the creatures are stirring!

October 15, 2018

Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and Judy Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

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Bellingham reading

March 23, 2018

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00pm, and join Bruna Press + Archive for the first event in the MUTTER COURAGE program: a book launch for Ely Shipley’s Some Animal and additional readings by Yanara Friedland and Jane Wong.

more poetry workshops!

November 13, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, two poetry workshops will benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

From 10:00am to Noon, Megan Spiegel (left, above) will offer Text + Image: A Hybrid Poetry Studio.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ely Shipley (right, above) will offer Presence Through Poetry.

The workshops, which cost $30 each or $50 for both, will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park. Advance registration is required: send an email with your name, phone number, and workshop(s) you wish to take, to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com. Pay with check or cash at the workshop and be sure to bring writing materials.

Read the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

Workshops!

August 18, 2017

Workshops

Be among the first to mark you calendar for a terrific series of four poetry workshops to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. Each fall, a number of exceedingly skilled poet/instructors offer two-hour workshops that are certain to generate new ideas and new poems.

This year’s workshops will be held at a new location, the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park, in Bellingham, and are scheduled for Saturday, October 28, and Saturday, November 18, 2017. The instructors are Nancy Pagh, Neil Aitken, J.R. Lara, and Ely Shipley. Descriptions for three of the four workshops are now posted on the WORKSHOPS page. Registration is open. Have a look. Sign up.

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