The Sisters Band of 1956

April 20, 2018

Lifelong friends Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder will read poetry and discuss the art and artists of the Skagit Valley on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books and Coffee House.

The small print (in image):

Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder were born midcentury to working class parents whose second worst fear for them was that they might become writers or painters, and therefore doom themselves to a life of N’er Do Well.

These pressures of suburban values created in them irresistible urges to make stuff up, in paint, in words. For nearly 60 years their efforts have won them no coveted awards, and very little money, but you may enjoy their persistent pursuit on Non-Sense.

Go. It’ll be good.

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Write Riot returns!

April 17, 2018

It has been a while since we heard anything from Write Riot Slam, so we’re pleased to see that they’ll be stepping up to the mic in honor of National Poetry Month. This time around, Write Riot is teaming up with Village Books for an evening of slam poetry to be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, starting at 7:00pm, at the Colophon Café (adjoining Village Books). Read more about Write Riot in Jessica Lohafer’s 2015 guest post and watch the Facebook event page for more information.

progressive poem

April 14, 2018

Here’s a fun National Poetry Month project: The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem.

The Poetry Friday anthologies, by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, are designed to help teachers and librarians teach poetry. Each year since 2012, friends of Poetry Friday and other poetry lovers sign up to add a line to a progressive poem, one line per day, for the month of April. You can view the latest line and the poem so far by clicking on the current date. Fun!

Poetry-About-Movies

April 13, 2018

And as long as we’re talking about the intersection of poetry and film, we should mention Poetry-About-Movies: a celebration of Film Is Truth happening at Honey Moon in Bellingham on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The evening will feature poetry about movies by Dee Dee Chapman, Rena Priest, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee.

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second is a beloved, locally owned and operated DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS rental store in Bellingham with a little bit of everything and a lot of foreign films, independent movies, arthouse films, and documentaries.

going on in Seattle

April 12, 2018

The Cadence Video Poetry Festival is going on now at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle: “Verse meets visuals in motion during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.” Check it out.

poetry to see

April 10, 2018

Expedition Press, based in Kingston, Washington, publishes poetry books, broadsides, and visual art with a typographic focus. For National Poetry Month, the press has mounted two exhibits:

“On Edge,” at Core Gallery in Seattle, is an installation of Broken Broadsides (fragmented poetry prints) and abstract paintings influenced by the prints and other texts. The show features words by poets Cedar Sigo, Natalie Diaz, Jane Wong, Shin Yu Pai, Amber Flame, Erin Malone, Elaina Ellis, Leanne Dunic, Tom Gilroy, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Holly Wren Spaulding. The exhibit is open through April 28, 2018, and many of the poets will participate in a reading at the gallery on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00pm.

Expedition’s second exhibit is “Poetry & Type: distilled words for disturbing times,” which is on view through April 30 at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. There is a reception for the exhibit TODAY, Tuesday, April 10, 1:30-3:00pm at Highline Library Exhibits and Art Gallery, Building 25, 4th floor, and there will be other poetry exhibits and readings scheduled throughout the month.

a new home for poetry

April 9, 2018

The Sylvia Center for the Arts is the latest addition to the Bellingham, Washington, Arts District. It features multiple performance spaces, classrooms, and studios, all available to the local performing arts community. For National Poetry Month, the Sylvia Center stage will be enlivened with a night of dazzling stand-up poetry featuring Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’keefe Aptowicz, Buddy Wakefield, and Derrick Brown. Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 at eventbrite.

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