Musing on the death of the wonderful Seamus Heaney, taken away from us too soon: I recently was feeling a bit frantic at the thought of giving three readings in September, but since Seamus died, it seems appropriate to be out there putting poetry forth into the world. Here's what I'm doing:
1) 12:30 workshop and reading with members of JANE'S STORIES PRESS FOUNDATION at In Other Words bookshop in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, September 7, 2013. There will be readings from JSPF's new anthology, "Bridges and Borders."
2) 11 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, September 14: reading at the new festival in beautiful Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, Washington, "The Art of the Boat." My poems will be about, what else, kayaks. This festival will hopefully turn into a yearly event celebrating boats, art and writing about boats, and the people who sail around in them.
3) 6 PM on Wednesday, September 25 at Anchor Books & Coffee in Clinton. I'll be reading from my recently-published chapbook, "Ring of Fire, Sea of Stone." Also reading from her chapbook "Wallace, Idaho" will be local poet Linda Beeman. Co-sponsored by Sno-Isle Regional Library and the Clinton Library.
Meanwhile, poems from all over the country, and from Australia too, are arriving for the new anthology "Through a Distant Lens: Travel Poems." Keep 'em coming! The quality of poems so far is high. This new project should result in a fatter (more pages) anthology than last year's "Surrounded: Living With Islands." Postmark deadline for submitting your poems: October 18.