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BOO! NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update October 27th Edition!

October 26, 2014

“If it ain’t a pleasure, it ain’t a poem.”
William Carlos Williams

Special FREE EVENT at Moore Theater Monday Nov 10th

The Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98107

Come launch our year-long, County-wide celebration of local voices. We’ll celebrate the roll out of RapidRide Poetry Buses, the launch of the online program, and the 365 local poets who are co-creating this project.

Join the celebration of poetry and music featuring:
Readings by 36 local poets in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese
Live music by Love City Love
Special appearances by Seattle Fandango Project, Marianna and Youth Speaks Seattle
The premiere of the Writing Home Collection – all 365 poems!

This event is FREE & ALL AGES

6.30 PM Doors, 7.30 PM Show
Special thanks to our event sponsors Seattle Theater Group, KUOW 94.9, and The Stranger.

Poetry on Buses Website

http://poetryonbuses.org/party/

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Nov. 12 – Kirkland Wa.

PARK PLACE Books November 12, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading (now in its 8th year)

Featured Poets:
Denis Caswell &
David Jones feature!

Open Mic
FREE
Park Place Books Website

http://www.parkplacebookskirkland.com/

348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-6546
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UPCOMING POETRY READINGS AND LITERARY EVENTS

“Cheap little rhymes
A cheap little tune
Are sometimes as dangerous
As a sliver of the moon.”
Langston Hughes
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Nov. 1 Special Event North Seattle

From John Burgess
We’re hosting a book release party for Jed at our place!

Come on over to our house (9716 Fremont Ave N.) on Nov. 1 to celebrate our friend Jed Myers‘ not one but two new poetry collections!

His Watching the Perseids is fresh out from Sacramento Poetry Center Press. And his The Nameless has just arrived from Finishing Line Press.

He’s thinking about having some music as well as readings from both books, which will also be for sale (of course!).

We’re gathering on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Come on over!

Thanks! –jb
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Nov 5th Auburn WA

From Brendan McBreen

Poetry at the Station Bistro!

Wednesday, November 5
7 pm

featuring:

Kevin Miller
and
Tim Sherry

and of course our Open Mic!

The Station Bistro
is located at 110 2nd St SW #125, Auburn, WA 98001

come early have dinner
stay for poetry and desert!

Kevin Miller lives in Tacoma, Washington. He has worked in the public schools of Washington State for many years, teaching in public schools in Blaine, Gig Harbor, and Olympia, Washington. In 1990-91 he was a Fulbright Exchange teacher at Grenå Handelsskole, Grenå, Denmark. Pleasure Boat Studio published his most recent poetry collection, Home & Away: The Old Town Poems, in 2008. Blue Begonia Press, Yakima, Washington, published Miller’s first two collections, Light That Whispers Morning (winner of the 1994 Bumbershoot/Weyerhaeuser Publication Award), and Everywhere Was Far. Other poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, San Pedro River Review, and Massachusetts Review.

Tim Sherry has been a public high school teacher and coach, a high school principal, volunteered over the years in church and community activities, and is a grandfather. And always there was poetry kept private because athletes and coaches and principals and Scandinavian Lutherans don’t usually do that sort of thing. He earned a B.A. in English from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.A. in English from The University of Chicago and has had poems published in Crab Creek Review, The Raven Chronicles, Seminary Ridge Review, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Floating Bridge Review, and others. He has been a Pushcart nominee, and in 2010 was an Artsmith Artist Resident on Orcas Island. His poem “Of Fires” was a finalist for the Rash Award in Poetry and published in The Broad River Review. One of Seven Billion from Moonpath Press is his first full-length collection.

Considerable thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and thank you to our wonderful audience and our fantastic open mic participants!


Striped Water Poets

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

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Nov 5th Duvall WA.

Wednesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
Duvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry features
Holly Hughes.
Open mic signup.

 

Duvall Poetry Website

Website: http://duvallpoetry.weebly.com

Contact

duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com.

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Nov. 6th, 14th & 18th – – Seatlle

From David D. Horowitz

NOVEMBER 6, 2014
LUSCIOUS LYRICS: A Smorgas-bard of Reading about Food
Poetry & Prose: Nancy Dahlberg, Kristen McHenry, Martha Silano, Joannie Stangeland, & David D. Horowitz
7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle (Wallingford)
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com

NOVEMBER 14, 2014
WORK ON WORK: Poems and Stories about Work
Christine Clarke, Larry Crist, Christopher Jarmick, Donald Kentop, Ewan Magie, Dobbie Norris, Michael Spence, & Carolyne Wright
7:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2014
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle (Wallingford)
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com

NOVEMBER 18, 2014
BOW-MOO-MEOW: Poems and Stories about Animals
Jennifer Bullis, Rick Clark, J. Glenn Evans, Brendan McBreen, Bethany Reid, & David D. Horowitz
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle (Wallingford)

E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com
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“Some people react physically to the magic of poetry, to the moments, that is, of authentic revelation, of the communication, the sharing, at its highest level…A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
Dylan Thomas
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Nov. 8th Seattle

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

Reader’s Choice features
Joanne Clarkson, Kay Mullen, Griffith Williams.
Hosted by Art Gomez.
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November 12th Seattle

Beacon Bards Reading at
Beacon Arts
2336 15th Ave S,
Seattle, Washington 98144

Features:
Janée Baugher and M. Anne Sweet.

Bring a poem to share. Event is free.
Coffee, tea and wine are available for purchase.
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Nov 14  – –  Tacoma WA

DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Friday, Nov. 14th 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for November:
Allen Braden
Also Open Mic.
FREE
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November 19th – – West Seattle

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

“Pie and Plenty with Kate Lebo & Molly Wizenberg”

Wed., Nov. 19, 2014, 7pm, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW

All proceeds from sales of the evening’s donated pie (Kate) and chocolate-chip cookies with gray salt (Molly) will go to West Seattle Food Bank

Kate Lebo‘s poems and prose have appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets, Rumpus, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, and Poetry Northwest, and she’s the author of two books about the folk art of pie-making, A Commonplace Book of Pie and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter.

Molly Wizenberg is a Seattle-based writer, photographer, and co-owner of two restaurants, Delancey and Essex. She is the voice behind the award-winning blog Orangette and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, and Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage. When she’s not busy with that stuff, she’s hanging out with her husband Brandon, daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice.

Favorite Poem by Delridge Grocery: A Community Co-Op

Starting in 2015, the Delridge Grocery Co-op will provide a full range of grocery items with an emphasis on local, organic, and sustainably-grown, minimally-processed foods, to be located at the retail location at 5444 Delridge Way, SW. Delridge Grocery gives priority in purchasing to items produced sustainably and locally. Through the low-overhead cooperative model, the store will offer competitive, affordable pricing.

Upcoming
December 2014 – WordsWest rests (no programming). Happy Holidays!

January 21, 2015 – Novelist Erica Bauermeister and writer/arts instigator Frances McCue plunge into the hopeful, fearful, and disappointing realm of New Year’s resolutions.

February 18, 2015 – Humorist/erotica author Jennifer D. Monroe and poet/writer Sarah Steinke delve into breathing, laughing, and what makes the mind, body, and spirit tremble.

March 18, 2015 – Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and award-winning, KUOW radio journalist Arwen Nicks explore the stories that captivate us.

April 15, 2015 – For National Poetry Month, poets Kelli Russell Agodon and January Gill O’Neil will paint literary pictures so sublime you’ll make sure to finish your taxes early to be there!

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NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

“The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. I know people who read without hearing the sentence sounds and they were the fastest readers. Eye readers we call them. They get the meaning by glances. But they are bad readers because they miss the best part of what a good writer puts into his work.”
Robert Frost

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Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washington

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FREE

Two revered, acclaimed poets from Bellingham, WA are our featured poets.

James Bertolino (with a brand new book)

and

Anita Boyle

Plus Open Mic

Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East Side.Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future.

They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

October 8th –

James Bertolino’s poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines and anthologies for over 40 years. His first book was published in 1968, and he was up to 25 by 2012. His latest Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems is from Moonpath Press (2014). Bertolino’s poetry has been recognized nationally by the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a Hart Crane publication award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book awards and, in 2007, the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets.

Anita K. Boyle is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, editor, publisher and poet in Bellingham, Washington. She is always busy in her studio working up a new approach to a project, or beginning a new painting, refining a poem, or organizing an assemblage. She published a poetry collection What the Alder Told Me at Moonpath Press too.

Boyle spent over twenty years on five acres off Noon Road with a pond and a small woods. The pond in the middle of her land is a tenacious source of inspiration—in the spring, the sound of the courting frogs is deafening; in summer, water lilies bridge the surface; during autumn a quiet descends on the dark mirror; and throughout the winter, all life submerges and considers change. These important occurances are naturally documented in Boyle’s poems. James Bertolino and

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OCTOBER 1 , 2014 – – – Duvall WA

Open Mic Night on Wednesday, October 1st, 7 PM, AT
Duvall Library * First night in our new venue!
15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019

Signup begins at 6:45 and our open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. Duvall Library is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!

This month we celebrate the open mic, as well as our new venue at the Duvall Library Meeting Room! Bring your 3-5 minutes of music, spoken word performance, poetry, or prose. Bring your friends to enjoy the ambiance of our lovely and safe group. And bring your special words of welcome as Duvall Poetry begins a new chapter at Duvall Library.
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Wednesday October 1 – AUBURN, Wa.

