Don't miss a-sure-to-be-memorable evening featuring some excellent Bellingham-area spoken word artists and poets on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Our feature readers include: DeeDee Chapman, Shannon Laws, Gary Wade and Dobbie Reese Norris. I expect several other Whatcom, Snohomish and King County poets to be sharing things on our open mic... and of course YOU too! (just bring a poem or two - or very very short prose piece to read and sign up on the open mic list!) Bring a friend... and
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Some of the featured poet bios....
Dr. Gary Wade has been a Bellinghamster for 12 years. His business cards mention being a research ecologist, scientist, teacher, grand-father and poet. He prefers short
Shannon P. Laws (pictured), born Seattle WA, lives ninety miles north in Bellingham where she was honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 and 2016. She received the Community Champion Award, 2015, courtesy of the Writer’s International Network in Richmond, B.C., Canada for her work with World Peace Poets. Her publications include two poetry books, Madrona Grove and Odd Little Things. Her book Fallen just released June 2017.
In addition to her literary interests, since 2011 Shannon is an active volunteer radio producer/host for Bellingham community radio and a founding coordinator of an innovative project, “Poem Booth”, a collaboration with painter Christen Mattix and poet Summer Star. The project reclaims derelict phone booths, transforming them into creative points of communication to the passerby, displaying colorful expressions and poetry rotated every quarter.
Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is a former Wordsworth curator for the Seattle City Council and is best known as the originator, host of and contributor to one of the longest running reading series in the Seattle; Third Tuesdays Poets & Writers first at University Village and later in the Bitter Lake community. He also curated and hosted other poetry series in the University district.
Currently, he writes and lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is the Vice President of Whatcom Poetry Series and poetrynight. org
Dee Dee Chapman is a Pacific Northwest transplant who studies Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington has been her home for six years, the longest time she’s stayed in one place. Dee Dee has published in The Noisy Water Review, Jeopardy Magazine, Sweet Tree Review and others. In September 2014 she self-published her first chapbook of poetry, Colluvium. She is a cinephile and her favorite animal is the Megalodon shark of prehistoric times.
“Dee Dee Chapman strips herself to show us ourselves–she writes nakedly to teach us how to bare our own innards, and when she re-opens her wounds, we bleed with her. We give her our wrists with pleasure.” – Erica Reed