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).


May 29, 2019

The University of Arizona Poetry Center has posted a useful guide to publishing poetry. The guide addresses five topics: Polish, Research, Submit, What to Expect After Submission, and Alternatives to Traditional Literary Publishing. In addition to providing direct suggestions in each section, the guide also supplies links to outside resources on the topic. If you’re seeking a wider audience for your work, have a look at A guide for poets.

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weather permitting…

February 12, 2019

With so much surprising winter weather and so many cancellations, plans for Sunday in Bellingham has to carry a caveat: weather permitting.

Should the season allow, Bruna Press & Archive, in Bellingham, will offer an afternoon session on Sunday, February 17, 2019, Noon to 3:30pm. DO IT YOURSELF: Zines + Artist Made Publications is a series of workshops and conversations by four local artists, publishers, and community organizers centered around their methods and practices of independent publishing. Each participant — Rosie Lockie, Andrew Molitor, Cullen Beckhorn, and Bailey Cheney — will speak for 30 minutes, sharing their work and perspectives with attendees.

The same evening, Bruna will also host Coast Salish Concepts of Time + Space, the next in its ongoing series of monthly full moon gatherings that explore and introduce seasonal moons, the gathering of foods, and some of the ideas and values that sustain First Nations Coast Salish peoples. The gathering is led by Lummi Elder, William John, X’welwelat’se.

Keep an eye on the website or Facebook page, or follow Bruna Press on Twitter for updates on events… and weather.

endings and beginnings

April 12, 2017

If you are one of the many devoted fans of The Found Poetry Review, you will probably be sad to hear that Jenni B. Baker, Beth Ayer Chelotti and Doug Luman have “decided to bring the Found Poetry Review to a close after more than five years in operation.” You can read the announcement on Facebook.

The good news is that Doug Luman and Jenni B. Baker are maintaining their place ahead of the curve by launching Container.

Established to create books which aren’t, in the quotidian sense, books at all, Container creates objects which masquerade as parking meters, wallpaper, or crop seed sleeves. Working with text to determine alternate approaches to the traditional book form, we aim to free artists from being “boxed in” by forms, roles, abilities, or identities.

Watch for more Container news on the website and on Facebook and if you have created an un-bookish book object, submit it!

on poetry

January 10, 2015

photo by Edward Weston“…why was I so eager to publish what hardly anyone would read and no one would remember?”
Robinson Jeffers
(January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962)
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photo by Edward Weston

on poetry

December 23, 2014

Harriet Monroe“Poems, paintings, statues, ‘of very great distinction,’ are not created often; meantime the lesser achievements in these arts — the vital and provocative experiments, the works which seem to embody some mood of beauty, the expressions of insight or inspiration which seem a-thrill and alive — these are entitled to the consideration of the public. They must have this consideration, the poet — the artist of any kind — must have a public to speak to, else his art cannot grow, he can not go on. The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have, else they will never have better.”
Harriet Monroe
(December 23, 1860 – September 26, 1936)
from a letter to the editor
The Dial, Volume 54, 1913
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sound advice…

July 9, 2014

Writer BewareWe’ve spoken before of Writer Beware, an online watchdog service for writers. Today, in honor of their new (and welcome) logo, we share their recent post, American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don’t Need. If you’re frustrated with your progress in finding a publisher and thinking of seeking professional help, read this article first! Find more Writer Beware on Facebook.

what’s the story?

July 8, 2014


Storybird has been around for several years, but sometimes these things escape our attention. Making up for lost time, here’s the short version:

  • Storybird is an illustration-driven, mostly-free writing platform. As with many other online services, additional options are available with fee-based memberships, editions and upgrades.
  • You have to sign in to play, but there’s plenty of browsing available for those without an account.
  • The target audience is readers of graphic stories, primarily youth (“Our core demographic is ages 8-14 and about 65% female”). Storybird is used extensively by classroom teachers.
  • Stories and illustrations are monitored for family-friendly content.
  • Illustrators upload images and earn “royalties of 35%-50% on sales” (i.e., downloads or Store purchases).
  • Writers browse illustrations and select the ones they like to illustrate their own story; writers can also collaborate directly with illustrators.
  • Illustrators retain the copyright to their images.
  • A finished story can be shared online through the Storybird platform, e-mail, etc., but only the writer can purchase/download a copy.
  • There is a limited print-on-demand feature, again available only to the writer, with royalties going to the illustrator.
  • In their wisdom, Storybird has, so far, elected to treat poetry as a different animal entirely. If writers choose to create in the Poetry mode, they have the same ability to choose illustrations, but instead of then adding their own words, they drag-and-drop words from a list provided by Storybird. (Note: except that the results would be grouped with Stories rather than Poetry, there’s no obvious reason why a poet could not sidestep this problem by writing in the Story mode instead of the Poetry mode.)
  • Storybird is an evolving platform. They are “exploring a publishing program where we sell popular stories from member authors.” It’s possible their choices regarding poetry may change as well.
  • Here’s a helpful article about Storybird from Publishing Perspectives and here’s another, by illustrator Kelley McMorris.
  • To see samples, browse Stories and Poetry on Storybird.

If you have experience with Storybird, leave a comment!

got chapbook?

February 6, 2014

Floating Bridge

Are you a Washington State poet? Do you have a collection of poems ready for publication? If so, Floating Bridge Press invites you to submit up to 24 pages of poems to the annual chapbook competition. There is a $12 reading fee and submissions must be received by Saturday, March 1, 2014.

A Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization founded in 1994, Floating Bridge Press publishes books, anthologies, broadsides and the annual Floating Bridge Review — all means “to recognize and promote the work of Washington State poets.”

Learn more about Floating Bridge Press and the Chapbook Award, including past winners, on the Floating Bridge website and visit Floating Bridge on Facebook.

e-book workshop

January 8, 2014

kobo writing lifeIf publishing an e-book of your poems or stories is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here’s an opportunity to learn more about one of the options. Village Books and Kobo Writing Life are offering a three-hour informational workshop on Saturday, January 25, 2014, Noon-3pm in the Readings Gallery. Registration is $5. Register at the main counter or call the store at 360-671-2626.

By the way, if you’re not ready to publish but have questions about e-books, Village Books has an E-Team. Sam, Paul, Alex, Rachel, Jenny and Brendan would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Meet the team and send an e-mail to make an appointment.

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