SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino

SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino presents an evening of poetry written by James Bertolino. Jim’s poetry has been published internationally in hundreds of magazines, scores of anthologies, and dozens of books over the past 50+ years. He holds an MFA from Cornell University, has won numerous awards, and taught creative writing for more than 36 years. Jim’s first book was published in 1968, and his recent publications include Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press, 2014) and Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers, 2018), which he edited. Bertolino’s poem “A Wedding Toast” was featured on Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, on June 29, 2019.

The free, public event will be held at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 7:00pm. Please join us as we honor this prolific and influential poet.

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Poem Booth reading

You’re invited to a poetry reading and awards ceremony on Friday, September 6, 2019, as Luther Allen’s winning poem is installed as the fall feature at the Poem Booth in downtown Bellingham.

The celebration starts at 6:00pm at the Downtown Coop.

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Pig Tales!

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 4:00pm, SpeakEasy 25 presents PIG TALES: a passel of poetry, featuring the extraordinary words of the “Pig Poet,” David Lee, along with Paul Hunter. This will be an outdoor event at Alluvial Farms, 6825 Goodwin Road, in Everson. Please bring a chair and sun protection. Farm tours will be available and pastured pork will be for sale (bring a cooler if you’re interested).

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Read Luther Allen’s poem “religion” on Psaltery & Lyre.

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Mark your calendar

SpeakEasy 24 is very pleased to offer a selection of readings from the new anthology, For Love of Orcas (Wandering Aengus Press). Edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, the book addresses the plight of the southern resident orcas, chinook salmon, and their extended ecosystem. Intended to honor these endangered animals, educate readers about how to protect them, and support their restoration, the book’s proceeds will be donated to The SeaDoc Society. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for SpeakEasy 24: For Love of Orcas, Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington. See the complete lineup on the SpeakEasy page.

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The poets, seen and heard

logo: pictures of poets

In April 2018, at the Inland Poetry Prowl in Ellensburg, Washington, the photographer Dean Davis quietly set up shop and proceeded to photograph and record many of the poets in attendance. Now you can see the results of this ambitious project at Pictures of Poets. Click on ALL POETS and you will see many familiar faces. Mouse over the photos to see the poets’ names. Click on a poet’s photo and you will be taken to a page with a short bio and Davis’s recording of the poet. Here’s an example.

A selection of 12 large-scale prints from this collection will be exhibited at the Burgin Center for the Arts in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, from March 21 through April 14, 2019, and selection of 25 of them will be exhibited at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, Washington, in fall 2019, dates TBA.

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Next up

Inspired by the Poetry Coalition programming for March 2019, the theme for SpeakEasy 23 is Poetry & Democracy, with work by regional poets and a special guest appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 2, 2019, and join us at 7:00pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington.

What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy

The question “What is it, then, between us?” is an excerpt from the poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman. In addition to Whitman being recognized as a poet whose work forged a new kind of American poetry, which both expresses democratic ideals and contains painful truths about our country’s origin, throughout 2019, many libraries, museums, schools, and cultural organizations will be marking the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, which took place on May 31, 1819.

In light of Whitman’s bicentennial and his influence on American life and literature, Poetry Coalition members aim to demonstrate how poetry can positively provoke questions in their communities about timely and pressing issues, spark increased empathy and understanding, encourage civic and grassroots engagement, and contribute to public debate and dialogue.

SpeakEasy 23 is pleased to add local voices to the conversation. Please see the SpeakEasy page for a complete list of poets.


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