Words

Word Up

A week of poetry

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

In any given week, Bellingham plays host to a variety of events related to poetry—whether it’s readings by locally or nationally known scribes, open mics or a slew of contests related to the written word. This week is no different. Read on for a few suggestions about how you can get involved.

If you’re scrolling through this paragraph on the day of our newspaper’s publication, there’s still time to be in the audience when the winners of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual peaceful poetry contest read their selections. The Youth Peace Poetry Reading starts at 7pm Wed., Dec. 6 at Village Books, and will feature 10 poems about peace and understanding written and read by Whatcom County youth, as well as four award-winning poems from this year’s contest. If you need a distraction from the latest news cycle or just want to feel hopeful about the dreams of the next generation, come support the students—and be entertained as well. More info: http://www.whatcomdrc.org

Wednesday is also the day those in charge of the Poem Booth will begin their latest Kickstarter campaign. Last December, local poets Shannon Laws and Summer Starr, and visual artist Christen Mattix, asked for donations to help turn the abandoned phone booth in front of downtown Bellingham’s Community Food Co-op into a kiosk of creativity. They hit their modest goal, and soon enough turned a sticker- and graffiti-covered cubicle into an eye-catching poetry display. Every few months, new works by poets representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and perspectives are switched out, giving passersby a reason to stop and look for a little inspiration in their day (the current poem, Jory Mickelson’s “Divination,” was recently added and will be on display through the end of February). This year, organizers hope to raise $500 through their month-long Kickstarter for an annual chapbook that features the winners and honorable mentions through the year, a poetry reading event and a new paint job for the booth. They’d love your support to help make it happen. More info: http://www.poembooth.weebly.com

Although it’s been around for more than 15 years and has made its home everywhere from the old Stuart’s Coffee House to its current locale in the lower floor of the Bellingham Public Library—with more than a few venues in between—it still bears repeating that the longtime literary juggernaut known as poetrynight is well worth giving up your Monday nights for. Why? Well, for one thing, the double-winner of the Mayor’s Arts Award is about as inclusive a spot for sharing poetry you’ll find, well, just about anywhere. But it’s more than a place for new and established writers’ work to be highlighted. It’s also a space where, if you wish, you can just come and listen—and maybe laugh, and possibly cry, and perhaps gain the courage to one day share words of your own. As the late Jack McCarthy noted, poetrynight is the “best open mic on the West Coast.” Go and find out for yourself. More info: http://www.poetrynight.org

First Congregational Church
More Words...
Holiday Reads
More than stocking stuffers

Bibliophiles looking to gift books or simply stock up on reading material for the holidays might enjoy these new titles that express the power of reading to entertain, inspire, comfort, teach and build bridges.

As a librarian and lifelong book lover, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and…

more »
Dreamland
Inside an opiate epidemic

It is difficult to turn on NPR these days and not hear a story about the opiate epidemic, recently declared a national public health emergency. In local news, Washington state filed a lawsuit against the makers of OxyContin for downplaying the risks of addiction to doctors and consumers.…

more »
Artemis
Andy Weir goes to the moon

I have a confession to make. When I read Andy Weir’s bestselling novel The Martian last year, I wasn’t all that interested in the fact that the sci-fi story about an American astronaut stranded alone on Mars was as scientifically accurate as was humanely possible.

What did grab me from…

more »
Events
Today
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Little Women, the Musical

7:00pm|Sudden Valley Dance Barn

Anne of Green Gables

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

COffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Hidden Narrative Tour

3:30pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration

4:00pm|H Street Plaza

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Jingle Belles

4:00pm|La Conner

Ukulele Concert

5:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Holiday Movie Night

6:00pm|Bellingham High School

Holiday Night Market

6:00pm|Commercial Street

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Holiday Ball

7:00pm|Majestic

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

Community Orchestra Winter Concert

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Ghosts and Brawling

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Tomorrow
Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Little Women, the Musical

7:00pm|Sudden Valley Dance Barn

Anne of Green Gables

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Ghosts and Brawling

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Make It and Take It

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am|Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center

Coast Salish Winter Festival

10:00am|Lummi Gateway Center

Jingle Bell Dash

10:00am|Seafarers Memorial Park

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Sleighbells Ring

10:00am|Bellewood Acres

Holiday Tea

10:00am|South Whatcom Library

Chainsaw Sculpting Open Studio

10:00am|Tomas Vrba Studio

Baker Beacon Rally

11:00am|Heather Meadow

Fairhaven Winterfest

12:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Peter James Holiday Gallery Sale and Reception

1:00pm|BelleWood Acres

Hansel and Gretel

1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Youth Symphony Holiday Concert

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Eat Your Words Cookbook Club

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Holiday Wines from Spain

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Mozzarella Class

3:00pm|Appel Farms

Winter Dance Celebration

3:00pm|Brodniak Hall

Noel Trio

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Not So Silent Night

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Winter Star Mountain Journey

7:00pm|Blaine Performing Arts Center

Kulshan Chorus Winter Concert

7:30pm|Bellingham High School

Skagit Symphony Holiday Concert

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Wizard People, Dear Bellingham

8:00pm|Alternative Library

Teen Library Lock-In

8:00pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas Milonga Tango Experience

9:00pm|Presence Studio

Village Books Wizard
Sunday
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Sleighbells Ring

10:00am|Bellewood Acres

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Winter's Return Concert

2:00pm|Skagit Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Group

3:00pm|Village Books

Nutcracker Holiday

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

Holiday Chorus

3:00pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Whatcom Chorale's Messiah

3:30pm|Church of the Assumption

Backgammon Session

5:30pm|Parkway Village

Way North Comedy Showcase

7:00pm|Farmstrong Brewing Co.

see our complete calendar »

Bellingham Farmer’s Market Wizard Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Trove Setzer Village Books