Poetry at the Station Bistro
Presents:

Our Halloween Special!
featuring
Jack Remick

readings by various dead poets
trivia
and of course our Open Mic!

Costumes Optional :)

The Station Bistro
is located at 110 2nd St SW #125, Auburn, WA 98001

come early have dinner
stay for poetry and have desert!

Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and novelist.

His work: Coffeetown Press is bringing out The California Quartet. The Book of Changes , The Deification and Valley Boy, are now in print, whileTrio of Lost Souls will appear in 2015. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press in 2011. Coffeetown also released Gabriela and the Widow in 2013. Coffeetown published Jack’s book of poetry, Satori, poems in May, 2014.

Gabriela and The Widow, Valley Boy , The Deification and The Book of Changes are available on Kindle and 5×8 trade paperback editions on Amazon.com, the European Amazons and Amazon Japan.

Considerable thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and thank you to our wonderful audience and our fantastic open mic participants!


Striped Water Poets

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

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October 4, 2014  Vaugn Washington

 

October 4 is the WORDS AND MUSIC Season Finale

 

We have had a fabulous season, outstanding poets and phenomenal singer/songwriters.

 

We will close our 2014 concert series with two powerhouse people, poet Dennis Caswell and the wonderful Maia Sharp. We already have our schedule for 2015 but this final concert of the year is one you don’t want to miss.

 

Maia Sharp MUSIC  Dennis Caswell WORDS , October 4

 

Maia Sharp‘s eight albums have been lauded by NPR, New York Times, Billboard Magazine, USA Today, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe and many, many more. Beginning in her early twenties, she could be found on-stage in L.A. performing her own jazz/folk songs to an engaged throng of fans and collaborating with the likes of Carol King, Jules Shear, Lisa Loeb and Jonatha Brooke.

Sharp’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Trisha Yearwood, Edward McCain, Kim Richey, the Dixie Chicks and Cher among others. She teamed up with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondock to record tracks on their album, produced and sang on Edwin McCain’s Mercy Bound, and toured extensively with Bonnie Raitt.

 

It’s been said of Maia and her guitarist Linda Taylor, “What can two women armed with these voices, guitars, a piano and a saxophone do? Apparently, anything they want.”

If you see only one concert this year, for your sake, don’t miss Maia sharp.

 

Words by Dennis Caswell

Poet Dennis Caswell works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His book Phlogiston is filled with humor, intelligence, love of language, pop culture references, science factoids, and sexiness. The deft blending of such cosmological, political, and religious oddities and this joyful hilarity is balanced by a deeply personal and thoughtful poignancy in poems to a distant father, an aunt and his mother.

 

Caswell’s work has been included in the Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Burnside Review, Monkey Puzzle, Vain, and assorted other journals and anthologies. His poem Epiphanette has been recorded as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program and appears in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology.

 

Information, reservations, directions

Jerry Libstaff –

To find out more email us at info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

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OCTOBER 10 – – – TACOMA- WA

Distinguished Writer Series
Presented by the City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

Oct. 10th
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)
7:00 p.m.

Feature for October, Joseph Green

Joseph Green, reading Oct 10 lives in Longview, Washington, where he and his wife, Marquita, produce limited-edition letterpress poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press. He also serves on the board of directors for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry and Museum of Metal Typography. His most recent chapbook is That Thread Still Connecting Us (2012, MoonPath Press).

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“As the saying goes, you might as well be yourself; everyone else is taken.”
Robert Bly

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October 18 — POETRY ACTIVITY IN KENT, WA

Mark your calendars

Saturday October 18
2:30 to 4:30 pm
at East Hill Friends Church in Kent
22600 116th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031

Free Event!

All are Welcome!

Back by popular demand, Poet and Collage Artist Brendan McBreen explores the similarities between writing and the visual arts.

Participants will create Collage Artwork and write Poetry. Materials will be provided, however participants are welcome to bring supplies of their own too. Supplies include: magazines, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, & writing materials, and anything else you think might work.

No registration necessary.

If you like (and the weather cooperates), come early and enjoy the Meditation Trail behind the Church as well.

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Congratulations to all of the 365
poets who will have poems on
Seattle area Buses or on the
Poetry on Buses website in
2014/15. (click above for more)
There’s a very special November 10th Reading
Scheduled for November 10, 2014.

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NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – – September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.
– – – Tom Waits

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washinton

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FREE

Two revered, acclaimed poets from Bellingham, WA are our featured poets.

James Bertolino  (with a brand new book)

and

Anita Boyle  

Plus Open Mic

Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East Side.Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

October 8th – James Bertolino and
Anita Boyle with new
books, poems and projects join us!
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September 21 2:00 p.m. Seattle WA

Carol Levin

BOOK LAUNCH!!!

“Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise” from MoonPath Press, Sunday, Sept 21st 2:00

at The Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St. Seattle WA 98107(Ballard) Secret Garden Books hosting. free

Themes address the juxtaposition between fantasy life on the opera stage in silent roles and daily life, then, knowing which is which. They explore the tension between silence and voice, bring to life language expressing how silence is used as a tactic and how an individual finds his or her path through this obstacle. The collection is threaded on a through-line of music as well as the almost twenty years the poet was cast as a supernumerary in Seattle Opera and the fact that as a child, in the household she lived, she was seldom spoken to, in return she herself was silent but eventually found her voice through the vocabulary of dance, then theater. This book is dedicated to Seattle Opera and celebrates all Seattle arts.

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September 23 7:00 p.m. Seattle, WA

Two Sylvias Press
is honored and excited to be hosting Natasha Moni‘s book release of The Cardiologist’s Daughter at Hugo House’s Cabaret, Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

This is an outstanding collection, both physically gorgeous on the outside with artwork by Michael McDevitt, and on the inside where Natasha’s words pull us into this incredible world of body, family, nature, and life. As Kim Barnes writes, “Natasha Kochicheril Moni’s poems pulse with wonder and compassion as she examines the concerns of the heart.”

Please join us to celebrate Natasha’s first collection. This is an amazing accomplishment and celebration for Natasha which in her words took ten years of writing and revision–and it shows. The poems are poignant and preciously crafted.

Book signing following reading. Yes, it will be an incredible night! (Doors open at 6:30 pm if you want to come early to have some wine, beer, or conversation…or all three!)

Richard Hugo House 1634 11th AVE, Seattle, WA 98122

Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy

We are truly thrilled to be bringing this book into the world and hope to see you there!

Two Sylvias Press

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September 26 7:00 p.m. – – – Redmond WA

RASP Reading Series & Open Mic

This month’s featured reader: Emily Dietrich

7:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2014
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, Washington 98052

Emily Dietrich was born in Detroit and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. When she was six, she wrote her first poems, one about her brother and one about a fish. Her previous publications include The Case of the Missing Mask and Other Stories (A book of puzzle mystery stories), as well as essays, poems, and articles in Ms. Magazine, Seattle Woman, Seattle’s Child, Historic Women of Michigan, and elsewhere. Emily has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in English from the University of Michigan, and a teaching credential from San Jose State University. After teaching high school and college English in Michigan, California, and Washington state, she started working on Holding True, her first novel. Emily lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband, daughter, and son, and a bossy rabbit named Sherlock.

September’s emcee: Laura Lee Bennett

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I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.
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TACOMA WA area poets and poetry lovers consider. . .

Opportunities open to volunteer for Tacoma Arts Commission
Any poets out there who live within the city limits of Tacoma. We could use representation on the Art Commission Board. Here is the info:

The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and performing arts to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission (TAC). If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The TAC consists of 15 volunteer members who are confirmed by Tacoma City Council to serve 3 year terms. Members are residents of Tacoma and arts advocates and artists.

The TAC provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. Its purpose is to develop, support, coordinate, sponsor, and present the arts on a year-round basis for the benefit of the residents of Tacoma. The primary responsibility of the TAC is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma; oversight of the Municipal Art Program; and supporting programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

There will be four member openings on the TAC:
§ 1 Person working in the Tacoma public education community

3 At Large Positions – a person working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrates a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities

The TAC is especially interested in applicants who live in under-represented parts of the City and bring diversity to the commission.
Meetings are held from 5 – 7 p.m., on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens, 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one funding panel. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the TAC funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the TAC produces.

To be considered for these seats, please submit an application by October 10. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applications received after October 10 will be considered for the next available seat openings. Applicants can go to http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cbc for more information or to submit an application. Those who would prefer hard copy applications, and those with questions, can email servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, call (253) 591-5178 or stop by the Customer Support Center in the second floor lobby of the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St.).

Naomi Strom-Avila
Cultural Arts Specialist
City of Tacoma
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.591.5191

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Wednesday Sept 24 2014  7 p.m. Seattle, WA

From Alex O’Bleeker

(I pass this along as it appeared in an email. Vermillion address was not included, but is easy to look up).

breadline is back – in its seasonal incarnation – with 5 – count’em 5! – phenom features for your ear and and eye holes. comic kelly froh will be presenting her art, the only trio will be tickling you with jazz, morgayne o’neill will be on prose, keith moul on poems, and justine chan is gonna be poem, music, and prosing you to pieces. it’s a no miss no brainer. followed by YOU on the open mic. always free for you, me, and your uncle tony. see you on the line, liners…

 

vermillion, 7p until it isn’t
no cover, all ages

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LITFUSE- 2014 – – Tieton, WA

Friday September 26 to
Sunday September 28th 2014

 

If for some reason you don’t know
About Litfuse or need to register
Or want more information about it
go to LitFuse here.

