Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 29th!

Ey’ skweyel!

My name is Rena Priest. I am the sixth Poet Laureate of Washington State and the first Indigenous person to hold this honor. As one of my first activities in this position, I’d like to invite you to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day, which takes place across the U.S. and Canada every April in celebration of National Poetry Month.

This year we’ll celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29th. I’m pleased to share these pocket broadsides as a gift from the Washington State Poet Laureate program, to be distributed freely by bookstores and libraries during National Poetry Month and beyond.

About the poem: I put out a call for youth poets to send in a short poem or an excerpt. I selected this excerpt by Sadie Olsen for its brevity, and clarity of message. She chose to submit these lines because water is life. The official translation into Xwlemi Chosen was approved by fluent speaker, Ted Solomon. Thank you for joining us in celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Hy’sxw’qe!

PARTICIPATING LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES

 

 

Anacortes        

  • Watermark Book Co.

Bainbridge Island        

  • Eagle Harbor Bk Co.

Bellingham 

  • Northwest Indian College Library
  • Henderson Books
  • Eclipse Books
  • Lummi Admin Building
  • Village Books
  • Whatcom County Libraries

Bothell 

  • Neverending Bookshop

Bremerton

  • Ballast Book Co.

Chehalis

  • Shakespeare and Company

Clarkston

  • …and Books, too!

Coupeville

  • Kingfisher Bookstore

Eastsound

  • Darvil’s Bookstore

 

Ellensburg

  • Pearl Street Books & Gifts

Friday Harbor 

  • Bay Bookstore

Ilwaco

  • Time Enough Books

Kirkland

  • BookTree

Leavenworth

  • A Book For All Seasons

Lopez Island

  • Lopez Island Bookstore

Olympia

  • Orca Books Co-op
  • Browsers Bookshop

Port Angeles

  • Port Book and News

Port Townsend

  • Imprint Bookstore

Poulsbo

  • Liberty Bay Books
  • Bookit Nook

 

Seattle

  • Left Bank Books
  • Couth Buzzard Books
  • Madison Books
  • Elliott Bay Book Co
  • Third Place Books
  • Open Books
  • Phinney Books

Spokane

  • Auntie’s Bookstore

Sumner

  • A Good Book

Tacoma

  • King’s Books

Vancouver

  • Vintage Books

Vashon Island

  • Vashon Bookshop

Walla Walla

  • Book & Game Company

Winthrop

  • Trail’s End Bookstore

Yakima

  • Inklings Bookshop