Day of Remembrance

February 15, 2019

Award winning poet Mia Ayumi Malhotra will be a special guest at Western Washington University in Bellingham on the Day of Remembrance. She will read from her new book, Isako Isako (Alice James, 2018), which speaks to the generational impact of the Japanese American internment.

Isako Isako is a powerful testament to poetry’s capacity for alchemizing history, memoir, and the lyric: the poems here intimately address the landscapes of war and the reverberations of violence through bodies and bloodlines. Malhotra’s visionary debut collection spans generations, countries, and loves, weaving the story of a mother survivor with reflections on the limits and reaches of memory. Sandalwood cities, desert gardens, dragon skin, and peach pits emerge from a shadowed past, details that ‘elude / even as they’re remembered.’” Brynn Saito, author of Power Made Us Swoon

This special event is free and will be held at 4:30pm on campus in Old Main 483.

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Joshua Beckman at WWU

February 9, 2019

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Poet Joshua Beckman will discuss two of his two recent books, Three Talks and The Lives of the Poems (Wave Books, 2018), on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 6:00pm, at Western Washington University (Bond Hall, room 105), as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. The event is free.

Joshua Beckman is the author of many other books, including The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry
in Translation Award. He also co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). He lives in Seattle and New York.

Poet Laureate in Bellingham

November 26, 2018

Washington’s Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, will visit Western Washington University for a reading of her poetry on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 4:00pm, in Academic West 210. Sponsored by Western’s English Department, the reading is free and open to the public. Additional details here.

set your alarm for this one

October 26, 2018

The 116th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will be held at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham November 9-11, 2018. This year’s theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages.”

The Friday morning General Session will feature a Creative Writers Spotlight with poets Rae Armantrout, Juan Delgado, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and Jane Wong. The session begins at 9:15am at the Performing Arts Center on the WWU campus.

Although current PAMLA 2018 membership and registration is required for all other conference sessions, this event is free and open to the public.

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Thanks to Nancy Pagh and Lysa Rivera for the info.

poetry in the classroom

October 11, 2018

PoetryCHaT is sponsoring a half-day poetry workshop at Western Washington University on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Centered around cross-cultural and interdisciplinary poetry, this morning Mini-Camp will provide resources for use in classroom teaching, hands-on activities, spoken word, and ideas to promote poetry in educational and library settings. The program includes keynote speakers Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong and spoken word poetry by Wyatt Heimbichner-Goebel.

Registration is $35.00 and includes GREAT Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud, a Poetry Friday Anthology, and Poetry Friday Power Book. CEUs are available. Parking is free.

Teachers, librarians, parents, and poets are welcome. See additional details and registration information on the Poetry Mini-Camp page.

laureate lore

June 30, 2018

If you visit the Washington Poet Laureate website, you’ll find a profile of the current PL, Claudia Castro Luna, and a list of the state’s previous poets laureate: Samuel Green (2007 – 2009), Kathleen Flenniken (2012 – 2014), Elizabeth Austen (2014 – 2016), and Tod Marshall (2016-2018).

Western Washington University professor Laura Laffrado is, pretty much single-handedly, working to correct a very significant omission from that list: Washington’s first poet laureate, Ella Rhoads Higginson.

An article by Ron Judd in the Sunday, June 24, 2018, PacificNW magazine section of The Seattle Times details Laffrado’s monumental task and the passion she shares with her WWU students. If you missed it in print, you can still read it online.

On April 28, 2018, Naomi Shihab Nye delivered the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture at Western Washington University in Bellingham. She was inspiring and gracious. The June 2018 issue of Children & Libraries is a special issue devoted to the Arbuthnot Lecture and it includes the full text of Shihab Nye’s talk. Enjoy!

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