On Saturday, December 2, 2017, SpeakEasy 20 will present five highly accomplished Canadian poets — Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter — reading a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices, each responding to the previous poet’s words.

In addition to the 7:00pm reading at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, three of the poets will offer workshops earlier in the day:

9:15 to 11:30 am —
FORMULATE! — Barbara Pelman
12:45 to 3:00 pm —
Haiku and Small Book Making — Terry Ann Carter
3:00 to 5:15 pm —
Show and Tell: A Generative Poetry Retreat — Richard Osler

Workshops are $15 per session and will be taught at a downtown Bellingham location. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot by sending an email to othermindpress@gmail.com.

See complete event information, poet bios, and workshop descriptions on the SpeakEasy 20 page at Other Mind Press.

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Poet Laureate two-fer

October 14, 2017

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and the Washington 129 anthology will enjoy a full day of poetry in Bellingham on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In the afternoon, Tod will participate in a meet-and-greet at Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street. Doors open and open mic signup begins at 1:30pm. There will be music and readings from 2:00 to 4:00pm. This event is hosted by poet Betty Scott, musician J.P. Falcon Grady, and Lance & Kristine Bailey, the poetry-loving owners of Greene’s Corner.

Beginning at 7:00pm, Tod will host an evening of readings from Washington 129 at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. Reading their anthology poem as well as new and selected works will be poets Alice Derry, Betty Scott, Daniel Moore, Eric Lochridge, Janette Rosebrook, Jennifer Bullis, J.I. Kleinberg, Luther Allen, Paul Piper, Robert Lashley, Sierra Golden, Susan J. Erickson, and Tess Gallagher. The reading is free and copies of Washington 129 and other titles by the poets will be available for purchase (thanks, Village Books!). This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and graciously hosted by the Mount Baker Theatre.

Please join Tod Marshall and friends at one or both of these fine events!

Hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation on Monday, October 9, 2017. Thanks to Paul E Nelson for sharing all the details.

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!

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