February 6, 2018

Each winter, Spare Room in Portland, Oregon, hosts a marathon reading, in which a booklength poem or series of texts is animated by a range of voices. For this year’s marathon, the text will be Utopia by Bernadette Mayer, which can be downloaded free at Tender Buttons.

As in recent years, the marathon will be held in the kitchen at Yale Union. It will begin at Noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018, and is estimated to wrap up about 5:00pm. You are invited to come and go as you like or to stay for the whole duration; feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. More at Spare Room.



September 26, 2017

Very excited to finally have in hand the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) anthology, 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press).

Each August, hundreds of people from around the world write and mail a daily poem on a postcard — spontaneous, un-edited, and, more often than not, going to a complete stranger. 2016 was the tenth anniversary of APPF, and the anthology was assembled to honor the occasion. It includes poems and full-color images selected from the participants’ submissions. Your faithful blogger was honored to be invited to co-edit the collection with Paul Nelson and Ina Roy-Faderman.

A number of free book-launch-poetry-postcard events are scheduled and more are in the works:

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Bellingham, Washington
Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation
at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
A conversation about the possibilities of postcard poetics with panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy-Faderman, and Joanna Thomas, plus moderator Paul Nelson. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, and may even lead exercises or offer prompts. As a bonus, there will be a postcard exchange: bring unused postcards (commercial or handmade) and take home an equal number contributed by others. (J.I. Kleinberg, coordinator) Click for PDF event flyer with panelist bios.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Tacoma, Washington
56 Days of August Book Launch
at King’s Books
Readings by contributing poets — just one of many events scheduled for the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00pm
Portland, Oregon
56 Days of August Anthology: PDX Launch Event & Poetry Reading
at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Readings by contributing poets

56 Days of August will be for sale at each event and online. In addition, there’s a 56 Days of August Indiegogo campaign to cover a variety of costs. There are some swell perks — primarily signed copies of poetry books due out this winter. Have a look, buy a book, and please join us at one of these events.

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.

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