NEWS AND NOTES from PoetsWest

Updated June 12, 2016


The University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education Programs are taught by published authors, and are designed to help you gain skills and make progress on your own writing. Most fall programs begin in late September or early October; others begin in Winter. Evening writers’ programs are offered on the University of Washington main campus, in downtown Seattle and in Bellevue.

Choose Your Writing Program
Do you have a story, article or memoir waiting to be born?
The UW Professional & Continuing Education Programs have helped hundreds of writers craft popular and literary fiction, memoirs, children's literature, and nonfiction works. Many writers who participated in these programs have established themselves as professionals with published works to their credit. Each program is designed with the adult learner in mind, which allows students to collaborate with fellow writers in developing their writing abilities. Courses in all programs are taught by published authors, and most programs feature notable guest speakers.

Writers' Programs
All programs build creative and technical skills. The link
lists all of University of Washington’s Writing, Editing, and Publishing programs, with links to each specific program. Good place to start for those students interested in the literary arts, but who may not yet know which program is the “best fit” for them.

If you have questions about your eligibility for any of these programs, please give us a call at 888-469-6499. Additional information is available at

The UW Educational Outreach has a Twitter presence at Follow “UW_ContinuingEd”.

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From Paul Nelson:
Make plans to attend the 4th iteration of the Cascadia Poetry Festival in November 3-6, 2016 at Spring Street Center. Featured poets include Brenda Hillman, Daphne Marlatt, Sam Hamill, Judith Roche, Marilyn Stablein, Janie Miller, Peter Munro and more TBA. There will be a tribute to Denise Levertov, workshops by Marlatt and Stablein and a wildcrafting tour of Seward Park with Michael (Skeeter) Pilarski. Contact

From Phoebe Bosche, Managing Editor Raven Chronicles:
Vol. 22, Spring/Summer 2016 issue: Theme: Celebration
Submissions currently OPEN. How to Submit work: In 2016, we will use for our submission platform.
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Some key elements of Celebration are: initiation, acknowledgment, completion, pride, accomplishment, triumphs, commemoration, observance, marking, keeping, rituals; and sheer joy, rites of passage, offerings, music, dance, food, gift givings, trophies, etc. And overcoming: “We shall not be moved.” Coming together … friends, family, community, culture. Country? An honoring of self, of __ years of sobriety, losing weight, a touchdown, etc. Hallelujah! “Wow! You go girl! Yes, you can! You did it! We did it!” Antonyms: memorial, lamentation, sadness. Raven's new website is up!

Mailing: 15528 12th Avenue NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
Office:  Jack Straw Cultural Center,
909 NE 43rd St, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98105-5841

From Lisa Noble:
I would like to work with you to create a "Poets West in Burien" schedule that will maximize attendance as well as the quality of the programs I am hosting at Phoenix Tea. Here are some key points: The 2016 schedule for B-Town Beat: Burien's First Thursday Art Walk will be from May-October.

The students of Highline High School do a student art show in conjunction with the May First Thursday Art Walk-I am going outreach with the school to expand that to include student poets to perform as open mic for the May Program.
I would love to continue to run this program in conjunction with the Burien Art Walks and celebrate National Poetry Month. This gives us a schedule of April-October.

From Thornton Sully, Editor-in-chief:
Here is the link to a new contest, with a chance to have your words shared with others and a chance to win a Nook or a Kindle, bragging rights, and an absolutely kuhl trophy that will increase your chances of a sexual encounter with one or several members of your preferred gender!  Check it out!

From Ralph Murre, Little Eagle:
After four most gratifying years of publishing Little Eagle's RE / VERSE, I have decided to step away from the project.  I wish to most sincerely thank the 202 poets, authors of the 646 poems we've presented.  You have given me, and a decent-sized slice of the poetry reading public some truly stunningng reads.  Speaking of that public, thanks too, to those citizens of 126 nations who have visited the site something over 84,000 times. RE / VERSE will remain on-line at and will, I hope, serve as a fine reference for some time to come.  Perhaps, too, it will serve as inspiration for some one of you to try something similar. Again, my thanks and best wishes to all of you.

