“Enriching Our Lives with Words” has five activities all aimed to bring poetry to the citizens of Clark County and provide an outlet for expression of our citizens.  These activities include:

1.  Public Lectures/Readings at FVRL & Camas Libraries are formal events where the Poet Laureate and others presents ideas and, then, offers the audience the opportunity to raise questions and make comments following the presentation.

Wednesday, March 5; Christopher Luna, Cascade Park Community Library, 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12; Christopher Luna, Yacolt Library Express,Yacolt Town Hall, 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2; Camas Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Poets in the Shops
Wednesday, April 23; Dene Grigar, Vancouver Community Library, 7-8 p.m. Lecture: Computational Poetry

May: Wednesday, May 7; Leonard Orr, lecture or reading? Ridgefield Community Library, 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14; Who? Battle Ground Community Library, 7-8 p.m.


2.  “Poets in the Schools” program (K-12 students in county) is a series of hands on “master classes” taught by local poets to students in the public schools. As such, they provide a high level of interaction for the proposed audience.

January 31– Plan is completed and sent to collaborators for input
February 28 – Paperwork completed
March 3 – June 16 School Visits begin


3.  Writing Workshops and Open Mic events at WSU Vancouver, like the Public Lectures/Readings and the Poets in the Schools activities, are opportunities for participants to share their poetry through hands-on workshops or open mic events.

Writing Workshops:
Friday, February 21, 12-2 p.m.
Friday, 3/7, 12-2 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 12-2 p.m.

Open Mic Events:
Thursday, 1/30, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, 2/27, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, 3/20, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, 4/24, 6-7 p.m.


4.  The Poet Laureate Spring Address to Clark County Citizens is a formal event begun last year when the Poet Laureate position was approved by the county. In this address, the Poet Laureate provides his vision for the year and informs the public about work he has undertaken during the time leading up to the Spring Address. The audience is given the opportunity to raise questions and make comments following the presentation.

Thursday, April 3, 7-8 p.m., FVRL, Columbia Room, Vancouver, Vancouver Community Library


5.  The National Poetry Month “Poetry in the Shops” places poetry, submitted by the public, on posters that will be mounted in windows in shops in various towns in the county. A Twitter site will be established and monitored by students in the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program that will make it possible for an audience member to read the poem and, then, comment or respond to it via Twitter. A follower who reads the Twitter feed can respond to posts created by others so that a conversation may emerge about the art experienced.

Call for Works Deadline: Friday, January 31
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 21
Judging: Saturday, February 22–Saturday, March 15
Notify Poets & Print Posters: Saturday, March 15–Friday, March 28
Posters Installed in Shops: Friday, March 28-Saturday, April 26
Posters Removed from Shops: Sunday, April 27