coming up in Anacortes

January 7, 2018

Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse will present a reading by Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:00pm, to launch this year’s third-Friday reading series. Come hear two accomplished poets in the relaxed surroundings of an independent bookstore (and coffee shop!) in the heart of downtown Anacortes.

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Poem Booth update

August 26, 2017

Bellingham’s Poem Booth, located on the Forest Street side of the downtown Food Co-op, continues to offer fresh poems to go with your fresh produce. The winning poem is selected from submissions to a quarterly contest (some additional submissions are posted on the Poem Booth blog).

The June poem, “What Water Says” by Jim Bertolino, will soon be replaced by “Ode to a Flat Black River Stone” by Sheila Sondik. There will be an unveiling ceremony at 5:30pm on Friday, September 1, 2017. Please join Sheila Sondik and the Poem Booth team at this free event.

Submissions are now open for the next quarter’s poem.

Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

12 for 12 on 12

February 8, 2017

Clover: A Literary Rag

Come celebrate the publication of Volume 12 of Clover: A Literary Rag on Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham).

Twelve of the issue’s authors will read: Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Douglas Cole, Victoria Doerper, Susan Chase-Foster, Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson, Paul Hunter, Ramon Ledesma, Laurel Leigh, Jim Milstead, Sara E. Simard, and Harvey Schwartz. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

LiTFUSE in Bellingham

January 7, 2017

LiTFUSE - Poets Unite

Next Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 7:00pm, Village Books in Bellingham will welcome James Bertolino, Michael Schein, Luther Allen, Carla Shafer and Anita K. Boyle reading from LiTFUSE @10, an anthology of LiTFUSians spanning the full ten years. The reading is free and copies of LiTFUSE @10 will be available for purchase. More on Facebook.

LiTFUSE 2017 will take place in Mighty Tieton, Washington, and registration is already open. Have a look at the lineup of featured poets and register early, especially if you’re interested in taking a workshop (they fill up quickly).

toasting the new year

January 3, 2017

World Enough Writers

Do you have poems in which beer, wine, or spirits play a role? If so, wobble on over to World Enough Writers and have a look at the submission call for the Beer, Wine, & Spirits Anthology. To be edited by James Bertolino and published in Winter 2018, the anthology invites poems of any style, form, or line length. Submit one poem at no charge, two or more for $5. As of this writing, the submissions page does not include a deadline, so submit soon.

A Flutter of BirdsA Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper, has just been published and is available from Amazon for $20. Local bookstores will stock it soon.

This book, a tribute to the Skagit poet Robert Sund, contains poetry, reminiscences, art, anecdotes, essays, photographs and more from over 35 contributors, and includes work by such luminaries as Robert Bly, Gary Snyder and our own Jim Bertolino.

Robert Sund was considered to be the informal poet laureate of Washington State for a number of years, and was truly a great poet of place. Keep an ear out (and watch the Calendar) for readings that will accompany the launch.

Read a review of A Flutter of Birds in the New York Journal of Books.

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