4-14-14

With all these fours in the date, you’d think something unlucky would have happened, but that’s Jade’s secret super-power: she turns bad luck into good. Oh yeah, & she’s an awesome writer as well—just ask Oscar Wilde. Enjoy.

Feature - Jade Sylvan

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: Thom “With an H” Davis

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © Jade Sylvan

featured poet — Elizabeth Austen — April 21st, 2014

Elizabeth Austen has been bringing poetry to KUOW listeners since 2001. Now, her audience is going to get even bigger.
Austen was recently named Washington’s next poet laureate. An accomplished poet herself, her goal in the new role is to reach out to all 39 counties in the state with workshops, readings and poet interviews: to “celebrate and highlight” the wealth of resources available in Washington to writers and readers alike.

She said much of her focus will be reaching out to adults who may be intimidated to cross the genre boundary into poetry. “All poetry asks of us is that we give it our attention. You already are everything you need to be to respond to the poem. Now it’s true: Some poems are more difficult and evasive than others,” Austen said on KUOW’s The Record. “Some of them are going to make you work for it really hard.”

She said that the best poems reward that work. “Poetry can get to us in ways that we can’t defend ourselves from – that’s the power of metaphor,” Austen said. “If a poem has powerful enough, concise enough language, it gets to us somewhere below the level of the rational, and we are connecting with it and responding to it before we’ve been able to put up walls to it.”

Did we mention ‘poet laureate’? Oh yes, we did.

Come see her with us at the Bellingham Public Library! 210 Central Avenue Bellingham, WA 98227 (Use the back fountain entry.)


Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!


Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

featured poet — Jade Sylvan — April 14th, 2014

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Jade Sylvan is an award-winning poet and nonfiction writer whose poetry and essays have been published in over twenty journals, websites, and magazines. Jade won the 2011 Bayou Poetry Prize, and was a finalist in the 2012 Bunchgrass Poetry Prize and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. 

Performance collaborations include work with some of the most groundbreaking artists in Boston in the role of creator, writer, and/or performer, in such wide-ranging genres as film, indie folk music, hip-hop, improv/sketch comedy, vaudeville, drag, visual art, playing anime theme songs on a harmonium, legitimate theatre, and rock & roll. Jade’s originally from the Midwest, but now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts among a rotating cast of geniuses, fairies, magicians, and kings.

Jade has a degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is also a Kripalu certified yoga teacher. Other passions include: tattoos, feminism, queer rights, craft-brewed beers, and home-cooked meals.

Come see her with us at the Bellingham Public Library! 210 Central Avenue Bellingham, WA 98227 (Use the back fountain entry.)

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Open mic at BPL 4-7-14

It’s Monday! Tonight we’re at the Bellingham Public Library!
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98227
(Use the back fountain entry.)
bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

3-31-14

First they took each other’s clothes off, then they walked on broken glass! This was our first feature to actually make me start thinking about insurance waivers; yowza! Enjoy.

Feature - Kevin Holmes & Mistress Pon-Farr

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: Thom “with an H” Davis

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © Kevin Holmes & Mistress Pon-Farr

Call for Entries - Ken Warfel Fellowship Award

Hey you, poets of renown!

The time has come again:

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The Ken Warfel Fellowship was established to distinguish and reward those poets who, like Ken, have made substantial contributions to their poetry communities. The fellowship is intended to support their continuing efforts and to ensure the long term sustainability of a culture of poetry by investing in the poets themselves. Fellowships are sponsored by poetrynight and are funded through the generous donations of the poetry community.

What’s that we say? You mean that poets, like you & you, & certainly you, can apply for this great thing & maybe even earn a little fame & fortune while you’re at it? That’s exactly what we’re saying. We want to reward someone for making poetry great & making great poetry, & we think it should be you.

So, how do you make this happen? Here’s how you make that happen:

2014 Applicant Guidelines

• Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2013 until June 21st, 2014 (NOTE: We changed the deadline!). Applications postmarked before or after the application period will not be eligible.