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OCTOBER 1 , 2014 – – – Duvall WA

 

Open Mic Night on Wednesday, October 1st, 7 PM, AT
Duvall Library * First night in our new venue!
15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019

 

Signup begins at 6:45 and our open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. Duvall Library is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!

 

This month we celebrate the open mic, as well as our new venue at the Duvall Library Meeting Room! Bring your 3-5 minutes of music, spoken word performance, poetry, or prose. Bring your friends to enjoy the ambiance of our lovely and safe group. And bring your special words of welcome as Duvall Poetry begins a new chapter at Duvall Library.
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Congratulations to all of the 365
poets who will have poems on
Seattle area Buses or on the
Poetry on Buses website in
2014/15. (click above for more)

 

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NorthWest Poetry Update SEPTEMBER 2014

September 4, 2014

“I rhyme… to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”
―  Seamus  Heaney

September 8, 2014 Seattle, WA.

Easy Speak Reading at Wedgewood Ale House

Peter Munro Hosts!!!

Featured Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick

Open Mic sign-up at 8 PM,
show starts at 8:30)

Easy Speak prides itself on being very Open Mic friendly. Experienced or not… you are welcome to sign up and step up to the microphone to share something with those in attendance. Good place to be seen and heard!

Free

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

Easy Speak Seattle Facebook page

Easy Speak Seattle Website

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Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you
put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like
a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to
make the work visible. Even those pages you leave
out somehow remain.”

Elie Weisel
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September 10 – 2014 Kirkland Washinton

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FREE

We are kicking off the 8th year of Readings (2014-2015)
with two poets fFom Eugene Oregon!

Wednesday September 10th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Our Featured Poets are:

Laura Lehew and Roy Seitz

Laura LeHew is the author of a full-length book of poems, two chapbooks, numerous poems AND articles. She is an active
volunteer and mentor in the NW poetry community. Laura received her MFA from the California College of Arts. Her small press
Uttered Chaos focuses on poetry.

Roy R. Seitz is a poet, journeyman carpenter and Vietnam veteran
who has organized poetry readings at the Index Arts Festival
and his debut poetry collection, now back in print is called: Right Here, Right Now.

Blurb from the book: Roy was a sniper in Vietnam. The vibrancy and immediacy of his work will stun you. This is neither a political rant nor a therapeutic exercise. These poems do not say, “War is terrible” or “War is glorious,” they simply say, “This is war.” Roy’s storytelling is artful, unflinching ” definitely not for children . . . but wending through these poems is a deep respect for life, a quiet and enigmatic hope.”

Plus an Open Mic

FREE

Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East Side.Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

October 8th – James Bertolino and
Anita Boyle with new
books, poems and projects join us!

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Congratulations to all of the 365
poets who will have poems on
Seattle area Buses or on the
Poetry on Buses website in
2014/15. (click above for more)

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Another excellent FREE poetry Program is also happening
that is worth considering and takes place in Auburn, Wa
at the

STATION BISTRO
(scheduling conflict necessitated
moving the program to this date).
So Also on September 10, 2014
at 7:00 p.m.

A special thematic Poetry evening
Poems and Stories about Privacy

Poetry and Prose from
Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz
Judith Skillman, Michael Spence
and brief discussion about topic

plus Open Mic

The Station Bistro is at
110 Second Ave. SW #125
Auburn WA by the train/transit
center.

Be at one of these Wednesday
Night events if possible!

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From Jerry Libstaff
Thursday Sept. 11 — Gig Harbor

Tim Sherry reads from his book
One of Seven Billion at

7:00 p.m.

Open Mic will follow

FREE

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Morso Restaurant and Wine Bar
9014 Peacock Hill Ave & N. Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor Open mic follows.
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Thursday Sept 11 Vancouver WA.

Chris Luna host this series in Vancouver . . .

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
featuring Risa Denenberg

Thursday, Sept. 11, 7pm at
Cover to Cover Books,
6300 NE St. James St. Rd., Suite 104B,
(St. James and Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA

WEBSITE HERE

http://printedmattervancouver.com/

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LITFUSE-  2014 – – Tieton, WA

Friday September 26 to
Sunday September 28th 2014

If for some reason you don’t know
About Litfuse or need to register
Or want more information about it
go to LitFuse here.

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NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in May of 2014

However, things change, sometimes without notice.
If you have updates, and/or additions to this list
please email me as soon as possible so this list
can be kept as current as possible. .
emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

Occasional but not definitively scheduled
readings do not appear on this list. Most
of the readings are open mic friendly and are nearly
or completely free. Cover charges/ fees if any are
listed when known. Do Support business
hosts with purchases whenever possible.
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FRIDAY Friday friday

1ST FRIDAYS TACOMA

Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.

The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
Zach@speakyoursoul.org

1st FRIDAYS RENTON

YOUTH SPEAKS
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org //
http://www.vivaharambee.com

2ND FRIDAYS — TACOMA

Second Friday KINGS BOOKS TACOMA
at 7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

Kings Books, 218 St Helens,
Tacoma, Washington.

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC),
based in Tacoma sponsors the Distinguished
Writer Series,a venuefor playwrights, short story
writers and others. This mixedvenue features a
distinguished reader and an open mic.
It is usually Poetry. It includes an open mic.
All Open MIC in July and August unless special
feature is booked.Tel: 253-272-8801 Contact
Connie Walle via
e-mail ckwalle@msn.com.
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LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA (Updated)

Free Ya Mind
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m
.Featured Reader and Open Mic

Tully’s Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host
http://www.Freeyamindinc.com

LAST FRIDAYS –REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.

At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC) at
16600 NE 80th Street,Redmond,
WA 98052
Featured Readers plus
open Mic FREE

LAST FRIDAYS Port Townsend, WA

Lehani’s Deli & Coffee House
Friday, 5 p.m. * poetry open mic
221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend
tel: 360-385-3961

Last Fridays Port Townsend WA
Teen Writers
Friday, 3 – 4 p.m. writing circle and
critique group for writers 12 -
18 years old Charles Pink House
1220 Lawrence,Port Townsend

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SATURDAY Saturday Saturday

2ND Saturdays SEATTLE

PoetsWest readings at Green Lake
Library 4 p.m. Lower level meeting room
of Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library,7364 E Greenlake Dr. N,
Seattle

There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic.
Hosted by J Glenn Evans who has been
curating and hosting poetry readings in
Seattle for over 15 years !!! Attend the
readings as often as you can. Get up
and read a poem and you might wind
up being on a radio program
too !!! It’s FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m.

http://www.poestwest.com .

FREE

1st Saturdays POULSBO

First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
(360.779.9199)

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net

http://poulsbohemian.com

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SUNDAY Sunday Sunday

Every Sunday Seattle- Ballard

Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
every Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – around 11:00 p.m.
“Open Mic w/Josiah,” sign-ups @ 7:30 p.m
. * Largely a music open mic

(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each;
poetry acceptable,)
Tel.: 206-784-3640
http://www.conorbyrnepub.com

3RD SUNDAYS — Seattle

Youth Speaks Seattle hosts open mic
(poetry and music) at 7 p.m.

3rd Sundays at Café Allegro,
4214 University
Way (alley of 42nd and 15th
in U District 2nd Floor), Seattle.
Sign up 6:30 p.m. All ages.
tel: 206-774-0443
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org

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MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham
(NEW LOCATION!!!!)
Poetrynight
every Monday night 8pm @
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, WA

USE back entry
by Fountain

Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up
between 7:45-8:00. FREE

You’ve heard about this very well
attended poetryreading i nBellingham
right? Audiences from 20 to
nearly 100 come out to the readings
and a good time is had by all.
It’s FREE!

For more information,
http://www.poetrynight.org
or contact info@poetrynight.org
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening

1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—
Seattle/Ravenna

(North End Forum—see below)

1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays

North End Forum @ Bai Pai –
SEATTLE

Jed Myers hosts this long-running
series that begins just after 8 p.m.@
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St.,
in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice a short monologue.
Everyone is encourage to participate
and some nights a lot of people show
up to share, listen and be part of The
Forum. Your expected to buy a drink or
some food but there’s no cover and
everything is kept loose and informal.
NOT Quite FREE.

Contact Jed Meyers
medjyers@hotmail.com.

2nd MONDAYS

Easy Speak at the Wedgewood Ale House

Peter Munro Hosts!!!

Open Mic sign-up at 8 PM,
show starts at 8:30)

Featured Poet
plus very generous Open MIC

Free

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

4th MONDAYS

Easy Speak in Columbia City at the Hummingbird
Saloon 4th Mondays at 8 p.m.
Spoken word, music, songs, personal
essays, short fiction

Free Admission

5041 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

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TUESDAY Tuesday Tuesday

Every Tuesday — Auburn
7 p.m. Auburn City Hall

Every Tuesday (except a couple Holidays)
The Striped Water Poets of Auburn continue
the Living Room critique circle offering
a mostly gentle, helpful writer’s critique.
The group meets every Tuesday from
7 to 9 p.m.Bring several copies of your
poem to pass out to people (8 to 10
copies usually adequate—and if not
people can share) to workshop and/or
actively participate.