From Amanda Laughtland:
My new ebook is a short ebook with writing prompts on the theme of spring. I teach English at Edmonds Community College and am the faculty adviser of the college literary magazine, Between
the Lines.
Title: Spring into Writing: Creative Prompts for Journaling, Poetry and Prose
This little book of writing prompts, shaped with both poets and prose writers in mind, is meant to encourage you to think about spring from different perspectives. Your unique feelings, experiences, and ideas connected to springtime can translate into unique creative work. Try the exercises as journal prompts for freewriting and self-expression, or use them as starting points for poems, short stories, essays, memoir, and more. email:

From Kari Medina <>
Join us for the Seattle premiere of “Sisters from Across the Sea,” a relaxed, salon-inspired series of two consecutive evening concerts showcasing the lives of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti. This program, composed by Kari Medina, and sung by soprano Heather Whitney, weaves art music, biography, and poetry together to celebrate two of the 19th Century’s most distinguished female poets. Both events take place at the Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. Parking free and available.  $10 suggested donation optional. Coffee/tea and sweets available. Details at

Friday, September 23 -Sunday, September 25, 2016
Boxx Gallery, top of the Yakima Valley orchards in Tieton on a corner of the City Square, WA
2016 LiTFUSE LiVE on our website - CLICK HERE. Four long breakout sessions, plus a fifth mini-session on Sunday afternoon. Gala launch party for POETS UNiTE: The LiTFUSE @10 Anthology.3-4pm on Sunday afternoon. Special year for LiTFUSE - our 10th Anniversary. Contact Michael Schein or

Reed College in Portland OR
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Reed ( The MALS program is a flexible, interdisciplinary graduate program for lifetime students of all ages. Contact Barbara Amen, MALS director, at 503.777.7259 or

Call for submissions to Page Boy Magazine by Thomas Walton
Poetry, prose, essays. Stylistic concerns are unimportant. Preference given to works that are strangely lovely, inexplicably beautiful, musical much more so than moral, logical or 'straight.' Confessional, Sentimental, Angry work not accepted. No deadlines, no entry fees. We pay a couple of contributor’s copies. I’ve never liked the idea of poets having to pay other people to read their work.
Send 3-5 poems, prose 10 pages or less, essays on any subject to

Call for poems: is a twice-monthly poetry journal committed to poetry that tackles human rights issues worldwide. The website provides information about persecuted writers, with letters of protest ready for our subscribers to cut and paste. To receive emails with protest information focused on a specific writer, email us at with SUBSCRIBE in subject line.
Submission guidelines
We’re not looking for partisan propaganda, party-political mouthings, sentimental depictions of what you see on the TV, or rhyming greetings card verses. We want you to champion human rights; the rights of those who don’t have the freedom to write and speak. Formal complaints are especially exciting. Paste your poems (a maximum of 3 one-page poems) and brief bio into the body of an email and send to Ok to email a single .doc or .rtf file with all the poems.

We accept poems previously published on paper, if you hold the copyright. We don’t accept poems currently or previously published online (including blogs). We publish a poet only once a year. If your poem deals with a specific call for action or specific person, let us know.

From Connie Walle:
Sumner’s Urban Timber Coffee hosts poetry slam in honor of Sherman Alexie and in which, local poets compete for prizes and the prestige of being the 2016 Pierce READS Poetry Slam Champion. Poets will compete in up to three rounds, where they will perform original pieces. Read the full list of rules here. Winners will receive prizes.
About Pierce County READS
A full slate of programs highlighting themes in Sherman Alexie’s books includes major events at notable locations throughout Pierce County, as well as book and film discussions at Pierce County Libraries. More info at
Alexie’s print books and e-books can be checked out at all Pierce County Libraries and may be purchased at Garfield Book Company and King’s Books in Tacoma at a 15 percent discount. In addition, books purchased through Amazon Smile benefit the Pierce County Library Foundation. More info at

News from the Mukilteo Arts Guild:
Open Mic Night on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm
Whidbey Coffee and Café, 619-4th St., Mukilteo WA
Venue for musicians, bands and performers. Open mike. Free and open to all ages. Contact Steve or Christine Schmalz 425.423.0450 or Open Mic Night is presented by the Mukilteo Arts Guild and co-sponsored by the City of Mukilteo.

