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.)

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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.

new voice in Spokane

February 16, 2018

Poetry has a new voice in Spokane: Power 2 The Poetry. Power 2 The Poetry is a movement promoting freedom of expression, providing a platform to the under-represented in the community, including people of color, LGBTQ+, women, millennials, etc. Founded by Bethany Montgomery, AJ McKinney and Lynn’Marie White, Power 2 The Poetry seeks to raise awareness of social, cultural, and political issues, encouraging poets to address topics that make people uncomfortable.

“We initiate in-depth discussions engaging our audience in meaningful dialogue to inspire change. We express, expose, ignite.”

See the article in The Inlander, visit the Power 2 The Poetry website, like them on Facebook, and hear the Power at one of their upcoming events (February 20 at the Spokane Public Library, February 28 at Auntie’s Bookstore).

slammin’ in Spokane

October 1, 2013

IWPS 2013

Poets, get ready. This year, in fact this week, the Individual World Poetry Slam will be held in Spokane, Washington. Preliminary bouts will be held October 3 and 4, 2013, and Finals will be held October 5, 2013. 72 poets will compete for the title of world champion as recognized by PSi.

But there’s much more. Events get going on Wednesday, October 2, with a Last Chance Slam, where poets who are not yet registered can qualify for the last spot in the official competition. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedules are also peppered with open mics, panel discussions, music, workshops, poetry showcases and much more. See the full schedule and all the details on the Individual World Poetry Slam site and on Facebook.

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