Best Bets: WWU grads read poetry at Village Books in Bellingham


Bellingham poet Chas Hoppe

Bellingham poet Chas Hoppe, pictured here, and Joshua Young will mark the first anniversary of their collection, "The Diegesis," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Village Books, 1200 11th St.


Bellingham poets Chas Hoppe and Joshua Young will mark the first anniversary of their collection, "The Diegesis," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

The pair, both graduates of English MA program at Western Washington University, will be joined by poet Daniel Scott Parker, an MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago.

"The Diegesis" is poetry as indie documentary with commentary. Hoppe and Young blend equal parts fiction, essay, and film studies, exploring city life and their strained relationship to music and pop culture as the dog of adulthood nips at their heels.

Chas Hoppe pays bills as a writer and editor, and pays respect through music and poetry. His recent and forthcoming publications include Oyez Review, A River & Sound Review, Pismire Poetry, Columbia Poetry Review, and Heavy Feather Review. Follow Chas's exploits at

Young is the author of "The Holy Ghost People" and three other hybrid-poetry collections, including "The Diegesis." He is the associate director of poetry & nonfiction in the department of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he also teaches poetry and writing.

Daniel Scott Parker lives in Chicago, where he's an MFA poetry candidate at Columbia College and co-curator for The Swell, a reading and performance series.


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Chuck Crooks and Elena Stecca -- two of Bellingham's top ghost hunters -- will lead a ghost hunting class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the The Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St., to be followed by a real life investigation from 9 p.m. to midnight. Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

The location of the class is at the Holly Street location, but the and investigation location will be given upon registration. To register, visit: The class will provide an introduction into the world of ghost hunting. Participants will learn how to conduct an investigation, use equipment and interpret the findings. Chuck and Elena will share audio-visual evidence collected from previous investigations and will show participants how to debunk phony readings by uncovering potential non-paranormal causes.

Cost is $30.


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