Dream Loaf

August 8, 2020

From Wednesday, August 12, to Saturday, August 22, 2020, Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences will offer Dream Loaf, a free, curated selection of readings and lectures from their archives along with live events. You can see the general schedule on the Dream Loaf page. The archived material will go live on the day of the event and can be accessed simply by clicking on the program title.

On the same page, you can find lectures from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, available now, free.


April 2, 2020

The archives of The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry (BWLS) contain full-length lectures, brief audio and video clips, transcriptions of Q&A sessions, and selected writings by featured poets. They are available for your enjoyment without charge.

planning ahead

January 20, 2018

We mentioned back in July that Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System had been selected to host the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye. Since National Poetry Month is likely to be busy, we’re giving you advance notice of the confirmed date for this event, which is FREE and open to the public: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Performing Arts Center, Western Washington University, Bellingham. Her lecture is entitled, “Refreshments Will Be Served: Our Lives of Reading & Writing,” and while the event is free, advance registration is required at WCLS. Read more about the poet and the lecture on the PoetryChat website.

good words ahead

August 7, 2017

Hugo House has released its Word Works craft talks schedule for the 2017-2018 season and it’s a terrific lineup. Tickets are now on sale. And that’s just for starters… There’s also the Hugo Literary Series, the Fall Course Catalog, and numerous other readings and events.

hearing from Hedgebrook

January 30, 2017

HedgebrookFor more than a century, U.S. writers and artists have nurtured their creative impulses at retreat centers around the country. From Thornton Wilder and Aaron Copland to Louise Erdrich and Michael Chabon, literary and artistic figures have benefited from the freedom and creative space offered by colonies and retreat centers.

In 1985, Hedgebrook was established on a Whidbey Island farm by Seattle philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff. The retreat center would be a place for women to come and be in solitude and community. Nancy’s vision has evolved into a global community of writers enriched by diversity: of culture, nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations. Nearly two thirds of Hedgebrook’s alumnae are women of color, and they come from all over the world, and all walks of life. They are emerging and published, ranging in age from 18-85, and writing in all genres.

On February 5, 2017, Hedgebrook founder, Nancy Nordhoff, and dynamic executive director, Amy Wheeler, will tell the Hedgebrook story firsthand at Vashon Center for the Arts as part of its Arts & Humanities series. For ticket information and additional details, visit Vashon Center for the Arts.

listen up

July 5, 2016

The Archive Project

If you enjoy listening to the conversation of intelligent people, check out The Archive Project. A collection of talks from the Portland Arts & Lectures series, The Archive Project offers more than 250 original lectures for free listening and downloading as well as weekly broadcasts from the archive on Portland’s OPB Radio. A tremendous aural resource, including many poets.

Ginsberg lectures

Open Culture, which keeps track of “The best free cultural & educational media on the web” has just announced the availability of 13 Lectures from Allen Ginsberg’s “History of Poetry” Course. Visit the page for descriptions and links as well as additional Ginsberg resources.

Kathryn Trueblood
Kathryn Trueblood
, associate professor of English at Western Washington University, will give a lecture titled “How Can Publishing Suit Your Purpose?” at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers at 210 Lottie Street in Bellingham.

The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.

With so many kinds of publishing available — corporate, independent, print on demand, electronic — it’s hard to know which might be best for your book project. Although Trueblood has worked in editorial roles for both mainstream and small press publishers from the adult trade division at Random House to the West Coast’s first feminist press, Shameless Hussy, she admits it is hard to keep up with the rate of innovation in publishing.

The time when traditional New York publishers were influential as the primary arbiters of taste has passed, and authors now have other gateways through which to see their work into print. It is possible for an author to gain a groundswell of readers through blogs, online book clubs, and other forms of social media. Between corporate media conglomerates and independent presses, there now exists a vibrant community of print-on-demand options, e-book sales and co-op publishing. Trueblood will guide her audience on a tour of publishing options that will shake up your idea of what it means to be a successful author. The lecture will be recorded and shown on Bellingham TV Channel 10.

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