new spoken word venue

October 7, 2019

Duck Lake Books, which publishes books, chapbooks, and a quarterly journal, has announced a new spoken-word gathering: The Lighthouse Poetry Society of Ocean Shores. The open mic event will happen the second Saturday of each month, beginning October 12, 2019, at The Lighthouse in Ocean Shores, Washington.

attention fishers

July 5, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham-Bay will return on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as part of SeaFeast. This year’s program, in addition to poetry, stories, and spoken-word performance, will include maritime films.

The organizers are currently accepting submissions for both the film portion (deadline July 31) and the poetry portion (deadline August 15). If you are at home on the water and/or find inspiration there that fuels your art, consider adding your voice and vision to this lively, multi-venue event. See the details here.

P4: slam home

December 3, 2016

The Performance Poetry Preservation ProjectIf you’re interested in slam poetry, you should definitely keep an eye on The Performance Poetry Preservation Project (P4).

P4 is in the process of collecting audio, video, print, and other artifacts from the first 25 years of poetry slam, with the intention of creating an accessible library of slam history. “Our first goal is to convert the original material, where feasible, into digital files to protect the content from media degradation and obsolescence.”

The collection currently includes more than 570 media items with over 3,500 audio and video recordings of performances by over 1,100 poets. P4 is in the process of developing a long term partnership agreement with an academic repository, such as a college or university library for the perpetual storage and preservation of the archive. This is good.

Learn more at The Performance Poetry Preservation Project website or the P4 Facebook page.

when poetry pays…

February 3, 2014

Shane KoyczanTo soften the return to post-Bowl normalcy, here’s a feel-good story about poetry.

Perhaps you know the name Shane Koyczan. Maybe you saw the Canadian poet perform “We Are More” at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Maybe you’ve watched Shane Koyczan’s TED Talk.

In addition to his spoken-word poetry, which is highly accessible and often touches on the subject of bullying, Koyczan has published, to rousing success, a number of chapbooks and books, including Stickboy, a novel in verse, which he is adapting into an opera commissioned by Vancouver Opera.

To support his third book, A Bruise On Light, Shane Koyczan has launched a Kickstarter campaign. With a modest “ask” of $15,000, the poet’s pledges have reached three times that in just a week. The campaign closes on February 26, 2014. Go Shane.

Visit Shane Koyczan’s website or his Facebook page.
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Andrea GibsonThe Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham will host spoken word poet Andrea Gibson along with special guest Shenandoah Davis on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Watch this. Buy a ticket. Get in line.
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photo of Andrea Gibson

poetry workshop…

February 15, 2013

Matthew Lane BrouwerThese days an increasing number of poets use an array of techniques drawn from theater, standup comedy, music and dance in order to increase the versatility of their work and captivate audiences.

Matthew Brouwer will examine the possibilities in a workshop, Poetry as Performance Art, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, starting at 9:00am at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. He says, “Together we’ll explore what makes a strong poetry performance and look at how you can improve your confidence and spice up your delivery with a little dash of flare. The session will include writing exercises as well as significant time devoted to practicing the performance of your work.”

$25 if you are a student or register by February 16 (that’s tomorrow!); $30 otherwise. Contact Matthew at to register.

Various poets, including Matthew Brouwer, will explore the parameters of poetry performance this Sunday, February 17, at SpeakEasy 10: Out of the Box.

a progression of poetry…

October 2, 2012

Greenwood lit crawl

If you happen to find yourself in Seattle on Friday, October 12, 2012, consider joining the locals for the second Greenwood Lit Crawl. Four venues on three blocks of Greenwood Avenue North will open their doors to a progression of acts, including poetry, spoken word, prose, performance art and dance. It’s a great way to experience a variety of voices and sample the offerings of this lively North Seattle neighborhood along with a congenial audience. For the lineup of locations and artists, click on Five Alarms Greenwood.

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