get inspired!

June 13, 2017

It’s time again for the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat: four weeks of new prompts, writing exercises, inspiration and critiques offered by the editors of Two Sylvias Press (Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy).

There are two sessions: June 26 – July 23 (July session) and July 31 – August 27 (August session). Find all the details and registration information on the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat page.


The Beginning*

July 27, 2014

Amanda Chandler - The Beginning

The Beginning
By Amanda Chandler, 10th grade
2014 Walk Award

Honeysuckles, ladybugs.
Bare feet kiss the luscious green grass.
Toes wiggle into the dark depths of the dirt.
The summer wind breathes
“come,” as it latches onto my soul
carrying me on its adventure.

I am one with the swallowtail butterfly
coated in golden hues.
I am one with the ancient catfish
who bubbles the language of life.

I am the happy outcast disregarding womanly manners.
No petty talk of Sunday school girls,
no Easter hats, no lacy gloves.
No patent leather Mary Janes.
Gone is the entitled façade
gone are the braids wound upon my head like a crown.
Out come freckles splattered on my face
by the master painter with his paint brush.

As I climb the tallest tree
I soar, glide, rise
on the updraft of the gale
I fly.

*Copyright 2014 by Amanda Chandler. Broadside designed by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

summer reading

June 20, 2014

browsing poetry

If you’re planning your summer reading list, or if you’re just eager to catch up on the “important” reading you’ve missed, here are a few places to start when you have a little time to browse.

From The Telegraph (UK), “15 best poetry books of all time

From Flavorwire, “50 Essential Books of Poetry That Everyone Should Read

Take this one to the beach: The Poetry Archive — an entirely free audio trove of major poets reading their own work and new recordings by contemporary poets of classics from the past.

summer camp!

June 28, 2013

Camp NaNoWriMoAs the Northern Hemisphere days grow (alas) shorter and hotter, it’s once again time for summer camp — and that means Camp NaNoWriMo. You’re no doubt familiar with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, every November) and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo, every April). Well, Camp NaNoWriMo offers the same encouragement and support to help you produce a volume of writing in a very condensed chunk of time.

But, you say, you don’t really want to write a novel. You have something else in mind. Funny you should mention that. Shelby Gibbs addresses that very concern in The Camp Guide to Rebelling.

However you decide to use your month at Camp, you can get all the details and sign up on the Camp NaNoWriMo website. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

garden party Governor's Island
If you’re headed east in June, July or August, the good folks at Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation, have posted a short Guide to East Coast Summer Poetry Festivals so you won’t miss your daily quotient of poetry. Have a look and enjoy your summer!
Garden party Governors Island

time for summer camp!

June 4, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMoEvery November, thousands of writers crank out millions of words in the month-long 50,000-word commitment known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Now, the good folks who brought you NaNoWriMo bring you Camp NaNoWriMo — another chance to take the pledge and get the support and encouragement you need to make June and/or August into ultra-productive months. It’s already the 4th, but you can still learn more and sign up at the Camp NaNoWriMo website…and start writing!

before you know it…

December 9, 2011

2012 calendar…summer will be here. Really. A crust of frost dusts roofs and trees. Chickadees and juncos forage for tidbits in the bare branches. White birds flock in the fields.

This might be an excellent time to start thinking about long, warm days and planning for the summer ahead. For example…

The Chuckanut Writers Conference is on the calendar for June 22-23. Registration is open for the 2012 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 8-22. The Pacific Northwest Writers Conference will be held July 19-22. LiTFUSE 2012 will take place September 21-23.

Plans are unfolding every day. Keep track of it all by checking the NW Lit Events page (note: renamed from NW Lit Scene), which is updated almost daily and includes literary events happening throughout the state of Washington. Something missing? Leave a comment!
2012 calendar

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