a new poetry map

April 16, 2019

When she was Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna spearheaded a poetry mapping project called the Seattle Poetry Grid. Now that she is Washington State Poet Laureate, Castro Luna has expanded the project to highlight site-specific poems for the entire state.

Washington Poetic Routes is a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State.

Visit the map, click the dots to read the poems, and submit your own!

Click here for more poetry map posts.

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meanwhile, in Duluth

March 16, 2019

The new poet laureate of Duluth, Minnesota, Gary Boelhower, has figured out a simple way to get poetry to a wider audience: offer free copies in bookstores, coffee shops, and other places people gather. Local poets submit poems, the project makes copies, and they’re distributed in designated “Local FREE Poetry” boxes around town. So far, Boelhower is offering 41 poems by 11 poets in 12 boxes. Nice idea.

Read more in the Duluth News Tribune.

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Olympia’s new poet laureate

February 17, 2019

Meet Sady Sparks. Poet. Student at The Evergreen State College. Age 24. Recently named Poet Laureate for the city of Olympia, Washington, 2019 – 2020.

To learn more, read an interview with Sady in South Sound Magazine and an article in The Olympian. Watch Sady Sparks read “Eating Out of Season” at the January 8, 2019, meeting of the Olympia City Council meeting.

attention Seattle poets

February 13, 2019

The City of Seattle has opened applications for the city’s 2019-2021 Civic Poet. That person will follow multi-genre writer, interdisciplinary artist, and creative writing and poetry workshop facilitator, Anastacia-Renee, who has held the position since 2017, and Claudia Castro Luna, who served as the first Civic Poet, 2015-2017, and is currently the Washington State Poet Laureate and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at Seattle University.

The position is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work, including published works, reading/spoken word, and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices.

Find further details from the Office of Arts & Culture and apply on CaFÉ (login required) by the deadline, Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59pm Pacific.

planning ahead

January 28, 2019

September 27-29, 2019, may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to register (and reserve accommodations) for LiTFUSE. Once again, Mighty Tieton, Washington, will host the weekend-long poets’ workshop, which combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty, and readings to ignite your muse.

Have a look at the 2019 faculty, review your registration options, and sign up!

Attention Tacoma poets!

January 10, 2019

Do you have creative ideas, great people skills, plenty of energy, and a commitment to enlivening the poetry community? The City of Tacoma, Washington, is looking for a Poet Laureate for 2019-2021. Learn something about outgoing PL Kellie Richardson and see the guidelines and application online.

Poet Laureate in Bellingham

November 26, 2018

Washington’s Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, will visit Western Washington University for a reading of her poetry on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 4:00pm, in Academic West 210. Sponsored by Western’s English Department, the reading is free and open to the public. Additional details here.

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