Chuckanut Writers Conference

This is a guest post by Amberly Baker.

Have you made any fun plans for summer? Are you looking to spend time in one of the most beautiful regions of the country? This year, do something inspiring and fulfilling, and engage with a huge community of writers at the Chuckanut Writers Conference on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, 2017, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

An annual craft-centered writing conference, Chuckanut is an amazing opportunity for all writers, whether you’re local or visiting, have published three novels or are writing on napkins in rare quiet moments. The conference offers a weekend of breakout sessions and keynote addresses, taught by some of the finest writers our area has to offer. For an additional fee, attendees can register for pre-conference master classes, agent pitch sessions, marketing consultations and editing consultations. You can find the full line up on the website.

And today, Monday, May 22, is the last day for Early Bird Registration! If you register today, you’ll receive the $239 rate, a savings of forty dollars. You can register online, by phone, or by mail; for more information, visit the registration information section of our website, here. But don’t wait, this deal is good through today only!

I am so excited to share this amazing opportunity with you. This conference is a great experience, one that draws attendees back year after year. Tara Fort, an attendee of last year’s conference, said, “Perfect amount of speakers, sessions, and attendees. I feel inspired and not overwhelmed. I am looking forward to 2017!” We are too. We’ll see you at the conference!

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Amberly Baker is a student in Western Washington University’s Creative Writing program, and works at a small bookstore. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys playing Animal Crossing, knitting, and is obsessed with her cats.

Kim Stafford will teach a one-day generative writing class at Hugo House on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Here’s what he has to say:

The idea for the class, “Poems for a Better Nation,” began when I found myself writing a series of “post-election poems” last fall, which culminated in a book called The Flavor of Unity which I was able to give away in all directions in advance of the Inauguration Jan. 20, and the Women’s March, Jan. 21 — via couriers in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Utah, California and Scotland, France, Bhutan…. Poems from the book have been featured at PBS NewsHour, BillMoyers.com, and other landmarks of the faithful.

This is not a time for reticence, paralysis, silence. This is an essential age for lyric testimony. As Richard Hugo said, “Writing is a way of saying you and the world have a chance.”

In this one-day writing retreat, we will write up a storm, and discuss how best to launch our citizen poems into the conversation of our time.

The all-day workshop will be held at Hugo House (interim location), 1021 Columbia St., Seattle, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Registration includes a copy of The Flavor of Unity: Post-Election Poems. For a complete description and to register, visit the Hugo House course catalog.

island poetry

May 3, 2017

The bi-annual Vashon Poetry Festival is coming up Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, 2017. In addition to the poets spending two days in the local schools, events include a Community Poetry Reading Open Mic with Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna; a variety of morning and afternoon poetry writing workshops; plus a festival-closing Big Night. See the schedule of events for details and follow the latest updates on Facebook.

around the corner

March 26, 2017

National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begin on Saturday, April 1, 2017. You can anticipate an extra serving of readings, book signings and other poetic events. Here are a few other items of interest:

  • Get daily prompts at NaPoWriMo.
  • Two Sylvias Press invites you to celebrate National Poetry month with 30 prompts delivered directly to your inbox each day, PLUS you can also have one of your 30 poems critiqued by the editors of Two Sylvias Press, Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy.
  • April is also National Letterwriting Month. Check out the event lineup at Write_On.
  • At Writers Digest, Robert Lee Brewer once again offers up the Poem-A-Day Challenge.
  • Thirty Thirty Poetry posts a prompt a day for the month of April.
  • The Academy of American Poets has a nice list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month.

In addition to the usual weekly events… poetrynight, Poetry Laboratory, Easy Speak Seattle (2nd and 4th Monday), Vancouver Poetry Slam, Seattle Poetry Slam, Write Time Poetry, Rain City Slam, Broken Mic, Watermark Writers’ Workshop, Everett Poetry Night, Olympia People’s Mic, The Salem Poetry Project, Planet Earth Poetry, Portland Poetry Slam (every other Sunday)

…and the many scheduled appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody

…here are a few of the National Poetry Month events that are showing up on Cascadia calendars (Washington state unless otherwise indicated):

1 and 2 – Manzanita, ORPoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

1 – Port TownsendPoetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

1 – SeattleReading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books

3 – AuburnStriped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café

3 – Portland, ORFree Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room

4 – SeattleReading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books

4 – Springfield, ORSpringfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library

5 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

5 – BellinghamMary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books

5 – DuvallDuvall Poetry presents Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon – 7:00pm – at Duvall Library

5 – Seattle – Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Alice Notley – 7:30pm – at McCaw Hall

6 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

7 – Corvallis, ORA reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda

7 – SeattleLiterary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge

8 – BellinghamSpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room

8 – EllensburgInland Poetry presents “Edna’s Second April,” a poetry prowl – all day – in downtown Ellensburg

