Secret Garden Books and the Washington Poets Association are excited to co-sponsor a brand-new weekend of poetry in Ballard in celebration of National Poetry Month this April in the First Annual Ballard Poetry Fest. Local poets will be reading their work around Ballard through the weekend, all within easy walking distance of the shop. All events are free and open to the community. Full schedule:
Thursday, 26 April, 6:30 pm @ Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW
A reading, hosted Floating Bridge Press, featuring: Poets featured in Floating Bridge Review #4: Joan Fiset, Arthur Ginsberg, Sybil James & Steven Quig.
Friday, 27 April, 4 pm @ Umpqua Bank, 2032 NW Market Street
A reading, hosted by David Thornbrugh, featuring: Greg Bem, Jeanine Walker, Nadine Maestas & Doug Nufer. With an open mic—bring your poems.
Friday, 27 April, 6 pm @ Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market Street
A reading, hosted by Don Kentop, featuring: Nancy Dahlberg, Sharon Cumberland, Dennis Caswell & Belle Randall . With an open mic—bring your poems.
Friday, 27 April, 6:30 pm @ Adams Elementary School, 6110 28th Ave NW
A reading, hosted by school librarian Marlene Friend, featuring children’s poet George Shannon.
Saturday, 28 April, 1 pm @ Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market Street
A reading, hosted by Angel Latterell, featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, Don Kentop, Michael Schein & Carol Levin. With an open mic – bring your poems.
Saturday, 28 April, 5pm @ Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Avenue NW
A reading, hosted by Jed Meyer, featuring: Bellingham poet Jim Bertolino, Lyn Coffin, Peter Munro, Peter Ludwin & Belle Randall. With an open mic—bring your poems.
Saturday, 28 April, 7 pm @ The Ballard Landmark, 5433 Leary Avenue NW
A reading, hosted by Cathy Ross, featuring: haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch with Kelly Riggle Hower & Nan Harty. With an open mic—bring your poems.
The poems in "Plume" are nuclear-age songs of innocence and experience set in the "empty" desert West. Award-winning poet Kathleen Flenniken grew up in Richland, Washington, at the height of the Cold War, next door to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where "every father I knew disappeared to fuel the bomb," and worked at Hanford herself as a civil engineer and hydrologist.
She "became famous, finally, to herself," Kathleen Flenniken writes. This is the kind of fame at the heart of most lives and at the center of Flenniken's first collection, the winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Here "a little voice sings / from the back of the auditorium / of my throat.
Peculiar Honors is a collection of poems about how things appear to be one way, then surprise us by being something else. There is an alternative reality that becomes visible only through the lens of poetry. What seems to be an egg, or a crossing signal, or a child sitting in a shopping cart turns out to be a portal into the unexpected.
"It would be enough were Peter Ludwin's A Guest in All Your Houses merely a sensual, spiritual geography of the human heart. But so much more, this breathtaking first collection of poems is an opulent, operatic score of the American West. These are poems filled with deep experience, bold imagery and reverent observation.