island poetry

May 3, 2017

The bi-annual Vashon Poetry Festival is coming up Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, 2017. In addition to the poets spending two days in the local schools, events include a Community Poetry Reading Open Mic with Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna; a variety of morning and afternoon poetry writing workshops; plus a festival-closing Big Night. See the schedule of events for details and follow the latest updates on Facebook.

May Reading Series

May 2, 2017

It’s once again time to hear the voices of the Jack Straw Writers Program. There are three readings scheduled at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Each reading will feature four 2017 Jack Straw Writing Fellows hosted by 2017 Writers Program Curator Jourdan Imani Keith:

Friday, May 5, 7:00pm: Jamaica Baldwin, Steph Kesey, Brandon Young, and D.A. Navoti
Friday, May 12, 7:00pm: afrose fatima ahmed, Catalina Marie Cantú, Calvin Gimpelevich, and Wancy Young Cho
Friday, May 19, 7:00pm: Quenton Baker, Ellie Belew, Hera McLeod, and Ashlan Runyan

The readings are free and you may want to allow a little extra time to view the exhibit of Glass Pyrographs by Etsuko Ichikawa and take in Meditations on Water, A Sound Installation by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell.

Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

Friday in Auburn

April 22, 2017

April 28, 2017

Here come the poets laureate! Northwest Renaissance Poets presents an evening of poetry with an illustrious lineup: current Washington State poet laureate Tod Marshall, former Washington poets laureate Elizabeth Austen and Sam Green, Auburn poet laureate Marjorie Rommel, and youth poet Summer Barnett. Poets on the Ave, 7:00pm, Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Auburn Avenue Theatre, will include readings, refreshments and more in this wrap-up event for National Poetry Month.

What are your plans for Earth Day? Saturday’s weather should be mild and cloudy in Buffalo, New York. But actually weather won’t be much of a concern if you decide to attend the Emily Dickinson Community Marathon Reading. From 8:00am to 9:30pm, local celebs, poets and other Emily fans will read all 1789 of Dickinson’s poems. Plus, from 1:00 to 1:30pm, there will be a break in the readings to celebrate Dickinson with song and comedy improvs!

That’s this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s free and you do not need to register or contact anyone to participate. Just show up and join in the reading. More details here.

Reading!

April 9, 2017

Village Books (Bellingham) is pleased to present a National Poetry Month reading by Rick Hermann. He will read from his latest book, Nooksack: Poems & Prose, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Readings Gallery.

Nooksack is a River, a People, a Spirit of Place. It is shadow and cloud, glacier and bay. In this realm, even the stones have spirits. Bellingham author Rick Hermann employs close-listening and observation to shape a notably original perspective in this new book of poetry and prose. Evoking the un-knowable mysteries as well as discovering the apparent solidity of the sensate world, these writings come also from his own life experience, describing possible worlds accessible through these rabbit holes. As readers, we discover in each moment “an arid sense of optimism,” irony and humor, and an abiding predisposition to survive.

Rick Hermann is the author of two previous books: The Bright World of Dandelion Court and Parkinson’s Dreams About Me: My Dance With the Shaking Palsy. He moved to Whatcom County in 1987 with his wife Lee Willis, where they raised their son, Eli Hermann, in the city of subdued excitement.

In this time of post-truth and false news
SpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness / Poems of Light
presents an evening of heartfelt words of clarity and wisdom.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:00pm
Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Bellingham
Admission is free.

Poets
Tanner Abernathy ▪ Luther Allen ▪ Jim Bertolino ▪
Barbara Bloom ▪ Nancy Canyon ▪ Susan Chase-Foster ▪
Thom Davis ▪ Victoria Doerper ▪ Jaiden Dokken ▪
R.L. Elke ▪ Paul Fisher ▪ Mary Elizabeth Gillilan ▪
Steve Hood ▪ David Imburgia ▪ Alexander Joseph ▪
J.I. Kleinberg ▪ Shannon P. Laws ▪ Rob Lewis ▪
Andrew Shattuck McBride ▪ Carol McMillan ▪
Rainbow Wohali Medicine-Walker ▪ Rachel Mehl ▪
Peter Edward Messinger ▪ Kate Miller ▪ Jim Milstead ▪
Donald Mitchell ▪ Kevin Murphy ▪ Timothy Pilgrim ▪
C.J. Prince ▪ John James Reid ▪ Paul Sarvasy ▪
Jim Schmotzer ▪ Luci Shaw ▪ Aaron Silverberg ▪
Sheila Sondik ▪ Candace Lee Street ▪ Stan Tag ▪
Gary Wade ▪ Andrea Weiser ▪ Leslie Wharton ▪
Richard Widerkehr

SpeakEasy is an occasional reading series produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island and co-editor of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington.

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