this evening in Bellingham

December 3, 2018

You’re invited to join Christen Mattix this evening, Monday, December 3, 2018, as she reads prose poetry from her book, Skein: The Heartbreaks and Triumphs of a Long Distance Knitter, which explores her three-year, half-mile, blue-line knitting meditation/sculpture/installation. The reading begins at 6:30pm at Cooper Lanza Gallery in Bellingham.


Perhaps you’ve noticed the Poem Booth on the west side of the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street in downtown Bellingham. Coordinated by Christen Mattix, Summer Starr, and Shannon Laws, the Poem Booth features a poem by a Whatcom County poet. The contest for the next poet is now open.

Here’s the Call for Submissions.
Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for display in the POEM BOOTH. The winning poem will be framed and displayed in the booth for three months, from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, and the recipient will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Poem Submission Guidelines
(Only poems submitted according to these guidelines will be considered.)
Deadline: November 18, 2017, by midnight

  • Submit poems to
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF or Note attachment via email
  • Do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • Do not submit your poems to individual jury members.
  • No computer? Submit your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information plus a cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone and email address. Mail to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225-5059.

The winning poem will be announced on December 1, 2017. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth Bellingham blog.

poem booth!

November 15, 2016

poem booth

It doesn’t look like much right now, covered with layers of stickers, flyers, grafitti, and paint. But if ​Shannon P. Laws, Christen Mattix, and Summer Starr have their way (and achieve their very modest $300 Kickstarter goal), that sad old phone booth on the side of the Community Co-op in downtown Bellingham, Washington, will be transformed into a Poem Booth.

Once the booth is cleaned up, the team will select a poem each quarter from open submissions that begin in January 2017. The poem will be displayed in the booth, which is adjacent to a large bulletin board.

You can find out more on the Poem Booth website and support the Poem Booth on Kickstarter (the campaign continues until Saturday, December 24, 2016, 3:06pm PST).

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