Striped Water Poets meet in the
Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St.
in Auburn..

After 7:30 p.m.you won’t be able to
get in; the doors to City Hall doors are
locked at that time.It’s free but donations
are welcome. Contact Gerald McBreen
253.735.1751 or
email mcbreenpost@aol.com.
FREE

Every Tuesday — Every Tuesday

SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR –
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.

COVER CHARGE $5.00 OVER 21 ONLY

SEATTLE Slam offers competitive
performance poetry with music, open mic
and a featured poet
At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they
do a lottery.)You can sometimes read out
of competition

Sign-up between 8-8:30.

Cover charge $5.
21+ with ID required at the door.
For more information, check website at

http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org

or contact
info@seattlepoetryslam.org
NOT FREE

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE–
Queen Anne

Every second and fourth Tuesday

The newly dubbed Nomadic Poetry Tribe
now gathers at

Uptown Expresso (Lower QA).
7 to 8:30 p.m.

525 Queen Anne. Ave. just north
of the Uptown Theatre.
Seattle, WA

It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.
FREE

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WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday

1ST Wednesdays DUVALL

Duvall Visitor Center (all ages okay)
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019

7PM • Doors open at 6:30
Readings brought to you by the
Duvall Poetry Group and the
Duvall Cultural Commission

Website:
duvallpoetry.weebly.com
Contact:
duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com

1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE

Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project
Every 1st Wednesday starting August 3, 2011
The Vera Project is located on the Seattle
Center Campus, corner of
Republican and Warren,
Seattle. Sign Ups at 6:30 PM &
Open Mic 7- 10 PM.
All-ages. Equipment: PA system.
Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

1st Wednesdays — AUBURN

Station Bistro Poetry– Auburn, WA
AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. . usually hosted by
Emilie Rommel Shimkus
Featured Poets; Open Mic;
After reading social

The Auburn Station Bistro is located at
110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125,
one block south of West Main Street on
the east side of the Auburn Transit Center,
in the big brick building below the green
metal vine. Parking is plentiful, the event
is free and open to all.

Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
Admission is free.

2nd Wednesdays — KIRKLAND

Park Place Books 7 p.m.

Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
Park Place Books, Kirkland
348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books,
Kirkland WA

Two features and open mic at this large
new and used independent book store
that has managed to stay in business ..
barely the last few years.
Attend the free reading;
support the store with
a purchase if you can.

Contact Chris Jarmick
emeraldhchris@yahoo.com
FREE
(No reading in July and August)

2nd Wednesdays –
Beacon Hill/ Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop, 7 p.m.
2533 16th Ave S., Seattle

Beacon Bards curated by
Martha Silano
features 2 poets and
an open Mic.
FREE
Contact: marthasilano@yahoo.com.
More info at

http://www.rockitspace.org/beacon-bards.htm

(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS — OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK &
TRADITIONS –
OLYMPIA at 6:30 p.m. * *
Fitting that OPN has become a long
running tradition at Traditions Fair Trade
Cafe every 3rd Wednesday of the month .
Open mic and
Featured poets.
Located at: 5th and Water St.,
Olympia WA

A very active poetry scene happens in
Olympia
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
halcyonmist@hotmail.com
or go to http://www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.

4th WEDNESDAYS — West Seattle

C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW,
West Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
info@poetrybridge.net
Tel: 206-933-3125
http://www.candpcoffee.com

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THURSDAY: THURSDAY THURSDAY

Every Thursday –EVERETT

Everett Poetry NIght
CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett,
Same day and time.
Signups begin Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Open mic and featured reader often musical
guests and a few original singer-songwriters
now hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen whose
enthusiasm, passion and poetry community
support is impressive!.
Excellent long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic — new
and improved! 1 Feature
Poet (usually). FREE but support Cafe Zippy
and buy a beverage or more.
FREE

Every Thursday– SEATTLE

MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic Every
Thursday AT Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Tea Room

Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host
bluebirdseattle@gmail.com
bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

*NEW *new *NEW

First Thursdays – – BURIEN

POETSWEST Hosted by
Lisa Nobel every 1st Thursday
at 7:00 p.m. 2 to 3 Featured
Readers plus Open Mic

Phoenix Tea
902 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA.

Part of B-Town Art Walk

2nd THURSDAYS SEATTLE-BALLARD

IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES
at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month
from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Esther Helfgott’s established this
long running series that
features readers and a 10 to 15 minute
teaching mini-lecture usually featuring helpful
tips and suggestions for writers from
teachers/writers PLUS an open mic
AND it’s FREE !!!! NOTE: book sales
not allowed at reading on site
It has been co-curated for a couple
of years now by:
Peggy Sturdivant
Katie Tynan

The series is in good hands and
is one of the better reading series
in the NorthWest.

2ND Thursday, SEATTLE

Wild Rose Tavern
1021 East Pike Street,

Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word,”
w/open mic 8 P.M.
Tel: 206-324-9210
http://www.thewildrosebar.com

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam
8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402
East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
http://www.electricteagarden.com

*NEW SERIES*

2nd Thursdays
Muse at Morso Poetry Series
2nd Thursdays — Gig Harbor
Presented by Watermark Writers
(Jerry Libstaff)
Feature Poet, Open Mic
No Cover
Starts at 7 p.m.

Morso
Is located at:
9014 Peacock Hill Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 530-3463
MORSO EVENTS
WEBSITE HERE

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WA.-

7:p.m.
GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC
HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS
every second Thursday

COVER TO COVER BOOKS
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
360-993-7777
mail@covertocoverbooks.net

http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com

christopherjluna@gmail.com
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate
and host Open mic Poetry
every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA

3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond FREE

The Soulfood Poetry Night reading series is a
free monthly event. At this series, one featured
reader chooses her/his own co-feature,
promoting a spirit of community – with an open
mic reading to follow.

Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald
Contact
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:

http://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight/Home.

FREE but buy a beverage or more.

3rd Thursdays SEATTLE

NW African American Museum,
2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin’ Spoken Wurd
with open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the
Carmel Latte Duo.
$5 ADMISSION
includes refreshments.
Contact mizfloestpt@yahoo.com.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,
mizfloestpt@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/miz.floes
http://www.naamnw.org

3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND

Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.

Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island
206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
info@cafelunavashon.com

4th Thursdays LAKE FOREST PARK

Haiku Northwest (usually 4th Thursdays) at the
Lake Forest Park Library. Meeting most 4th
Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. but
sometimes the location changes (call or email to
confirm date and location). Read and discuss
your haiku and related poetry (senryu, tanka,
haibun) in a friendly workshop environment. Haiku
Northwest has been around since 1988, and
celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Everyone
welcome! FREE.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:
Tanya McDonald
(haikunw1988@gmail.com),
The website is:

http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/.

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Summer NorthWest Readings July to September

July 17, 2014

Lots to share!

“Play around.
Dive into absurdity
and write.
Take chances.
You will succeed
if you are fearless
of failure.”
Natalie Goldberg ,
WritingDown the Bones

“You should always be
trying to write a poem
you are unable to write,
a poem you lack the
technique, the language,
the courage to achieve.
Otherwise you’re merely
imitating yourself, going
nowhere, because that’s
always easiest.”
― John Berryman

“When I am writing, I am
trying to find out who I am,
who we are, what we’re
capable of, how we feel,
how we lose and stand up,
and go on from darkness
into darkness. I’m trying for
that. But I’m also trying for
the language. I’m trying to
see how it can really sound.
I really love language. I love it
for what it does for us, how it
allows us to explain the pain
and the glory, the nuances
and delicacies of our existence.
And then it allows us to laugh,
allows us to show wit. Real wit
is shown in language. We need
language.”
– – Maya Angelou

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Friday July 25th 2014 7 p.m.

Downtown Seattle
An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
and
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street

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FROM RAVEN’S CHRONICLES

JULY 27 1 P.M. START Capitol Hill, Seattle

Memorial for Marion Kimes,
doyenne of Red Sky Poetry Theatre

Procession, potluck, and reading honors Seattle poet
and mentor .

A celebration of the life of poet Marion Kimes will be
held on Sunday, July 27, beginning at 1 pm on
Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Poet and musician Martha Linehan will lead a
procession from one of Kimes’ favorite haunts, the
Coastal Kitchen at 429 15th Ave. E, Seattle 98112
to the Spring Street Center on 15th Ave.

The gathering at the Center, from 2-5 pm, will honor
Kimes for her long stewardship of Red Sky
Poetry Theatre.

Poetry readings, a potluck, music, and an open mike
session will begin at 2 pm. The list of writers and
musicians scheduled to perform includes

Paul Nelson,margareta waterman,

David Lloyd Whited, MichaelHureaux,

Judith Roche, Elliott Bronstein,

Paul Hunter, Gretta Harley,

and Wally Shoup.

Guests are encouraged to bring finger food and a poem or two to share.

The Texas-born Kimes, described by “neo-Beat” drum
poet Ralph La Charity as a “pale, near frail-appearing
FIREBRAND,” showed up on the local scene in the early 1980s.

