poetry in Kirkland

March 17, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 18, 2017, would be a good time to go to Kirkland. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will lead a FREE workshop at BookTree from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and then be a featured reader in the 3rd Saturday Poetry Is Everything Reading and Open Mic, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m., along with co-feature poet Raul Sanchez. Tod’s workshop is “Three Notes on a Silver Flute: Making Metaphors.”

Details on the BookTree website and on Facebook.

early bird

March 11, 2017

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014If you’re thinking about attending this year’s Chuckanut Writers Conference, Friday and Saturday June 23 and 24, 2017, registration is now open and early bird rates are in effect (you save $40). Visit the Chuckanut Writers Conference site for details, master class descriptions and a registration link.

east of the Cascades

December 29, 2016

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

In addition to being the home of Washington State’s current poet laureate, Tod Marshall, eastern Washington has plenty of poetry going on, if this week’s special Poetry Issue of The Pacific Northwest Inlander is any indication. Have a look!

good advice

November 28, 2016

Tod Marshall photo by Amy SinisterraWhether (or not) you intend to submit a poem to Washington 129, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall offers some wise advice to poets in his latest post, The Tyranny of Intention. Useful suggestions any time, whatever you write.

nudge nudge

October 14, 2016

Washington 129

We mentioned this back in March, so this is just a gentle reminder that submissions are still open for Washington 129, the anthology of poems by Washington State writers being assembled by Washington’s Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall. According to the call for submissions, “all poets, no matter age or experience level, are encouraged to submit. Poems are not required to address Washington geography, imagery, or culture directly, but those that do will be given priority consideration.”

Poems must be previously unpublished. Submit no more than three poems as a single Microsoft Word attachment or in the body of an email to submissions@humanities.org. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. (Poems may also be submitted by U.S. mail; details on the call for submissions.)

One hundred twenty-nine (one for each year of Washington’s statehood up to 2018) of the poems will be included in a print anthology; an additional selection will be assembled into an e-book available online.

Visit the Washington 129 page on the Washington Poet Laureate site, download the call for submissions and send your poems!

more poetry walking

August 18, 2016

Connemara, Ireland

As long as we’re on the subject of poetry walks, here’s another. This one comes courtesy of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who recently returned from Ireland and mused on his rambles, including a visit to the Letterfrack Poetry Trail in Galway. Officially launched in 2014, the trail connects the village of Letterfrack with nearby Connemara* National Park and the Connemara West Centre. Nine poets were commissoned to write poems for the trail and an additional poem — in a “secret” location — was contributed by Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins. The poetry plaques along the trail were made with locally sourced larch and slate.

You can learn more about the Letterfrack Poetry Trail on the Conamara* Environmental Education and Cultural Centre website and read about Tod Marshall’s Irish sojourn on the Washington Poet Laureate site.

*variable spellings reflect those in the source material

Poetry Camp!

June 3, 2016

Vardell and Wong

Attention teachers, librarians, writers, parents and poetry lovers! Registration is now open for Poetry Camp (for grown-ups!) — a day about sharing, teaching, and understanding poetry!

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Western Washington University in Bellingham, poetry scholar Sylvia Vardell (above left), poet Janet Wong (above right) and more than thirty poets from The Poetry Friday Anthology series will speak or perform poetry at the conference. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will also participate and the day will culminate with a free public performance by guest of honor Jack Prelutsky.

This is an amazing deal. Registration is $60 early bird until June 30, 2016; $75 after July 1, 2016; Students $35. Registration includes a copy of Celebrations Poetry Friday Anthology (Teachers Edition in Spanish and English, a $30 value). Educators can get five clock hours for participation.

For complete details on schedule, workshops, presenters and registration, see the Poetry Camp page at PoetryCHaT.

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