IMPORTANT notice

July 15, 2017

Sherman Alexie has cancelled all of the stops on his book tour from August onward.

You can read his open letter here.

In this time of post-truth and false news
SpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness / Poems of Light
presents an evening of heartfelt words of clarity and wisdom.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:00pm
Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Bellingham
Admission is free.

Poets
Tanner Abernathy ▪ Luther Allen ▪ Jim Bertolino ▪
Barbara Bloom ▪ Nancy Canyon ▪ Susan Chase-Foster ▪
Thom Davis ▪ Victoria Doerper ▪ Jaiden Dokken ▪
R.L. Elke ▪ Paul Fisher ▪ Mary Elizabeth Gillilan ▪
Steve Hood ▪ David Imburgia ▪ Alexander Joseph ▪
J.I. Kleinberg ▪ Shannon P. Laws ▪ Rob Lewis ▪
Andrew Shattuck McBride ▪ Carol McMillan ▪
Rainbow Wohali Medicine-Walker ▪ Rachel Mehl ▪
Peter Edward Messinger ▪ Kate Miller ▪ Jim Milstead ▪
Donald Mitchell ▪ Kevin Murphy ▪ Timothy Pilgrim ▪
C.J. Prince ▪ John James Reid ▪ Paul Sarvasy ▪
Jim Schmotzer ▪ Luci Shaw ▪ Aaron Silverberg ▪
Sheila Sondik ▪ Candace Lee Street ▪ Stan Tag ▪
Gary Wade ▪ Andrea Weiser ▪ Leslie Wharton ▪
Richard Widerkehr

SpeakEasy is an occasional reading series produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island and co-editor of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington.

Hear the Poetry Marathon

January 22, 2017

SpeakEasy 18: the Poetry Marathon

The Poetry Marathon challenges participants to write (and post) 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12 hours). Originated and organized by Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans, writers and web publishers living in Cascadia, The Poetry Marathon is entirely free. In 2016, more than 500 poets worldwide participated in the full or half marathon.

SpeakEasy 18 will present a number of participating poets from the region reading selections from their marathon output. Readers include Jessica Ankeny, Ramona Elke, Janel Erchinger-Davis, Jacob Jans, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Pagh, Silvester Phua, Paul Sarvasy, Harvey Schwartz, Sheila Sondik, Caitlin Thomson, Jeanne Yeasting, and Tobe Zalinger.

Please join us for SpeakEasy 18 on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and copies of the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology will be available for purchase.

Tonight in Bellingham!

October 22, 2016

Mount Baker Theatre

It’s not often that this particular blogger steps out from behind the veil of anonymity, but if not now, when? I am the very grateful recipient of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship, established to distinguish and reward those poets who, like Ken Warfel, have made substantial contributions to their poetry communities. This blog, The Poetry Department, which I launched in July 2010 (today’s post is the 2,253rd), is a significant part of that contribution.

It would be an honor and a pleasure to see you in the audience this evening, Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the award ceremony. The doors open at 6:45pm and events get underway at 7:00pm. Please join me at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Bellingham, Washington. (Use the Champion Street door to enter the Encore Room.) Hope to see you there!

tonight in Bellingham!

April 25, 2016

poetrynight

Every day is a busy day for the Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, so Bellingham is particularly pleased that he is here as the featured reader for poetrynight, tonight, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Mount Baker Theatre, in the Encore Room. There will also be an open mic. Doors open and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! See you there!

let it flow!

April 22, 2016

Mapping Water by Timothy Pilgrim

Flying Trout Press invites you to a free poetry cabaret and book launch on Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre (Encore Room), in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to Timothy Pilgrim, reading from his brand-new book of poems, Mapping Water, readers will include Flying Trout poets Paul S. Piper, Chuck Luckmann and Georgia Johnson. There will be a cash bar and plenty of festivity to wrap up National Poetry Month.

the sound of Noisy Water

November 29, 2015

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington

Other Mind Press is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, an anthology of work by 101 outstanding poets who have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County in the last five years.

The first reading, SpeakEasy 17, will be held in the Encore Room at Mount Baker Theatre (Bellingham) at 7:00pm this Tuesday, December 1, 2015. More than two dozen poets will read and copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.

The program for the second reading, Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Village Books, features an entirely different lineup of poets.

Additional readings are scheduled in the new year at county libraries and again at Village Books for National Poetry Month. See the complete list of readings and poets on the Noisy Water web page.

All events are free. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase at each reading and, beginning in December, at Village Books (in person and online). (Perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list!)

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