Poetry in Anacortes

February 23, 2020

The monthly poetry series at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse continues on Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00pm, with an evening of poetry and music with young Skagit poet Piet Anna Pruitt, featured poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, and a musical set by Anacortes’ own Pearl Tottenham.

Luther Allen writes poetry and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at Other Mind Press. His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story “The Stilled Ring” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at terrain.org. He views writing as his spiritual practice.

Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015), and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, SpeakEasy 20 will present five highly accomplished Canadian poets — Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter — reading a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices, each responding to the previous poet’s words.

In addition to the 7:00pm reading at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, three of the poets will offer workshops earlier in the day:

9:15 to 11:30 am —
FORMULATE! — Barbara Pelman
12:45 to 3:00 pm —
Haiku and Small Book Making — Terry Ann Carter
3:00 to 5:15 pm —
Show and Tell: A Generative Poetry Retreat — Richard Osler

Workshops are $15 per session and will be taught at a downtown Bellingham location. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot by sending an email to othermindpress@gmail.com.

See complete event information, poet bios, and workshop descriptions on the SpeakEasy 20 page at Other Mind Press.

the sound of Noisy Water

November 29, 2015

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington

Other Mind Press is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, an anthology of work by 101 outstanding poets who have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County in the last five years.

The first reading, SpeakEasy 17, will be held in the Encore Room at Mount Baker Theatre (Bellingham) at 7:00pm this Tuesday, December 1, 2015. More than two dozen poets will read and copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.

The program for the second reading, Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Village Books, features an entirely different lineup of poets.

Additional readings are scheduled in the new year at county libraries and again at Village Books for National Poetry Month. See the complete list of readings and poets on the Noisy Water web page.

All events are free. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase at each reading and, beginning in December, at Village Books (in person and online). (Perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list!)

reading! today!

November 1, 2012

Dorothy Regal - A Measure of StrengthDorothy Regal is the featured reader at the Whatcom Museum’s Brown Bag series, Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:30pm, in the Rotunda Room, Old City Hall. Dorothy will read from and sign copies of her new book, A Measure of Strength (Other Mind Press, 2012).

Dorothy Regal was a 2009 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award winner for her poem, Little Mothers. She’s a wise writer and a wonderful reader — come hear her.

Little Mothers*

August 9, 2012

Dorothy Regal - Little Mothers
2009 Walk Award
By Dorothy Regal

Our daughters become our mothers,
as we shrink into old age.
They hover over us,
take our gnarled hands in theirs
as we step off the curb
into the menacing street,
match their long strides
to fit our short, tentative ones,
walk us slowly to stores to buy
something they decide we need.

They ask what we did yesterday
when they make their daily calls,
give us all the time it takes
to remember the answer.
We let them play their parts,
knowing their need and ours,
try for patience, for gratitude,
cannot believe how powerful
and kind they have become.

*Copyright 2009 by Dorothy Regal. This poem appears in POETRY WALK: Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest – The First Five Years and is included in a new anthology of poems by Dorothy Regal, A Measure of Strength (Other Mind Press 2012).

Please come hear Dorothy Regal read poems from A Measure of Strength on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 4:00pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery.

Placard design by Egress Studio.

Dorothy Regal - A Measure of Strength

Congratulations to Dorothy Regal, a 2009 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest Walk Award winner, whose new collection of poems, A Measure of Strength, has just been published by Other Mind Press. Dorothy Regal will read from her book on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 4:00pm at Village Books and her book is available now at Village Books.

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