Wednesday in Bellingham

June 12, 2018

Bring it, poets! Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (and the second Wednesday of every month), the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater invites you to read your original writing (all forms welcome) for up to (but no longer than) 7 minutes. The summer location is the atrium at Lovitt Restaurant, 1114 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. Sign up to read between 6:30 and 6:45pm. Readings begin at 6:50pm.

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venue change

March 24, 2018

poetrynight

Bellingham’s every-Monday-night-for-a-really-long-time open mic, poetrynight, has announced the following:

A policy change regarding conference room usage at the library means that as of April 1, poetrynight will no longer be able to meet at the Downtown BPL Monday nights at 8.

Rather than be sad though, we wanted to celebrate the last few years we’ve had here.

We’re doing potluck treats and hosting our usual open mic. So bring a snack and a poem or three.

We’ll also be announcing our plans for relocation during the month of April.

Join the poetrynight crowd for the last library meet on Monday, March 26, 2018 and watch the poetrynight blog for venue updates.

Engaging, amusing, and exceedingly well-organized, the Inland Poetry Prowl has quickly become one of the region’s poetry treasures. With a full day of 45-minute readings and panel discussions in venues up and down Pearl Street in downtown Ellensburg, Washington, this is an action-packed, not-to-be-missed getaway. (There’s also plenty of open mic opportunity.)

This year’s Prowl, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, (with a few bonus activities on Friday evening and Sunday morning), has an impressive lineup of readers and panelists and a schedule that will leave you panting.

What’s more, the Poetry Prowl is FREE. Yup. No charge. (Money for food, beverages, and books aside.) Ellensburg is under two hours from Seattle and April in Central Washington is typically mild and lovely. Don’t miss it.

a new reading in town…

December 17, 2017

Wondering what to do on the first Monday of the month? Ponder no longer. SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) has partnered with Easy Speak Seattle to launch a first-Monday reading series at Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach, Seattle.

The new series rounds out a month of Mondays for Easy Speak, including

  • Second Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe
  • Third Monday Re/Write (critique group) at Third Place Books, Seward Park
  • Fourth Monday open mike & featured reader or musician at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

See the list of upcoming featured artists on the Easy Speak site.

new Bellingham venue

August 28, 2017

Poetry has a new home in Bellingham, Washington: Greene’s Corner (formerly at Smith Road and Northwest Avenue, now on James Street where VIS Seafoods used to live). With poetry features coordinated by Betty Scott, Acoustic Wednesdays are hosted by musician JP Falcon Grady and open with music (6:30pm), followed by an open mic (7:00pm) and then the evening’s feature: poetry read by outstanding regional poets.

This Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the featured poets are father and son John Morgan and Jeffrey Morgan.

John Morgan divides his time between Bellingham and Fairbanks, Alaska. He has published six books of poetry and a collection of essays, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and many other magazines. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Rattle, and West Branch. He is a 2017 National Poetry Series Finalist.

Gather Round: stories

May 30, 2017

Honey Moon Mead & Cider has added a new monthly event to their music- and poetry-friendly programming: Gather Round.

This evening, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, will be the fourth in the Gather Round series, which happens on the last Tuesday of each month. Here’s the official description:

Gather Round is inspired by The Moth, the New York based non-profit dedicated to “true stories told live.” We believe that nothing binds a community together like shared stories. Our format is Open Mic: prospective tellers prepare a story based on the evening’s theme and submit their names before the show starts. Our rules are simple:

  1. Stories must be true and personal, that is, they must relate something that actually happened and directly affected the teller.
  2. Stories must be told, not read — they must be performed without notes.
  3. Stories last approximately 5-8 minutes.

We’re committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for all sorts of stories to be shared. Funny stories, sad stories, stories about small triumphs or epic defeats; stories about friends, about families, about the search for love or justice; stories about the human condition and how we cope with it on any given day. Come tell us a story, or just sit back and listen as others share theirs.

One more thing: our space is small and seating is limited — come early to get a good spot!

Each Gather Round has a theme. The theme for this evening’s event is “Taking Liberties – Stories of Overstepping Bounds.”

We’ve all taken liberties in big ways and small, with people, with situations, with facts. Maybe you’re a rebel at heart, always defying conventions, or maybe you’ve occasionally chosen to bend the rules, just slightly and for good reason. Maybe it’s what happened that time your parents were out of town; maybe it’s a story you embellished for artistic effect; maybe you were impudent, or impertinent, or too fresh. Maybe the moment helped define who you were, or who you didn’t want to be. Maybe it wasn’t a big deal, but it makes a good story. Either way, we’d love to hear about it.

See more Gather Round on Facebook.

come hear Lana!

May 26, 2017

Lana Hechtman Ayers, who spends a prodigious amount of time promoting the voices of poets through her imprints at Concrete Wolf, MoonPath Press, and World Enough Writers (among others) will bring her own voice to the podium on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:00pm, when she will be the featured poet for the Distinguished Writer Series at King’s Books, Tacoma. Lana will read from her various poetry collections, including her new book, Four Quarters: An Homage To T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Come hear Lana!

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