SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry will feature seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspiration, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest.

Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

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SpeakEasy 20!

We’ve added a SpeakEasy 20 page introducing the poets and the three workshops. Have a look and please join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

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August 5

          softly wrinkled
oyster clouds
          smelling of slow and tender sex
serene corrugated shirr
          against grey rose void

                    suspending planets

                                                  like pearls

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April 11*

frog croaking
creates a thousand seams
in the nightblack stillness

fills the voids
with lunatic cries,
incessant lust

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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Tonight: SpeakEasy 19

SpeakEasy 19: Poems of darkness, poems of light

In this time of post-truth and false news, SpeakEasy 19: Poems of darkness, Poems of light, will provide some honest and heartfelt words of clarity and wisdom.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:00pm
Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, Bellingham. Admission is free.
Piano improvisations by Andrea Rackl.
Tanner Abernathy ▪ Luther Allen ▪ Jim Bertolino ▪ Barbara Bloom
Nancy Canyon ▪ Susan Chase-Foster ▪ Thom Davis ▪ Victoria Doerper
Jaiden Dokken ▪ R.L. Elke ▪ Mary Elizabeth Gillilan ▪ Steve Hood ▪ David Imburgia
Alexander Joseph ▪ J.I. Kleinberg ▪ Shannon P. Laws ▪ Rob Lewis
Andrew Shattuck McBride ▪ Carol McMillan ▪ Rainbow Wohali Medicine-Walker
Rachel Mehl ▪ Peter Edward Messinger ▪ Kate Miller ▪ Jim Milstead ▪ Kevin Murphy
Timothy Pilgrim ▪ C.J. Prince ▪ John James Reid ▪ Paul Sarvasy ▪ Jim Schmotzer
Luci Shaw ▪ Aaron Silverberg ▪ Sheila Sondik ▪ Candace Lee Street ▪ Stan Tag
Gary Wade ▪ Leslie Wharton ▪ Richard Widerkehr


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SpeakEasy 18: Voices of the Poetry Marathon

SpeakEasy 18

The Poetry Marathon challenges participants to write (and post) 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12 hours). Originated and organized by Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans, writers and web publishers living in Cascadia, The Poetry Marathon is entirely free. In 2016, more than 500 poets worldwide participated in the full or half marathon.

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington, SpeakEasy 18 will present a number of participating poets from the region reading selections from their marathon output. Readers include Ramona Elke, Janel Erchinger-Davis, Jacob Jans, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Pagh, Paul Sarvasy, Harvey Schwartz, Sheila Sondik, Caitlin Thomson, and Jeanne Yeasting. The event is free and copies of the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology will be available for purchase.

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Bellingham Art Beat

Listen in on Monday, January 2, 2017, as radio host Boosie Vox interviews poets and community poetry advocates Luther Allen and Ron Leatherbarrow. The show will air on Make.Shift Radio 94.9 FM KZAX at 3:30pm and again on Saturday, January 7, at 11:00am. You can also listen to the full 30-minute show on the Bellingham Art Beat website or listen to Luther Allen’s 11-minute segment here.

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