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.

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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.

Bellingham, Washington, will be treated to a round of fine poetry and workshops as St Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts its first-ever poetry festival. Events kick off at 7:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017, as Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image journal, speaks, followed by a reading from poet Luci Shaw.

On Saturday, September 30, beginning at 1:30pm, there will be several poetry workshops to choose from, led by Luci Shaw, Jennifer Bullis, and Caitlin Thomson. This will be followed by an open mic and a 7:00pm reading by Scott Cairns and Jeanne Murray Walker.

The workshop fee is $15 and registration is required. Otherwise, all lectures and poetry readings are free and open to the public.

No prior experience with poetry is required, and indeed one of the hopes of the organizers is that those unfamiliar with poetry will come and be able to connect to it in this venue. All events will take place in the church and the Great Hall.

For the full schedule, to sign up for workshops, and for more information, please see the Poetry at St. Paul’s website.

Looking ahead

July 26, 2017

If an autumn 2017 writing retreat or conference strikes your fancy, here are a number of events coming up in Cascadia and beyond.

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