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)
…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, OR – PoetryFest 2017 – at the Hoffman Center for the Arts
1 – Port Townsend – Poetry reading with Gary Lilley and Matthew Nienow – 7pm – at Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books
1 – Seattle – Reading with Tom Aslin and Michael Spence – 7:00pm – at Open Books
3 – Auburn – Striped Water Poets presents featured poet plus open mic the first Monday of the month – 7:00pm – at the Rainbow Café
3 – Portland, OR – Free Range Poetry presents open mic plus featured readers – 6:30pm – at Multnomah County Library, Northwest Reading Room
4 – Seattle – Reading with Jenny Johnson and JM Miller – 7:00pm – at Open Books
4 – Springfield, OR – Springfield Library Foundation presents a reading by poets Elizabeth Woody, Joe Wilkins, and A. Molotkov – 7:00pm – at Springfield Public Library
5 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books
5 – Bellingham – Mary Pneuman reads from her collection of poems, Nature of Things – 7:00pm – at Village Books
5 – Duvall – Duvall 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 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, 5:30pm – at Village Books
7 – Corvallis, OR – A reading by poet and nonfiction writer Ellen Bass – 7:30pm – at Oregon State University, Valley Library Rotunda
7 – Seattle – Literary Series: Anis Mojgani, Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Rick Barot – 7:30pm – at Fred Wildlife Refuge
8 – Bellingham – SpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light – 7:00pm – Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
8 – Ellensburg – Inland 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 – Edison – National Poetry Month Group Reading with Georgia Johnson and Jessico Gigot – 5:00pm – at i.e.gallery
9 – Portland, OR – The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic – 7:00pm – at Stonehenge Studios
10 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books
10 – Seattle – Hugo House Ask the Oracle with Jordan Scott, Doug Nufer, & Megan Snyder-Camp – 7:30pm – at Hotel Sorrento in the Fireside Room
10 – Seattle – Easy 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 – Bellingham – Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater second-Wednesday open mic – 6:30pm – at the Colophon Cafe
12 – Milwaukie, OR – The Milwaukie Poetry Series, held second Wednesdays Sept-June, features Lois Rosen – 7:00pm – at the Pond House
12 – Tacoma – Poetry 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 – Olympia – Celebrate a New Washington Poetry Anthology: Washington 129 – 5:00pm – Washington State Capitol
13 – Port Townsend – Northwind Reading Series presents An Evening with TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: Natasha Moni and Molly Tenenbaum – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center
13 – Seattle – It’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 – Vancouver – Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton – 7:00pm – at Angst Gallery
14 – Portland, OR – John Beer and Gabe Urza: Faculty Reading – 6:30pm – Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294
14 – Seattle – Book Launch: Molly Tenenbaum’s Mytheria – 7:00pm – at Open Books
14 – Tacoma – Distinguished Writer Series with featured poet Rick Barot and open mic – 7:00pm – at King’s Books
15 – Kirkland – Robert 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 Townsend – Priscilla Long leads a one-day workshop, Becoming a More Effective Creator – 10:00am-4:00pm – at The Writers’ Workshoppe
15 – Seattle – Book 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 – Seattle – Reading by poet Gabriel Jesiolowski and C. Davida Ingram – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
16 – Bellingham – Daniel Edward Moore reads poems from Confessions of a Pentcostal Buddhist – 4:00pm – at Village Books
17-23 – Spokane – Get Lit! Festival
18 – Eugene, OR – Poets Deborah Akers and Darlene Pagán read – 6:00pm – at Eugene Public Library
18 – Seattle – Word Works: Terrance Hayes – 7:00pm – at Washington Hall
18 – Tacoma – Commencement Bay Haiku meeting – 6:00pm – at King’s Books
19 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group II, 10:15am – at Village Books
19 – Olympia – Olympia Poetry Network third-Wednesday reading with featured poet and open mic – 6:30pm – at Traditions Fair Trade
19 – West Seattle – WordsWest Literary Series, featuring Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong – 7:00pm – at C & P Coffee Company
19 – Woodinville – PoetsWest at the Creekside, every 3rd Wednesday – 7:00pm – at The Creekside
20 – Anchorage, AK – Reading & Craft Talk Series presents Julie LeMay, An Alchemy of Words: Mystery and Clarity in a Poem – 7:00pm – at Indigo Tea Lounge
20 – Bellingham – VB 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 – Redmond – SoulFood 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 – Seattle – Book Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s The Histories – 7:00pm – at Open Books
22 – Everywhere – Earth Day
22 – Bellingham – Susan 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 – Seattle – Lena Khalaf Tuffaha celebrates publication of her first full-length collection, Water & Salt – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
23 – Bellingham – Sandra Noel reads poems from Into the Green – 4:00pm – at Village Books
23 – Langley – Poetry 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 – Seattle – Reading & Conversation with Katie Ford – 6:00pm – at Open Books
24 – Bellingham – VB Writes…Prompts – 4:00pm – at Village Books
24 – Bellingham – Open Mic with Laurel Leigh, 7:00pm – at Village Books
24 – Seattle – Poetry on Buses Launch Party – 6:30pm – at Moore Theatre
27 – Everywhere – Poem in Your Pocket Day
27 – Anchorage, AK – Savor the Rising Words broadside invitational reading – 7:00pm – at Great Harvest Bread Co.
