fellowship opportunity

November 20, 2021

We don’t often post job opportunities, but this fellowship for an 18-month, full-time position with one of the region’s finest poetry presses seems too good to pass by. Visit the Copper Canyon Press employment page for details. (Sorry for the late notice; application deadline is tomorrow, Sunday, November 21,2021).


April 28, 2018

Copper Canyon Press has announced that a memorial for Sam Hamill will be held in conjunction with the official release of his final book, After Morning Rain (Tiger Bark Press), in Port Townsend on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, between 3:00 and 9:00 pm. (Read the title poem here.) For further details email MiddlepointPress@gmail.com. For those wishing to honor Sam, his family suggests a donation to your local Habitat for Humanity.

Typewriter Troubadour by Andrea Corradini

Now and then we like to update you on the practice of making poetry in public that has rescued typewriters from extinction and given voice to numerous poets. Here are a few additions to the list:

What’s happening on your keyboard?

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Typewriter Troubadour photo by Andrea Corradini

The Writers' Workshoppe

The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend has posted their updated schedule of workshops and classes, most beginning in mid-September. Have a look!

PTWC…next week!

July 2, 2015

Centrum - Fort Worden

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has a way of sneaking up on you. Suddenly it’s July and the PTWC starts next week! Held at Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, Washington, the conference runs July 9 to 19, 2015, and registration is still open (although some workshops may be sold out). Have a look at the faculty and class descriptions and then register!

summer words

June 2, 2014

CentrumSuddenly it’s June, which means the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference can’t be far off.

The conference, as usual at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington, will be held July 10-20, 2014.

Read about the Conference Faculty & Class Descriptions, see the Schedule and a listing of Afternoon Workshops, watch a video about the Conference, get more general information, including an overview of fees, and register online.
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Photo by Keven Elliff

Mountain Poems of StonehouseCopper Canyon Press, the Rose Theatre and the Frye Art Museum will present two readings/performances to celebrate the May publication of The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse, with translation and commentary by Red Pine.

Considered one of the greatest Chinese Buddhist poets, the Zen master and mountain hermit Stonehouse used poetry as his medium of instruction. Near the end of his life, monks asked him to record what he found of interest on his mountain; Stonehouse delivered to them hundreds of poems. Newly revised, with the Chinese originals and Red Pine’s abundant commentary and notes, The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse is an essential volume for Zen students, readers of Asian literature, and all who love the outdoors.

Both events will include a bilingual reading by translator Red Pine and musical performance by vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney with musicians Eyvind Kang and Jarrad Powell, with a book signing to follow. Follow the links for further details and ticketing information on the scheduled performances:

Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 1:00pm at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 7:00pm at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, is also on view at the Frye.

Get away and write

December 11, 2013

The Writers Workshoppe

After the holidays, when the short, dark days of winter have settled in as if to stay forever, perhaps it’s time for a getaway… Now it’s not Palm Beach or Palm Springs, but Port Townsend is in the Olympic rain shadow and The Writers’ Workshoppe promises a day of bright ideas on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Poets David Wagoner and Carolyne Wright will offer a one-day poetry workshop in which participants will have a chance to work closely with both instructors. Enrollment, which is limited to 20 people, includes admission to a reading that evening by the two poets. The complete description is on The Writers’ Workshoppe website. If you’re interested in this workshop, don’t delay; it will probably fill up quickly.

The Writers’ Workshoppe also offers other one- and two-day intensives as well as weekly writing groups, book groups, readings and books, along with a full array of writerly accoutrements (including typewriters!). The Writers’ Workshoppe Facebook page posts news as well as occasional prompts. Each time you respond to a prompt, post, tip or musing, your name is automatically entered into a monthly drawing for cool prizes.

busy week!

September 8, 2013


There’s so much going on between today, Sunday, September 8, 2013, and Saturday, September 14!

The 2nd Annual Mazama Festival of Books continues today at the Mazama Community Center in Mazama, Washington.

This afternoon at 4:00pm, Sheila Sondik reads from her new chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond, in the Readings Gallery, downstairs at Village Books in Bellingham.

Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00pm, join the VB Writes speculative fiction / science fiction drop-in writing group at Village Books.

Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, poets Richard Widerkher and Sheila Nickerson read their poetry at Village Books.

