early bird

March 19, 2022

The Orcas Island Literary Festival will be back in June and you can save $5 on Festival Passes now through March 30, 2022. This year’s fest will have both in-person and virtual options (one pass gets you both) for a lineup of panels, readings, and events. The Featured Artists will be announced on March 31 and the Festival will run Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2022.

Tell It Slant

September 6, 2021

Formerly known as the Amherst Poetry Festival, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free, annual celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson. The 2021 Festival, September 20-26, will be an entirely virtual event featuring workshops, panels, and readings, as well as the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic online reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems. You can see the schedule and registration information here.

virtual FisherPoets

February 3, 2021

If this is February, FisherPoets must be on the horizon. And indeed it is. In spite of everything, the FisherPoets Gathering, which normally (can we say normal in reference to this event?) populates Astoria, Oregon, for a rollicking weekend, will this year happen online, February 26-28, 2021.

Join us for a virtual FisherPoets Gathering this time, a slimmed-down version that, nonetheless, offers a truly singular occasion to catch everyone for a change. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will feature three 90-minute shows of 15 or so fisherpoets keeping it short and sweet, a parade of five-minute performances, original song, story and poetry from the commercial fishing industry. A thirty-minute break will separate shows.

The entire catch is free. Mark your calendar and keep an eye on the 2021 FisherPoets Gathering page for access info and a list of fisherpoets who have already agreed to perform.

a weekend of ecopoetry

January 28, 2021

The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival begins this Friday, January 29, 2021, and promises three days of poetry with commentary on climate change, environmental justice, and our place in nature. The events are free on Zoom with advance registration and will feature California ecopoets as well as an open reading session. See the full schedule on Poetry Flash.

Thursday poetry

November 11, 2020

Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are two venerable L.A. literary institutions. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled, though virtual events are ongoing (see daily calendar at the FoB link above).

This Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00pm, Beyond Baroque will present the first installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, featuring Sara Borjas, Nickole Brown, Cyrus Cassells, Victoria Chang, Cathy Colman, Megan Fernandes, Jane Hirshfield, Jessica Jacobs, John Murillo, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The reading event will be streamed live via Crowd Cast and is free with advance registration.

Additional broadcasts will be streamed December 3, 10, and 17, 2020.

another festival

September 20, 2020

The Portland Book Festival is back and this year it’s online, November 5-21, 2020. The full schedule will be published in October, but there’s already an impressive lineup of presenters.

For updates, go to Literary Arts and sign up.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

jazz plus poetry

September 15, 2020

City of Asylum is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, initiative that provides “sanctuary to endangered literary writers,” and offers “a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.” This month, City of Asylum celebrates the 16th Annual International Jazz Poetry Month with a series of eight virtual concerts that join the sounds of jazz and poetry. See the list of upcoming events on the City of Asylum Crowdcast page and register to attend.

Word Vancouver

September 14, 2020

The first “Word On The Street Vancouver” festival was held in 1995. Rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. With that history, and the recent experience of scores of online readings, panel discussions, workshops, and other gatherings, Word Vancouver is ready for the 2020 all-virtual festival, Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. Word Vancouver is free, with donations gratefully accepted. See the Word Vancouver schedule here.

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.

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