more from Spokane

April 27, 2021

Back in January, we mentioned Browne’s Addition, a Spokane neighborhood, and how it figured into a city-centric project of Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook. Since that time, Cook’s project, In the Neighborhood, has taken on a life of its own, inspiring poetry from neighborhoods throughout the city and yielding a video as well.

Good work, Chris Cook and Spokane poets!

meanwhile in Spokane…

January 16, 2021

Browne’s Addition is Spokane’s oldest neighborhood. Chris Cook is Spokane’s Poet Laureate. Where the two meet is one of Cook’s current projects: #onlyinbrownes.

As Cook walks through the neighborhood, he snaps photos of sights that strike him as quirky or unusual and posts them to #onlyinbrownes on Facebook. Now (through February 12, 2021) he’s inviting current or former residents of Spokane and the Spokane area to submit poems paying tribute to Spokane’s neighborhoods. See the guidelines for In the Neighborhood Poetry Project and read more about the project in The Inlander.

If you’re a fan of Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 – October 28, 2014), or his magnum opus, The Book of Nightmares (Houghton Mifflin 1971), in particular, or just curious to hear the sound of the poet’s words, there will be a live reading of The Book of Nightmares in its entirety on Thursday, November 7, 2019, starting at 7:00pm at the Lucky You Lounge in Spokane. Readers will include poets Jonathan Johnson, Laura Read, Taylor D. Waring, Sam Foley, and one more TBA.

Spokane Arts has announced that Chris Cook will assume the title of Spokane Poet Laureate in November, when Mark Anderson completes his two-year term. Read more in The Spokesman-Review and learn more about Chris Cook and listen to some poems on Pictures of Poets.

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photo by Dean Davis

the sound of Spokane

January 31, 2019

Since March, 2018, Spokane Public Radio, an NPR member station, has invited a distinguished local poet to select and read one poem each weekday for one week. The poem can be their own or by “poets they admire or find particularly poignant or relevant for the time of airing.” The poems are broadcast Monday through Friday at 9:00am (Pacific) or you can visit the Poetry Moment archives and listen in. Thanks, Spokane!

Go Spokane!

January 7, 2019

We like this: Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and Spokane Arts currently have an open call for Poetry at the Podium, an opportunity for more than 30 Spokane poets to read their work at Spokane City Council meetings. At each meeting, after the Pledge of Allegiance, during Words of Inspiration, one poet will read a single poem.

Read more in The Spokesman-Review, at Spokane Arts, and on Facebook.

(We also like the Spokane Arts logo, which looks a lot like Spoken Arts.)

The Spokane County Library District invites you to a Poetry Picnic on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 7:00pm, at the Moran Prairie Library. The gathering will feature poets José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Nance Van Winckel, plus free gelato from Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. All ages welcome, but some poems may have adult themes. Read more in The Spokesman-Review.

poetry underfoot

July 5, 2018

Spokane, Washington, has taken a slightly different approach to its sidewalk poetry project, I Am a Town. Instead of permanently impressing the words into the sidewalk, this temporary project, dreamed up by former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read, uses stencils and spray paint to add the poems to local sites. The 13 poems were chosen and excerpted from open submissions. See more about the project, a map of the sites, and the full text of the selected poems on the I Am A Town website.

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poem by Fitz Fitzpatrick

poetry on film

May 24, 2018

Congratulations to Spokane filmmaker Kendra Ann Sherrill, whose short film, The Pink Tablet, will screen at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 3:30pm at the SIFF Cinema Uptown and again on June 6. One of six Washington filmmakers participating in the Fly Filmmaking Challenge, Sherrill was tasked with making a 5-7 minute documentary on a budget of $500 in 10 weeks.

Sherrill selected Spokane poet Ellen Welcker as her subject and The Pink Tablet is a 7-minute film based on Welcker’s poem of the same name.

For a suggestion of the film’s material, you can watch Welcker’s “feral opera,” also called The Pink Tablet — part play, part dance, and five original choral compositions — on YouTube.

still time, Spokane

April 21, 2018

Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts : When Women Collaborate is on view at the Spokane Art School through Friday, April 27, 2018. With poetry by Maya Jewell Zeller and illustrations by Carrie DeBacker, the exhibit highlights an imaginative creative collaboration. Alchemy for Cells and other Beasts was published in 2017 by Seattle-based Entre Ríos Books.

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