March 16, 2017
January 18, 2017
If you ever heard or read Jack McCarthy, his words are probably still resonating in your mind. It’s hard to believe that yesterday, January 17, marked the fourth anniversary of his passing.
As much as he published during his busy lifetime, Jack left troves of material unpublished. Now, his wife, Carol McCarthy, is working with poet Jessica Lohafer to assemble some of Jack’s previously unknown and unpublished material into a new collection.
And they need your help.
Visit My Friend Jack: A Poetry Collection on GoFundMe, read about the project, watch a video of Jack, and donate what you can to bring this worthwhile collection into the world.
April 4, 2015
If you love movies and you live anywhere near Bellingham, there’s a good chance you also love Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, a locally owned and operated film rental store that is also a non-profit corporation.
Today, Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 8:30pm, Film is Truth will hold its first fundraising event, “Every Frame Tells a Story.” Celebrate the organization whose mission is to keep film history at your fingertips. Through poetry and music, pay tribute to the magic that movies bring to our lives. This is a free event hosted by (and at) Honey Moon, with donations to Film is Truth greatly appreciated. Featured performers include: Scot Casey, Dee Dee Chapman, Jessica Lohafer, Carol Guess and Falling Up Stairs.
January 11, 2015
This is a guest post by Jessica Lohafer.
The first thing you have to know about poetry slam is that it’s a gimmick, a sneaky way to get people to come to a poetry reading. Now, I love going to readings, but that’s my gig. I’m a poet. I’m also a literary arts organizer, which means I know how hard it can be to get people to come out for poetry. Here’s the trick: people come to see what all the fuss is about, for the competition, for the drinks, but they stay because they end up experiencing something magic, something different. Live poetry is personal, it connects us. It reminds us to pay attention.
These things were on my mind when I started the Write Riot Poetry Slam. We meet at the Honey Moon (Bellingham, WA), on the third Thursday of the month at 8:00 pm. At our inaugural show, I was completely blown away by the support we received; the place was packed, standing room only. The best part of it, for me, was seeing all of these different literary scenes collide. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful writers in Bellingham, and I’ve never understood why they weren’t all meeting each other. Looking around the room that night, I saw people I had met when poetrynight was at Stuart’s, I saw creative writing professors from Western, students, young people, slightly less young people, friends from Village Books. We were all there together. Nervous. Excited. Waiting to see what magic we could make.
I don’t know what the next show will bring, but I do know this. This subdued town is showing up for poetry. And I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got to say. Join us, won’t you?
The next Write Riot will be Thursday, January 15, 2014 and the feature will be Dee Dee Chapman.
Jessica Lohafer is a poet, feminist, and bartender out of Bellingham, WA, whose work has appeared in Whatcom Magazine, The Noisy Water Review, Thriving Thru The Winter: A Pacific Northwest Handguide and Your Hands, Your Mouth. Her collection of poetry, What’s Left to Be Done, was published by Radical Lunchbox Press in 2009. She recently received her MFA in poetry from Western Washington University. Currently, she works as the Chuckanut Writers Conference Planner. She has an ongoing collection of stories and poetry at lohafer.wordpress.com.
October 17, 2014
TWO POETRY WORKSHOPS
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00am – Noon
The Poetry of Place.
As we get older, we learn that we can’t always go home. While we might not be able to physically return to the spaces of our past, poetry allows us to reinhabit these locations in new ways. In this workshop, we will be exploring the poetry of place, working to recreate the settings of our lives. We will look to the poetry of Robert Lashley, Jack Gilbert and Kim Addonizio (among others) to help create a fuller picture of where we are coming from. Please come to this workshop with three different life locations in mind.
Jessica Lohafer is a poet, feminist, and bartender out of Bellingham, Washington, whose work has appeared in Whatcom Magazine, The Noisy Water Review, Thriving Thru The Winter: A Pacific Northwest Handguide and Your Hands, Your Mouth. Her collection of poetry, What’s Left to Be Done, was published by Radical Lunchbox Press in 2009. She has served as the Program Director for Poetry in Public Education, bringing writing workshops to schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jessica recently received her MFA in poetry from Western Washington University. She has an ongoing collection of stories and poetry at lohafer.wordpress.com.
1:00 – 3:00pm
Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson
A Fine Balance: Narrative Poetry
A poem that tells a story and remains a poem is a wonderful thing. So often narrative poems tilt in one direction or another, either being too much a poem or too much a story. This workshop is focused on reading, writing, and editing poems that contain this balance.
The workshop will be focusing on craft, narrative ideas, and poem generation. We will read a number of poems from poets such as W.H. Auden and Sharon Olds to help inspire us, and to instill a sense of balance in our work. Participants should bring a narrative poem they themselves have written, as well as paper and a pen.
Caitlin Thomsonreceived an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught creative writing at Berkley College in Manhattan and at Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, Going Down Swinging, The Liner, Green Briar Review, The Alarmist, and the anthology Killer Verse. Her second chapbook, Incident Reports, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. You can learn more about her writing at www.CaitlinThomson.com.
Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. 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 email@example.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.
October 8, 2014
If your poetry muscles got lazy over the summer, here are a few opportunities to rewarm them…
This Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 2:00-4:00pm, Kelli Russell Agodon will offer a free Poetry Saturday session at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Kelli will read poems from Hourglass Museum, participants will write poems inspired by the artwork in the library and three folk harpists will accompany the goings-on with music inspired by art and artists. All levels of writers/poets are welcome. More information on Facebook and on the Library website.
Next Saturday, October 18, 2014, Jessica Lohafer and Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson will each offer a two-hour poetry workshop to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. The workshops will be held at the Fairhaven Library (Bellingham). Complete details, instructor bios and registration information can be found on the Workshops page of the Boynton Blog.
If you plan to attend any of these terrific sessions, please bring paper and your preferred writing implement.
September 4, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.