Joe Nolting, a two-time Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winner, retired teacher and inspired distributor of books to kids who might not otherwise have them.

Kids Need Books! is a project of the Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County. On the Interfaith Coalition Facebook page, they ask for your help: Donate a gently used/good quality children’s book, or purchase a new one, for Kids Need Books (KNB) program, and invest in the life of a child! KNB distributes at two local elementary schools to low income children throughout the year. Drop off book at the Interfaith Coalition, 910 14th Street, Bellingham, Washington.

According to the Herald article, Nolting hopes to distribute ten thousand books this year. Good work, Joe!

good idea

January 29, 2017

Books On The Subway

It’s hard to say this more clearly than the Books On The Subway site, so we quote…

It’s like a public library, but on the New York Subway.

We go out and leave some of our favorite books on the New York subway. There are new books every day, and they’re there to be taken, read, shared, and most importantly, enjoyed! We want everyone to get involved and fall in love with reading again and we want to make the subway a more friendly and enjoyable experience.

So, if you find a book from us on the subway, feel free to pick it up and take it home with you, but when you’re done, be sure to put it back on the subway for someone else to enjoy.

Launched in 2013 by Rosy Kehdi and Hollie Fraser (Fraser had started Books on the Underground in London a year earlier), BOTS gets books from authors, publishers and ordinary readers. The books are left on benches, or just about anywhere there’s a shelf, and returned when readers have finished them. There are now stickers to identify BOTS books. If the photos are any indication, the offerings seem shy of poetry. So we add this:

Calling all authors & publishers! Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to send us your books to distribute on the subway. If you would like to get your own sticker to place on your books and distribute, drop us an email to bookssubway@gmail.com.

Read more about Books On The Subway and like them on Facebook.

My Friend Jack

January 18, 2017

Jack McCarthy

If you ever heard or read Jack McCarthy, his words are probably still resonating in your mind. It’s hard to believe that yesterday, January 17, marked the fourth anniversary of his passing.

As much as he published during his busy lifetime, Jack left troves of material unpublished. Now, his wife, Carol McCarthy, is working with poet Jessica Lohafer to assemble some of Jack’s previously unknown and unpublished material into a new collection.

And they need your help.

Visit My Friend Jack: A Poetry Collection on GoFundMe, read about the project, watch a video of Jack, and donate what you can to bring this worthwhile collection into the world.

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