• Applicants must have resided in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Washington for no less than 3 years. Applications of former residents will be considered, provided they have not lived outside the specified region for more than 1 year.

• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age as of January 1, 2014.

• All applicant materials must be sent by email to:

fellowship@poetrynight.org

• Applicant materials:

• Please write a one-page cover letter. Include your full name, birth date, mailing address, and email address. Also include no more than 500 words addressing your contributions to your poetry community.

• Please include a sample of your work numbering 6 to 10 poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.

• Applicant materials should be sent as a single .doc or .rtf attachment. Other formats will not be considered.

• All required materials must be received by June 21st, 2014

You so want to do this. Rocket-cat approves.

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Apply today.

featured poet :: Kevin Holmes

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It’s Monday! Tonight we’re at the Bellingham Public Library!

KEVIN HOLMES has found it impossible to simultaneously be human while not writing, not teaching, and/or not listening to spoken word. His proudest moment since joining slam in 2004, was coaching the Santa Cruz Collegiate team in 2010 to a 2nd place finish at 2010 CUPSI. In 2009 he was the Berkeley IWPs rep and finished in the top 20. In 2010 and 2011 he was the Santa Cruz slam-master, anchor-poet, and coach who led the team to a 3rd place group piece finals in 2010 and 5th place overall at 2011 NPS. Currently he resides in the bay area where he works as a self employed artist working to expand spoken word in the modern age. He teaches poetry and media through Digital Storytellers, edits slam PSA’s through Youth Speaks, performs in various variety show reviews, and collaborates with burlesque performer Mistress Pon-Farr.

Also, this will be a special benefit-event—-from Thom:

Let’s send March out like a lamb and use our powers of good to raise some funds for the relief work underway at the site of the massive Oso Landslide. Tip jar donations will be forwarded to the Cascade Valley Hospital Disaster Relief Fund. Come listen to Kevin spill his words all over us and help support the heroic work ongoing at the site of the Oso tragedy. We have come to a point that words may not be enough. Bring anything you can and contribute. It will be appreciated by many in need.

So, yeah, let’s do that!

210 Central Avenue

Bellingham, WA 98227
(Use the back fountain entry.)
bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA
Tonight’s featured poet is Kevin Holmes

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

3-24-14

J. Wesley Fullerton is a righteous dude, original poetrynight alumnus, alumbrado & generally an illuminated sunofagun. We mean to say: he shines with a light from within. Share some vicarious soul-stuff with us on this podcast as his dulcet tones coax forth the glow within you. Enjoy!

Feature - J. Wesley Fullerton

Please send any corrections to the spelling of names to podcast@poetrynight.org

Directed: Thom “with an H” Davis

Produced: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Hey Poets! Want to hear yourself on the podcast? Your chances will be greatly improved if you will but STEP TO THE MIC—it’s there for you, it is indeed your friend.

For a complete archive of all podcast episodes, visit podcast.poetrynight.org. Comments, criticisms and trolls to podcast@poetrynight.org Podcast © 2014 poetrynight

All poems © J. Wesley Fullerton

Featured poet :: J. Wesley Fullerton :: March 24th, 2014

J. Wesley Fullerton lives in western Washington, where he grew up and frittered away much of his youth. His work has appeared in Poetry Town: an Anthology of Bellingham Poets, Wrestlings, and in numerous coffeehouses and saloons where the spoken word is met with catcalls, wolf-whistles and jeers. Currently he resides in the small, mole-infested town of Burlington, where he raises his family, builds motorcycles, and writes poetry, not necessarily in that order.

Join us as we host Wesley at the Alternative Library at 8:00pm on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

open mic at BPL—monday, march 17th

It’s Monday! Tonight we’re at the Bellingham Public Library!
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98227
(Use the back fountain entry.)
bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Doors and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp!
Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it!

Tonight’s host is TBA

Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.