Poetry Parley

August 20, 2020

John Morgan, who in normal years divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington, will be the featured poet for Poetry Parley on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 7:00pm Alaska (8:00pm Pacific) on Zoom. Based in Anchorage, the monthly Poetry Parley includes readings by the featured poet and selections from a ‘poet of influence’ read by the featured poet and other readers. This month’s poet of influence is William Stafford.

There’s more about Morgan and Poetry Parley in this article in Anchorage Press.

To get the Zoom link or to sign up to read a William Stafford poem, send an email to poetryparley@gmail.com.

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.

It’s 2018 and here’s an excellent way to launch your poetry year: This Wednesday, January 3, 2018, poet John Morgan will be the featured reader at Greene’s Corner in Bellingham.

Singer, songwriter, and soundman, J.P. Falcon Grady will emcee and provide music starting at 6:30pm, followed by an open mic at 7:00pm and then the evening’s featured poet. Admission is free and food/beverages are available for purchase.

Born in New York City, John Morgan won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry at Harvard and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Prize. In 1976, he moved with his family to Fairbanks, Alaska, to teach Creative Writing at the University of Alaska. Morgan’s latest collection, Archives of the Air, was published by the distinguished Irish press, Salmon Poetry. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and many other magazines, and in more than twenty anthologies. Winner of the New York Poetry Center’s Discovery Award, Morgan served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

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.

poetry by John Morgan

Mark your calendar: poet John Morgan will read from his latest works at Village Books next Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 7:00pm.

John Morgan’s two most recent books are River of Light, published last year by the University of Alaska Press, and Archives of the Air, just out from Salmon Poetry.

Morgan has put together a PowerPoint slide show to accompany the reading and illustrate some of the remarkable places in Alaska that have inspired his writing. These include Denali National Park, where he served as writer-in-residence, and the Copper River, where he took part in a week-long raft trip described in River of Light.

Born in New York City, John Morgan won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry at Harvard and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. He currently divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington.

Cirque in Seattle

August 5, 2015

Cirque reads with friends

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Seattle welcomes the artistry of CIRQUE Journal at a reading with art and music to be held at Wikstrom Brothers Gallery. Hear a selection of poetry and prose from CIRQUE Volume 6, Number 2, including works by Beth Baker, Robert Bharda, Lyn Coffin, Michael Daley, Patrick Dixon, Merridawn Duckler, Mary Kancewick, Sandra Kleven, John Morgan, Craig Smith, Carey Taylor and Richard Widerkehr. More information on Facebook.

On Poetry and Place

January 9, 2014

John Morgan and FairbanksIn its continuing focus on Vanishing Ice, the Whatcom Museum will host a Brown Bag talk by poet John Morgan at 12:30pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Old City Hall in Bellingham.

In Moving to Fairbanks: On Poetry and Place, John Morgan will explore the magical power that some places carry and how a writer can mine that precious load. Slides accompanying the talk include some of Alaska’s iconic scenery and illustrate the exceptional experiences that have influenced Morgan’s work.

Born in New York City, John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard, where he won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry. He earned his M.F.A., with distinction, at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Morgan has published five books of poetry, as well as four chapbooks and a collection of essays. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The Paris Review, The New Republic and many other magazines, as well as in more than twenty anthologies. Several years ago, he was chosen to be the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. Annie Dillard has written that Morgan’s poems “are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man.”

$3 suggested donation/Free for Museum members

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