“The lifework of Nelson Bentley, poet and teacher, celebrated the coming http://lady-gaga-joane.blogspot.com/2016/10/lady-gaga-joane-full-album-stream-download.html CLICK HERE together of language and imagination. His teaching affirmed that literature is at the heart of civilization; that it nurtures not only the quality of language, but the quality of life. In that spirit, we aim to promote a greater awareness of the “community” of poets and writers, both locally and nationally, and to ensure the preservation and growth of that community through continuing opportunities for literary study and expression.
Friends of Nelson Bentley (FNB) was founded in 1991 by a small group of Nelson’s former students who wanted to recognize in a concrete way the influence of his teaching during his 38-year tenure at the University of Washington.
In order to raise money to do this, we created T-shirts featuring quotations from Nelson’s poetry and “Bentleyisms” (his advice to writers). From 1991 to 1995, well over 1,000 shirts in five different designs were sold, featuring such sayings as:
“The beauty of all forms is that they take the unchangeable an
d express it through the changing.” . . . “Faith and joy have always been my weather.” . . . “Support Onomatopoeia” . . .
“Poets must live on the edge of the infinite.” . . .
“What you need is reckless abandon balanced by a fine sense of phrasing.” . . .Some of these shirts are still available. For information, please contact us at info
Friends of Nelson Bentley became established as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Washington, and, through private funding, set up an endowment fund for the Bentley M.F.A. Fellowship in Poetry and Fiction.
Friends of Nelson Bentley and Floating Bridge Press have published a collection of Nelson’s poems and prose that either have never appeared anywhere or have at best appeared in magazines only: Advertisement: The Lost Works of Nelson Bentley.
The group has also sponsored poetry readings hosted by other Seattle area literary organizations large and small, which will further benefit FNB as well as the host organization by drawing public attention to the groups and raising funds through ticket sales. The partnerships will foster a level of success which neither organization could as readily achieve on its own.
Growth of Friends of Nelson Bentley will depend upon contributions by former students of Nelson Bentley as well as other donors interested in providing support to the expanding community of writers both local and national.