book launch, etc.

August 13, 2019

David Ossman, perhaps best known for his work with the Firesign Theatre, writes poems. Egress Studio Press publishes exceptionally beautiful hand-stitched books.

This Saturday, August 17, 2019, Egress Studio will host a book launch party for Ossman’s new Egress-published collection, The Old Man’s Poems. In addition to a pre-reading potluck supper, the event will include a performance by Seattle’s Band of Poets, a music and poetry group featuring John Burgess, Anna Jenkins, Jed Myers, Ted McMahon, and Rosanne Olson. (Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.)

For more information, here’s a post by Anita K. Boyle, and here’s the event on Facebook.

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Poets on Fire!

April 23, 2013

Poets on Fire

A group poetry reading
in celebration of National Poetry Month
Poets on Fire
Sunday, April 28, 2013 ~ 7:00pm
The Firehouse ~ 1314 Harris Street ~ Bellingham
$5 suggested donation

This poetry reading includes some of the best lyrical, slam and folk poets in our region: Ryler Dustin, Susan J. Erickson, Kevin Murphy, Allison Preisinger, Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson and John Burgess. Some will sing for you, and some may even ignite your soul. Poets coming from Bellingham, Arlington and even Seattle will be introduced with a special treat from emcee James Bertolino. “A reading so hot, you may have an opportunity to witness spontaneous combustion.”

About the poets:

Ryler Dustin is winner of the 2011 Inprint Paul Verlaine $10,000 Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a 2011 Ruth Lilly Prize. He has also competed on the final stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam. He has taught poetry workshops for Inprint, Western Washington University, Writers in the Schools and Project Row Houses, and edited the literary magazines Gulf Coast and Jeopardy. His work appears or is forthcoming in New South, The Portland Review, Chrysanthemum and other journals. He is the author of The Lantern Sea (Destructible Heart Press) and Heavy Lead Birdsong (Write Bloody). He holds an MFA from the University of Houston but is a Bellingham native.

Susan J. Erickson’s poems appear in 2River View, Crab Creek Review, Museum of Americana, Raven Chronicles, Switched-on-Gutenberg and The Lyric. She is working on a manuscript of poems in women’s voices, including Lucy Audubon, Frida Kahlo, Zelda Fitzgerald and Amelia Earhart. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she helped establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

Kevin Murphy is the author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy and has released a CD of his poetry, Between Onions and Oxygen. He performs poetry regularly on the Chuckanut Radio Hour and has toured throughout the Northwest and beyond with the New Old Time Chautauqua. Kevin has been known to accompany his poetry on guitar and drum.

Allison Preisinger is a singer-songwriter based in the Pacific Northwest. Writing and performing solo since 2004, she has played numerous venues throughout the Northwest as well as the Northeast while she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Preisinger recently released Be Heard, her second full-length album, and is currently writing and touring the Pacific Northwest.

Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson writes about absence, usually in terms of the apocalypse. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including The Literary Review of Canada, A cappela Zoo, The Liner, Going Down Swinging, The Moth, Labletter and the anthology Killer Verse. Her first chapbook, Victims of Ted Bundy: Washington State and Oregon, was published by Jeanne Duval Editions in 2011.

John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew in Montana, taught English in Japan and since 1985 has lived in Seattle. Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008) and Graffito (2011) were published by Ravenna Press. He was a 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; and the 2008 Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City Council. He’s currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey, Board member at Richard Hugo House and co-conspirator with the Band of Poets.

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