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 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, 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, Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), San Juan Island Public Library, Bellingham venues including 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, since 2011 Shannon is an active volunteer radio producer/host for Bellingham community radio. Her current weekly program, Bellingham Art Beat broadcasts on KZAX-LP FM 94.9 Make.Shift Radio and KPNW-DB digital radio. Both stations stream and are available at Tunein.
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.
From 2017-18, 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.
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
Listen to Rena Priest’s “Writers Shout Out”
KZAX-LP FM 94.9, Bellingham
Interview January 2017
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