poetry in Edison

January 30, 2020

Tiny Edison, Washington (pop. 133 in 2010), home of the world-famous Chicken Parade (February 23, 2020) as well as much impressive art and food, will liven up a winter evening with a Winter Poetry Reading featuring Georgia Johnson, Jory Mickelson, and Jeffrey Morgan. Join them on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 6:30pm, at i.e. gallery, in the heart of downtown Edison.

Come early to view the birds of winter in nearby fields, the “Birds Eye View” bird invitational art exhibit at Smith & Vallee, and enjoy a meal at one of Edison’s stellar restaurants.

poetry, three ways

August 14, 2019

It will be poetry three ways as Alaska poet John Morgan, his son Jeffrey Morgan, and Jeffrey’s wife, Carla Conforto, read poetry from their latest books, The Moving Out: Early Collected Poems (Salmon Publishing), The Last Note Becomes Its Listener (Conduit Books), and Popular Piety (Dancing Girl), respectively.

Please join them for a lively 7:00pm reading on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Village Books in Bellingham.

the creatures are stirring!

October 15, 2018

Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and Judy Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

new Bellingham venue

August 28, 2017

Poetry has a new home in Bellingham, Washington: Greene’s Corner (formerly at Smith Road and Northwest Avenue, now on James Street where VIS Seafoods used to live). With poetry features coordinated by Betty Scott, Acoustic Wednesdays are hosted by musician JP Falcon Grady and open with music (6:30pm), followed by an open mic (7:00pm) and then the evening’s feature: poetry read by outstanding regional poets.

This Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the featured poets are father and son John Morgan and Jeffrey Morgan.

John Morgan divides his time between Bellingham and Fairbanks, Alaska. He has published six books of poetry and a collection of essays, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and many other magazines. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Rattle, and West Branch. He is a 2017 National Poetry Series Finalist.

Workshop alert!

October 14, 2015

This Saturday, October 17, 2015 — on what is proving to be an extremely poetry-rich weekend — two terrific poets will each offer a two-hour workshop to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest.

Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop. To register, email boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

Jeffrey Morgan10:00am – Noon
Jeffrey Morgan
Submission: A Practical Guide to Literary Publishing

In this workshop we’ll explore how to create a more enjoyable and manageable submission practice that increases publication credits and improves writing habits. We’ll discuss ways to write better cover letters and successfully navigate various online resources and tools such as Duotrope and Submittable. We’ll also discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of entering into literary conversations with editors and journals, always with the goal of pushing oneself, as Samuel Beckett opined, to “fail better.”

Jeffrey Morgan lives in Bellingham, where he especially enjoys hiking and beer. He is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have recently appeared, or will soon, in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Verse Daily, and West Branch, among others.

photo by Susan Rich1:00 – 3:00pm
Kelli Russell Agodon
Fire On the Page: Generating New Work With Writing Prompts

Taking inspiration from Fire On Her Tongue, an anthology of some of the best women poets writing today, we will discover how inventive imitation can lead to poetic discovery and innovation. Through a series of writing exercises and prompts based on poems we read and listen to as a group, we will generate new work and explore individual themes, topics, and subjects that motivate us. We will consider how to set aside our own self-consciousness and self-doubt by turning off our “internal editors” to write our strongest work. We will also discuss how our own unique stories and life experiences — including struggle, conflict, vulnerability, and passion — can open the doors to new poems. This class operates with the belief that nurturing environments and creative group energy can assist poets and spark new work. Each poet will leave with 3-5 new ideas for poems and/or poems in progress. All levels of poets and writers from beginning to published author are welcome. Bring a pen and paper, or laptop for two hours of generative writing.

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Northwest. Her recent books are Hourglass Museum, (finalist for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her other books include Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry and Ffinalist for the Washington State Book Prize), Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry.

Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Retreat for Women Writers. She is an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker. She has a fondness for typewriters, desserts, and fedoras. Find out more about Kelli at www.agodon.com.

