You are invited to join WWU Creative Writing alumni Bailey Cunningham (BA, 2017), Katy Ellis (MA, 2002), Maya Jewell Zeller (BA, 2002) and Taneum Bambrick (BA, 2014) as they read poetry and prose alongside their most influential and inspiring Creative Writing faculty members, including Kami Westhoff, Carol Guess, Nancy Pagh, and Bruce Beasley, respectively.

The reading is free, open to the public, and part of Western Washington University’s Alumni Weekend. It will be held on campus at WWU, Friday, May 18, 2018, 4:30-6:00pm, in Viking Union 565.

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still time, Spokane

April 21, 2018

Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts : When Women Collaborate is on view at the Spokane Art School through Friday, April 27, 2018. With poetry by Maya Jewell Zeller and illustrations by Carrie DeBacker, the exhibit highlights an imaginative creative collaboration. Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts was published in 2017 by Seattle-based Entre Ríos Books.

You’ll need an extra-large calendar for everything that’s going on during National Poetry Month, so we’re getting a head start on some of the don’t-miss events.

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, join authors Jennifer Bullis (Bellingham), Kathryn Smith (Spokane), and Maya Jewell Zeller (Spokane and Ellensburg) for a rousing reading of poetry exploring themes of resistance, solitude, and ecofeminism. “Jennifer’s poems are rich with earth tones and riotous cadences; Smith explores isolation via spare lyrics; and Maya’s work uses a range of caesura to interrogate human-animal relationships and the anxiety of parenting in the Anthropocene.”

The reading will begin at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. Read the full description on the Village Books event page and mark your calendar!

Orcas Island Lit Fest

March 13, 2018

Love books? “The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring exciting new literary voices, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, award-winning poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.”

Poets include Kevin Clark, Jill McCabe Johnson, Tina Schumann, Jane Wong, and Maya Jewell Zeller, among others.

More info on the OILF website and on Facebook.

Zeller & Voigt

October 21, 2015

book covers

Two fine poets, Maya Jewell Zeller and Jeremy Voigt, will read at Village Books as part of Literature Live on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 7:00pm. Come listen.

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.

catching up…

May 20, 2014

Floating Bridge

In case you missed last week’s news, Floating Bridge Press has announced the winners of their 2014 Chapbook Competition. From submissions numbering close to 130 manuscripts, “many of exceptional quality,” the judges selected the 2014 winner, John Whalen of Spokane, for his manuscript, “Above the Pear Trees.” The other finalists were Maya Jewell Zeller of Spokane for “The Earth, That Other Sky,” Jennifer Bullis of Bellingham for “Amanda Bubble Is Nearly On Fire,” Dennis Caswell of Woodinville for “O.” and Michael Schmeltzer for “Elegy/Elk River.”

John Whalen’s chapbook will be published this fall and a reading in Seattle will include the winner and finalists. For additional details, visiting Floating Bridge Press online and on Facebook. Visit the Boynton Blog CALENDAR page for upcoming readings from Floating Bridge and many, many others.

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