There’s a new poetry press in town with an intriguing mission. Pulley Press, a brand-new imprint of Clyde Hill Publishing, is “devoted to discovering and promoting voices from rural America.”

Under the direction of founding editor, Frances McCue, the Seattle-based poet, author, professor and literary activist who co-founded Hugo House, Pulley Press will open artistic dialogue between the coasts and the rural places within America.

Pulley Press kicks off with several original new collections:

  • A Man with a Rake, a chapbook by Ted Kooser
  • Mankiller Poems by the late Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller
  • We Had Our Reasons by Ricardo Ruiz

Pulley Press engages with the gritty, tough world of overlooked America and aspires to run, as if on a clothesline, beautiful poetry into all corners of our country.

Congratulations to Frances McCue and Pulley Press!

better than flowers

February 8, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021, is Valentine’s Day and here are a couple of sweet options.

The League of Canadian Poets presents Poetry in Union. You book a 15-minute time slot (7:00am to 1:00pm Pacific) with a Canadian poet and after a brief conversation you will receive a poem written specially for you and your sweetheart. Advance booking recommended.

From Noon to 3:00pm on Sunday, the Olympia Poetry Network (OPN) and Cultivating Voices LIVE Poetry presents an international celebration of poets laureate: Laureate Lovefest. Poets laureate from Ireland, Canada, and across the U.S. will participate in a three-hour lovefest of readings and conversation, including special video readings by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser and current U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. See the lineup (including Claudia Castro Luna, Kim Stafford, and former Youth Poet Laureat of Seattle Azura Tyabji) and register here.

Reading Bertolino

September 23, 2019

SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino will be a lively evening of poetry written by James Bertolino and honoring this prolific and influential poet.

Jim’s poetry has been published internationally in hundreds of magazines, scores of anthologies, and dozens of books over the past 50+ years. He holds an MFA from Cornell University, has won numerous awards, and taught creative writing for more than 36 years. Jim’s first book was published in 1968, and his recent publications include Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press, 2014) and Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers, 2018), which he edited. Bertolino’s poem “A Wedding Toast” was featured on Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, on June 29, 2019.

This free, public event will be held at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 7:00pm. Please join us.

new SAL series

July 19, 2014

SAL Poetry

Details about the 2014-2015 Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series are now available on the SAL website, where you can also purchase tickets. In addition to a stellar lineup of readings/conversations and lectures, this year’s program includes master classes with Matthea Harvey and Lucie Brock-Broido.

The Seattle Arts & Lectures Literary\Arts Series is also posted and features speakers James McBride, Colm Tóibín, Ruth Ozeki, Sheri Fink, Cheryl Strayed and Frank Bruni.

SAL Poetry

The Seattle Times today published the list of poets scheduled for the Seattle Arts & Lectures 2014-2015 season. They include Ted Kooser, Sherman Alexie, Timothy Donnelly and Terrance Hayes. Two more events will be announced later this month. The series has a new venue this year: Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center.

See the Seattle Times for dates as well as information about speakers for the Literary Arts series. Ticketing information has not yet been posted on the SAL website, but watch for details; these events often sell out.

on poetry…

April 25, 2014

Ted Kooser with dogs
“A poem has to do all of its own explaining.”
Ted Kooser
(b. April 25, 1939)
from The Poetry Home Repair Manual
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