Readings, Workshops, Events, Broadsides and Books to Buy

2016 Poem Publications

“You say ‘Remember Me.'” A Flutter of Birds Passing Through Heaven, A Tribute to Robert Sund, 2016, Eds. Allen Frost and Paul Piper. Good Deed Rain Press, Bellingham.

“First Kiss.” “Idaho.” Vestige. The Isolati, Vashon Island 2016. Available through Ann.

“whiffle ball/ grandma hits a homer/ no matter the inning” Exhaling, Eds. A. Terry, T. McDonald, D. Garcia. Anthology. Haiku Northwest.

Climate Symbols: “Sky Overcast,” “Visibility Reduced by Smoke,” “Calm,” “Ground covered with Thawing Snow,” “Haze.” Written River  Hiraeth Press, 2016.

Prose at last

“The Chelsea Hotel,” The Raven Chronicles, Laugh. Laugh? Laugh! Issue.

And More Poems:

“Rain Violent.” Broadside. Peasandcues Press, Designed and Printed by Marquita and Joseph Green, Vancouver WA.

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Water Water Everywhere

Read Ann’s haiku in Modern Haiku’s present issue 46:2.

Read Ann’s Weather Icon poems in Kudzu: “Eddies,” “Dust Devils,” “Snow Granular.”


April 11, 2016,  Floating Bridge Reading, Seattle Public Library Fremont with Kathleen Byrd.

Thursday, March 10,  6:30 and wine, Ann Spiers and Lonny Kaneko, Arundel Books, Pioneer Square, Seattle.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2015, 3 p.m., Elliot Bay Books, Seattle. Sandra Noel (A Gypsy in my KItchen) and Ann Hursey (A Certain Hold) with Ann Spiers (Bunker Trail), Finishing Line Press chapbooks.


See Ann Spiers honored to be in Fire On Her Tongue: an eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry (ebook) (Two Sylvias Press, 2012), anthology editors Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy, is available on Amazon Kindle and will be available on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Sony, and many other electronic platforms. Just over $6! Make Two Sylvias rich (and famous).

Cover by Bolinas Frank

Please order my newest poetry volume.

Finishing Line Press $14, ISBN 978-1-62229-352-0; Books available at Elliott Bay Books; Open Books; Tacoma’s King’s Books; Vashon Book Shop, Olympia’s Orca Books. or [Click on “Bookstore” or “Preorder Forthcoming Titles.” Click on the title for more info.]
By mail: Finishing Line Press, PO Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324
Please send $14 + $2.49 shipping (per copy). If ordering multiple copies,
shipping is $2.49 for the first copy and $1.49 for each additional copy.

The poems tell of a year when high tide, northwind, and a body created a crisis. On Vashon Island in Puget Sound, we parents and two sons hiked up Bunker Trail to get out to school and to work. Our walk-in community of some twenty-six waterfront cabins shared the upkeep of a common trail and a gravity-fed water system. With a steep greenbelt behind and a richly inhabited beach in front, we were a family curious in this exquisitely abundant but precarious environment.

From December 21:
Above, people push in and out
of Thriftway slowly, relaxed.
Below, the northwind
saves itself for us only.

Down here we watch, mark
each high tide off our chart
twice a day,
each cross a triumph
as if we have won.


Past Readings and Events Thanksgiving for the Reading and Workshop Hosts

Wed., Dec. 3, 2015, Seattle City Hall, Council Chamber, Last Lines, Wordsworth Poetry Series, plus 30+ poets, 2 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, Reading Ann joins Christianne Balk, UW Press’s Pacific Northwest Poetry Series publication of Balk’s Holding Hours, Vashon Cohousing, 7 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 14, 2015, Ann leads Sue Boynton Poetry Workshop, “Lessons in Break Dancing: The Poem’s Line,” Fairhaven Library, Bellingham, 10-12.

Nov. 12, 2015, Ann Spiers, Paul Hunter, Melinda Mueller, Hosted by Sean Bentley, King County Library, Newcastle.

April Poetry Month, “Vashon Poets Read,” VOV, KVSH 101.9 FM Radio. Daily.

April 8, 2015 Peasandcues Press, Broadside Exhibit, Reading, Reception. Highline College Library Gallery. Ann’s Broadside, “Rain Violent,” will be displayed. .

April 8, 2015, Egress Studio Press Reading, Village Books, Bellingham.

April 8at. Jan. 10, 2015, Green Lake Library, Group Reading for HaikuNW Anthology, No Longer Strangers.

Dec. 11, 2014, Northwinds Gallery, Port Townsend, Annual Group Reading.

Dec. 5, Red Sky Group Reading, Jack Straw, Seattle.

Jan. 23, 2014, Northwinds Gallery, Port Townsend with Robert McNamara.

