The Guardian is paying attention to poetry and offering bite-size review roundups of recent publications. Here’s “The best recent poetry” published in June, April, and March. Additional offerings from The Guardian include Poem of the Month, Poem of the week, and occasional poetic appearances on Book of the day. Have a look.

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Armantrout in Everett

May 31, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout will read from her latest collection, Wobble, on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 2:00pm, at the Everett Library. The event is free.

If you miss her in Everett, catch Armantrout reading with Ron Silliman on Sunday, June 23, 5:00pm, at Open Books in Seattle.

More on Wobble at Wesleyan University Press.

Whatcom WRITES

May 28, 2019

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Each year, Whatcom County, like many communities, selects a single title as a community read. For 2020, the Whatcom READS book is To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. As an extension of the program, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore themes related to the book and to submit work to the annual contest. The theme this year is discovery and the deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019. Read the guidelines here.

books on wheels

May 22, 2019

Sometimes we like to highlight poetry or book-related projects that have no connection with the Cascadia region. Yet. Here’s one. Poetry to the People: A Book Truck Tour is combining the resources of the House of SpeakEasy (no relation to Bellingham’s SpeakEasy poetry series) and Narrative 4 to create a 10-day, 10-stop tour between New York City and New Orleans. A 27-foot-long box truck, thousands of books, hundreds of readers and stories.

Each stop will highlight engaging conversations hosted by community partners, featuring events and workshops with acclaimed writers and emerging teen talents. At every event, the truck will open up to give out free books and encourage browsing by readers of all ages.

Learn more about Poetry to the People on Kickstarter.

hear the whales singing

April 26, 2019

Next Friday, May 3, 2019, Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room will host a chorus of poetry in tribute to whales as SpeakEasy 24: For Love of Orcas celebrates the publication of a new anthology edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson to address the plight of the southern resident orcas, chinook salmon, and their extended ecosystem.

The evening’s readers/contributors include Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Seren Fargo, Jessica Gigot, Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, Carol Guess, Julie B. Hunter, Jill McCabe Johnson, J.I. Kleinberg, David M. Laws, Rob Lewis, Carole MacRury, Christen Mattix, Andrew Shattuck McBride, JS Nahani, Cynthia Neely, Paul E. Nelson, Sheila Nickerson, Nancy Pagh, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, and Sheila Sondik,
with additional work by Ronda Piszk Broatch, Sam Hamill, Jim Milstead, and Alina Stefanescu

The event, which starts at 7:00pm, is free and copies of For Love of Orcas, as well as other books by participating poets, will be available for purchase and signing.

Pulitzer

April 22, 2019

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“For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author,” Be With by Forrest Gander is The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry.

Spring reading

April 14, 2019

Ready to change up the pile on your nightstand? Bustle has a fresh list of 13 New Poetry Collections You Need To Read This Spring.

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