here they come!

January 3, 2018

Get ready. The Nasty Women Poets are headed your way. Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press) is a timely collection of poems that speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations.

In BELLINGHAM, four of these nasty women — Bellingham poets Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee, and Seattle poet Carolyne Wright — will present a lively array of poems from Nasty Women Poets at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 4:00pm.

In SEATTLE, contributors Kelli Russell Agodon, Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, and Carolyne Wright will share some nastiness at Open Books on Friday, February 2, 2018, at 7:00pm.

In REDMOND, poets Jennifer Bullis, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman, and Carolyne Wright will be featured at SoulFood Poetry Night on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 7:00pm.

The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.

The anthology, edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane, includes work from Kim Addonizio, Jan Beatty, Kelly Cherry, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Marilyn Kallet, Melissa Kwasny, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Jessica Mehta, Lesléa Newman, Nuala O’Connor, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Melinda Palacio, Jennifer Perrine, Marge Piercy, Lucinda Roy, Maureen Seaton, Rochelle Spencer, A.E. Stallings, Stacey Waite, Diane Wakoski, Müesser Yeniay, and a fabulous coven of other women’s voices.

Other readings are scheduled nationwide (there are nasty women everywhere!) including Baltimore, Cambridge, Kalamazoo, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Watch for them — better yet, ask for them — at a bookstore near you.


get inspired!

June 13, 2017

It’s time again for the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat: four weeks of new prompts, writing exercises, inspiration and critiques offered by the editors of Two Sylvias Press (Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy).

There are two sessions: June 26 – July 23 (July session) and July 31 – August 27 (August session). Find all the details and registration information on the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat page.

Half-day retreat in Seattle

February 7, 2017


Join Susan Rich and Kelli Russell Agodon at their ONE-DAY Generating New Work Writing Workshop in Downtown Seattle on Saturday, March 4, 2017. There will be a single extended class, “Generating New Work,” from 10 am to 2:30 pm, with a short break for lunch.

Together, we will write poems inspired by an array of new writing prompts. You will leave with at least 5-7 poem starts, most likely more! Spend focused time writing poems in a safe nurturing environment. Poets of ALL levels welcome from the beginning poet to the published author. Come spend the day with us: writing, laughing, and surprising yourself with what you can do in a short time — with creative guidance and just the right atmopshere.

You can find additional details on The Alchemist’s Kitchen and registration information here.

ALSO note that registration is now open for Susan and Kelli’s Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women, September 8 – 10, 2017, in La Conner, Washington.


Two Sylvias Summer 2016

We recently featured a rather hefty list of upcoming summer festivals and retreats in the Cascadia region. In case that wasn’t enough to get your poetic juices flowing — or in case you expect to spend your summer at your desk — here’s one more option.

Two Sylvias Press is offering two Online Poetry Retreats — June 27 – July 22, 2016 and August 1 – August 26, 2016. Participating poets will receive prompts, inspiration, a book and critiques by cofounders and editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. Read more about the retreats and sign up on the Two Sylvias website.


putting the treat in retreat

December 12, 2015

Poets on the Coast

Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich have just announced not one, but two upcoming writing retreats.

The first will be a Seattle Winter Retreat on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10am to 4pm. There will be two workshops: Generating New Poems (10am – 1pm) and From The Art of Revision (1:30pm – 4:00pm). Take one or both, or save on registration by bringing a friend.

The second will be Kelli and Susan’s annual writing retreat for women, Poets on the Coast, which will again be in La Conner, September 9-11, 2016.

Enrollment, which is now open, is limited for both retreats, so if you’re intrigued, don’t delay.


reading art

October 15, 2015

MoNAWe’ve mentioned Poets on the Coast: a Writing Retreat for Women before. Participants join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for sessions on creativity, generating work, publication, a Master Class workshop, and one-on-one mentoring. This year’s retreat included a visit to the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), in La Conner, where participants wrote poems inspired by the paintings, photographs, mixed media pieces and installations on exhibit. The resulting poems are now posted on the MoNA site.

Poets on the Coast 2016 has already been scheduled and registration is open! Space is very limited. Sign up now and watch for updates on Facebook.


Workshop alert!

October 14, 2015

This Saturday, October 17, 2015 — on what is proving to be an extremely poetry-rich weekend — two terrific poets will each offer a two-hour workshop to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest.

Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop. To register, email indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

Jeffrey Morgan10:00am – Noon
Jeffrey Morgan
Submission: A Practical Guide to Literary Publishing

In this workshop we’ll explore how to create a more enjoyable and manageable submission practice that increases publication credits and improves writing habits. We’ll discuss ways to write better cover letters and successfully navigate various online resources and tools such as Duotrope and Submittable. We’ll also discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of entering into literary conversations with editors and journals, always with the goal of pushing oneself, as Samuel Beckett opined, to “fail better.”

Jeffrey Morgan lives in Bellingham, where he especially enjoys hiking and beer. He is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have recently appeared, or will soon, in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Verse Daily, and West Branch, among others.

photo by Susan Rich1:00 – 3:00pm
Kelli Russell Agodon
Fire On the Page: Generating New Work With Writing Prompts

Taking inspiration from Fire On Her Tongue, an anthology of some of the best women poets writing today, we will discover how inventive imitation can lead to poetic discovery and innovation. Through a series of writing exercises and prompts based on poems we read and listen to as a group, we will generate new work and explore individual themes, topics, and subjects that motivate us. We will consider how to set aside our own self-consciousness and self-doubt by turning off our “internal editors” to write our strongest work. We will also discuss how our own unique stories and life experiences — including struggle, conflict, vulnerability, and passion — can open the doors to new poems. This class operates with the belief that nurturing environments and creative group energy can assist poets and spark new work. Each poet will leave with 3-5 new ideas for poems and/or poems in progress. All levels of poets and writers from beginning to published author are welcome. Bring a pen and paper, or laptop for two hours of generative writing.

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Northwest. Her recent books are Hourglass Museum, (finalist for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her other books include Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry and Ffinalist for the Washington State Book Prize), Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry.

Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is the Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Retreat for Women Writers. She is an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker. She has a fondness for typewriters, desserts, and fedoras. Find out more about Kelli at

For more of the weekend’s goings-on, visit the CALENDAR.

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