workshop reminder

January 24, 2022

Just a quick reminder that Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest will be offering an online poetry workshop this coming Saturday, January 29, 2022. Enrollment is limited, but there are still a few spots available. The workshop, called “Pulling Poems from the Ends of Our Pens,” will be held 10:00am to Noon on Zoom and a complete description is available on the Workshops page.

Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. TO REGISTER, submit your payment of $30 via Venmo ( ) OR by check (made out to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442. Please be sure to include your name, email, phone, and the title/date of the workshop(s) you wish to attend. Zoom links will be provided after registration.

Join poet David Whyte for three Sunday mornings of “The Poetry of Self Compassion.” Each session will include an hour-long talk followed by a 15-minute Q+A. Participants will receive preparatory materials offering suggestions for creating an environment to engage with the seminar, as well as a detailed resource document for each session, and one or more Tiny Daily Disciplines to help bring the poetry and themes into daily life and hold the thread between sessions.

Complete details and registration here.

The immensely creative poet and mixed media artist Kathryn Smith will offer an online workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest on Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10:00am-Noon. Read the complete description for “I Get Where You’re Coming From: Maps as a Framework for Poetry” on the Workshops page and register by submitting your payment of $30 via Venmo ( ) OR by check (made out to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442.

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image: Kathryn Smith, “Which Way to the Ocean?” 2019

Coming up: workshop!

October 14, 2020

If you have been intrigued by Dayna Patterson’s recent guest post, readings, or poetry, please consider joining Dayna as she leads a poetry workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. “Exploring the Feminine Divine” will be held online on Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00am-Noon. Advance registration is required.

Read a complete description on the Workshops page. TO REGISTER for Dayna’s workshop, please submit your payment of $30 via Venmo ( ) OR by check (payable to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442. If you would like to be notified by email, please send an email requesting workshop information to: the Boynton Poetry Contest

To learn more about Dayna Patterson, visit her website.


November 8, 2019

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, whose workshop, Self-Portrait, Selfie, and Snap Poems, will be offered in Bellingham on Saturday, December 7, 2019, was the featured poet on Poetry Daily this past Sunday. Read her poem Miss Sahar Listens to Fairuz Sing “The Bees’ Path” and then visit the Workshops page to read the description of her workshop. There are still a few spaces available!

At a recent workshop at Egress Studio, Anita K. Boyle introduced the idea of the self-directed writing workshop. The idea is that rather than working under the guidance of an instructor, participants work independently, responding to prompts and to the site.

Riffing on this idea, World Peace Poets invites your participation in the five-week-long World Peace Poets Community Write-In on Peace and Justice, September 21 through October 26, 2019. Drop in for a few minutes or an hour or more; join in as often as you’d like. It’s self-directed!

Free and open to the public, the Community Write-In provides sites around Bellingham where participants can sit and create poems, essays, short stories, or artwork. Bring your own writing materials. Some inspiring words will be available and a volunteer will be on hand at each site. Additionally, each site will create a “fusion poem” to which participants can add a line of their own.

Click here for a chart of participating venues and times (PDF). Note that new venues and times may be added, so watch for updates on World Peace Poets on Facebook. If you think you will participate on one or more days, please register by sending an email to in order to help the organizers prepare.

The write-in will culminate in the free World Peace Poets Read-In at St. James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham on Saturday, October 26, 2019, with a 3-minute-per-person open mic for writing and music related to peace and justice. Doors open at 5:00pm, a soup and salad supper will be served at 5:30pm, and side dishes will be provided by you, potluck.

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.

Boynton workshop

If you’re a Whatcom County resident and you’re considering submitting a poem to this year’s contest, you might also consider attending a free workshop tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, 2016. The two-hour workshop will be held 10:00am-Noon at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, taught by writer, editor/publisher (Clover: A Literary Rag), teacher and former Sue Boynton Poetry Contest judge Mary Gillilan.

coming up…

August 15, 2012

Whatcom Poetry Series + Whatcom Museum
Whatcom Poetry Series, in collaboration with the Whatcom Museum, has announced two upcoming poetry events:

An Evening with The Poet As Art:
Marvin Bell and Anita Endrezze

Friday, September 7, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Whatcom Museum, Old City Hall, Rotunda Room
The evening will include poems read by both poets and a slide show of Endrezze’s art. Village Books will offer copies of the authors’ books for sale.

The Poet As Art Workshop: Marvin Bell, Instructor
Saturday, September 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At Egress Studio, Bellingham ~ Cost is $55
Call 360-398-7870 for more details and to register.

Marvin BellMarvin Bell taught creative writing for several decades at the University of Iowa, and many of this country’s most successful poets were his students. He was appointed Iowa’s first Poet Laureate, and his list of honors and awards is long. Bell’s most recent book, Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems, was published in 2011 by Copper Canyon Press. The Harvard Review has noted that “Marvin Bell has the largest heart since Walt Whitman.”

Anita EndrezzeAnita Endrezze’s latest book, Butterfly Moon, is a volume of stories based on folk tales from around the world. It was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2012. A collection of poems, Breaking Edges, came last year from Red Bird Press. Her writing has been translated into ten languages, and her artwork has been shown internationally.
Marvin Bell photo; Anita Endrezze photo by Dan Bates

The Nature of Haiku

June 16, 2012

Padilla BayJoin Michael Dylan Welch (, vice president of the Haiku Society of America, for a one-day workshop exploring haiku poetry as a window into appreciating the natural world, its seasons and the five senses. Explore the myths and realities of haiku, hear a brief overview of haiku in Japan and gain an understanding of important targets for haiku in English.

The Nature of Haiku
Saturday, June 23, 2012
9:00am to 4:00pm
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
near Mount Vernon, Washington

The class will include lecture, inspirational slide show (with photographs, haiku and music), writing exercises and optional sharing, and outdoor nature walks for haiku inspiration.

Registration is required. Workshop fee: $15. Find out more and register online or call the Interpretive Center at 360-428-1558.

Make a weekend of it. The Padilla Bay Reserve offers shore and upland trails, boating opportunities and great birding. Overnight accommodations are available (and very reasonably priced) in the Bunkhouse.

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