The ever-popular Kevin Murphy will perform on the Garden Stage at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham) tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 5:30pm. Kevin Murphy is the author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy and has released two poetry CDs, Between Onions and Oxygen and The Bird of Pure Midnight. He is the “poet-in-residence” of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, and was the winner of a Bellingham Mayor’s Art Award in 2017. Kevin has been performing his comical, surrealistic, dramatic work, often accompanying himself on guitar or percussion, for over 40 years. Join him in this convivial outdoor setting, and afterwards, stroll on down to the Village Green where there will be live music by Free Harmony from 7:45-8:45pm followed by an outdoor screening of “Dirty Dancing” at dusk.

virtual series

July 28, 2022

To Emily Dickinson, phosphorescence was a divine spark and the illuminating light behind learning — it was volatile, but transformative in nature. Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The Series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene.

The series is free and presented online on the last Thursday of each month through December 2022.

Sunday in La Conner

July 24, 2022

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Roll on down to La Conner today, Sunday, July 24, 2022, and join friends at the Skagit River Poetry Foundation’s Make Me Wanna Holler Music & Poetry picnic. Starting at 2:00pm with a musical set by Heron & Crow, the afternoon and early evening (til 7:00pm) will alternate between music and poetry, with featured poets and community open mic (sign up on the spot). It all happens at Pioneer Park, at the southwest corner of La Conner, on the Swinomish Channel right under the iconic Rainbow Bridge. It’s free, with food and bev available for purchase. Bring the family, bring camp chairs, and come share some summertime festivity.

For further details, listen to Margaret Bikman’s interview with Steven Dolmatz and Judy Kleinberg on KMRE.FM.

LiTFUSE UNiTE 2022 Poetry Workshop is back and will be live and in person September 23-25. ​Enjoy the artistic and scenic surroundings of Tieton, Washington, as poets take over the little town for readings, workshops, craft talks, and master classes. Registration is open and master classes, this year with Kim Addonizio and Brook Matson, fill up fast.

July 20 online

July 20, 2022

Today, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 3:00pm Pacific, the Library of America is presenting “a starry tribute to Beat legend, Buddhist monk, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate of deep ecology Gary Snyder, to celebrate publication of his Collected Poems in the Library of America series. Join Governor Jerry Brown, actor Peter Coyote, novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, poets Wang Ping and Robert Hass, other friends of Gary, and special guests for an hour of poetry and personal anecdotes, plus a special appearance by Gary Snyder.” Register to attend.

Join the Skagit River Poetry Foundation
for a summer celebration
FREE!
Outdoor Picnic at Pioneer Park
La Conner, Washington
Sunday, July 24, 2022, 2:00-7:00pm
Music
Heron & Crow, Erik Christensen Band, and Deep River Blues Band
Northwest poets plus audience open mic
Burgers, dogs, drinks, and ice cream
Family friendly
Bring a camp chair or blanket

Mark your calendar!
(and while you’re at it: make a note of
the Skagit River Poetry Festival, October 6-9, 2022)

CIRQUE, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, has just announced two upcoming readings from CIRQUE #23 Volume 12, No. 1.

The first will be on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 7:00pm, at Kennedy School McMenamins in Portland, Oregon. Readers will include Carey Taylor, Jennifer Dorner, Paul Haeder, Amelia Diaz Ettinger, Sandra Kleven, Dale Champlin, Liz Nakazawa, Connie Soper, Rosemary Lombard, Merna Dyer Skinner, David Rowan, Kelly Lenox, and Leah Stenson.

The second will be on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 7:00pm, at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Washington. Readers will include Esther Altshul Helfgott, Hamish Todd, Claudia Green, Tamara Sellman, Sandra Kleven, Craig Smith, Alan Weltzien, Lyn Coffin, Cynthia Steele, David Rowan, Mark Burke, Lynda Humphrey, Joel Shavishinsky, and Kristina Marie Boratino. A reception will follow this event.

Poetry Picnic

May 25, 2022

The Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Creates, Write253, and The Asian Pacific Cultural Center invite you to celebrate poetry and community at a Poetry Picnic on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 11:00am to 3:00pm in South Park, Tacoma, on the grounds of The Asian Pacific Cultural Center.

The free, all-ages event will feature drop-in activities, an open mic, live readings, book sales, book giveaways, letterpress printing, oral history recording booth, the Creative Colloquy book bike, a vegetarian food truck, and more.

LiTFUSE 2022!

May 22, 2022

Great news from Tieton, Washington, this week: the LiTFUSE faculty lineup for 2022 has been announced, PLUS a new monthly reading series and open mic, Fuel, has been added to LiTFUSE programming.

For LiTFUSE 2022, September 23-25, faculty will feature keynote poet, Kim Addonizio, featured guest, Washington State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, and additional faculty Brooke Matson, Gabrielle Bates, Robert Lashley, Xavier Cavazos, Aileen Koewn Vaux, Matt Trease, Luther Hughes, Kathryn Hunt, Lyn Coffin, Mathias Svalina, Taneum Bambrick, and Gary Copeland Lilley.

Fuel happens every fourth Wednesday at 7:00pm at the Fueling Station in Tieton. On May 25, you can hear Raúl Sánchez reading from his new book, When There Were No Borders.

Keep an eye on the LiTFUSE website or Facebook page, or get your name on the mailing list for all the latest info.

Literary Arts has just announced a stellar lineup for the 39th annual Portland Arts & Lectures season, 2022-2023. The series wraps up in April 2023 with poet Ada Limón.

Be sure to check out the many other events and classes on tap at Literary Arts, including this Friday’s reading and conversation with Susan Rich and John Sibley Williams.

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