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.”

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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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George Herbert's "Easter Wings" (1633)

If you are a scholar of concrete poetry, here’s a call to action:
Never Abolish Chance: The Concrete Poetry Conference at SBU

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce a new quadrennial conference on Concrete Poetry. The inaugural event will take place Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017, on the university campus in scenic Western New York. The conference invites proposals on any topic related to concrete or visual poetry understood broadly. We especially encourage proposals that address the international or hemispheric traditions, as well as those that offer alternative roadmaps outside the received genealogies. Participants will be welcomed at all levels of faculty and graduate research.

Deadline for submissions: January 10, 2017
Complete details here.
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George Herbert’s “Easter Wings” (1633), printed sideways on facing pages so that the lines would call to mind angels flying with outstretched wings

Fall-Winter planning

August 30, 2016

fall-winter 2016-17

Here are a number of conferences and retreats happening in the Cascadia region over the coming months. Follow the links for more information. If we’ve missed your event, please leave a Comment.

September 30 — Bellingham, WA — Bellingham SeaFeast presents the 1st Annual FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

September 30 – October 2 — Edmonds, WA — Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference

September 30 – October 2 — Eugene, OR — The Oregon Poetry Association Annual Conference 2016

October 1 — Bellingham, WA — PoetryChAT poetry camp

October 1-2 — Kalispell, MT — Flathead River Writers’ Conference

October 7-8 — Richland, WA — Rivers of Ink Writers’ Conference

October 13-16 — Sublimity, OR — Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Annual Fall Retreat

October 14-16 — Bellevue, WA — Emerald City Writers’ Conference

October 20-23 — Surrey, BC — 24th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference

October 21-22 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Poetry Festival (also on Facebook)

October 27-30 — Seabeck, WA — Haiku Northwest’s Seabeck Haiku Getaway

November 2-6 — Seattle, WA — Cascadia Poetry Festival

November 4-6 — Port Orchard, WA — Northwest Writers’ Weekend

November 5 — Portland, OR — Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

January 13-16 — Orcas Island, WA — Artsmith Poetry Manuscript Intensive

January 20-23 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 1 (Fiction)

January 27-30 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 2 (Creative Nonfiction)

February 4 — Portland, OR — Write to Publish 2017

February 9-11 — Portland, OR — PubWest Conference

February 17-19 — Galiano Island, BC — Galiano Literary Festival

February 24-26 — Astoria, OR — FisherPoets Gathering

March 3-5 — Newport, OR — Tin House Winter Workshop: Session 3 (Poetry)

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