By Shannon P. Laws
Mist disappears into clean air
Turns into the space between us
Once we were something no one could hold
All could see, none could breathe
An occurrence that clung under limbs
A pair like lady slipper and pine
Shannon P. Laws, Bellingham WA, is a 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award (Bellingham) and 2015 Community Champion Award (Writer’s International Network, Richmond, B.C.) recipient. Her poetry appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, Five Willows Literary Review, From Bellingham With Love, and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. She has performed in Western Washington University’s “Erotic Poetry Night”, 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.
In 2015 she coordinated a charity album “Blue Skies for Bellingham” featuring 17 local bands. All album proceeds go to the Blue Skies for Children’s Our Little Wishes Instrument Loaner and Enrichment Programs. These programs provide low income, homeless and foster children ages six to fifteen living in Whatcom and Skagit County funding for music lessons and musical instrument rental to help increase hope and raise self-esteem.
Her publications include two poetry books, Madrona Grove and Odd Little Things. Her next book “Fallen” is set to release fall 2016.