Jun 5, 2014

Tinderbox Poetry Journal Seeks Submissions

Tinderbox, a promising new journal brought to us by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins and Molly Sutton Kiefer, is seeking submissions. All forms of poetry welcome (formal to experimental, free verse to hybrid voices, lyric and narrative, language and visual, and all else). They also welcome essays on craft or poetic issues, interviews, conversations, and the like.

Tinderbox launches on June 21 and its first issues will include work by DA Powell, Ed Skoog, Amy Gerstler, Rachel Richardson, Farrah Field, Leslie Harrison, Jennifer Firestone, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Ray Gonzalez, among others.

Submit to Tinderbox here.

May 21, 2014

CityArtists Funding Program - Deadline July 16

CityArtists is an annual funding program providing support for individual Seattle artists to research, develop and present new, in-progress or remounted work that is taken to the next level. Projects must include a public presentation within the city limits of Seattle. The 2015 cycle will award grants to artists working in dance, music and theater (including scriptwriting) arts. The program encourages a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle's diversity.

Eligibility: Seattle artists/curators working in dance, music and theater (including scriptwriting) arts.

Deadline: 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Funding Level: Applicants may request up to $8,000.

Apply: Online application and guidelines available here.

Informational Workshop
Tuesday, June 3, 5—7 p.m.
Including tips from past CityArtist recipients Amontaine Woods & John Teske
Seattle Public Library-Douglass-Truth Branch: 2300 E. Yesler Way (Central District)

Draft Review
Monday, June 26, 5—7 p.m.
(Call 206-684-7310 for appointment)
Richard Hugo House: 1634 11th Ave (Capitol Hill)

Info: For questions about the program and application, contact Irene Gómez, (206) 684-7310. For technical support for the online application, call
(206) 684-7171.                                               

May 19, 2014

Drunken Boat Book Contest (Poetry, Hybrid & Translation

Forrest Gander
Drunken Boat seeks entries for its inaugural book contest in poetry, open to any work of poetry in English (hybrid, multi-authored, and translations into English are welcome). Winner receives publication, $500, 20 author copies, a debut reading at AWP, and ads in print and online sources. Drunken Boat books are distributed by SPD. Excerpts from all finalists judged in house by the Drunken Boat staff will be featured in a special folio in an issue of Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts.

Judge: Forrest Gander
Deadline: June 25, 2014

Open book competition for all writers with no limitations on the amount of work a writer has published. Manuscripts must be between 30 and 120 pages. Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished as a whole (including self-publishing), but individual works may have been published.

Colleagues, current and recent students, and close friends of the judge are not eligible. Current Drunken Boat staff and interns are not eligible. Entries must be received by June 25, 2014. Reading fee is $25.

Submit here

Mar 26, 2014

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each (previously $15,000), will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 – April 30 of this year, via the online submissions system.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2014.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014.
  • Applications must be made through our submissions website, according to the guidelines below.
  • Application materials sent via e-mail or standard mail will not be considered.

To apply, assemble your application materials as a single Word document. This document must include:

  • An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
  • Ten pages of poems, in standard font and size (Times New Roman, 12pt). You may include multiple poems on one page, but total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
  • Publication list. (Optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
  • Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc).

Finalists will be notified by e-mail by August 1.
Winners will be announced on September 1.
If you have any questions, contact Holly Amos at hamos@poetrymagazine.org.

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About the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Program
Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2014, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.

Jan 11, 2014

Plague Narratives: The Rhetoric of Catastrophe (@Richard Hugo House, beginning Feb 1)

This six-week reading course will look at the rhetorical challenge of representing current and future catastrophic harm and risk, using plague narratives as a point of departure.

Full reading list below.
Meets: Saturday, February 1, 2014 – Saturday, March 8, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Richard Hugo House
General: $245.00
Members of Hugo House: $220.50


Week 1 – Introduction to History of the Plague
  • John Kelly, The Great Mortality (chapters 1-5)
Week 2 – Some Key Plague Narratives
  • Procopius, History of the Wars (Book II, xxii-xxxiii) – 542 AD*
  • Boccaccio, The Decameron (Introduction) – 1353 AD**
  • Rosemary Horrox (trans. And ed.), The Black Death (various accounts) – 14th Century**
  • Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys Diary (1665-1667) (http://www.pepys.info/1665/plague.html)*
  • Nathaniel Hodges, Loimologia (sections I-III) – 1672 AD*
Week 3 – Daniel Defoe – A Journal of the Plague Year
  • Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year – 1722 AD*
Week 4 – Visions of End Times – Real and Imagined
Week 5 – Risk Perception and Coping Mechanisms
Week 6 – Understanding Resistance and Inspiring Action
*Available online
**Will be included in course reader

Dec 31, 2013

Residency and Chapbook Competition - The Frost Place (Franconia, New Hampshire)

Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place

A prize of $2,000, reading series, and a six-to eight week residence at Robert Frost's former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. 

