Tucked away in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Cumberland calls itself “a bustling village.” Home to some 3,700 souls, it’s an area known for hiking, biking, and refreshing dips in glacier-fed Comox Lake. If an end-of-summer visit sounds tempting, consider enrolling in the Deep in Cascadia Poetics Retreat, September 6-9, 2018.

A no-frills gathering of up to 30 participants, Deep in Cascadia will focus on “our role as poets and bioregionalists at this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire, and to support one another in our efforts to create the deepest gestures in response to this situation and how that relates to Cascadia.”

See the complete description and schedule, visit the Cascadia Poetics LAB.

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get inspired!

June 13, 2017

It’s time again for the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat: four weeks of new prompts, writing exercises, inspiration and critiques offered by the editors of Two Sylvias Press (Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy).

There are two sessions: June 26 – July 23 (July session) and July 31 – August 27 (August session). Find all the details and registration information on the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat page.

haiku haiku

September 9, 2016

Haiku Northwest

If haiku is on your radar, here are two bits of information from Haiku Northwest (via Michael Dylan Welch) that might interest you:

  • The thirteenth annual Porad Haiku Award is accepting haiku submissions for just one more week. The deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016. The 2016 judge is Charles Trumbull, former president of the Haiku Society of America and editor emeritus of Modern Haiku magazine.
  • The Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016 doesn’t take place until October 27–30, but you can save money by registering now. Early registration ends on Friday, September 23.

Follow the links for additional details on each of these haiku opportunities.

cap your summer

July 25, 2016

LiTFUSE - Poets Unite

Whether it’s the finale of your summer or the launch of your fall poetry season, LiTFUSE is a great way to juice up your year. Each September, the small town of Tieton, Washington — “Mighty Tieton” to those who love it — welcomes a lively throng of poets for a weekend of workshops, readings, exhibits and conversations. The atmosphere is welcoming and congenial, casual and stimulating.

This is LiTFUSE 10 and celebrations will include the official launch of POETS UNiTE! The LiTFUSE @10 Anthology (Cave Moon Press), now available for pre-order. See the complete LiTFUSE lineup and find registration information at LiTFUSE 2016.

Two Sylvias Summer 2016

We recently featured a rather hefty list of upcoming summer festivals and retreats in the Cascadia region. In case that wasn’t enough to get your poetic juices flowing — or in case you expect to spend your summer at your desk — here’s one more option.

Two Sylvias Press is offering two Online Poetry Retreats — June 27 – July 22, 2016 and August 1 – August 26, 2016. Participating poets will receive prompts, inspiration, a book and critiques by cofounders and editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. Read more about the retreats and sign up on the Two Sylvias website.

looking ahead to summer…

December 19, 2015

Ellen Bass Nanoose June2016

Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar

Soon — very soon! — the days will start getting longer, and while there’s plenty of winter ahead, it’s not too soon to dream of summer escapes. The summer of 2016 will bring two dazzling poetry workshop/retreats to Annie’s Acre in Nanoose Bay, on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island.

June 3-5, Ellen Bass will offer “The World Split Open” and August 5-7, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will offer “The Hidden Architecture of the Poem.” Enrollment is limited. For details on the workshops and accommodations, contact Tina Biello: tbiello@shaw.ca.

reading art

October 15, 2015

MoNAWe’ve mentioned Poets on the Coast: a Writing Retreat for Women before. Participants join Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for sessions on creativity, generating work, publication, a Master Class workshop, and one-on-one mentoring. This year’s retreat included a visit to the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), in La Conner, where participants wrote poems inspired by the paintings, photographs, mixed media pieces and installations on exhibit. The resulting poems are now posted on the MoNA site.

Poets on the Coast 2016 has already been scheduled and registration is open! Space is very limited. Sign up now and watch for updates on Facebook.

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