get ready

March 28, 2019

With National Poetry Month right around the corner, this is a good time to get your ducks, or at least your prompts, in a row. Two Sylvias Press is offering an all-new batch of 30 Prompts for National Poetry Month, delivered fresh to your email box each day of April. There’s a small fee (less than 50 cents a prompt!) or, if you’d like to have one of your poems critiqued, you can pay a little extra and get a line-by-line critique by one of the editors of Two Sylvias Press.


picturing regional history

November 12, 2018

If you’re inspired by history or looking for some visual prompts for your poetry, pay an online visit to the Washington Rural Heritage Collections of the Washington State Library. The Collections provide free access to digitized primary sources documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State. 152 cultural institutions have participated in the project and there’s a link to the archive for each one on this page. It’s a fascinating and surprisingly personal collection.

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photo: U.S.S. Constitution “Old Ironsides anchored outside of Jim Crow Creek on the Columbia River. She is a three-masted sailing ship build in 1797 at the Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts. Said to have never lost a battle, she can currently be seen in Boston at the Constitution Museum. Masts were 200 feet high, wooden hull. Jim Crow Creek is located in Section 4, Township 9N, Range 7W and is upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River. The ship went from Longview, Washington on August 24 to San Francisco, California on August 31, 1933; this period is likely when this photograph was taken.”


June 23, 2018

It has been a while since we posted prompts, but this selection of 82 Writing Experiments by Bernadette Mayer, found on Language is a Virus, seemed just too good to pass up. While you’re there, check out the Text Manipulation and Text Generators links in the sidebars.

More on Bernadette Mayer here.

photo by Joe Mabel

Looking for inspiration? Join Atlas Obscura tomorrow afternoon, Halloween Eve, Sunday, October 30, 2016, for a walking tour of Seattle’s history-rich Lake View Cemetery.
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photo by Joe Mabel shows the grave of Austin A. Bell, for whom Belltown was named

rescuing December

October 21, 2016

Two Sylvias Press Online Advent Calendar of Poetry Prompts

Two Sylvias Press is prepared to give your December a poetry-writing boost. ​The brand new Two Sylvias Press Advent Calendar is filled with surprise prompts to help you write 31 new poems in December! Get the details and sign up at Two Sylvias Press (and while you’re there, check out the other swell stuff in the Two Sylvias Store).

(Not to steal any thunder from Two Sylvias, but if you happen to be an advent calendar nut, you might also want to skibble over to The 2016 Short Story Advent Calendar.)

good idea

September 7, 2016


In its aim to “inspire conversation and discovery,” the NEA Big Read supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. From September 2016 through June 2017, 77 communities nationwide are participating, including Ellensburg, Washington, Eugene and Enterprise, Oregon, and Missoula, Helena and Billings, Montana.

In Missoula, where the selected title is Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, the Missoula Public Library is offering a free, six-week program that focuses on narrative poetry. “Writing their own poetry, attendees will base their poems on Love Medicine’s themes of family, abuse, love, and war.” Good idea.

poetry prompts

August 3, 2016

Seattle Art FairIn case you’ve been hiding out under a rock and haven’t heard, Cascadia’s biggest poetry prompt is taking up residence at the CenturyLink Field WaMu Theater this Thursday, August 4, 2016. Following Thursday’s Beneficiary Preview and the official Opening Night Preview, the Seattle Art Fair continues August 5-7, with a diverse schedule of projects, talks, exhibits and events happening both on and off site. See full details on the Seattle Art Fair website and on Facebook and give your poems something new to think about.

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