reading the Raven

October 17, 2019

Raven Chronicles may have ended its run as a literary journal, but it is far from finished. Next Thursday, October 24, 2019, you can join a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy of ravens (all words for multitudes of such corvids) for a reading and reception for Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, Selected Work, 1991-1996. The evening will feature emcee Paul Hunter and readings by Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. Find them at the Jack Straw Cultural Center starting at 7:00pm. Free.

In the ‘far from finished’ category, we should also mention that Raven Chronicles is beefing up its YouTube channel:

On our channel we have posted many readings from 2014 to the present, but in the coming months we will be updating the site to include all the readings we have videotaped in the past few years, at Jack Straw Studios, the Columbia City Gallery, and other venues. On the site now: Voices From The Margins, 6/1/19 Anna Bálint Library Reading/Talk; Stealing Light: A Raven Anthology reading at Seattle Downtown Library, 10/21/18; Bridges Not Walls: a collaborative/ bilingual presentation, 2/28/17; Jack Straw Reading, 11/18/16, from Raven’s Vol. 24, Jack Straw Writers Program, 1997-2016.

this very afternoon!

July 20, 2019

Just a quick reminder about SpeakEasy 25: Pig Tales, A Passel of Poetry, this afternoon, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 4:00pm at Alluvial Farms, 6825 Goodwin Road, Everson (allow about 30 minutes from downtown Bellingham). Guest poets David Lee and Paul Hunter will regale us with pig tales. Free! Bring a chair. Bring sun protection. Bring a cooler if you’re interested in pastured pork. See you there!

oink if you love poetry

July 11, 2019

If you love pigs, poetry, or both, you’ll definitely want to come on out to Everson, Washington, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, for SpeakEasy 25: Pig Tales, A Passel of Poetry.

SpeakEasy’s first outdoor gathering will feature two beloved poets: the “Pig Poet,” David Lee, and Seattle’s own Paul Hunter.

The reading will take place at 4:00pm in an open field at Alluvial Farms, at 6825 Goodwin Road, Everson, just across the street from the Cloud Mountain Farm Center. If you want to sit down, BRING A CHAIR, and please BRING SUN PROTECTION! Farm tours will be available (meet the pigs!) and pastured pork will be for sale (bring a cooler for your purchases).

More David Lee here. More Paul Hunter here. More SpeakEasy here.

Raconteur extraordinaire Paul Hunter will read from his prose-poetry memoir, Clownery: In Lieu of a Life Spent in Harness on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham. His stories are captivating, his words compelling, and his voice dynamic. Come hear Paul.

Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

the creatures are stirring!

October 15, 2018

Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and Judy Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

Raven lands in Kirkland

February 9, 2018

You’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS
and BookTree, an Independent Bookstore,
at a free reading and reception for
Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm

Paul Hunter will emcee and readers include Luther Allen, Ed Harkness, Alicia Hokanson, Thomas Hubbard, Jill McCabe Johnson, Jed Myers, and Mary Ellen Talley. An open mic will follow the reading.

In this issue of Raven Chronicles, edited by: Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, writers and artists examine the theme “Balancing Acts” — how we live our lives fully, and maintain our relationship with the earth/planet and the diversity of life on it.

. . . . .
cover art by Jeannie Grisham

Raven landing in Kirkland

February 8, 2018

The latest edition is out and you’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS and BookTree at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree in Kirkland, Washington.

Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, Volume 25 features the work of 77 writers and 23 artists/illustrators from 17 states and 10 countries. To celebrating Seattle’s 2017 designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Raven 25 also features writers from Seattle’s Sister City, Christchurch, New Zealand: Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Erik Kennedy, Nic Low, Frankie McMillan, and Heather McQuillan. Cover artwork is by Bainbridge Island artist Jeannie Grisham.

Featured readers on the 17th are Paul Hunter, emcee (Seattle); Luther Allen (Bellingham); Ed Harkness (Shoreline); Alicia Hokanson (Seattle); Thomas Hubbard (Kirkland); Jill McCabe Johnson (Orcas Island); Jed Myers (Seattle); and Mary Ellen Talley (Seattle). An Open Mic will follow the reading, from 7:30-8:20pm.

NOTE: Prior to the reading, 4:30-6:00pm, poet/editor/emcee Paul Hunter will offer a free workshop, also at BookTree: Storytelling for Poets, Essayists & Fiction Writers. See the details here.

Paul Hunter in Tacoma

February 5, 2018

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the King’s Books Distinguished Writer Series presents a reading by Paul Hunter.

In addition to being an engaging reader and raconteur, Hunter is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and three chapbooks. His first volume of farming poems, Breaking Ground (2004) was reviewed in the New York Times and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. Subsequent volumes include Ripening (2007), Come the Harvest (2008), Stubble Field (2012), and, most recently Clownery: In lieu of a life spent in harness (2017), the autobiography of an artist and teacher resembling the author. (Read more about Hunter and Clownery in The New Yorker article by Stephanie Burt.)

Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works since 1994, including scores of books, broadsides, and pamphlets.

The King’s Books reading is free and will begin with an open mic.

winter Clover

January 26, 2018

Mary Gillilan and Norman Green launched Clover, A Literary Rag in the summer of 2010 with the writing of contributors from the Independent Writers’ Studio — 17 in all. Thirteen editions later Clover has published a total of 234 writers — about half from Washington State, around 40 from Whatcom County, and 11 from international locations.

To see and hear what Clover has become, attend the reading for Volume 14 at Village Books in Fairhaven on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 4:00pm. Featured contributors are Luther Allen, Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Susan Chase-Foster, David Drummond, John Green, Frances Howard-Snyder, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Janet Oakley, Raul Sanchez, Harvey Schwartz, Karen VandeBossche, and Betty Scott. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(Submissions for Volume 15 are open until April 30, 2018.)

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