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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.

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)
Terry Persun (Port Townsend, WA)

with spotlight readings from
Tacoma’s Tim Sherry


North Seattle’s Raul Sanchez

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

June 11th — Larry Crist

July & August No Reading

September — Laura Lehew

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

Poetrynight Website Here!


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

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!!!
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


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!!!!!


Northwest Poetry Update — Mainly May Readings and More of Interest

May 8, 2014


May 10th, 2014   Updated Edition


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

*  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


Port Townsend Poet and prolific writer- –  Terry Persun


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



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


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


(part 1)

Features:   Joseph Green and Terry Persun

Spotlight Features: Tim Sherry  and  TBA

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

June 11    —  Larry Crist  (rescheduled)

July and August — No Readings

September – 2014/2015  series begins.


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

Poetrynight Website Here!

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


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!

From David Fewster


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
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
(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

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) -

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)



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.


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
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
or call 253-778-6559.

The Website is here!

Jerry Libstaff

From Joan Laage

Butoh Festival Announcement

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)

Taoist Studies Institute
225 N 70th St, Seattle WA 98103
Contact: Joan Laage 206-729-2054 ;

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.

Watch the last reading at Bookworm

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:


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



Poetry by Day of the Week

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. .

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.

FRIDAY Friday friday


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


1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700 //


at 7:00 p.m.

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


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


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


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,

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. .

1st Saturdays POULSBO

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

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears,


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

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


MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham
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,
or contact
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.

Contact Jed Meyers

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

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 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

Every Tuesday

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


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 or contact

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.

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


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.

1st Wednesdays — AUBURN

Station Bistro Poetry– Auburn, WA
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
(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.
More info at


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
or go to

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,
Tel: 206-933-3125



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.

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

*NEW *new *NEW
First Thursdays – – BURIEN

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

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

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402
East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972

*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.

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

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.

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON –
every second Thursday

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate
and host Open mic Poetry
every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

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
M D W (
the website is here:

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.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,

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,

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NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 31 ! ! ! NaPoWriMo Wrap Up for Thursday May 1, 2014 Posted April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”
Robert Frost

“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

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
Wallace Stevens

THAT’S IT! It’s a wrap! NaPoWriMo 2014 is over, done, finished, and completed. Of course, you might now be addicted and formed a habit of writing every day. Good. Please continue to do so. You might wish there were prompts and challenges. . . well there are plenty all over the web.. just look at what other poets and folks have posted in terms of prompts and challenges for 2014 or 2013 or earlier than that. There are plenty of prompts and challenges out there to push and challenge yourself if you need them.

And everything you wrote the last 30 days is ready to revised, edited and re-written and perhaps a few should be submitted to journals or contests or magazines.

I hope you found NaPoWriMo invigorating and inspiring.

The Prompt for Wednesday April 30th something old, something borrowed, something blue suggested you use some lines from a few poems you wrote during the last 30 days and compose some new lines with one line having something blue in it.

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 30 . . .

Poem Starter 1430
By Christopher J. Jarmick

I’m sure only that ignorance is misery’s co-conspirator
And if I pretend not to notice the sky is falling, it can’t possibly hurt me.

(line borrowed from my translation poem and new line with something blue makes up this Poem Starter)

Rose Harlequin Soul
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Just beneath the mischievous pranks,
is the need for affection.
The trickster amuses the unsuspecting audience
but so little effort is required, boredom sets in.
Despite what the devil convince you is true
My eyes, the sky remain blue
Change is as unstoppable
as the seasons.
Seeds of good are planted
and with any luck we’ll stay together to see them bloom.

(I used lines from the poem I wrote for the Harlequin Prompt, the translation poem, and the movie reference poem for my old and borrowed lines).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014


NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 30 Prompt for Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Posted April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014

“Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.”
Adrienne Rich

Welcome to Day 30 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We are just about done with National Poetry Month and with NaPoWriMo. So how are you doing with the prompts and challenges? Have you re-discovered poetry or been inspired to write something that you never would have attempted writing before? That’s what I hope happened to you over the last 30 days. And if you write 5 or 10 or 30 poems, than even better… congratulations! Here’s one more suggestion that might help get a poem down on paper.

