The AWP Conference & Bookfair returns to Seattle in March 2023 and early-bird registration is now open. There are in-person and online options, as well as member, non-member, and student pricing. Reduced prices will continue through November 22, 2022. Not sure? Have a look at the 87-page Tentative List of Accepted Events for #AWP23 for a description of panels, discussions, pedagogy, etc., on offer, to say nothing of the bookfair, and on- and offsite readings.

applications open

August 17, 2022

Applications for Hedgebrook’s Writer-in-Residence Program are now open.

Hedgebrook’s mission is to support visionary women-identified writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. The Writer in Residence (WiR) program is Hedgebrook’s core program, which, for 35 years in 2023, has supported fully-funded residencies for women-identified writers. We welcome applicants, published or not, who embrace the mission and opportunity to be a member of Hedgebrook’s community.

Applications are currently being accepted for two WiR cycles: Cycle 1: Feb-June 2023; Cycle 2: July-Oct 2023. The deadline to apply is September 12, 2022.

Learn more about Hedgebrook and other programs, including the Hedgebrook Virtual Writers Conference 2022 (September 22-25, 2022).

LiTFUSE 2022!

May 22, 2022

Great news from Tieton, Washington, this week: the LiTFUSE faculty lineup for 2022 has been announced, PLUS a new monthly reading series and open mic, Fuel, has been added to LiTFUSE programming.

For LiTFUSE 2022, September 23-25, faculty will feature keynote poet, Kim Addonizio, featured guest, Washington State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, and additional faculty Brooke Matson, Gabrielle Bates, Robert Lashley, Xavier Cavazos, Aileen Koewn Vaux, Matt Trease, Luther Hughes, Kathryn Hunt, Lyn Coffin, Mathias Svalina, Taneum Bambrick, and Gary Copeland Lilley.

Fuel happens every fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Fueling Station in Tieton. On May 25, you can hear Raúl Sánchez reading from his new book, When There Were No Borders.

Keep an eye on the LiTFUSE website or Facebook page, or get your name on the mailing list for all the latest info.

coming this summer

April 16, 2022

Centrum’s summer season has been announced, and tickets for all events went on sale yesterday for Centrum donors, and will be available May 1 for the general public. That means you can register for Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers Conference, July 17-23, 2022. The Conference will be available via a hybrid platform with both in-person and online options. See the complete details here.

OPA Conference: Saturday!

October 7, 2021

The annual conference of the Oregon Poetry Association will be held this Saturday, October 9, 2021, all day and all online. Registration is required.

This year’s theme, bearing witness, will be addressed by keynote speaker Emmett Wheatfall and there will be four workshop sessions with two workshops each, plus a virtual book room.

Full details, including access links, will be provided with registration. You can find a link to a sample schedule and registration on this page.

Memory and Memorial

September 16, 2021

UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics has posted program and registration details for the 2021 Fall Convergence, themed Memory and Memorial. The conference, which is entirely free, will be held online Thursday and Friday evenings, September 30 and October 1, and all day Saturday, October 2, 2021. Advance registration is required.

LiTFUSE

April 26, 2021

The LiTFUSE folks have just announced the full faculty lineup for this year’s LiTFUSE gathering. Though they are not yet certain whether the September 24-26, 2021, events will be virtual, face-to-face in Tieton, Washington, or somewhere in between, pre-registration is now open, as are signups for the two master classes, which typically fill up very quickly. You can also view video highlights from last year’s virtual LiTFUSE.

We’ve mentioned the Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference before. Now in its 18th year and typically attracting more than 600 participants, the Conference has assumed a new shape for 2021 to contend with travel and gathering restrictions.

It begins with a free, month-long virtual exhibit of work by the writers and illustrators of children’s literature. With a theme of Art as Protest / Art in the Time of COVID, the collection is varied and rich, offering a look into the creative range of the 20-plus exhibitors. It will remain on view through Sunday, February 28, 2021.

The exhibit also invites written and visual responses from the community. These will be displayed online. To submit work (or a link to existing work), complete the Community Exhibit Submission form.

On Saturday, February 27, the CLC will offer morning and afternoon conversations around themes and ideas that emerge from the Virtual Exhibit. There will be no formal presentations. Everyone is welcome; registration is free but required.

Poetry of Revolt

January 13, 2021

The 23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference presented by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force will include a variety of events, workshops, and presentations, including Poetry of Revolt.

This free online gathering of diverse poets from Cascadia and beyond will celebrate poetry as a form of resistance, revolt, and healing. Performers include Rena Priest, Romeo Romero, Danny Canham, PoetryNMotion, and others. Poetry of Revolt will livestream on Facebook tomorrow, Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:30pm.

Listen to Margaret Bikman’s interview with Rena Priest about the Poetry of Revolt today, January 13, at Noon, 4:00pm, and 9:00pm, on KMRE 102.3FM or find the podcast on the KMRE Arts & Entertainment Spotlight.

conference season

September 17, 2020

With festival season moved online, it’s little wonder that conference season follows suit. While you may not be within hugging distance of fellow attendees, the schedule of events is still robust and a virtual conference offers plenty to hear, see, and do.

Here’s a link to Write on the Sound, normally held in Edmonds, Washington, this year held online, Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, October 4, 2020.

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