Applications accepted through December 31, 2013. Apply online. Visit www.frostplace.org for more information or apply at https://thefrostplace.submittable.com/submit

Second Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition

A $250 prize, publication of the winning chapbook, a fellowship at the 2014 Frost Place Poetry Seminar, featured reading, and a week-long residency residence at Robert Frost's Former Home in Franconia, New Hampshire is being awarded in 2013 by Bull City Press and The Frost Place. 

Applications accepted through December 31, 2013. Apply online. Visit www.frostplace.org for more information or apply at https://thefrostplace.submittable.com/submit

Dec 30, 2013

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Hiring a Professor of Creative Writing

Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics invites applications for a full-time core candidate advanced Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with excellent abilities in creative writing, literary scholarship, and program administration: appointment to begin fall 2014. Duties include teaching (on campus and online) undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, literary studies, and professional development courses; advising BA and MFA thesis students; service to the School and University; as well as program coordination of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. We seek a candidate who can teach across genres, with an emphasis in innovative prose writing (fiction and creative nonfiction) and an interest in queer literature and theory. Teaching load: 3/3 plus MFA thesis advising; course release for program coordination.

Start Date: July 1, 2014

Assistant Professor: $46,000
Associate Professor: $50,000, dependent upon experience

Qualified applicants should apply online by January 31, 2014 and include:

  • A letter of interest, including primary professional qualifications and pedagogical statement.
  • Curriculum vitae, highlighting teaching experience, administrative experience, publications, and community engagement.
  • One published book of innovative prose. Upload PDF or mail to Naropa University, JKS Faculty Search, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Three recent course syllabi of your own design.
  • Three letters of recommendation from writers or colleagues in equal or higher academic positions, highlighting teaching, publications, and collegiality.

Apply online.

Art with Heart

Since moving to Seattle 3.5 years ago, one of the many facets of the city that I've fallen in love with is its profound compassion and social consciousness. It is, in fact, a blessing and a curse--while navigating the turbulent waters of grad school, dissecting my thoughts one by one and rebuilding this new self of intersectionalities and muddled theory, it seemed that the world around me was rebuilding itself, too. Yet any quick dive into Facebook was a shocking reminder that my cloistered, University, Social Work, Non-Profit Seattle world was often in stark ideological contrast to much of the rest of the country.

I struggled with how to express this in class. "You don't talk much" was every professor's post-class assessment, and as much as they told me to speak up more, three years later, I voice my opinions just as much as Day 1. Yet for all of my shyness, no teacher questioned who I was or what I believed in, because it came out in what I wrote. Writing was my power, a more familiar and comfortable way of connecting both with myself and others, something I had honed during the various traumas of youth and held onto as an adult because it at once allows me to connect with others and distance myself from their response. It feels safe.

Time and again, writing has been shown to help children and young adults who are coping with childhood trauma. Trauma has wide-ranging social and physiological effects, including an inability to recognize, name, and express their feelings. They may react powerfully (violence, aggression, yelling, self-harm) or they may just simply dissociate (tune out); with either, this inability to talk about their feelings and needs lasts well into adulthood, with devastating consequences on their ability to form healthy relationships. Through writing, children and teens are finally able to unburden and redefine themselves.

If you want to learn about some of the work that local writers are doing within marginalized communities and with victims of childhood trauma, I've included a list of Seattle-based non-profits below:

Writing Resistance: Part writing group, part community action, Writing Resistance is a Beacon Hill-based group for those affected by disability and ableism. It also looks like they were taking submissions for their first Zine back in March of '13, though I was unable to locate any further mention of it online.

Books to Prisoners: Okay, so it's not actually a writing-focused non-profit, but Books to Prisoners, run by Seattle's Left Bank Books, still focuses on literacy and social justice, which is all that matter to me to make the cut.

826 Seattle: If you write, you probably already know about literary non-profit powerhouse 826 Seattle. Founded by Dave Eggers, 826 Seattle offers tutoring, workshops, bookmaking and writing labs, reaching over 3,100 children throughout King County.

Arts Corps: Focused primarily on low-income youth of color, Art Corps has brought racial justice to the arts, through youth workshops, writing classes, after school programs, classroom curriculae and artists in residence, and youth poetry slams.

Art with Heart: Art therapy is a powerful tool in working with young children who are struggling with trauma. Whether they're facing the death of a parent or chronic illness, Art with Heart develops books to help children sort through their feelings and safely express themselves.

