return of the FisherPoets

September 11, 2017

Once again a lineup of seafaring (or at least sea-loving) poets will grace the stages of Bellingham for FisherPoets at SeaFeast. On Friday, September 22, 2017, four venues will offer poems, stories, and songs of the sea:

  • 7 – 10pm – Sea Shanties, Sing-a-Longs & Stories – at Honey Moon Mead & Cider
  • 7 – 10:30pm – Videos, Stories & Poems – at Chuckanut Brewery
  • 7 – 11pm – Poems, Songs & Stories – at Boundary Bay Brewery
  • 9 – 10pm – Poems, Songs & Stories – at Depot Market Square

Get your $5 button (available at Village Books and all venues) for entrance to all locations and visit the Bellingham SeaFeast website for more details on FisherPoets and other seaworthy (and tasty) goings-on.

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shift your margins

September 7, 2017

Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry offers dynamic voices and important poetry on the third Thursday of each month at Common AREA Maintenance in Belltown. Doors and wine open at 6:30pm; poetry starts around 7-ish. Margin Shift is free to attend, though CAM does accept donations to help with food and wine costs. Here’s the lineup for Thursday, September 21, 2017:

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. He has also had poems published in such anthologies as It Was Written, and Many Trails To The Summit. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Fernando Pérez is a Chicano poet from Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Seattle and is an Assistant Professor of English at Bellevue College. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Acentos Review, Huizache, The Suburban Review, Hinchas de Poesía, Crab Orchard Review, and The Volta. His manuscript of poetry was recently selected as a finalist for both the Andrés Móntoya Poetry Prize and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His first collection of poems, A Song of Dismantling, is forthcoming from The University of New Mexico Press in the fall of 2017.

Kamari Bright is a poet/writer whose works revolve around understanding and introspection. She has received nominations for her debut short film “Black Coffee,” written several published works, and earned grants through Artist Up and 4Culture.

David Brazil is a pastor and translator. His most recent book is Holy Ghost (City Lights, 2017). He lives in Oakland.

Sara Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. She is the author of Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016). Her previous book is All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of chapbooks Riot Cops en route Troy and The Hallucinated, among others. From 2008-2011, she co-edited TRY magazine.

the sound of Clover

September 2, 2017

When Clover, A Literary Rag, launched as a literary journal in 2010, there was no way to predict that it would become more substantial and more respected with each issue in print. Now, with thirteen volumes and a Mayor’s Arts Award under its belt, the Bellingham-based journal of international fine writing will celebrate art as written word at a reading from Volume 13.

Hear a selection of writers, including Susan Chase-Foster, Luther Allen, Christine Kendall, Gary McWilliams, Abbe Rolnick, Garrett Sanford, Laurel Leigh, Jennifer Bullis, Caitlin Thomson, Jim Bertolino, Carla Shafer, and Paul Hunter, in an engaging afternoon of readings on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven. The reading is free and copies of Clover will be available for purchase.

(And by the way, submissions for Volume 14 are open until September 30, 2017.)

Bellingham, Washington, will be treated to a round of fine poetry and workshops as St Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts its first-ever poetry festival. Events kick off at 7:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017, as Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image journal, speaks, followed by a reading from poet Luci Shaw.

On Saturday, September 30, beginning at 1:30pm, there will be several poetry workshops to choose from, led by Luci Shaw, Jennifer Bullis, and Caitlin Thomson. This will be followed by an open mic and a 7:00pm reading by Scott Cairns and Jeanne Murray Walker.

The workshop fee is $15 and registration is required. Otherwise, all lectures and poetry readings are free and open to the public.

No prior experience with poetry is required, and indeed one of the hopes of the organizers is that those unfamiliar with poetry will come and be able to connect to it in this venue. All events will take place in the church and the Great Hall.

For the full schedule, to sign up for workshops, and for more information, please see the Poetry at St. Paul’s website.

coming up in Cumberland

August 30, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Cascadia Poetry Festival. It has a dynamic presence, if no permanent home, and has been enjoyed in Seattle and Nanaimo (BC), and will be coming up in October in Tacoma. But before then, there’s one more Cascadia Poetry Festival — in Cumberland, BC, on Vancouver Island.

It opens on Friday, September 8, 2017, with a reception, poetry reading, and party. On Saturday, there will be a panel, small press fair, open reading event, poetry reading, and another party. On Sunday, the festival will close with a morning workshop. Your $20 Gold Pass gets you into all events except the Sunday workshop.

Spend the weekend on Vancouver Island and enjoy the words and the scenery. Details at Cascadia Poetics Lab.

new Bellingham venue

August 28, 2017

Poetry has a new home in Bellingham, Washington: Greene’s Corner (formerly at Smith Road and Northwest Avenue, now on James Street where VIS Seafoods used to live). With poetry features coordinated by Betty Scott, Acoustic Wednesdays are hosted by musician JP Falcon Grady and open with music (6:30pm), followed by an open mic (7:00pm) and then the evening’s feature: poetry read by outstanding regional poets.

This Wednesday, August 30, 2017, the featured poets are father and son John Morgan and Jeffrey Morgan.

John Morgan divides his time between Bellingham and Fairbanks, Alaska. He has published six books of poetry and a collection of essays, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, and many other magazines. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Rattle, and West Branch. He is a 2017 National Poetry Series Finalist.

the voice of the journey

August 19, 2017

John James Reid is an Irish poet, architect, and mediator who lives in Bellingham, Washington. Mid-Atlantic is his third book of poetry. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the poet will read from his latest collection at 7:00pm at Village Books. The reading is free and copies of Mid-Atlantic will be available for purchase.

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