Local Poet needs a Kickstart

Bellingham poet Matthew Brouwer has joined the ranks of the many who have used the popular Internet site Kickstarter to launch their dreams. Kickstarter is a way for the average person to become a patron of the arts, often for just a few dollars, and a way for artists and entrepreneurs to reach out to their public and trade their future works, goods, or services for dollars today–dollars which help fund and produce those future works.

Matthew’s Kickcstarter campaign will fund his upcoming poetry tour and release of his new book: The Gospel According to Matthew.  You can pay anything from $5 to have your name appear in the dedication of his book to $250 for a personal poetry reading anywhere in the Puget Sound region plus every other reward from each pledge level in between.

As we all know there isn’t a lot of money to be made as a poet so a successful Kickstart offers an opportunity for a poet to live their dream and keep a roof over their head and food in their belly.  If you would like to join the, as of this writing, 35 other people who have pledged $1,540 of the $5000 goal in support of Matthew and his poetry please click over to his Kickstarter Page for more information.

WWP Going Social

The WWP dinners have always been a great place to socialize with local writers and publishers from Bellingham and Whatcom County.  In keeping with this tradition we are finally bringing our social scene to the Interwebs!

We now have:
If you have an account on any of those platforms (or if you have been meaning to make one) come and add us to your Circles/Join us/Follow us. We would love to see you.  WWP membership not required, although we cannot guarantee that you not want to rush out and sign up for membership when you see how wonderful we are!

Steampunk!

July 7th at Village Books is hosting a Multi-Author Steampunk readings as part of the first ever Steampunk Festival in Fairhaven.  Steampunk is a growing phenomenon, even Prada has succumbed and is featuring Steampunk fashion in its new Fall mens fashion ad campaign–waistcoats and pocket watches are back!

Wikipedia on Steampunk:

Steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such asVictorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.

If you want to know what all the fuss is about check out the festival and the reading in Fairhaven on July 7th!

New RWA local chapter proposed for Bellingham

Eight local authors met last week to discuss the formation of a new chapter of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) in Bellingham.  The proposed name is the Mount Baker RWA and it was decided to have meetings at the Bellingham Yacht Club on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm (potluck and BYOB!).

Writers o all genres are welcome to join, not just romance writers.  The group is for anyone looking for a close knit and supportive group of writers. The RWA is a national group of over 10,000 writers and provides all kinds of support to it’s members, including education and legal help.

Those who wish to join the Mount Baker RWA chapter will need to join the RWA at the national level first.  And the clock is ticking!  Requirements for starting a new chapter are changing on June 12th.  If the Mount Baker RWA doesn’t have the required 15 national level members on board by the 12th, then they will have to come up with 25 members in order to qualify!

So if you are at all interested do not delay! Go to rwa.org sign up and then e-mail Kathy Brown

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