poetry in Kirkland

April 15, 2018

In what is now a legendary commitment to poetry, Christopher Jarmick, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, is scheduling monthly workshop/reading/open mic sessions that are free and lively.

For National Poetry Month, the featured poets will be Anita K. Boyle and James Bertolino. The program, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, will begin at 4:30pm with a workshop on Collaboration (Boyle and Bertolino have collaborated on a number of chapbooks, among other projects), to be followed at 6:15pm by a reading and open mic. See further details and poet bios on the BookTree event page and on Facebook.

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Poet Richard Osler will conduct a one-day poetry writing workshop/retreat, Poetry as Prayer, in Bellingham on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Advance registration is required and there are still a few openings.

For more on Richard Osler, workshop details, and registration information, visit the Poetry as Prayer page.

Workshop!

March 2, 2018

NOTE: As of March 9, 2018, this event has been CANCELLED.

We previously posted about the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye. In conjunction with the lecture, but on a different date, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong will offer a three-hour workshop at Western Washington University: A World of Poetry: Featuring Contemporary Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye and Others.

Vardell and Wong, co-creators of The Poetry Friday Anthology series and Poetry Friday Power Book series (representing the work of 150 poets in 800+ poems), will present a world tour of poetry. There will be hands-on activities designed for anyone interested in reading, writing, sharing, teaching, and exploring contemporary poetry for young people, with a particular focus on the work of Naomi Shihab Nye.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:30am to 12:00pm.

See the complete workshop schedule on the PoetryCHaT website as well as a registration link.

last minute!

February 10, 2018

It’s not too late! Today, Saturday, February 10, 2018, poet Bethany Reid (author of the remarkable Sparrow, among other writings) will offer a free 90-minute workshop, Writing with Emily Dickinson.

In the workshop, Reid “will set her own poetry in the larger context of Dickinson’s, attempting to introduce Dickinson to those unfamiliar with her and to ‘estrange’ the poet from those who think they already understand her. The workshop includes time for participants to write from a prompt and share their work.”

The workshop will be held at the South Whatcom branch of the Whatcom County Library System, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2, in Bellingham, 2:00-3:30pm. Bring writing materials.

Raven landing in Kirkland

February 8, 2018

The latest edition is out and you’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS and BookTree at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree in Kirkland, Washington.

Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, Volume 25 features the work of 77 writers and 23 artists/illustrators from 17 states and 10 countries. To celebrating Seattle’s 2017 designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Raven 25 also features writers from Seattle’s Sister City, Christchurch, New Zealand: Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Erik Kennedy, Nic Low, Frankie McMillan, and Heather McQuillan. Cover artwork is by Bainbridge Island artist Jeannie Grisham.

Featured readers on the 17th are Paul Hunter, emcee (Seattle); Luther Allen (Bellingham); Ed Harkness (Shoreline); Alicia Hokanson (Seattle); Thomas Hubbard (Kirkland); Jill McCabe Johnson (Orcas Island); Jed Myers (Seattle); and Mary Ellen Talley (Seattle). An Open Mic will follow the reading, from 7:30-8:20pm.

NOTE: Prior to the reading, 4:30-6:00pm, poet/editor/emcee Paul Hunter will offer a free workshop, also at BookTree: Storytelling for Poets, Essayists & Fiction Writers. See the details here.

a busy weekend in Oregon

February 3, 2018

The last weekend in February will be packed with poetry as poets and poetry-lovers gather for the Silverton Poetry Festival in Salem and the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.

The Silverton Poetry Festival was established in 2001 as a community celebration of poetry. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open mic readings, musical-poetic collaborations, and other activities. See the schedule of events on the Silverton Poetry Association website and more on Facebook.

Founded in 1998, the FisherPoets Gathering invites those who have worked in the commercial fishing industry and who have been a part of its community to share poems, songs, and stories. See a list of participating fishers on the FisherPoets website and more details on Facebook.

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, SpeakEasy 20 will present five highly accomplished Canadian poets — Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter — reading a series of linked poems in their very distinctive voices, each responding to the previous poet’s words.

In addition to the 7:00pm reading at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, three of the poets will offer workshops earlier in the day:

9:15 to 11:30 am —
FORMULATE! — Barbara Pelman
12:45 to 3:00 pm —
Haiku and Small Book Making — Terry Ann Carter
3:00 to 5:15 pm —
Show and Tell: A Generative Poetry Retreat — Richard Osler

Workshops are $15 per session and will be taught at a downtown Bellingham location. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot by sending an email to othermindpress@gmail.com.

See complete event information, poet bios, and workshop descriptions on the SpeakEasy 20 page at Other Mind Press.

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