summer poetry

June 22, 2021

POETRY spelled out in Scrabble tiles

If you’re looking for a little extra juice for your poetry practice, here are a few workshop opportunities coming up soon:

  • Two Sylvias Press is offering three 4-week Online Poetry Retreats, July 5 – August 1, August 9 – September 5, and October 4 – October 31, 2021.
  • Summer Fishtrap presents the weeklong, virtual 34th Gathering of Writers: Resilience, July 12-18, 2021.
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden will offer Bloom: Plant-Inspired Poetry with poet Brenda Hillman and USBG horticulturist Adam Pyle on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  • Kahini will offer a pair of online poetry workshops, The Discreteness of the Line and The Poetry of Work, taught by Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, respectively, on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
  • If you’re looking for something a little more casual, Christopher J. Luna and Printed Matter Vancouver offer The Work Poetry Workshop, a virtual drop-in poetry writing workshop, on the second and fourth Monday of every month as well as the second Saturday of every month.

Happy summer and happy writing!

Workshops with powerful poets

December 16, 2020


We’ve mentioned Kahini many times before and are happy to report that the Kahini community continues to thrive in many places around the planet. There’s already much on the January calendar, including online writing seminars in both poetry and prose.

In particular, we note the following:

These workshops promise to set your poetry on a lively course for 2021. Follow the links to find more information and to register.

Pulitzers

May 4, 2020

Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy has just announced the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes.

The finalists in poetry are:
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
Only As the Day Is Long by Dorianne Laux
Dunce by Mary Ruefle

The 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been awarded to Jericho Brown. Congratulations!

Watch the video of the announcement and read the full list of winners on the Pulitzer site.

This week, the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program presents the 2018 Annual Spring Reading Series. Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus, at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The readings:

  • Saturday, June 16 – Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Kellie Wells
  • Sunday, June 17 – Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Pete Fromm & David Long
  • Monday, June 18 – Judy Blunt, Mike Magnuson & Matthew Shenoda
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Marvin Bell, Frank Gaspar & Molly Gloss
  • Thursday, June 21 – Debra Gwartney, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Friday, June 22 – Claire Davis, Laura Hendrie & Dorianne Laux

looking ahead to summer…

December 19, 2015

Ellen Bass Nanoose June2016

Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar

Soon — very soon! — the days will start getting longer, and while there’s plenty of winter ahead, it’s not too soon to dream of summer escapes. The summer of 2016 will bring two dazzling poetry workshop/retreats to Annie’s Acre in Nanoose Bay, on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island.

June 3-5, Ellen Bass will offer “The World Split Open” and August 5-7, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will offer “The Hidden Architecture of the Poem.” Enrollment is limited. For details on the workshops and accommodations, contact Tina Biello: tbiello@shaw.ca.

poetry to share

October 2, 2014

poetry boxWhether you call it a poetry box or a poetry post, it’s an appealing idea: sharing the poems you love with anyone who wants one. (We’ve mentioned this subject before, here and here, for example.)

The photo, from Walter Magazine out of Raleigh, North Carolina, shows a poetry box installed by poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar in front of their Raleigh home.

If you’re curious about poetry boxes/posts/poles, here are a few places to find inspiration: watch the videos, Jim Bodeen’s Poetry Pole (and the related post from Blue Begonia Press) and Portland’s Poetry Posts; look at the Poetry Box page on Facebook (click on Photos and browse the albums); and see the map of Portland (OR) poetry posts. Here’s an L.A. Times profile on a local poetry box-er and an article about a poetry box installed in a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, park.

If you have other favorite poetry box links or stories, please leave a Comment!
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planning ahead…

March 13, 2013

LiTFUSE

Both September and Tieton, Washington, may seem like they’re a long way off, but if you hope to enroll in one of the master classes at LiTFUSE, now is the time for action. (Note: enrollment is already full for Dorianne Laux, but there are still a few spaces left for Jennifer K. Sweeney and Peggy Shumaker.) Even if you don’t take a master class, there are plenty of reasons to attend LiTFUSE, including Mighty Tieton itself.

Read about LiTFUSE. Read about Tieton.

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