The SpeakEasy poetry series is honored to feature Rena Priest, the new Washington State Poet Laureate, at SpeakEasy 28: Homecoming. Presented on Zoom on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, the reading will also include Rena’s poet/mentors James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Pagh, and Jeanne Yeasting. For a Zoom link, please send an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com.

Monday reading

April 2, 2021

Tune in Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6:00pm, for a livestream reading and book launch with Kate Lebo and Kim Addonizio. Presented by Third Place Books (Seattle), Village Books (Bellingham), Browser’s Bookshop (Olympia), and Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane) the event celebrates Lebo’s latest, The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly and Addonizio’s brand-new collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere: Poems.

The event is free on Zoom with registration.

Until they can return to C & P in West Seattle, PoetryBridge LIVE! continues to Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm Pacific. They have quite a lineup for Wednesdays in March 2021:

March 10 – Priscilla Long and Indran Amirthanayagam
March 17 – Matt Briggs and Dawn Leas
March 24 – James Bertolino and John Gorski
March 31 – Pamela Carter and Arleen Williams

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 tomorrow’s readers on Leopoldo’s PoetryBridge Facebook page.

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Thanks to Anita K. Boyle for the heads up

The poets (Dayna Patterson, Jennifer Bullis, Bruce Beasley, Luther Allen, and Susan Alexander) will continue their poetic musings in Round 4 of SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific.

By this point in the linked series, spirit and virus are inextricably entwined. The intimacy of breath and the magnitude of the imponderable are stitched together. The poems reach back not only to the immediately preceding poem, but also to the entire collection, now some six months in the making.

The reading is free on Zoom with a password, available by sending an email to othermindpress AT gmail.com. See the poets’ bios and links to videos of the previous three readings on the SpeakEasy 27 page.

Monday at 7

January 30, 2021

This good news just in: artist and poet Anita K. Boyle will read from her new book, Why Horses (MoonPath Press, 2020) on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific on Zoom (p: 664442).

The at-home, online, monthly Monday Night Poetry event with Northwest Renaissance Poets and Striped Water Poets will include a 20-minute featured reading by Anita followed by a round-robin open mic. The reading will be recorded and posted afterwards to the Northwest Renaissance Poets Facebook page.

Find Why Horses at your local independent bookstore. Here’s more on Anita K. Boyle, Why Horses, and MoonPath Press, and here’s the event on Facebook.

Don’t miss this one.

a weekend of ecopoetry

January 28, 2021

The 25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival begins this Friday, January 29, 2021, and promises three days of poetry with commentary on climate change, environmental justice, and our place in nature. The events are free on Zoom with advance registration and will feature California ecopoets as well as an open reading session. See the full schedule on Poetry Flash.

Please tune in to SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread for the third round (of five) on Saturday, January 16, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific, as poets Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson read and comment on their poems from this linked series of writings on spirituality.

Series info, poet bios, videos of previous rounds, and sign-in information are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page and on Facebook. Free on Zoom with password.

The final two rounds of the series are scheduled for Saturday, February 6, and Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Tuesday launch

December 28, 2020

The latest edition of Cirque Journal, Volume 11, Number 1, is now published and available in hard copy for purchase and digital, free online.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2020, a free online launch will include seven contributors from this issue as well as readings from the authors of two new Cirque Press books: Sandra Wassilie reading from The Dream that is Childhood and Sean Ulman reading from Seward Soundboard. Join the reading on Zoom at 6:00pm Alaska / 7:00pm Pacific with the passcode 1111.

Round 2, this Saturday

December 7, 2020

After a warming response to Round 1, SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread will offer Round 2 of this linked-poem series on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 7:00pm Pacific. As with Round 1, Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson will each read one poem linked to the previous poem (or poems), discuss the linkage, and whatever else is on their mind. At the end of the reading there will be further discussion and questions from listeners.

The poets’ bios and a video link to Round 1 are available on the SpeakEasy 27 page (video link is at the very bottom).

Request a Zoom link for Round 2 by sending a note to othermindpress@gmail.com.

Sunday reading

October 29, 2020

You are invited to join with friends, colleagues, and former students of Marvin Bell at a reading and celebration on Sunday, November 1, 2020, Noon Pacific (2pm Central).

Hosted by Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, the reading will feature John Irving, Tess Gallagher, Heather McHugh, David St. John, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kwame Dawes, Ellen Bass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Stephen Kuusisto, Dorianne Laux, Lia Purpura, Eric Pankey, and many more. Nathan Bell will sing, and all will raise a toast to the ways in which this extraordinary poet has shaped the literary landscape.

“You are not beautiful, exactly,” Bell writes in his famous poem for his wife, “To Dorothy.” “You are beautiful, inexactly.” His precise understanding of the world’s inexact beauty has influenced the lives of readers and writers worldwide.

Click here to register.

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