Winners announced in annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest


Betty Scott, a board member of the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, sent the list of winners for the ninth annual contest.

The contest, a program of Whatcom Poetry Series, is held every spring and is open to Whatcom County residents of all ages.

This year, about 300 county residents submitted a poem to be judged by Jim Bertolino, a nationally recognized and award-winning poet, and by Sheila Nickerson, former poet laureate of Alaska and a two-time Pushcart-Prize winner.

"All of us on the committee are thrilled by the volume of poems submitted this year, the rich quality of materials, and the ever-increasing participation of students," Norman Green, Boynton committee co-chair, said in a press release.

The judges select the winning poems through a blind process.

This year's Walk Award winners are: Michelle Ballou, Amanda Chandler, Linda Conroy, Thom Davis, Evan Ingalls, Konrad Kocsis, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Savannah Miller, Erica Reed and Judy Teresa.

This year's Merit Winners are: Luther Allen, Diane Bateman, Angela Belcaster, Cassondra Dick, Seren Fargo, Seth Friedman, Suzanne Harris, Bob Hicks, Brett Larkin, Thomas Lewis, Carol McMillan, M. Ann Miller, Cody Moser, Donna Watson Rushing and Luci Shaw.

The public is invited to honor the winners and hear the poets read their winning entries at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave.

The event and parking are free. Kevin Murphy will emcee and the judges will present award certificates. A chapbook of poems from this year's contest will be available for purchase. All poems entered in this year's contest will be on display at the awards ceremony.

Copies of each winning poem, on placards designed by Anita Boyle of Egress Studio and with numerous illustrations by her daughter, Angela Boyle, will be displayed for a year inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses throughout the county.

The Walk Award winners will also be displayed for a year on engraved plaques in front of Bellingham Library, 210 Central Ave.


The Bellingham Arts Commission is hosting a temporary sculpture show in downtown Bellingham.

In celebration of the city's existing public sculpture collection and the increased vibrancy of downtown, artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration to display throughout the arts district and the surrounding area from July of 2014 through July of 2015.

The entry deadline is June 6. Details: 360-778-8360,


Kim Laskey, deputy director at Mount Baker Theatre, told me that the concert with Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers on May 10 has been sold out for weeks. If you want to see the banjo player extraordinaire (who also acts), and you're willing to travel, you might snag tickets for his concerts in Victoria or Nanaimo, B.C. For his tour schedule, go to

But the good news, just announced, is a concert at Mount Baker with the legendary folk musician Joan Baez at 8 p.m. July 20. Details:


What: Awards ceremony for Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15

Where: Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave.

Details: The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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