so much poetry!

August 5, 2020

The Boston Poetry Marathon is a tradition going back more than 20 years. The event brings together poets from around the globe, each poet reading for about 5 minutes during the three-day poetry festival. This year, the Boston Poetry Marathon goes virtual for the first time, with close to 150 poets participating, including Eileen Myles, Kazim Ali, Lloyd Schwartz, Danielle Legros George, and Dorothea Lasky, among many others. Here’s the schedule.

Broadcast live to the BPM YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter/Periscope pages, the hours (Eastern time) are 7:00-10:00pm on Thursday, August 6, 2020, 7:00-10:00pm on Friday, August 7, and ten solid hours (100 poets in a day!) from Noon-10:00pm on Saturday, August 8.

this evening!

July 26, 2020

Join Ellen Bass and Toi Derricotte this evening, Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 5:00pm Pacific for a live on Zoom poetry reading. The two poets, longtime friends, will read from their latest books, Indigo and “I”: New and Selected Poems, respectively.

The reading is free but advance registration is required and book purchases (linked above) from Semicolon, a Black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space in Chicago, are encouraged.

SoulFood streams

July 14, 2020

SoulFood Poetry Night (Redmond, Washington) has been on hiatus for altogether too long, but this Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:00pm Pacific, SoulFood will celebrate their 14th anniversary with a live streaming reading by Dayna Patterson (If Mother Braids a Waterfall) and Jory Mickelson (Wilderness / / Kingdom). There will also be an open mic, so bring your poems.

You can find the poets’ bios and Zoom link on the SoulFood page and on Facebook.

Jack Straw streaming

July 9, 2020

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, July 10, 2020, at 7:00pm Pacific, for the Jack Straw 2020 Reading Series, Night 3. Hosted by 2020 Writers Program Curator Anastacia-Reneé, the reading will feature Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II, Arianne True, Jose Trejo-Maya, and Troy Osaki. The the writers will read from their homes, streamed live via Jack Straw’s Facebook page. The video will be available afterward on Facebook and YouTube.

The 2020 Jack Straw Writers Anthology will be available for purchase online from Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

what’s on, virtually

June 2, 2020

The folks at Open Books, Seattle’s all-poetry bookstore (now open for curbside pickup), have just made it a little easier for you to find virtual poetry readings and events. If you have an event to add, you’ll find an email on that page.

Have you written a pandemic poem you’re willing to share? Join host Michael Dylan Welch at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020, for a free Zoom poetry reading. Take a turn reading your poem, or just listen if you’d prefer. Advance registration is required. Register on the King County Library System event page before 10:00am on May 14. You will be emailed a Zoom link on the day of the event.

Poetry in Anacortes

February 23, 2020

The monthly poetry series at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse continues on Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00pm, with an evening of poetry and music with young Skagit poet Piet Anna Pruitt, featured poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, and a musical set by Anacortes’ own Pearl Tottenham.

Luther Allen writes poetry and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at Other Mind Press. His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story “The Stilled Ring” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at He views writing as his spiritual practice.

Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015), and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at and and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

get thee to Astoria!

February 19, 2020

It’s almost FisherPoets time! Once again, Astoria, Oregon, will be overrun with poets and fishers and fisherpoets and their fans as the FisherPoets Gathering 2020 takes to the bars, breweries, theaters, galleries, museums, halls, and other venues for two evenings of poems, stories, and music inspired by the sea, plus a variety of special events. Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2020.

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art by Ray Troll

Monday in Anacortes

February 12, 2020

The Empty Bowl reading series continues on Monday, February 17, 2020, with two literary lights: Samuel Green and Clemens Starck. The poetry begins at 7:00pm at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes and the evening will include a solo guitar set by Brad Killion.

new at Village Books

February 11, 2020

You may be aware that Village Books in Bellingham hosts an open mic at 7:00pm on the last Monday of the month. Starting on Monday, February 24, 2020, Village Books will augment the open mic program with a Spanish-language open mic starting at 6:00pm. Writers are welcome to share Spanish-language fiction, essays, and poetry. Sign up at the main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

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