Also on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, featured poet Jennifer Bullis will read from her new book, Impossible Lessons, followed by an open mic, at the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater at the Firehouse Café in Bellingham.

Also on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00pm, ROCKiT Community Arts sponsors Beacon Bards with featured poets Amber Flame and Anastasia Tolbert followed by an open mic at The Station Bistro, on Beacon Hill in Seattle.

Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm, it’s the VB Writes Fiction Writing Group at Village Books.

Also on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm, It’s About Time Writers Reading Series presents Judith Roche, Sarah Zale, Laura Gamache and Shin Yu Pal, plus an open mic at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

Also on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm, The Northwind Reading Series presents a reading by Laurence Cole and Bill Mawhinney at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Friday, September 13 at 7:00pm, The Distinguished Writer Series presents poet Christine Swanberg plus an open mic at King’s Books in Tacoma.

Saturday, September 14, Noon-4:00pm, it’s Books & Brews, the first annual bookfest presented by Whatcom Writers & Publishers at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham.

To see more upcoming events, click on CALENDAR near the top of this page. The 12-month calendar of literary events around Washington state is updated nearly every day. To add your event, leave a comment on any post and include a link where visitors can find additional information.


Click the links for more info. More events on NW Lit Events page, updated daily.

1-28 – National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)

1-28A Month of Letters

3Ish River Poets’ Circle features readings by Tim McNulty, Holly Hughes, Finn Wilcox and Michael Daley, 3pm, Civic Garden Center, La Conner

3 – Marjorie Manwaring and Derek Sheffield read poetry, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

3Intimacy: Poetry and Music, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle

4Striped Water Poets and the Northwest Renaissance present first Monday poetry featuring Carl Palmer plus open mic, Station Bistro, Auburn

6 – Colleen McElroy reads from Here I Throw Down My Heart, Seattle Public Library

7VB Writes…Poetry Writing Group, Village Books, Bellingham

7 – Poetry reading by Deborah Woodard, Open Books, Seattle

8 – Hugo Literary Series presents Strong Female Leads, Richard Hugo House, Seattle

8Kelli Russell Agodon reads, King’s Books, Tacoma

9FREE poetry workshop for Sue Boynton Poetry Contest poets, Fairhaven Public Library, Bellingham

9Reaching for the Other Side of the Wall, a one-day poetry workshop with Patricia Smith, Richard Hugo House, Seattle

9Rose Alley Press presents Linda Beeman, David D. Horowitz and open mic, Green Lake Public Library, Seattle

13Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater monthly open mic, Firehouse Cafe, Bellingham

13 – Poetry reading by Dennis Caswell and Keith Moul, plus open mic, Parkplace Books, Kirkland

13 – Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Nick Flynn: The Intersection of Poetry & Memoir, Benaroya Hall, Seattle

14 – Poetry open mic, every 2nd and 4th Thursday, fogdog gallery, Arlington

14Northwind Arts Center presents poets Anita K. Boyle and Richard Widerkehr, Port Townsend

14 – It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series presents Kay Mullen, Kim Holloway and Bruce Holbert, Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library

15 – Poetry reading by Melanie Noel, Open Books, Seattle

17SpeakEasy 10: Out of the Box, poetry and more, The Amadeus Project, Bellingham

17Spokane Poetry Slam, third Sunday of the month, Scout, Spokane

19-21 – David Guterson reads from Snow Falling on Cedars as part of Whatcom READS!, various venues, Bellingham

21A Blend of Words and Wine features Carl Palmer, The Blend Wine Shop, Key Center

22Redmond Association of Spokenword presents Dan Raphael, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Redmond

22-243 Days of Poetry: Poetry and Film, Gallery 1412, Seattle

23Watermark Writers presents a house concert with poet Tammy Robacker and Ari Hest, Vaughn

23Poetry as Performance Art, a workshop with Matthew Brouwer, Coop Connections Building, Bellingham [NOTE: date and location changed to March 2 at Allied Arts]

27poetrybridge presents Thaddeus Gunn and Roberto Ascalon, C & P Coffee, West Seattle

28 – Poetry open mic, every 2nd and 4th Thursday, fogdog gallery, Arlington

28Rose Alley Press presents David D. Horowitz, Cafe Zippy, Everett

28Northwind Arts Center presents poets Richard Kenney and Carol Light, Port Townsend

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