Kimes’s performances, often self-accompanied with a simple drum pattern, would start with a quiet drawl, and then build to an operatic crescendo. Her name grew almost synonymous with Red Sky Poetry Theatre, the longest-running weekly poetry series and open mike in Seattle history. The group hosted readings for 18 years in venues throughout the city,

including the Ditto Tavern and Globe Café, and organized events like An Alternative to Loud Boats (ALTB) festival.

In addition to presiding as emcee over Red Sky’s open mike, Kimes befriended and mentored many writers, encouraging them to perfect their art through live performance. In her own words:

writers lay out their creations,
artists the work of their hands.
In galleries, cafes, theatres,
in festivals, their words
break forth upon the air,
their works, set out exactly,
must be heard, gazed upon,
in a sense trampled and broken apart,
lit by a living audience
to be scattered, to enter this universe.
We are called to listen, observe,
accept or reject art.
No one can do our work for us.

—from ”Called” by Marion Kimes

1988, Censorship broadside for ALTB Arts Festival

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Saturday August 2nd, 2014

Hobo Poets: Christopher J. Jarmick
and David Thornbrugh

will be performing with the cast of
The Suitcases Project
(approx. 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

at the TK 10th Anniversary
ART OF THE CITY
Street Fair

115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle

Details below
and at THIS WEBSITE

http://streetfair.tklofts.com/

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IT’S ALMOST AUGUST POETRY
POSTCARD TIME!
Find out all about it and be part
of it by clicking here.

AUGUST POST CARD INFO

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From J. Glenn Evans
July 25 7 p.m. Downtown Seattle

An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
and
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber
Music Society

Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street

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From Connie Walle and PSPC

July 19 1 p.m. Tacoma

Bonnie Wright
reads at Museum of Glass
Her new book:
Kings of the Rock and Roll
Hot Shop

Bonnie lives in Louisville, Kentucky
and has three prior full length
collections from Red Hen Press.
She moved to Portland in 1980
(from Kentucky) until 1986.
In 1993, she moved back to
Portland from Kentucky to start
new jobs and raise children.
She was on the faculty at
Concordia University.
In 2005 Bonnie and her husband
returned to Kentucky, though
family members still live in
Portland and Seattle.

Details on Reading here.
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From Michael Dylan Welch

July 19, 20 2014 SEE Below Redmond, WA

Poets in the Park
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11am to 5pm

Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA
Poets in the Park: Poetry Picnic, Festival and Book Fair, a free event open to the public. Poetry readings on three stages / drop-in workshops / poetry book swap / bring a picnic lunch / poetry labyrinth / art installations / outdoor café. For more info, contact Joshua Heim, Arts

Administrator, at 425-556-2316 or jmheim@redmond.gov.

Visit the website here

Kirkland’s Park Place Books is setting up
Tables for book sales WITHOUT charging
Commissions!!! Support Rebecca
And Mary and Park Place Books in Kirkland
one of the few New and Used Bookstore that
supports poets, poetry and writers above
and beyond…..

Poets in Park 2

Saturday & Sunday, July 19 and 20, 2014
Redmond Senior Center,
8703 190 Ave. NE, Redmond, WA

(Check for times)

Poets in the Park — Poetry Conference and Book Fair co-sponsored by the City of Redmond and RASP. More info: Poetry in the Parks.

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From David D. Horowitz

July 18 & 19th and August. . . See Below
FROM David Horowitz

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Annual Autograph Party

Friday, July 18, 2014,
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (approximate)
Table Space: David D. Horowitz

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center,
17620 International Boulevard, SeaTac, Washington
Telephone: PNWA, 425-673-2665
E-mail: PNWA, pnwa@pnwa.org

PNWA WEBSITE HERE
URL: http://www.pnwa.org

AND

Poets in the Park
Rose Alley Press Poets Reading
Saturday, July 19, 2014, Time TBA (workshops, readings, and bookstore,
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and perhaps longer)

Poetry: Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz

Anderson Park,
7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington
Telephone: Park Administration, 425-556-2386

E-mail: Michael Dylan Welch, welchm@aol.com

URL: http://www.raspread.com; https://sites.google.com/site/graceguts

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

PoetsWest
Poetry, “Reader’s Choice”:
David D. Horowitz, two others TBA, and open mic
Seattle Public Library,
Green Lake Branch,
7364 East Green Lake Drive North,
Seattle
Telephone: Library, 206-684-7547

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
BELLINGHAM
Poetry Night
Poetry:
David D. Horowitz
and open mic
Bellingham Public Library (Downtown),
210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, WA
PoetryNite Website

http://blog.poetrynight.org/

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Saturday August 2nd Seattle

DON’T MISS THIS !!!!

Art Fair
Performances, Readings, Music
Art, Dance, Music, Poetry,
FREE
11 A.M. TO 9 P.M.

ART OF THE CITY
Art Street Fair
The TK LOFT All DAY
(Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
10th Anniversary Celebration)
Indoor/Outdoor Street Fair

FREE
LIVE MUSIC
LIVE PAINTING
INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE
STAGED & IMPROMPTU
PERFORMANCES
POETRY
Outdoor Stages
Indoor Performances
GUEST ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
ARTISAN BOOTHS
PIG ROAST
FOOD TRUCKS
25 OPEN GALLERIES & STUDIOS
RESIDENTIAL LOFT TOURS

WHERE & WHEN
Saturday, August 2, 2014
11am – 9pm
Free & open to the public

Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle
TKLofts.com

Details here:

http://streetfair.tklofts.com/

Among the many performers,
Artists and musicians:

The Suitcases Project
(dance movement, music, poetry,)
will be there!
Suitcases Project cast are:
Sheri Brown, Amie Christensen,
Camille Hildebrandt,
Christopher J. Jarmick,
Joan Laage, Lin Lucas,
Anthony Lee Phillips,
and David Thornbrugh.
Music by Dmitry Artamonov
& David Noble.

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From Striped Water Poets Central.

Sunday Aug 10 AUBURN 10 TO 5

THE AUBURN DAYS FESTIVAL PRESENTS
FREE POETRY WORKSHOP, POETRY READING,
OPEN MIC CONTEST WITH 6 PRIZE BASKETS
BOOK SWAP. SMALL PUBLISHER TABLES.
AND NINE POET LAUREATES A-Reading

In the Auburn Avenue Theater (10 Auburn Avenue)

Sunday, August 10th 2014 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)

FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS & CAR SHOW ALL DAY LONG

FREE BOOK SWAP TABLE

Bring in a book and trade it for another one.

FREE OPEN MIC POETRY CONTEST

Six prizes awarded. Contest starts at 3:00 pm Sign up early

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP 10:00 AM TO NOON
By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

Using Allen Ginsberg as a Model for Poetic Activism Luna’s workshop explores the “POET AS ENGAGED CITIZEN.”
“In this writing workshop,” Luna says. “ we will discuss Allen Ginsberg’s work as an engaged citizen and use prompts derived from his
life and work. Both Ginsberg and Walt Whitman, Allen’s poetic elder, saw American democratic principles as a precious philosophy worthy of
defense and were willing to criticize the nation’s failure to live up to its promise. Their journalistic poems delivered the news through soaring
bardic prophecy and unflinching images of human suffering and joy. Their dedication to these tasks improved our political, social, and spiritual
lives.”
Ginsberg saw “the work” as a calling “To ease the pain of living.”

Auburn Days: NINE POETS LAUREATE
and other Literary Adventures
inside the air-conditioned Auburn Avenue Theater
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Sunday August 10 schedule:

10 – 12 Free Poetry Workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. “Poet as Engaged Citizen.”

12 – 12:30 Lunch, visit car show, enjoy festival.

12:30 – 12:45 Richard Brugger, Auburn Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

12:45 – 1 Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate (2013-2015)

1 – 1:15 Ann Spiers, Vashon Island inaugural Poet Laureate.

1:15 – 1:30 Josie Turner, past Poet Laureate Tacoma (2011 – 2013)

1:30 – 1:45 Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond Poet Laureate (2013- 2015)

1:45 – 2 Ina Whitlock, Vashon Island Poet Laureate (2013 – 2015)

2 – 2:15 Jeannine Hall Gaily past Poet Laureate Redmond (2012 – 2013)

2:15 – 2:30 Christopher Luna Poet Laureate Clark County

2:30 – 3 Panel discussion: What does a Poet Laureate do?

How does one become a Poet Laureate?

Christopher Luna, Michael Dylan Welch,
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Ann Spiers

3 – 4 Open Mic Poetry Contest, 6 prizes awarded.

4 – + Non Contest Open Mic while judges decide winners.

Presentation of winners Three judges: Josie Turner, Ina Whitlock, Lucas Smiraldo.

Pacific Poet Laureate Gerald A. McBreen (2009 – 2014) is your host for Poets on Parade

Poetry Cross World Puzzle by Len Elliott

After the program we meet at a restaurant for dinner and conversation.

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From Peter Munroe

Easy Speak Seattle Readings

Second Mondays of the month

Sign up at 8 p.m. Starts at 8:30
Featured performer around 9:20
followed by more
Open mic.

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

August 11 – – Christine Clarke

September 8 – Chris Jarmick

October 13 – – J.I. Kleinberg

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From Joan Laage

AUGUST 16th and 17th 2014

The Suitcases Project
at the Issaquah Rail Road Depot

78 First Avenue NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
PH: (425)392-3500

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Free Public Performance

Music, Scenes, Dance Movement,
Poetry and more!!!

