Happy New Year 2020!

I write from Whidbey Island watching mature cedars and hemlocks stand their ground against the forceful wind that shut power earlier in the day, marveling at the slate cloud cover pregnant with rain sweeping over our heads. In an hour or so there will be no more natural light. The big dark, the quiet days of January are upon us.

I think about the year gone by and swell with gratitude. I feel grateful for the myriad writing communities that thrive across the state, for all the people who year round organize and maintain poetry readings and open mics, for booksellers, for those who publish our poems in journals, newsletters, online magazines and books. In particular I feel gratitude toward teachers and librarians who are on the ground everyday sharing their love of letters and igniting other’s imaginations with their enthusiasm for learning and books.

Fondly I am revisiting the various literary and poetry festivals I attended this year: Inland Poetry Prowl in Ellensburg in early April, Get Lit! Festival in Spokane in late April, Cascadia Poetry Festival in Anacortes in May, Chuckanut Writers Conference in Bellingham in June, Centrum in Port Townsend in July, Poets in the Park in Redmond in late July, LitFuse in Tieton in September, Seattle’s Lit Crawl in October. What a list! And to think that these are not all of the literary happenings in the State.

Here I share a few of the titles I have picked up along my travels.

With the pitter-patter of rain against my window I send best wishes for a healthy New Year full of poetry and literary discovery!!


Morgan Dickey
Gwendolyn Morgan and Ruth Dickey
Heidi Seaborn and Tyrone Ross Thompson
Linda Brown
Linda Brown and Glenna Cook
Dennis Held and Ellen Welcker




3 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2020!

  1. Terry D. Lawhead

    Yes, snow this morning, rain and wind all the rest of the day, skies trying to clear now late at night, in the Blue Mountains. My best to you and your endeavors, thank you for what you are doing for imagination and grit in literature and the arts. Be well.

  2. Teresa Vanairsdale

    Thanks for a lovely year’s end post. I am also experiencing endings as I have completed my coursework for my MFA in poetry at EWU in Spokane. I have 6 thesis credits to complete before my defense in June of next year. It has been a journey for sure and I’ve collected much needed readers and mentors for my poems. Feeling happy that I took the journey, on this night of new beginnings.
    Teresa Vanairsdale

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