Profile

photo: Jeannie Gilbert
Short Bio

Shannon Laws has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards (Bellingham, WA) and the Community Champion Award (Vancouver, British Columbia.)
Shannon has performed at various Northwest Washington and British Columbia venues including the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, Western Washington University’s Erotic Poetry Night, the West Coast Tagore Festival hosted by Writers International Network (WIN) B.C. Canada, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, Poets in the Park (Redmond), Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), and San Juan Island Public Library.
She writes frequently on the working class, homelessness, the human condition, and romantic relationships. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

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Get the album!  An album of her one-woman poetry show “You Love Me, You Love Me Not.” is available.  Performed live with Mount Vernon bassist Greg Sherman in 2018, recorded at Alpenglow Sound Studios, 2019.  The album is available at Audible and Bandcamp 

Sample “You Love Me. You Love Me Not.” 

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Long Bio

Shannon P. Laws was born in Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with two Mayor’s Arts Awards for her valuable contributions to the arts and cultural environment in the city.  She received the Community Champion Award courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for collaboration with World Peace Poets.  Shannon’s publications include four poetry books, FallenMadrona Grove, a chapbook Odd Little Things, and an audiobook & chapbook of her one-woman show poetry performance “You Love Me, You Love Me Not.”   All books are available at Amazon and Village Books.

Her poetry has appeared in  LEVITATE Literary Magazine (IL), CIRQUE Journal (North Pacific Rim), Clover-A Literary Rag (WA), Salmon Creek Journal (WA), Five Willows Literary Review (WA), From Bellingham With Love (WA), Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington, Last Call: An Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry (WA), and This Uncommon Solitude by Red Wheelbarrow Writers (WA).

Poems have appeared online at cirquejournal.com, WritingRaw.com, TweetSpeak, The Showbear Family Circus/lanceschaubert.org, VerseWrights, The Abstract Elephant Magazine LLC, and Lamentforthe-Dead.org.

Shannon has performed at various Northwest Washington and British Columbia venus including the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, Western Washington University’s Erotic Poetry Night, the West Coast Tagore Festival hosted by Writers International Network (WIN) B.C. Canada, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, Poets in the Park (Redmond), Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), and San Juan Island Public Library. Bellingham venues including Village Books Literature LIVE, Greene’s Corner, Poetry Night, The Alternative Library, Creekside Open Mic, Poetry Club, Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Open Mic, Poem Booth Chap Book Release, and Kitchen Sessions.  

She worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater with the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company’s “Phrasings” collaboration and Adirondack Center for Writing’s “PoemVillage” in New York.  The poem “Lights Tonight,” was an Honorable Mention for the “Women’s March on Bellingham”, January 21, 2017. 

Shannon is also a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham (2013-2015), and the Poem Booth launch (2017-2018). In 2020 she began to edit and manage the “Poetry Club Talks…” podcast, https://poetryclub.podbean.com/

RADIO
From 2011 to 2018 Shannon was a volunteer radio producer and host for three radio programs that broadcasted from non-profit, community stations: SPARK Radio 102.3 FM (Spark Museum of Electrical Invention), KZAX Make.Shift Radio 94.9 (Make.Shift Art Space), and KPNW Digital Radio.  Learn more and LISTEN to her top ten programs HERE: https://shannonplawswriter.com/radio/  or go to the subheading in the menu “RADIO”, click the down arrow for the list of programs. 

Chickadee Productions is her voice-over business.  Hear her demos here https://apps.voiceoverview.com/shannon_laws

 

No Limits, just love