The Madrona Project

October 9, 2021

On Friday, October 15, 2021, at 7:00pm, please join Village Books, the North Cascades Institute, Humanities Washington, and ArtsWA for a group reading from The Madrona Project Vol. 2, No. 1, featuring Holly J. Hughes and Rena Priest.

For this issue of THE MADRONA PROJECT, editor Holly J. Hughes invited sixty-four women writers and artists from the Northwest to reflect on what it means to live and write in the Cascadian bioregion at the end of 2020, a year that challenged our resilience on every level. Reaching out to national and regionally acclaimed poets and essayists from Alaska to Oregon, as well as new and emerging writers, she brings together a diverse chorus, including Indigenous voices and some who work the land or sea. The voices gathered here remind us that our lives in Cascadia are still interwoven with fir and cedar, salmon and kingfisher, heron and eagle, raven and crow’ perhaps even more so as we face an uncertain future together, turning to the natural world for signs of resilience and hope. Throughout this powerful collection, writers and artists bear witness to the hard truths not only of our history but of ongoing inequities laid bare by the pandemic and the consequences of centuries of colonialism and exploitation, inviting us to consider the urgent question of our time: how to move forward into a future that’s socially just and sustainable, that honors all our voices and stories. With a moving preface by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest of the Lummi Nation, this collection affirms the beauty, strength, and resilience of Cascadia and her people, and how our fates have always been deeply intertwined and interdependent, now more so than ever.

Advance registration is required.

Mark your calendar and grab your mask: the Greater Gig Harbor Poetry Series starts this Saturday and will run for three consecutive Saturdays at 3:00pm, in-person at the Harbor History Museum. The featured poets are:

Saturday, October 9, 2021, Chris Jarmick
Saturday, October 16, 2021, Jennifer Preston Chuschoff
Saturday, October 23, 2021, Robert Lashley

On Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00-5:00pm, Christina Vega will lead a free, all-ages Poetry Collaboration workshop at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor. Space is limited and registration is required.

Find out more about the poets on the GGHPS website.

Monday on Terrain.org

September 23, 2021

Join Terrain.org for the eighth reading in the online Reading Series on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 5:00pm. Moderated by Terrain.org editorial board member Juan Morales, the reading features award-winning writers Joy Castro, Elizabeth Jacobson, and Allen Braden. The Zoom reading is free, but advance registration is required.

Previous readings from the series are available online.

LiTFUSE time

September 11, 2021

When we posted about LiTFUSE back in April, it wasn’t certain whether the annual poetry gathering would happen in person or online. Now it’s certain and there’s still time to register and participate in this lively event.

LiTFUSE 2021 will be all virtual, September 24-26, with readings, craft talks, keynote addresses, and a variety of classes. (Note: it appears that the “opening act,” with Camille Dungy and Matthew Dickman, will happen the previous weekend, on Sunday, September 19, 2021.)

In addition, there is a free, pre-LiTFUSE event: Poets in Conversation on Friday, September 17, 4:00pm, featuring Ching-In Chen, Claudia Castro Luna, and Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Visit the LiTFUSE website for information on instructors, events, and registration.

Tell It Slant

September 6, 2021

Formerly known as the Amherst Poetry Festival, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free, annual celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson. The 2021 Festival, September 20-26, will be an entirely virtual event featuring workshops, panels, and readings, as well as the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic online reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems. You can see the schedule and registration information here.

worldwide reading

September 2, 2021

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at 3:00pm Pacific.

The reading is intended to commemorate those who have died in the pandemic. You may watch/listen on Zoom and/or participate as a reader. If you would like to read:

  • Prepare a short (1-2 minute) text you wish to share, in any language.
  • Send a note of intent, including the title of your text, to natasa-durovicova@uiowa.edu no later than Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:59pm Pacific.

Readers will be listed in the Zoom chat at the event.
Details on Facebook.

Sunday in Fairhaven

September 1, 2021

Join poet Kevin Murphy and singer-songwriter Louis Ledford on Sunday, September 5, 2021, starting at 5:30pm, for poems and music in the lovely sycamore garden area outside the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Avenue, in Fairhaven (Bellingham). Donations accepted. The Firehouse Cafe closes at 5:30pm, but if you arrive a little early, you can grab a snack or beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Cirque in Bellingham

August 19, 2021

Cirque Press and Cirque Journal come to Bellingham tomorrow, Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific, for a real, in-person reading (and a no-host bar) at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room.

Mount Baker Theatre requires masks and either a Proof of Vaccination or evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.

The reading will also be available on Zoom (code 1111).

Cirque Press authors Jerry McDonnell and Dave Rowan will read from Out There in the Out There and Loggers Don’t Make Love, respectively, followed by readings from Cirque, Volume 11, No. 2, featuring Luther Allen, Kristina Boratino, Linda Conroy, Jenifer Fernandez, Sandra Kleven, David M. Laws, John Morgan, Corbin Muck, David Rowan, Alan Weltzien, and others.

Saturday(s) in Ellensburg

August 7, 2021

If you happen to be in Ellensburg, Washington, today, Saturday, August 7, 2021, or the first Saturday of September or October, stop by Open Mic Saturday, by the Ellensburg Farmers Market, 4th and Pearl Street. Join local and visiting poets between 10:00 and 11:30am to read, listen, or chat with the Inland Poetry team and various other poetry dignitaries.

meanwhile in Australia

August 5, 2021

If you’ve been curious about poetry in Australia, or even if you’ve never given it a second thought, August is an apt time to get acquainted with poets and poems from the world’s sixth-largest country. In fact, August 2021 has been designated as the nation’s inaugural Poetry Month and the calendar is packed with readings, workshops, broadcasts, conversations, collaborations, and much more. Have a look.

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