PoetryBridge, virtually

October 22, 2021

Leopoldo Seguel, longtime poet wrangler and Chief Provocateur of West Seattle’s PoetryBridge, has revealed the lineup for the remainder of 2021.

Gathering on Zoom on alternate Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm Pacific, PoetryBridge will feature:

October 27 – Lyn Coffin and Joel Kabakov
November 10 – Mike Jurkovic and Christopher Jarmick
November 24 – Tito Titus and Benjamin Schmitt
December 8 – Sara Marron and Larry Crist
December 22 – Laurel Blossom and Stacy Lawson

An open mic follows the featured readers.

The Zoom links are not posted but are emailed on the morning of the event. To add your name to the email list, send a note to Leopoldo Seguel at info@poetrybridge.net. You can also find more information on Leopoldo’s PoetryBridge Facebook page.

Thursday poetry

November 11, 2020

Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are two venerable L.A. literary institutions. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled, though virtual events are ongoing (see daily calendar at the FoB link above).

This Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00pm, Beyond Baroque will present the first installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, featuring Sara Borjas, Nickole Brown, Cyrus Cassells, Victoria Chang, Cathy Colman, Megan Fernandes, Jane Hirshfield, Jessica Jacobs, John Murillo, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The reading event will be streamed live via Crowd Cast and is free with advance registration.

Additional broadcasts will be streamed December 3, 10, and 17, 2020.

more from Canada

November 5, 2020

Interested in what’s up with poetry in Canada? VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival, returns November 6 – 22, 2020, with an entirely virtual program featuring 60 poets in English and French through a mix of live and pre-recorded readings, lectures, poetry slams, interviews, and panels. And it’s free. Learn more on Rob McLennan’s blog and on the VERSeFest 2020 website.

still relevant

October 30, 2020

Published by Lost Horse Press in 2017, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse is still fresh, relevant, and full of powerful voices. Hear some of them on Sunday, November 1, 2020, live on Facebook at Noon Pacific (don’t forget to set your clock back!).

Julie Kane and Lost Horse Press editor Christine Holbert co-host, with the following Nasty Women Poets reading from the anthology: Nordette Adams, Desiré Aguirre, Melissa Balmain, Judith Barrington, DeMisty Bellinger, Tara Betts, Carolyn Breedlove, Kim Bridgford (posthumous — read by Nicole Caruso Garcia), Patricia Clark, Annie Finch, Twyla Hansen, Allison Joseph, Julie Kane, Jenna Lê, Lesléa Newman, Jennifer Perrine, Valentine Pierce, Hilda Raz, Pat Gallagher Sassone, and Andy Young.

If it’s not already on your shelf, or you need a copy to give as a gift, distributor University of Washington Press is giving Cultivating Voices LIVE Poetry members, guests, and attendees a 30% discount (on all books you order) with the promo code WST30.

Treat yourself, and the whole family, to a virtual reading and conversation this Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 2:00pm Pacific, as John Green (aka Papa Green Bean) and Christen Mattix share their brand-new book, Whimsey Park: Poems for the Whole Family. The Village Books event is free, but you’ll need to register in advance.

With poems by Green and lively illustrations by Mattix (who is also a poet), the book is likely to appeal to ages 5 through 12… and up, up, up!

today, times three!

October 21, 2020

Today, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, is a big day for poetry. Here are links to three terrific virtual events that should be enormously inspiring (times are Pacific):

At 12:30pm, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo reads and discusses her work as part of the October 19-23 celebration, Always Indigenous: Fifty Years of the Chief Seattle Club.

At 5:00pm, Dear America Town Hall —Real Patriotism: The Art of Activism and Protest features readings and discussion by Sherwin Bitsui, Fenton Johnson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Debra Marquart, facilitated by Terrain.org editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin.

At 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle presents Kathleen Flenniken in conversation with fellow poet Sharon Bryan.


real poetry, virtually

October 2, 2020

Bellingham’s favorite independent bookstore, Village Books, has stepped up their schedule of virtual readings. On Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 4:00pm, Alice Derry, Richard Widerkehr, Gayle Kaune, and Jordan Hartt will read from their latest.

On Friday, October 16, at 5:00pm, the amazing Luci Shaw will read from her brand-new book (her 38th!), The Generosity.

On Saturday, October 24, at 2:00pm, Bellingham poets John Green and Christen Mattix will talk about their new book, Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family.

And on Sunday, October 25, at 4:00pm, Alexandra Teague and Elizabeth Vignali will read from their latest collections.

Come what may, on the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm Seán Dwyer emcees the Village Books Virtual Open Mic.

These events are all free, but advance registration is required (and book purchases are deeply appreciated). Mark your calendar and follow the event links above to find more information about authors, books, and registration.

the raven takes wing

October 1, 2020

Raven Chronicles and Raven Chronicles Press have a long history in Cascadia. The community-based magazine published 48 issues between 1991 and 2018. The press launched in 2016 and, in March 2020, published a particularly timely and important volume — Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, A Raven Chronicles Anthology. Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché and Thomas Hubbard, Take a Stand is a collection of poems, stories and images from 117 writers and 53 artists, with 69 illustrations.

As we’ve noted over recent months, an unexpected benefit of the shutdown has been to allow people to attend virtual readings, workshops, and classes that would otherwise have been geographically impractical, if not impossible. Now we can see that the opposite is also true: publications that we consider local can have an entirely new life in distant places.

In the coming days (starting today, October 1, 2020), Take a Stand will engage new audiences with readings and conversations from Virginia, Port Townsend, and Connecticut. The readings are free (registration required) and you can purchase a copy of Take a Stand: Art Against Hate at Raven Chronicles Press or your favorite independent bookstore.

last chance!

September 23, 2020

LiTFUSE 2020 starts the evening of Thursday, September 24, and continues through Sunday the 27th with a stellar lineup of readings, workshops, and other virtual gatherings.

Bring all the LiTFUSE poets to your house this year. Registration is still open.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

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