Join the Advocates for coffee at 11:30am followed by a presentation by local artists and poets Anita Boyle, Judy Kleinberg, Sheila Sondik, and Nancy Canyon. They will share their work, processes, and inspiration. FREE program!
Anita K. Boyle is an artist and poet who is a lifetime resident of northwest Washington. As a poet, she is the author of What the Alder Told Me (MoonPath Press, 2011), and Bamboo Equals Loon (Egress Studio Press, 2001). Her poems can be found in literary magazines such as StringTown and The Raven Chronicles, anthologies such as Washington 129 (edited by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall) and the Ice Cream Anthology (World Enough Writers, 2017). As an artist, she creates assemblages, makes handmade books and paper, and enjoys drawing and painting. Boyle became a member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen in late 2016. She also publishes Washington State poets in limited-edition, handmade books through her imprint Egress Studio Press. She lives near an inspiring pond with the poet James Bertolino.
Artist, poet, and freelance writer, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg lives in Bellingham and blogs most days at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com. She is co-author of the book Fat Stupid Ugly: One Woman’s Courage to Survive (Health Communications, Inc.) and co-editor of the anthology Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015). A Pushcart nominee, she is also the winner of the 2016 Ken Warfel Fellowship.
Sheila Sondik is a printmaker and poet. Her work in both art forms explores the mystery beneath the surface of everyday experience. She has studied many Chinese and Japanese arts, including calligraphy, ikebana, and haiku. Visit her website, sheilasondik.com.
Nancy Canyon, MFA, creates daily in a vintage art studio in Historic Fairhaven. Her paintings, photographs, poems, and prose are widely published: Water~Stone Review, Fourth Genre, Floating Bridge Review, Clover, A Literary Rag, Bellingham Review, Raven Chronicles, Cirque, and more. Canyon has penned three novels and is working on a memoir detailing two summers spent as a fire lookout attendant in the Clearwater National Forest in the early ’70s. She is married to Ron Pattern, together enjoy three grown children, two grandchildren, and a cat and dog. See more at nancyloucanyon.blogspot.com and www.nancycanyon.com.