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.

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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.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A recent update from Soapstone included the following note from Kim Stafford, which we pass along in its entirety. (Follow links for details, some yet to be posted; most events are in Portland, Oregon, or online.)

Dear Friends Writing in Complex Times:

In writing workshops, these days, I’m finding, people long to testify for tender things, to tell saving stories, to witness for the good. In spite of dark days, this may be a golden age of writing remedy for trouble. I invite you to join one of the workshops I’ll be doing this year, either in person or online, and be a citizen of collaborative conscience. Bring friends.

Kim Stafford

Workshops & Events with Kim Stafford
Fall 2017 to Summer 2018

These workshops are dedicated to inviting “what wants to be written” by each participant. They are inclusive, non-competitive, exploratory, collaborative. We become a learning community devoted to a spell of safety and curiosity that welcomes what comes to the page without expectation or judgment. Along the way, we begin to envision doors opening in multiple directions for what we are ready to tell, and what the world needs from each voice among us.

November 2017
Poetry Reading
First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, November 17, 2017, 7pm.

Poems for a Better Nation
A one-day generative writing workshop to address the mysteries of our divisions.
First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon, Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9am-3pm.

December 2017
Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford
A weekend workshop that examines the writing practice of WS, and tries it out.
Lewis & Clark College, Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 9am-5pm.

January 2018
ONLINE: Memoir: Essays, Poems, Manifestos
A 10-week online generative writing workshop, with films, prompts, and response groups.
Lewis & Clark College, beginning with an orientation week January 10, 2018.

ONLINE: Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford
A 5-week online generative writing workshop, with films, prompts, and response groups.
Lewis & Clark College, beginning with an orientation week January 22, 2018.

Works in Progress
A 5-session creative community for advancing personal projects in writing.
Lewis & Clark College, alternate Tuesdays beginning January 23, 2018, 5-8pm.

February 2018
Courage to Lead Through Writing, with Kim Stafford, Sherri Carreker & Dawn Montgomery
A three-day writing retreat for teachers and citizens.
Menucha Retreat Center, Friday-Sunday, February 15-17.

March 2018
EXTRA: A workshop taught by my colleague, Laura MoultonWielding the Pen to Make a Difference
A weekend workshop for writers in all genres.
Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, 9am-5pm

April 2018
Poetry Writing
Five Wednesdays, beginning April 4, 2018, 4:30-7:15pm, location TBA.

June 2018
The Practice of Writing
A weeklong writing retreat, Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 2018.

July 2018
Your Episodes of Origin
A weeklong writing workshop in poetry, essays, & stories at the Fishtrap Gathering.
July 9-13, 2018.

Continuing Education credit is available for classes offered through Lewis & Clark.

A series of tiny books by Kim Stafford is available through Lulu.com.
The Flavory of Unity: Post Election Poems
The Right to Be Forgotten: Poems while Traveling
Meditations & Poems for Writers
Circumference: Poems of Consolation & Blessing
Earth Verse

more poetry workshops!

November 13, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, two poetry workshops will benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.

From 10:00am to Noon, Megan Spiegel (left, above) will offer Text + Image: A Hybrid Poetry Studio.

From 1:00 to 3:00pm, Ely Shipley (right, above) will offer Presence Through Poetry.

The workshops, which cost $30 each or $50 for both, will be held at the Chuckanut Center in Fairhaven Park. Advance registration is required: send an email with your name, phone number, and workshop(s) you wish to take, to boyntonpoetrycontest@hotmail.com. Pay with check or cash at the workshop and be sure to bring writing materials.

Read the complete workshop descriptions and instructor bios on the Workshops page.

La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

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