Event: Encore You Love Me, You Love Me Not

You’re invited…

June 19th, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Encore performance! Poet Shannon Laws hosts a Honeymoon poetry OPEN MIC followed by her “You Love Me, You Love Me Not” beat poetry program accompanied by stand up bassist, Greg Sherman. Shannon’s fresh sense of humor and quietly erotic poetry highlights the joys and aggravations of mid-life singlehood in this collection of love and love maybe poems. Sure to make you go “LOL” and “OOoooOoo”, a fun night for all.

If you missed her debut performance of the set in February you got another chance to catch this unique poetry presentation. Books will be on hand to purchase, donations accepted.

“Shannon Laws’ poems are ventures, many journeys of the mind and imagination… They also probe the mysteries of the human condition, posing elemental issues: love and death and loss, the aching solitariness of human experience, the straining for meaning, clarity and confirmation, the yearning for contact and connection, and the guises humans adopt in the consequent interchange.”
—Ron Leatherbarrow, Professor of Literature, Whatcom Community College


Don’t’ be a poet and not know it!
Come on down for good food, good words and a warm fun time of love and no love poetry.

Event: Redmond Poets in the Park

You’re invited…

Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington

Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and many other guests!
Poets in the Park in 2017 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Readings for 2017 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, and more—and its all free! Visit the website to see the schedule. 
Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!
See the Facebook invite. Tweet to #poetsinthepark.

I will be reading on the Main Stage, 3:00 p.m., with the Clover: A Literary Rag group
AND I will have copies of “Fallen”
on hand to sell.

This is a great poetry packed day.  See you there!

Event: SeaFeast Bellingham

You’re invited~


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Bellingham SeaFeast 2016
Friday, Sept 30 & Saturday, Oct 1, 2016
The inaugural Bellingham SeaFeast 2016 provides you a setting of endless fun and the food fare of the surrounding bay and straits. A gathering for family and friends. Admission free.



Stroll through downtown Bellingham and listen to old salts – local fishers accustomed to mending and hauling nets, instead plucking guitar strings and adjusting their spectacles to read poems, stories, and songs in the 1st Annual FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay.  In this take-off on the renowned FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Ore., FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay promises to produce smiles and laughter as fishers share their tales over local ales (brewed right in the setting).

Catch the action at Boundary Bay Brewery, enjoy delicious Fish Fry Friday Fare in the Beer Garden while enjoying this inaugural FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay evening. A popular local dance band will follow into the night.

Also, stroll nearby to the Honey Moon Mead Bar and catch the rousing action of SeaShanties and more nautical tales.

I’ll be reading at Boundary Bay, 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 30th.  See you then!

Event: Get Lit

You’re invited~

Cafe Bouzingo’s “Get Lit”

Featuring poet Shannon Laws

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 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 22

at 1209 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, Washington.

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Cafe Bouzingo, coffee shop, tea room, art gallery, live music

Get Lit! is Café Bouzingo’s weekly poetry show. Every Sunday, sign up starts at 6:30 p.m., join the crew at Café Bouzingo for an evening of spoken word — local and nationally renowned touring poets are frequent features, and each show spotlights one of Bellingham’s many vibrant poetry organizations. The first portion of every evening is an open mic, so don’t forget to bring your own words to share!

Open mic sign ups begin at 6:30pm.

*Café Bouzingo is an 18+ hookah lounge, with a yearly membership fee of $5

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Cafe Bouzingo, coffee shop, tea room, art gallery, live music


Light Like Love

By Shannon Laws


The wind blows in its fresh breath

smell the sunshine on its wave

sun shines as a lamp turned on by God

Designed to remind me

The universe is the big black

But where you are now

I wish to see you



Event: Poets’ Corner







UPDATE: This event is a success and still happening every month during Art Walk. The corner moves from time to time. Look for “Poet’s Corner” on the Art Walk map, walk by to enjoy some original words by your neighborhood poets!


Art Walk Bellingham

and the

Downtown Bellingham Partnership

present the first

Poets’ Corner!

Press release:

“The Bellingham Art Walk has long been enjoyed by many residents and visitors.  The city and a local poet are collaborating to bring poetry to the streets.  Downtown Bellingham Partnership, and 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award “Poet” recipient Shannon P. Laws present Poets’ Corner.This exciting new living art exhibit for Art Walk participants will be available on the corner of W. Holly and Bay Street.  Come on by to listen to original poetry by stellar poets on June 5th, 6:30-8:00 to support the debut of this literary event.

Shannon urges Bellingham poets to sign up for ten minute slots, “We are a city of passionate poets. Project your words to the universe! Engage with strangers, WOW them with words!”

June’s Poets’ Corner is sponsored by long time residents and art supporters Bert Monroe and Charles R. Dyer.

Date: June 5, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00
Location: corner of W. Holly and Bay Street (by the Rocket)
Price: FREE”


While sharing poetry in the streets for the SPOKE N’ WORD MOBRolls event last month, Bellingham’s Art Walk was also in full swing. Downtown was full of people.  I loved it!  The experience was so enjoyable I asked the Downtown Association if they would be open to a Poets’ Corner during Art Walk.  Lindsay Payne, the Art Walk coordinator, caught the vision, and now it is a reality.  Special thanks to poetry lovers Bert Monroe and Charles R. Dyer for donating the money that places Poets’ Corner on the Art Walk map for June!

This isn’t the first time I’ve shared poetry with strangers.  In 2013 I was one of many poets reading at the Fairhaven Art Block Party.  Carla Shafer had the wonderful idea of lining the two block pathway from the Lucia Douglas Gallery and the Firehouse Performing Arts Center with poet “stations.”  This neighborhood event included paintings, dance, music, food/drink, poetry and a very grumpy bear. I hope one day FAB will return.



The name of the event Poets’ Corner may ring a bell with some.  There is a famous poets’ corner in Westminster Abbey.  That section of the English church received the title because of the high number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there.  Geoffrey Chaucer, author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, diplomat, was the first in 1556.  Robert Adam, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, T.S. Elliot, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Macaulay, ,John Masefield, Laurence Olivier, Alfred Tennyson, to name a few, are also buried or memorialized there.
However, Bellingham’s corner will be full of LIVE poets, moving, walking and talking!

Memorials in Poets' Corner, Photo Credit Carcharoth (Commons)
Memorials in Poets’ Corner, Photo Credit Carcharoth (Commons)


Come on downtown!