more to read

April 19, 2022

It’s still National Poetry Month and the new titles and recommendations are blooming:

new zine in town

April 17, 2022

Shannon P. Laws, aka Chickadee Productions, has just announced the launch of a new zine: Corridor. Taking its name from the I-5 corridor that runs north-south through much of Cascadia, the zine is now open for submissions for the inaugural issue. Read all about it here.

On a slightly related note (the connection is Bellingham and the Corridor Collective), artist Jeni Cottrell has coordinated a rotating weekly display of poetry at the seven Little Free Libraries in Fairhaven for National Poetry Month. Stroll the South Side Poetry Trail to see what’s up.

got a little poem?

April 8, 2022

It’s National Poetry Month and once again, NPR invites you to share your original poem to Twitter or TikTok using the hashtag #NPRPoetry. Find the guidelines and listen to the story here.

more books

April 4, 2022

It’s National Poetry Month, with Women’s History Month just over, and the book pundits are busy with new recommendations. Here’s the latest selection:

get out the calendar!

March 31, 2022

National Poetry Month begins tomorrow, April 1, and the calendar is packed. While we don’t claim comprehensive coverage, the month of April on the CALENDAR page has a pretty good selection of events. While more in-person readings are beginning to show up, there are still plenty of virtual events if you’re not quite ready, or if you’re not nearby. (Please note that recurring weekly and monthly events are listed separately.)

If your Cascadia-region event (April or otherwise) is not on the calendar (please check first!), leave a Comment with the essential details, including a website (required) where readers can find more information.

The CALENDAR page is updated almost daily, so check back!

more poetry books

April 29, 2021

It’s still National Poetry Month and that means more book recommendations.

Maybe you’ll find some inspiration here as you’re finishing up your NaPoWriMo poems.

now on

April 21, 2021

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, now in its 25th year, is the largest event of its kind in the United States and a dazzling attraction for book lovers of every stripe.

The all-online 2021 Festival opened on Saturday, April 17, and will continue through Friday, April 23. Events are ticketed, some free and some not. But in addition to a robust calendar of talks, readings, and conversations, the Festival is offering free videos from the first-ever virtual poetry “stage” produced in partnership with Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. The readings are short and additional poets are being added, so have a watch/listen.

vispo for NatPoMo

April 9, 2021

If you are interested in visual poetry, AngelHousePress is posting a new vispo piece each day of National Poetry Month at NationalPoetryMonth.ca. Amanda Earl, the “fallen angel” of AngelHousePress, writes:

The work in this year’s collection is kinetic, vibrant, and geometric. Through videos, collages, asemic writing, pictorals, self-portraits, poem-objects, assemblages, erasure, photographs, scans, using paper, ink, old book paper, recycled materials, artist pens, bio-resin, hand-made stamps, graphite, fabric, paint, nailpolish, rocks and shreds of failed poems, our contributors demonstrate the playful and enriching possibilities of visual poetry and poetry itself.

The international collection, arriving one per day during April, will remain on view throughout the year.

so many books!

April 8, 2021

It’s National Poetry Month and the shelves are bulging with new titles. Here is a selection of recent recommendations:

To recommend your favorite must-read poetry titles (old or new), just leave a Comment.

library news

April 6, 2021

In addition to National Poetry Month, this is National Library Week, we thought we’d highlight some library-linked poetry news, and, in particular, poetry for young people.

To begin, check out the Seattle Public Library list of recent books of poetry for kids.

From Western Washington University, the Children & Teen Poetry Collection (Poetry CHaT) has a busy lineup of good news. They will be highlighting the Oral History Collection throughout the month, beginning on April 4, 2021, with Naomi Shihab Nye. Other featured poets are Nikki Grimes (April 7), Sara Holbrook/Michael Salinger (April 10), Kwame Alexander (April 13), Marilyn Singer (April 16), Joyce Sidman (April 20), Rebecca Kai Dotlich (April 23), Janet Wong (April 26), and Melissa Sweet (April 29). Look for details on Facebook throughout the month.

In more PoetryCHaT news, the much-celebrated poet and author of children’s poetry books, Jack Prelutsky, has donated his Children’s Antiquarian Poetry Collection worth over $30,000 to PoetryCHaT, with an additional $8,000 for cataloging expenses. This is a treasure trove of children’s poetry, with items that date back to the 1700s, and an enormous resource for scholars. Cataloging of the Jack and Carolynn Prelutksy Manuscript and Rare Book Collection is underway, with a gala to follow as conditions allow.

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