books and a bonus

July 30, 2022

Here’s another batch of poetry book recommendations for your summer enjoyment:

And a bonus:

a week of readings

July 18, 2022

Thanks to Rick Barot, who just posted this lineup of terrific readings presented by the Rainier Writing Workshop residency. The events are free, and they take place in the Scan Center of the Anderson University Center, on the PLU campus in Tacoma. If you’re near Tacoma, go!

The Sealey Challenge

July 17, 2022

The Sealey Challenge, started by poet Nicole Sealey in 2017, is back again for 2022. The idea is to read a book or chapbook of poetry each day of August. There’s no charge, no rules, and no signup, but LOTS of great book recommendations for August and all year round.

Visit the website and follow #TheSealeyChallenge on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This is the perfect time to prepare your pile of 31 books. Here’s a list of titles posted by Jordan E McNeil. Here’s the Sealey Challenge page on Goodreads.

on poetry

June 8, 2022

“Read. Read. Read. The poets you admire are the best teachers you can have. I’ve gotten better as a poet, I think. You get stronger and the more you know, listen, observe and read, the more control you have over your language.”

Gillian Clarke
(b. June 8, 1937)

. . . . .

Oh, how we’ve missed these live, in-person gatherings and oh, how happy we are to see them emerging once again.

Tomorrow, Friday, April 29, 2022, at 7:00pm, Empty Bowl presents a reading by Jessica Gigot and Gary Thompson with musical accompaniment by Erik Christensen at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes.

Jack Straw Writers read

April 26, 2022

Mark your calendar for the first three Fridays in May, 7:00pm Pacific, when the 2022 Jack Straw Writers present their words in person at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, or streaming live via Jack Straw on Facebook or YouTube.

Program Curator Michael Schmeltzer hosts:

  • Friday, May 6, 7pm: Ally Ang, Katharine Strange, Jory Mickelson, and Danielle Hayden.
  • Friday, May 13, 7pm: Julie Feng, Helen Anderson, Jessica Gigot, and Emily Parzybok
  • Friday, May 20, 7pm: Vincent Rendoni, Erin Langner, Carrie Beyer, and Ruth Schemmel

Email jsp [AT] to register for in-person attendance. $10 suggested donation.

early bird

March 19, 2022

The Orcas Island Literary Festival will be back in June and you can save $5 on Festival Passes now through March 30, 2022. This year’s fest will have both in-person and virtual options (one pass gets you both) for a lineup of panels, readings, and events. The Featured Artists will be announced on March 31 and the Festival will run Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2022.

I Got Lost in my Book*

January 31, 2022

2021 Walk Award
by Peyton Eberhardt, 6th grade

I got lost in my book. My dad calls me.
Not right now, I wanted to say. I’m lost.
Seated on the couch, I sip my warm tea.
Famine. Hunger. An ocean seldom crossed.
A war. A hero. I turn the pages
With excitement. All stories have an end.
Perhaps I’ll read a book about mages.
I’ll find a book that wants to be my friend.
I search and I search. I cannot find one.
Maybe The Lord of the Rings. The Book Thief.
The library closes soon. I’m not done
Finding my book. I want to yell in grief.
I found my soulmate in a time of need.
I check out the book and begin to read.

*Copyright © 2021 by Peyton Eberhardt. Broadside illustrated by Christian Anne Smith.

Portland Book Festival

November 8, 2021

The Portland Book Festival begins today, Monday, November 8, 2021, and continues through Saturday, November 13. Programs will be largely online until Saturday. See the complete schedule of events and the impressive gathering of authors and presenters.

readers get ready

July 22, 2021

It’s almost August and that means it’s time once again for The Sealey Challenge. It started as a personal project in 2017 when poet Nicole Sealey decided to challenge herself to read a book of poems each day for the month of August.

There is no prize waiting at the end; instead, participants are left with the knowledge of 31 fresh voices, a sense of belonging to a discovered community, and — hopefully — a newfound (or renewed) love of poetry.” Laura Buccieri, Lithub

There’s no charge to participate. Visit your favorite independent bookseller (or perhaps your own overstuffed shelf of un-read books) and select 31 books, chapbooks, or poetry zines. Read one each day. Share photos of your books tagged #TheSealeyChallenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

(And by the way, if you fall in love with what you’re reading, why not write a review on Goodreads or one of those other book sites?)

Are you up for the challenge?

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