Pongo Teen Writing: This amazing organization works with teens, often homeless or incarcerated, to "express themselves through poetry and other forms of writing." They also publish anthologies of the teens' work, most of which are given away to other teens in need, but are also sold to help cover a small percentage of their publishing costs.

Dec 29, 2013

Call for submissions: THE BOILER

THE BOILER is accepting submissions in poetry, short stories, and short memoir/essays (prose under 3,500 words) for its spring 2014 issue. Submissions close February 20, 2014.

The Boiler was started online in 2011 by a group of MFA students from Sarah Lawrence College. Now publishing quarterly, it features emerging writers and established writers such as Paul Liscicky, David Hollander, Bruce Bond, Thomas Lux, Daniel Chacon, Raena Shirali, Robin Richardson, Cinthia Ritchie, Kelli Allen, Emma Bolden, Cynthia Cruz, Joseph Millar and others.

Dec 28, 2013

Visiting Assistant Professor Positions at Oregon State University

Two one-year Visiting Assistant Professor appointments in creative writing, one in fiction and one in creative non-fiction (with particular focus on magazine writing/literary journalism), beginning fall 2014.  

Over the three terms of the 2014-2015 academic year, each position will cover five courses, including one graduate-level (MFA) workshop, one upper-division craft class, and undergraduate literature and/or creative writing courses as assigned.  Each position also requires serving as thesis advisor for two MFA students and assisting with the reviewing of applications to the MFA program.  

Required: MFA at the time of appointment,  significant  publications in the genre, and a record of successful teaching.

To review postings and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs

Dec 27, 2013


Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen from both established and emerging writers.

Clockhouse is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. 

Deadline: February 1

Mar 2, 2013

Neil Gaiman's Sandman [themed show] at Crocodile, Seattle


Music (and a little poetry) based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics.

This event is in celebration of Emerald City Comicon this weekend.

Doors at 8, show at 9
At the Crocodile in Belltown

Performers include:
Evan J PetersonMike Votava
Aaron Zig 
David Hillman
Aaron Shay
Mark Blasco
Seattle Jazz Composers Small Ensemble
Tai Shan
Aaron Daniel 
Peter Spencer
Perry Maybrown
Susy Sun
We Wrote the Book on Connectors

Facebook event is here:

Feb 14, 2013

reading at Elliott Bay Book & Company

Koon Woon and Dr. Keith Holyoak, cognitive psychologist from UCLA, will read their poems at the Elliott Bay Book & Company Friday 7pm on February 22, 2013 and admission is FREE.

Koon will be happy to autograph his new book WATER CHASING WATER.

Jan 4, 2013

Visions of Nowhere: The Utopian Tradition (reading course at Richard Hugo House)

The utopian tradition, at least nominally, began with Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), who coined the generic term. In Greek, utopia means “nowhere” (ou “not” + topos “place”), but suggests an especially virtuous somewhere as well (eu “good” + topos “place”). What roles have these perfect, non-existent worlds played in literary, political, and ethical traditions? How have we made our way to them? How have they changed us? Readings will include selections from More, Sir Francis Bacon, Tao Yuanming, Henry David Thoreau, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Samuel Butler, William Morris, Ernest Callenbach, and Marge Piercy.

Meets: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - Saturday, March 2, 2013
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Richard Hugo House
 General: $230.00 Members of Hugo House: $207.00

Click here for information on registration and financial aid.    

Required Readings  

Week 1
Tao Yuanming, The Peach Blossom Spring
Sir Thomas More, Utopia  

Week 2
Sir Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (first two chapters only - "Economy" and "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For")  

Week 3
Samuel Butler, Erewhon (chapters 7, 8, and 23-25)
William Morris, News from Nowhere (chapters 1-15)  

Week 4
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (chapters 1-5)  

Week 5
Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time (chapters 1-12)  

Week 6
Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia  

Jan 2, 2013

Reading: Joannie Stangeland and David Horowitz (January 9)

Next Wednesday, January 9, our very own Joannie Stangeland will be reading with David D. Horowitz at The Station as part of the Beacon Bards reading series.

When: January 9, 7:00 P.M.
Where: The Station, 2533 16th Avenue South(by the Beacon Hill light rail station)

There's also an open mic, so bring poems.