Oct. 26, 2014, Workshop Haiku: A Few Words, Union Hotel, Seattle, sponored by Shambala Seattle.

***Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6 pm Seattle Public Library Ballard, It’s About Time, 5614 22nd Ave., Reading.

***Wed., Feb. 26, 2014, AWP, 4-6 pm, Hugo House, Seattle. Nelson Bentley’s Students Reading.

***Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014, Seattle Convention Center, AWP, Finishing Line Press, Booksigning.

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 1101 15th Ave. Seattle, Spring Street Center, AWP, Group Reading, About Place Journal.

***Sat., June 8, Greenlake Public Library, Seattle, PoetsWest, Group Reading.

***Friday, June 14, 2013, 7 pm, Raven Chronicles Group Reading, Jack Straw.

***Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 6 pm Seattle Public Library Ballard, It’s About Time, 5614 22nd Ave., Craft Lecture: Writing in Cycles.

***Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, Soul Food Books, 7 pm, 15748 Redmond Wy with Janee Baugher.

***Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, Traditions Cafe. Featured Reader. Olympia Poetry Network. 6:30 to 8 pm. 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia WA

***Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, Blue Heron Art Center, Humanities Series, Vashon. Introduce Tree Swenson, ExecDir of Hugo House, Seattle.

***Thursday, Oct. 21, Jack Straw, Seattle Group Reading for Floating Bridge Review.

***Tues. Oct 8, Elliott Bay Books, Seattle with Robert MacNamara.

***Sunday, Oct. 6, Home of Serena Cosgrove, Bunker Trail on Bunker Trail.

***Friday, August 23, 6 pm, 2013, Vashon Book Shop Reading with Marci Ameluxen.

***March 21, 2014. 7 pm. Nelson Bentley Memorial Reading. Traditions Cafe., Olympia.

***Sat. March 8, 2014 10:30, Haiku as Spiritual Practice, Conference on the Dharma Arts. Workshop by Terran Campbell. Reading with Tanya McDonald and Michael Dylan Welch, Seattle University.

***Sat. March 8, 2014, 4 pm, PoetsWest, Greenlake Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, w/ open mic and also featuring Marci Ameluxen and Jean Ameluxen.

***Th-Fri-Sat, Feb 27-March 1, 2014, AWP Seattle, Booksigning What Rain Does, Egress Studio Press.

***Thurs., April 23, 2013, Univ. of Washington Bookstore, Reading What Rain Does, Egress Studio Press.

Sold out! What Rain Does, Paypal: Cost : $16.50 which includes tax and mailing costs.

What the Rain Does
Available now at Elliott Bay Books, Seattle; Pt. Reyes Station Books, CA; Lucy Books, Astoria; Vashon Book Shop, Vashon Island; Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds, or Open Books, a Poem Emporium (2414 N 45th).


From Leaving:
Even the storm that opened doors on your birthday
is gone. I remember. You don’t. Your birthday.
This all goes: Your right to come down trail, collect
daffodils and primrose, cross the porch to the beach.
Then, now, I don’t look up. Your steps are a rhythm
I know. Like a crow peck or wave pound.
I trust you won’t slip. You know what rain does.
Where the planks rot.

Anita K. Boyle
5581 Noon Road, Bellingham, WA 98226



Sold out! Long Climb into Grace, Poets on Peace Series

***Wed, Feb 26, 4-6 pm, Nelson Bentley Extravaganza. Hugo House, 1634 11th, Seattle. With students of NB.6, Vashon Bookshop, Ann reading with Lonny Kaneko, Coming Home from Camp and Other Poems, Endicott and Hughes Books.

                                                                  Photo by Pocharee Kounpungchart

From Mt. Rainier/Approach I

Finally we turn to Mount Rainier, close and whole, rising, broad Buddha dazzling with cirques and icefall. We, mere gadflies in such a presence, approach the volcano, go and start; scrabble and rest; pause and slip like monks in tattered spirits nearing what is truly large, wantingto earn the long climb into grace.

FootHills Publishing Poets on Peace Series PO Box 68, Kanona, NY 14856 607 566-3881 Available to order on-line at


A Wild Taste
Poems by Ann Spiers, Book Design by Catherine Michaelis of May Day Press, Shelton.
      A Wild Taste is a collection of 6 poems written by Ann Spiers. These poems became labels on blackberry jam written and made for her true love’s birthday.
     A Wild Taste was printed and designed by Catherine Alice Michaelis at May Day Press. The poems are letterpress printed from handset type. Relief printed blackberry brambles wind through the book with a subtle embossment coming through to the text side of the page. The book is sewn from three long accordions sewn inside the matching cover.

The retail price: $45 plus tax and $5 mailing fee.
To order, contact May Day Press by emailing

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