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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.

whale poetry

Tonight, Friday, May 3, 2019, Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room will host a chorus of poetry in tribute to whales as SpeakEasy 24: For Love of Orcas celebrates the publication of a new anthology edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson to address the plight of the southern resident orcas, chinook salmon, and their extended ecosystem.

The evening’s readers/contributors include Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Seren Fargo, Jessica Gigot, Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, Carol Guess, Julie B. Hunter, Jill McCabe Johnson, J.I. Kleinberg, David M. Laws, Rob Lewis, Carole MacRury, Christen Mattix, Andrew Shattuck McBride, JS Nahani, Cynthia Neely, Paul E. Nelson, Sheila Nickerson, Nancy Pagh, Betty Scott, Carla Shafer, and Sheila Sondik, with additional work by Ronda Piszk Broatch, Sam Hamill, Jim Milstead, and Alina Stefanescu.

The event, which starts at 7:00pm, is free and copies of For Love of Orcas, as well as other books by participating poets, will be available for purchase and signing. Please join us if you’re in the area.

the creatures are stirring!


Can you hear the yowls and yaps, the squeals and chirps? That growling sound, the one that makes you clutch one another in your tent… that’s the sound of SpeakEasy 22: Animal Beast Creature.

The SpeakEasy poetry series returns to Bellingham on Saturday, October 20, 2018, as poets Jennifer Bullis, Elizabeth J. Colen, Paul Hunter, Jeffrey Morgan, Bethany Reid, Kimberly Roe, Ely Shipley, and Sheila Sondik explore the power of animals — persona, myth, spirit, science, and a deep wildness. The program is free and begins at 7:00pm in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre. Village Books will be on hand to sell the poets’ books. Event info on Facebook.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series that emphasizes themed, audience-friendly presentations of quality poetry by Cascadia-region writers. It is produced in Bellingham, Washington, by Luther Allen, author of The View from Lummi Island, and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg.

Come experience the animal magnetism.

one week, two readings

It’s a busy week for poetry and it’s not even fall yet! I’ll be among the readers for two terrific journals:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00pm
Cirque Journal
Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 4:00pm
Clover: A Literary Rag

Village Books (Fairhaven), Bellingham, Washington

Both readings are free; copies of the journals will be for sale. It would be lovely to see you there!

Prowl!

Very pleased to be a panelist at this weekend’s Inland Poetry Prowl in Ellensburg, Washington, joining an impressive roster of poets who will read, rant, and rave between Friday night and Sunday morning.

Ellensburg is compact and charming, situated in central Washington’s rolling wheat country, and replete with late 19th century charm (including, quite wonderfully, a Kleinberg building).

Events are entirely free (well, except for books and food). Please join us!

tonight in Tacoma!

Frida and friends

Frida and Friends
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00pm

at the Deming Library, Deming, Washington

 
Frida Kahlo, the dynamic Mexican painter, is recognized today for her artistic talent and for her courage in dealing with adversity. This reading will gather a group of poets to read their work and celebrate strong women. Susan J. Erickson, the featured reader, will share work from her recently published book of poems in women’s voices, Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine, which includes poems in the voice of Frida. (Frida “herself” will make a guest appearance at the reading!)

Please join the following poets in celebrating with Susan J. Erickson, Frida and Friends: Lois Holub, Stephanie Hopkinson, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg, C.J. Prince, and Leslie Wharton.

PS: Susan will offer one of her handcrafted collage cards with images of some of the women from the book with each purchase of her book.

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

Monday, Monday…

Wedgwood Ale HouseSo, if you should find yourself at a loss for what to do on the evening of Monday, October 13, 2014, do stop by Seattle’s Wedgwood Ale House and have a listen to Easy Speak Seattle.
Better yet, bring a few poems to share at the open mic (up to five minutes in the early round; maybe longer, later).
And don’t leave without introducing yourself, or saying hello again, to the featured reader: me.

poetry tonight!

Whatcom Women Words and WorksPlease join Jeni Cottrell and the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington), this evening — Friday, August 22, 2014 — as they host a reception and poetry reading for Whatcom Women Words and Works.

The exhibit, which remains on view at the Firehouse Café through the month of August, features art and poetry by Sheila Sondik, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Canyon and Anita K. Boyle.

The reception begins at 6:30pm, the poetry reading (in the performance space) runs 7:15-8:00pm and the reception ends at 8:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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.

words of love…

SpeakEasy 13: Love Uncensored

In honor of Valentine’s Day, fifteen couples will share expressions of love and all its entanglements this evening at SpeakEasy 13: Love Uncensored. Please join us at 7:00pm in the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room in Bellingham, Washington. Free (donations appreciated). Adults only, please.

SpeakEasy 12: Poetry of War

SpeakEasy 11

poetry…today

The Ish River Poets’ Circle

In the early 1980s, when the poet Robert Sund lived in La Conner, he would have gatherings in La Conner’s Civic Garden Club. He called them “The Poet’s Circle.”

Several times during the dark months of the year, six or seven poets would sit in a semicircle, facing the Garden Club’s collection of sofas and mismatched chairs filled by members of the community. Robert would begin, introducing poets who were well known in the area plus a new face or two, then select someone to start off the readings. As the first poet read, you could see other poets shuffling their papers looking for a poem. When the reader stopped, the momentum began. Another poet would say, “Amazing! When I heard you read that, it reminded me of a favorite poem that I wrote years ago. Can I read it now?” So went the evening: poets talking among themselves, trading poems. And the community got to listen and sometimes joined in.

But with the passing of Robert in 2001, so passed the Poet’s Circle.

During the most recent Skagit River Poetry Festival, Tony Curtis spoke of the sense of community that is so often lacking. But he said it still exists in a few places, and the Skagit is one of them. By bringing the Poets’ Circle back to La Conner, we rekindle a tradition and resume the conversation. Please join in.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 ~ 3:00pm
The Ish River Poets’ Circle

Civic Garden Club ~ 622 South Second Street ~ La Conner
Featured poets: Luther Allen, Jane Alynn, J.I. Kleinberg and Bob Rose

Suggested donation $5.

this evening in Seattle…

Queen Anne Books reading and party for Drash
Please join us on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 6:30pm at Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North, for a reading and party with contributors to Drash Literary Review. Readers: Lyssa Tall Anolik, Irene Bloom, J.I. Kleinberg, Erika Michael, Hannah Nguyen, Nancy Penrose, Martin Perlman and Alison Carb Sussman. See you there!
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Queen Anne Books photo by Chris Blakeley
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The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts has now posted the second of six wordages by J.I. Kleinberg.

this evening in Seattle…

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