Remembering Jim

January 18, 2020

Friends of the “Bard of Bellingham” will gather to celebrate Jim Milstead’s life on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5:30pm, at the SPARK Museum in Bellingham. Readings of Jim’s poetry and anecdotal recollections are welcome. Join us.

Jim Milstead

October 29, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we must report the passing of our friend Jim Milstead. Your comments are welcome.

Jim Milstead
“The Bard of Bellingham”

1927 – 2019

In his own words, Jim Milstead was “Born in Chicago. Moved to Fresno, CA. Entered the Marine Corps, occupying northern China. Graduated from Fresno State College. Worked at the Linear Accelerator in Livermore, CA. Entered graduate school, spending 35 years as a biological control researcher at UC Berkeley. Moved to Bellingham in 1992. Now I write.”

A prolific poet of gymnastic language, tickling humor, acute insight, and profound emotion, Jim was author of the poetry books Collage (Independent Writers Studio Press, 2015) and Scenario (Akimbo Publications, 2015), was a three-time Boynton winner, a vigorous participant in local open mics, and for years an inspiring sight, walking miles each day through Bellingham, notebook in hand. We will miss him.

This post also appears on the Not forgotten page.

Wonder*

September 10, 2017


2017 Merit Award
By Jim Milstead

She looks outside,
     wonders
     when the first green sprouts of spring will appear.
The grey streets are streaked with with rain.
     wonders
if her friends would like to come inside to play

Nearby the white-haired woman, brush in hand,
     faces an empty canvas,
     wonders whether she should join the other marchers
to change the world.

. . . . .
Jim Milstead was “Born in Chicago. Moved to Fresno, CA. Entered the Marine Corps, occupying northern China. Graduated from Fresno State College. Worked at the Linear Accelerator in Livermore, Ca. Entered graduate school, spending 35 years as a biological control researcher at UC Berkeley. Moved to Bellingham in 1992. Now I write.” He is author of the poetry books Collage and Scenario.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Jim Milstead. Broadside illustrated by Christian Smith.

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.

COLLAGE your Sunday

April 19, 2015

Collage by Jim Milstead

If you need a great reason to come indoors on a perfect spring Sunday in Bellingham, here it is: Jim Milstead. A poet of gymnastic language, tickling humor, acute insight and profound emotion, Milstead will read from his new collection, Collage, at 4:00pm, today, April 19, 2015, at Village Books. Don’t miss it.

Jim Milstead by Gary Wade
photo by Gary Wade

Reading this evening

July 12, 2014

Whitney WimbishWhitney Curry Wimbish, a journalist, editor and writer of creative fiction and nonfiction, has been teaching a workshop this week in Bellingham and will offer a reading this evening, Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Mindport Exhibits. Whitney Wimbish’s articles have appeared in The Financial Times, the FT publications FundFire and BoardIQ, New Jersey’s The Herald News and Bergen Record, and The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories.

Along with Wimbish, readers will include workshop participants and poets Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jim Milstead. The reading is free. Doors open at 6:30pm, the reading starts 7:00.

Saturday reading in Bellingham

September 25, 2013

Clover, A Literary Rag, vol. 5

Mark your calendar and join the appreciative audience as selected contributors to Clover, A Literary Rag, volume 5, read their work at Village Books on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 7:00pm. The featured readers are: Luther Allen, Nancy Canyon, Denise duMaurier, Paul Hunter, Jim Milstead, Marla Morrow, Jon Reitzel and Caitlin Thomson. Copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

The literary journal, edited by Mary Gillilan (Independent Writers’ Studio) and Norman Green (Threshold Documents), is accepting submissions for Volume 6 until September 30, so this reading will offer a great opportunity to decide if this is the right company for your writing.

Visit the Clover web page or Facebook page, and see the terrific article on Jim Milstead written by Alisa Gramann for The Bellingham Herald.

new videos uploaded!

August 4, 2013

Boynton winners on YouTube 2013

Nine videos of Sue Boynton Poetry Contest 2013 winners have been uploaded to the “recent uploads” section of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest YouTube channel. Special thanks to the poets — Bassam Najib Boulos, Colleen Schwartz, Emily Spector-Van Zee, Jim Milstead, Luther Allen, Malcolm H. Kenyon, Mariah Brown-Pounds, Marina Murphy, and Susan Chase-Foster — and to Dal Neitzel and the staff at Bellingham TV10 (BTV10). Be sure to watch for these brief readings, which air between other programming on BTV10.

Collage*

May 26, 2013

Jim Milstead ~ Collage
2013 Merit Award
By Jim Milstead**

Vistas of blue bay. Leaden waters ruffled by wind.
Soft curtains. Drenched collectables. Torn remnants.
White-sailed relaxation. Raw taste of hunger.

Hand carved gluttonies. Vast white mountains
tinged with alpenglow. Yells. Curses. Gallery walks.
Banked slaloms. Bounced checks. Open mic

anticipations. Bone dry witticisms. Sermonized
imaginations. Wetland pollution. Official cadence
of restrained ambivalence. Tails wagging

furiously. Identity theft Neuroscience on tap.
Thimbleberry delights. Earthworm desiccations.
Hospice devotion. Fault lined inevitability.

Sandstone magnificence. Kaleidoscopic uncertainty.
Rag town of bleak streets, chilled conclusions.

The echo of your voice.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2013 by Jim Milstead. Placard design by Egress Studio.
**Happy Birthday, Jim!

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