August 14, 2018

It’s pretty exciting when there are names you know on lists of winners, and that’s the news today as Bellingham’s own Rena Priest is named an American Book Award winner for her book Patriarchy Blues (MoonPath Press). Congratulations to Rena and all of The 2018 American Book Award Winners!


Saturday in Bellingham!

April 19, 2018

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry is going to be an exceptional evening of insightful reflections and scintillating words from poets Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.


April 13, 2018

And as long as we’re talking about the intersection of poetry and film, we should mention Poetry-About-Movies: a celebration of Film Is Truth happening at Honey Moon in Bellingham on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The evening will feature poetry about movies by Dee Dee Chapman, Rena Priest, Susan J. Erickson, and Jessica Lee.

Film is Truth 24 Times a Second is a beloved, locally owned and operated DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS rental store in Bellingham with a little bit of everything and a lot of foreign films, independent movies, arthouse films, and documentaries.

In our continuing effort to cover all bases for National Poetry Month, we offer this early notice of SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry, to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room.

An occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers, this SpeakEasy program will present seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspiration, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. You can see the poets’ bios on the Other Mind Press SpeakEasy page.

The event is free and Village Books will be on hand to offer the poets’ books for sale.

now hear Rena!

March 28, 2018

Tonight’s featured poet at Greene’s Corner in Bellingham will be Rena Priest.

Rena Priest is a writer and performer. She is a Lummi tribal member and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is active in efforts to strengthen community through participation in local arts and culture and has taught subjects in comparative cultural studies, the humanities, and Native-American studies at Northwest Indian College, Fairhaven College, and Western Washington University. Her first collection of poetry, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press in 2017. She is presently at work on a new collection titled Sublime Subliminal.

The evening starts at 6:30pm followed by the Musician’s Open Mic at 7:00 with welcome and music by JP Falcon Grady and others. Come join the fun as music and poetry rolls throughout the evening.

Bonus note: you can also hear Rena on Saturday, April 21, 2018, when she is one of the featured poets for SpeakEasy 21.

the coolest cats

November 25, 2017

You are most cordially invited to a reading and release party for Nine Lives Later: a Dead Cat Anthology. Writer/editor Dee Dee Chapman presents this unique collection of poetry and fiction that embraces the unusual motif with sincerity, honest grief, humor, and love. The evening features readings by Jessica Lee, Rena Priest, Duncan Shields, Luther Allen, Malcolm Kenyon, Nancy Canyon, and Dee Dee Chapman.

Let the fur fly. Join the hep cats at Honey Moon in Bellingham, on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 8:30pm.

Way Elsewhere

Way Elsewhere: Words & Music is the Bellingham launch of Julie Trimingham’s fictional travelogue. Julie (above right) will share the stage with violinist Swil Kanim (above center), writer/performer Rena Priest (above left) and teen poet Eliza Julius. There will be stories, music, poems, and conversation, with book signing after. Join the festivities at Village Books in Fairhaven on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 7:00pm.

JULIE TRIMINGHAM tells stories regularly at The Moth in Seattle and write essays for Numéro Cinq magazine. Her films have screened internationally at festivals and on the Bravo! channel. Her first novel, Mockingbird, was a local best seller. Novelist Douglas Glover has said of Trimingham’s writing, “Her tendency is to astonish with invention.”

SWIL KANIM is a classically trained violinist who, for many years, has traveled up and down the West Coast, playing violin and telling stories at schools, community events and festivals. He plays his own compositions, which incorporate classical influences but are infused with his own life and musical influences. He has been a featured performer at the American Indian Film Awards in San Francisco and at the West Coast American Indian Music Awards. In 2008, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at Key Arena in Seattle.

RENA PRIEST writes poetry and fiction, and has recently been performing improv with the Upfront Theater in Bellingham. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College has taught various topics in the humanities at Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and Fairhaven College. Some of her work is published in Noisy Water (Other Mind Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Nine Lives Later, a collection of stories about cats, edited by Dee Dee Chapman.

ELIZA JULIUS is a high school freshman who has performed her poetry widely. She was recently published in Eloquence, a collection of student poetry.

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