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Sunday, Clover, A Literary Rag has a wonderful show at Village Books.  Garrett Sanford is coming from Reno to read with us. We celebrate Laurel Leigh — she is following a new direction and will be leaving Bellingham at the end of the month. If you have not heard her read, you better take advantage of this opportunity.   Paul Hunter joins us from Seattle — his work has been featured on the PBS News Hour.

Jim Bertolino is going to read along with Luther Allen.  Luther hosts a series of themed poetry programs called SpeakEasy in Bellingham. Jim’s books are many and worthy,  Ravenous Bliss among his latest titles. Luther and Jim’s support of Clover, amazing.  Thank you gentlemen.

Christine Kendall is coming from her home in Twisp to read. Gary McWilliams flies back from Alaska and Carla Shafer arrives from a holiday trip from (holy!) Toledo. Abbe Rolnick rolls in from Skagit County and Caitlin Thomson is in the midst of a move.  These writers are dedicated to the craft of of writing. Carla began Chuckanut Sandstone Writers in 1991.  Abbe is at work on a series of environmental mysteries based in her neighborhood. Gary has a new book called Anchor and Pick just out, and Christine’s new book, Resting in the Familiar is getting ready for press. Caitlin co-founded the Poetry Marathon which is now an international event.

Not to forget Jennifer Bullis and Susan Chase-Foster. Jennifer’s completed a manuscript of resistance poetry called The Tongue of Narcissus. Susan’s voice –her very being — allows the muse breath.

A shout out to Village Books — our wonderful hosts! You don’t want to miss out. I’ll see you Sunday, September 10 at 4 at Village Books. Stop by and say hello and prepare for splendicity.



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Our ad for  the upcoming Chuckanut Writers Conference catalog– Clover will be at the conference handing out freebies and offering sidewalk conference commentary — always so much fun to take part and truly listen to the fine writers brought in as faculty  and to meet and greet other writer organizations in Bellingham. Best of all are those attending  who come into the conference with books and stories-in-the-works and poetry.

Clover‘s table is close to Village Books at the conference. I am one of their best conference customers, and it is a delight to see Clover‘s summer edition among the books set out to buy. I love the food truck too!

So thumb’s up to Jessica Lohafer, conference coordinator from Whatcom Community College, Village Books, and all of us who support the writing community.

SUBMISSION PERIOD ENDS APRIL 30, 2016 — TWO DAYS LEFT! Clover, A Literary Rag‘s June edition will be out for conference time, June 24th!


clover 9 poster for conference_1Norman L. Green and I  represent Clover, A Literary Rag, and we will be in the lobby of the Chuckanut Writers Conference with goodies at our table.  Please sign up for our open mic reading.   Clover, A Literary Rag is available at Village Books in the conference lobby.  An eclectic mix of poetry and stories, Clover, A Literary Rag includes Northwest  poets and storytellers and writers from across  our country and our world.

IWS is well represented at the conference–this year over half of our members are attending. For IWS,  June means our summer edition of Clover is ready and the conference is at hand.  What an honor to take part in the conference!  The Chuckanut Writers Conference faculty includes people from all aspects of writing–editors poets novelists a blogger  and agents. Sam and Sally Green have both contributed to Clover in the past–it will be fun to see them again.

What fine motivation for all of us attending to bring our writing up a notch–to get inspired and to share our experiences in whatever aspect of writing that draws our time and energies to Whatcom Community College this weekend.

We are indebted to Village Books and Whatcom Community College for hosting the conference.

See you soon!



I have a list of things I want to say:

1.  You are the master of your imagination — the engineer whose job it is to develop a pathway from your experience to an audience.  In your own words.

2.  The Independent Writers’ Studio begins again June 22, that is Monday at 1 PM.  Get excited about your writing.  Wednesday’s group begins at 7 PM.  Hope to see you.

3.  Clover, A Literary Rag, vol. 9 will be out very soon.

4.  Join us at the Chuckanut Writers Conference  Clover, A Literary Rag will be at a foyer table.  Our magazine will be sold at Village Books at the conference site. This happens on June 26!

