LiTFUSE 2020, virtually

June 24, 2020

The wonderful late-September gathering of poets in Tieton, Washington, LiTFUSE, has announced that the show will go on, as a fully virtual program.

  • LiTFUSE 2020 will take place September 25-27. Workshops and related programming will be offered in the weeks leading up to the main event.
  • Registration fees will be reduced to $150 per person and include virtual access to all regular workshop classes. Master classes will be available for an additional fee.
  • The poetry slam and keynote events will take place virtually. In place of the poet’s banquet, there will be a digital cocktail reception for faculty and registered attendees.
  • Special accommodations for the digital environment, such as closed-captioning, printable media, etc., can be arranged.

The 2020 LiTFUSE Faculty is now listed on the site and Registration is open.

be an early bird

February 25, 2020

Chuckanut Writers Conference

The tenth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference will be held at Whatcom Community College (plus a few outlier events) on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, 2020. The 2020 conference faculty is now posted online, master classes (June 25) are listed, and registration is open, with early-bird rates through May 25.


July 27, 2019

&NOW is a bi-annual festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and inter-genre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. This year’s theme, Points of Convergence, invites speculation into the ways the arts might forge convergences at a moment of social, cultural, and political schism.

Keynote presenters include LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Barbara Browning, and Nathaniel Mackey.

The conference will be held at the University of Washington, Bothell. Registration is required and is now open. Early-bird pricing will continue through September 1, 2019, when prices double. One-day passes for each conference day are also available.

calendar page

May 30, 2019

Just a reminder that the CALENDAR page is loaded with poetry events and updated almost daily. It covers the Cascadia region and extends 12 months into the future.

We’ve added sections for events that happen Every Week and Every Month, and we’ve also added poetry/writing conferences and the dates that submissions open for publications that are based in the region.

To make a correction or add your event to the calendar, send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, valid link for more information.

Click on CALENDAR, near the top of this page. Add your event. Visit often.

call for papers

May 14, 2019

Here’s an intriguing opportunity… the Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 73rd Annual International Conference, to be held in Seattle, April 29 – May 3, 2020. There will be 33 thematic sessions, including Architecture and Poetry, with the following session description:

From the birth of literacy in the fourth millennium BC to the contemporary moment, and across the globe, buildings have stimulated poetic responses, often read aloud at dedication ceremonies or other ritualized events.

While ekphrasis in particular has been studied extensively over the last two decades, and there are many case studies of poetry about buildings occasioned by specific events, this session aims at a more general understanding of the potential relationship between architecture and poetry across time and geographies. We invite contributions on poetry that treat the practice of architecture in general, or real or fictional buildings in particular. We seek to understand how descriptive and allusive poetry attempts to match the construct of verse to the construction of architecture, whether that be imagery or syntax. We are interested in poetry that theorizes architecture, to gauge how buildings express practices or ideas, whether or not they align with their builders’ intentions, and the difference between poetry and prose as languages of the imagination.

The most famous examples in the western tradition are the ekphraseis of epic, from Homer until the eighteenth century. However, we are also interested in poems that are not confined to codified ritual, or the products of a courtly or institutional ambience, poems in which other voices appropriate buildings in perhaps satirical or ironic ways to allow them to speak with a different timbre. Finally, we are interested in how such phenomena take shape in (specially commissioned) poems on buildings, whether in stone, metal, glass, or neon; how concrete poetry functions as an intermedium; and not only the written text but also performative poetry such as spoken word. Contributions may come from any epoch and any region of the globe.

Session Co-Chairs: Fabio Barry, Stanford University, and Maarten Delbeke, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

If this sounds like a challenge you’re prepared to meet, abstracts are due Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. See the guidelines and learn more about the conference here.

Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science + SF is a gathering of scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and many others. The event will take place on April 12-13, 2019 in Egham, Surrey (United Kingdom), and is set to be the first major academic event dedicated to exploring the relationship(s) between poetry, science, and science fiction.

If your scholarly concerns fall into that realm, consider responding to the Call for Papers. “We are interested in academic papers and panels, creative responses, poetry readings and performances. We welcome scholars, poets, critics, scientists, science fiction writers, students, and all others.”

set your alarm for this one

October 26, 2018

The 116th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will be held at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham November 9-11, 2018. This year’s theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages.”

The Friday morning General Session will feature a Creative Writers Spotlight with poets Rae Armantrout, Juan Delgado, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and Jane Wong. The session begins at 9:15am at the Performing Arts Center on the WWU campus.

Although current PAMLA 2018 membership and registration is required for all other conference sessions, this event is free and open to the public.

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Thanks to Nancy Pagh and Lysa Rivera for the info.

the dark days of winter

November 28, 2017

If you tend to sink into the gloom of short winter days, here are a few prospects for the months ahead (all dates 2018; check back with sites if information is not yet posted):

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Looking ahead

July 26, 2017

If an autumn 2017 writing retreat or conference strikes your fancy, here are a number of events coming up in Cascadia and beyond.

meet and retreat

April 17, 2017

Here are a number of conferences, retreats and other events in the greater Cascadia area (and beyond) that merit some planning for the coming months (all 2017).

For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.

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