Word Vancouver

September 14, 2020

The first “Word On The Street Vancouver” festival was held in 1995. Rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. With that history, and the recent experience of scores of online readings, panel discussions, workshops, and other gatherings, Word Vancouver is ready for the 2020 all-virtual festival, Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. Word Vancouver is free, with donations gratefully accepted. See the Word Vancouver schedule here.

Olympia two-fer

September 11, 2019

The Olympia Poetry Network (OPN) invites your participation in a weekend of laureate poetry, LaureateFest.

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm, there will be a panel discussion with Washington State Poets Laureate Samuel Green, Kathleen Flenniken, Elizabeth Austen, Tod Marshall, and Claudia Castro Luna. That evening, beginning at 7:00pm, there will be a LaureateFest reading. Both events are free and will be held at Norman Worthington Conference Center, Saint Martin’s University.

On Sunday, September 22, Elizabeth Austen will conduct a workshop, “The Title as Frame and Invitation,” 11:00am-1:00pm, at Heart Of The Deernicorn studio in downtown Olympia. Workshop is limited to 20 participants and registration is required.

island time

March 25, 2019

National Poetry Month is almost here, and so is the Orcas Island Lit Fest. OILF will begin the evening of Friday, April 5, and continue until mid-day on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The program features “panels, readings and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” See more, including panel descriptions and presenter profiles, on the OILF website and on Facebook.

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.

Please join us this evening at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room where Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation will be a lively exploration of the poetry and art of postcards. We have a terrific panel of poets, artists, educators, and avid fans of the postcard, including Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy, Joanna Thomas, and moderator Paul Nelson.

There will be lots of images, poems, and conversation about spontaneous poetics and how postcards fit into our text/social media/email/hashtag lifestyle, plus a couple of the panelists will offer prompts or exercises.

The event is also a book launch for 56 Days of August, the anthology of the 2016 August Poetry Postcard Fest.

ALSO, we are doing a free POSTCARD EXCHANGE. Bring unused postcards (commercial or homemade) and take a new card home for every one you bring.

The entire event is free (except for book sales, which are encouraged) and should be a lot of fun. Please join us and bring your art/poetry pals!


A couple of days ago, we mentioned that the 2014 AWP Conference would be held in Seattle. In addition to the vast exhibition hall and person-to-person buzz, perhaps the most significant feature of the conference is the presentations. These come in a variety of forms, such as readings, panels, workshops, etc., and the proposal process is highly competitive.

Proposals are now being accepted and must be received by Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The event proposal handbook and guidelines can be viewed or downloaded here.

If you are considering making a proposal or just interested in the process, Richard Hugo House, in Seattle, invites you to attend the AWP Panel Panel with Waverly Fitzgerald, Rebecca Hoogs, Peter Mountford and Tree Swenson on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 5:30pm. RSVP on Facebook.

join the conversation…

March 11, 2013

Seattle Poetry PanelsYou are invited to join the first of a series of online poetry panels based out of Seattle — a moderated conversation on “the state of Seattle poetry.”
Founded by Greg Bem and Amber Nelson, Seattle Poetry Panels will take place on Google Hangout. The first panel, on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 7:00pm, will be moderated by Paul Nelson and include panelists Daemond Arrindell, Christine Deavel, Graham Isaac and Kate Lebo.

Read more about Seattle Poetry Panels. To participate in the March 24 panel, contact Greg Bem (gregbem@gmail.com) or Amber Nelson (ambydexterous@gmail.com).

Northwest Bookfest!

September 28, 2011

This weekend, October 1 and 2, 2011, Kirkland will be buzzing with books, authors, workshops, panels, interviews, music, film, prizes, exhibits, readings, theatre, acrobatics (!) and much more, when Northwest Bookfest gets under way at various venues around Peter Kirk Park. And it’s all free! See the full listing of events and workshops, author profiles, plus maps and more on the Northwest Bookfest website.

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