poems for peace

September 26, 2018

You are invited to join peace-minded poets, musicians, and audience, as World Peace Poets celebrates its Sixth Annual Read-In on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The event, plus potluck dinner, will be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (lower level) in Bellingham. Doors open at 5:00pm, potluck begins at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm, and poets read their original peace poems and sing peace songs beginning at 6:15pm and continue until everyone has been heard.

Each poet has 5 minutes, each musician 6 minutes. If you would like to read/play/sing, sign up by Monday, October 1, 2018, by sending an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com. You will be assigned a time slot.

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In addition to being National Haiku Writing Month (more on that later), February is PEACE Poetry Postcard Month.

Poets sign up by January 29, 2018, to send 28 original, peace-themed poems on postcards to folks on the list you’ll receive by February 1, 2018. People in all countries, states/provinces are encouraged to participate. To register and recieve the list of 28 addresses, send an email to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com.

Please follow these INSTRUCTIONS, which also appear on the World Peace Poets PEACE Poetry Postcard Month Facebook page:

  • In the subject line, write Peace Poetry Postcards.
  • Give your name and address. This will not be shared anywhere beyond your group.
  • Gather together 28 postcards, one for each day of February. Some participants make their own postcards; others use commercial cards they have collected. Many online sites offer postcards with personal photos or artwork at a reasonable price. Be ready to have fun with this process.
  • After you register, and once your group has filled, you will get a list via email. Find your name on that list and make sure your info is correct. (You will not get your group list at registration, but when there are 28 in your group or when registration ends January 29th, 2018.)
  • Once you get your list, start writing original poems directly onto postcards addressed to the names on your list. Start with the name BELOW you on the list of poets. (If you are #7 on the list, your first postcard will go to #8 and proceed from there.) No one can publish your poem without your permission and you are writing to only one person.
  • Once you have written cards to all poets below your name on your list, continue up to the top of the list. Please do write 28 postcard poems if you sign up.

There will be a list of prompts posted on World Peace Poets Facebook page to help you get started or give you a boost if you’re bogged down.

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image: art by Rin Dawson

write peace, read peace

August 22, 2016

2016 poets for peace

Call for Submissions

Be a part of the conversation on the themes of peace and justice in Whatcom County, Washington, and around the world.

World Peace Poets and the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center invite you to submit your own original poems, prose, songs, comics, or artwork/graphics for posters or buttons by the submission deadline: Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.

The 4th Annual World Peace Poets Read-In will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at St. James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham. Doors open at 5:00pm for soup/salad supper and readings/performances continue til 9:30 or 10:00pm.

Submission Guidelines (may not be available elsewhere, so we offer them here):

Send all submissions and inquiries to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com.

Poetry: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Attach up to two (2) poems. Each poem must be no more than 44 lines long, including the title, single spaced. Each line is limited to 60 characters including spaces. Use the GARAMOND FONT ONLY.

Prose: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Attach up to two (2) prose pieces, each one no more than 44 lines long, including the title, single spaced. Each line is limited to 60 characters including spaces. Use the GARAMOND FONT ONLY.

Songs: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Attach one (1) song. Each complete song is to be no more than 44 lines long, including the title, single spaced. Each line is limited to 60 characters including spaces.The musical score or chording can be sent as a pdf. Use the GARAMOND FONT ONLY.

Comics: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Attach two (2) comics (we use this term very broadly) in pdf or jpeg format. The comic can be one to nine frames on an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, with half-inch margins on all four sides. No font requirements.

Posters or artwork: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Two (2) posters or artwork may be submitted. Attach each copy in a pdf or jpeg format. Artwork should not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches, and an original (provided by you) must be made available to be hung for display.

Buttons: send an e-mail with your name, e-mail and phone number. Four (4) buttons may be submitted. Attach each copy in a pdf or jpeg format. Artwork should not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches, and an original (provided by you) must be able to be hung for display.

All submissions will be considered for display at the 4th Annual World Peace Poets Read-In (words and songs) on Saturday, September 24, 2016. All submissions will be considered for one or more anthologies, which will (hopefully) be produced before October 15, 2016, but may be later. See our 2014 book Peace Poems at Village Books or online at Amazon.com. Additional readings will held in Whatcom County locations during October and November.

post(card) some peace

January 23, 2016

World Peace Poets

World Peace Poets invites you to participate in Peace Poetry Postcard Month, starting February 1. (It’s also National Haiku Writing Month. Peace haiku, anyone?) Here is the information as posted on the World Peace Poets Facebook page:

Leap Into Peace in 2016

SIGN UP for February Peace Poetry Postcard Month.
2016 has an extra day for Peace!

JOIN poets from around the world (29 to a group) and send one of your original peace poems on a postcard for the 29 days of February.

SIGN UP at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com and you will become part of a group of 29 who promise to send new poems on peace to each other.

To SIGN UP use the subject line: Peace Postcards
In the body of the e-mail provide:
Your Name, Street Address, City, State, Country and Zip or Postal Code.
For every 29 poets who sign up, a group is formed.
You will receive an e-mail with your list as soon as your group reaches 29 names and addresses.

PROCESS:
On the first day of February (or before) write an original poem on the post card of your choice and send it to the person whose name is listed below your name. Proceed down the list sending a new post card every day. Circle back to the top of the list until you come back to your own name. It’s that easy!

POSTAGE: From the U.S., International postage is $1.20 per card or four first class Forever stamps. (Within the U.S., postcard rate is $0.35.)

PROMPTS! Original poems of peace can be inspired by a postcard you have received or by a prompt listed at World Peace Poets.

POST! Feel welcome to post your peace poem on the World Peace Poets Facebook page if you wish and give peace a jump start (leap ahead) in 2016!

World Peace Poets

You are invited to gather with World Peace Poets for a peace vigil on Friday, January 1, 2016, beginning at 4:00pm at the peace pole at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (14th and Harris in Fairhaven/Bellingham). Participants will walk together down Harris to the peace pole at the pond near 8th (near the bus/train depot).

On this first day of the year, the hearts of many people turn to the vision of humankind living together in peace and harmony. Please bring a brief reading to share that speaks to this theme, such as a poem, a meaningful quote, a description of deepening understanding, or a concern to lift up in hope. Readings will be interspersed with moments of silent reflection. Bring a candle to hold and place at the dockside or float on the water. The gathering will conclude about 5:30pm. Bundle up and join neighbors and fellow poets to start the year sharing in the spirit of harmony and community. People who choose not to walk can meet those who do at 8th and Harris about 4:15pm.

peace poetry

February 6, 2015

World Peace Poets Awards

World Peace Poets will honor poets from both sides of the border at a reading and awards ceremony on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. The celebration begins at 10:00am with a two-hour workshop, “Writing Peace,” conducted by poet Carla Shafer. It resumes after lunch with readings by the awardees, who are being honored for their leadership in the poetry community. The event is free.

writing peace

October 15, 2014

World Peace Poets

World Peace Poets invites “Poets and Writers of the Northwest” to submit up to three poems (maximum two 8-1/2″ x 11″ pages) or a short essay (maximum 200 words) for a Peace Chapbook.

Volunteer editors from Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater will select materials for inclusion and writers whose work is chosen will be asked to make a contribution toward the first printing of 200 books ($4 to $40 based on ability to pay and the cost of the book).

Send submissions to worldpeacepoets@gmail.com by the deadline, November 15, 2014.

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