April in Anacortes

April 24, 2019

The April poetry reading at Pelican Bay Books will feature Jourdan Imani Keith and Larry Laurence, with music by Brad Killion. Join them for an evening of words on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 7:00pm.


Raconteur extraordinaire Paul Hunter will read from his prose-poetry memoir, Clownery: In Lieu of a Life Spent in Harness on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham. His stories are captivating, his words compelling, and his voice dynamic. Come hear Paul.

poetry in translation

April 4, 2019

Northwest Film Forum in Seattle will host an evening of poetry in translation, curated by Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, and co-presented with Indigenous Latinx Exhibit at Vermillion Gallery, Humanities Washington, and ArtsWA.

The Poetry in Translation reading series showcases the literary traditions of Seattle’s immigrant and Native communities by sharing these groups’ poetry and song in their original languages and in their equivalent English translation. The quarterly series aims to inspire and broaden the city’s literary scene. It is a celebration of the poetries, literary traditions and cultural contributions these communities make toward Seattle’s quality of life.

The event, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 6:30pm, will feature readings by indigenous poets Duane Niatum, fabian romero, and Sasha LaPointe, alongside a screening of “Water is Life” by Tracy Rector, a monochrome tone poem in Duwamish language from the people of Chief Sealth.

book celebration

April 2, 2019

Join Betty Scott, J.P. Falcon Grady, and Rev. Tessie Mandeville for poetry and song in celebration of Betty Scott’s collection, Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth (Cave Moon Press). Festivities begin at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books, Bellingham.

The previous day, Saturday, April 6, Betty Scott and J.P. Falcon Grady will teach an all-day workshop at Whatcom Community College to explore how words and music deepen the themes and emotions of creative expressions. Further information: Amplify Your Writing with a Song.

tomorrow in Portland

March 27, 2019

As if you didn’t have enough to choose from, Mountain Writers Series will host an off-site event, free and open to the public, during the AWP Conference in Portland. This event will celebrate 45 years of programming and serving the literary community in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 11:00am until 10:00pm at the Hotel Rose in downtown Portland, dozens of Mountain Writers Series alumni poets and writers will pay tribute to poets past and share some of their own work.

You’re also invited to join Mountain Writers Series poets and writers during a wine-and-appetizers reception, 5:00-7:00pm at Hotel Rose. Many of the authors will have their books for sale and will sign copies for guests. Mountain Writers Series will also be giving away dozens of books, broadsides and flyers from the archives of its 45-year history.

See the complete program.

Cascadia Poetry Festival

March 26, 2019

Registration is now open for Cascadia Poetry Festival – Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill. Held May 9-12, the Festival will include readings, music, book launches, panel discussions, and workshops. The event celebrates poet/editor/translator and founder of Copper Canyon Press, Sam Hamill, who lived in Anacortes the last eight years of his life.

Gold Passes ($25) are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets and admit the holder to all events except Steve Kuusisto’s master workshop.

On Thursday, March 27, 2019, the Vashon Bookshop will host an evening of poetry on the subject of Poetry and Democracy, in keeping with national programming presented by the Poetry Coalition. The reading begins at 6:00pm with a number of featured poets, followed by an open mic.

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