Saturday, January 27, 2007

List of Readings for Terry Martin in the coming months

Hope to see you there!

Pt. Townsend (at Northwinds Gallery) on Thurs Feb 8th at 7:00.

Wapato Book Club on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00.

Pt. Angeles (at Peninsula College) at noon on Tuesday March 6th.

Spokane (at Auntie's Bookstore) on Friday April 6th at 7:30.

Whidbey Island (at Wa Poets Association Burning Word Poetry Festival)
Saturday, April 28th.

Images from Hugo House

Friday, January 12, 2007


Welcome to Blue Begonia News & Calendar.

If you are interested in the Blue Begonia website, with the complete catalogue and ordering information, visit

For first time visitors, this site started in 2005. It was a way to get the word out about Weathered Pages, an anthology of poems left on the poetry pole at Blue Begonia Press, and two fine chapbooks released at the same time by Keely Murphy and Doug Johnson, continuing the Working Signs Series from Blue Begonia Press.

In the past year, two more books have been released by the press: One Hundred Steps from Shore, by Poulsbo poet Jenifer Browne Lawrence and The Secret Language of Women by Yakima poet and CWU professor, Terry Martin.

If you scroll down the page, you’ll see recent posts including a schedule of upcoming readings, video previews of the two most recent books along with sample reviews. I’ve also included a few select videos from the Writers and Ideas class I’ve taught at YVCC the past two years. To see the incredible work students have done in response to these reading and lectures, and for more videos, click here.

If you are interested in going back further, or finding information not seen on this first page, use the links under “Archives” on the right side of the screen.

Feel free to leave a comment, or send me an email.

The Secret Language of Women

Terry Martin reads from her new book, "The Secret Language of Women".

Terry's book has been getting amazing reviews. Click here to see her first, from Midwest Review. Click here to see the latest, from World Pulse Magazine.

For more information or to purchase visit

One Hundred Steps from Shore

Jenifer Browne Lawrence reading Red Shrine from her debut book from Blue Begonia Press

for more information and to order, visit Blue Begonia Press

*Correction to the credits: Cover Design by Craig Naugle.

Jenifer's book is already a best seller on the west side and has been attracting attention from a national audience. Click here for a review from Rattle.

A Review of Readers from Last Spring at YVCC

Weathered Pages Application for Bumbershoot

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Another Great Review for The Secret Language

The Secret Language of Women

Terry Martin | Blue Begonia Press, 2006 | USA

With vast empathy and unwavering emotional honesty, this Washington poet gives words to the weighty, intangible truths behind human behavior. Inhabited almost exclusively by female characters, The Secret Language of Women celebrates the nuanced ways in which women bypass verbal language to communicate emotion, share among themselves, and pass deep pools of knowledge through generations. In the architecture of this volume-in the kitchen, the garden, the bedroom, the hospital, and in nature—they are called by their surroundings to turn inward and courageously speak of strengths, weaknesses, and searing, long-muffled truths—a process that Martin clearly prizes for its delivery unto grace and gratitude.—Maria Jett