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Tonight! SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread

If you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and spirit, you may want to Zoom in to this evening’s SpeakEasy 27: A Spiritual Thread. I won’t be reading, but I co-produce the SpeakEasy series with Luther Allen and I think the program will offer considerable food for thought.

Each of the poets — Susan Alexander, Luther Allen, Bruce Beasley, Jennifer Bullis, and Dayna Patterson — will share a poem and comment on the process of writing linked poems.

This will be our first virtual SpeakEasy, but definitely not the last. In fact, the poetry produced for SpeakEasy 27 quickly exceeded the constraints of a single reading, so it will be presented as a series. This program, Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:00pm Pacific, will be followed by another on Saturday, December 12, with future dates TBA. The sessions will be recorded and available for viewing online.

Participation is free on a first-come, first-serve basis, but you must have a password to access the Zoom room. You can find a more complete description, the poets’ bios, and access information on the SpeakEasy 27 page. (This is also where the videos will be posted.)

this Friday in Anacortes, Washington

The monthly poetry series at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse continues on Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:00pm, with an evening of poetry and music with young Skagit poet Piet Anna Pruitt, featured poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, and a musical set by Anacortes’ own Pearl Tottenham.

Luther Allen writes poetry and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at Other Mind Press. His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium: Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story “The Stilled Ring” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at terrain.org. He views writing as his spiritual practice.

Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015), and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

Please join us!

Thursday in Vancouver, Washington

On the second Thursday of every month, Angst Gallery in Vancouver, Washington, opens its doors to poetry. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic offers an evening of featured readers, open mic, plus food and libations provided by Niche Wine Bar.

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Luther Allen and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg will share the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic feature spot.

On the gallery walls: Ninth Annual Celebration of the Male Form.

Lots to enjoy. Hope to see you there!

tonight!

As you may (or may not) know, Luther Allen and I co-produce the SpeakEasy poetry reading series in Bellingham, Washington. Each reading is themed and tonight’s reading, Saturday, October 5, 2019, honors James Bertolino. An influential teacher and prolific writer, Jim’s poetry has been published internationally in hundreds of magazines, scores of anthologies, and dozens of books over the past 50+ years.

The reading will be fun, fast-moving, and as always, free. Please join us for SpeakEasy 26: Reading Bertolino at 7:00pm in the Encore Room at the beautiful Mount Baker Theatre in the heart of downtown Bellingham.

off the press!

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, WashingtonEarly in 2015, Luther Allen (Other Mind Press) started talking about publishing a poetry anthology and asked me if I would co-edit. The poets would have previous publication credits or a strong presence in the local poetry community, and would have lived or made poetry in Whatcom County, Washington, for some period within the last five years.

In early June, invitations went out to about 105 poets, inviting them to submit three of their best recent poems, previously published or not. By mid-July we had submissions from 101 poets.

The collection seemed to call for a title with local resonance, and we chose Noisy Water, which is the translation of the Lummi word Xwotʼqom, from which Whatcom is derived. The wonderful photographer Joe Meche, known particularly for his photographs of birds, agreed to let us use one of his photos of Whatcom Falls on the cover.

We recruited the talented poet (and saxophone player) Ellie A. Rogers as designer (a very smart move) and we contracted with the ever-accommodating Threshold Documents to do the printing.

And then we did about a thousand other little things and suddenly Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, is off the press and in our hands! Very exciting.

We have scheduled a series of readings throughout the county, starting in December and running into April. In early December, Noisy Water will be available online (and in person) at Village Books in Bellingham. See more on the Noisy Water web page.

Nothing to it.

the poets speak

Allen & Kleinberg

Every once in a while, the poets (and even the bloggers) come out from behind their desks, their keyboards and their piles of paper to give voice to their words. You can witness such an event this very evening, Thursday, November 19, 2015, starting at 7:00pm at the SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond, Washington.

Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg will be the featured readers at SoulFood Poetry Night, a monthly poetry gathering that’s been going on for ten years. Plus, you can bring your own poems and read (for 3-4 minutes) during the open mic that follows!

In their readings, Allen and Kleinberg will no doubt touch on a variety of important topics, including astronomy, Felix Hernandez, loss and hope and love and obsession (with magazines, in particular), as well as errant bears and deviant tablecloths.

Tonight! Come on!

P.S. The reading was streamed live (with, alas, a few ads). Click to watch it.

SpeakEasy 15: Poems and Prayers for the New Year

Poems and Prayers for the New Year

SpeakEasy 15: Poems and Prayers for the New Year will give voice to the hopes, beseechments and visions — both personal and global — of a select group of regional poets. Founded in 2009 and produced in Bellingham by Luther Allen, each SpeakEasy addresses a unique perspective or theme presented through written and spoken words.

Please join us this evening: Sunday, January 18, 2015 ~ 7:00pm ~ in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, Washington ~ admission is free (donations appreciated)

SpeakEasy 15 poets/readers include: Angela Belcaster | Betty Scott | Caitlin Thomson Carol McMillan | Carolyn McCarthy
Chuck Luckmann | CJ Prince | David Drummond | David Laws | Diane Cordrey | Harvey Schwartz | Jim Milstead
Jim Schmotzer | Joe Nolting | J.I. Kleinberg | Kari Galbraith | Kate Miller | Lane Morgan | Mo Dole | Lois Holub
Luther Allen | Malcolm Kenyon | Margot Lewis | Mary Gillilan | Nancy Canyon | Nancy Pagh | Paul Fisher
Peter Messinger | Phyllis Boernke | Steve Hood | Susan J. Erickson | Tim Pilgrim

see you there?

SpeakEasy 14: String Theory

This evening, Thursday, April 24, 2014, the poetry-reading series SpeakEasy presents five poets reading a sequence of interconnected poems at SpeakEasy 14: String Theory. Luther Allen, Allen Frost, Nancy Pagh, Paul Piper and Sheila Sondik will read at 7:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington. The reading is free (donations appreciated), the poets’ books will be available for purchase and the first 40 audience members to be seated will get a free chapbook of the evening’s poems. Hope to see you there.

January 22

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