Shannon P. Laws, born Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 and 2016. She received the Community Champion Award, 2015, courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for her work with World Peace Poets. Her publications include two poetry books, Madrona Grove and Odd Little Things. Her next book Fallen is set to release 2017.
Her poetry has appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, Five Willows Literary Review, From Bellingham With Love, VerseWrights, and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. 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.
She has performed at the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, Western Washington University’s Erotic Poetry Night, the West Coast Tagore Festival, Writers International Network Canada, Village Books Literature LIVE, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, King’s Books (Tacoma), Poetry Night (Bellingham), and worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company’s “Phrasings” collaboration. Shannon is also a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham and Chickadee Productions.
In addition to her literary interests, since 2011 Shannon is an active volunteer radio producer/host for Bellingham community radio. Her current program, Bellingham Art Beat broadcasts on KZAX-LP FM 94.9 Make.Shift Radio.
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 is a founding coordinator of an innovative project, “Poem Booth”, a collaboration with painter Christen Mattix and poet Summer Star. 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.
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Interview January 2017
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
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