Letters Live

November 15, 2021

Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence featuring great performers reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. Originally presented in front of a live audience, Letters Live has also released three full-length Letters Live films, a huge selection of videos, plus a #ReadALetter campaign that invites everyone “to share letters of hope, education, love, appreciation, respect, thanks, solace and support.” Have a look and a listen.

get it write

February 10, 2017

Mindport Correspondence Club

Is correspondence with politicians, local organizations, far flung friends, on your list right now? Need info about size and postage requirements when making your own postcards? Need supplies? Typewriters? Mindport’s Correspondence Club meets Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm, 210 W. Holly St. in Bellingham. Bring your addresses and postage, they supply the rest!

the lost art

February 15, 2016

Bison - Write More Letters

Bison Bookbinding, a lovely letterpress and bookbinding studio in downtown Bellingham, Washington, isn’t going to let the art of letter writing slip away without a whimper. Though these days a signature (if that!) on a holiday card seems to pass for a personal note, there’s still plenty of pleasure — for both sender and recipient — to be gained from “real” letter writing.

To that end, Bison Bookbinding invites your participation in a free gathering on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm. The Write More Letters Club, led by Meghan Yates, offers inspiration and guidance in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere. Bring your favorite writing implement (or purchase one). Find out more on the Bison Bookbinding Events page. (If the dates are not current, don’t worry — Bison assures us the monthly meetings are ongoing.)

Who knows….this could be just the inspiration you need to participate in this year’s August Poetry Postcard Fest!

poets on stage

February 15, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop and Robert LowellThe correspondence of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell is storied and collected. Over the course of 30 years, as they lived separate lives, Bishop and Lowell exchanged hundreds of letters that trace their personal and poetic achievements and struggles as well as the long-unfolding importance of their friendship. (A sampling of Lowell’s letters appeared in The New Yorker in 2004.)

Their letters were published in 2008 as Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The book was reviewed in The New York Times by William Logan
and their correspondence discussed by Peter McDonald in The Guardian.

From that collection, Sarah Ruhl has written a play, “Dear Elizabeth,” which is now on stage at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson calls it “a finely cut gem of a play.” The play continues at the Rep through March 8, 2015.

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