Sheila Sondik



Whatcom Women, Words and Works is an art show at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, WA featuring 4 women who are both visual artists and poets. We will be reading at the Firehouse on Friday evening, August 22 at 7:15. Before and after the reading, there will be a reception in the exhibit area, where artworks and poems are on display through August, 2014.

I took part in the SpeakEasy 14 reading at Village Books in Bellingham, Thursday, April 24. SpeakEasy 14: String Theory featured five published poets who "strung" poems together based on some common element from the preceding poem. The common thread was a theme, topic, word or phrase, style -- something that gave birth to the selection of the next poem. Poems were read in a round-robin format. The poets were Luther Allen, Sheila Sondik, Allen Frost, Paul Piper, and Nancy Pagh. The audience was large and enthusiastic.

I showed 28 of my Larrabee Suite prints in a 3-person show at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in February and March, 2014. The show, Exotic Terrane, explored organic landforms. The other artists, who both work in ceramics, were Carol Gouthro and Kristin Schimik. It was a stunning show.

On December 8, 2013, I read poetry from Fishing a Familiar Pond at Walden Center & School in Berkeley. I also spoke about the role Walden, with its emphasis on the arts, has had on my family's ongoing involvement with the arts. It felt wonderful to be back at Walden.

The Bellingham Herald publicized my September 8, 2013 reading at Village Books with this fine interview.

I read from my chapbook Fishing a Familiar Pond: Found Poems from The Yearling. on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Village Books in Bellingham. I had a lively discussion with the audience afterwards and sold many copies of the book. It was a wonderful event!

My monotype, Cathedral Fig VI, has been chosen by the juror, David Lynx, for the 15th Annual Art Port Townsend show at the Northwind Arts Center, August 2-25, 2013.

Cathedral Fig X, a collagraph based on a 500-year old strangler fig I saw last September near Cairns, Australia, is part of the exhibit Nature in the Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change, an open hanging in the museum's wonderful Lightcatcher Building in Bellingham, WA. The exhibit is on view from July 5 through September 22, 2013.

On June 29, 2013, I was one of 10 poets presenting in the SpeakEasy 11 reading at the Firehouse Art Center in Bellingham. Each poet read one poem, commented on the process of writing it, and answered audience questions. The Firehouse was full and the audience was very enthusiastic. I read the first poem in my just-published book of the Pulitzer Remix poems, Fishing a Familiar Pond.

I participated in Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month web project. 85 poets wrote 30 found poems in April based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. My source text was The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

In March, 2013, I led a workshop in the crinkled masa painting technique to 3 groups of high school students in the Whatcom Museum. This was part of the annual art careers day at the museum.

I participated in the SpeakEasy series poetry readings in February 2013 ("Outside the Box" with Paul Sarvasy) and in November 2012 ("Road Trip").

In November, 2012, seven of my prints from The Larrabee Suite were on display in the Whatcom Museum Store in their beautiful Lightcatcher Building.

I recently read in Seattle at the Floating Bridge Review Number Five's celebratory poetry reading. I also have poems in the current issues of the on-line tinywords and the print journal Atlas Poetica.

I have three pieces in the September 2012 issue of the on-line journal A Hundred Gourds. Two haiku, 1 ,  2 , and a haibun, which is a combination of prose and haiku.

The opening weekend of the printmaking show in July at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA included an interesting talk by the juror, Sam Davidson of Davidson Galleries, Seattle. The show highlights the range and excitement of the printmaking scene in the Northwest. I was happy to have "Larrabee Column" included in it. "Larrabee Afterglow" will be in the next show, "Art Port Townsend," at Northwind Arts in August, 2012.

June, 2012: Two of my prints were included in a show of Northwest Printmakers at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA. This is a lovely gallery in a small town full of art and good food in the beautiful Skagit River Valley.

I taught my workshop on painting with sumi ink and watercolor on crinkled masa paper on May 30-31, 2012 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, WA and again on June 30-
July 1 at Egress Studio in Bellingham, WA.

The folks at the blog Social Web Daily included my haiku "thoughts unspool" published in tinywords in an entry entitled "Get Motivated: 6 Inspirational Twitter Handles Everyone Should Follow." I'm with some big names in the inspiration field here - e.g. Deepak Chopra.

The Winter 2012 issue of Frogpond includes one of my haiku. I have two tanka (5-line Japanese form poems) in Ribbons, one of which is commended as a "reader's choice." There are two more of my tanka in A Hundred Gourds on tanka pages 8 and 13.

WhatcomWrites! is a county-wide writing contest. This year's theme is "Enemies." My poem, The Agent, is one of the 30 winners. Some of us read at 4 pm on Sunday, February 12, at Village Books in Bellingham. My husband and I also read that evening in SpeakEasy 6, at The Amadeus Project in Bellingham, along with about 20 other couples. The theme was "Love Uncensored." Here's the flyer.

I taught a weekend workshop in the crinkled masa paper technique January 21-22, 2012 at Egress Studio in Bellingham, WA. The details are on the Egress Studio blog. It went so well that we'll be repeating it soon. Drop me an email if you're interested.

SpeakEasy 5: I read with four other poets on Saturday, December 10, 2011, 7 pm at The Amadeus Project in Bellingham. See the very cool flyer for details. Here is a blog entry dated December 18, 2011 about the reading by Jennifer Bullis, one of the other participants.

Three of my haiku appear in the inaugural issue of A Hundred Gourds on haiku pages 5, 13, and 15.

I'm happy to have a poem in the on-line anthology From Lime Trees to Eucalypts: A Botany of Tanka. Twenty-five poets from all over the globe pay homage to native plants from their regions in tanka, a Japanese poetic form in 5 llnes.

My dramatic subtractive monotype, In the Hoh, was part of the Fate of the Forest exhibition at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington through September 18, 2011.

Some of my poetry appears Issue 2 of Mu, an on-line haiku journal, the August 2011 issue of bottle rockets and Moonbathing: a Journal of Women's Tanka Issue 4.

My piece "Haiku and Senryu on the Theme of Borders" won a place in the annual Whatcom READS! contest anthology. I joined other winners at a reading at Village Books in Bellingham, WA on Saturday, April 23,2011 at noon.

I had a one-person show at The Amadeus Project in Bellingham, Washington from February 15 to April 30, 2011. Sixteen of my larger pieces filled the walls of this gem of a concert space.

Some of my writing appeared in the Winter 2011 issues of Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America and Prune Juice, a journal of senryu and kyoka

I spoke about my work to a group of cultural travel writers at Allied Arts Gallery in Bellingham, WA in October, 2010. One of them, Allen Cox, wrote about this tour in his blog.