2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA
This event kicks off my summer tour. (More dates to follow) If you’re in the area please consider stopping by for some words and really good soup at the hosting cafe. Thank you emcee Duane Kirby Jensen.
Bongo roll please—
Glad to announce that my first book of poems
is now available in print or Kindle on Amazon!
Click the title or the photo to get to the page in a snap
It took a few days to get it properly formatted, but it’s up and ready for purchase. Excited to be able to offer my first book on Amazon. Hoping to reach new readers.
Please consider a copy as a gift for a friend, or as an addition to your poetic library; I fit nicely between Keats and Oliver. *wink* -SPL
POETRY: Shannon P. Laws, 2013 Mayor Arts Award winner, takes us on a stroll through the mind, heart and the mystery of dreams in her debut collection. Her poems, like a fine picnic laid out on a blanket in the shade of her beloved Madrona, reveal treasures that hide in everyday living. This majestic tree, native to her home on San Juan Island, has a skin like bark, alive to the touch. They act as a sentry on her journey through ancient emotions and primal urges that stir within.
I am filled with joy and encouragement over this award. It is a humbling experience to be listed with the other artist from the past years and those receiving it today. Many of whom are on my list of people I want to be someday.
I believe I share this award with organizations that were here long before I arrived to Bellingham, in winter of 2010. Places such as:
Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater
Whatcom Poetry Series: Poetry Night Open Mic
and KMRE 102.3 SPARK Radio
that broadcasts out of the SPARK Museum on Bay Street
It was through these community centered groups that I was able to find a good reason to be busy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-3, or Sundays 1-4. 2013 was a busy and productive year for poetry, and I am glad to of been apart of it.
Roosevelt said: “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.” As militant as this sounds, action is required to better our surroundings. Actions. Not wishful thinking. Lets all work together to build a better tomorrow.
Thank you Mayor Linville, the Bellingham Arts Commission, and my friends and family for your support.