Dec 19, 2012

Book Launch Party: Morris Stegosaurus' Zebra Feathers - January 10 at Hugo House

When: January 10, 7-10pm
Where: Richard Hugo House
Poet Morris Stegosaurus performs selections from his debut full-length collection "Zebra Feathers," published by Minor Arcana Press. Seattle poets Dane Kuttler and Jeremy Richards also perform. Stegosaurus will be accompanied Stegosaurus will be accompanied by Fiddleback on guitar and Alfredo Arnaiz on saxophone. Doors/bar at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, books for sale.
About "Zebra Feathers"
Seasoned performance poet Morris Stegosaurus delivers his inimitably slick and brilliant wordplay via page, losing none of his bombast. He offers readers a bizarre, hilarious romp through a world of plush anthropomorphic animals, mystical surrealism, and absurdist commentary on our own increasingly cartoonish culture. Yet, even at its most dizzyingly psychedelic, the poems maintain a vital core of vulnerability. --Evan J. Peterson, Editor*Cover art by birds (fowlgallery.com)

About Morris Stegosaurus
Morris Stegosaurus grew up in suburban Chicago, found his wings in New York City, and landed in Seattle, where he lives with his boyfriend Eric Maden, an abstract artist and experimental musician. He performs regularly with guitarist Jonathan "Fiddleback" Maxwell, cellist Star St.Germain, saxophonist Alfredo Arnaiz and other musicians under the collective name "Clockwork Ocean." He's always identified as an outsider, but in recent years has found love and acceptance within the furry community, in which context he identifies primarily as a zebra and secondarily as a dingo puppy. Photo by Andi Dean Mashek Burk.
About Minor Arcana Press
Minor Arcana Press is a Seattle-based small press founded by Allison McEntire Boyle and Evan J. Peterson. They publish strange, innovative and esoteric/mystical poetry, as well as mixed-genre anthologies. More info at minorarcanapress.com

About Dane Kuttler
Dane Kuttler has competed at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Women of the World Poetry Slam, self-published three chapbooks, and completed 365 poems in 365 days during the 2010 poem-a-day project. More about Dane and her work can be found at danepoetry.com. Photo by Rasmus Rasmussen.
About Jeremy Richards
Jeremy Richards is a poet and journalist living in Seattle. His work has appeared widely, including in The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, McSweeney's, Rattle, The Morning News, and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Day to Day, and All Things Considered. "Nietzsche! The Musical," for which he wrote the book and lyrics, premiered at Seattle's Market Theater in June 2010. Richards holds a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington. Jeremyrichards.com.

Nonfiction Workshops with Corinne Manning

Sharing news of some nonfiction classes the lovely Corinne Manning will be teaching out of her house in January/February. 

The Living Room Workshops
Nonfiction Workshop
January 7th, 2013- February 11
Monday, 7-9pm
6 weeks–$215
In this workshop we will explore the essay and its various forms. Students will workshop two different essays, one at the beginning and one at the end, and in between we will explore different forms of the essay: the personal essay, the braided essay, and the lyric essay. In spirit with the French root of the form—essayer—we will view our work as attempts and work together to discover all of the opportunities present to more fully reveal our work.

Writing Trauma: Narratives of Healing
January 23- February 20
Wednesdays, 7-9 pm
5 weeks –$180
Maybe you went on a road trip and figured it all out, or had a psychic tell you to take care of your feet, or survived, or learned to use your loss in a new way. In this safe space we will use methods that explore the outlying regions of our memories. Through numerous exercises we will learn to stay present with a significantly difficult memory and allow it to transform from experience to narrative. We will also look at selections from narratives of healing: “Waking” by Matthew Sanford, “Heaven’s Coast” by Mark Doty, work by Margueritte Duras, Alice Walker and selections from “Maus" by Art Spiegleman. Our support text will be the invaluable Judith Herman's "Trauma and Recovery". Through this process we can begin to gain power over the event and shape it into a structure that heals readers just as purely as it healed the writer.

Corinne Manning is a writer and teacher in Seattle, WA. She believes that the deep exploration of craft is part of a unique and beautiful healing process for the writer.  She is the managing editor of Dark Coast Press. Her work has appeared online at the Oxford American, Drunken Boat, and Qarrtsiluni and in print at Arts & Letters. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, in Spartanburg, SC. She received her MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington. She is also a book designer,  yoga teacher,  and a student of herbalism.

Contact Corinne: corinne.manning [@] gmail [dot] com

Nov 5, 2012

Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts

For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging visual artists and writers. Artists who have not had significant recognition for their work and writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 -April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their Fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. Former visual arts Fellows include Ellen Gallagher, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Angela Dufresne, Geoffrey Chadsey, and Lamar Peterson. Former writing Fellows--nearly all of whom came here before the publication of their first books--have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

The postmark deadline for the 2013-14 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2012.
For details, please visit: www.fawc.org/fellowships

Call for submissions by women: ROAR

ROAR Magazine is a print literary journal dedicated to providing a space to showcase women's fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

It publishes literature by emerging and developing writers, as well as interviews with established writers, such as acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jill McCorkle, who, in the current issue, talks about balancing her life and writing.

ROAR Magazine is now accepting submissions for its 2013 winter issue.
For detailed guidelines, please visit its website at