now on

April 21, 2021

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, now in its 25th year, is the largest event of its kind in the United States and a dazzling attraction for book lovers of every stripe.

The all-online 2021 Festival opened on Saturday, April 17, and will continue through Friday, April 23. Events are ticketed, some free and some not. But in addition to a robust calendar of talks, readings, and conversations, the Festival is offering free videos from the first-ever virtual poetry “stage” produced in partnership with Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. The readings are short and additional poets are being added, so have a watch/listen.

The SpeakEasy poetry series is honored to feature Rena Priest, the new Washington State Poet Laureate, at SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming. Presented on Zoom on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, the reading will also include Rena’s poet/mentors James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Pagh, and Jeanne Yeasting. For a Zoom link, please send an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com.

from the Folger

April 12, 2021

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Located in Washington, DC, and, in fact, closed for renovation, the Folger offers a wide variety of events, performances, and activities, notably the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.

There are two more online readings this season:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6:30pm Eastern/3:30pm Pacific
Michael Collier & Monica Sok
This is a ticketed event.

Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30pm Eastern / 4:30pm Pacific
Billy Collins
This is a free event, with registration required.

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special thanks to Sheila Sondik

solstice, tomorrow

April 10, 2021

Congratulations to Carla Shafer, who conceived and edited a wonderful collection of poems of light, Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea (Chuckanut Sandstone Press). The collection features the work of 29 poets in two sections, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice.

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, Village Books will present a book launch reading from Solstice. See the list of poets in the collection and register for the online reading here.

finalists announced

April 3, 2021

Congratulations to the writers who have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Oregon Book Awards.

The finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry (judged by Tyree Daye, Erika Meitner, and Kathryn Neurnberger) are:

  • Anna Elkins of Jacksonville, Hope of Stones (Press 53)
  • Eman Hassan of Portland, Raghead (New Issues Poetry and Prose)
  • Floyd Skloot of Portland, Far West: Poems (LSU Press)
  • Ed Skoog of Portland, Travelers Leaving for the City (Copper Canyon)
  • Joe Wilkins of McMinnville, Thieve (Lynx House Press)

The winners will be announced on a special episode of The Archive Project, Sunday, May 2, 2021, on OPB Radio at 7:00pm Pacific.

The poetry finalists will read at a free online event on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:00pm. Further information on the poets and the event here.

Monday reading

April 2, 2021

Tune in Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6:00pm, for a livestream reading and book launch with Kate Lebo and Kim Addonizio. Presented by Third Place Books (Seattle), Village Books (Bellingham), Browser’s Bookshop (Olympia), and Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane) the event celebrates Lebo’s latest, The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly and Addonizio’s brand-new collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere: Poems.

The event is free on Zoom with registration.

SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread engaged five poets in what turned out to be a nine-month poetic conversation. The resulting series of linked poems was presented in five Zoom readings.

To complete SpeakEasy 27, audience members were invited to submit their own poems inspired by and directly linked to specific ideas or language in the 25-poem series. Round 6, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, will feature response poems by Sarah Brownsberger, Lauren Camp, Nancy Canyon, Bev Darnall, J.I. Kleinberg, Eric Kosarot, Rachel Mehl, Peter Messinger, Jory Mickelson, Don Mitchell, Kevin Murphy, Bethany Reid, Sheila Rosen, Paul Sarvasy, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, Sheila Sondik, Allie Spikes, and Nik Warren.

Additional information and video of the previous readings is available on the Other Mind Press SpeakEasy 27 page. The reading is free on Zoom (Zoom link available from the participating poets or by sending an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com). Please join us!

today, live

March 18, 2021

Today, Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 1:00pm Pacific, The Atlanta International Poetry & Translation Festival presents a group of phenomenal Belarusian and U.S. poets to share and translate their respective poems.

The Belarusian poets are: Valzhyna Mort, Dmitry Strotsev, Maryja Martysevič, Julia Cimafiejeva, and Uladzimir Liankievič. The U.S. poets are: Vievee Francis, Hanif Abdurraqib, Travis Denton, and Mario Chard.

The event will stream live and free on BlueJeans.

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thanks to Annie Grosshans for the heads up

Power of Poetry

March 16, 2021

If the lineup of poets, musicians, storytellers, and artists is any indication, Power of Poetry should be a dazzling couple of days.

There are two events, both free:
Friday, March 19, 2021, 4:00-7:00pm Pacific – Power of Poetry: Educating the Heart
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 4:00-7:00pm Pacific – Power of Poetry: Pathways to the Heart

The presentations will stream live on YouTube.

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thanks to David Lee for the heads up!

Founded in 1974 “to help artists achieve visionary projects that might not otherwise be realized because of scale or scope,” Dia is today a constellation of sites, artworks, exhibitions, galleries, and programs of education and public engagement. In the latter category is Dia: Readings in Contemporary Poetry. The series ran from 1983 to 2003 and resumed in 2010.

For early 2021, series curator Vincent Katz has chosen a format that pays tribute to exemplary poets. For each event, a small group of readers will pay homage to one of the featured poets, followed by a reading by that poet. The readings are free on Zoom, but registration is required.

Tribute to Norma Cole – Tuesday, March 16, 3:00pm Pacific
Tribute to John Godfrey – Tuesday, April 20, 3:00pm
Tribute to Anne Waldman – Tuesday, May 11, 3:00pm
Tribute to Will Alexander – Tuesday, June 8, 3:00pm

Readings in Contemporary Poetry will resume in the fall.

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thanks to Catherine Hillenbrand for the heads up

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