Event: You Love Me, You Love Me Not

You’re invited…

Flyer by SPL (my inner child) Please print, color me and share

Save the Date!

This event is an early 5:00 p.m. set designed for you and your sweetie to enjoy a special day together, a passionate spark to get things started.  Also, a great time for anyone who is a fan of love and wants to support the Alt Library and local artist.  (I think we’re talkin’ about YOU)  You’ll hear from poets Eric Kosarot and James Bertolino.  The featured poet is Shannon P. Laws who will be reading select love poems accompanied by Greg Sherman on upright bass.  This is also the first Bellingham reading from her new book “Fallen”, 2017.

Come early Kathy McKeever, Urban Cauldron, will be available to read your LOVE tarot 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Kathy is a professional, long time tarot reader and teacher of tarot.  She is an expert in the art of divination.

Tickets are suggested $5 or donation, tips encouraged for tarot reader
Books by authors will be on hand for purchase

James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, the most recent being Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from MoonPath Press.  http://www.jamesbertolino.com/

 

Tongue in Ink

by Shannon P. Laws

The best poems are not written in ink but by the tongue
Spoken into the air never finding paper
Touched by the mist of breath against your neck
Said in the dark rooms where lovers meet
 
Not at all recorded nor syllables numbered
But art form just the same
Once activated and released the words are all lost
Left to moments that linger
Holding each other in sweaty embrace
As if the sheets themselves are sentences
  

Thankfulness Event & Adele

You’re invited  

Concert of thankfulness and poetry event

Wednesday, November 25 – 7:30 PM

St. James Presbyterian, 910 14th St, Bellingham

Music presented by the St. James Bell Choir and Chancel Choir.

Thanksgiving poetry & memoir provided by local writing community poets and writers: Susan Chase-Foster, Luther Allen, Darrell Hillaire, Janet Oakley, Shannon Laws, and Carla Shafer.

“Join us to pause and reflect on our blessings and give thanks for all that we have been given. The evening’s monetary offering will go to the Bellingham Food Bank.”

“Looks like a warm evening of reflection and music.  Here is what I’m reading.” -SPL

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Walking with Family

            -by Shannon Laws

In the 1980’s I was a kid growing up in South King County.  Two of my mother’s sisters lived nearby.  These three sisters kept the family together by organizing the parties for holidays and birthdays.  The aunts and my mother rotated the hosting chores, added new recipes to the menus, brought out the best china, crystal and extra tables for Thanksgiving.

My father and uncles seemed reluctant to dress up for it, after all, their football or baseball game was “always” interrupted by invading house guests, but they reacted kindly by adding “color” to every event.  These were hard working men, they were a construction foremen, an owner of a plumbing company, a city building inspector and a mailman. They had plenty of jokes and stories to amaze the crowd of child and parent alike.

By the mid 90’s the two sisters moved away and family gatherings all but ceased.  One family moved back to the mid-west for work, the other to Arizona for retirement.

When my two kids where toddlers, however they were able to enjoy a few of these events before everyone moved away.  Returning home from an Easter dinner my son shared in his cute little five year voice, “Wow, we have a BIG family!”

Somehow after my family dispersed, I found the kindness of new friends comforting.  My path has provided me with new aunties, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers, sisters and brothers.  Friends walk with me a bit on the path of life.  Company is always welcome, whether there’s a Seahawks game on or not.  Life changes.

People, even family, come and go in our world.  Some people stay longer than others.  It brings tears to my eyes as I type these words; tears of joy & happiness and most importantly—thankfulness.

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“The Heart of a Leaf and My Feet”

This video made me laugh!  I wish we had Adele back in day.

“A Thanksgiving Miracle”

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Published on Nov 22, 2015

There’s only one thing that can keep a family (Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Matthew McConaughey, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer) from fighting at Thanksgiving: Adele.

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Event: Noisy Water

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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

https://othermindpress.wordpress.com/noisy-water/

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

POET/READERS:
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

 

Poem: The Reading

 

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Art Credit: Mila Plaickner, “Garden Party”

 

The moon rises

above an arched gate.

he reads poems

in front of stiff-tall bamboo

near the unfinished garden shed.

we sit in dining chairs

aligned with the patio bricks.

open-mouth-smiles perfume the air

with beer and burgundy.

squirrels rush the branches—

applaud too soon.

A vine past its bloom

crawls on a trellis,

the root appears dead

yet the live ends

are laden with leaf.

 

-by Shannon P. Laws

Event: Clover Reading

Winter Clover

You are invited to the

Independent Writers’ Studio‘s publication

Clover A Literary Rag

Winter Vol 8 reading

This publication is published in Bellingham, Washington, but accepts submissions from poets and writers located all over the nation. Every year as word get out, the book grows in  proportion.  This is my second time appearing in the Clover.

Thank you Mary Gillilan  and Norman Green for all your hard work.  You are both a perfect team!

Clover is reading submissions for their next Clover edition, out in June.  The deadline is April 30.  Visit their web site for details.