a visit from Rick Steves

October 20, 2021

Rick Steves may be “America’s most respected authority on European travel,” but Washington state is his home base and poetry is on his agenda. With that in mind, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism invited Rick Steves to sample the local fare, which he did, in three episodes. In the third and final segment, his cultural tour concludes with a poem read by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. We don’t get to see Rena, but we get a coastal flyover and we hear her voice as she reads her pantoum, “Focus and Circuli: Songs on the Salmon Scale” beginning at about 04:30 on the video timer.

East Whatcom County community radio station KAVZ-LP, broadcasting 24 hours a day from beautiful downtown Van Zandt, is seeking writers and poets to submit poetry, prose, non-fiction, and plays to be broadcast and stream on the World Wide Web on the program South Fork Speaks. Recordings of 25 to 30 minutes may include the work of one or more writers, but “Be aware of your copyrights or they may be lost to you forever.” All the details are on the South Fork Speaks page.

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Thanks to Whatcom Writers & Publishers for the heads-up

there once was a….

February 24, 2016

4-leaf clover by Ginger Oppenheimer

In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, The Bellingham Herald will again publish family-friendly limericks written by Whatcom County, Washington, residents. The deadline to submit limericks is Monday, March 7, 2016.

The limericks will appear online and in print on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17.

Email your limericks to dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com or mail or bring them to The Bellingham Herald, 1155 N. State Street, second floor, Bellingham, WA 98225.
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photo by Ginger Oppenheimer

the sound of Noisy Water

November 29, 2015

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington

Other Mind Press is pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, an anthology of work by 101 outstanding poets who have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County in the last five years.

The first reading, SpeakEasy 17, will be held in the Encore Room at Mount Baker Theatre (Bellingham) at 7:00pm this Tuesday, December 1, 2015. More than two dozen poets will read and copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.

The program for the second reading, Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Village Books, features an entirely different lineup of poets.

Additional readings are scheduled in the new year at county libraries and again at Village Books for National Poetry Month. See the complete list of readings and poets on the Noisy Water web page.

All events are free. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase at each reading and, beginning in December, at Village Books (in person and online). (Perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list!)

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