Bellingham, Washington, will be treated to a round of fine poetry and workshops as St Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts its first-ever poetry festival. Events kick off at 7:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017, as Gregory Wolfe, editor of Image journal, speaks, followed by a reading from poet Luci Shaw.

On Saturday, September 30, beginning at 1:30pm, there will be several poetry workshops to choose from, led by Luci Shaw, Jennifer Bullis, and Caitlin Thomson. This will be followed by an open mic and a 7:00pm reading by Scott Cairns and Jeanne Murray Walker.

The workshop fee is $15 and registration is required. Otherwise, all lectures and poetry readings are free and open to the public.

No prior experience with poetry is required, and indeed one of the hopes of the organizers is that those unfamiliar with poetry will come and be able to connect to it in this venue. All events will take place in the church and the Great Hall.

For the full schedule, to sign up for workshops, and for more information, please see the Poetry at St. Paul’s website.

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coming up in Cumberland

August 30, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Cascadia Poetry Festival. It has a dynamic presence, if no permanent home, and has been enjoyed in Seattle and Nanaimo (BC), and will be coming up in October in Tacoma. But before then, there’s one more Cascadia Poetry Festival — in Cumberland, BC, on Vancouver Island.

It opens on Friday, September 8, 2017, with a reception, poetry reading, and party. On Saturday, there will be a panel, small press fair, open reading event, poetry reading, and another party. On Sunday, the festival will close with a morning workshop. Your $20 Gold Pass gets you into all events except the Sunday workshop.

Spend the weekend on Vancouver Island and enjoy the words and the scenery. Details at Cascadia Poetics Lab.

Workshops!

August 18, 2017

Workshops

Be among the first to mark you calendar for a terrific series of four poetry workshops to benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. Each fall, a number of exceedingly skilled poet/instructors offer two-hour workshops that are certain to generate new ideas and new poems.

This year’s workshops will be held at a new location, the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park, in Bellingham, and are scheduled for Saturday, October 28, and Saturday, November 18, 2017. The instructors are Nancy Pagh, Neil Aitken, J.R. Lara, and Ely Shipley. Descriptions for three of the four workshops are now posted on the WORKSHOPS page. Registration is open. Have a look. Sign up.

Poets in the Park

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) this Saturday, July 15, 2017, as Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, is filled with poetry at Poets in the Park.

There will be readings and performances on two stages, workshops in the workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus a poetry book fair. The lineup includes Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai, and an illustrious assortment of poetic voices from around the region.

See the complete schedule on the Poets in the Park page, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch, who founded and coordinates the annual event.

a sure sign of summer

June 5, 2017

Although technically it’s not yet summer, making plans to attend LiTFUSE is a sure sign that the season is right around the corner. The annual Tieton, Washington, event is definitely a landmark on the poetry map and a rewarding way to spend three days in September. This year’s faculty and schedule are now available for your perusal and registration is open for the September 22-24, 2017, gathering. Go!

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.

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