On Saturday, December 2, 2017, SpeakEasy 20 will present five highly accomplished Canadian poets — Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter — reading a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices, each responding to the previous poet’s words.

In addition to the 7:00pm reading at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, three of the poets will offer workshops earlier in the day:

9:15 to 11:30 am —
FORMULATE! — Barbara Pelman
12:45 to 3:00 pm —
Haiku and Small Book Making — Terry Ann Carter
3:00 to 5:15 pm —
Show and Tell: A Generative Poetry Retreat — Richard Osler

Workshops are $15 per session and will be taught at a downtown Bellingham location. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot by sending an email to othermindpress@gmail.com.

See complete event information, poet bios, and workshop descriptions on the SpeakEasy 20 page at Other Mind Press.

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poetry floats!

November 17, 2017

Here’s yet another entry into what seems to be the busiest poetry day of the season: FisherPoets on Lake Union. Rich Bard, Jon Broderick, Pat Dixon, Mary Garvey, Sierra Golden, Tom Hilton, Peter Munro, Dano Quinn, Rob Seitz, and Mariah Warren will offer stories, poems, and songs of the sea in the classic salon of the steamer Virginia V.

Program starts 7:30pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017, $5 suggested donation. The Virginia V berths on the south shore of Lake Union, just behind MOHAI and the historic Carroll’s Jewelers clock.

La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

next week in Anacortes

November 6, 2017

Take in one more delicious helping of poetry before Thanksgiving. On Friday, November 17, 2017, poets Tim McNulty and Lorraine Healy will read a selection of new and published poems. Join them at 7:00pm at the Third Friday Poetry Reading at Pelican Bay Books and Coffeehouse in Anacortes.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2:00pm, and join Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai and the Atlas Obscura Society for a reading from Washington 129 at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant. Place-based poems and the Georgetown Steam Plant will include readings by Elizabeth Austen, Kevin Craft, Arlene Naganawa, and Carl Palmer. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Read the fine print and register here.

Friday on Lopez

October 30, 2017

Three fine writers, Erika Davis, Susan J. Erickson, and Judith Works, will be featured at “Local Writers Read” on Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:00pm, at the Lopez Bookshop on Lopez Island. Erika Davis will read her original poems on “how to get through each day … with all the chaos and stillness and beauty.” Susan Erickson will give voice to women from her book of poetry, Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine. Edmond author Judith Works will read from her memoir, Coins in the Fountain.

Poet Laureate two-fer

October 14, 2017

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and the Washington 129 anthology will enjoy a full day of poetry in Bellingham on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In the afternoon, Tod will participate in a meet-and-greet at Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street. Doors open and open mic signup begins at 1:30pm. There will be music and readings from 2:00 to 4:00pm. This event is hosted by poet Betty Scott, musician J.P. Falcon Grady, and Lance & Kristine Bailey, the poetry-loving owners of Greene’s Corner.

Beginning at 7:00pm, Tod will host an evening of readings from Washington 129 at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. Reading their anthology poem as well as new and selected works will be poets Alice Derry, Betty Scott, Daniel Moore, Eric Lochridge, Janette Rosebrook, Jennifer Bullis, J.I. Kleinberg, Luther Allen, Paul Piper, Robert Lashley, Sierra Golden, Susan J. Erickson, and Tess Gallagher. The reading is free and copies of Washington 129 and other titles by the poets will be available for purchase (thanks, Village Books!). This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and graciously hosted by the Mount Baker Theatre.

Please join Tod Marshall and friends at one or both of these fine events!

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