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Although the days are shorter and the air colder, winter is still a marvelous time to visit Lakewold Gardens. The winter gardens are crisp, clean and quiet—except for an occasional bird song or a crunch of frost underfoot—and they are a perfect place to reflect, meditate and wonder at the regenerative power of nature.

Experience the South Sound's Vibrant Literary Arts Community!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

10 am - 4 pm

General Admission - $15 
Workshop Fee - $5 (optional)

Writing Epistolary Poems Workshop with Christina Vega
10 - 11:30 am

Join writer and Blue Cactus Press founder Christina Vega for a generative writing workshop on epistolary poems.  Participants will read epistolary poems by writers including Sarah Chavez and Danes Smith; and will generate their own poems in the same form. Participants should bring pen and paper with them.

Artist Talk with Erik Fremstad
11:30 am - 12 pm

Erik Fremstad will offer a talk about his exhibit, Unnatural Selection, on view in the Wagner House Gallery

2024 Poetry Contest Winners
1:30 - 4 pm

Our selected poets will share their work, followed by a Q&A session

Plus, an open mic session for all attendees will round out the day

Gift Shop Sale - Save up to 75%!

Stop by the Gift Shop for special savings on select literary titles and assorted seasonal items and snacks

Winter Garden Poetry is presented in partnership with:

Call to Poets

Lakewold Gardens invites poets in Washington State to submit their work to be featured on Saturday, February 24, 2024, during its annual Winter Garden Poetry event.


We are seeking original, unpublished poems of up to 1,000 words or no more than five minutes in duration when read aloud, preferably with a theme related to nature, conservation, and animal rights.

Participants must be Washington State residents and have the ability to be present onsite to record their poems and have headshot photos taken during the week of February 12, 2024. Poets of all backgrounds and ages are invited to participate. We believe communities that have been traditionally marginalized or underrepresented should be centered in the work we do. Poets who identify with or are part of these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selected participants will have their poems recorded and will receive a professional headshot. A cash prize of $500 will be offered to the first-place winner, $400 to the second-place winner, and $300 to the third-place winner. Submissions will be blindly evaluated by a panel comprised of outside experts and Lakewold Gardens’ Executive Director and Curator of Art and Music. Only one entry per poet will be accepted.


The contest is now closed.
Thank you for all who submitted poems!


Application Deadline: January 26, 2024. Selected applicants will be notified by February 9, 2024

Please direct questions to:

Garden Poetry Archives

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Lakewold Gardens | 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest, Lakewood, WA 98499

Mailing Address | Post Office Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496

Phone | 253-584-4106

Spring/Summer/Fall Hours | 10 am to 5 pm Wed - Sun

Winter Hours (Nov - Mar) | 10 am to 4 pm Fri - Sun

This page is made possible, in part, by a City of Lakewood Lodging Tax Grant.