a hard act to follow

August 2, 2019

Yes, the current and previous poets laureate of Washington State have set a high bar, but you could bring your own passion, voice, and creativity to the job.

The deadline for State Poet Laureate applications has been extended to Monday, August 5, 2019. Hurry!

Washington needs you

June 20, 2019

Do you have an abundance of energy, creativity, time, patience, and poetry smarts? If so, you could be the next Washington State Poet Laureate.

Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) are accepting applications for Washington State’s next poet laureate. The poet laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry, including Washington’s legacy of poetry, through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state. The new laureate will serve from January 16, 2020, to January 15, 2022.

The deadline to apply is July 26, 2019.

View application guidelines here.

Pictured, from left, recent Washington Poets Laureate Tod Marshall, Claudia Castro Luna, Elizabeth Austen, Kathleen Flenniken. (Not shown: Samuel Green)


May 8, 2019

Today, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, is GiveBIG day. Perhaps you’ve received requests from some of your favorite nonprofits asking for your support. GiveBIG 2019 is a one-day online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations headquartered in or with a service location in Washington State. In some cases, GiveBIG donations may be matched, so they are worth more to the organization. At least 1541 nonprofits are registered with GiveBIG.


May 1, 2019

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May as Arts Education Month in the State of Washington. It’s a time to celebrate the teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders, and organizations that work hard to bring arts education to all students in our K-12 schools.

“Learning in and through the arts supports students in developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, perseverance, alternative ways to communicate feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding and empathy, which supports academic success across the curriculum for students of all learning abilities, and can help address the opportunity gap…” Read the Governor’s proclamation and see more at ArtsEd Washington.

a new poetry map

April 16, 2019

When she was Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna spearheaded a poetry mapping project called the Seattle Poetry Grid. Now that she is Washington State Poet Laureate, Castro Luna has expanded the project to highlight site-specific poems for the entire state.

Washington Poetic Routes is a digital poetry-mapping project that explores Washington’s rich geographical terrain, both in terms of landscape and in terms of the human relationships that unfold across the State.

Visit the map, click the dots to read the poems, and submit your own!

Click here for more poetry map posts.

them’s hiking words

April 6, 2019

This post by Jonathan Shipley from the Washington Trails Association isn’t new, but if the season is nipping at your hiking shoes, it’s definitely worth revisiting. Shipley offers a brief intro to six hikes around the state and pairs each one with a poem. Links included.

Congratulations to Madeline Luther, 2018-19 Washington State Poetry Out Loud Champion. A junior at Okanogan High School, she won with her recitation of “On Quitting” by Edgar Albert Guest. Madeline will represent Washington State at the National Finals, April 30-May 1, 2019, at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University.

Read the poem here.

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