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RELEASE DATE: April 8, 2014

Contact: Katie Bray
Bellingham Public Library
(360) 778-7230
knbray@cob.org

poetrynight Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Bellingham Public Library

Two awarding-winning poets will be featured at Bellingham's poetrynight in honor of National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry in all forms that takes place each April.

Jade Sylvan will be giving a reading on Monday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave. Sylvan is an award-winning poet and nonfiction writer whose poetry and essays have been published in over twenty online and print publications. Jade won the 2011 Bayou Poetry Prize, and was a finalist in both the 2012 Bunchgrass Poetry Prize and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. She was nominated “Best Poet” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper in 2013 and is also a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team.

Elizabeth Austen will be giving a reading on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave. Seattle-based Austen has been bringing poetry to KUOW listeners since 2001 and was recently named Washington’s poet laureate for 2014-16. An accomplished poet, her goal in the new role is to reach out to all 39 counties in the state with workshops, readings and interviews to “celebrate and highlight” the wealth of resources available in Washington to writers and readers alike.

"I am so excited that Elizabeth can visit poetrynight during National Poetry Month, " says Dobbie Norris, a poetrynight board member, "She and I have been connected for years and have cross paths a gazillion times like trains in the night; passing flashes of light."

poetrynight has been promoting poetry, of local and national interest, in Whatcom and Skagit counties for 15 years. They gather weekly to share their own poetry and host touring artists throughout the year. They meet at the Bellingham Public Library or the Alternative Library each Monday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with open-mic sign-up starting at 7:30 p.m. Please visit their website for more information about their programs, events, and weekly location: http://blog.poetrynight.org/

These two programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323 or visit www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org .

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