going on now

July 16, 2019

If you happen to be in — or traveling to — Los Angeles, New York, or Moscow, between now and August 3, 2019, check out the goings-on at The Film and Video Poetry Symposium

over 30 international films and will screen in three cities: Moscow, Los Angeles, and New York City. In addition, the symposium will feature 9 guest speakers, educational workshops, poetry readings, and a gallery exhibit celebrating the work of 18 artists and poets. Our audience will experience poetry films, performing arts, videopoetry, experimental media, poetry readings, essay films, media installations, and films from the avant-garde.

The Symposium is a program of The Film and Video Poetry Society (FVPS), which encourages film and video poets to further their ongoing explorations by providing a platform for these artists to activate, collaborate, discuss, and maintain creative work developed through the convergence of these art forms.

See the complete Symposium schedule here.

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Poets in the Park

July 15, 2019

In a perfect storm of too-many-wonderful-things-going-on, here’s another option for Saturday, July 20, 2019: Poets in the Park returns to Anderson Park in Redmond, this year with an environmental theme, Celebrating the Land.

Events begin at 11:00am and continue non-stop (well, 5 minutes between performances) until 6:00pm on the park’s two stages and the cabin. With scores of poets participating, there will be a wide array of readings, workshops, exhibits, a book fair, and activities for one and all. Bring your own lunch. All events and activities are free.

Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and 4Culture, directed by Michael Dylan Welch, and supported by loads of volunteers. Read all about it.

oink if you love poetry

July 11, 2019

If you love pigs, poetry, or both, you’ll definitely want to come on out to Everson, Washington, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, for SpeakEasy 25: Pig Tales, A Passel of Poetry.

SpeakEasy’s first outdoor gathering will feature two beloved poets: the “Pig Poet,” David Lee, and Seattle’s own Paul Hunter.

The reading will take place at 4:00pm in an open field at Alluvial Farms, at 6825 Goodwin Road, Everson, just across the street from the Cloud Mountain Farm Center. If you want to sit down, BRING A CHAIR, and please BRING SUN PROTECTION! Farm tours will be available (meet the pigs!) and pastured pork will be for sale (bring a cooler for your purchases).

More David Lee here. More Paul Hunter here. More SpeakEasy here.

attention fishers

July 5, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films.

The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the water and/or find inspiration there that fuels your art, consider adding your voice and vision to this lively, multi-venue event. See the details here.

holiday weekend

June 29, 2019

As you’re lining up events for your holiday weekend, please plan to join the editors and contributors to For Love of Orcas on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham, for a reading of work from the anthology.

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2:00pm, you’re invited to join a stellar lineup of poets, writers, and artists — including Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore — in celebrating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, famed Beat poet and author of Howl.

Staged performances of his poetry will be presented at Volunteer Park in conjunction with Geoffrey Farmer’s photographic installation piece, If You Want To See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997).

This event is presented by Hugo House in partnership with Western Bridge.

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tonight in Seattle

June 10, 2019

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Give your Monday night some extra juice as Christopher Luna takes the mic at Easy Speak Seattle to offer a taste of his new book, Message from the Vessel in a Dream. Open mic at 8:00pm, feature at about 8:40pm, all happening at the Wedgwood Ale House tonight, Monday, June 10, 2019.

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