Rose McAleeseVillage Books and Whatcom Community College are pleased to present a 90-minute writing workshop: Chuckanut Writers: Skeletons & Skin workshop with Rose McAleese. Whatever your writing genre, this lively session is sure to offer a new perspective on what you do and how you do it. Read more about the award-winning poet Rose McAleese. The workshop will be held in the Readings Gallery at Village Books on Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm. $15

Jack Straw Cultural Center

Jack Straw Productions, in Seattle, is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. Each year, Jack Straw Residency Programs support emerging and established artists and writers in three program areas: artists working creatively with sound; introducing writers to the medium of recorded audio; and offering artists of all disciplines the opportunity to create and present work involving sound and technology. Through a curated application process, multiple artists/writers are selected in each category and produce a variety of exhibits, recordings and performances.

Applications for Jack Straw Residency Programs are now available online. Completed applications are due October 21, 2014.

Be Fearless*

August 24, 2014

Savannah Miller - Be Fearless
Be Fearless
By Savannah Miller, 12th grade
2014 Walk Award

One should always be fearless.
that is all that matters.
A necessity for adventure
so as not to feel Fear’s liquid iron grip
slowly encasing and hardening around your heart.
You must be fearless
But how?
By honesty, by wild ideas and by abandoning
the worries that drag your feet.
Get fearless.
And if, at some time on the endless dirt road
littered with lost hope and despair.
In the hollow silence of a lonely night,
in the piercing cold of the biting wind
at the very edge of a cliff
you are at a loss —
JUMP.
You must be fearless.
Ask the wings, the wind, the knife,
all which live freely.
Ask them what time it is,
and the wings, the wind, the knife will reply:
“It’s time to break the chains”
Be fearless.

*Copyright 2014 by Savannah Miller. Broadside designed by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio. Illustration by Angela Boyle, Flying Dodo Publications.

Nearsighted NarwhalIf you have a couple of hours this evening, Saturday, August 23, 2014, and are anywhere near Tacoma, the Nearsighted Narwhal is offering a two-hour workshop, Crafting Your Poem. More about the NN on Facebook.

poetry tonight!

August 22, 2014

Whatcom Women Words and Works
Please join Jeni Cottrell and the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington), this evening — Friday, August 22, 2014 — as they host a reception and poetry reading for Whatcom Women Words and Works.

The exhibit, which remains on view at the Firehouse Café through the month of August, features art and poetry by Sheila Sondik, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Canyon and Anita K. Boyle.

The reception begins at 6:30pm, the poetry reading (in the performance space) runs 7:15-8:00pm and the reception ends at 8:30pm.

Skagit River Poetry
Join the Skagit River Poetry Foundation and the Port of Skagit for an open-air event at the La Conner Marina this Sunday, August 24, 2014.

The gate opens at 3:30pm, with a beer garden ready to quench your August thirst. Local bands start at 4:00pm followed by the East Vancouver band, The Fugitives, the award-winning spoken word and acoustic folk sensation hot from their summer European tour. The $10 cover supports the Skagit River Poetry Foundation’s mission to build literacy in area classrooms using poetry as the bridge.

Last chance…

August 20, 2014

Wessel & LiebermanIf you are familiar with Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, you probably know that the Pioneer Square bookstore is, sadly, closing. Drastically reducing prices on their collection of “new, used, rare, and out of print books and related material,” they anticipated closing the doors by the end of July. But the process has taken longer than expected and there are still many wonderful books, including poetry, to be found both in person and online. Visit the store in Seattle’s Pioneer Square or visit Wessel & Lieberman online before it’s too late.

(And speaking of last chances, today, August 20, is your last chance to sign up for The Poetry Marathon!)

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