Shannon P. Laws, born Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 for coordination of various poetry events and 2016 in recognition for her LP radio production work promoting northwest artists. She received the Community Champion Award, 2015, courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for collaboration with World Peace Poets. Shannon’s publications include three poetry books, Fallen, Madrona Grove, and chapbook Odd Little Things.
Her poetry has appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, Five Willows Literary Review, From Bellingham With Love, VerseWrights, Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, and Last Call: An Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry. Poems have appeared online at WritingRaw.com and Lamentforthe-Dead.org. The poem “Lights Tonight,” was an Honorable Mention for the Women’s March on Bellingham January 21, 2017.
Shannon has performed at various Northwest Washington and British Columbia venus including the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, Western Washington University’s Erotic Poetry Night, the West Coast Tagore Festival, Writers International Network Canada, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, Poets in the Park (Redmond), Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), San Juan Island Public Library, Bellingham venues including Village Books Literature LIVE, Greene’s Corner, Poetry Night, The Alternative Library, Creekside Open Mic, and Kitchen Sessions. Shannon worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company’s “Phrasings” collaboration. She is also a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham (2013-2015) and her company Chickadee Productions.
In addition to her literary interests, 2011 to 2018, Shannon was a volunteer radio producer/host for Bellingham community radio. Her final project was a weekly program, Bellingham Art Beat that aired on KZAX-LP FM 94.9 Make.Shift Radio and KPNW-DB digital radio. Both stations stream and are available at Tunein. Please visit the “RADIO” tab to listen to archived radio programs The New Americana Hour and Boosie’s Playhouse Classic Blues on this site.
On March 8, 2018 historian and award-winning fiction author, Janet Oakley and I visited Kendall Elementary to share an Introduction to Poetry Presentation and encourage 4th graders to write their own poetry.
This project is inspired by the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps statue dedication. On June 16, 2018, at the Glacier Ranger Station built by CCC workers, the statue will be dedicated. Janet Oakley is working with Mike Impero and me to coordinate community events for all ages in celebration of the statue dedication. (Read more about the CCC project HERE)
From Fall 2016 to Spring 2018, Shannon was a founding coordinator of an innovative project, “Poem Booth“, a collaboration with painter Christen Mattix, poets Summer Star, and poets Jory Mickelson and Sheila Sondik. The project reclaims derelict phone booths, transforming them into creative points of communication to the passerby, displaying colorful expressions and poetry rotated every quarter. The first booth is on Forest Street attached to the Community Food Co-op Grocery in downtown Bellingham. Learn more at http://poembooth.weebly.com/
In 2015 Shannon asked retired poetry professor Ron Leatherbarrow if he’d like to meet for coffee and talk poetry. He said “yes”, then added, “Why don’t you bring some friends and we’ll make it a discussion.” October 31, 2015, Poetry Club was born! The Clubs Facebook page is designed for any similar club to follow along in the discussion. Ron’s notes and topic are posted on the page every month. To date, the page has 970 people following. Interesting fact: 830 are poets in Pakistan. There are ten regulars who attend the original Bellingham monthly club.
In 2015 she coordinated a charity album “Blue Skies for Bellingham” featuring 17 local bands. All album proceeds go to the Blue Skies for Children’s Our Little Wishes Instrument Loaner and Enrichment Programs. These programs provide low-income, homeless and foster children ages six to fifteen living in Whatcom and Skagit County funding for music lessons and musical instrument rental to help increase hope and raise self-esteem.
Shannon was a founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham (2013-2015). World Peace Poets is an international movement working on the concept that poetry builds understanding and peace between cultures. The group encourage harmony through words for international writers and promote public readings.
Listen to “Into The Arts”
KPNW DB Bellingham
Interview August 2018
Read Bellingham Alive’s KATE GALAMBOS
“EXPLORING THE HUMAN CONDITION THROUGH ART”
interview November 2017
Listen to “Bellingham Art Beat”
KZAX-LP FM 94.9 Bellingham
Interview June 2017
“Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.”
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