sweet Clover

March 4, 2019

Clover, A Literary RagFor the last eight years, Clover: A Literary Rag has shown up, twice a year as if by magic, filled with poetry and prose, its ivory cover imprinted with a partial list of the Contents.

If Clover was initially hailed as a local publication, it reached far beyond its Bellingham roots to gain a far-flung and appreciative audience. We can only imagine the conversation between Mary Gillilan and Norman L. Green “under lamplight on the corner of Holly and Commercial Streets in Bellingham, Washington” that resulted in the launch of Clover, but we have all been the beneficiaries of their ambitious imaginations and ferocious hard work.

When Mary and Norman announced, at the February 24, 2019, Clover reading at Village Books, that Clover 16 would be the last volume, they were greeted with a stunned silence that, after a few words of explanation, turned to a standing ovation.

As poets, writers, and readers, we are deeply grateful to Mary and Norman for their vision, grace, good humor, and hard work — for turning our ragged words into a robust, handsome, and respected literary journal, sixteen times over.

Read Mary’s brief post on the closing of Clover here.

book birthing

January 5, 2019

Norman L Green and Threshold Documents have supported the poetry community in immeasurable ways, including, among many other things, co-editing and printing Clover: A Literary Rag, and the annual chapbooks and anthologies for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

Norman has midwifed innumerable books, and on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, he will be the guest speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of Whatcom Writers & Publishers at Nicki’s Bella Marina in Bellingham. Show him some love. The details are here. RSVPs are required.


September 24, 2015

Clover, A Literary Rag Vol 9 reading

Another handsome issue of Clover, A Literary Rag will be celebrated on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 4:00pm, when 13 regional poets and storytellers present original work from Volume 9. Contributors include Jim Bertolino, Laurel Leigh, Larry Crist, Paul Hunter and Michael Dylan Welch, among other fine voices. Hosted by Mary Gillilan and Norman Green. Copies of Clover will be available for purchase; the reading is free.

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