on view: 2021 plaques

May 23, 2022

The planter beds in front of the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Avenue) are decked in their spring finery, thanks to the Birchwood Garden Club. This is a great time to take a short poetry stroll and view the ten Walk Award plaques for the 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. And while you’re there, stop in and see the recently remodeled library! (The 2022 plaques will probably be put in place sometime this summer.)

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top: poem by Ty Colson
bottom: poem by Peyton Eberhardt

Tonight!

May 19, 2022

It’s Thursday, May 19, 2022, and tonight’s the night! Celebrate winning poets and poems for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest at 7:00pm on Zoom. Or click here, if you need to join by phone.

Please arrive a few minutes early so the ceremony can start promptly at 7.

awards!

May 16, 2022

The committee of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest invites you to join the awards celebration for the 2022 contest winners. This year’s ceremony will be held online on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 7:00pm Pacific.

You’ll hear a few words from the judges, Victor Ortiz and Dayna Patterson, snappy repartee from everyone’s favorite emcee, Kevin Murphy, and then you’ll hear the 10 Walk Award and 15 Merit Award winners read their poems.

Click to join the Awards Ceremony on Zoom, or here, if you need to join by phone.

Congratulations!

May 3, 2022

We have winners!

The esteemed judges, Victor Ortiz and Dayna Patterson, have read every submission and made their (always difficult) choices for the winners of the 2022 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Congratulations to:

WALK AWARD WINNERS
Margaux Barber, Chloe N. Braunstein, Bliss Goldstein, Maureen Kane, Marley Lotts, Amanda Norenberg, Matthew Stuckey, Alina Tsakhniv, Leslie Wharton, Hayley Van Ness.

MERIT AWARD WINNERS
Luther Allen, Kathryn Aspinall, Rusty Bower, Linda Conroy, Kyle Heaton, Blake Heuett, Dylan Jacobs, Heidi Kenyon, Timothy Pilgrim, Capucine W. Rougny, Luci Shaw, Sheila Sondik, Vincent Tsan, Joselyn Vasquez, Flannery White.

The list of poets and poems can be found on the Winners page. After the artists have completed their work on the placards, and sometime after the awards ceremony, Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7:00pm on Zoom (details soon), the poems and placards will appear here and will be linked to the poem titles on the Winners page.

We congratulate the winners — and offer a special shout out to all of the poets who had the courage to submit their work to this year’s contest.

countdown

March 29, 2022

Attention Whatcom County poets: Submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest close this Thursday, March 31, 2022. The judges, Victor Ortiz and Dayna Patterson, are eager to read your poem and select this year’s Walk and Merit Award winners.

If you were planning to turn in your poem in person at Film Is Truth, your last chance to do so is TODAY, Tuesday, March 29, at 8:00pm, because Film Is Truth is closed tomorrow and Thursday.

You can double check the guidelines here.

call for poems

March 1, 2022

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is now open for submissions from Whatcom County poets of all ages. Read the guidelines and send your best.

Questions? E-mail: BoyntonPoetryContest@hotmail.com

Calling all Whatcom County poets: the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be open for submissions March 1 through March 31, 2022. Now in year 17, the annual contest is open to poets of all ages and all levels of writing experience. Visit the 2022 Contest page for details, learn more about this year’s judges, or just click to view/download a PDF of the 2022 guidelines. As always, submissions are free.

meet the judges

February 1, 2022

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be open for submissions March 1 – March 31, 2022. The Contest is honored to have two distinguished judges for this year’s contest: Victor Ortiz and Dayna Patterson.


Victor Ortiz, Pushcart Prize nominee, has written two chapbooks — Into Breath and Into Borrego Valley — and has coauthored four multimedia books with mezzotint artist Mikio Watanabe. His work has been anthologized numerous times and his poetry has appeared internationally in such journals as Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Blithe Spirit, The Heron’s Nest, Haiku Canada Review, and The Mainichi. Ortiz currently serves as a judge on the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award panel.


Dayna Patterson
is a fungophile, macrophotography enthusiast, and textile artist. She’s the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Honors include the Association for Mormon Letters Poetry Award and the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Her creative work has appeared recently in EcoTheo, Kenyon Review, and Whale Road Review. She’s the founding editor of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. In her spare time, she curates Poetry + Fungus (Instagram @poetry_plus_fungus), a pairing of poetry books and species from the fungal world.

placards!

December 30, 2021

Due to unanticipated delays, we’ve been remiss in posting the illustrated placards for the 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poems. That’s about to be corrected. Over the coming weeks, each of the 25 winning poems will appear in this space and also be linked to the Winners page.

The Contest is deeply grateful to this year’s illustrious judges, Robert Lashley and Elizabeth Vignali, and also extends thanks to the four artists who have added their vision to the poets’ words: Angela Boyle, Megan Carroll, Christian Anne Smith, and Kimberly Wulfestieg.

this week!

May 17, 2021

This Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, please join the winners of the 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest as they share their winning poems. They will be joined by this year’s judges, Robert Lashley and Elizabeth Vignali, everyone’s favorite emcee, Kevin Murphy, and other honored guests. Celebrate with the poets on Zoom!

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