Details by Clicking here.

http://www.issaquahhistory.org/events/suitcases-project

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FROM JERRY LIBSTAFF
House Concerts – – Vaugn, WA
Words and Music
.

The Words and Music program
Brings musicians and poets
together in Jerry Libstaff’s
beautiful home on the Key
Peninsula located on the water.
Food,wine beverages comfortable
seating are provided.

Local Artist Tweed Myer creates
Original portraits of the
performers during the program.

Call 253-778-6559 or
email info@watermarkwriters.com
to share in this fabulous event.
Details, directions provided.

Upcoming Events

August 9
Music: Susan Enan
Words: Allen Braden

August 30
Music: David Wilcox

September, TBA
Music: Liz Longley

October 4
Music: Maia Sharp
Words: Dennis Caswell — October 4

Words and Music donations support
the artists. Additional funds go to
support Watermark Writers Young
Writers’ Programs.
(Suggested Donation: $20)
To find out more, email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

The Website is here!

http://watermarkwriters.com/Events.html

Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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Watch the last reading at Bookworm
Exchange!!!

PoetsWest (J. Glenn Evans) taped the
very last Poetry Reading at Bookworm
Exchange that took place on
November 16, 2012 (the store closed
its doors December 2012)

It was an evening to remember and all
2 hours and 37 minutes are on
YOUTube. (The Title Card has the
wrong date on it –but small matter).

The list of local poets participating is
impressive (and we had a dozen or
so open mic participants as well).
It was a big big standing-room only
crowd that night. The mini-features
concentrated on poets who were
hosting other venues around the Puget
Sound and on poets who were among
the first featured readers when I started
the Take a Poem From Your Heart
series in Columbia City at
Take Another Look Books in 2001.
TALB were history by 2003 and the
series (then twice per month on
Thursdays) moved to Lottie Motts which
in 2005 transformed into a Bar and the
series changed to Third Friday’s of the
month at Bookworm Exchange and Jim
(the owner) and his staff stayed open a
little later for us and made us feel very
welcomed and appreciated during our
tenure there.

So… The Last Poetry Reading at
Bookworm Exchange

You may also want to check out other
poetry readings that were taped/filmed
by J. Glenn which you can fine here:

POETS WEST VIDEO PAGE

http://www.poetswest.com/gallery.htm

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2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

(No readings in July and August)
Year 8 : 2014-2015 begins:

Wednesday September 10th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Featured Poets are:

Laura Lehew and Roy Seitz

Join us for the last reading of the
2013/2014 season. (we return the
second Wednesday in September).

Plus an Open Mic

FREE

Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

No Readings July and August

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Thanks for supporting the Arts
and remember going to a reading
or event can make a difference
to everyone participating in the
event. Many are Free and most
will inspire you. Hoping to see
YOU at an event or reading soon.

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NorthWest Poetry Update May 14th Addendum

May 14, 2014

May 14 Edition

“There is no poetry where
there are no mistakes.”
– – – Joy Harjo

“When composing a verse let
there not be a hair’s breath
separating your mind from what
you write; composition of a poem
must be done in an instant, like a
woodcutter felling a huge tree
or a swordsman leaping at a
dangerous enemy.”
— – Matsuo Basho

Support writers, artists, readings
however you can and attend
readings open mics, events and
workshops as you are able.
It makes a difference.

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TONIGHT MAY 14TH 2014 !!!!

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except July & August)

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday May 14th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Join us for a special evening featuring
several poets from around the state
who have been published by
MoonPath Press!!!

Our main features are

Joseph Green (Longview, WA)
and
Terry Persun (Port Townsend, WA)

with spotlight readings from
Tacoma’s Tim Sherry

and

North Seattle’s Raul Sanchez

plus Open Mic

FREE

Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

June 11th — Larry Crist

July & August No Reading

September — Laura Lehew

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Monday May 19th Bellingham

Poetrynight with
Christopher J. Jarmick
8 p.m.
Hosted by
Dobbie Norris
at the

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham WA 98227

Use the back entry
by the fountain!)

Doors and Open Mic signup
at 7:30 p.m. Poetry begins
at 8:00 p.m.SHARP!

Free to the public.
A jar is passed to help pay
visiting poets and occasional
publications/expenses.

Poetrynight Website Here!

ALSO CHECK THIS OUT

The Ken Warfel Fellowship
was established to distinguish
and reward those poets who, like
Ken, have made substantial
contributions to their poetry
communities. The fellowship is
intended to support their
continuing efforts and to ensure
the long term sustainability of a
culture of poetry by investing in
the p0ets themselves. Fellowships
are sponsored by poetrynight and
are funded through the generous
donations of the poetry
community.

Every other year, one or more
poets will be selected as fellows
through a regional competition.
Those fellows selected in 2014
will each receive a stipend from
poetrynight, the amount of
which is to be announced.

June 21, 2014 deadline!!!
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Saturday,May 24th – – Vaugn, WA.

Words and Music

Music by Claude Bourbon
Words by Christopher J. Jarmick

(and a few things together).

Words and Music Website Here

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from Clark Crouch
May 21 — Woodinville

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
featuring Deborah Williams
7:00pm, Wednesday, May 21st

Deborah Williams. Dee uses the
experiences of life and the observations
of nature to express the heartfelt sense
of love, compassion and hope for the
future in her poetry and essays. Her
themes all start with a feeling, in hope
that her poems will evoke a deeper
connection or spark of emotion with the
reader. Dee began writing poems at
and early age and continued writing as
a hobby. As her life evolved so did her
writing and she has recently published a
compilation of thirty poems that span
over thirty years in her new book,
Bodhissatva Wisdom -
Poems and Images.

And take part in the
open mic.

Rather than limiting readings to one or
two poems, we offer five minutes to each
reader. Usually, there is a second round
and, very frequently, a third round. So,
readers have the potential of reading for
ten to fifteen minutes! Come prepared!

With a great audience.
Attendance has ranged from twelve to
thirty-three senior citizens and Northwest
poets in a quiet setting away from the
hustle and bustle of commerce.
Even refreshments, courtesy of
The Creekside.

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
~ a premier venue for Northwestern poets ~
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072
[At the intersection of
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
and 140th Avenue NE]

See previous post for MORE May Poetry Events!!!!!

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Northwest Poetry Update — Mainly May Readings and More of Interest

May 8, 2014

NEW UPDATE  JUST BELOW MAY 10TH  ANNOUNCEMENT!

May 10th, 2014   Updated Edition

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Saturday May 10 4 p.m. Seattle,

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

Reader’s Choice features
Christopher J. Jarmick, Amber Nelson,
John Sibley Williams.

Plus open Mic

Hosted by J. Glenn Evans
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*  NEW UPDATE    *  new update *

Change to this Wednesday’s Park Place Reading

 

May 14  7 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Features-  Joseph Green  and Terry Persun

Spotlight feature-  Tim Sherry and  TBA

 

Quite a night will be happening this Wednesday.

Longview Wa. writer/poet  — Joseph Green

AND

Port Townsend Poet and prolific writer- –  Terry Persun

AND

Tim Sherry – –  writer/poet  from Tacoma

plus TBA

 

It’s part of a Moonpath Press Author reading series

I was planning for June, with a follow-up in the Fall

but needed to be moved up because

Larry Crist is unfortunately out of town and has to

deal with serious car problems.  So Larry is being

re-scheduled for June  and a really wonderful reading

has come together as if it was meant to be for this Wednesday

that you won’t want to miss.

Mark your calendars,

share the info with everyone you can and let’s have a special

evening to remember.   There will be an open mic and it’s still

FREE!

 

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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New readings, new events and more

for May 2014 and beyond..

“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar
the door that leads into madness.”
Christopher Morley

“Anyone who says, “Here’s my address, write me a poem,” deserves something in reply. So I’ll tell you a secret instead: poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes, they are sleeping. They are the shadows drifting across our ceilings the moment before we wake up. What we have to do is live in a way that lets us find them.”
Naomi Shihab Nye

Extract some of the words that have burned and left scars out of you and into the rest of the world. Write.
– – – Christopher J. Jarmick

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday May 14th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

An evening with MOONPATH PRESS PUBLISHED POETS

(part 1)

Features:   Joseph Green and Terry Persun

Spotlight Features: Tim Sherry  and  TBA

plus Open Mic

FREE

Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

June 11    —  Larry Crist  (rescheduled)

July and August — No Readings

September – 2014/2015  series begins.

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Monday May 19th Bellingham

Poetrynight with
Christopher J. Jarmick
8 p.m.
Hosted by
Dobbie Norris
at the

Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
Bellingham WA 98227

Use the back entry
by the fountain!)

Doors and Open Mic signup
at 7:30 p.m. Poetry begins
at 8:00 p.m.SHARP!

Free to the public.
A jar is passed to help pay
visiting poets and occasional
publications/expenses.

Poetrynight Website Here!

http://blog.poetrynight.org/calendar

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Saturday,May 24th – – Vaugn, WA.

Words and Music

Music by Claude Bourbon
Words by Christopher J. Jarmick

(and a few things together).

Words and Music Website Here

http://watermarkwriters.com/Events.html

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1ST THURSDAYS, BURIEN
BRAND NEW VENUE !!!

PoetsWest has a new venue in
Burien hosted by Lisa Noble!

