AltLib new home for poetry

February 20, 2018

Bellingham’s Alternative Library has moved around a few times, but it seems to have found a solid home base in an historic church near downtown and the Western campus at 519 E Maple Street. In addition to a robust lending library, it is a community space, hosting near-daily events, including concerts, film screenings, workshops, and readings.

And speaking of readings, check out the Radical Poets’ Showcase: Featuring ATL Slam on Friday, February 23, 2018, at 8:00pm. (Suggested $7 donation.)

Featured poets:

Nobody Likes Us But We’re Here Anyways
Nate Mask and Ryan J are Atlanta-based spoken word artists. They are tolerated in their local scene because their poems are somewhat entertaining, but nobody actually likes either of them. Their work touches on topics ranging from the struggle of deconstructing masculinity, learning to exist in a world that looks down on blackness, relationships, mental health, to driving in Atlanta traffic. Despite their differences in approach and personality, their dynamic as a team somehow works, as Ryan actually enjoys talking to people, and Nate always comes through in the clutch, and opens tough jars for Ryan.

Robert Lashley
A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March 2017.

Dee Dee Chapman
Dee Dee Chapman received her BA in Creative Writing at Western Washington University in 2016. She has been published in The Noisy Water Review, Sweet Tree Review, and Wallpaper Magazine. In September 2014 she self-published her first chapbook, Colluvium, whose title poem received a 2017 Walk Award from the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. She’s the Editor of Nine Lives Later: a Dead Cat Anthology, released in November 2017.

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new voice in Spokane

February 16, 2018

Poetry has a new voice in Spokane: Power 2 The Poetry. Power 2 The Poetry is a movement promoting freedom of expression, providing a platform to the under-represented in the community, including people of color, LGBTQ+, women, millennials, etc. Founded by Bethany Montgomery, AJ McKinney and Lynn’Marie White, Power 2 The Poetry seeks to raise awareness of social, cultural, and political issues, encouraging poets to address topics that make people uncomfortable.

“We initiate in-depth discussions engaging our audience in meaningful dialogue to inspire change. We express, expose, ignite.”

See the article in The Inlander, visit the Power 2 The Poetry website, like them on Facebook, and hear the Power at one of their upcoming events (February 20 at the Spokane Public Library, February 28 at Auntie’s Bookstore).

Raven landing in Kirkland

February 8, 2018

The latest edition is out and you’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS and BookTree at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree in Kirkland, Washington.

Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, Volume 25 features the work of 77 writers and 23 artists/illustrators from 17 states and 10 countries. To celebrating Seattle’s 2017 designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Raven 25 also features writers from Seattle’s Sister City, Christchurch, New Zealand: Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Erik Kennedy, Nic Low, Frankie McMillan, and Heather McQuillan. Cover artwork is by Bainbridge Island artist Jeannie Grisham.

Featured readers on the 17th are Paul Hunter, emcee (Seattle); Luther Allen (Bellingham); Ed Harkness (Shoreline); Alicia Hokanson (Seattle); Thomas Hubbard (Kirkland); Jill McCabe Johnson (Orcas Island); Jed Myers (Seattle); and Mary Ellen Talley (Seattle). An Open Mic will follow the reading, from 7:30-8:20pm.

NOTE: Prior to the reading, 4:30-6:00pm, poet/editor/emcee Paul Hunter will offer a free workshop, also at BookTree: Storytelling for Poets, Essayists & Fiction Writers. See the details here.

marathon

February 6, 2018

Each winter, Spare Room in Portland, Oregon, hosts a marathon reading, in which a booklength poem or series of texts is animated by a range of voices. For this year’s marathon, the text will be Utopia by Bernadette Mayer, which can be downloaded free at Tender Buttons.

As in recent years, the marathon will be held in the kitchen at Yale Union. It will begin at Noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018, and is estimated to wrap up about 5:00pm. You are invited to come and go as you like or to stay for the whole duration; feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. More at Spare Room.

Paul Hunter in Tacoma

February 5, 2018

On Friday, February 9, 2018, the King’s Books Distinguished Writer Series presents a reading by Paul Hunter.

In addition to being an engaging reader and raconteur, Hunter is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and three chapbooks. His first volume of farming poems, Breaking Ground (2004) was reviewed in the New York Times and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. Subsequent volumes include Ripening (2007), Come the Harvest (2008), Stubble Field (2012), and, most recently Clownery: In lieu of a life spent in harness (2017), the autobiography of an artist and teacher resembling the author. (Read more about Hunter and Clownery in The New Yorker article by Stephanie Burt.)

Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works since 1994, including scores of books, broadsides, and pamphlets.

The King’s Books reading is free and will begin with an open mic.

a busy weekend in Oregon

February 3, 2018

The last weekend in February will be packed with poetry as poets and poetry-lovers gather for the Silverton Poetry Festival in Salem and the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.

The Silverton Poetry Festival was established in 2001 as a community celebration of poetry. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open mic readings, musical-poetic collaborations, and other activities. See the schedule of events on the Silverton Poetry Association website and more on Facebook.

Founded in 1998, the FisherPoets Gathering invites those who have worked in the commercial fishing industry and who have been a part of its community to share poems, songs, and stories. See a list of participating fishers on the FisherPoets website and more details on Facebook.

next up in Anacortes

February 2, 2018

Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes, Washington, continues to attract terrific poets and a dedicated audience for monthly third-Friday readings. Following on January’s successful reading by Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle, the upcoming reading, on Friday, February 16, 2018, will feature Sam and Sally Green.

Both poets and publishers, Sam and Sally have been operating Brooding Heron Press & Bindery since 1982, publishing fine letterpress books of poetry by Gary Snyder, Denise Levertov, James Laughlin, Hayden Carruth, Donald Hall, John Haines, and Pattiann Rogers, among others.

Sam Green, who served as Washington State’s first poet laureate, most recently published All That Might Be Done (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014). Sally Green’s chapbook, Full Immersion appeared from Expedition Press in 2014.

Join them in Anacortes for an evening of good poetry and good company.

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