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.

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workshop your summer

June 11, 2019

Should you decide to get out of your hammock this summer, you might consider taking a poetry workshop or two. Registration for Hugo House summer classes and workshops is now open and early-bird pricing will be in effect through June 17, 2019.

And if you happen to be in or near Tacoma, have a look at the free workshops being offered by Tacoma’s new poet laureate, Abby Murray. One series will be held Wednesday evenings at the Eastside Community Center, and another series on Thursday evenings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Cascadia Poetry Festival

March 26, 2019

Registration is now open for Cascadia Poetry Festival – Anacortes 2019: A Tribute to Sam Hamill. Held May 9-12, the Festival will include readings, music, book launches, panel discussions, and workshops. The event celebrates poet/editor/translator and founder of Copper Canyon Press, Sam Hamill, who lived in Anacortes the last eight years of his life.

Gold Passes ($25) are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets and admit the holder to all events except Steve Kuusisto’s master workshop.

there’s still time…

February 7, 2019

There are four remaining spots in each of the Egress Studio workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 9, 2019. Raúl Sanchez and Jed Myers will each offer a two-hour workshop on the theme of Mixing Poetry & Politics, held at Egress Studio in Bellingham. See the complete workshop descriptions, poet bios, and enrollment information on the Egress Studio blog. And if you plan to sign up, don’t delay!

planning ahead

January 28, 2019

September 27-29, 2019, may seem a long way off, but it’s not too early to register (and reserve accommodations) for LiTFUSE. Once again, Mighty Tieton, Washington, will host the weekend-long poets’ workshop, which combines writing, exploration, improvisation, meditation, camaraderie, natural beauty, and readings to ignite your muse.

Have a look at the 2019 faculty, review your registration options, and sign up!

Saturday workshops!

October 17, 2018


 
 
In case you haven’t yet signed up, there are still a few spaces available in the two poetry workshops that will be offered this Saturday, October 20, 2018, in downtown Bellingham.

From 10:00am to Noon, Jory Mickelson (top left) will present Spectacular, Wild, Precarious! The workshop will use Yellowstone National Park as lens and inspiration, “as metaphor and structure to reinvigorate and let a little wildness in to our writing.”

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Laura Read and Maya Jewell Zeller (middle and lower left, respectively) will present The American Character & The Personal Pronoun, a workshop that “will help you generate writing that explores your own individual lives as artifacts of our current national landscape.”

The workshops will be held upstairs at Mindport, 210 W Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register (soon!) by sending an email to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

See the full workshop descriptions and instructor bios (as well as information about the two November workshops) on the Workshops page.

calendar update

September 20, 2018

If you’re planning a Cascadia-region poetry event or looking for one to attend, be sure to look at the CALENDAR page. A 12-month compendium of readings, workshops, conferences, and other poetry events, the page is updated almost daily. In addition to an “Every Week” section, the calendar now has an “Every Month” section of recurring poetry gatherings.

To make a correction or to add your event to the calendar, leave a comment on any page or send an email to thepoetrydepartment at gmail dot com with the following information (required): date, city, brief description, time, venue, link for more information.

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