Thursday, February 02, 2006

Washington Poets Association Hosts:



"Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole 1996-2005"
Yakima Poets Come to Seattle & Whidbey Island

Free Reading Seattle Richard Hugo House
Friday, February 10 - 7 to 9 PM
Readers to include:

Cal Kinnear

Michael Daley

Connie Hutchison

Judith Skillman

Paul Hunter

Jenifer Lawrence

Keely Murphy

Free Reading Langley's Island Coffee House
Saturday, February 11 - 7 to 9 PM

Free Workshop for High School Age Students
Langley's Island Coffee House
Sunday, February 12 - 5:15 to 8 PM


If wine can age gracefully, why can't words? That was sort of what Blue Begonia Press operator Jim Bodeen of Yakima, Wash., had in mind when he decided to publish
Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole 1996-2005. Bodeen had been collecting the poems for years, ever since 1996, when he stuck a cedar post in the front yard of the home he shares with his wife, Karen, in Yakima, and invited the poetry community to share their work by pinning it to the post, entitled, aptly, "The Poetry Pole."

Nine years and hundreds of weather-stained, sometimes tear-stained pages later, Bodeen decided that the pole's pinnings were worth publishing. He enlisted the aid of three co-editors, Dan Peters, Terry Martin and Rob Prout, and sifted through 1,000 poems, gleaning the work of some 132 writers from throughout the Northwest.


With the help of a Breneman Jaech Foundation grant administered through the local Allied Arts of Yakima organization, Blue Begonia published
Weathered Pages last September. The book has been featured at a number of public venues, including its debut last September at Bumbershoot.

But the show continues, and
Weathered Pages writers will be gathering at Seattle's Richard Hugo House and at Langley's Island Coffee House for three public events in February.

First up, the
Washington Poets Association and Richard Hugo House will co-sponsor a free Weathered Pages reading:

Friday, Feb. 10th
- 7 to 9 p.m.Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole Free Reading! Richard Hugo House Cabaret
1634 11th Ave.Seattle, WA 98122206-322-7030

Reading will be editors Bodeen, Peters, Martin and Prout. Donations are welcome and will help support non-profit small press, Blue Begonia's efforts to promote Weathered Pages.

Readers will also include:

Cal Kinnear

Michael Daley

Connie Hutchison

Judith Skillman

Paul Hunter

Then the show moves on to Whidbey Island, where the
WPA, the Learning and Community Engagement Program (LACEP) and Americorps will co-sponsor:

Saturday, Feb. 11th - 7 to 9 p.m.
Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole
Free Reading!

At Island Coffee House124 2nd StreetLangley, WA - Whidbey Island360-221-2414

Reading will be editors Bodeen, Peters, Martin and Prout.
Donations are welcome and will help support non-profit small press, Blue Begonia's efforts to promote
Weathered Pages.

Finally, the WPA, LACEP and Americorps will co-sponsor a free workshop for high school-age students. The workshop will be taught by Bodeen, who taught English at Yakima's Davis High School for 33 years. Sunday, Feb. 12th - 5:15 to 8 PM

Free Writing Workshop
For high school age students At Island Coffee House 124 2nd Street Langley, WA - Whidbey Island 360-221-2414

When asked about the upcoming workshop, Bodeen said, "20 months ago I was given a word, Storypath/Cuentocamino. Two slammed- together nouns in English and Spanish. No handbook, no definition. Storypath/Cuentocamino is what I'm interested in. I have been given deeper explorations into testimony/testimonio, witnessing, and the relationship of poetry and listening. I'm not an expert in anything. I'm a beginner. In Spanish the word is principiante." For more information on this workshop contact Eve Preus

For More Information on these events contact: Victory Lee Schouten
360-331-7099

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