Sitting in the Moment: A Night with Ruth Ozeki


“I want everyone to sit zazen. Just for a few minutes. It’s probably going to seem like a long time, but we can do it. Everyone sit up, find a position that feels comfortable, and close your eyes.” Murmurs of confusion began, but within a few seconds all audience members were sitting still and listening to Ozeki’s voice as she guided a meditation starting on the head down to the toes. Continue Reading

Hybrid Deadline Extended


In celebration of the just-released Rose Metal Press’ Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, we have extended our deadline for Hybrid submissions to January 1st! The Bellingham Review defines a hybrid work as one which possesses more than… Continue Reading

Contributor Spotlight: Katharyn Howd Machan


In January of 2011, my husband Eric shared with me an article he’d found about a hunter in Belarus who injured a fox and approached it with the butt end of the rifle to finish it off; the fox resisted, somehow got its paw on the trigger, and shot the hunter (not fatally, of course, which is why we know the story) before running off. It somehow got me writing poems about Fox, a shape-shifter who can be fully human or fully animal or a mix, always her choice. Continue Reading

Pansy That!

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Although again printed by Write Bloody Publishing, and classic, powerhouse Gibson in nature, this newest collection includes an unexpected dose of heavy race-class social justice commentary—leaving readers floundering amidst layers of inspiring activism, sadness, and hope. Continue Reading

AWP Exquisite Corpse: Day Two


We asked visitors to Booth 1421 to participate in our exquisite corpse game! Visitors contributed one line to our evolving collaborative writing experiment. The one rule is that contributors can read only the line directly preceding theirs. Follow along at #bhreviewAWP and #AWP15,… Continue Reading

Bellingham Review Publishes Issue 70


The Bellingham Review is pleased to announce the publication of Issue 70, which includes the winners of its annual literary contests. The 2014 winners are Michael William Palmer, Jackleen Holton, and Tom Howard. This issue also marks 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.
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