NEW! Poem Booth

Poem Booth Bellingham

Last month Christen Matix, Summer Starr and I shined up our smiles, polished our pens to present our proposal to the downtown Community Food Co-Op.  We asked the board’s permission to convert the derelict phone booth on Forest Street, located outside next to the community board, into a Poem Booth.  The board loved the idea! Outreach Manager, Adrienne Renz, shares our proposal received “a loud and resounding YES!”

GREEN LIGHT! The Poem Booth team is now working, planning and preparing to launch the project by January 2017.

Please visit the project’s website to follow the KICKSTARTER, find out about the quarterly poetry contest, and for more photos and videos about the Poem Booth.

The Vision

_dsc6562Throughout the country, phone booths have been abandoned by major telephone companies who can no longer afford to maintain them. Typically the phone is ripped out of the booth, leaving the abandoned structure for local residents to either demolish or transform. We have adopted a defunct phone booth located on the Forest Street side of the Downtown Bellingham Community Co-op as a potential site for renewed communication in the present day. Right now, the booth is being used for an informal conversation of sorts using graffiti and stickers; we envision to expand upon this by transforming it into a site for a curated exchange of poetic language. As community members browse the nearby reader board for community information, they can also peruse the poem booth for a little brightness, beauty, and inspiration.
“Help me!”

Our simple goal: To create something that enhances and promotes community.  

How to Participate
A new poem is carefully selected by our team every quarter from poets representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Participation by the community is encouraged through our open call for poetry submissions. The selected poem will be displayed in the Poem Booth. Some poetry submissions may also be posted on our website. Readers can submit poems, questions and feedback to us through our email address poemboothbham at gmail dot com

Event: 2016 Read-In for Peace

You’re invited~

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


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Poster by Shannon Laws

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 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

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: Noisy Water

You’re invited~

Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington

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“It is an honor to be apart of this Whatcom County anthology. The event on December 1st is one of many readings scheduled throughout the NW over the next few months.  Visit the Other Mind Press web site for a full listing.  Thank you Other Mind Press” ~SPL

Other Mind Press is very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, an anthology of recent work by more than a hundred poets from Whatcom County.

Edited by Luther Allen & J.I. Kleinberg
Cover photo: Copyright © Joe Meche, used with permission
Book design: Ellie A. Rogers
Printed by: Threshold Documents, Bellingham, WA
ISBN: 978-0-9854164-1-6

Selected poets will read from Noisy Water:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 ~ 7:00pm ~ in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington

Susanne Paola Antonetta, Bruce Beasley, Angela Belcaster, Nancy Canyon, Thom Davis, Susan J. Erickson, Paul Fisher, Carol Guess, Steve Hood, Shannon P. Laws, Chuck Luckmann, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Carlos Martinez, Carol McCarthy (for Jack McCarthy), Carol McMillan, Kate Miller,  Jeffrey Morgan, Keith Moul, Joe Nolting, Christopher Patton, Timothy Pilgrim, Rena Priest, Erica Reed, Boris D. Schleinkofer, Luci Shaw, Elizabeth Vignali