Monday reading

April 2, 2021

Tune in Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6:00pm, for a livestream reading and book launch with Kate Lebo and Kim Addonizio. Presented by Third Place Books (Seattle), Village Books (Bellingham), Browser’s Bookshop (Olympia), and Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane) the event celebrates Lebo’s latest, The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly and Addonizio’s brand-new collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere: Poems.

The event is free on Zoom with registration.

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014
This is a guest post by Hannah Streetman

The Chuckanut Writers Conference is excited to announce the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest as its 2015 beneficiary.

The contest and the conference have stemmed from the same goal — to bring together the community in celebration of the written word. Over the years, they’ve inspired many writers into action.

This year, the conference has again assembled a diverse faculty of twenty-one established poets, authors, agents, and publishing experts to come to Whatcom Community College the weekend of June 26-27, 2015. The poets include Washington’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Sam Green, Sally Green, Denise Jolly, Robert Lashley, and Kate Lebo. You can read about the other brilliant fiction, nonfiction, and publishing faculty members here. Many of them have called Bellingham home at some point. Needless to say, they are proof of the creative talent this lush region yields.

For its fifth anniversary, the conference will kick off with a special poetry edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, featuring music from the Lady Crooners. Then there are author panels, pitch sessions, breakout sessions, studio plenary sessions, as well as three new Master Classes. These Master Classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! On the last night, open mics will be held throughout Fairhaven to keep the spirit of the conference going.

The conference is designed to benefit writers of all stages, with an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. And unlike the writing classes you may have taken in school, no one will grade your work or force you to share. If you register by May 28, the early bird rate knocks $40 off the cost of the conference!

Attendees leave with the practical knowledge to strengthen their work, inspiration to get writing, connections in the literary community, and lifelong friendships. We’re excited to support the contest and work together toward a community strengthened by poetry. We hope to see you there!

A Douglas fir, more than two feet
through, angled downslope,
having had to bend that way
for light.

Samuel Green
from “Falling a Tree 90° to the Lean”

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Streetman - Hannah
Hannah Streetman is a lifelong reader who is entirely fascinated by the world of publishing. She’s working on her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from WWU with a couple more practical minors she keeps switching around. She enjoys oil painting, drinking coffee, and taking daytrips to nearby towns. She would love to spend her life reading and traveling.

flour sack illustration by Jessica Bonin
January 23 is National Pie Day. Really. So what could be more appropriate than a slice of A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press, 2013) by Kate Lebo, illustrated by Jessica Lynn Bonin?

The book is a delicious offering of pie poetry, pie lore, pie fantasy and pie recipes. Click here for a nice little review from the food blog, Swallow.

We were hoping that Kate Lebo might cook up a guest post for the Boynton blog, but she’s busy touring and writing and of course making more pies, so she suggested we include one of the poems from the book. With forks, napkins and gratitude, herewith the prose poem, Chocolate Cream:

People who love chocolate cream pie move through this world in a swarm of music. Their cars leak basslines; their exhaust sings from the dark of the pipe. Periodically they experiment with the softness of their genders and find them lacking every time, wear skirts to feel the hair on their thighs and pants to bind their bodies into the clean lines of a park bench. They invite you to sit down. The chocolate pie-lover would like to convince you that her height is three inches above the crown of her head. She isn’t lying, exactly. She’s creating the truth, believer by believer, just as you would if you too had a voice as big as a church.

Happy National Pie Day!
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illustration by Jessica Lynn Bonin

poetry and pie

December 12, 2013

Kate LeboWhether you’re a fan of poetry, pie, Kate Lebo or all of the above, do stop in for Kate’s reading at Village Books (Bellingham, WA) on Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00pm, when she’ll read from her delicious poetry collection, A Commonplace Book of Pie. This will be Kate’s last stop for 2013 on the Commonplace Book of Pie tour, so don’t miss it!
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Kate Lebo photo by Natalie Shields

pie ‘n poetry

May 28, 2013

Kate Lebo - a commonplace book of pieWe’re always happy to see “local” poets featured in distinguished publications, so we were pleased to see “Cookbooks, Compost Heaps, and Poetry Booby Traps: A Conversation with Poet and Pie-maker Kate Lebo” in Ploughshares Literary Magazine.

The prize-winning poet, pie-maker and instructor is an MFA graduate of the University of Washington and the former registrar and volunteer coordinator at Richard Hugo House. Her handmade book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, became a surprise bestseller and will be published in October as a full-length illustrated book by Chin Music Press.

Read more on Kate Lebo’s site, Pie School, and visit her Etsy store to pick up one of the few remaining copies of the original Book of Pie.

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