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3rd Thursday Newsletter - Issue: 25

Date: February 16, 2023

Dear Reader,

The South Sound Literary Arts community has had several amazing events so far this year. Some large and some small, but all of them open to anyone who wants to become a part of this amazing group of writers, poets, editors, publishers, and readers.

One of the events that I was able to participate in was Lakewold Gardens - Garden Poetry. This three day LitFest event, on the grounds of the beautiful Lakewold Gardens, offered opportunities to meet poets, novelists, and writers, and talk to them about their work. I had the chance to connect with some amazing literary artists and their patrons. The open mic was a great chance to hear both established and emerging writers share their work. This is definitely going to be an annual event that I won’t miss.


Check out Creative Colloquy’s Open Mic and and Literary Reading at Anthem - Stadium District on Monday, February 20th (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

And get ready - mark your calendar - for Creative Colloquy, 9 year anniversary shenanigans! on March 20th!

Submission for CC’s monthly online publication is always open. Go ahead and submit your work now!

Write253 is launching Issue #4 of Disclaimer Magazine at the Anthem Downtown, 1911 Pacific Ave., on February 25th. There will be an opportunity to meet the board, featured readers, and open mic for artists 14-19.

On March 18 Write253 will present UNTITLED - The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival at William Philip Hall on the campus of UW-Tacoma. You might ask, why “UNTITLED”. Is Untitled the name of the festival from now on? No. Well, it could be. This is where they need your help. Write253 is opening up the conversation for suggestions from you! On the form on their website you can submit your ideas for the festival's name. They will take a few of the best ones and have a vote either before or at this year's slam. They will reveal the festival's new name at the event. Submit your ideas today!

On Tuesday, February 14, Blue Cactus Press launched Olympian author Alissa Tu’s debut experimental memoir “Confessions of a Modern Day Kumiho.” Make sure to get a copy of Tu’s book on BCPs website and you can also become a member on Patreon.


This being February, the official (or is it unofficial?) month to celebrate haiku, I wanted to share my recent haiku posts (or on my website) with the world. Each day this month I am adding another short (hence, February being the shortest month) 5-7-5 poem for the reader to contemplate. Enjoy!

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