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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.

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.

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

At its heart…

SpeakEasy 11

another reading…(actually two)…

SpeakEasy 8: Cirque literary journal

Cirque, a literary journal in its fourth year of publication, is a full-color 80-page collection of writing in all genres. Cirque publishes the work of established and emerging writers from the Northwest and Alaska. It has been called “incomparably elegant and a pleasure to read.” A full-text version of each issue can be read at Cirque. Print copies can be ordered there, as well.

Poets and other writers from the pages of Cirque will be reading at two venues in Washington.

In Bellingham, on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at The Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Avenue, readers include Brian Hutton, J.I. Kleinberg, Sandra Kleven, Len Kuntz, Rachel Mehl, John Morgan, Keith Moul, Tim Pilgrim and Carey Taylor.

In Seattle, on Monday, August 13th at ACT, Buster’s, 700 Union Street, readers include Christianne Balk, Janet Buttenwieser, Jacqueline Haskins, Brian Hutton, J.I. Kleinberg, Sandra Kleven, Charles Leggett, Stefon Mears, David Stallings and Carey Taylor.

Both events are set to start at 7:00 p.m. and will include a silent auction featuring ten framed artworks from the pages of Cirque. Donations appreciated.

SpeakEasy is an occasional poetry series independently produced by Luther Allen and Other Mind Press.

reading!

SpeakEasy 7Y’all come on down!

Jim Bertolino’s eleventh volume of poetry, titled Every Wound Has A Rhythm, is being published next month by World Enough Writers. His work has appeared in a wide range of literary magazines and anthologies, including Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, New Mexico Quarterly, Raven Chronicles, Clover and New Poets of the American West edited by Lowell Jaeger. His work has received national recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards and having two books reprinted by the Connecticut College Contemporary American Poetry Archive. Jim retired in 2006 from a 32-year career teaching creative writing and literature for colleges and universities from Cornell to Western. 2012 is the fourth year he has served as poetry judge for the American Book Award. He grew up in Wisconsin, and now lives on five Whatcom County acres with his wife, Anita Boyle.

An illustrator and graphic designer, Anita K. Boyle’s book, What the Alder Told Me, was published by MoonPath Press in 2011. She is also the author of Bamboo Equals Loon (Egress Studio Press, 2001). Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, including StringTownThe Raven ChroniclesCrab Creek ReviewCrankyIndiana ReviewSpoon River Poetry Review, Mudlark, MarginMirror Northwest, and in the anthologies Red Sky Morning and Saints of Hysteria. She lives with her poet-friend-husband, James Bertolino—who she has collaborated with on two chapbooks of poetry.

Jennifer Bullis, originally from Reno, did time in various California educational institutions and escaped, finally, to Bellingham, where she taught at Whatcom Community College for fourteen years. Currently, she writes, hikes, and tries to keep up with her six year-old son. Her poems appear in Iron Horse Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Comstock Review, Conversations across Borders, and Floating Bridge Review, and she is assembling manuscripts for chapbooks and a full-length collection of poems. She has kind of a thing for leaves.

Dave Cole lives on a cliff at the eastern edge of the Precambrian core of the Black Hills of South Dakota. He edits books for a handful of publishers, is a sculptor, and serves on the steering committee for the South Dakota Festival of Books. “Some of What I’m About to Tell You Is True,” with voice recording, has been published in Bomb magazine’s online presence, Bomblog.

J.I. Kleinberg works and plays with words. She is co-author of the book Fat Stupid Ugly: One Woman’s Courage to Survive, is a past winner in the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and blogs most days right here at chocolate is a verb. Among other places, her writing has been accepted or appeared in Arcade; Anatomy & Etymology; Cirque; Drash: Northwest Mosaic; Flyways and Byways; Labyrinth; Phrasings; The Raven Chronicles; The Social Gardener; and Switched-on Gutenberg. She lives in Bellingham and doesn’t own a television.

A great believer in writing from prompts, even the most astonishing of ones, J.E. Yeasting is immensely grateful to be part of the On Assignment group, and to the illustrious Dave Cole for starting us on our word-rich journey. Although it is reported that she likes keeping a low profile, her writing has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies, and she is currently shaping several stacks of poems into new book manuscripts. She teaches writing at Western Washington University, where she has been sighted, several times a year, giving collaborative, multi-media poetry performances. When she’s not playing with words, you can often find her drawing and painting in dance studios or her art studio in Fairhaven.

poetically speaking…

2012-02-13 Bellingham Herald
It’s been a poetic couple of days. First, a reading for Whatcom WRITES! from the new publication, Enemies (including my poem, NMEs Everywhere). Then, SpeakEasy – Love Uncensored, a remarkable demonstration of courage and love as nearly 20 couples read love poetry (their own and/or by others) in front of an audience of about 80 people. (We read our Valentine’s Day poems generated from our 2011 Hugo House workshop with Patricia Smith). And today, more poetry, more love, thanks to Dean Kahn and The Bellingham Herald.

December 10

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