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.

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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 WelchM@aol.com, 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.

big words

November 4, 2016

Maryland Purple Line

If you are a literary artist who is ready to think big, the Maryland Purple Line has an opportunity for you to consider. The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Now in the final design phase, it is slated for 2022 completion, with 21 stations and 74,000 total daily riders projected by 2040. As part of the process,

“The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Project Management Consultant (PMC) is seeking literary artists to create a story to be integrated into the design and infrastructure of the future Purple Line transit corridor in suburban Washington, D.C. This is a call to all types of writers who wish to be considered for this opportunity to create a story that captures the essence of the corridor and text that will be incorporated into the stations along the line to be discovered by the ridership. This call will be used to generate a pool of candidates who could be selected to compete for this commission in the future.”

They offer the following definition of literary artist:

The definition of “literary artist” is meant to be broadly inclusive of artists whose work involves written material and is of recognized excellence in style and expression. For the purposes of this call, “literary artist” can include a writer whose work includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, scripts, lyrics, journalism and others whose work meets the criteria below. “Literary artist” can also include artists whose work combines performance and literature (for example, monologue, storytelling, spoken word) to the extent that their material is original and can be documented in writing.

This is an ambitious undertaking, but if you are a literary artist and are prepared to think big (and fast — the entry deadline is December 1, 2016), see the complete details on CallforEntry.org.

Alaska Flying Poets

Every two years, poetrynight invites poets who “have made substantial contributions to their poetry communities” to apply for the Ken Warfel Fellowship. Applications are open until Friday, July 1, 2016. Read the guidelines and the Call for Entries. Participate (as an audience member and in the open mic) in poetrynight on Mondays at the Bellingham Public Library. Like poetrynight on Facebook.

Ken Warfel, for whom the fellowship is named, was (among other achievements) one of the original five Alaska Flying Poets, “a group of five professors from the [Iowa Writer’s] Workshop who flew a small airplane around Alaska and the Midwest to talk to high school students about the value of learning to write well.” He was the author of three books of poetry: Fow! and Other Fingerprints, The Sunnyside Vinegar Works and A Fine Hotel. See Ken Warfel’s obituary.
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photo: Alaska Flying Poets, 1964, from left: Donald Kaufmann, Kenneth Warfel, Robert King, Edmund Skellings, Laurence Wyatt

Be a Park poet

March 24, 2016

Poets in the Park

The date has been set for Poets in the Park — Redmond’s annual poetry fest. On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Anderson Park will be filled with readings, performances, open mic, hands-on poetry workshops, music, books…and maybe even YOUR new poetry activity!

Poets in the Park is looking for proposals for readings (25-minute slots) and workshops (55-minute slots). Send proposals as soon as possible to Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com. He has provided the following details.

Reading Proposals
As with our previous festivals, we’re looking for readings by groups or organizations (if in doubt about what qualifies, just ask — a theme might work). Include this info:

  1. Title of reading, group, or organization.
  2. Organizer’s name (who should also be willing to MC their reading segment, or let us know who will MC).
  3. Names of possible readers (at least three).
  4. 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.

Please send your proposals as soon as possible, along with any creative or wacky ideas, and any questions. And watch for Poets in the Park news.

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