This is the poster advertising the 2008 Burning Word poetry festival at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Anne Waldman, on our poster promoting Burning Word.
On the Friday afternoon, April 25, Anne Waldman gave an all-day poetry workshop at Hedgebrook. After that, festival supporters gathered at Bayview Center for a reception and poetry reading, sponsored by Goosefoot, Hedgebrook, and others.
We had a great buffet dinner.
Awaiting announcements and our first poetry reading.
Lionel Kearns and Anne Waldman.
Jose Kozer and Mark Weiss.
Felicia Gonzalez, ???, Jourdan Keith.
Paul Nelson and Amy Wheeler.
Victory Schouten and Michael Schein.
Dinner and socializing before our evening readings.
David Rizzi, Terry Lockett, Heather Haley (I think), and Brad Hatfield.
Amy Wheeler and Anne Waldman.
??? and Anne Waldman.
Lorri Lambert-Smith, Leonard Orr, and John Burgess, with Karen Bonaudi on the right.
Leonard Orr and John Burgess.
Paul Nelson welcomes everyone. In the foreground, clockwise from the far left, are Jose Kozer, Mark Weiss, Amalio Madueno, and Charlie Potts.
Mark Weiss and Paul Nelson.
Paul Nelson at Bayview Corner, on Whidbey Island. Thanks to Goosefoot and Hedgebrook for hosting this event for Burning Word and the Washington Poets Association.
Mark Weiss and Lionel Kearns.
Mark Weiss and Jose Kozer.
Karen Bonaudi and Tom Erdman Jr.
Lana Hechtman Ayers and Lorraine Healy.
Christopher Luna, ???, and Lorri Lambert-Smith.
Don Kentop, Tom Erdman Jr., and Karen Bonaudi.
Michael Schein and Felicia Gonzalez.
Jourdan Keith and William Scott Galasso.
???, Christopher Luna, and Charlie Potts.
Anne Waldman and Christopher Luna.
Victory Schouten, John Burgess, Jourdan Keith, and Felicia Gonzalez.
Lana Hechtman Ayers.
Lionel Kearns leads his workshop in the workshop tent on the morning of 26 April 2008.
Lionel Kearns workshop.
David Ash displaying his books in the bookfair area.
Richard Gold (left) of Pongo Publishing.
Washington Poets Association logo.
Christopher Luna staffs the table for the Washington State Poet Laureate fund.
Washington State Poet Laureate logo.
John Burgess sells tickets for Burning Word.
John Burgess tells a fellow poet where to go, so to speak.
John Olson at the open-mic tent.
Jim Bertolino features at the open-mic tent.
A poetry bag!
Jim Bertonlin at the open-mic tent.
An installation by A. K. Allin on poetic rejection and acceptance.
Cora Goss-Grubbs contemplates rejection.
These didn't last long.
Nor did these.
Greenbank Farm logo.
Greenbank Farm has hosted Burning Word for all of its first five years, starting in 2004, the farm's 100th anniversary.
Good signs helped us all find our way.
We enjoyed pleasant weather, and took advantage of the picnic tables outside.
??? and ??? (gee, is this a witty caption or what?).
Quick, can you name these poets???
The Whidbey Pies Cafe has pies to die for.
Welcoming Burning Word attendees.
Well, did you?!?
Jed Myers buys his ticket to Burning Word.
The Washington Poets Association table.
Checking out the Northwest poetry quiz, created by A. K. Allin.
Karen Bonaudi and Elizabeth Austen.
The calm before the storm in our main stage area.
Judith Roche looks at books from Rose Alley Press, published by David Horowitz.
We were fortunate to have Copper Canyon Press participate in our book fair once again.
Paul Hunter and Lana Hechtman Ayers.
Staffers at the Bellingham Review table.
Jim Bodeen (left) staffs his table for Blue Begonia Press.
The view from the upstairs book fair area down to the main stage area.
I think that's Kathleen Flenniken on stage.
David Rizzi and William Scott Galasso at the Whidbey Pies Cafe.
Charlie Potts (right).
Anne Waldman (seated).
Well, did you, did you?!?
More good signage!
Our open-mic tent was often filled to capacity.
Our workshop tent was crowded too.
Jose Kozer leads his morning workshop.
The main "barn" at Greenbank Farm.
We had plenty of parking, but it was nice to see it nearly fill up!
We had a bookstore at the Jim Davis house. The bookstore sold books by Burning Word readers, which was separate from the book fair, which featured independent small presses and journals.
The Burning Word book store.
Lorri Lambert-Smith staffed the book store tables.
Lorrie Lambert-Smith at the Burning Word book store.
I think that's Heather Haley on stage.
Book fair staffers enjoying the main stage readings (David Ash in the foreground).
Is that Terri Zipf on stage?
Mister Burning Word! Who could this be?
Robinson Bolkum, of course.
Cascade, the annual journal of the Washington Poets Association, featuring poets from around the state.
Ed Stover staffs the Washington State Poet Laureate table.
Our main stage area heats up. That might be David Ossman on stage.
Subtext reading on the Burning Word main stage.
Time for a poetry lunch break. Look how full that parking lot is in the distance!
If you paid your admission fee, you got a Burning Word button. Gorgeous, eh?
More poets hanging out.
???, Holly Thomas, and Jed Myers.
We had great weather!
Quick, name all those poets!
Lining up for killer pies at the Whidbey Pies Cafe.
It's mine, all mine!
Karen Bonaudi introduces Washington State poet laureate Samuel Green.
Karen Bonaudi and Samuel Green.
Samuel Green has done an exemplary job as the state's first poet laureate.
Samuel Green on the Burning Word main stage.
Cody Walker, Rebecca Hoogs, and ???.
???, Cody Walker, and Rebecca Hoogs.
We had great audiences!
We had big audiences, too!
The audience for our main stage.
The main stage at Burning Word in the Greenbank Farm barn.
A poem on display in the book fair.
The logo ("poetry") for Copper Canyon Press.
Another view of our main stage audience.
Samuel Green at his afternoon workshop.
That's Mark Weiss and Jose Kozer in the front row.
A spell-bound audience at the 2008 Burning Word poetry festival.
We had a full house.
Charlie Potts receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Paul Nelson, president of the Washington Poets Association (Karen Bonaudi facing away).
Charlie Potts receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Paul Nelson.
Anne Waldman standing backstage, in our "green room," about to read as our headline poet.
The 2008 Burning Word poetry festival headline poet, Anne Waldman.
Charlie Potts and Leonard Orr.
Anne Waldman signs books after her reading. What a great event Burning Word was! Thanks to everyone for making it happen.