poetry (etc.) walk

April 25, 2022

Market to MOHAI is a “safe, engaging pedestrian corridor stretching from Pike Place Market to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)” at South Lake Union. The route, which connects four parks, is marked by 75 sidewalk tiles with themes of cities and urban environments (No. 4, by Colleen J. McElroy, above) and 46 interpretive history blades that highlight a moment in Seattle’s history. Learn more in this week’s article by Gregory Scruggs in The Seattle Times.

plan ahead for publishing

September 30, 2021

If you’re planning a holiday print run of your current or future poetry collection, the Publishing Team at Village Books in Bellingham urges you to get started now. In an email to publishing and print-on-demand clients this week, they said (in part)

As many of you are already aware, the book industry has not escaped the effects of the pandemic and many of our partners are struggling with supply chain issues. Wood shortages create paper shortages, which drives up book-printing costs, and worker shortages due to COVID-19 leads to delays in packing/shipping/transporting books. We are anticipating delayed printing times of 3-4 weeks for any order of paperback books, and 4-6 weeks for hardcover books.

Here’s what this means for you: if you are needing to order a print run of your books before the holidays, we need to know by October 15th, 2021. This is the suggested cut-off date from our printers to hopefully ensure your books arrive on time. We cannot guarantee that any orders placed after this date will arrive before the holidays.

The concern expressed by Village Books is confirmed by a Bloomberg article that appeared in Tuesday’s Seattle Times, Paper shortage hits American retailers when they need it most.

The bottom line: start planning now and contact your printer to make sure the materials you need will be available.

Thanks to Luther Allen for the heads up.

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September 8, 2020

Seattle was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. But long before that title became official, local writers had begun reflecting on what it would mean to the citizens and the character of the city. They have continued to do so, and now Kristen Millares Young has collected and edited an anthology of essays by local writers, Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, to be published this month.

Read an article by Trevor Lenzmeier in The Seattle Times and an excerpt by Claudia Castro Luna in Crosscut.

The Seattle Public Library will host a virtual release party for Seismic on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 7:00pm. The event is free, but registration is required.

a place to dream and write

November 25, 2019

Perhaps you, too, have imagined your ideal writing space. Poet John Barr had the imagination, the time, and the resources to create the writing studio of his dreams near his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The story appeared last week in The New York Times, reprinted in The Seattle Times.

the poet’s opinion

May 10, 2016

Opinion page, May 10, 2016

If you’ve been following the peregrinations of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, you know he’s everywhere, all the time. Today, in fact, he’s in The Seattle Times. His Opinion-page article, “Lack of art hurting empathy,” applauds the benefits of direct experience with art in its many forms and suggests how much we might be losing by not making art a higher priority.

Little Free Library mapWe’ve mentioned the Little Free Library project before. Perhaps you’ve noticed the proliferation of the colorful boxes of books in your neighborhood. The Seattle Times book editor and columnist Mary Ann Gwinn has been keeping tabs on book borrowers who stop by her local LFL and she characterizes them in her Lit Life article, “The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons.” And Gwinn is not the only one who’s paying attention. Paula Carey, in Victoria, B.C., captured her Library visitors on video!

If you think Little Free Libraries are a great idea, why not support the LFL Kickstarter campaign that will expand the reach of Little Free Libraries to underserved regions (“book deserts”) and work through schools and police departments to support literacy? It’s a great cause and the campaign ENDS in just three days — Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 9:00pm PDT. There’s a lot more information on the Little Free Library project on the LFL website and on Facebook.

And in case you’re wondering what to do with all those ‘extra’ copies of your chapbook…they’ll be very welcome at a Little Free Library near you, where they just might be discovered by an entirely new audience of lit lovers!

Elizabeth Austen - Seattle Times 5-10-15

Be sure to read the reflections by state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen on the opinion page of today’s Seattle Times. Find “How poetry can help us say the unsayable” on page A15 or online.

independent in the news

June 23, 2014

Ravenna Third Place BooksIn case you missed it, James B. Stewart’s June 20 article in The New York Times, “Booksellers Score Some Points in Amazon’s Spat With Hachette” (also published June 21 in the The Seattle Times as “Seattle bookseller uses Amazon spat to connect with his customers”) puts one of Seattle’s stalwart independents, Third Place Books, front and center in the developing story of the “spat” between Amazon and Hachette.
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poetry walk, illustrated

April 25, 2013

Gabriel Campanario, Seattle Sketcher, poemboxGabriel Campanario is a journalist and illustrator whose blog, Seattle Sketcher, is well known to readers of The Seattle Times. A couple of weeks ago, for National Poetry Month, his column included his lively illustrations of poetry posts, boxes and even a bench that he’s observed and painted in his meanderings through Seattle. Have a look at his April 6 Seattle Times post, “Our real-life poetry of the streets.”

To see other places where “poetry posts” are cropping up, see our earlier entries on Santa Fe, Portland and Portland again.

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