deadlines alive!

October 24, 2014


If you’re thinking about submitting your work (and you should be, of course), here are a few upcoming deadlines (click on the publication name to go to the guidelines):

November 30, 2014A River & Sound Review welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and humor.

December 1, 2014Bellingham Review encourages submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, author interviews, and black-and-white photography.

December 1, 2014Soundings Review welcomes submissions of high quality, accessible poetry, fiction (including genre such as fantasy, science fiction, or mystery), nonfiction, and writing for children & young adults.

December 1, 2014Whatcom WRITES! invites submissions of poems, fiction and non-fiction on the theme of competition. (Check back for guidelines.)

December 5, 2014 (at 11:45pm!) – Labyrinth Literary Journal invites words and artwork on the theme of Who’s Not Speaking? Examining The Internals and Externals of Identity Marginalization.

December 5 (or 15), 2014Pacifica Literary Review invites poetry (contest has earlier deadline), nonfiction, fiction, photography and visual art, and author interviews.

December 15, 2014Crab Creek Review solicits poetry, short stories, and essays for the 2015 spring issue.

There are also a number of locally-based (but not local!) publications that have open submissions or submission periods ending in 2015, including Cascadia Review, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Cirque Journal, Clover, A Literary Rag, Image, The Other Journal, Poetry Northwest, Raven Chronicles, The Seattle Review, StringTown Magazine, Switched-on Gutenberg, Willow Springs, Windfall and no doubt others we’ve missed but would love to hear about!

poetry town

October 23, 2014

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Thirty-some miles southeast of Madison, Wisconsin, the town of Fort Atkinson (pop. 12,482 in 2013) might not be top-of-mind when one thinks of poetry. But it was the long-time home of Objectivist poet Lorine Neidecker and the community continues to celebrate the poet and her words.

In addition to the Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival each October, an excerpt from her poem Paean to Place colorfully enlivens the wall of a downtown building, painted by artist Jeremy Pinc. To further awareness of the poet’s work, a series of installations at local schools will involve classroom study, field trips and student participation in the execution of the artwork. The first one was unveiled this month above the entry doors to Fort Atkinson High School: a student-created stained glass excerpt from Niedecker’s poem TV.

Read about and see photos of the school project and read more about Lorine Niedecker.

Roman roads in Britannia

“Walking can animate the body and senses in a way conducive to poetry’s wandering alertness, moving through things, looking around — purpose without system.” Robert Pinsky

Britain is criss-crossed by a web of roads established by the Romans. One of them, now known as Watling Street, runs from Wroxeter (in Shropshire, the site of the fourth-largest Roman capital, Viroconium Cornoviorum) southeast for some 200 miles to Dover. The road between London and Canterbury follows a 50-mile course near the eastern end of Watling Street.

Dan Simpson, Poet-in-Residence at Canterbury Roman Museum, recently completed a five-day walk along that 50-mile section, visiting museums and historic sites along the way and documenting his journey with photographs, notes and poems. You can see the record of his journey, and some of his poems, on Canterbury Roman Museum Residency.

For an unrelated but intriguing Dan Simpson project, visit Crowdsourced Poetry.
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Roman Roads in Britannia

on poetry

October 20, 2014

Robert Pinsky“Poetry makes something happen. The eloquence, the brilliant language, the musical sounds turn out to be going somewhere, toward some discovery or action — sometimes even toward the action of tossing the eloquence or images aside, like a raft that has served its purpose.”
Robert Pinsky
(b. October 20, 1940)
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photo by Eric Antoniou

The Morning After*

October 19, 2014

Judy Teresa - The Morning After
The Morning After
By Judy Teresa
2014 Walk Award

Dressed in denim
the bride sits on the curb
of the circular drive
at Bellwether Hotel.

The wedding dress
is bundled in her arms
like a soiled sheet ready
for the laundry.

Some feet away
her indifferent husband
and their pull-along suitcase
stand upright waiting.

What will become
of the wedding dress?
Will it be cleaned, boxed,
and stored for perpetuity?

What will become
of the couple now
that they’re married
and no longer engaged?

*Copyright 2014 by Judy Teresa. Broadside designed and illustrated by Anita K. Boyle, Egress Studio.


October 17, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jessica Lohafer10:00am – Noon
Jessica Lohafer
The Poetry of Place.
As we get older, we learn that we can’t always go home. While we might not be able to physically return to the spaces of our past, poetry allows us to reinhabit these locations in new ways. In this workshop, we will be exploring the poetry of place, working to recreate the settings of our lives. We will look to the poetry of Robert Lashley, Jack Gilbert and Kim Addonizio (among others) to help create a fuller picture of where we are coming from. Please come to this workshop with three different life locations in mind.

Jessica Lohafer is a poet, feminist, and bartender out of Bellingham, Washington, whose work has appeared in Whatcom Magazine, The Noisy Water Review, Thriving Thru The Winter: A Pacific Northwest Handguide and Your Hands, Your Mouth. Her collection of poetry, What’s Left to Be Done, was published by Radical Lunchbox Press in 2009. She has served as the Program Director for Poetry in Public Education, bringing writing workshops to schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jessica recently received her MFA in poetry from Western Washington University. She has an ongoing collection of stories and poetry at
Caitlin in tulips1:00 – 3:00pm
Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson
A Fine Balance: Narrative Poetry
A poem that tells a story and remains a poem is a wonderful thing. So often narrative poems tilt in one direction or another, either being too much a poem or too much a story. This workshop is focused on reading, writing, and editing poems that contain this balance.

The workshop will be focusing on craft, narrative ideas, and poem generation. We will read a number of poems from poets such as W.H. Auden and Sharon Olds to help inspire us, and to instill a sense of balance in our work. Participants should bring a narrative poem they themselves have written, as well as paper and a pen.

Caitlin Thomsonreceived an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught creative writing at Berkley College in Manhattan and at Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in numerous places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, Going Down Swinging, The Liner, Green Briar Review, The Alarmist, and the anthology Killer Verse. Her second chapbook, Incident Reports, was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. You can learn more about her writing at

Workshops are held on the lower level of the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham, Washington. Registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: $30 for one workshop or $50 for both workshops offered the same day, paid by check or cash at the workshop.

Register by sending an email to indicating the workshop(s) you wish to take and including your name and a phone number. Please bring writing materials.

uncommon and recommended

October 16, 2014

Ann Hamilton - the common SENSE

The Henry Art Gallery, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, is currently exhibiting the common SENSE, a museum-wide show of newly commissioned works by American artist Ann Hamilton.

Drawing upon her study of holdings in major collections around the University, Hamilton explores the common sense, touch, combining images and objects from those collections with “sound, voice, printed texts, and the movement of air” as well as, on occasion, live reading and singing. The exhibition, which runs through April 26, 2015, will evolve as visitors take offered images and contribute text to the changing artscape.

In addition to exploring the exhibit (it could take more than one visit to take in the entire thing), you are invited “to submit text fragments from published literature on the subject of touch” to the Readers Reading Readers — A Commonplace tumblr site and/or to become a reader/scribe in the galleries, reading out loud while transcribing selections of text from a project book.

Go see the common SENSE.


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