LiTFUSE 2020, virtually

June 24, 2020

The wonderful late-September gathering of poets in Tieton, Washington, LiTFUSE, has announced that the show will go on, as a fully virtual program.

  • LiTFUSE 2020 will take place September 25-27. Workshops and related programming will be offered in the weeks leading up to the main event.
  • Registration fees will be reduced to $150 per person and include virtual access to all regular workshop classes. Master classes will be available for an additional fee.
  • The poetry slam and keynote events will take place virtually. In place of the poet’s banquet, there will be a digital cocktail reception for faculty and registered attendees.
  • Special accommodations for the digital environment, such as closed-captioning, printable media, etc., can be arranged.

The 2020 LiTFUSE Faculty is now listed on the site and Registration is open.

Mighty Tieton awaits

May 16, 2019

If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to start planning for LiTFUSE. The annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held September 27-29, 2019, in Tieton, Washington (near Yakima), combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty and readings to ignite your muse.

The complete schedule is now online, registration is open, and this year, for those who book a room at the Oxford Suites in Yakima, there will be daily shuttle service to and from the Mighty Tieton Warehouse.

It will be a memorable weekend packed with poetry.

planning ahead

January 28, 2019

September 27-29, 2019, may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to register (and reserve accommodations) for LiTFUSE. Once again, Mighty Tieton, Washington, will host the weekend-long poets’ workshop, which combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty, and readings to ignite your muse.

Have a look at the 2019 faculty, review your registration options, and sign up!

it’s LiTFUSE season

September 13, 2018

Welcome to Mighty Tieton, Washington, where LiTFUSE takes over the town September 28-30, 2018. This year’s faculty features Kevin Prufer and poets Katrina Roberts, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Jonathan Johnson, Christopher Howell, Jennifer Boyden, Kevin Goodan, Kimberly Burwick, Imani Sims, Joanna Thomas, and Gerardo Calderon. There’s still time to register for this terrific poetry weekend. Go!

LiTFUSE your summer

June 6, 2018

LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop 2018 features Kevin Prufer, with Katrina Roberts, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Jonathan Johnson, Rick Barot, Christopher Howell, Jennifer Boyden, Kevin Goodan, Douglas Manuel, Kimberly Burwick, Imani Sims, Joanna Thomas, Raul Sanchez, and a special performance by Gerardo Calderon.

It’s happening Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, 2018, in Tieton, Washington.

Registration is open and Early Bird rates apply through August 31. Registration includes Friday night’s Poetry Slam, Saturday and Sunday classes and readings, and the annual Poets’ Banquet with keynote on Saturday night. Master Classes, taught by Kevin Prufer, Katrina Roberts, and Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, will be offered Friday and Saturday for an additional fee.

Space is limited. Imagination is not. Reserve your spot at LiTFUSE.

a sure sign of summer

June 5, 2017

Although technically it’s not yet summer, making plans to attend LiTFUSE is a sure sign that the season is right around the corner. The annual Tieton, Washington, event is definitely a landmark on the poetry map and a rewarding way to spend three days in September. This year’s faculty and schedule are now available for your perusal and registration is open for the September 22-24, 2017, gathering. Go!

LiTFUSE in Bellingham

January 7, 2017

LiTFUSE - Poets Unite

Next Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 7:00pm, Village Books in Bellingham will welcome James Bertolino, Michael Schein, Luther Allen, Carla Shafer and Anita K. Boyle reading from LiTFUSE @10, an anthology of LiTFUSians spanning the full ten years. The reading is free and copies of LiTFUSE @10 will be available for purchase. More on Facebook.

LiTFUSE 2017 will take place in Mighty Tieton, Washington, and registration is already open. Have a look at the lineup of featured poets and register early, especially if you’re interested in taking a workshop (they fill up quickly).

Late…but not too late!

September 5, 2016


There’s still time to be a LiTFUSIAN.* Discover Mighty Tieton, Washington. Discover some new voices and some new poetry within yourself. (Tieton is in eastern Washington, about 3 hours from Seattle, about 3.5 from Portland or Spokane, about 5 from Vancouver, BC, and about 20 minutes from Yakima.)

LiTFUSE takes over the town of Tieton Friday, September 23, through Sunday, September 25, 2016. This year’s featured poet is Ilya Kaminsky, who joins many other fine poets on the schedule.

See the complete schedule and register on the LiTFUSE website.

*LiTFUSIAN – n., lĭt-fūz’-ē-ĕn: (1) Any sentient being who has participated in, or supported, LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. (2) A being of pure energy from the planet LiTFUSE.

cap your summer

July 25, 2016

LiTFUSE - Poets Unite

Whether it’s the finale of your summer or the launch of your fall poetry season, LiTFUSE is a great way to juice up your year. Each September, the small town of Tieton, Washington — “Mighty Tieton” to those who love it — welcomes a lively throng of poets for a weekend of workshops, readings, exhibits and conversations. The atmosphere is welcoming and congenial, casual and stimulating.

This is LiTFUSE 10 and celebrations will include the official launch of POETS UNiTE! The LiTFUSE @10 Anthology (Cave Moon Press), now available for pre-order. See the complete LiTFUSE lineup and find registration information at LiTFUSE 2016.

Ellen Bass by Irene YoungThis is an early notice of an opportunity that will not last. In June 2016, the poet Ellen Bass will be the instructor for a weekend poetry retreat, “The World Split Open,” in Nanoose Bay (Vancouver Island), BC, Canada.

In 1968 the poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”

“This weekend in June all of us — men and women — will journey into that world of truth-telling. But it isn’t so easy to tell the truth. Not only do we need courage, but we need craft. As another great writer, Willa Cather, said, ‘Only the artist . . . knows how difficult it is.’ And so we will study the craft together, reading model poems by contemporary poets and discussing central topics, such as the concept of discovery, image and metaphor, sentiment and sentimentality, and the power of sensory detail. We will engage our greatest resources — attention, precision, imagination — to bring our own new poems into being. We’ll strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and alive and we’ll learn strategies to help us write poems whose form, music, rhythm, diction, and meaning work together as an powerful whole.

“With the inspiration of this gathering, expect to surprise yourself in making poems that are more vivid, more true, more beautiful and complex than you’ve ever written before. Both experienced and beginning poets are welcome, as are teachers of poetry.”

The workshop will be held June 3-5, 2016 and is limited to 20 participants. There is camping onsite and other accommodations nearby. Cost: $550 CDN includes tuition and meals. Register with Tina at

(In a related note, Ellen Bass will offer a WordWorks talk on Controlled Chaos on September 23, 2015, and a master class the following day, both at Hugo House in Seattle. September 25-27 she will be the featured poet at LiTFUSE 2015.)
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photo of Ellen Bass by Irene Young

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