Wednesday afternoon

February 9, 2021

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 3:30pm Pacific, Ocean Vuong will talk with Peter Gizzi about poetry and death, beauty and sadness, grieving and light — and ultimately the elusive but very real edge of hope that can be found. Gizzi’s new collection of poems, Now It’s Dark, was just published by Wesleyan University Press and the event is free with registration, courtesy of Rain Taxi Review.

virtual FisherPoets

February 3, 2021

If this is February, FisherPoets must be on the horizon. And indeed it is. In spite of everything, the FisherPoets Gathering, which normally (can we say normal in reference to this event?) populates Astoria, Oregon, for a rollicking weekend, will this year happen online, February 26-28, 2021.

Join us for a virtual FisherPoets Gathering this time, a slimmed-down version that, nonetheless, offers a truly singular occasion to catch everyone for a change. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will feature three 90-minute shows of 15 or so fisherpoets keeping it short and sweet, a parade of five-minute performances, original song, story and poetry from the commercial fishing industry. A thirty-minute break will separate shows.

The entire catch is free. Mark your calendar and keep an eye on the 2021 FisherPoets Gathering page for access info and a list of fisherpoets who have already agreed to perform.

more Cirque…tonight!

January 12, 2021

Join in as Cirque Journal #21 celebrates Winter Festival with Fringe this evening, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific. Readers include Drue Robinson, Don Colburn, Kelly Lenox, Daniel Dagris, Roger Topp, Sherri Levine, Susan Chase-Foster, Karen Tschannen, Sandra Yannone, and Leslie Fried.

Zoom link, with code 1111.

Sunday reading series

January 8, 2021

In celebration of Alaska Quarterly Review’s 40th Anniversary, Pièces de Résistance is a free, live, weekly reading series that can be viewed on the AQR site each Sunday at 3:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Pacific. The series started in October 2020 and will wrap up at the beginning of May, hosted by the Anchorage Museum and moderated by author Heather Lende and AQR Co-founder and Editor Ronald Spatz.

The series is available on YouTube and some of the reading segments have been excerpted here.

Tuesday launch

December 28, 2020

The latest edition of Cirque Journal, Volume 11, Number 1, is now published and available in hard copy for purchase and digital, free online.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, a free online launch will include seven contributors from this issue as well as readings from the authors of two new Cirque Press books: Sandra Wassilie reading from The Dream that is Childhood and Sean Ulman reading from Seward Soundboard. Join the reading on Zoom at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific with the passcode 1111.

THE CITY was founded to respond to the crisis in local news across New York’s five boroughs. One of The City’s initiatives is to “reimagine the way we say goodbye. In a time when our rituals around death have been interrupted and we cannot gather in-person, we want to bring New Yorkers together to tell and listen to the stories of those we’ve lost to COVID-19.”

Today, Friday, December 11, 2020, at 3:00pm Pacific, you can join the free, online MISSING THEM Memorial Event with poetry readings from Ellen Bass, Ross Gay and Aracelis Girmay, presented by Brooklyn Public Library and THE CITY. RSVP for access information.

Thursday online

December 2, 2020

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 3, 2020, Edmonds Center for the Arts (Edmonds, WA) presents the first-ever WE SPEAK Festival, a virtual, evening-length celebration of spoken word poetry and storytelling. Featuring critically-acclaimed artists Jericho Brown, Andrea Gibson, Kealoha, Shane Koyczan, and Robin Sanders, alongside talented local youth chosen through a juried selection process, WE SPEAK seeks to embody the complex themes and concerns of the year 2020.

Admission is “Pay What You Can $5-$45” and the festival will be available for playback by ticket holders for four days after the live program.

Additional details in My Edmonds News.

the raven takes wing

October 1, 2020

Raven Chronicles and Raven Chronicles Press have a long history in Cascadia. The community-based magazine published 48 issues between 1991 and 2018. The press launched in 2016 and, in March 2020, published a particularly timely and important volume — Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, A Raven Chronicles Anthology. Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché and Thomas Hubbard, Take a Stand is a collection of poems, stories and images from 117 writers and 53 artists, with 69 illustrations.

As we’ve noted over recent months, an unexpected benefit of the shutdown has been to allow people to attend virtual readings, workshops, and classes that would otherwise have been geographically impractical, if not impossible. Now we can see that the opposite is also true: publications that we consider local can have an entirely new life in distant places.

In the coming days (starting today, October 1, 2020), Take a Stand will engage new audiences with readings and conversations from Virginia, Port Townsend, and Connecticut. The readings are free (registration required) and you can purchase a copy of Take a Stand: Art Against Hate at Raven Chronicles Press or your favorite independent bookstore.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

Tonight, Friday, August 28, 2020, 5:00pm Pacific, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets, presents a free online poetry showcase: Hot Nights. Cool Poets. The program is just an hour long, so don’t be late. Registration is required for Zoom link.

Poet/presenters include Margaret Atwood, Cicely Belle Blain, Sadiqa de Meijer, Mathew Henderson, Julie Joosten, Canisia Lubrin, Randy Lundy, A. F. Moritz, Tyler Pennock, Rasiqra Revulva, Kevin Spenst, John Steffler, and Lily Wang.

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