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Cirque literary magazine group reading

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Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:00pm
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1200 11th St
98225-7015 Bellingham
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Cirque is a literary journal that brings together the finest literary and artistic talent in the North Pacific Rim. In the current issue, Bellingham’s Deborah M Bernard presents Alaska’s Oil Patch and Alaska’s former poet laureate, Sheila Nickerson, reflects on ghosts and the passage of time. Links between the writing communities of Bellingham and Alaska are numerous, including John Morgan, Jeremy Pataky, and Sandra Kleven. Cirque is published twice yearly at summer and winter solstice.  Submission deadlines are at the fall and spring equinox.

About the Authors:
Bob Hicks is a social services manager and grant writer. He has written poetry, essays, and a novel. His poems have been published in Jeopardy, Stories of the Skagit - Anthology II, and Whatcom WRITES.

Kate Miller has lived in Bellingham, WA since 1997 and teaches English composition Native American Literature, and creative writing at Whatcom Community College. She is an avid reader and has written all of her life in multiple genres; including poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. She is currently taking a memoir class with other Northwest writers.

Sheila Nickerson, a former Alaska Poet Laureate, lives in Bellingham, Washington. She served as Writer-in-Residence for the State of Alaska Artists-in-the-Schools program, was Writer-in-Residence at the Alaska State Library, and was co-founder of University Within Walls, a statewide prison education program. In 1976 and 1986, she was awarded the Pushcart Prize for the poems "The Song of the Soapstone Carver" and "Kodiak Widow.”

Joe Nolting recently moved to Bellingham, WA, after spending the past 35 years in Alaska. He misses the Alaskan writing community, especially Ten Poets, but is embracing the rich B'ham literary scene.

Anne Carse Nolting has published three novels. Her nonfiction articles appear in periodicals; 2003 and 2005 Holt Language Arts textbooks, and “Measuring Up To The New Jersey State Standards in English.” She is a previous contributor to Cirque.

Deborah Benard received her BA in journalism at Western Washington University in Bellingham, wrote for the The Bellingham Herald and the Friday Harbor Journal, then moved to Alaska's oilfield with her husband Joseph. They lived and worked in Deadhorse for decades, she as a postmaster, then both as "shopkeepers for the Slope." They recently moved back to Bellingham where Deborah is enjoying writing classes at her Alma Mater.

Rachel Mehl has an MFA from the University of Oregon, where she taught poetry for two years. Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Portland Review, Poet Lore, and Willow Springs. Her poem "Bellingham" was a 2011 Boynton Walk Award winner. She lives in Bellingham, and is a member of the Sue Boynton Contest Committee.