tonight in Anacortes

September 30, 2022

Here’s some good news: Pelican Bay Books, in Anacortes, launches a new season of in-person poetry readings tonight, Friday, September 30, 2022, at 7:00pm. Bill Ransom (author of Finding True North & Critter, nominated for National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and Jill McCabe Johnson (author of Revolutions We’d Hoped We’d Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of the Nautilus Book Silver Award in Poetry) will read as part of The Madrona Project 2022-2023 Poetry Series. Singer-songwriter Steven Dolmatz will perform his original folk and bluegrass music. The series is co-curated by Michael Daley and Georgia Johnson, who bring a specially selected mix of literary and musical arts together in the heart of Anacortes.

Live in Bellingham

September 24, 2022

While it’s nice to be able to attend poetry readings from afar, it’s very exciting to have the calendar filling up with local, in-person events. This week, in Bellingham, Washington, Village Books is presenting two worthwhile poetry readings among their many goings-on:

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 5:00pm, Sati Mookherjee will present her debut collection, Eye (Ravenna Press), in a reading at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher courtyard. The outdoor event is free, but seating is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Later in the week, on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:00pm, Village Books will present celebrated poet and author Michael Daley reading from his brand-new poetry collection, Reinhabited (DOS Madres Press), as well as his new novel, Telémachus (Pleasure Boat Studio). The event, in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Fairhaven, is also free, with advance reservations suggested.

Visit the Calendar for more events throughout Cascadia.

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 27, 2022, 7:00pm, when contributors to The Madrona Project #3: Human Communities in Wild Places will read live, in person, at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes. The new volume from Empty Bowl is edited by Michael Daley and features the writing of 73 contributors. The evening’s readers will include Luther Allen, Michael Daley, Virginia Hietpas, Georgia Johnson, and Bob Rose, as well as 2021 and 2022 Washington State Poetry Out Loud champion and Student Poet Laureate Lucy Shainin reading her work.

planning ahead

August 20, 2019

Spend an entertaining evening in Anacortes on the last Friday of the month as Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse opens its doors for featured poets and musical interludes. Michael Daley, who coordinates the series, has released the list of poets for September through May and you can download a PDF by clicking 2019-2020 Pelican Bay reading series.

April in Anacortes

April 24, 2019

The April poetry reading at Pelican Bay Books will feature Jourdan Imani Keith and Larry Laurence, with music by Brad Killion. Join them for an evening of words on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 7:00pm.

Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

before it’s too late

January 30, 2019

If you’ve been meaning to see the white birds of winter, Empty Bowl has some good poetic reasons for making the drive (all dates 2019):

  • Friday February 1, in Edison – Don Kruse, Jessica Gigot, and Georgia Johnson read at i.e. – 6:30pm
  • Sunday, February 3, in Freeland – Clemens Starck reads at Unitarian Universalist Congregation – 10:00am
  • Thursday, February 7, in Port Townsend – Clemens Starck and Finn Wilcox read at Northwind Arts Center – 7:00pm
  • Friday, February 8, in Anacortes – Clemens Starck and Samuel Green read at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 12, in Anacortes – Don Kruse and Lorraine Ferra read at Watermark Books – 6pm
  • Friday, February 22, in Anacortes – Michael Daley and Jeremy Voigt read at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse – 7:00pm

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Friday in Anacortes

January 21, 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:00pm, Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse will welcome poets Elizabeth Austen and Ed Harkness for a late-winter reading. Singer/songwriter Erik Christensen will also perform. Join them.

The monthly reading series is coordinated by Michael Daley.

next Friday in Anacortes

November 23, 2018

Enjoy a congenial evening in Anacortes at The Annual Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Robert Sund on Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books. Featured poets Georgia Johnson, Chip Hughes, Jeff Langlow, Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, and Costa Lavigne-Thomas, will be joined by musicians Jeff Winston and Brad Killion.

the Anacortes season

September 3, 2018

Pelican Bay poetry, a monthly reading series in Anacortes, has released its lineup of poets scheduled from September 2018 through May 2019. The readings, which generally feature two outstanding poets, are coordinated by Michael Daley and are held on Friday evenings, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books. For a complete list of the poets, download the 2018-2019 Pelican Poster.

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