Shannon P. Laws
Shannon is a published poet and volunteer community radio producer. Her radio programs, "The New Americana Hour" and "Bellingham Art Beat" currently air on KZAX Make.Shift Radio 94.9 and KMRE SPARK Radio 102.3. She also works as a fabricator building custom airplane interiors at Zodiac Aerospace in Bellingham. Shannon is the recipient of the City of Bellingham's "Mayor’s Arts Award" and the "Community Champion" medal, awarded her by Writer’s International Network of Vancouver, B.C.. Her poetry appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, From Bellingham With Love, and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. She has performed at the Jack McCarthy Evergreen Invitational Slam, the “West Coast Tagore Festival”, Writers International Network Canada, Village Books “Literature LIVE” and worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company “Phrasings” collaboration. Shannon is a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham, who promote harmony through words for local and international writers at various public readings, including the annual “Read-in! Write-On!” event.
Christen's passion is connecting the community through art. Mattix grew up in Thailand and moved to Bellingham in 1995 where she works across disciplines: writing, painting, and performance art. She received a BFA and MFA in Painting while garnering an Honorable Mention in the Lowell-Grabill Poetry Contest, & serving as poetry co-editor for her college literary journal. She took part in the Village Books Poetry Group, and was published online by Psalter and Lyre. In October, her two person show "Love Loves to Love," opens at Makeshift with artist Malissa Perry, a woman with Down Syndrome and autism.
Summer just published her first chapbook of poetry called "Wild Lotus Living" and is excited to be a part of creating a space for the community to experience poetry in a way that brightens their day. She grew up on a small farm in Blaine, but found herself drawn to big city life for most of her (admittedly short) adult life. She attended school in Seattle and San Diego, obtaining a BA and masters degree in International Development and spent four years in India working in the nonprofit sector. Since returning to the beautiful Northwest she has been practicing bookkeeping to keep her linear brain intact while exploring the creative and healing arts. She has just recently re-launched her non-profit career and is now coordinating volunteer programs.