sweet Clover

March 4, 2019

Clover, A Literary RagFor the last eight years, Clover: A Literary Rag has shown up, twice a year as if by magic, filled with poetry and prose, its ivory cover imprinted with a partial list of the Contents.

If Clover was initially hailed as a local publication, it reached far beyond its Bellingham roots to gain a far-flung and appreciative audience. We can only imagine the conversation between Mary Gillilan and Norman L. Green “under lamplight on the corner of Holly and Commercial Streets in Bellingham, Washington” that resulted in the launch of Clover, but we have all been the beneficiaries of their ambitious imaginations and ferocious hard work.

When Mary and Norman announced, at the February 24, 2019, Clover reading at Village Books, that Clover 16 would be the last volume, they were greeted with a stunned silence that, after a few words of explanation, turned to a standing ovation.

As poets, writers, and readers, we are deeply grateful to Mary and Norman for their vision, grace, good humor, and hard work — for turning our ragged words into a robust, handsome, and respected literary journal, sixteen times over.

Read Mary’s brief post on the closing of Clover here.

Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

book birthing

January 5, 2019

Norman L Green and Threshold Documents have supported the poetry community in immeasurable ways, including, among many other things, co-editing and printing Clover: A Literary Rag, and the annual chapbooks and anthologies for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

Norman has midwifed innumerable books, and on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, he will be the guest speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of Whatcom Writers & Publishers at Nicki’s Bella Marina in Bellingham. Show him some love. The details are here. RSVPs are required.


August 29, 2018

It’s Clover time again! Join Mary Gillilan, Norman Green, and Village Books as they welcome contributors to Clover: A Literary Rag, volume 15.

The writers/readers will be: Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Susan Chase-Foster, Virginia Herrick, Paul Hunter, J.I. Kleinberg, Shannon Laws, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Abbe Rolnick, Betty Scott, and Pat Phillips West.

The reading begins at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books. It’s free, of course, and copies of Clover will be for sale before and after the reading.


March 17, 2018

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we remind you that submissions for Issue 15 of Clover, A Literary Rag are open until April 30, 2018.

winter Clover

January 26, 2018

Mary Gillilan and Norman Green launched Clover, A Literary Rag in the summer of 2010 with the writing of contributors from the Independent Writers’ Studio — 17 in all. Thirteen editions later Clover has published a total of 234 writers — about half from Washington State, around 40 from Whatcom County, and 11 from international locations.

To see and hear what Clover has become, attend the reading for Volume 14 at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Featured contributors are Luther Allen, Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Susan Chase-Foster, David Drummond, John Green, Frances Howard-Snyder, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Janet Oakley, Raul Sanchez, Harvey Schwartz, Karen VandeBossche, and Betty Scott. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(Submissions for Volume 15 are open until April 30, 2018.)

the sound of Clover

September 2, 2017

When Clover, A Literary Rag, launched as a literary journal in 2010, there was no way to predict that it would become more substantial and more respected with each issue in print. Now, with thirteen volumes and a Mayor’s Arts Award under its belt, the Bellingham-based journal of international fine writing will celebrate art as written word at a reading from Volume 13.

Hear a selection of writers, including Susan Chase-Foster, Luther Allen, Christine Kendall, Gary McWilliams, Abbe Rolnick, Garrett Sanford, Laurel Leigh, Jennifer Bullis, Caitlin Thomson, Jim Bertolino, Carla Shafer, and Paul Hunter, in an engaging afternoon of readings on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(And by the way, submissions for Volume 14 are open until September 30, 2017.)

12 for 12 on 12

February 8, 2017

Clover: A Literary Rag

Come celebrate the publication of Volume 12 of Clover: A Literary Rag on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham).

Twelve of the issue’s authors will read: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Douglas Cole, Victoria Doerper, Susan Chase-Foster, Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Jim Milstead, Sara E. Simard, and Harvey Schwartz. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

in the Clover…again

August 13, 2016

Clover 11 poster

The wonderful Clover: A Literary Rag is on newsstands again and better than ever. Volume 11 features a stellar selection of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

On Sunday, September 4, 2016, at 4:00pm, you can take a break from your Labor Day weekend revelry and hear some of the voices of Clover 11: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Christine Clarke, Larry Crist, David P. Drummond, Paul Hunter, Stephanie Hopkinson, Shannon P. Laws, Ramón Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Andrew Shattuck McBride, John James Reid, Abbe Rolnick and Carey Taylor. Join them at Village Books (Fairhaven).

With Volume 11 in print, submissions are now open for Clover Volume 12 and due by Friday, September 30, 2016.


April 15, 2016


Herewith, a random selection of things that have flashed across the screen:

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