the creatures are stirring!

October 15, 2018

Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and Judy Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

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tonight and more

October 3, 2018

You’re invited to join poet Betty Scott as she celebrates the release of her new collection, Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth, freshly published by Cave Moon Press.

The book launch begins in Bellingham, Washington, tonight, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, with a reading at Greene’s Corner, and continues on Saturday, October 13, at the downtown Community Co-op at 7:00pm, and on Sunday, October 14, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship at 7:00pm.

Go hear Betty and buy a book! A portion of every book sold will be donated to Lummi Youth Academy.

opening

October 1, 2018

A new exhibit, Quenton Baker: Ballast, opens this Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and continues through February 3, 2019. Baker’s exhibition “will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole….It is the only successful large-scale revolt involving U.S.-born enslaved people in American history.

“Baker’s book project is a combination of erasure poems — made using pages from the Senate document detailing the Creole case — and poems in invented form that look at what some black writers and thinkers call ‘the long memory’ or the ‘long utterance’ of blackness.”

Baker will read from the work at 7:00pm on October 5, followed by a reception. On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Frye will host a reading and conversation with three poets selected by Baker: Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux, L. Lamar Wilson.

More about Quenton Baker.

soon in Seattle

September 29, 2018

Gramma is an independent poetry press based in Seattle. Among its other activities, Gramma produces the Reading Series, a quarterly arts and literary event featuring local and national writers, performers, and artists of all disciplines.

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, The Gramma Reading Series #2 will feature poets Tyehimba Jess, Kaveh Akbar, and Anastacia Renée, along with Moonshine: A Cabaret performed by Au Collective and directed by Imana Gunawan. The Stranger’s Kim Selling will host. The event will be held at Seattle Central College’s Erickson Little Theatre off Broadway. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

poems for peace

September 26, 2018

You are invited to join peace-minded poets, musicians, and audience, as World Peace Poets celebrates its Sixth Annual Read-In on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The event, plus potluck dinner, will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (lower level) in Bellingham. Doors open at 5:00pm, potluck begins at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm, and poets read their original peace poems and sing peace songs beginning at 6:15pm and continue until everyone has been heard.

Each poet has 5 minutes, each musician 6 minutes. If you would like to read/play/sing, sign up by Monday, October 1, 2018, by sending an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com. You will be assigned a time slot.

calendar update

September 20, 2018

If you’re planning a Cascadia-region poetry event or looking for one to attend, be sure to look at the CALENDAR page. A 12-month compendium of readings, workshops, conferences, and other poetry events, the page is updated almost daily. In addition to an “Every Week” section, the calendar now has an “Every Month” section of recurring poetry gatherings.

To make a correction or to add your event to the calendar, leave a comment on any page or send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, link for more information.

Sunday in Seattle

September 14, 2018

Lyn Coffin and Raúl Sánchez will present a bi-lingual reading in English and Español of Lyn’s brand new book, Esta vida verde, translated by Sergio Royo Bueno, published by Pregunta Ediciones in Spain, and introduced at the Soria International Poetry Festival (Spain) in August. Lyn and Raúl will also read some of their new poems and talk about Spanish-American connections and conundrums.

The reading, which is free, will be held Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00pm, at the Seattle Public Library, downtown.

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