challenge!

April 29, 2017

Are you ready? Today, Saturday, April 29, 2017, is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s celebrated nationwide with a variety of festivities, including author appearances. But in the Seattle area, 19 participating indie booksellers have thrown down the gauntlet: visit all 19 stores, get your IBD passport stamped and you will receive a 25 percent discount at all participating stores for a year. (It’s still National Poetry Month and a lot of stores are offering discounts on poetry books, so this is a great time to pick up those titles you’ve been wanting.) See the list of participating stores on the Bookweb Indie Bookstore Challenge page.

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Friday in Auburn

April 22, 2017

April 28, 2017

Here come the poets laureate! Northwest Renaissance Poets presents an evening of poetry with an illustrious lineup: current Washington State poet laureate Tod Marshall, former Washington poets laureate Elizabeth Austen and Sam Green, Auburn poet laureate Marjorie Rommel, and youth poet Summer Barnett. Poets on the Ave, 7:00pm, Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Auburn Avenue Theatre, will include readings, refreshments and more in this wrap-up event for National Poetry Month.

Visible Poetry

April 20, 2017

Here at The Poetry Department we try to keep tabs on the intersection of poetry and other media. The Visible Poetry Project sits right at that intersection, pairing filmmakers and poets “to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems.” For National Poetry Month, VPP is posting a new visual poem each day at 9 AM EST. There will also be a screening on Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, at The City Reliquary in Brooklyn, New York.

Find out more about the project and watch the videos at the Visible Poetry Project website.

Launch party

April 7, 2017

The public is cordially invited to a special reading to celebrate National Poetry Month and the launch of State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall’s state-wide poetry anthology, WA129, which includes a poet for each year of Washington statehood.

The event will feature live music from The Bushwick Book Club of Seattle. Light refreshments will be served. Readings and recitations from anthology contributors, Tod Marshall, and special guests.

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The State Reception Room, 3rd floor, Legislative Building
State Capitol Campus, Olympia

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested at Humanities Washington.

More on Facebook and Washington 129.

WA129 is a project of the Washington State Poet Laureate Program, funded by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. The anthology is designed and published by Sage Hill Press, Spokane.

Rainku!

April 5, 2017

Vancouver, Washington, is hoping for rain this month. You may recall that we did a post about Rainworks a while back. Now, in celebration of National Poetry Month, 24 poems are stenciled on the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver. Bring your umbrella or bring your bucket of water. Read all about it in The Columbian and visit Rainku on Facebook.

spring tweets

April 4, 2017

For National Poetry Month, tweet a little poetry at #nprpoetry. More here.

K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, are encouraged to submit poems or songs to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Launched as a National Poetry Month action in partnership with Village Books, the contest is accepting submissions through September 30, 2017.

The five winning poets will receive gift cards, be videotaped by BTV-10, and be invited to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual Peace Builder Awards and given the opportunity to read their poem aloud. Winning poems will be showcased throughout Whatcom County during the year in various locations, including libraries, schools, and small businesses. The work of winning teen poets will also be submitted to the Forest of Words annual library publication.

Previous winning poems are being showcased at Whatcom County libraries for National Poetry Month. They will also be exhibited during the annual Children’s Art Walk downtown, Friday, May 5, 2017, and will remain on display until May 20.

To download the submission form, submit poems, and see the names and some video recordings of previous winners, visit the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest page on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center site.

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