Friday, May 4, 2012

Poetry on Fire!


Don’t miss the season finale of the 2011-2012 Artsmith Salon Series featuring Northwest Poet Nancy Pagh, winner of the 2006 Autumn House Poetry Prize for her collection No Sweeter Fat, that author Brenda Miller describes as “no holds barred, pure energy and emotion and exuberance barely contained. You will simply love these poems.”

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 7:00 pm at FIRE! Smokehouse & Grill in Eastsound, WA
This time we have a new format, with the open mic first, followed by our featured reader.


Nancy Pagh was born and raised on Fidalgo Island in Anacortes, Washington. She burst onto the literary scene at age twelve with the publication of her poem “Is a Clam Clammy, or Is It Just Wet?” in a local boating magazine. Before earning Master’s degrees in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, she worked in the scientific publications unit of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in Seattle. She teaches English and Canadian Studies at Western Washington University and lives in Bellingham. Nancy’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry Northwest, Crab Creek Review, Rattle, Grain, Pontoon, The Bellingham Review, Room of One’s Own, B.C. Studies, Stories with Grace, and Rock Salt Plum. At Home Afloat, her study of women’s travel language at sea, was co-published in 2001 by the University of Idaho Press and the University of Calgary Press. No Sweeter Fat, selected by Tim Seibles as the winner of the 2006 Autumn House Prize, is her first collection of poems.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two - Count 'Em Two - Broadside Contest Winners!


Congratulations to Lana Hechtman Ayers and Derek Sheffield, co-winners of the Dwell Press and Artsmith Broadside contest. Lana's poem, "What I Know of Summer Solstice," and Derek's poem, "On Turning One," so enraptured the contest judge and founder of Dwell Press, Juniper White, she declared two winners. The field of competition was so fierce, two honorable mentions were also named: "Replenish" by Lynne Shapiro, and "The Light" by Molly Sutton Kiefer. Thank you to all who submitted their fine words. All of the contest proceeds go to Dwell Press to create original, fine letterpress broadsides of the winning poems.