poetry riches

September 27, 2017

This weekend is full of poetry treasure…

On Friday, September 29, in Bellingham, Poetry at St. Paul’s opens with a presentation by Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image Journal, followed by a reading by poet Luci Shaw. Events begin at 7:00pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Also on Friday, September 29, in Deming, Frida and Friends features Susan J. Erickson reading from her book of poems, Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine, joined by poets Lois Holub, Stephanie Hopkinson, J.I. Kleinberg, C.J. Prince, and Leslie Wharton. The reading begins a 7:00pm at the Deming Library.

Also on Friday, September 29, 2017, in Seattle, Meghan McClure and Michael Schmeltzer will read from their new collaborative volume, A Single Throat Opens (Black Lawrence Press). Join them at their book launch at 7:00pm at Open Books.

On Saturday, September 30, Poetry at St. Paul’s continues with a trio of workshops offered by Jennifer Bullis, Luci Shaw, and Caitlin Thomson. Registration is required. Workshops run concurrently, 1:30-3:00pm, at St. Paul’s.

Later on Saturday, September 30, head back to Open Books in Seattle for a launch party for Hailey Higdon’s chapbook, Rural (Drop Leaf Press), featuring readings by the author, Sarah Heady, and Tanya Holtland.

This is just a sampling of the weekend’s goings-on. Enjoy!

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.

Poet, submit!

September 15, 2013

Cascadia map - Sightline InstituteAutumn is poetry submission season for many literary journals. While this does not profess to be a complete list of publications from the Cascadia region, it’s a healthy start. In some cases, regional is just an accident of the magazine’s home base; in other cases, it defines either the audience or the writers who are invited to submit.

For each publication, we’ve linked to the Submission page. (We’ve also provided a Facebook link, if available, because some publications update Facebook information more often than web pages.) You’ll also find links to each of these publications in the NW lit scene links in the right-hand column of this page.

Before you submit your work, read the publication and, of course, read and follow the submission guidelines carefully. (Please note: dates are gleaned from publication sites; some are closing dates, some opening dates, some inclusive.)

A River & Sound Review ~ “Serious Literature with an Unpretentious Soul” publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, humor, podcasts, music and more. Reading period is August 1 to November 30. A River & Sound Review on Facebook.

Bellingham Review ~ The literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington University. General submission period is from September 15 through December 1Bellingham Review on Facebook.

Cascadia Review ~ Poetry of place by residents of the bioregion that includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska, along with fragments of Nevada, Wyoming and Yukon. Submissions for Issue 4 open today, September 15. Cascadia Review on Facebook.

LAST CHANCE – closes soon! Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest ~ Publishes stories, poems, creative nonfiction, translations, plays, reviews of first books, interviews, photographs and artwork. Issue #9 — Winter Solstice 2013 submission deadline is September 21, 2013. Cirque Journal on Facebook.

CLOVER, A Literary Rag ~ A biannual print literary anthology. Deadline for December edition is September 30, 2013. Clover, A Literary Rag on Facebook.

Conversations Across Borders (CAB) ~ A monthly online literary magazine that envisions a world of increased mutual understanding and connection across borders of all kinds. Accepts submissions year-round. Conversations Across Borders on Facebook.

Crab Creek Review ~ A perfect-bound print literary journal. Submissions will open in October 2013; watch site for details. Crab Creek Review on Facebook.

Image ~ A quarterly journal of writing and artwork informed by religious faith. Does not have a formal set of guidelines, but welcomes unsolicited submissions. Image on Facebook.

The Monarch Review ~ Seattle’s literary and arts magazine. Reads submissions year-round and publishes online weekly as well as a print edition biannually. The Monarch Review on Facebook.

Pacifica Literary Review ~ A small literary arts magazine based in Seattle, with print editions in winter and summer. General submission period is from September 15 to May 7. Pacifica Literary Review on Facebook.

Poetry Northwest ~ A poetry print journal published semi-annually in April and October, plus new work online, including poetry, reviews and essays. Regular reading period is September 15 – March 15. Poetry Northwest on Facebook.

Raven Chronicles ~ A print journal of art, literature and the spoken word. Postmark deadline is October 1, 2013Raven Chronicles on Facebook.

Seattle Review ~ University of Washington print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas and lyric essays. Accept submissions by mail between October 1 and May 31. Seattle Review on Facebook.

Soundings Review ~ A magazine of creative writing published through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Reading for the spring/summer issue (published in May) closes on January 1.

Switched-on Gutenberg ~ Online poetry journal with themed issues. Currently closed to submissions; usually opens December 1.

Willow Springs ~ Print and e-book literary journal of Eastern Washington University (Spokane). Submissions are open September 1 through May 31Willow Springs on Facebook.

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Sightline Institute map of the Cascadia region drawn by Cynthia Thomas