For more of the weekend’s goings-on, visit the CALENDAR.

Wonderful workshops!

August 21, 2015

Fairhaven Library pre-stucco

Once again, two outstanding poets have generously offered their time and inspiration in support of the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Jeffrey Morgan and Kelli Russell Agodon will each teach a two-hour poetry workshop at the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham (pictured here pre-stucco, pre-parking lot, pre-landscaping).

Jeffrey Morgan’s morning workshop is Submission: A Practical Guide to Literary Publishing. Kelli Russell Agodon’s afternoon workshop is Fire On the Page: Generating New Work With Writing Prompts.

Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

A second set of fall poetry workshops will be taught by Ann Spiers and Michael Daley on Saturday, November 14.

See instructor bios and full workshop descriptions on the WORKSHOPS page.
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Fairhaven Library

delicious choices

July 10, 2015

October 2015

From the vantage of full summer, it may seem unfair to mention October, but there are decisions to be made between now and then. Here’s a heads-up:

On Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2015, the first Tacoma Poetry Festival will present an evening and a day of poetry as part of Tacoma Arts Month. The evening event will include presentations by David Wagoner and a stellar lineup of Tacoma Poets Laureate past and present. On Saturday, there will be three workshop sessions, with three workshop choices for each one. Visit the website to learn more about the Tacoma Poetry Festival.

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, a little further north, Kelli Russell Agodon and Jeffrey Morgan will each offer two-hour poetry workshops to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. Jeffrey’s session, from 10:00am to Noon, will consider the fine points of getting work published. In Kelli’s session, from 1:00 to 3:00pm, she will lead participants in generating new work from writing prompts. The workshops will be held at the Fairhaven Library (Bellingham). Keep an eye on the Workshops page on this site for complete information as it becomes available.

Workshops! Saturday!

November 17, 2014

poetry workshops

Spend the day in Bellingham and put some dazzle in your poetry season! On Saturday, November 22, 2104, Jeffrey Morgan and Elizabeth Austen will each conduct a two-hour poetry workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. See the workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library. Registration is required: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Space is limited. Please register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number.

Bring writing materials. If you plan to take both workshops, you are welcome to bring your lunch or step out to one of Fairhaven’s many nearby restaurants.

See you Saturday!

workshop your autumn!

September 4, 2014

Lohafer, Thomson, Morgan, Austen

The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest has scheduled four poetry workshops to challenge your poetry muscles. Two two-hour workshops will be offered on Saturday, October 18, 2014, taught by Jessica Lohafer and Caitlin Thomson (upper left and right, respectively) and on Saturday, November 22, 2014, taught by Jeffrey Morgan and Elizabeth Austen (lower left and right).

The workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number.

See the Workshops page for complete descriptions and instructor bios.

Jeffrey Morgan

Jeffrey Morgan invites your participation in an upcoming class, Writing Poems: A Momentary Stay Against Confusion, to be offered at his Bellingham home on six Tuesday evenings, February 18 – March 25, 2014.

Participants will write and read original poems, as well as provide and receive constructive feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment. Participants will also read short essays on the craft of poetry writing and discuss the work of numerous contemporary poets, including Bob Hicok, Tracy K. Smith, Matt Rasmussen and many others. The goal of this course is to bring a fun, low-pressure MFA-style poetry workshop to the local community. For those interested, poetry publication and packet/manuscript submission strategies will be discussed.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame (BlazeVox, 2011). Newer poems appear, or will soon, in Barrow Street, Bellevue Literary Review, Cutbank, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pleiades, Rattle, Third Coast and West Branch, among others. He’s taught literature and creative writing for more than 15 years at colleges and universities, including Penn State University and The City University of New York. He also served as a judge for the 2012 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

Class size is limited to 12 students.
Workshop fee: $75
Materials: $15 (photocopies)
Total: $90

For information or to reserve a place, send an e-mail to jwm222@hotmail.com.

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