4th Annual Poetry Festival (2009) - Hats Off to Poetry - Artwork & Pictures

Featured Poets 2007

Ken Warfel

Kenneth E. Warfel is a wanderer and a searcher. Born in a small town in PA, Clarks Summit, he has had more jobs than the Penn population of many small towns. Going to Alaska in 1958, he settled on his homestead, cleared the land and built a 1600 square 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 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.

Anita Boyle
As an organizer of the Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet as Art, Anita K. Boyle is a supporter of our literary community. She has published Pacific Northwest poet through Egress Studio Press since 2000. Boyle’s poems are included several literary magazines, and in the anthologies Saints of Hysteria and Red Sky Morning. Boyle was a winner of the statewide 2004 Red Sky Poetry Theatre competition, and has received a Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation residency in Oysterville, WA. She will read poems from her book, Bamboo Equals Loon, some new poems, and poetry collaborations she's written with James Bertolino.

James Bertolino
James Bertolino’s poetry has been published internationally since the sixties. He has received the Discovery Award, a Book-of-the-Month Club poetry fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and two book publication awards from the Quarterly Review of Literature poetry series at Princeton University. Nine volumes of his work have been published, two of them available online from the Contemporary American Poetry Archive, and his latest, Pocket Animals, available from Bellingham’s Egress Studio Press. Bertolino has taught creative writing at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Washington State, Western and, last year, as Writer-in-Residence for Willamette University in Oregon. He has been very active in Whatcom County’s literary

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