words from Whidbey

November 13, 2019

Listen to Whidbey Island resident David Whyte read “Everlasting” from The Bell and The Blackbird. (More audio and video here.)

Then read a little bit about the poet

and an interview with Lois P. Jones in Los Angeles Review of Books

and consider attending An Evening with David Whyte on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living. (There’s also a weekend option.)


November 8, 2019

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, whose workshop, Self-Portrait, Selfie, and Snap Poems, will be offered in Bellingham on Saturday, December 7, 2019, was the featured poet on Poetry Daily this past Sunday. Read her poem Miss Sahar Listens to Fairuz Sing “The Bees’ Path” and then visit the Workshops page to read the description of her workshop. There are still a few spaces available!

on poetry

November 7, 2019

“This mortality thing is bad news.”
Madeline Gins
(November 7, 1941 – January 8, 2014)

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2019 Merit Award
By Cadillac Joe Wright

     are butterflies that
carry ur hippy vibe &
     we can smell the
          monsoons amp up
     blue diamond &
     the old Spanish trails
that surround you —
     far overhead is that
     chevy in the sky…
ur red blazer burns thru zion
     these days we boil
     longhorn skulls in
          peppermill lave &
summer craves the cold storms
     of sugarhouse java —
the universe is filling up
w/ raspberry
chambord n’ other miracles…
comets circle —
     flash floods &
          hello river!!!

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*Copyright 2019 by Cadillac Joe Wright. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

Jim Milstead

October 29, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we must report the passing of our friend Jim Milstead. Your comments are welcome.

Jim Milstead
“The Bard of Bellingham”

1927 – 2019

In his own words, Jim Milstead was “Born in Chicago. Moved to Fresno, CA. Entered the Marine Corps, occupying northern China. Graduated from Fresno State College. Worked at the Linear Accelerator in Livermore, CA. Entered graduate school, spending 35 years as a biological control researcher at UC Berkeley. Moved to Bellingham in 1992. Now I write.”

A prolific poet of gymnastic language, tickling humor, acute insight, and profound emotion, Jim was author of the poetry books Collage (Independent Writers Studio Press, 2015) and Scenario (Akimbo Publications, 2015), was a three-time Boynton winner, a vigorous participant in local open mics, and for years an inspiring sight, walking miles each day through Bellingham, notebook in hand. We will miss him.

This post also appears on the Not forgotten page.

Hope in Late Summer*

October 27, 2019

2019 Walk Award
By Stephany Vogel

Hope curled up in my hand
and slept the night away,
yet how cold and trembling
we found the thin light of day.

How steady I labored
to kindle the ashy white coals
until they bled fire,
white hot and full of holes.

I was made warm,
wrapped in a blanket of my own.
A comfort for my soul
until I could stand upright —
red, yellow, green
as summer apples in a bowl.

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*Copyright 2019 by Stephany Vogel. Broadside illustrated by Kimberly Wulfestieg.

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Stephany Vogel is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, and a life long visual artist and community arts educator. The poem ‘Hope in Late Summer’ refers to a time of dire illness and the first sense of real recovery, in the season of late summer. This is her first published poem.

Best-of season

October 24, 2019

It’s October, which means that the literary media will soon start to weigh in on their choices for best books of the year. But the folks at Literary Hub are a step ahead. They’ve already posted their list of The 10 Best Poetry Collections of the Decade! This may be the list you’ve been waiting for.

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