If you’re a fan of Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014), or his magnum opus, The Book of Nightmares (Houghton Mifflin 1971), in particular, or just curious to hear the sound of the poet’s words, there will be a live reading of The Book of Nightmares in its entirety on Thursday, November 7, 2019, starting at 7:00pm at the Lucky You Lounge in Spokane. Readers will include poets Jonathan Johnson, Laura Read, Taylor D. Waring, Sam Foley, and one more TBA.

tonight in Seattle

October 25, 2018

Hugo House has a terrific lineup for this evening’s BOA Editions Showcase: Bruce Beasley, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Keetje Kuipers, and Laura Read.

Bruce Beasley is author of eight collections of poetry and a professor of English at Western Washington University; Keetje Kuipers is a Hugo House instructor whose third collection, All Its Charms, is forthcoming in 2019; and former Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read is author of the newly released Dresses from the Old Country. Also joining the lineup is visiting poet, essayist, and translator Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, author of Cenzontle. More about BOA Editions here.

The reading is free and begins at 7:00pm, with book sales and signing to follow. This is a great opportunity to see the newly reopened Hugo House for yourself.

(In a related note, Bruce Beasley will be teaching one of two poetry workshops on November 17, 2018, in Bellingham. Details here.)

Saturday workshops!

October 17, 2018


 
 
In case you haven’t yet signed up, there are still a few spaces available in the two poetry workshops that will be offered this Saturday, October 20, 2018, in downtown Bellingham.

From 10:00am to Noon, Jory Mickelson (top left) will present Spectacular, Wild, Precarious! The workshop will use Yellowstone National Park as lens and inspiration, “as metaphor and structure to reinvigorate and let a little wildness in to our writing.”

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Laura Read and Maya Jewell Zeller (middle and lower left, respectively) will present The American Character & The Personal Pronoun, a workshop that “will help you generate writing that explores your own individual lives as artifacts of our current national landscape.”

The workshops will be held upstairs at Mindport, 210 W Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register (soon!) by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

See the full workshop descriptions and instructor bios (as well as information about the two November workshops) on the Workshops page.

workshops!

September 12, 2018

Workshops

Once again, the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will offer two days of poetry workshops this fall:

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00am to Noon, Jory Mickelson will teach Spectacular, Wild, Precarious! and 1:00 to 3:00pm, Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read will teach The American Character & The Personal Pronoun.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00am to Noon, Jane Wong will teach Revisiting the Ode, and 1:00 to 3:00pm, Bruce Beasley will teach Dreams and the Work of Poetry.

Space is limited and registration is required (all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest): $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. See the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

October workshops!

September 6, 2018

Each year, the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest offers fall workshops taught by exceptional poets. This year is no exception. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, a pair of workshops and a trio of instructors will offer insight and inspiration and participants are sure to go home with drafts in hand.

From 10:00am to Noon, Jory Mickelson will present Spectacular, Wild, Precarious!

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read will present The American Character & The Personal Pronoun.

Workshops are held at Mindport, in downtown Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Registration is now open. Register by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number.

See the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

The Spokane County Library District invites you to a Poetry Picnic on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:00pm, at the Moran Prairie Library. The gathering will feature poets José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Nance Van Winckel, plus free gelato from Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. All ages welcome, but some poems may have adult themes. Read more in The Spokesman-Review.

poetry underfoot

July 5, 2018

Spokane, Washington, has taken a slightly different approach to its sidewalk poetry project, I Am a Town. Instead of permanently impressing the words into the sidewalk, this temporary project, dreamed up by former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read, uses stencils and spray paint to add the poems to local sites. The 13 poems were chosen and excerpted from open submissions. See more about the project, a map of the sites, and the full text of the selected poems on the I Am A Town website.

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poem by Fitz Fitzpatrick

east of the Cascades

December 29, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

In addition to being the home of Washington State’s current poet laureate, Tod Marshall, eastern Washington has plenty of poetry going on, if this week’s special Poetry Issue of The Pacific Northwest Inlander is any indication. Have a look!

long-form poetry workshop

August 24, 2015

WOTS 2015

Now in its 30th year, Write on the Sound (WOTS) Writers’ Conference will take place October 2, 3, and 4, 2015, at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds, Washington. In addition to a robust schedule of sessions on Saturday and Sunday, WOTS will also present a half-day poetry-writing session on Friday, October 2, as part of its pre-conference schedule of full- and half-day workshops.

Spokane poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read will present, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?”: Writing Long or Linked Poems, exploring long-form poetry. In his narrative lyric, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot sustains a singular voice through 140 lines and teaches us what it means to “disturb the universe.” In this workshop, Zeller and Read will begin by discussing successful examples of linked or long poems, then lead students through a series of generative exercises meant to stretch narrative, lyric, meditative, and dramatic elements to produce a series of pieces that could work together as one long text or in concert as linked poems. Zeller and Read will then suggest revision techniques that will enhance language for sound and image, and assist each student in forming a cohesive project. Expect a variety of reading/writing/revising/sharing rhythms, and a spirit of collaborative play.

Read excerpts of a National Poetry Month interview with Maya and Laura in the WOTS Blog. Information about the poets can be found on the WOTS Presenters page.

Conference (and workshop) registration is available only online: www.writeonthesound.com and the early registration discount ends August 30. Enrollment for pre-conference workshops is limited.

There will also be an after hours poetry reading at the Edmonds Library on Friday, October 2, at 6:30pm, featuring Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read.

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