La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

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Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

more poetry workshops!

October 31, 2015

Two more terrific poets will offer workshops to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required: $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. Please bring writing materials.

Ann Spiers10:00am – Noon
Ann Spiers
The Poem’s Line, or Lessons in Break Dancing

“Yet there is at our disposal no tool of the poetic craft more important, none that yields more subtle and precise effects, than the linebreak if it is properly used.” Denise Levertov

Linebreaks help you construct a poem, especially as you draft the poem’s final form. In this workshop, participants will respond to writing prompts to create stanzas, and then practice the art of line breaks. The class will consider how other poets used this integral craft by studying poems to discern poets’ diverse decisions about linebreaks. Linebreaks can define the poem, create cadence, establish emphasis, aid the reader in decoding meaning, uncover rhyme and half-rhyme, fudge clunky moments, provide humor, enhance sound, alter pace, and clarify phrasing. Some poets use linebreaks, spacing, and tabbing to display the process of the poet writing at the moment of creating a poem — its intellectual or emotional structure.

Ann Spiers is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Vashon Island. She stewards the Poetry Post in Vashon’s Village Green, co-produced the 2009 Vashon Poetry Fest, and curated Broadsides: Poems on Paper at a Vashon art gallery.

Bellingham’s poets have been good to Ann. Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, What Rain Does. She has read at the Whatcom Poetry Series and Village Books. She fondly remembers reading T. S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” at Fast Eddie’s Tavern when the audience raucously joined in the poem’s refrain. This year, Peasandcues Press designed and printed the broadside, “Rain Violent,” a poem from her Weather Station manuscript.

Michael Daley1:00 – 3:00pm
Michael Daley
Attentively

This workshop will suggest the practice of “organic form” described by Denise Levertov in her essay by that name. Attentiveness, or “attentivity” (not a word), may be the prime mover of poetry, or at least its muse’s primary tool, so basic it operates at the instinct level, and like spontaneous dance, leads to refinement. The workshop’s efforts will be toward an organic practice of composition through six different exercises. As they are exercises, rough drafts are the hope, but the practice includes recognizing three distinct tiers, or phases, in crafting observational responses. “During our time together we will grope toward the form of what we need to say.”

Michael Daley was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He later took vows and prepared to become a Catholic priest. Upon leaving religious life, he was wild in the streets, protesting wars and seeking a life of experience. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. He is the founding editor of Empty Bowl Press, former Poet-in-Residence for the Washington State Arts Commission, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a retired English Instructor for Mount Vernon High School. In addition to seven chapbooks, he has published three full-length collections of his poetry and a book of essays. He has been awarded by the Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Fulbright, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Wonderful workshops!

August 21, 2015

Fairhaven Library pre-stucco

Once again, two outstanding poets have generously offered their time and inspiration in support of the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Jeffrey Morgan and Kelli Russell Agodon will each teach a two-hour poetry workshop at the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham (pictured here pre-stucco, pre-parking lot, pre-landscaping).

Jeffrey Morgan’s morning workshop is Submission: A Practical Guide to Literary Publishing. Kelli Russell Agodon’s afternoon workshop is Fire On the Page: Generating New Work With Writing Prompts.

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 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.

A second set of fall poetry workshops will be taught by Ann Spiers and Michael Daley on Saturday, November 14.

See instructor bios and full workshop descriptions on the WORKSHOPS page.
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Fairhaven Library

Cirque in Seattle

August 5, 2015

Cirque reads with friends

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Seattle welcomes the artistry of CIRQUE Journal at a reading with art and music to be held at Wikstrom Brothers Gallery. Hear a selection of poetry and prose from CIRQUE Volume 6, Number 2, including works by Beth Baker, Robert Bharda, Lyn Coffin, Michael Daley, Patrick Dixon, Merridawn Duckler, Mary Kancewick, Sandra Kleven, John Morgan, Craig Smith, Carey Taylor and Richard Widerkehr. More information on Facebook.

poetry reading…

July 22, 2013

Robert Sund Poetry House readingRobert Sund Poetry House invites you to a Summer Poetry Reading at Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, 216 Commercial Avenue, on Friday, July 26, 2013 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Please come and enjoy music by Brad and Jeff and poetry by Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, Chip Hughes and Paul Hunter. All friends of Robert and poetry welcome!
$5 donation appreciated

poetry reading…

January 22, 2013

La Conner Civic Garden ClubRekindling a Tradition; Resuming a Conversation

On Sunday, February 3, 2013, the Ish River Poets’ Circle hosts the return of the “old guard.” Poets Tim McNulty, Finn Wilcox and Michael Daley have read together for 30 years. Holly Hughes has been associated with the group for the past ten years. Join them for poem swapping between good friends in the best tradition of Robert Sund’s poets’ circles of the 1980s.

3-5 p.m.
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second Street, La Conner
Suggested donation: $5

This is the last Poets’ Circle for this season. Gatherings will resume with the return of the dark months in November 2013. The Ish River Poets’ Circle is produced in collaboration with Skagit River Poetry Project and Robert Sund Poet’s House Trust.
Information: Ron Shrigley, 360-391-3225

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