Event: 2016 Read-In for Peace

You’re invited~

World Peace Poets’ Fourth Annual
Read-In! Write-On!

 

2016 poetsforpeace 8x11 poster
Poster by Shannon Laws

READ-IN FOR WORLD PEACE
World Peace Poets’ Fourth Annual Read-In! Write-On!
Saturday, September 24, 2015, Doors Open at 5:00 PM

This is a FREE and public event with special musical guests. A light supper will be served at 5:30 along with coffee & tea.

Readers sign-up: Anyone who would like to present 5 minutes on sharing their definition of peace is welcome to sign up now, until all slots are filled, at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com and an approximate time will be assigned to each one, or you can request one.

For more information, or to sign up to read or perform, contact
Carla at: worldpeacepoets at gmail.com

Participants in the 2016 and 2015 World Peace Poet Read-In will be eligible to submit original work for Volume Two of the “Peace Poems” book, to release in 2017!

If you didn’t get the 2013-2014 Vol I edition you can pick up a copy on Amazon by visiting this site:

Ends when the last poet speaks! 

Hosts: Carla Shafer, C.J. Prince, Carol McMillan, Betty Scott and Shannon Laws

Event: Mother’s Day Celebration Big Rock Garden

 You’re invited~

Mother's Day Poster 2016

 

Poetry in a park? YES!  This year it was my job to gather poets for the 23rd annual Big Rock Mother’s Day event.  I’m so thankful to present this stellar list of exceptional poets from the Bellingham area and one fabulous poet-mother from Seattle, Ibtihal Mahmood.

Ibtihal is a Chairperson at IMIA – International Medical Interpreters Association, Member at Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS) andVolunteer at Translators Without Borders, a mother and a poet.  I first met her at a Peace Poet “Read-In” event.  She’s a real treasure.

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A horse sculpture and pagoda at Big Rock

My World Peace Poet sisters Carol McMillian, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott and Carla Shafer are in the line up.  Poets representing Village Book Poetry Group, Jennifer Dannenberg and Kathleen McKeever, will read.

Also, excited that Kevin Murphy and Elizabeth Vignali will be sharing.  Both released a new book of work this year.

Kevin’s poetry collection “The Bird of Pure Midnight”

“I like to think that “The Bird of Pure Midnight” offers many of the same benefits as an around-the-world journey, but at a small fraction of the cost.”**

Elizabeth (Elizabeth Broucard) book “To Marry Well” is a tribute to her great-grandmother.

“Like the heroine in my first book, To Marry Well, my great-great grandmother traveled by train to a small town in Washington Territory to marry a man who she’d never met in order to provide a secure future for herself and what remained of her family. Unfortunately, my heroine’s real-life counterpart did not have a happily-ever-after. To Marry Well was created from my desire to give my great-great-grandmother the happy ending she deserved.”***

Come join us for a fun day at the Big Rock!

 

Event: WIN Awards

You are invited to

Writers International Network Canada’s Award Night

Words Across Borders!

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Event poster

World Peace Poets Bellingham founders, Carla Shafer, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott and Shannon Laws, will be recognized for their community contributions during a celebration and award ceremony on September 19, 2015 hosted by Writers International Network in British Columbia.

There will be poetry, light refreshments and other special entertainment.

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“Thank you Ashok and WIN for this award.  It is a great honor.”

Event: 2014 West Coast Tagore Festival

You’re invited to the

West Coast Tagore Festival

September 5th and 6th 2014

Richmond, British Columbia

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September 5th and 6th

 

Carla Shafer, friend and host to Bellingham’s Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater, and I have been invited to read poems at this event.

Last year I was moved by the presentation of Rabindranath Tagore’s life, (b. 7 May 1861 – d. 7 August 1941).   The festival is a colorful gathering of true Tagore followers.  A real treasure for the NW.

“…sobriquet Gurudev,δ[›]was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”,[3] he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.[4] In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.”


THE GIFT
A poem by Rabindranath Tagore

I want to give you something, my child, for we are drifting in the
stream of the world.
Our lives will be carried apart, and our love forgotten.
But I am not so foolish as to hope that I could buy your heart
with my gifts.
Young is your life, your path long, and you drink the love we
bring you at one draught and turn and run away from us.
You have your play and your playmates. What harm is there if
you have no time or thought for us!
We, indeed, have leisure enough in old age to count the days
that are past, to cherish in our hearts what our hands have lost
for ever.
The river runs swift with a song, breaking through all
barriers. But the mountain stays and remembers, and follows her
with his love.

 

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*source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore

Event: Three Poetry Host

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You’re invited…

My new poetry book, Odd Little Things, will officially launch September 6, 2014 at Village Books, 4-5:00.  Please join me and my two poet-sisters, Carla Shafer and Erica Reed as we share our poetry.  Books will be  available for purchase and sign at the event.

Three’s COMPANY

I asked Carla and Erica to join me in my celebratory hour, mainly because I am a fan of their work, both on paper and within the community.  Carla’s graceful, intelligent writing makes me marvel at life’s organized beauty.  Erica is more like a surgeon with her pen, digging into areas of the heart and mind, exposing those delicate memories that need to be explored.

These woman are outstanding pillars in the writer community.  They care, they listen, they show up.  Dedicated to keeping the writing arts alive in Bellingham, Carla and Erica create platforms for area artist to express themselves; with projects like Fairhaven Art Block, writing poetry by request at the Farmer’s Market, and  Read-ins for Peace.