Celebrating Stafford

January 6, 2022

Every January, poets and poetry lovers throughout Cascadia (and elsewhere) celebrate William Stafford (January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993) with a variety of birthday readings. Most (but not all) of the 2022 celebrations are online and most require advance registration. Here are a few. All times are Pacific; follow the links for details:


January 5, 2022

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, when Kelli Russell Agodon is joined by Maggie Smith for poetry and conversation. Presented by Third Place Books, the Zoom event is free with advance registration.

fluff up your calendar!

January 1, 2022

Judged by forthcoming poetry readings, 2022 is off to a promising start. On Wednesday, January 12, at 5:00pm Pacific, Elliott Bay Book Company presents a virtual reading with stellar poets Tess Gallagher, Alice Derry, Kathryn Hunt, and Gary Copeland Lilley. We’ll be adding this and other events to the CALENDAR page… and hope to see you at a reading soon.

chapbook launch

December 3, 2021

Floating Bridge Press invites you to join Judith Skillman and Margot Kahn for an online reading of their brand-new Floating Bridge chapbooks, “Oscar the Misanthropist” and “A Quiet Day with the West on Fire,” respectively.

The Zoom reading will be held this Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 4:00pm Pacific. The event is free but registration is required.

This Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30pm, Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry will present a hybrid in-person/online reading featuring Piper J Daniels, Meca’Ayo Cole, RL Sendra, and Raúl Sanchez. You can see them in person at Common Area Maintenance or streaming live on Facebook.

PoetryBridge, virtually

October 22, 2021

Leopoldo Seguel, longtime poet wrangler and Chief Provocateur of West Seattle’s PoetryBridge, has revealed the lineup for the remainder of 2021.

Gathering on Zoom on alternate Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm Pacific, PoetryBridge will feature:

October 27 – Lyn Coffin and Joel Kabakov
November 10 – Mike Jurkovic and Christopher Jarmick
November 24 – Tito Titus and Benjamin Schmitt
December 8 – Sara Marron and Larry Crist
December 22 – Laurel Blossom and Stacy Lawson

An open mic follows the featured readers.

The Zoom links are not posted but are emailed on the morning of the event. To add your name to the email list, send a note to Leopoldo Seguel at info@poetrybridge.net. You can also find more information on Leopoldo’s PoetryBridge Facebook page.

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.

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