The Sisters Band of 1956

April 20, 2018

Lifelong friends Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder will read poetry and discuss the art and artists of the Skagit Valley on Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books and Coffee House.

The small print (in image):

Georgia Johnson and Maggie Wilder were born midcentury to working class parents whose second worst fear for them was that they might become writers or painters, and therefore doom themselves to a life of N’er Do Well.

These pressures of suburban values created in them irresistible urges to make stuff up, in paint, in words. For nearly 60 years their efforts have won them no coveted awards, and very little money, but you may enjoy their persistent pursuit on Non-Sense.

Go. It’ll be good.

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Saturday in Bellingham!

April 19, 2018

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry is going to be an exceptional evening of insightful reflections and scintillating words from poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

poetry in Kirkland

April 15, 2018

In what is now a legendary commitment to poetry, Christopher Jarmick, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, is scheduling monthly workshop/reading/open mic sessions that are free and lively.

For National Poetry Month, the featured poets will be Anita K. Boyle and James Bertolino. The program, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, will begin at 4:30pm with a workshop on Collaboration (Boyle and Bertolino have collaborated on a number of chapbooks, among other projects), to be followed at 6:15pm by a reading and open mic. See further details and poet bios on the BookTree event page and on Facebook.

In our continuing effort to cover all bases for National Poetry Month, we offer this early notice of SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry, to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room.

An occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers, this SpeakEasy program will present seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspiration, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. You can see the poets’ bios on the Other Mind Press SpeakEasy page.

The event is free and Village Books will be on hand to offer the poets’ books for sale.

Chinese gardens in China and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, are filled with poetic inscriptions: as text, calligraphy, engravings, and plaques. Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, the Peach Blossom Poetry Series presents four prolific poets sharing their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April at 3:00pm. Free with Garden admission or Lan Su membership.

what’s goin’ on…

April 3, 2018

It’s National Poetry Month and there’s waaaaay too much going on to feature everything on the front page. But The Poetry Department CALENDAR page is updated almost every day and while it doesn’t include everything, it lists a lot more events throughout Cascadia…and throughout the year!

To add your Cascadia event, leave a Comment or send an email to thepoetrydepartment AT gmail.com (you know the drill), listing the date, the city/state, a brief description, the time, the venue, and a LINK to a website where readers can find more information.

Check back often and mark your calendar!

now hear Rena!

March 28, 2018

Tonight’s featured poet at Greene’s Corner in Bellingham will be Rena Priest.

Rena Priest is a writer and performer. She is a Lummi tribal member and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is active in efforts to strengthen community through participation in local arts and culture and has taught subjects in comparative cultural studies, the humanities, and Native-American studies at Northwest Indian College, Fairhaven College, and Western Washington University. Her first collection of poetry, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press in 2017. She is presently at work on a new collection titled Sublime Subliminal.

The evening starts at 6:30pm followed by the Musician’s Open Mic at 7:00 with welcome and music by JP Falcon Grady and others. Come join the fun as music and poetry rolls throughout the evening.

Bonus note: you can also hear Rena on Saturday, April 21, 2018, when she is one of the featured poets for SpeakEasy 21.

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