And  5th but really first I am so happy to be home after a fairy tale excursion in Stresa, Italy. My daughter married there last Saturday. Joy-filled with a Hemingway twist.

Clover, A Literary Rag Volume 9

clover for web 300Thank you to Norman Green and Threshold Documents for our beautiful printing.  And thanks to the wonderful team of organizers at the Chuckanut Writers Conference where Clover will meet you in the lobby, and our latest greatest edition will be on sale at Village Books. The conference begins Friday, June 26.  To subscribe to Clover follow the link

Norman and I are conference bound.

The Independent Writers’ Studio — you make my job the best ever.



clover 7 coverIWS attended the writers Chuckanut Writers Conference at Whatcom Community College this weekend.  Village Books and Whatcom Community College jointly put on the  writers conference.  Hats off to Chuck and Dee Robinson who support writers at the ground level, and give them a garden to grow in.  Anna Wolff from Whatcom College and Paul Hanson from Village Books have done an amazing job again this year.

IWS celebrated Clover, A Literary Rag, vol. 7–its launch timed for the conference opening.  Among our Studio attendees  were: Janet Bergstrom and Jim Milstead from our Monday afternoon writers group and from Wednesday evening: Norman L. Green–printer and assistant editor extraordinaire–my true right arm in Clover; Shelley Muzzy, and J. Jamieson Woods.

I did not get to hear all the faculty at the conference; but I did attend Claire Dederer’s session — memoirs–fiction– memory is fiction.  The hardest stuff to reveal is sometimes a revelation in itself. I loved her writer’s exercise and plan to use it in my groups.   I also enjoyed Thor Hanson’s plenary talk about how the brain sees words based on the physical mechanics of eyeball and optic nerve–traveling information into the sea of brain matter. I found it fascinating to demystify the muse.  I loved Bruce Barcott’s Friday morning talk  — he told us all the tricks of topic selection. Ha!

Last evening Clover, A Literary Rag sponsored an open mic reading hosted by Andrew Shattuck McBride at the Village Inn right across from our favorite bookstore, Village Books.  This event was in conjunction with the writers conference.  Andy did a wonderful job as our emcee, and what fun it was to hear stories and poems from 16 conference attendees.  Delightful to have Dick Harris among us! Especially noted here was an appearance by one of Clover‘s best friend’s, Laurel Leigh, who read from her story “Dearest” in the summer edition of Clover.

Goat Mountain Pizza!  Our food truck on Friday.  I love you guys.

I came away revised and inspired–and eating muffins on a Sunday morning–ready to get on with my own novel revision.

Again thank-you Village Books!


Mark Saturday, September 28th on your calendar! Join us.
Mark Saturday, September 28th on your calendar! Join us.

Village Books Literature Live hosts  contributors from Clover, A Literary Rag’s volume 5.  Village Books is the local writers best friend.  They form book clubs and open mikes and along with Whatcom Community College bring us  the Chuckanut Writers Conference.  Village Books partners with the Friends of the Library in the  Whatcom Writes contest, as well.  Chuck and Dee Robinson welcome authors to Literature Live that entertain and teach and motivate.  AND! You can buy books and drink tea right at the bookstore, or shop for cards next door.

Hats off to the Sue C. Boynton Contest.  This group of wonderful edgy poets sponsors an annual poetry contest.  Winning poems are seen on our buses and in front of our library — making poetry alive and available to all of us.  Thank-you goes to Judy Kleinberg who has helped me navigate through some technical aspects on Facebook and whose kindness and generosity are known quantities throughout the writing community.

And to the Independent Writers’ Studio — thank-you for your consistency in purpose and your support.  Four years ago I began the studio in hopes that my idea would work.  I had led groups through the Roeder Home, and made publications before but getting studio space was an imaginative stretch.  Each of you in the studio enabled my dream, and I am forever grateful.  Life begins whenever you want to say, “Start.”

We have a great lineup of contributors from our volume 5 of Clover, A Literary Rag ready to engage you Saturday at 7 PM.  Holly Hughes is the surprise  in our lineup, and we are delighted she joins us, then.