festival season, continued

September 12, 2020

With more annual festivals going virtual, the possibilities for armchair travel continue. The Utah Humanities Book Festival, now in its 23rd year, will be entirely virtual and feature scores of authors, events, and virtual conversations. The program starts today, Saturday, September 12, 2020, and continues through Thursday, October 22. The schedule is impressive and includes plenty of familiar names, such as Dayna Patterson. The events are free on Zoom with advance registration.

SoulFood streams

July 14, 2020

SoulFood Poetry Night (Redmond, Washington) has been on hiatus for altogether too long, but this Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:00pm Pacific, SoulFood will celebrate their 14th anniversary with a live streaming reading by Dayna Patterson (If Mother Braids a Waterfall) and Jory Mickelson (Wilderness / / Kingdom). There will also be an open mic, so bring your poems.

You can find the poets’ bios and Zoom link on the SoulFood page and on Facebook.

Western C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Activities, Resources, Education, Support) is a resource for community connection to maintain a sense of belonging and bring people together. A variety of interactive online programs are available.

Today, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 4:00pm Pacific, Dayna Patterson will interview Jami Macarty, author of The Minuses (Colorado State University) and three chapbooks of poetry, former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival, instructor of poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University, and co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard.

The program is free on Zoom, but advance registration is required. Just follow this link to register.

On Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00pm, three outstanding poets will share words from their new books at St. Paul’s Old Parish Hall in Bellingham (across the street from the church):

Jory Mickelson (center, above) will read from Wilderness//Kingdom (Floating Bridge, 2019), Dayna Patterson (left) will read from Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019), and Megan Spiegel (right) will read from Luminance (Dancing Girl Press, 2019).

JORY MICKELSON is the author of Wilderness//Kingdom. His poems have appeared in print and online in the US, Canada, and UK. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Originally from Montana, he now lives in Bellingham.

DAYNA PATTERSON is the author of Titania in Yellow and the forthcoming If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, AGNI, and Passages North, among others. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.

MEGAN SPIEGEL is the author of Luminance, a graduate of the multi-genre MFA program at Western Washington University, and a hybrid genre editor at Psaltery & Lyre. She blends images and ideas from the sciences, visual arts, and public domain archives into writing that inhabits the space between poetry and prose.

meet the MUSE

March 3, 2019

Muse Reading Series is a student-run literary collective that curates diverse groups of local writers to read their work in various Bellingham community spaces.

Their second reading will take place TODAY, Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00pm, at the Alternative Library. The program will feature authors Dayna Kidd Patterson, Iris Graville, and Hanna Webster, as well as student writers Madison Starks, Sydnee Smith, Jabez Richard, and others.

strong voices

January 2, 2019

You’re invited to look and listen as a group of poets offer their words to accompany the Women Empowering Women exhibit at Allied Arts in Bellingham on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 4:00pm. Featured poets include Nancy Canyon, Lois Holub, Jessica Lee, Maria McLeod, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, Dayna Patterson, Carla Shafer, Kami Westhoff, and Leslie Wharton.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk, Friday, January 4, 6:00-8:00pm. The participating artists (Francie Allen, Mary Jane Davis, Patti Fairbanks, LaVera Langeman, Erin Libby, and Leslie Wharton) will also host a film and fundraiser for the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday, January 17, 6:00-8:00pm, and a Tea Party in honor of the Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00pm. The exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Poem Booth time!

April 29, 2018

You could be as happy as Poem Booth winning poet Dayna Patterson (pictured above) if your poem is selected for framed display from June 1 to August 31, 2018, on the Forest Street side of the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellingham. In addition to having their poem displayed, the winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.


  • Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018, by midnight
  • Submit poems to: poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF, or Note attachment via email
  • Please do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • No computer? Mail your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information, plus a separate cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone, mailing address, and email address, to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225.
  • Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog.
  • The winning poem will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2018

Saturday in Bellingham!

April 19, 2018

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry is going to be an exceptional evening of insightful reflections and scintillating words from poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

In our continuing effort to cover all bases for National Poetry Month, we offer this early notice of SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry, to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room.

An occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers, this SpeakEasy program will present seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspiration, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. You can see the poets’ bios on the Other Mind Press SpeakEasy page.

The event is free and Village Books will be on hand to offer the poets’ books for sale.


August 14, 2016

Logophilia - Dayna Patterson
2016 Merit Award
By Dayna Patterson

I want a dictionary with all the words.
I want a dictionary so big it houses all
the words and parts of words,
phonemes, morphemes, roots and
leaves, their histories. Words in every
language, from Persian to Portuguese.
I want the internet of words, their flux
and flummox and flume. I want the
words to unfold, unfurl, unravel,
uncrease, release. Whisper sub rosa
their viscera, their mystery. I want the
OED, the Merriam-Webster,
American Heritage, Collegiate,
Urban, Slang. I want the Big Bang of
all those words and what they mean
Inside my brain, deep in my cortical
cells, the oldest part. I want the art of
words, want them to multiply like
plankton, so numerous they feed
whale bodies of poems, allow them to
surface, sing, allow me not to repeat
myself when I tell you I love you
dooset daram       eu te amo       I love

. . . . .
*Copyright 2016 by Dayna Patterson. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

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