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

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.

this Thursday!

October 19, 2020

The long-awaited awards ceremony for the 2020 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will happen on Zoom this Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7:00pm.

If you would like to attend online, please request a Zoom link and password by emailing

Tonight, Friday, August 28, 2020, 5:00pm Pacific, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets, presents a free online poetry showcase: Hot Nights. Cool Poets. The program is just an hour long, so don’t be late. Registration is required for Zoom link.

Poet/presenters include Margaret Atwood, Cicely Belle Blain, Sadiqa de Meijer, Mathew Henderson, Julie Joosten, Canisia Lubrin, Randy Lundy, A. F. Moritz, Tyler Pennock, Rasiqra Revulva, Kevin Spenst, John Steffler, and Lily Wang.

this Saturday, online

August 27, 2020

Independent Bookstore Day will look a little different this year. Instead of the usual lineup of readings and signings and authors working the cash register, IBD will happen largely online. Beginning with a kickoff event on Friday, August 28, 2020, the classes, readings, discussions, and kids’ events continue through the day on Saturday, August 29. Visit indiebookstoreday for a list of events and Zoom links. While you’re at it, support your local indie bookstore by ordering a book or stopping by during open hours.

Poetry Parley

August 20, 2020

John Morgan, who in normal years divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington, will be the featured poet for Poetry Parley on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 7:00pm Alaska (8:00pm Pacific) on Zoom. Based in Anchorage, the monthly Poetry Parley includes readings by the featured poet and selections from a ‘poet of influence’ read by the featured poet and other readers. This month’s poet of influence is William Stafford.

There’s more about Morgan and Poetry Parley in this article in Anchorage Press.

To get the Zoom link or to sign up to read a William Stafford poem, send an email to

this evening!

July 26, 2020

Join Ellen Bass and Toi Derricotte this evening, Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 5:00pm Pacific for a live on Zoom poetry reading. The two poets, longtime friends, will read from their latest books, Indigo and “I”: New and Selected Poems, respectively.

The reading is free but advance registration is required and book purchases (linked above) from Semicolon, a Black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space in Chicago, are encouraged.

SoulFood streams

July 14, 2020

SoulFood Poetry Night (Redmond, Washington) has been on hiatus for altogether too long, but this Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:00pm Pacific, SoulFood will celebrate their 14th anniversary with a live streaming reading by Dayna Patterson (If Mother Braids a Waterfall) and Jory Mickelson (Wilderness / / Kingdom). There will also be an open mic, so bring your poems.

You can find the poets’ bios and Zoom link on the SoulFood page and on Facebook.

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