here they come!

January 3, 2018

Get ready. The Nasty Women Poets are headed your way. Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press) is a timely collection of poems that speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations.

In BELLINGHAM, four of these nasty women — Bellingham poets Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee, and Seattle poet Carolyne Wright — will present a lively array of poems from Nasty Women Poets at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 4:00pm.

In SEATTLE, contributors Kelli Russell Agodon, Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, and Carolyne Wright will share some nastiness at Open Books on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 7:00pm.

In REDMOND, poets Jennifer Bullis, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, and Carolyne Wright will be featured at SoulFood Poetry Night on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 7:00pm.

The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.

The anthology, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.

Other readings are scheduled nationwide (there are nasty women everywhere!) including Baltimore, Cambridge, Kalamazoo, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Watch for them — better yet, ask for them — at a bookstore near you.

Registration is open

September 2, 2016

Tacoma Poetry Festival 2016

Registration is now open for the two-day Tacoma Poetry Festival, happening at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building on Friday evening, October 21, and all day Saturday, October 22, 2016. See the lineup of featured poets, readings and workshops on The Tacoma Poetry Festival website and watch for updates on Facebook.

voices of May

April 29, 2016

Fridays at Jack Straw

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.”

The twelve 2016 Jack Straw Writers, selected by curator Karen Finneyfrock, will present their work in a series of three Friday evening readings in May at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Further details at Jack Straw and on Facebook.

last minute!

February 28, 2016

Raising Lilly Ledbetter

Today, Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 3:00pm, Carolyne Wright, Holly Hughes, Lyn Coffin, and Mary Ellen Talley will read from the book Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Worksplace (Lost Horse Press). This free reading will take place at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island. See additional details in the Bainbridge Island Review.

Carolyne Wright, times two

January 14, 2016

Carolyne WrightBellingham poets and poetry fans will be treated to a double dose of good words when Carolyne Wright visits for a pair of readings on Sunday, January 17, and Monday, January 18, 2016.

On Sunday, Carolyne Wright (lead editor) will be joined by Ana Maria Spagna, Miranda Pearson and Christine Holbert (publisher) to read from Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workplace, a “ground-breaking anthology of poems by 120 women in over 60 occupations, giving voice to working women world-wide.” The reading and book signing at Village Books will begin at 4:00pm.

On Monday, Carolyne Wright will be the featured poet at Bellingham’s weekly poetrynight. This special event will be held in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre and will include an open mic. Sign-ups start at 7:45pm, poetry starts at 8:00pm sharp.

Since its founding in 1995, poetrynight has provided opportunities for new and established writers — local, regional and national — to share their work before a friendly and enthusiastic audience in coffee shops and classrooms, basements and concert halls across Whatcom and Skagit counties. Poetrynight can be found every Monday evening in the lower-level meeting room of the Bellingham Public Library (after hours, enter through the back of the building) and welcomes new and returning readers and listeners.
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Get away and write

December 11, 2013

The Writers Workshoppe

After the holidays, when the short, dark days of winter have settled in as if to stay forever, perhaps it’s time for a getaway… Now it’s not Palm Beach or Palm Springs, but Port Townsend is in the Olympic rain shadow and The Writers’ Workshoppe promises a day of bright ideas on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Poets David Wagoner and Carolyne Wright will offer a one-day poetry workshop in which participants will have a chance to work closely with both instructors. Enrollment, which is limited to 20 people, includes admission to a reading that evening by the two poets. The complete description is on The Writers’ Workshoppe website. If you’re interested in this workshop, don’t delay; it will probably fill up quickly.

The Writers’ Workshoppe also offers other one- and two-day intensives as well as weekly writing groups, book groups, readings and books, along with a full array of writerly accoutrements (including typewriters!). The Writers’ Workshoppe Facebook page posts news as well as occasional prompts. Each time you respond to a prompt, post, tip or musing, your name is automatically entered into a monthly drawing for cool prizes.

Sustaining Wonder

August 30, 2013

Richard Hugo HouseIf you’ve been participating in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, in which each poem is a postcard-sized nugget, or if you tend toward short-form poetry, you might be interested in Sustaining Wonder. Carolyne Wright will teach this six-week class on Wednesday evenings at Richard Hugo House in Seattle with a focus on “longer narrative poems.” The class begins on October 30, 2013, and further details are on the Hugo House website.