National Poetry Month

poetryThough lately it’s felt more like July, it’s still National Poetry Month, with lots of poetry events left to enjoy (or perhaps you’re looking to take a class, or want to visit Open Books: A Poem Emporium?).

If you’re on or near Whidbey Island, I’d love to see you at one or both of these events this weekend:

Friday, April 22:  Reading with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 7:30p. $15.

Saturday, April 23: Generative writing workshop at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 1 to 3p; $30. Registration information. Still a few spaces available

I also recommend:

April 22: Couth Buzzard Post-Explosion Rebuild Fundraiser, Couth Buzzard Books, 7:30p. Donations to support Couth Buzzard strongly encouraged. Features a community of “songsters, comedians and writers” to support the bookstore as it recovers from the Greenwood neighborhood gas explosion. 

April 23: Red Lineage Hackathon at Hugo House. 1 to 3p. Free class for teens to create web-based poems for Red Lineage, a global collaborative poetry project created by poet and conceptual artist Natasha Marin.

April 23: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Seattle Public Library’s Central branch, 2p. Features Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr, Alan Lau, Anastacia Tolbert, Maya Chinen and Max Taylor.

April 24: Christianne Balk and Judith Skillman, Elliott Bay Books, 3p.

April 27: Jess Gigot, San Juan County Library, 7p.

April 28: Kevin Young on “Throwing Your Voice.” Hugo House, 7p.

April 29: “If You Ain’t No Place You Can’t Go Nowhere” Workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Noon to 2 p.m., Seattle Central Library, Level 4, Room 1. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

April 29: Celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Heather McHugh and Lucia Perillo. Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 7:30p.

April 30: W. S. Merwin: To Plant a Tree on KCTS, 8pm.

And since May is just around the corner…

May 2: Poetry in Nature Reading. Group reading celebrating an installation of local poetry on nature trails Mount Vernon Public Library, 6 pm.

May 6, 13 and 20: Readings by the 2016 Jack Straw Writers.

May 19 – 22: the biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival includes Naomi Shihab Nye and more than 20 other poets. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

May 20 – 22: Vortext Salon at the Whidbey Institute

May 23 and 24: Art with Heart’s Chill & Spill training will prepare adults to help teens facing the pain of trauma using Chill & Spill as their guide. Ryther Mental Health, Seattle. Contact Kathryn for more information:

And of course, many readings at Elliott Bay Books

Happy reading, writing and listening, friends.

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