We love this new poetry device that’s part of San Antonio’s Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. Word Salsa is a kiosk that was created by Rick Stemm and Stevan Živadinovic, who fed 110,000 words of poetry by San Antonio poets throughout the ages (nearly half from an enthusiastic Naomi Shihab Nye) into their magic machine, then taught it how to compose lines similar to those of real San Antonio poets. At the press of a button, Word Salsa produces a brand new, unique poem, reads it out loud and prints it on a numbered card. Read more about Word Salsa in the San Antonio Express-News.

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today in Amherst

September 22, 2018

Today, Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages are contributing their voices to the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. Now in its 14th year, the Marathon is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6:00am to approximately 9:00pm at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Airstream 2018

July 14, 2018

The fourth annual Airstream Poetry Festival is taking shape now and will be ready to, ahem, roll October 19 – 21, 2018, at the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort in Seaview, Washington. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in July, so keep an eye on Mother Foucault’s Bookshop online and on Facebook for the latest.

Once again, it’s time for Poets in the Park, an all-day, all-ages celebration at Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, Saturday, July 7, 2018, 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Guest poets include Claudia Castro Luna (Washington State poet laureate) and Melanie Noel (Redmond poet laureate) plus many groups of poets reading on stage, 55-minute workshops, a book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, and more. Chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more! Bring your lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in the café area. It’s all free!

Poets in the Park is directed by Michael Dylan Welch and sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Redmond Association of Spokenword, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA / Washington State Arts Commission, and Poets & Writers, with the help of generous volunteers.

a busy weekend in Oregon

February 3, 2018

The last weekend in February will be packed with poetry as poets and poetry-lovers gather for the Silverton Poetry Festival in Salem and the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.

The Silverton Poetry Festival was established in 2001 as a community celebration of poetry. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open mic readings, musical-poetic collaborations, and other activities. See the schedule of events on the Silverton Poetry Association website and more on Facebook.

Founded in 1998, the FisherPoets Gathering invites those who have worked in the commercial fishing industry and who have been a part of its community to share poems, songs, and stories. See a list of participating fishers on the FisherPoets website and more details on Facebook.

get away to Galiano

December 29, 2017

For your mid-winter getaway, consider Galiano Island, British Columbia, where the 9th Annual Galiano Literary Festival will take place February 23 – 25, 2018. An intimate, one-venue festival, Galiano includes a robust lineup of authors, workshops, readings, book signings, and a book fair. Find details on the Festival website and also learn more about Galiano Island.

happening now!

October 20, 2017

The Vancouver Writers Fest is happening now and continuing through Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Vancouver, BC.

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