Profile

Fairhaven Park, 2017 photo credit: Jeannie Gilbert

Shannon P. Laws, born Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 for coordination of various poetry events and in 2016 in recognition for her LP radio production work promoting northwest artists. She received the Community Champion Award, 2015, courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for collaboration with World Peace Poets.  Shannon’s publications include three poetry books, FallenMadrona Grove, a chapbook Odd Little Things, and an audiobook of select poetry “You Love Me, You Love Me Not.”

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, Writers International Network Canada, Everett Poetry Night, Auburn Days, Poets in the Park (Redmond), Book Tree (Kirkland), King’s Books (Tacoma), San Juan Island Public Library, Bellingham venues including Village Books Literature LIVE, Greene’s Corner, Poetry Night, The Alternative Library, Creekside Open Mic, 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