27 – Port Townsend – Northwind Reading Series presents Sibyl James and Judith Roche – 7:00pm – at Northwind Arts Center
27 – Portland, OR – Verselandia! the annual citywide youth poetry slam – 7:00pm – at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
28 – Redmond – RASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword featured poet plus open mic – 7:00pm – at at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center
28 – Seattle – Reading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin – 7:00pm – at Hugo House
29 – Nationwide – Independent Bookstore Day (check your local indie store for scheduled events and author appearances)
29 – Seattle – A reading by poets Gary Lemons and Felicia Gonzalez – 7:00pm – at The Elliott Bay Book Company
30 – Seattle – African-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
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.”
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.
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.
February 25, 2017
At 10:00am, she will present The Surprise of Poetry: Concentration & Abandonment.
This workshop is intended to bring participants into that space where everything in language is up for grabs, into a greater state of uncertainty and unknowing. Garcia Lorca writes in his essay “Theory and Function of the Duende,” “Very often intellect is poetry’s enemy because it is too much given to imitation, because it lifts the poet to a throne of sharp edges and makes him oblivious of the fact that he may suddenly be devoured by ants, or a great arsenic lobster may fall on his head.” We will work on reaching a state of deep concentration and abandonment, that space from which the real surprises begin and with them the energy of poetry.
At 1:00pm, she will present Re-envisioning Fiction: Drafts Refocused, Reimagined
What happens after that first inspired draft of a story? This workshop will give authors ideas for refocusing, restructuring and further developing their drafts. We will run through a series of exercises that ask students to think about their drafts in ways that might not yet have considered. For example, what happens when you think about your story as a dream narrative or consider major world events that might be happening at the same time as your story? We will work on a series of writing prompts that allow students to flesh out scenes that might feel flat or dialogue that feels dull. If you have a draft, bring it along. But a draft is not necessary.
Both workshops will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (upstairs), 910 14th Street, in Fairhaven. Sliding fee: one workshop $10 – 30 (you decide); both workshops: $15 – $45.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, email Carla Shafer at email@example.com, including your name and contact information along with the workshop(s) you wish to attend, or call 360-961-2320. Bring your registration fee on Saturday in cash or check along with writing materials.
In addition, Polly Buckingham will be reading from her latest book, The Expense of a View, on Friday, March 3, at 7:00pm at Village Books.
February 7, 2017
Join Susan Rich and Kelli Russell Agodon at their ONE-DAY Generating New Work Writing Workshop in Downtown Seattle on Saturday, March 4, 2017. There will be a single extended class, “Generating New Work,” from 10 am to 2:30 pm, with a short break for lunch.
Together, we will write poems inspired by an array of new writing prompts. You will leave with at least 5-7 poem starts, most likely more! Spend focused time writing poems in a safe nurturing environment. Poets of ALL levels welcome from the beginning poet to the published author. Come spend the day with us: writing, laughing, and surprising yourself with what you can do in a short time — with creative guidance and just the right atmopshere.
ALSO note that registration is now open for Susan and Kelli’s Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women, September 8 – 10, 2017, in La Conner, Washington.
November 6, 2016
Patricia Smith doesn’t spell her name with an exclamation point, but she should. A powerful poet and a dynamic performer and instructor, Smith will offer a three-hour workshop and a public reading in La Conner on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
The workshop, “Stamping the Word with You,” will examine the elements that help you identify, define, and establish your creative signature. It runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the La Conner Middle School Library, 503 N. Sixth Street in La Conner. Cost is $120, and the workshop is limited to 15 participants. For registration, contact Molly McNulty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith’s public reading will begin at 2:00pm at the Museum of Northwest Art, with donations at the door to benefit The Skagit River Poetry Foundation, which brings poets into public-school classrooms throughout the region.
In her reading, Patricia Smith will discuss her new book, Incendiary Art, which examines the black experience in prose poems, sestinas, and sonnets. She will also explore the conception, trajectory, and difficulties of crafting a cohesive manuscript.
Patricia Smith is the author of six critically acknowledged volumes of poetry, including the National Book Award-finalist Blood Dazzler, a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina, and the National Poetry Series winner Teahouse of the Almighty. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays.