Carla Shafer, prolific poet, longtime facilitator of Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater, and editor of Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea, is assembling a new anthology: Poems to End Racism. Here’s the complete call from Carla:

I am collecting poems to address racism for an anthology celebrating Autumn and Spring Equinoxes as times of equity and balance. Poems (all forms) will show equity as a condition that can be celebrated at least twice a year, once in Spring (the season of new growth and endless possibilities) and once in Fall (the season of fruiting and abundance).

Selected poems will share an awareness of self and of the natural world that imagines, demonstrates, and/or calls for an end to racism, an end to hate and systems of oppression of an “other.” These poems will explore it, expose it, and break it up with images and experiences and may also give a vision of humanity at its best.

Create your own expression of equinoxes out of your experiences and the natural world where you can lift up personal/family stories authentic to experiences of racism during the last 15,000 years. Please look through your experience of how racism resides in you, what you want to share for others to see in fresh ways.

If you want to experiment with a poem crafted together with another poet, that works. Remember, your poems will be in the company of like-minded poets and writers who together will explore a whole panorama on racism and equity in well-crafted work with insights and flashes of clarity to resonate with another’s mind and heart.

Submit in MSWord or pages as an attachment (PDF okay) to:
Submission deadline: Monday, July 31, 2023
Indicate if your poem is in the Spring or Fall Equinox.
Limits: Poem length of 33 lines fills a page, maximum of 2 pages. Short poems are welcome, too. Line breaks occur at 58 spaces/characters.

The panel will look for diversity that demonstrates the problems of racism and oppression of other. While we resist labels, for the purposes of getting deep consideration (and if comfortable doing it), please include your name, racial and ethnic identities with pronouns, and year you were born. If you are white and submitting, invite a person of color who will submit too. If you are a person of color who writes poems, please submit. If you identify as LGBTQI or A, please submit.

If you would like to be on the panel of readers who recommend poems for the anthology, please let me know. You will be fully acknowledged.

Thanks! If you have questions, send your questions to me in an e-mail.
Carla Shafer, Writer, Editor, Publisher
She/her – 4th generation American/Czech-German heritage/Protestant/1944
Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater
Bellingham, Washington, USA

Writing the Land

February 9, 2022

Writing the Land partners with nonprofit and environmental organizations, such as land trusts, to coordinate the “adoption” of conserved lands for poets. Each poet is paired with a land for about a year and they are expected to visit the location to create work inspired by place and preservation. Selected poets are asked to complete three poems during their tenure, at least one of which will be published in an anthology.

The project accepts submissions year-round and holds them until the land becomes available. They also welcome suggestions of land trusts to be added to the map. See the FAQ page for further details.

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thanks to Kelli Russell Agodon, who is currently writing the land

call for submissions

November 9, 2021

Here’s some encouraging news: the Orcas Island Lit Fest is making plans to go live in June 2022! Toward that end, OILF is accepting submissions from authors, artists, and musicians until November 30, 2021. Even if you don’t apply to participate, mark your calendar for June 3-5, 2022 and make your plans to spend a few days on the island.

attention fishers

July 5, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films.

The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the water and/or find inspiration there that fuels your art, consider adding your voice and vision to this lively, multi-venue event. See the details here.

call for proposals

February 25, 2019

Would you like to present a poetry reading, workshop, installation, or other activity to a poetry-friendly audience? Then it’s time to make a proposal for the 2019 Poets in the Park.

The free annual event, to be held Saturday, July 20, 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, at Anderson Park in Redmond will also include a no-commission book fair, vendors, craft activities, open-mic readings, and free ice cream, so mark your calendar.

If you have an activity to propose, please contact Michael Dylan Welch at as soon as possible. Readings should feature groups, organizations, journals, or anthologies, but if you have other unique ideas, those are welcome too.

attention Seattle poets

February 13, 2019

The City of Seattle has opened applications for the city’s 2019-2021 Civic Poet. That person will follow multi-genre writer, interdisciplinary artist, and creative writing and poetry workshop facilitator, Anastacia-Renee, who has held the position since 2017, and Claudia Castro Luna, who served as the first Civic Poet, 2015-2017, and is currently the Washington State Poet Laureate and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at Seattle University.

