Thursday, June 25, 2015

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life: Recommended

Something I thought you'd like:

As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old Hunter S. Thompson — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958.

Full Article here:


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Monday, June 22, 2015

How to Map An Imaginary World (for writers)

I don't normally write books that have a physical imaginary world, mostly just in my head, but I love this idea from Melissa Taylor:

Perhaps start with a map of your own yard or town, but pepper it with magic trees, secret tunnels, fairy castles, and tongue-twisting words for ordinary places.
Make a list of all the things one might find on a map, and see how many you can fit in:
Mountains and hills
Rivers, waterfalls, swamps, lakes, and oceans
Cities and villages
Haunted houses
Tree houses
Countries with strange names
Secret entrances to underground cities
Bridges with trolls under them
Robot factories
Harbors with ships
Buried giants
Monsters’ lairs. . . .

Read the full article here

~ Kells

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happening THIS Saturday, June 20th! Poets in the Park, Redmond, WA 11 am - 6 pm

Poets in the Park: June 20, 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm—FREE
Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington

Poets from Two Sylvias Press will be reading at 4 pm. 
Crab Creek Review readers will be at 5 pm!

Join us for a free day of poetry! More than 110 scheduled readers, plus workshops, exhibitors, the King County Metro poetry bus, poetry installations, chalk poetry, art activities, mini-golf, hula-hoops, open-mics, free ice cream, and more. Contribute to the lunchtime potluck (participants receive a free poetry book), and bring poetry books to sell in our book fair (no commission taken). See complete schedule, parking info, and other details at . 

Questions? Email Michael Dylan Welch at . Bring friends! See you there!
Sponsor ed by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, with support from 4Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc., directed by Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond poet laureate. Additional thanks to Parkplace Books, Kiwanis, and all our volunteers.

~ Kells

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Daily Poet Journal: For Writers Who Want to Write a Poem-a-Day!

New from Two Sylvias Press!

So many people had The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, a book I co-authored with Martha Silano, but we kept hearing a request for a companion journal so you could write the poems in a designated place each day.

I am happy to say Two Sylvias Press listened and created The Daily Poet Companion Journal!

Created by poets for poets, The Daily Poet Companion Journal is designed to be used in conjunction with The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Comprising over 370 pages with prompt titles, this journal provides space for poems, creative ideas, inspired doodles, and monthly writing goals.
The Daily Poet Companion Journal will become a poem diary of your year, capturing and organizing what you’ve been inspired to write. In a world of smart phones and computers, this journal is a reminder of the importance of pen to paper—your poems are waiting to be released on these pages and sent out into the world.

****QUESTION:  Can this be used on its own WITHOUT the Daily Poet?

Answer: Yes! It's a blank book with dated pages, the title of the prompts and space for goals & notes. It could easily be used to write a poem a day using the prompt title as a jumping off point OR just writing your own poem based on whatever you like!

And here's what started it all

~ Kells

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Want to come to Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Retreat for Women? But cashflow is an issue? We have a new scholarship!

For one poet, a fully funded Poets on the Coast retreat registration (approx $400 value) to provide a weekend of writing and critiquing.
(Note: A
ccommodations not included)  

Please email 3 poems and a paragraph responding to the question: “Why Poets on the Coast: Why Now”? on why you'd like to attend Poets on the Coast this September to

Kelli & Susan will choose one woman to attend Poets on the Coast from September 11- 13, 2015 in La Conner, Washington.

Questions? Email

Deadline July 5th:

Learn more how to apply for our new Russell & Rich scholarship here:

~ Kells

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