8 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

9 – EdisonNational Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery

9 – Portland, ORThe Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios

10 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

10 – SeattleHugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room

10 – SeattleEasy Speak Wedgwood presents featured poet Erin Fristad plus open mic – open mic at 8 (signup prior), featured performer around 8:40 – at Wedgwood Ale House

11 – Redmond – Joannie Stangeland facilitates this month’s Poetry and Prose Circle – 6:30pm – at Redmond Regional Library

12 – BellinghamChuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe

12 – Milwaukie, ORThe Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House

12 – TacomaPoetry Book Club – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

13 – Bellingham – Poet Rick Hermann reads from his new collection, Nooksack: Poems and Prose – 7:00pm – at Village Books

13 – OlympiaCelebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol

13 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

13 – SeattleIt’s About Time Writers Reading Series (every second Thursday) with featured readers and open mic – 6:00pm – at the Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

13 – VancouverGhost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery

14 – Portland, ORJohn Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

14 – SeattleBook Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books

14 – TacomaDistinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books

15 – KirklandRobert Lashley – 3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading – workshop 4:30pm, reading/open mic 6:15pm – at BookTree

15 – Manzanita, OR – The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop taught by John Sibley Williams – Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays – 10:00am – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

15 – Port TownsendPriscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe

15 – SeattleBook launch for Vancouver poet, composer, musician Leanne Dunic’s new book of short prose pieces, To Love the Coming End – 3:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

15 – SeattleReading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

16 – BellinghamDaniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books

17-23 – SpokaneGet Lit! Festival

18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library

18 – SeattleWord Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall

18 – TacomaCommencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books

19 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books

19 – OlympiaOlympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade

19 – West SeattleWordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company

19 – WoodinvillePoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside

20 – Anchorage, AKReading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge

20 – BellinghamVB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books

20 – Portland, OR – Third-Thursday Comma series presents Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo – 7:00pm – at Broadway Books

20 – RedmondSoulFood Poetry Night presents readers from Two Sylvias Press: Jeannine Hall Gailey, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michael Schmeltzer, and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at SoulFood Coffee House

21 – SeattleBook Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books

22 – Everywhere – Earth Day

22 – BellinghamSusan J. Erickson reads poems from Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine – 7:00pm – at Village Books

22 – Lynden – VB Writes…Nooksack River Writing Group – 10:00am – in the lobby of the Inn at Lynden

22 – SeattleLena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

23 – BellinghamSandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books

23 – LangleyPoetry Month Celebration with Matt Gano: TWO events: Poetry workshop 1:00-3:00pm, Special reading and interview 7:30pm – at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

23 – SeattleReading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books

24 – BellinghamVB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books

24 – BellinghamOpen Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books

24 – SeattlePoetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre

27 – EverywherePoem in Your Pocket Day

27 – Anchorage, AKSavor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.

27 – Port TownsendNorthwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center

27 – Portland, ORVerselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

28 – RedmondRASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center

28 – SeattleReading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House

29 – NationwideIndependent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)

29 – SeattleA reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company

30 – SeattleAfrican-American Writers’ Alliance Reading – 4:30pm – at Open Books

Check the lineup for the rest of the year on the CALENDAR page. Updated (almost) daily!

If you’d care to share your Cascadia-region National Poetry Month event (open to the public and not on this list), leave a Comment.

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Poster artwork by Maira Kalman

poetry in Kirkland

March 17, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 18, 2017, would be a good time to go to Kirkland. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will lead a FREE workshop at BookTree from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and then be a featured reader in the 3rd Saturday Poetry Is Everything Reading and Open Mic, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m., along with co-feature poet Raul Sanchez. Tod’s workshop is “Three Notes on a Silver Flute: Making Metaphors.”

Details on the BookTree website and on Facebook.

words and music workshop

March 14, 2017

Musician JP Falcon Grady and poet Betty Scott are offering a workshop titled “Poetic Justice” through Whatcom Community College Community Ed program on Saturday, March 18, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Together, participants will laugh, be creative, thoughtful and inspired. Write from prompts, discuss communication strategies that build trust and explore the joys and challenges of creative collaborations moving through the inevitable “fall-apart” stage of re-visioning or restructuring a work in progress. It is bound to be a lively workshop.

See the complete lineup of Chuckanut Writers Writing Classes and a link to the course description and registration information.

browse-worthy

March 13, 2017

The browse-worthy Hugo House Spring 2017 catalog is now posted. You can download a PDF or browse the catalog by writing genre and class duration.

Classes will be held in April and May and early bird pricing continues through March 27 only.

Features include a special two-day Master Class with Karen Russell, an intensive poetry workshop with Terrance Hayes, plus timely classes like Writing to Resist, Disturbing the Peace, Poems for a Better Nation, and much more.

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