SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread engaged five poets in what turned out to be a nine-month poetic conversation. The resulting series of linked poems was presented in five Zoom readings.

To complete SpeakEasy 27, audience members were invited to submit their own poems inspired by and directly linked to specific ideas or language in the 25-poem series. Round 6, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, will feature response poems by Sarah Brownsberger, Lauren Camp, Nancy Canyon, Bev Darnall, J.I. Kleinberg, Eric Kosarot, Rachel Mehl, Peter Messinger, Jory Mickelson, Don Mitchell, Kevin Murphy, Bethany Reid, Sheila Rosen, Paul Sarvasy, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, Sheila Sondik, Allie Spikes, and Nik Warren.

Additional information and video of the previous readings is available on the Other Mind Press SpeakEasy 27 page. The reading is free on Zoom (Zoom link available from the participating poets or by sending an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com). Please join us!

local luminary

January 12, 2020

It has been nearly three years since we posted about The Poetry Foundation’s twice-monthly podcast series, Poetry Off the Shelf. The original post was at the suggestion of Sheila Sondik, and this update comes from Sheila as well, with the recognition that “it’s not every day we have a local luminary featured.” Have a look at the January 7, 2020, episode, “Dreams and Fathers,” which features Bruce Beasley on his writing process, and on how fathers might be like warm ice cubes.

Poem Booth time again!

January 7, 2020

The Bellingham Poem Booth once again invites submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, residents. The winning poem is displayed for three months on the Forest Street side of the downtown Bellingham Co-op. Winning and runner-up poems are posted on the Poem Booth blog. The deadline is midnight, Saturday, February 15, 2020 and the guidelines are here.

The Poem Booth, which has been ably guided by a handful of volunteers since its inception, now has a new team: John S. Green, Rachel Mehl, Rena Preist, Sheila Sondik, and Elizabeth Vignali.

spring in D.C.

March 13, 2019

Spring has sprung in Washington, D.C.’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District as haiku appear in tree boxes along some of the city’s busiest sidewalks. The sixth annual Golden Haiku contest received nearly 2,000 entries from 50 countries and the judges have selected more than 300 to be printed and posted now through the month of April, including that of Sheila Sondik, above, and Michael Dylan Welch, below.

the creatures are stirring!

October 15, 2018

Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and Judy Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

You are invited to attend a free Whatcom Advocates presentation by four artists/poets on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, at the Whatcom Museum/Old City Hall Rotunda Room.

Sheila Sondik, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share their work, processes, and inspiration. For bios and additional information, see the Whatcom Museum event page.

Poem Booth update

August 26, 2017

Bellingham’s Poem Booth, located on the Forest Street side of the downtown Food Co-op, continues to offer fresh poems to go with your fresh produce. The winning poem is selected from submissions to a quarterly contest (some additional submissions are posted on the Poem Booth blog).

The June poem, “What Water Says” by Jim Bertolino, will soon be replaced by “Ode to a Flat Black River Stone” by Sheila Sondik. There will be an unveiling ceremony at 5:30pm on Friday, September 1, 2017. Please join Sheila Sondik and the Poem Booth team at this free event.

Submissions are now open for the next quarter’s poem.

poetry to keep you company

January 27, 2017

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf is a twice-monthly podcast series offered free by The Poetry Foundation. In each audio segment, producer Curtis Fox “explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.” With podcasts dating back to April 2006, you will find new and favorite poets as well as conversations addressing topics timely and traditional. Have a listen.

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Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the suggestion

Hear the Poetry Marathon

January 22, 2017

SpeakEasy 18: the Poetry Marathon

The Poetry Marathon challenges participants to write (and post) 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12 hours). Originated and organized by Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans, writers and web publishers living in Cascadia, The Poetry Marathon is entirely free. In 2016, more than 500 poets worldwide participated in the full or half marathon.

SpeakEasy 18 will present a number of participating poets from the region reading selections from their marathon output. Readers include Jessica Ankeny, Ramona Elke, Janel Erchinger-Davis, Jacob Jans, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Pagh, Silvester Phua, Paul Sarvasy, Harvey Schwartz, Sheila Sondik, Caitlin Thomson, Jeanne Yeasting, and Tobe Zalinger.

Please join us for SpeakEasy 18 on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and copies of the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology will be available for purchase.

Thursday in Redmond!

February 17, 2016

Sheila Sondik - Canal Path II

Michael Dylan Welch and SoulFood Poetry Night will present two wonderful poets tomorrow evening, Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:00pm at the SoulFood CoffeeHouse and Fair Trade Emporium in Redmond, Washington.

Sheila Sondik is a Bellingham poet and printmaker. Her visual and written artwork explore the mysteries lurking just behind the surface of everyday life. Her poems, in both Asian and Western forms, have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, Fishing a Familiar Pond: Found Poems from The Yearling, in 2013. For her reading at SoulFood, she will be sure to include some of her recent technology-themed poems.

Caitlin Thomson has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies including The Moth, The Adroit Journal, Eleven Eleven, and Till the Tide. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net anthology. Territory Prayer, her third chapbook, was just published by Maverick Duck Press.

This should be an exciting evening of poetry, including an open mic, which follows the featured poets.
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artwork: Canal Path II by Sheila Sondik

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