Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Winners for Phrasings: In Word and Dance

This year’s winners for the collaboration event of the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater have been selected. Three performances of original works will be performed on April 11, 12 and 13 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center at 14th and Harris, Avenue, Bellingham, Wa.  In an open, blind reading the following winners are announced:

M.L. Lyons of Edmonds, WA has been invited to collaborate developing a poem for dance with choreographer, Miye Bishop.  

Kim Clark of Nanaimo, BC for the poem "Anaphora Woman" – Choreographer: Diane Williams
Choreographer Erinn Crosby-Dirth:  Poem "To The Turnstile"

Heather Curtis of Anacortes, WA for the poem "Field of the Unforgotten" – Choreographer: Tabetha Clark and “Turnstile” – Choreographer Erinn Crosby-Dirth

Betty Scott of Bellingham, WA for the poem “Remedies” – Choreographer: Jackie-Lou Brock

Cindy Williams Gutierrez of Oregon City, OR for the poem: "the beat of it" – Choreographers: Danielle Green and Hannah Anderson

Three winning poets who will be featured to read their poems are:
Susan Chase-Foster of Bellingham, WA for the poems “Northern Impressions” and “Harmless to Humans”

Harvey Schwartz of Bellingham, WA for the poems: “Hampden Road in the Fifties”  and “Waiting…”

Stephanie Hopkinson of Deming, WA for the poems: “Words too big for his ears” and “Summer to Spring”

for more information go to or contact Carla Shafer at

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Poets and Writers for Peace Read-In! Write On!

Poets and Writers Peace Read-In! Write On!

Call for Writers: Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company announce the 2014 Phrasings Collaboration for Writers & Dancers

Deadline: It must be received on or before Saturday, November 30th , 2013. Follow the instructions given below very closely.

Our 8th annual collaboration and performance of Phrasings, of original modern dance choreographed with new poetry and stories will be presented in 3 shows on April 11th, 12thand 13th of 2014. Phrasings happens in Bellingham, WA at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center (14th and Harris).

The Bellingham Repertory Dance Company produces fresh, engaging and diverse concerts that appeal to modern dance enthusiasts as well as first time audiences. The Company is an auditioned collective of accomplished dancers dedicated to bringing high-quality, vibrant contemporary dance to the Northwest. Phrasings shows are the highlight of the year for the company and truly celebrate the written word in new contexts. The shows are described “Fantastic! Unexpected!, Amazing to have both words and movement! Incredible dancers! I can hardly wait for the next show!"

Choreographers in the company read the written submissions with a fresh perspective. They look for feelings, images or stories to convey through modern dance. Six or seven performance pieces will be chosen and will involve one or more dancers. Some writing will be selected to be read-only as part of the program. All winning submissions will be presented in a Phrasings 2013 chapbook.

We are looking for a wide range of poetry and all forms of writing to be selected for:
        Originality, and not previously published or performed.
        Vivid imagery - The content could be personal, pastoral, and/or tactile.
        Lyrical qualities - Give attention to rhythm and language.  
        Themes- The choreographers are highly innovative in their perspectives and engage with a wide range of themes.
        None has ever been chosen that refers to dancing or has obvious dance content.

There are two ways to participate in Phrasings. Interested writers may submit to one or both approaches.

Approach One: Writing Submission - submit a finished piece of writing to be selected by a choreographer to incorporate into a new dance. Instructions (follow closely):
1.To submit: e-mail a pdf or MSWord document of submissions to  Use this Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2014
2. Submit one copy of up to 3 poems and/or dialogue, essay or short story as a pdf or Word attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit yourself to pieces that are 1-3 pages in length.  You may offer a 4th poem or piece that is 20-28 lines long (using 1-inch margins on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, portrait orientation).
3. Plus, in the body of the e-mail, please list the titles (or first lines) of the submissions and your name, phone number, street address and e-mail address. Choreographers will select the submission that they want to work with from the pdfs.

Approach Two: Live Collaboration - a writer and choreographer will work side by side in creating something new. A writer will compose a piece of writing and a choreographer will make a dance simultaneously through a collaborative process shaped by their partnered artistic goals. The pair will decide together on how each of their work will be integrated and presented in the Phrasings performance. If you are interested in this form of participation,

Instructions (follow closely):
2.To submit: e-mail a pdf or MSWORD of submissions  Use this Subject line: Submission Phrasings 2014
2. Submit one copy of up to 2 poems and/or dialogue, essay or short story as a pdf or Word attachment. Do not put your name on the attachment. Limit yourself to pieces that are 1-3 pages in length. This year the competition is especially interested in receiving poems up to 20-28 lines long.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Plans are developing for Bellingham poets to read for peace. Everyone is welcome to help organize. Let me know how you'd like to take part.

The World Poetry Canada International Poets for peace world-wide marathon read-in begins October 23 in New Westminster, British Columbia.Watch for details.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater ~ Open Mic ~ monthly Everyone is welcome to read original writings. ~ Open mic (All styles and topics are welcome.) Bellingham, WA at the Firehouse Cafe, 14th and Harris ~ Every second Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10th - 7:00 PM