Pelican Bay Books is a wonderful bookstore in downtown Anacortes, Washington. Along with a huge inventory of used and rare books, wine, and coffee, the store hosts monthly poetry readings that bring out a warm and supportive audience of poets and poetry lovers. On Saturday, January 28, 2023, Pelican Bay will welcome poets Georgia Johnson, Roberto Ascalon, and Natalie Lahr. It should be good. Hope to see you there!

Artist Trust on Tour

April 8, 2016

Artist Trust on Tour / Bellingham

Applications are being accepted for Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP). The application deadline is Monday, May 23, 2016. If you plan to apply, you might want to attend one or both of the events scheduled in Bellingham.

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, spoken word performance artist Roberto Ascalon (Bellingham), circus artist Esther de Monteflores (Bellingham), poet Allen Braden (Tacoma), and visual artist and muralist Christopher Paul Jordan (Tacoma), will offer performances in their various disciplines. The event, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, is free, but RSVPs are required.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Owen David, Artist Trust’s Grants to Artists Program Coordinator, will conduct a 3-hour workshop on How to Submit a Competitive Grant Application. There will also be a Q&A panel with Artist Trust grant recipients Pam Kuntz, Roberto Ascalon, and Esther de Monteflores. The fee is $30 for Artist Trust members, $35 for non-members.

Artist Trust on Tour will continue in Tacoma on May 19, Seattle on August 3 and Port Townsend on September 15.

Get on board…

November 8, 2014

King County, Washington

Celebrate with poets, musicians and bus riders of every stripe as Poetry on Buses marks its official launch on Monday, November 10, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. The event is free and will include readings by 36 local poets in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese; live music by Love City Love; special appearances by Seattle Fandango Project, Marianna and Youth Speaks Seattle; and the premiere of the Writing Home Collection — all 365 poems!

If you can’t make it to the party — or even if you do — you can enjoy a new poem every day for the next year (starting Monday) by visiting Poetry on Buses.

Visit Poetry on Buses on Facebook and read more in the Seattle Times.

Poetry on Buses

October 1, 2014

King County, Washington

This year’s ambitious King County, Washington, project known as Poetry on Buses is nearing completion and getting ready for a November launch.

Founded in 1992, Poetry on Buses is sponsored by 4Culture and King County Metro. The 2014 project, coordinated by poet Roberto Ascalon, involved a series of eight Community Poetry Workshops (in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese) and yielded a selection of 365 winning poems.

All 365 poems will be featured, one a day, on the Poetry on Buses website and 125 of them will appear on select RapidRide buses or stations around King County.

The official launch party will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Seattle’s Moore Theatre. All of the poems will be on display, 36 of the poets will read, plus there will be live music and special guests. It’s free, so mark your calendar, visit Poetry on Buses on Facebook, and then watch for the roll-out of Poetry on Buses around King County.

Here’s a link to more poetry on buses projects.

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