orcas in Seattle, tonight!

November 12, 2019

Hear scientists and writers discuss the fate of the endangered Southern Resident orcas and read from the anthology, For Love of Orcas (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), tonight, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Hugo House. Featured readers include Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, and Adrienne Ross Scanlon. The reading and talk, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by anthology co-editor and poet Jill McCabe Johnson. Details and participant bios at Hugo House.

On Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00pm, three outstanding poets will share words from their new books at St. Paul’s Old Parish Hall in Bellingham (across the street from the church):

Jory Mickelson (center, above) will read from Wilderness//Kingdom (Floating Bridge, 2019), Dayna Patterson (left) will read from Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019), and Megan Spiegel (right) will read from Luminance (Dancing Girl Press, 2019).

JORY MICKELSON is the author of Wilderness//Kingdom. His poems have appeared in print and online in the US, Canada, and UK. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Originally from Montana, he now lives in Bellingham.

DAYNA PATTERSON is the author of Titania in Yellow and the forthcoming If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, AGNI, and Passages North, among others. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.

MEGAN SPIEGEL is the author of Luminance, a graduate of the multi-genre MFA program at Western Washington University, and a hybrid genre editor at Psaltery & Lyre. She blends images and ideas from the sciences, visual arts, and public domain archives into writing that inhabits the space between poetry and prose.

Jack Straw voices

November 2, 2019

You have two opportunities to hear the 2019 Jack Straw Writers, this year selected by curator (and former Washington State Poet Laureate) Kathleen Flenniken.

Today, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2:00pm, the Downtown Seattle Public Library will present new work by Dianne Aprile, Shankar Narayan, Rena Priest, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Samar Abulhassan, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Michael Schmeltzer, Josh Axelrad, Gabrielle Bates, and Suzanne Warren, hosted by Kathleen Flenniken.

Tomorrow, Village Books in Bellingham will host a six-pack of Jack Straw writers reading selections from the 2019 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Join the audience at 4:00pm to hear Dianne Aprile, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Warren.

Both readings are free.

More about Jack Straw.


October 30, 2019

Get your Halloween started at Open Books with a spirited lunchtime open mic featuring haunting words from Poe to Plath to Notley, plus your favorites, or find something to share from the shelves of Open Books. Local poets Samar Abulhassan and Sierra Nelson get things started. Costumes optional.

Thursday, October 31, 2019, Noon-1:30pm.

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image: Tom Hundley

If you’re a fan of Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014), or his magnum opus, The Book of Nightmares (Houghton Mifflin 1971), in particular, or just curious to hear the sound of the poet’s words, there will be a live reading of The Book of Nightmares in its entirety on Thursday, November 7, 2019, starting at 7:00pm at the Lucky You Lounge in Spokane. Readers will include poets Jonathan Johnson, Laura Read, Taylor D. Waring, Sam Foley, and one more TBA.

planning waaaaay ahead

October 25, 2019

Mark your calendar. It’s official: the 11th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival will be held October 1-4, 2020, in La Conner, Washington. Watch the website for details and follow on Twitter @PoetrySkagit.

silver anniversary reading

October 21, 2019

Floating Bridge Press is 25 and will celebrate the occasion with release readings from the 2019 Chapbook Competition winner, Katrina Roberts, finalist, Elizabeth Vignali, and the inaugural winner of the Evergreen Award Tour Full-length competition, Jory Mickelson.

Join in the celebration at The Elliott Bay Book Company on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 3:00pm.

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