An anthology of the first ten years of poetry at Bellingham's illustrious poetrynight.
About the Project:
For fifteen years Poetrynight in Bellingham, WA has fostered a community of poetry, poets, and poetry lovers in the Northwest corner of our fair state. We think this deserves some commemoration, some celebration, and some publication. The poems have been selected, the poets have been cajoled and reminded (and reminded again) into signing their contracts and proofing their poems, and our designer has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the book. What Poetrynight needs now is the funds to print as much as we’ve put in: a poetrynight anthology. This is where you come in. We need $1000 to cover an initial print run and for a small amount of advertising. Any eventual proceeds from the anthology will be funneled back into Poetrynight (which is a program of the Whatcom Poetry Series 501(c)3). In other words, every dime of your patronage is a dime for poetry! Plus, check out the cool rewards for supporting this project!
From the Forward to as much as we’ve put in:
So many coffee shop and cafe readings come and go—and maybe we’ll be no different. Bellingham is a port town, and we who live here, and we who have passed through here, are port people. One day you’ll come here and one day you’ll leave here. But say we were to meet in the middle—somewhere in between coming and going. Say it’s on a Monday night. We’ll come together to read each other poems—poems we’ve written, poems we’ve found in the pages of a perfect-bound book or a lit rag, poems we carried through the week to reach a Monday night in whatever room would have us. Say one day you come here like you’ve found yourself doing for what feels like awhile now, and then realize fifteen years have gone by and it’s Monday night and here you are.
Sometimes, we just don’t know how it is after all these Mondays we gather. Why is it that poets who leave us come back, finding themselves again stepping off a Greyhound bus at a small station somewhere between Seattle and Vancouver? For a few perfect words. It is for this that we come…If Poetrynight is important, it is because of the space it creates. Because the poets who come to us stay with us. Because they leave their poems on those shelves that line the spaces inside us, and we carry our libraries into all the crowded bars and lonely rooms that make up our lives. And from here where we stand on the lip of Bellingham Bay across the fifteen years we’ve gathered, goes a wake of all those perfect words…If our anthology is important, it is only because it recognizes some small portion of what’s been put into all these Monday nights. This anthology is about the poems included, certainly. But it is also about we who call Poetrynight home, about the people who, simply because they weather the rain to come out, make certain it goes on. This anthology has taken form from work that refuses to vanish after being spoken aloud, or to be contained only within the bound cover of a book.
If you want to know more about our organization:
And all of the awesome stuff we do, including running the reading, hosting benefit events, our Poetry in Public Education program, and recording a great poetry podcast, check out our website: www.poetrynight.org
and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/letshavewords
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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