Issue Release Party and Literary Double Header at the Honey Moon

LiteraryDoubleHeaderThe Bellingham Review will celebrate the publication of Issue 70, which includes the winners of its annual literary contests, by co-hosting a literary double-header at the Honey Moon on Saturday, May 16.

Join us as the evening kicks off at 7:00 pm with the Issue 70 release party, featuring readings of Issue 70’s contest winners and readings by graduate students enrolled in the English department at Western Washington University.  At 8:30 Honey Moon hosts Wild Literarians, vol. 3, a community open mic event where lovers of the written word can share passages from their favorite books. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Bellingham Review 2014 winners are Michael William Palmer, Jackleen Holton, and Tom Howard. In addition to the contest winners, Issue 70 contains stories, poems, essays and artwork by 30 contributors, including artwork by local artist Ron Pattern and a dynamic collaboration between poet Katrina Hays and photographer Steven McBurnett. They comment on their collaborative process in an interview by Rob Rich, a WWU graduate student. Read the interview and listen to Hays perform several of her poems on the Review’s blog.

We will celebrate the conclusion of editor-in-chief Brenda Miller’s leadership of the journal. Miller has edited the journal since 2001, guiding twenty-two issues to publication. During that time, the journal has received awards and recognition and published work that has been reprinted in Harper’s Magazine, Utne Reader and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Join us in welcoming longtime editorial advisor for the Review, S. Paola Antonetta, who will assume leadership of the journal. Her first issue as editor-in-chief is due out in the fall. Atonetta worked with the faculty, including former editor-in-chief Robin Hemley, who helped acquire the Bellingham Review for Western Washington University’s English department many years ago. Antonetta said, “It feels like coming home, in many ways, to return to the editorship of the Bellingham Review.”

The Bellingham Review is the literary journal produced by Western Washington University’s MFA program. Its online home is For more information about the multi-genre MFA program, click here.

The Honey Moon is an eclectic urban winery, which serves mead and cider, located on the alley at 1053 N. State Street in Bellingham — in the block immediately south of the Bellingham Farmers Market. Call 360-734-0728 or email for more information, or to sign-up for the open mic portion of the event. Click here​ to RSVP on Facebook.