six days in November

October 27, 2022

While the graphics and the official materials suggest that the Portland Book Festival is a one-day event, on Saturday, November 5, 2022, that doesn’t begin to cover it. In addition to the Saturday main-stage and pop-up events, the Festival is offering an array of Cover-to-Cover events from Tuesday, November 1, through Sunday, November 6, including readings, book launches, online workshops, etc. Scroll through the online schedule for details or view the complete 24-page program on issuu.

Sunday evening on YouTube

October 23, 2022

Join the Alaska Quarterly Review for another episode in the Pièces de Résistance Reading Series, today featuring Michael Waters, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Erin Coughlin Hollowell. Watch today, Sunday, October 23, 2022, on YouTube at 5:00pm Pacific (4:00pm Alaska). More about the poets on Facebook.

Dodge at home

October 15, 2022

The 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival is coming right up: Thursday, October 20, through Sunday, October 23, 2022. If you won’t be in New Jersey, you can still partake. Just have a look at this livestream schedule! Specially priced livestream tickets provide access to all four days of livestreaming (plus immediate playback of livestream sessions). Sign up, log in, watch.

You’re invited to a virtual launch party for Willow Springs Issue 90 this evening, Thursday, October 14, 2022, at 6:00pm Pacific, live on Zoom or YouTube. Readers include Joan Murray, Denver Butson, Jason Graff, Greg Byrd, nicole v basta, Aran Donovan, Melissa Studdard, and Elizabeth Tannen. The readings will be followed by a live Q & A session, during which the authors will talk about craft, publishing, life, and more.

More about Willow Springs.


October 10, 2022

If you are among the many fans of Patrick Lane, you are invited to join a tribute reading and conversation presented on Zoom this Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 2:00pm Pacific. Presented as part of the In/Verse Monthly Poetry Reading series, the event will be hosted by Susan Alexander and will feature Lorna Crozier, Seán Virgo, and Rhonda Ganz talking about Patrick’s impact on their own poetry and writing, reading some of their own work influenced by Patrick, and also reading poems from Patrick Lane’s posthumous book, The Quiet in Me. Register at BCWriters (free or with a donation).

tonight in Anacortes

September 30, 2022

Here’s some good news: Pelican Bay Books, in Anacortes, launches a new season of in-person poetry readings tonight, Friday, September 30, 2022, at 7:00pm. Bill Ransom (author of Finding True North & Critter, nominated for National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and Jill McCabe Johnson (author of Revolutions We’d Hoped We’d Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of the Nautilus Book Silver Award in Poetry) will read as part of The Madrona Project 2022-2023 Poetry Series. Singer-songwriter Steven Dolmatz will perform his original folk and bluegrass music. The series is co-curated by Michael Daley and Georgia Johnson, who bring a specially selected mix of literary and musical arts together in the heart of Anacortes.

this evening, online

September 28, 2022

Pongo Poetry Project is a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to helping youth heal and find voice through poetry. This evening, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 7:00pm Pacific, the Poetry Foundation will host poet Ross Gay as the guest of honor in an online event that will include a reading by Ross Gay, plus the voices of youth writers and stories from Pongo’s 27-year history.

The event is free, but registration is required and donations are encouraged. In addition the reading itself, at 6:30pm there will be a virtual reception and Q&A with Ross. Tickets are required for the virtual reception and all ticket proceeds will support Pongo Poetry Project programming.

Live in Bellingham

September 24, 2022

While it’s nice to be able to attend poetry readings from afar, it’s very exciting to have the calendar filling up with local, in-person events. This week, in Bellingham, Washington, Village Books is presenting two worthwhile poetry readings among their many goings-on:

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 5:00pm, Sati Mookherjee will present her debut collection, Eye (Ravenna Press), in a reading at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher courtyard. The outdoor event is free, but seating is limited and pre-registration is highly recommended.

Later in the week, on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:00pm, Village Books will present celebrated poet and author Michael Daley reading from his brand-new poetry collection, Reinhabited (DOS Madres Press), as well as his new novel, Telémachus (Pleasure Boat Studio). The event, in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Fairhaven, is also free, with advance reservations suggested.

Visit the Calendar for more events throughout Cascadia.

This Sunday in Bellingham!

September 16, 2022

This Sunday, September 18, 2022, make your way to the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham for a long-awaited in-person celebration of poetry: SpeakEasy 29: Waymaking. Inspired by the work of Olympia poet Bill Yake, Sunday’s event will feature Bill Yake, Empty Bowl Press, and a stellar group of poets responding to Yake’s poem “Waymaking By Moonlight.” Doors open at 3:30pm, the reading begins at 4:00pm, and it’s entirely free. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

poetry in person!

September 13, 2022

Another sign of hope for poetry in Cascadia: after two-and-a-half years, Soul Food Poetry Night returns to in-person programming this Thursday, September 15, 2022. Same place — SoulFood CoffeeHouse in Redmond, Washington — with a new start time — 6:00pm.

The evening’s featured poets will be Katerina Canyon and Kibibi Monié and, as always, there will be an open mic. Here’s a link to the Facebook event.

Join host Michael Dylan Welch and the SoulFood audience in welcoming these two dynamic poets for live, in-person poetry at last.

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