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.
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.”***