Every First Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
at Phoenix Tea,
902 SW 152nd Street, in Burien
2 to 3 Featured readers and
open mic.

Its part of First Thursday’s B-Town
Art Walk and Phoenix Tea’s owner
does a big mural outside every month
that anyone can participate in.
Then you can join in the Open Mic
hosted by Lisa Noble!

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From David Fewster

BOOK — ALMOST FREE

The pilot issue of “Seattle Tales of Beatnik
Glory: The Red Sky Poetry Theater
History Project” is available at Open
Books in Wallingford .

Included in this slim volume is a
mission statement, old photos, scattered
ephemera, poems by Charlie Burks, Bart
Baxter, Nico Vassilakis, Don Wilsun,
Crysta Casey, Harvey Goldner, Roberto
Valenza, and a trip down memory lane
from Willie Smith. The price is marked $2,
but if interested parties say “Groucho,
the secret word is Red Sky” at the counter,
there will be no charge. Any inquiries can be
directed to davidfewster@netscape.net.
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Saturday May 17 – Puyallup

Puyallup Public Library
7 p.m.
Special Event!

Ever wondered what Prairie
Home Companion would look like
with a PNW twist? If so, wonder
no further! Come see
A River & Sound Review (RSR)
Live! at the Puyallup Public
Library
(324 S Meridian, Puyallup,
WA 98371), 7pm, Saturday 5/17!

We’ll feature readings by
Hannah Gamble (author of the
National Poetry Series winning
debut book “Your Invitation to
a Modest Breakfast”) as well as
Stan Rubin & Judith Kitchen,
founders of the low-res MFA
program Rainier Writing
Workshop out of PLU in Tacoma
. Plus, we’ll have live music and
prizes to give during our
trademark games: Name That
Book & the 4-Minute Poetry
Project!

Hope to see you there!

Celebrate finishing
the things you begin.
Celebrate harder.
– Hannah Gamble

Tickets: Available at Brown

Paper Tickets or at the door
($5 General Admission,
$3 Students) -

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From David Horowitz

Skagit River Poetry Festival
Book Fair

Friday and Saturday
May 16 and 17
Book Fair Table:
David D. Horowitz

Maple Hall, 104 Commercial,
La Conner, Washington
(main festival site)

 

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FROM JERRY LIBSTAFF

House Concerts – – Vaugn, WA
Words and Music
Saturday May 24 6 p.m.

The Words and Music program
Brings musicians and poets
together in Jerry Libstaff’s
beautiful home on the Key
Peninsula located on the water.
Food,wine beverages comfortable
seating are provided.

Local Artist Tweed Myer creates
Original portraits of the
performers during the program.

SATURDAY MAY 24TH

Music: Claude Bourbon AND
Words: Christopher J. Jarmick

Claude Bourbon

Born in France, Claude Bourbon
studied classical guitar for years
in Switzerland before moving
to London. Throughout his
worldwide performances,
he has crafted an unbelievable
fusion of classical, jazz and
Spanish guitar with strains of
Western Blues. Bourbons’ finger
picking style is unmatched and
defies label. Many of his songs
begin with amazing guitar riffs
but as he progresses it sounds
as though two or three others
have joined in. His hands move
so quickly and precisely, it’s
nearly impossible to see them.

Christopher J Jarmick

A favorite, Christopher J. Jarmick
returns along with Claude Bourbon.
His works include a tome of poetry,
IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,
Statements and Double Dog Dares.
the novel, The Glass Cocoon and
a spoken word CD collaboration he
did with Pulitzer nominee Michael
C. Ford, .

Call 253-778-6559 or
email info@watermarkwriters.com
to share in this fabulous event.
Details, directions provided.

Upcoming Events

June 7
Music : Callaghan
Words: TBA

July 12
Music: Reid Jamieson
Words: Kelli Russel Agodon

August 9
Music: Susan Enan
Words: Allen Braden

August 30
Music: David Wilcox

September, TBA
Music: Liz Longley

October 4
Music: Maia Sharp
Words: Dennis Caswell — October 4

Words and Music donations support
the artists. Additional funds go to
support Watermark Writers Young
Writers’ Programs.
(Suggested Donation: $20)
To find out more, email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

The Website is here!

http://watermarkwriters.com/Events.html

Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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From Joan Laage

Butoh Festival Announcement

Greetings,
Hope this spring is finding you alive and well…hope you can attend our upcoming fest and appreciate your helping spread the word…

DAIPANbutoh Collective presents
Seattle Butoh Festival 2014: Spring Solo Fest
May 30 and 31, 2014
7:30 pm
$15/$12/$25 festival pass (2-nights)

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/622234

Taoist Studies Institute
225 N 70th St, Seattle WA 98103
Contact: Joan Laage 206-729-2054 ; http://www.daipanbutoh.com

A Shunpike Partner, DAIPAN has been producing annual festivals and workshop intensives since 2010 with both local and international artists including Diego Piñon (Mexico), Atsushi Takenouchi (Japan), SU-EN (Sweden), Koichi and Hiroko Tamano (USA/Japan), and Katsura Kan (Japan). Our Spring Solo Fest will feature work by Sheri Brown, Diana García-Snyder, Kaoru Okumura, Alexander Riding, Alan Sutherland, Helen Thorsen, and Joan Laage, who created solos especially for Katrina Wolfe and Shoko Zama. The performances begin at with a line-up of four artists each night. The idea of having a solo festival was inspired by the Festival of One series curated by Seattle theater director and producer Matthew Richter that DAIPAN founding member Joan Laage performed in during the early 1990s. Our fest celebrates what has often been said of butoh — there are as many styles of butoh as there are butoh dancers. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (student/senior) with a festival 2-night pass at $25. Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. The festival will take place at the Taoist Studies Institute in Greenwood, an inspirational refuge of harmony and natural wood surfaces.

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Watch the last reading at Bookworm
Exchange!!!

PoetsWest (J. Glenn Evans) taped the
very last Poetry Reading at Bookworm
Exchange that took place on
November 16, 2012 (the store closed
its doors December 2012)

It was an evening to remember and all
2 hours and 37 minutes are on
YOUTube. (The Title Card has the
wrong date on it –but small matter).

The list of local poets participating is
impressive (and we had a dozen or
so open mic participants as well).
It was a big big standing-room only
crowd that night. The mini-features
concentrated on poets who were
hosting other venues around the Puget
Sound and on poets who were among
the first featured readers when I started
the Take a Poem From Your Heart
series in Columbia City at
Take Another Look Books in 2001.
TALB were history by 2003 and the
series (then twice per month on
Thursdays) moved to Lottie Motts which
in 2005 transformed into a Bar and the
series changed to Third Friday’s of the
month at Bookworm Exchange and Jim
(the owner) and his staff stayed open a
little later for us and made us feel very
welcomed and appreciated during our
tenure there.

So… The Last Poetry Reading at
Bookworm Exchange

You may also want to check out other
poetry readings that were taped/filmed
by J. Glenn which you can fine here:
POETS WEST VIDEO PAGE

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FREE
POETRY CONTESTS

check out this link to some prestigious
poetry contests that are FREE and worth
entering.

FREE POETRY CONTESTS

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Poetry by Day of the Week
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However, things change, sometimes without notice.

If you have updates, and/or additions to this list
please email me as soon as possible so this list
can be kept as current as possible. .
emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

Occasional but not definitively scheduled
readings do not appear on this list. Most
of the readings are open mic friendly and are nearly
or completely free. Cover charges/ fees if any are
listed when known. Do Support business
hosts with purchases whenever possible.
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FRIDAY Friday friday

1ST FRIDAYS TACOMA

Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.

The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
Zach@speakyoursoul.org

1st FRIDAYS RENTON

YOUTH SPEAKS
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org //
http://www.vivaharambee.com

2ND FRIDAYS — TACOMA

Second Friday KINGS BOOKS TACOMA
at 7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

Kings Books, 218 St Helens,
Tacoma, Washington.

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC),
based in Tacoma sponsors the Distinguished
Writer Series,a venuefor playwrights, short story
writers and others. This mixedvenue features a
distinguished reader and an open mic.
It is usually Poetry. It includes an open mic.
All Open MIC in July and August unless special
feature is booked.Tel: 253-272-8801 Contact
Connie Walle via
e-mail ckwalle@msn.com.

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LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA (Updated)

Free Ya Mind
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m
.Featured Reader and Open Mic

Tully’s Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host
http://www.Freeyamindinc.com

LAST FRIDAYS –REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.

At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC) at
16600 NE 80th Street,Redmond,
WA 98052
Featured Readers plus
open Mic FREE

LAST FRIDAYS Port Townsend, WA

Lehani’s Deli & Coffee House
Friday, 5 p.m. * poetry open mic
221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend
tel: 360-385-3961

Last Fridays Port Townsend WA
Teen Writers
Friday, 3 – 4 p.m. writing circle and
critique group for writers 12 -
18 years old Charles Pink House
1220 Lawrence,Port Townsend

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SATURDAY Saturday Saturday

UPDATE!!!!!
2ND Saturdays SEATTLE

PoetsWest readings at Green Lake
Library 4 p.m. Lower level meeting room
of Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library,7364 E Greenlake Dr. N,
Seattle

There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic.
Hosted by J Glenn Evans who has been
curating and hosting poetry readings in
Seattle for over 15 years !!! Attend the
readings as often as you can. Get up
and read a poem and you might wind
up being on a radio program
too !!! It’s FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m.
http://www.poestwest.com .
FREE

1st Saturdays POULSBO

First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
(360.779.9199)

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net

http://poulsbohemian.com

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SUNDAY Sunday Sunday

Every Sunday Seattle- Ballard

Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
every Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – around 11:00 p.m.
“Open Mic w/Josiah,” sign-ups @ 7:30 p.m
. * Largely a music open mic

(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each;
poetry acceptable,)
Tel.: 206-784-3640
http://www.conorbyrnepub.com

3RD SUNDAYS — Seattle

Youth Speaks Seattle hosts open mic
(poetry and music) at 7 p.m.

