Teen Poetry Anthology Published Print

A group of teen poetsA very special book of poetry is now available for check out at all WCLS branch libraries. A Forest of Words is a selected anthology of 34 teen poets from all around Whatcom County!

Katrina Carabba, the youth focus staff member at the Deming Library started A Forest of Words in 2011.


A Forest of Words coverThis year, the teen poets were invited to a workshop with the award winning Whatcom County poet James Bertolino. Sixteen teen poets participated, writing and reading their work. Mr. Bertolino read a few of the poems out the anthology and discussed them. Many teens had questions about how to get published and whether poets can make any money. Mr. Bertolino encouraged teens to "get their poems out there" by submitting them to publications and entering poetry contests. He also praised the Whatcom County Library System for providing such a wonderful opportunity for the young poets of Whatcom County.

Everson Poetry SlamOne teen gave the event high praise. On a napkin left behind on a table were the words "Writing is awesome."

National Poetry Month in April afforded several opportunities for WCLS poetry fans to read and discuss poetry, including a group of teens at the Everson McBeath Library who held a Poetry Slam.  Participating teens received a booklet of the poems that were read aloud.  A video of the event is available on the WCLS YouTube channel.