CIRQUE, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, has just announced two upcoming readings from CIRQUE #23 Volume 12, No. 1.

The first will be on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 7:00pm, at Kennedy School McMenamins in Portland, Oregon. Readers will include Carey Taylor, Jennifer Dorner, Paul Haeder, Amelia Diaz Ettinger, Sandra Kleven, Dale Champlin, Liz Nakazawa, Connie Soper, Rosemary Lombard, Merna Dyer Skinner, David Rowan, Kelly Lenox, and Leah Stenson.

The second will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 7:00pm, at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Washington. Readers will include Esther Altshul Helfgott, Hamish Todd, Claudia Green, Tamara Sellman, Sandra Kleven, Craig Smith, Alan Weltzien, Lyn Coffin, Cynthia Steele, David Rowan, Mark Burke, Lynda Humphrey, Joel Shavishinsky, and Kristina Marie Boratino. A reception will follow this event.

Cirque in Bellingham

August 19, 2021

Cirque Press and Cirque Journal come to Bellingham tomorrow, Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific, for a real, in-person reading (and a no-host bar) at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room.

Mount Baker Theatre requires masks and either a Proof of Vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.

The reading will also be available on Zoom (code 1111).

Cirque Press authors Jerry McDonnell and Dave Rowan will read from Out There in the Out There and Loggers Don’t Make Love, respectively, followed by readings from Cirque, Volume 11, No. 2, featuring Luther Allen, Kristina Boratino, Linda Conroy, Jenifer Fernandez, Sandra Kleven, David M. Laws, John Morgan, Corbin Muck, David Rowan, Alan Weltzien, and others.

Cirque… soon!

August 3, 2021

Just when it seemed like we’d be enjoying in-person poetry readings once again, organizers and venues (and poets!) are exercising caution. So the Cirque reading that was anticipated for August in Seattle will now be held on Zoom on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific (ID 860 5720 7353, code 1111).

There will be two parts to the event: a reading by Leslie A. Fried from her new Cirque Press book, Lily is Leaving: Poems, and a selection of readers from Volume 11, No. 2, of Cirque Journal, with the theme Land Ethic.

Cirque has additional August readings planned for Bellingham and Portland.

If you like what you see, submissions are open until September 21.

Join Cirque and friends this evening, Friday, April 30, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific (6:00pm Alaska), as poets, writers, and artists celebrate the publication of The Fox Boy by Gretchen Brinck, followed by an open read. It’s free on Zoom.

more Cirque…tonight!

January 12, 2021

Join in as Cirque Journal #21 celebrates Winter Festival with Fringe this evening, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific. Readers include Drue Robinson, Don Colburn, Kelly Lenox, Daniel Dagris, Roger Topp, Sherri Levine, Susan Chase-Foster, Karen Tschannen, Sandra Yannone, and Leslie Fried.

Zoom link, with code 1111.

Tuesday launch

December 28, 2020

The latest edition of Cirque Journal, Volume 11, Number 1, is now published and available in hard copy for purchase and digital, free online.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, a free online launch will include seven contributors from this issue as well as readings from the authors of two new Cirque Press books: Sandra Wassilie reading from The Dream that is Childhood and Sean Ulman reading from Seward Soundboard. Join the reading on Zoom at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific with the passcode 1111.

here comes Cirque

August 27, 2019

Volume 10, Number 1, of CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim is on the road and set for launch in Portland, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington. In addition to the magazine, Cirque is now a press, and the two readings will include the launch of the latest Cirque Press book, Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Portland on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00pm, at Central Lutheran Church, along with poets Kristin Berger, Shawn Campbell, Maggie Chula, Diane Corson, Paul Haeder, Sandra Kleven, Alex Leavens, Rosemary Lombard, Ryleigh Norgrove, Paulann Peterson, Leah Stenson, Carey Taylor, and Nancy Woods.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Bellingham on Friday, August 30, 7:00pm, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, along with poets Luther Allen, Susan Chase-Foster, Gerrie Ellen Davis, Sandra Kleven, Jerry McDonnell, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, John Morgan, Anne Nolting, Harvey Schwartz, Allen Weltzien, and Richard Widerkehr.

Here comes Cirque

August 16, 2018

Bothell, Portland, and Bellingham will celebrate the launch of CIRQUE #18 and two poetry collections from the newly established Cirque Press at a series of readings by current and past contributors. Join the celebration:

Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, at Tsuga Fine Art, Bothell, Washington
Friday, August 25, 2018, 7:00pm, at Taborspace, Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Bellingham, Washington

Meanwhile, submissions to Cirque #19 are open through September 21.

This is a guest post by Carey Taylor.

You write poems. You workshop poems. You submit poems to literary journals and some get accepted. Finally, you have a collection for a book and a small press publishes it. Then, just before it is scheduled for release you realize you have no promotion plan and you start to panic.

Don’t. Just order Jeannine Hall Gailey’s book, PR for Poets – A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing (Two Sylvias Press, 2018) and start reading. You will find you can breathe again, and you will have hope that if you follow her advice someone might actually read your poems.

PR for Poets is a book stuffed with ideas and practical strategies to begin either a dive into the deep end or a wade into the kiddie pool of promoting your work, with assurances from Gailey that starting at either place, or anywhere in between, is just fine.

After years as a successful author, Gailey shares from her own experience tips and detailed examples of how to get your poems out into the world. While there are too many tips to share here, I have included four suggestions from PR for Poets I myself have found helpful.

  1. Set up a website. I did this when I first started writing poems. I am glad I did as I would be overwhelmed doing this with a new book release. It also allows you to slowly build a community of followers.
  2. Order business cards. This seems basic, but it is a great way to promote your book/work and have all your contact/social media information easily available when people ask for it.
  3. Set up a Facebook “page” separate from your personal account. This allows you to build a poetry-only community, to both share your work and to support other poets.
  4. Plan a launch party. As Gailey says: many people aren’t excited about poetry readings, but no one hates a party! Frankly, writing a book is a lot of work, and if you have done that, you deserve some cake and bubbly.

Reading PR for Poets is like having coffee with a best friend who shares all their hard earned secrets with you because they want you to be successful too. I highly recommend this book for all poets serious about promoting their work.

. . . . .

Carey Taylor is a poet from Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Cirque, Clover: A Literary Rag, Off the Coast, Snapdragon, Dodging the Rain (Ireland) and others. She is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press, 2018) and when not worrying about earthquakes she enjoys hiking, traveling and a good scotch whisky. You can find her at or on Facebook @Cascadia.Poet. You can also hear Carey Taylor read from The Lure of Impermanence on Friday, August 17, 2018, 7:00pm, Tsuga Gallery, Bothell, WA, and Tuesday, August 28, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA.

Cirque circulates

August 10, 2017

The latest edition of Cirque Journal is off the press and on the road. There are three Cascadia events on the books:

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 ~ 3:00pm ~ Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room, Bellingham, WA
  • Tuesday, August 22 ~ 7:00pm ~ University Heights, Room 108, Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, August 24 ~ 7:00pm ~ Taborspace, Copeland Commons Room, Portland, OR

Join the audience at one of these venues to hear Cirque contributors read from this beautiful journal. And if you get inspired, submissions are now open (through September 21) for the December issue.

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