December 24, 2020

The Academy of American Poets ( has put together a lovely remembrance of some of the poets we lost in 2020. Watch In Memoriam 2020 on YouTube. Not forgotten.

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Thank you, Margaret Bikman.

Remembering Jim

January 18, 2020

Friends of the “Bard of Bellingham” will gather to celebrate Jim Milstead’s life on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5:30pm, at the SPARK Museum in Bellingham. Readings of Jim’s poetry and anecdotal recollections are welcome. Join us.

Remembering Dobbie

August 1, 2019

Dobbie Reese Norris
was a poet, philosopher, writer, and raconteur.
He left too soon, on May 15, 2019, but his voice will continue to echo in the many communities where he reached poetry audiences.

You are invited to join in a celebration in his honor on
Sunday, August 11, 2019
4:00-6:00 p.m.
at the studio above Wink Wink Boutique
1305 Commercial Street, Bellingham, Washington
You are welcome to read one of Dobbie’s poems
or share your poem or story about Dobbie

A former Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City Council, Dobbie Reese Norris was a founding member of the Floating Mountain Poets, the originator, host of, and contributor to Third Tuesdays Poets & Writers in the Bitter Lake community, and was a juror and poetry performer for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Most recently he was a regular at some of the region’s most enduring poetry performance series, including the Seattle Poetry Slam, Everett Poetry Night, and poetrynight in Bellingham.

Join the poets as we remember Dobbie Reese Norris.


April 20, 2019

This evening, Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm, at the University of Victoria, David Lam Auditorium, celebrate the life and legacy of poet Patrick Lane, with music, readings, and performances by friends and former students.


April 28, 2018

Copper Canyon Press has announced that a memorial for Sam Hamill will be held in conjunction with the official release of his final book, After Morning Rain (Tiger Bark Press), in Port Townsend on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, between 3:00 and 9:00 pm. (Read the title poem here.) For further details email For those wishing to honor Sam, his family suggests a donation to your local Habitat for Humanity.

Denise LevertovA plaque to honor the memory of internationally-renowned poet Denise Levertov will be unveiled in a ceremony at 10:00am, Saturday, December 3, 2016, at her former Seattle home, 5535 Seward Park Avenue S.

The memorial is being presented by SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) and the Rainier Valley Rotary, the two organizations that helped raise funds for the plaque. More than forty individuals and organizations contributed. Longtime Levertov friend and University of Washington Professor Emeritus Colleen McElroy is scheduled to attend and address the participants.

SPLAB Founder Paul Nelson comments, “Denise Levertov was one of the most gifted poets to ever call Seattle home. That there is no public acknowledgment of that is an oversight we felt needed correction. Thanks to the Rotary’s efforts and to the crowdfunding campaign that included some of her longtime friends and fans, this beautiful plaque will inform the generations to come that Levertov lived here, in Seward Park, where she wrote some of the best poems ever written about Mt. Rainier. We honor her life and achievement.”

Levertov lived at the home the last eight years of her life, until her death, December 20, 1997. In her storied career, she published over thirty books of poems, essays and translations and her work clarifying the open form approach she called Organic Poetry was a huge influence on post-World War II North American poets. Her work and legacy was the subject of a tribute at the recent Cascadia Poetry Festival produced by SPLAB.

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Portrait of Denise Levertov by Elsa Dorfman

remembering Jack…

February 12, 2013

Jack McCarthyPoetry lost a friend and a remarkable voice on January 17, 2013. Jack McCarthy, the “Standup Poet,” who called the Northwest his home for the last ten years of his life, and who served as a judge for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest in its first year, 2006, will be remembered at a memorial service on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Marysville, Washington. For address/directions, information on other memorials and much, much more about Jack McCarthy, visit (and listen) here.

Remembering Jody Aliesan…

October 11, 2012

Jody AliesanNorthwest poet, teacher and environmental activist Jody Aliesan, who died on January 14, 2012, will be remembered at a Celebration of Her Life and Work on Sunday, October 14, 2-5pm, at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Readers/speakers include Tim McNulty, Jim Bodeen, Claudia Mauro, Alicia Hokanson, Michael Turnsen, Pamela Mills, Hallie Appel, Melissa Watson and other friends, and attendees are invited to bring a poem or memory to share at the open mic. More information about Jody Aliesan and the memorial event at Raven Chronicles.

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