The position is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work, including published works, reading/spoken word, and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices.

Find further details from the Office of Arts & Culture and apply on CaFÉ (login required) by the deadline, Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59pm Pacific.

Do you have a poetry e-book? Would you like to have it reach a wider audience? Would you be willing to give away some copies? Well, Poetry Super Highway has a deal for you!

The 14th Annual Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All will allow anyone anywhere to download, for free, as many poetry e-books as they like. It’s free for poets, too. Simply complete the submission form and upload your PDF e-book during the month of November. Then, on December 1, a special site will open for 24 hours and your poetry will go planetary.

Read the guidelines and find the submission link here.

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

September 4, 2018

Bellingham SeaFeast 2018 is coming up on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, 2018, and that means it’s time once again for FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay. Modeled on the original Astoria, Oregon, FisherPoets Gathering (next up: February 22-24, 2019), the event highlights poetry, prose, and song, at various venues in downtown Bellingham, Washington, including Boundary Bay’s Mountain Room, two recently refurbished theaters within the Sylvia Center for the Arts, and Honey Moon Mead and Cider. Performers’ chapbooks, stories, CDs, photos, cards, and whatevers will be for sale in the Sylvia Center’s entrance lobby thanks to Village Books.

If you are a commercial fisher and/or find inspiration in or on the sea that fuels your art, consider signing up to perform. Read the guidelines and register to present your prose, poetry, film, or songs of the sea at FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay on Friday, September 21, 2018. The registration deadline for performers has been extended to Monday, September 10, 2018.

Request For Proposals

March 31, 2018

Proposals Wanted for Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park is back! Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 7, 2018, for another Poets in the Park poetry festival at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, featuring Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna and many others. The Redmond Association of Spokenword, which sponsors the festival with support from the city of Redmond, has a bountiful day of events planned, with workshops, readings, performances, a book fair, open-mic readings, free ice cream, and more. Bring your lunch and join in this FREE event!

Want to participate? RASP is looking for proposals for readings (25-minute or 55-minute slots) and workshops (55-minute slots), plus vendors. Send your proposals as soon as possible to festival director Michael Dylan Welch at, with the following information pasted into your email (no attached files, please):

Reading Proposals

Readings by groups or organizations (if in doubt about what qualifies, just ask — a theme or anthology focus might work). Include this info:

  • Title of reading, group, or organization
  • Organizer’s name (who should also be willing to MC their reading segment, or let us know who will MC)
  • Names of possible readers (at least three)
  • Any audio-visual or other stage needs

Workshop Proposals

Workshops should focus on the craft of poetry and include generative and sharing/discussion activities. With your proposal, include a catchy title, the workshop facilitator’s name(s), and a sentence or two describing what participants can expect to learn from the workshop. RASP expects to be able to pay $100 per workshop.

Vendor Proposals

If you’d like to be a vendor or exhibitor with your press or organization (poetry or otherwise), please indicate your interest by sending the name of your organization and a sentence or two describing what you would like to display, sell, or promote. If you have your own vendor tent for outdoor display, please say if you can bring that, and mention any other needs. RASP can supply tables and chairs. It’s FREE to be a vendor.

Please send your proposals as soon as possible, along with any creative or wacky ideas or installations and any questions.

Artist TrustThe Tacoma Arts Commission has announced the seventh annual Tacoma Poet Laureate competition, the winner of which will be named Tacoma Poet Laureate for 2017-2019. Poets must live in Pierce County, be actively engaged in Tacoma’s creative community, be dedicated to producing poetry (in any form, genre, or style) on a regular basis, and be 18 years or older, among other qualifications. See the full details, list of duties and application link on Artist Trust.

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