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on view at the Skagit Poetry Festival

This past weekend, for the first time in four years, the (normally biennial) Skagit River Poetry Festival brought together poets and poetry-lovers from around the region and around the world. In a series of panels and readings, participants get an intensive dose of poetry shared in a wide array of voices.

The La Conner, Washington, festival supports the work of the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, which provides instruction in poetry to teachers and students and brings high school students to the festival from school districts in Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. The first four sessions of panels and readings are for students, and the remaining events open to the public.

I was honored to be a presenter on five panels along with some truly stellar poets, and to exhibit my found poems alongside the stunning work of poet/photographer Lorraine Healy on the walls of Maple Hall, where the festival’s large gatherings are held.

The next Skagit River Poetry Festival is slated for 2024. Watch for it.

The Journal of Radical Wonder

petrichor, again

Honored to be published for the third time in petrichor, now in issue 20 and previously in issues 5 and 15. (As a reminder, petrichor is that unique aroma of rain hitting dry ground.) Thanks, petrichor!

Aromatica Poetica, again

The online journal Aromatica Poetica, which celebrates the oft-neglected senses of smell and taste, has just featured five of my visual poems of scent. Another five were featured in April 2020. I’m so grateful to editor M. Leona Godin and her team at Aromatica Poetica for selecting and featuring my work.


Arteidolia, again

After publishing a batch of my found poems back in March, the editor encouraged me to submit to the special section, swifts & s l o w s. I did, and now five more found poems are published. Thanks so much to Randee Silv and Arteidolia!


Peter Miller Books reminds you: there are just a few days left to see orchestrated light in the gallery. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm Pacific, with an extra hour (til 6:00pm) on First Thursday, June 2.

Peter Miller Books is located on S. Post Alley in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Call for details or directions: (206) 441-4114.

The show’s final day is Friday, June 3, 2022, and I’d be honored if you’d have a look before it’s gone.

opening night

Well, if yesterday’s interview with Paul Nelson wasn’t enough, here, finally, is the video of my talk at the opening celebration of my exhibit at Peter Miller Books.

I am very grateful to Luther Allen for steady hands behind the camera, and to Peter Miller and his team, Lillie and Casey. Unfortunately, Peter’s lovely opening remarks and my on-screen gratitude did not make it into the video.

Thanks for watching. The show remains on view through May, so I hope you’ll have a chance to see it!


A prolific poet, essayist, author, workshop leader, event maker, and founder/organizer of the annual Poetry Postcard Fest, among other things, Paul E. Nelson has conducted more than 600 interviews “with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure… & many others.”

In connection with my exhibit at Peter Miller Books and my long-time participation in the Postcard Fest, Paul invited me to be an interviewee. I am exceedingly honored to find myself among such luminaries. More on our conversation and a link to the (22-minute) video here.

a few pix…

Ended up with not a lot of photos from the two evenings of openings, but, in spite of 68,000 Sounders fans flocking to the stadium three blocks away one night and pretty miserable weather the other, they were wonderful events.

I am enormously grateful to Peter Miller and his resourceful crew, Lillie and Casey, and to Luther Allen, without whom none of the work would be on the walls (and for many other reasons). YouTube video link coming soonish.

Thanks, too, to my many dear friends who came from far and near, and to the affectionate support from family, friends, and community. And, of course, to the people behind the red dots (indicating a sale).

orchestrated light will remain on view through May 2022, Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm PDT. Please come by, bring friends, and allow time to browse in the bookstore. Peter Miller Books is on S. Post Alley between Main and Jackson in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

Moss Puppy

Synapse International

It was an honor, back in late winter, to be approached by karl kempton and Philip Davenport to guest-edit a post on women working in visual poetry for Synapse International. The artists I selected are working in a variety of materials and media and the resulting series of posts are now available for viewing on seven separate pages (on each page, click the images to see a larger version):

I am so grateful to these artists for generously sharing their work.

(The non-English script on the site is Bengali. karl kempton reports that Synapse International is the first visual poetry site available to a Bengali-speaking audience in India.)


today! tomorrow!

Tonight’s the night: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5:00-7:00pm Pacific.
And if you can’t make it tonight, tomorrow works, too: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 5:00-7:30pm Pacific.
And if neither of those is an option, you have the month of May to visit Peter Miller Books and see poetry on the walls.
If you can, please do!

Please join me… in Seattle

You are cordially invited to join me at the opening of an exhibition of my found poems at Peter Miller Books in Seattle.

The announcement reads:
“It is an honor to present our show for May: Orchestrated Light by J.I. Kleinberg. A collection of visual poems that span subjects from memory to light, some are haunting, all are lyrical, all are brilliant. They represent a remarkable, intuitive artistic sense, and are ever a clear signal of the powers of Judy Kleinberg.”

Rescheduled from its original launch in May 2020, the show will run through May, with two events planned:

Opening celebration on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5:00-7:00pm
First Thursday Seattle Art Walk on Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:30pm

I’ll be there for both and would be thrilled and honored if you would join me. Please come. Bring friends. Spread the word.

Peter Miller Books is located in Pioneer Square, on Post Alley between S. Main and S. Jackson Street. (The bookstore is fabulous, but there’s nothing about the gallery or events on the website. Leave a comment if you have questions, or contact the store.)


Counterflow, a new annual online journal out of Canada, has included two of my found poems in its inaugural issue, for which I’m exceedingly grateful. You can view/download the PDF on the Wordstorm publications page.


talking about strawberries all of the time


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