Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Knockout Poetry Contest

My friend Jeremy has alerted me to Knockout's first 
poetry contest:


Knockout, a print literary magazine that publishes a 50-50 mix of work by LGBTQ
and straight authors, announces its first poetry contest. Judge: James
Bertolino. Winner receives $100 gift certificate to Powell's Books (redeemable
online) and publication of their winning poem. All poems submitted considered
for publication in Knockout. Submissions of up to three poems of any length must
be received by August 31, 2008. $5 entry fee per submission. Multiple
submissions allowed. Simultaneous submissions allowed (with prompt notification
if accepted elsewhere). For complete guidelines and for more information about
Knockout, visit

Friday, August 1, 2008

Corporate Folly Claims Another Beloved Venue

Bellingham's beloved Newstand is being forced to close after 18
years of local ownership. Not only is The Newstand a great
place to buy all manner of publications, it's
also famous (at least locally) for fighting, and winning,
a court case involving censorship.

Over the past decade I've sent so many students into the shop
to look at creative writing journals, as well as GLBT
and news magazines. This impacts me as a teacher;
I'm also sad to think my morning coffee run won't involve
stopping by The Newstand to chat with Ira and
look at newspapers from around the globe.

We're lucky to have a number of really solid,
high-quality, locally-owned shops in and around
downtown Bellingham -- but for how long?