Program Please

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.


You are Invited

At 4 PM  on Sunday, September 27th at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, Clover, A Literary Rag features poetry and stories found in our latest edition.

In alphabetical order, we will present: James Bertolino, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke, Larry Crist, Denise duMaurier, Susan Chase Foster, Paul Hunter, Laurel Leigh, Michael Dylan Welch, Richard Widerkehr, and J. Jamiesen Woods.

Looking to submit for our December edition?  Follow the link!


Jim Milstead at Village Books

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What a privilege it is for me to invite you to Jim Milstead’s reading from Collage at Bellingham’s Village Books at 4 PM on Sunday, April 19! Born in 1927, Jim’s love affair with life began as a child roaming the Mohave Desert. His father encouraged him into the sciences, and Jim achieved his doctoral degree from UC Berkeley in Entomology. After retiring he moved to Bellingham, Washington where he engaged in poetry. (More like full immersion baptism.) These poems are fine wine finally uncorked. I am honored to be part of this project. I love this man—I love his work. Enjoy Collage!  Join Jim and his friends for an amazing afternoon next Sunday at 4 PM at Village Books.

From the back cover of Collage we read:

Every poem in Jim Milstead’s Collage invites us to marvel at his ingenuity, keen observations, humor, and “spattersweep of sunlight at the water’s edge.” Poem by poem, he navigates us through love, loneliness, and loss, from San Francisco earthquakes to Whatcom County cats (“Katz”) on the prowl. Expect to laugh out loud and nod at the truth of self-reflection. Open the book wide, and you’ll say “ahhhh.”

—Betty Scott,
Poet, essayist and editor

Jim Milstead is a poet with a deeply humane vision. As poet and witness, Milstead … can be playful, as in his poems “Expiration Date” and “Pearls.” Many of the poems collected in Collage are socially conscious. “Discard” and “Old Woman at a Mall” remind me of Michael Connelly’s character Harry Bosch declaring that “Everyone counts or no one counts.” A long-standing member of the Bellingham Peace Vigil, Jim Milstead  includes poems of outrage but never turns a “deaf ear to love.”
…Superb, Collage, Jim Milstead’s  new poetry collection, has been well worth the wait.

— Andrew Shattuck  McBride,
Editor, poet, and essayist