Cirque circulates

August 10, 2017

The latest edition of Cirque Journal is off the press and on the road. There are three Cascadia events on the books:

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 ~ 3:00pm ~ Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room, Bellingham, WA
  • Tuesday, August 22 ~ 7:00pm ~ University Heights, Room 108, Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, August 24 ~ 7:00pm ~ Taborspace, Copeland Commons Room, Portland, OR

Join the audience at one of these venues to hear Cirque contributors read from this beautiful journal. And if you get inspired, submissions are now open (through September 21) for the December issue.

poetry on vinyl

March 24, 2017

At the intersection of two passions — poetry and vinyl — Fonograf Editions is carving itself a small, bold niche. Calling itself “a vinyl record-only poetry press,” Fonograf is based out of Portland, Oregon, and is an arm of Octopus Books. (We mentioned Octopus a few months back in a post about Octopus editor Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service.)

Hoping to produce two to three albums each year, Fonograf already has a catalog of two: Conflation by Rae Armantrout and Aloha/irish trees by Eileen Myles.

For more, visit the Fonograf Editions website and Facebook page and also see the article in the Omaha World-Herald.

on the radar…

December 12, 2016

Writers Resist

Not much detail available yet, but if you’re feeling the need to put your words to work, be aware that WRITERS RESIST will take place nationwide on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King’s birthday.

There are already events posted for Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Boston, New York, and Riverside, California (on January 11), any many more in the planning stages. To find out more, visit the Writers Resist website and add your name to the mailing list.


Portland’s Basic Space Gallery presents its first event, “Fuse,” tonight, Friday, August 5, 2016, at 7:00pm. The featured poets: Dee Dee Chapman, Elizabeth Vignali, Hannah Newman, Lucas Nydam, and Michael Bell.

The poets will read pieces inspired by the work of Portland artist Alison Eriksen. Her work is featured at the gallery until the end of August. “We hope you join us, listen to these luminous poets, and wander the gallery to learn more about Alison’s sculptures!”

Details on Facebook and on the Basic Space website.
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art by Alison Eriksen

listen up

July 5, 2016

The Archive Project

If you enjoy listening to the conversation of intelligent people, check out The Archive Project. A collection of talks from the Portland Arts & Lectures series, The Archive Project offers more than 250 original lectures for free listening and downloading as well as weekly broadcasts from the archive on Portland’s OPB Radio. A tremendous aural resource, including many poets.

last minute!

February 26, 2016

Poetry Press Week 2016

With just hours remaining before the deadline, it has come to our attention that Poetry Press Week Portland is accepting submissions until 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016. Judges Ashley Toliver and John Brehm will select two submissions to join eight PPW invitees.

Committed to “transforming the way unpublished poetry is presented to the literary industry, the media, and the public-at-large,” Poetry Press week encourages poets to “design a multisensory experience of their work” using the talents of “actors, dancers, musicians, video artists, and djs,” among others.

Poetry Press Week will be held at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center on the evenings of June 17 and 18, 2016.

To learn more, study the detailed Poetry Press Week submission guidelines.

get thee to Portland!

October 22, 2015


Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is coming up. Re-launched as a one-day event, Wordstock will take place at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00am – 6:00pm. The all-ages event will feature more than 80 authors, 40 events, 17 workshops, a book fair with 60+ local and national publishing vendors and literary organizations, food carts, a beer garden, live music, and more.

Poets include: Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds; Katie Ford, author of Blood Lyrics; Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus; Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of Heaven; Alicia Jo Rabins, author of Divinity School; Diane Seuss, author of Four-legged Girl; and Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning.

Details on the Literary Arts website and on Facebook.

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