3rd Sundays at Café Allegro, 4214 University
Way (alley of 42nd and 15th
in U District 2nd Floor), Seattle.
Sign up 6:30 p.m. All ages.
tel: 206-774-0443
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org

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MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham
(NEW LOCATION!!!!)
Poetrynight
every Monday night 8pm @
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave
Bellingham, WA

USE back entry
by Fountain

Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up
between 7:45-8:00. FREE

You’ve heard about this very well
attended poetryreading i nBellingham
right? Audiences from 20 to
nearly 100 come out to the readings
and a good time is had by all.
It’s FREE!

For more information,
http://www.poetrynight.org
or contact info@poetrynight.org
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening too.

1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—Seattle/Ravenna
(North End Forum—see below)

1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays

North End Forum @ Bai Pai — SEATTLE
UPDATE 10/2012
Jed Myers hosts this long-running series
that begins just after 8 p.m. at the
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle
in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice a short monologue.

Everyone is encourage to participate and
some nights a lot of people show up to
share, listen and be part of The Forum.
Your expected to buy a drink or some food
but there’s no cover and everything is kept
loose and informal.
NOT Quite FREE.

Contact Jed Meyers medjyers@hotmail.com.

4th MONDAYS (new listing)

Easy Speak is the new Open Mic venue
in Columbia City at the Hummingbird
Saloon 4th Mondays at 8 p.m.
Spoken word, music, songs, personal
essays, short fiction
Free Admission
50141 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118

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TUESDAY Tuesday Tuesday

Every Tuesday — Auburn
7 p.m. Auburn City Hall

Every Tuesday (except a couple Holidays)
The Striped Water Poets of Auburn continue
the Living Room critique circle offering
a mostly gentle, helpful writer’s critique.
The group meets every Tuesday from
7 to 9 p.m.Bring several copies of your
poem to pass out to people (8 to 10
copies usually adequate—and if not
people can share) to workshop and/or
actively participate.

Striped Water Poets meet in the
Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St.
in Auburn..

After 7:30 p.m.you won’t be able to
get in; the doors to City Hall doors are
locked at that time.It’s free but donations
are welcome. Contact Gerald McBreen
253.735.1751 or
email mcbreenpost@aol.com.
FREE

Every Tuesday

SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR –
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.

COVER CHARGE $5.00 OVER 21 ONLY

SEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance
poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5.

21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at
http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org or contact
info@seattlepoetryslam.org
NOT FREE

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE– Queen Anne

Every second and fourth Tuesday
Yep ANOTHER Venue Change as of 3//14
The newly dubbed Nomadic Poetry Tribe
now gathers at

Uptown Expresso (Lower QA).
7 to 8:30 p.m.

525 Queen Anne. Ave. just north
of the Uptown Theatre.
Seattle, WA

It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.
FREE

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WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday

1ST Wednesdays DUVALL

Duvall Visitor Center (all ages okay)
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019

7PM • Doors open at 6:30
Readings brought to you by the
Duvall Poetry Group and the
Duvall Cultural Commission

Website:
duvallpoetry.weebly.com
Contact:
duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com

1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE

Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project
Every 1st Wednesday starting August 3, 2011
The Vera Project is located on the Seattle
Center Campus, corner of
Republican and Warren,
Seattle. Sign Ups at 6:30 PM &
Open Mic 7- 10 PM.
All-ages. Equipment: PA system.
Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

1st Wednesdays — AUBURN

Station Bistro Poetry– Auburn, WA
AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. . usually hosted by
Emilie Rommel Shimkus
Featured Poets; Open Mic;
After reading social

The Auburn Station Bistro is located at
110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125,
one block south of West Main Street on
the east side of the Auburn Transit Center,
in the big brick building below the green
metal vine. Parking is plentiful, the event
is free and open to all.

Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
Admission is free.

2nd Wednesdays — KIRKLAND
Park Place Books 7 p.m.

Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books @
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
Park Place Books, Kirkland
348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books,
Kirkland WA

Two features and open mic at this large new and
used independent book store that has managed
to stay in business ..barely the last few years.
Attend the free reading; support the store with
a purchase if you can.

Contact Chris Jarmick
emeraldhchris@yahoo.com
FREE
(No reading in July and August)

2nd Wednesdays –Beacon Hill/ Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop, 7 p.m.
2533 16th Ave S., Seattle

Beacon Bards curated by Martha Silano
features 2 poets and an open Mic.
FREE
Contact: marthasilano@yahoo.com.
More info at

http://www.rockitspace.org/beacon-bards.htm

(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS — OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK & TRADITIONS –
OLYMPIA at 6:30 p.m. * *
Fitting that OPN has become a long running
tradition at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe every
3rd Wednesday of the month . Open mic and
Featured poets.
Located at: 5th and Water St., Olympia WA

A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
halcyonmist@hotmail.com
or go to http://www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.

4th WEDNESDAYS — West Seattle

C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
info@poetrybridge.net
Tel: 206-933-3125
http://www.candpcoffee.com

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THURSDAY: THURSDAY THURSDAY

Every Thursday –EVERETT

Everett Poetry NIght
CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett,
Same day and time.Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Open mic and featured reader with humble
host Garrett R. Good long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic. 1 Feature
Poet (usually). FREE but support Cafe Zippy
and buy a beverage or more.
FREE

Every Thursday– SEATTLE
MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic Every
Thursday AT Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Tea Room

Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host
bluebirdseattle@gmail.com
bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

*NEW *new *NEW
First Thursdays – – BURIEN

POETSWEST Hosted by
Lisa Nobel every 1st Thursday
at 7:00 p.m. 2 to 3 Featured
Readers plus Open Mic

Phoenix Tea
902 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA.

Part of B-Town Art Walk

2nd THURSDAYS SEATTLE-BALLARD
IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES
at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month
from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Esther Helfgott’s Long running series that features
readers and a 10 to 15 minute teaching mini-lecture
usually featuring helpful tips and suggestions for
writers from teachers/writers PLUS an open mic
AND it’s FREE !!!! NOTE: book sales
not allowed at reading on site
co-Curated by:
Peggy Sturdivant
Katie Tynan

2ND Thursday, SEATTLE

Wild Rose Tavern 1021 East Pike Street, Seattle
Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word,”
w/open mic 8 P.M.
Tel: 206-324-9210
http://www.thewildrosebar.com

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam
8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402
East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
http://www.electricteagarden.com

*NEW SERIES*
*New Listing*
2nd Thursdays
Muse at Morso Poetry Series
2nd Thursdays — Gig Harbor
Presented by Watermark Writers
(Jerry Libstaff)
Feature Poet, Open Mic
No Cover
Starts at 7 p.m.

Morso
Is located at:
9014 Peacock Hill Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 530-3463
MORSO EVENTS
WEBSITE HERE

2nd & 4th Thurdays ARLINGTON, WA
fogdog gallery 7 p.m.
fogdog poetry every second & fourth
Thursday of the month!
One or Two Feature Readers
plus Open Mic
7pm -9pm
Arlington, WA

fogdog gallery
233 North Olympic Ave.
Arlington, WA.

http://www.fogdoggallery.com

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON –
7:p.m.
GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC
HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS
every second Thursday

NOW IN A NEW AND IMPROVED LOCATION!
COVER TO COVER BOOKS
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
360-993-7777
mail@covertocoverbooks.net

http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com

christopherjluna@gmail.com
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate
and host Open mic Poetry
every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA
3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond FREE

The Soulfood Poetry Night reading series is a free
monthly event. At this series, one featured reader
chooses her/his own co-feature, promoting a spirit
of community – with an open mic reading to follow.
Readers are shown on streaming internet for later
enjoyment/consumption. Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and (NEW)Tanya McDonald
Contact
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:

http://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight/Home.

FREE but buy a beverage or more.

3rd Thursdays SEATTLE
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin’ Spoken Wurd with
open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo. $5 ADMISSION includes refreshments.
Contact mizfloestpt@yahoo.com.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes, mizfloestpt@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/miz.floes
http://www.naamnw.org

3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island 206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
info@cafelunavashon.com

***NEW UPDATED 9/5/13
4th Thursdays LAKE FOREST PARK

Haiku Northwest (usually 4th Thursdays) at the
Lake Forest Park Library. Meeting most 4th
Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. but
sometimes the location changes (call or email to
confirm date and location). Read and discuss
your haiku and related poetry (senryu, tanka,
haibun) in a friendly workshop environment. Haiku
Northwest has been around since 1988, and
celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Everyone
welcome! FREE.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:
Tanya McDonald
(haikunw1988@gmail.com),
The website is:

http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/.

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