Eric Kosarot
2017 Walk Award
By Eric R. Kosarot

Dusk falls on Toad Lake.
I slide over frozen fish and gaze into
ice swollen around dock planks.

A fracture like a lightning bolt
extends its frozen electricity
through unsheltered vaults of ice, wood and sky.

. . . . .
Eric Kosarot has self-published three poetry chapbooks, Cascade Winter, Azure Blue, and Writings in the Sky. He has a degree in Earth Arts Journalism from Fairhaven College. Currently Eric lives with his family in a yurt near Lake Whatcom and teaches music at Cascades Montessori Middle School.

“Slip of the Frozen Note” was inspired by this winter’s freezing temperatures. “I wrote it after visiting the iced-over lake with my mom. Several people, including myself, were exuberantly sliding across the thick ice while bystanders watched from beside a barbecue fire on the shore.”

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*Copyright 2017 by Eric R. Kosarot. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

emerging poet?

May 17, 2017

If you live at least six months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington; and have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works); and have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017, the Montana Book Festival invites you to submit up to five pages of unpublished poetry to the 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest (there are fiction and nonfiction categories as well). The deadline is May 31, 2017, and there is a submission fee. Follow the link for guidelines and find more Montana Book Festival online and on Facebook.

found poem by j.i. kleinbergAttention students! The New York Times has opened its 8th annual Found Poem Student Contest for youth ages 13 to 19. Using no more than two articles from the entire New York Times archive as source material, “find” words for a poem of 14 lines or fewer. The deadline is 7:00am Eastern time on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and the complete guidelines (and lots of suggestions) are on this page: The Learning Network | Our Eighth Annual Found Poem Student Contest.

Whatcom countdown

March 25, 2017

Attention Whatcom County poets! The deadline for submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm. Submissions emailed, delivered or postmarked after March 31 will be disqualified.
See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page… and send in your winning-est poem!

Whatcom get ready…

February 26, 2017

countdownIt’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted March 1 – 31 only, and all submissions must follow the guidelines regarding line and character count. See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page and read about this year’s judges, Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado.

The judges for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado. As always, after submissions are closed (March 31) the judges will both read every single poem that is submitted (without knowing the name of the poet) and will then work together to select the Walk and Merit winners.

Jacob HartsochJacob Hartsoch grew up in a small Montana town and was inspired by Richard Hugo’s poetry about local places he knew and loved. His work has been selected three times in the annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and he is the recipient of the Gonzaga University Costello Award in poetry. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two young boys and is currently excited about wind, water, and reducing his family’s carbon footprint. Photo by Sheila Carson.

Laura LaffradoLaura Laffrado’s current work is focused on returning forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson to literary prominence. Her most recent book is Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature (2015). Laffrado is also author of Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women’s Writing (2009, 2015) and other books and essays. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.

This year’s guidelines are posted on the 2017 Contest page.

Guidelines posted!

January 26, 2017

2017-guidelines

Whatcom County (Washington) poets, the guidelines for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are now posted on the 2017 Contest page.

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