Mukilteo Arts Guild and city of Mukilteo sponsor a number of activities.
Writers Group: A literary salon for writers and open to writers from all genres. Meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mukilteo YMCA, 10601-47th Pl W, Mukilteo WA. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 425.423.0450.

Nye Beach Writers' Series
The Nye Beach Writers' Series showcases authors of diverse types of writing including fiction, nonfiction, plays, songs, Oregon history, memoir, poetry, essays, and investigative journalism. Readings and performances are appropriate for writers and readers who appreciate good writing and diversity of thought.
More information is available at To receive email notification of upcoming events contact Carla Perry at 541-574-7708, or send an email to All donations to Writers On The Edge are fully tax-deductible. Contact: Carla Perry or 541-574-7708. Mailing address: PO Box 85 / Newport OR 97365.

Willamette Writers monthly meetings are held each First Tuesday in the McEntee Room at the Newport Public Library in Newport, Oregon from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Writers-on-Writing series is also sponsored by the Newport Public Library and the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Contacts: Sue Lick, 541.867.4692,; Dorothy Blackcrow Mack, 541.765.2383,;

The Pongo Teen Writing Project is a therapeutic poetry project that sends teams of trained volunteers into sites such as the state psychiatric hospital and juvenile detention. We particularly seek out teens who have difficulty expressing themselves. Sadly, a consistent theme in the teens' poetry is early childhood trauma, such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect. But, even though the teens often express profound emotional struggles, their writing is also a joyful and healing process. See their web site

The International Poetry Museum in San Francisco wants to create a facility that will illuminate the universality and diversity of world poetry, with equal emphasis being given to the ancient heritage of folk poetry as well as contemporary international work. Its Poetry Library accepts donations of poems, books and subscriptions to The National Poetry Assoc. 934 Brannan St., San Francisco CA 94911. Check out its web site

A Word With You Press
We are offering a new contest unlike any we have held in the past. This contest will be an annual event, and we are offering $500 for the best entry. Details at
A Word With You Press: Publishers and Purveyors of Fine Stories
106 N Main St.
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Field’s End Winter Writing Classes
Field’s End Winter Writing Classes, are held February through April. Registration forms and details are online at and at the Bainbridge Public Library. Contact Cindy Vandersluis 206.780.2575 or

Spalding University of Louisville, KY, offers a two-year brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program with concentrations in poetry and five other areas of writing. Each semester begins with a 10-day residency of workshops, lectures, classes, and readings, followed by an at-home semester of individualized study with a faculty mentor by correspondence. Poetry faculty include Molly Peacock, Greg Pape, Rane Arroyo, Barbara Hamby, Debra Kang Dean, Richard Cecil, Maureen Morehaed, and Kathleen Driskell. For more information email or call 800-896-8941x2423.

THE WARS GO ON (and so does
PAW made a powerful statement for peace, joining with thousands of other poets around the world. The more than 30,000 poems from 26,000 poets are now archived at Ohio State University along with the papers of Sam Hamill. See

Mountain Writers Series Upcoming Readings & Events

For details or other information, contact:
Mountain Writers Center
3624 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland OR 97202

SEATTLE FREE LANCES, a social and professional networking group, is one of the oldest associations in Seattle for published writers of the Northwest. They meet the first Tuesday of each month (September-June) at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake City Elks Club, 14540 Lake City Way NE, Seattle WA. For membership information and application form, call 206.363.3832 or email

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