Poem Booth time again!

January 7, 2020

The Bellingham Poem Booth once again invites submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, residents. The winning poem is displayed for three months on the Forest Street side of the downtown Bellingham Co-op. Winning and runner-up poems are posted on the Poem Booth blog. The deadline is midnight, Saturday, February 15, 2020 and the guidelines are here.

The Poem Booth, which has been ably guided by a handful of volunteers since its inception, now has a new team: John S. Green, Rachel Mehl, Rena Preist, Sheila Sondik, and Elizabeth Vignali.

same booth, new poem

September 5, 2019

Come out for Downtown Art Walk on Friday, September 6, 2019, and celebrate with the Poem Booth team as they welcome and install this season’s winning poem by Luther Allen. The Fall Poetry Reading and award ceremony starts at 6:00pm at the Downtown Coop. See you there!

call

May 10, 2019

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the downtown Bellingham Co-op. One poem, one page maximum, and the deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Read the guidelines. Send a poem.

And if you’re at the Co-op, stop by and read the second-quarter winning poem, North Garden Glass by Leah Hill. (You can also find the winning poem and the three runners-up on the Poem Booth blog.)

Poem Booth time again!

January 18, 2019

The Bellingham Poem Booth, currently displaying “Dear Em” by Danny Canham, invites Whatcom County residents to submit poems for the next quarter’s display.

The deadline is midnight on February 5, 2019.

See the submission guidelines here and stop by the Downtown Community Co-op to see the Poem Booth in person.

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for the quarterly POEM BOOTH poetry contest. The winning poem will be displayed for three months in the Poem Booth located in downtown Bellingham outside the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street. The winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op. Read the full guidelines and winning poems and other submissions, and learn more on the Poem Booth Bellingham website. Deadline is Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Poem Booth time!

April 29, 2018

You could be as happy as Poem Booth winning poet Dayna Patterson (pictured above) if your poem is selected for framed display from June 1 to August 31, 2018, on the Forest Street side of the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellingham. In addition to having their poem displayed, the winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Guidelines

  • Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018, by midnight
  • Submit poems to: poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF, or Note attachment via email
  • Please do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • No computer? Mail your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information, plus a separate cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone, mailing address, and email address, to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225.
  • Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog.
  • The winning poem will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2018

The Poem Booth, located on the Forest Street side of the downtown Community Food Co-op, has become a regular feature of Bellingham’s evolving poetry landscape. Since March 2017, when a small team refurbished a beaten-up old phone box, the Poem Booth has been home to poems submitted and selected each quarter along with a series of readings to welcome each new poem.

To support the modest costs of maintaining the booth (and keeping it graffiti free), the Poem Booth has launched a Kickstarter campaign — Poem Booth 2018! You can show your support for community poetry and celebrate the Poem Booth’s success so far by pitching in. (Also, if you have ideas for the future of the Poem Booth, see the “Help Wanted” note at the bottom of the Kickstarter page.)

You can also celebrate with the Poem Booth by attending the Poem Booth chapbook launch on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 6pm. The sixteen 2017 quarterly winners and honorable mention poets will read from the 2017 Poem Booth chapbook, which will be available for purchase ($5/or donation). Gather on the mezzanine level of the downtown Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest Street.

(The next submission deadline for the Poem Booth is Saturday, February 17, 2018.)

Perhaps you’ve noticed the Poem Booth on the west side of the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street in downtown Bellingham. Coordinated by Christen Mattix, Summer Starr, and Shannon Laws, the Poem Booth features a poem by a Whatcom County poet. The contest for the next poet is now open.

Here’s the Call for Submissions.
Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for display in the POEM BOOTH. The winning poem will be framed and displayed in the booth for three months, from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, and the recipient will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Poem Submission Guidelines
(Only poems submitted according to these guidelines will be considered.)
Deadline: November 18, 2017, by midnight

  • Submit poems to poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF or Note attachment via email
  • Do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • Do not submit your poems to individual jury members.
  • No computer? Submit your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information plus a cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone and email address. Mail to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225-5059.

The winning poem will be announced on December 1, 2017. Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth Bellingham blog.

Poem Booth update

August 26, 2017

Bellingham’s Poem Booth, located on the Forest Street side of the downtown Food Co-op, continues to offer fresh poems to go with your fresh produce. The winning poem is selected from submissions to a quarterly contest (some additional submissions are posted on the Poem Booth blog).

The June poem, “What Water Says” by Jim Bertolino, will soon be replaced by “Ode to a Flat Black River Stone” by Sheila Sondik. There will be an unveiling ceremony at 5:30pm on Friday, September 1, 2017. Please join Sheila Sondik and the Poem Booth team at this free event.

Submissions are now open for the next quarter’s poem.

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the downtown Bellingham Co-op. Runner up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog. The deadline is Friday, May 19, 2017, by midnight. See the Call for Submissions for complete guidelines… and visit the Poem Booth the next time you’re at the Co-op.

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