3rd Annual Poetry Festival (2008) - Artwork & Pictures

Featured Poets 2008

Jessica Lohafer

Jessica is a college student attending Whatcom Community College. She began writing poetry approximately 8 years ago and is a regular sharing poet at Fantasia Espresso & Teas’ Open Mic Monday Poetry Night. She also participates in the occasional Poetry Slam in Bellingham and Vancouver.


Ken Warfel

Kenneth E. Warfel is a wanderer and a searcher. Born in a small town in Clarks Summit, PA he has had more jobs than the population of many small towns. Going to Alaska in 1958, he settled on his homestead, cleared the land and built a 1600 square home for his family of 6. While homesteading, flying as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, working in the college post office and attending the University of Alaska, he was one of the five Alaska’s Flying Poets, reaching out to the high school students around the interior with the contemporary poetic works of living poets. Coming to Bellingham in 1970, he fished commercially as a gill-netter around Puget Sound and Bristol Bay, Alaska. Although he has traveled around the country, his poems are more of a state of mind than one of a geographic setting. 

Malcolm Kenyon
A retired engineer and teacher, Malcom founded the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program at WWU, served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy and did combat service in Vietnam. He has a MA in Latin American History and a BSIE. Malcom lives in Nooksack, WA and teaches ESL at BTC. He has published 6 chapbooks and has 2 more in production. He has also been published in Manzanita Quarterly, Bicycling Magazine and Research Center for the Arts Review. He hangs out at Fantasia Espresso & Tea in Bellingham with the best people even.
Neil McKay
Neil assisted us with our kick-off Ferndale Poetry Event in 2006. Now he is back to promote his friend and fellow poet Ken Warfel. As another regular at the Fantasia Espresso and Tea, we hope he may share with us some of his talent as well.

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