Day of Remembrance

February 15, 2019

Award winning poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra will be a special guest at Western Washington University in Bellingham on the Day of Remembrance. She will read from her new book, Isako Isako (Alice James, 2018), which speaks to the generational impact of the Japanese American internment.

Isako Isako is a powerful testament to poetry’s capacity for alchemizing history, memoir, and the lyric: the poems here intimately address the landscapes of war and the reverberations of violence through bodies and bloodlines. Malhotra’s visionary debut collection spans generations, countries, and loves, weaving the story of a mother survivor with reflections on the limits and reaches of memory. Sandalwood cities, desert gardens, dragon skin, and peach pits emerge from a shadowed past, details that ‘elude / even as they’re remembered.’” Brynn Saito, author of Power Made Us Swoon

This special event is free and will be held at 4:30pm on campus in Old Main 483.

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before it’s too late

January 30, 2019

If you’ve been meaning to see the white birds of winter, Empty Bowl has some good poetic reasons for making the drive (all dates 2019):

  • Friday February 1, in Edison – Don Kruse, Jessica Gigot, and Georgia Johnson read at i.e. – 6:30pm
  • Sunday, February 3, in Freeland – Clemens Starck reads at Unitarian Universalist Congregation – 10:00am
  • Thursday, February 7, in Port Townsend – Clemens Starck and Finn Wilcox read at Northwind Arts Center – 7:00pm
  • Friday, February 8, in Anacortes – Clemens Starck and Samuel Green read at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 12, in Anacortes – Don Kruse and Lorraine Ferra read at Watermark Books – 6pm
  • Friday, February 22, in Anacortes – Michael Daley and Jeremy Voigt read at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse – 7:00pm

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planning ahead

January 28, 2019

September 27-29, 2019, may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to register (and reserve accommodations) for LiTFUSE. Once again, Mighty Tieton, Washington, will host the weekend-long poets’ workshop, which combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty, and readings to ignite your muse.

Have a look at the 2019 faculty, review your registration options, and sign up!

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program is once again hosting readings by some of the world’s finest contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside, Oregon.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm and take place from Friday, January 11, through Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside, Oregon.

The readers are:

  • Jan. 11 | Pete Fromm, Joseph Millar & Kellie Wells
  • Jan. 12 | Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Molly Gloss & Cate Kennedy
  • Jan. 13 | Frank Gaspar, Valerie Laken & Shara McCallum
  • Jan. 14 | Mike Magnuson, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Jan. 15 | Marvin Bell, Jack Driscoll & Debra Gwartney
  • Jan. 16 | Chris Abani & Claire Dederer
  • Jan. 17 | Scott Korb & Mahtem Shiferraw
  • Jan. 18 | Claire Davis & Kwame Dawes

strong voices

January 2, 2019

You’re invited to look and listen as a group of poets offer their words to accompany the Women Empowering Women exhibit at Allied Arts in Bellingham on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 4:00pm. Featured poets include Nancy Canyon, Lois Holub, Jessica Lee, Maria McLeod, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, Dayna Patterson, Carla Shafer, Kami Westhoff, and Leslie Wharton.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held during Gallery Walk, Friday, January 4, 6:00-8:00pm. The participating artists (Francie Allen, Mary Jane Davis, Patti Fairbanks, LaVera Langeman, Erin Libby, and Leslie Wharton) will also host a film and fundraiser for the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday, January 17, 6:00-8:00pm, and a Tea Party in honor of the Women’s March on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00pm. The exhibit will remain on view through Saturday, January 26, 2019.

new voices

December 28, 2018

In the spirit of the season, and to usher in the new year, Pelican Bay Books hosts eight young poets, all current or former students of Anacortes High School. Come hear Anna Prewitt, Addi Garner (Poetry Out Loud 2017 Washington State winner and 2018 honorable mention), John Harrison, Geoffrey Hamilton, Alex Hanesworth, Layne Woodward, Will McCracken, and Jade Carter. The reading starts at 7:00pm tonight, Friday, December 28, 2018.

Tonight: peaceful poetry

December 5, 2018

Come spend an hour honoring some of Whatcom County’s talented young writers as winners of the 2018 Youth Peace Poetry Contest read their poems. Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books, the reading starts at 6:30pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Bellingham. Luther Allen emcees.

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