Below the next prompt/challenge you’ll find what I wrote for Day 29.

THE PROMPT for Wednesday April 30th, 2014

Prompt 30 – Something old, something borrowed, something blue
For our last prompt we’ll use something old, something borrowed and included something blue.

Our poem will be 8 to 12 lines. Every other line (lines 2, 4, 6 and 8 and possibly 10 and 12) will be brand new lines that you write. One of more of these lines will include something blue.
For lines 1, 3, 5, 7, and possibly, 9 and 11 use lines from two to three of the poems you have written in the last 30 days.

Line 1 A line from a poem you wrote during the last 30 days
Line 2 Write something new
Line 3 Another line from a poem you wrote during the last 30 days

Your poem will be 8 or 10 or 12 lines long.
And remember at least one of your new lines will have something blue in it.

And that’s your prompt for the last day of National Poetry Month!

HERE’S WHAT I wrote for prompt 29.

Prompt 29 suggested you write a poem about a home remodel.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

That Wadsworth Longfellow fella was a do it yourselfer at heart
He wrote: Ah to built, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts
And dared to say painting and sculpture mere shadows cast outward
The signs I saw made sense to me
How hard could a bath remodel really be?

Fear not timid reader
I may not be handy
But I’ve common sense, don’t you see.
And I’m not a complete fool
No no no

I know a few of the rules:
If it doesn’t fit, you force it . . .
And if it breaks, it obviously needed to be replaced.
When things move and they shouldn’t
Its duct tape time
And if it doesn’t move but it should
Don’t worry about making it rhyme
Get out the WD 40.

And after I assess all the damage I’ve caused
And count the cuts and bruises I created
on the canvas known as my body
I know in my heart
Exactly what I must do
for my art. . .

It does no good to sit and stew
So I pick up the phone
And call a licensed contractor
or two.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here.

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 29 Prompt for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Posted April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014

“Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”
Derek Walcott

Welcome to Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. The finish line is just ahead….just a couple of poems to go for our 2014 challenge. And if you’ve paid a little more attention to poetry during our month long sharing of prompts and writing —thank you… I know good things will come of it.

Below the next prompt/challenge you’ll find what I wrote for Day 27.

THE PROMPT for Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Prompt 29 – Write a poem (tragic of comedic in tone) inspired by a Home Remodel .

Write a poem that is about a home remodel. It can be comedic or tragic, wholly fiction or partially from an experience you might have in remodeling a bathroom, kitchen or entire house. You can write it any style and decide if it should rhyme or not as you the muse dictates. Have fun.

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 28

Prompt 28 suggested you Translate and create a poem from a text or poem in another language that you do not know. (In other words… make up what you want from what you think it might mean).

Strengthen my Soul
By Christopher J. Jarmick

My misery is infinite. I pray
my human heart be freed
from my savage male turmoil.

What course has this journey taken?
Do I know what path I am
or what betrayal lies ahead?

Give me the strength to know
truth, the humility to serve,
the sense to ask for directions.

I’m sure only that ignorance is misery’s co-conspirator
tricking me to stumble
and then be defenseless to temptation.

Open me to my true soul
so it guides me through troubled times
trusts me to have the keys I need

to unlock the mysteries of pure love.

I used the Italian Poem below as the text for my translation.

I do not read or speak Italian at all and have had little contact
with it (mostly from Italian movies) so I could only make guesses
at what any of the words meant which even if I almost figured out what one or two words meant, in context their meanings I suspect were completely different. I suspected it’s subject had something to with the SOUL, but then simply used my impression of what a word might mean here and there to guide the lines of my poem. As I finished, I went back and re-vised and slightly edited what I wrote.

All’anima mia
By Umberto Saba (1883-1957)

Dell’inesausta tua miseria godi.
Tanto ti valga, anima mia, sapere;
sì che il tuo male, null’altro, ti giovi.

O forse avventurato è chi s’inganna?
né a se stesso scoprirsi ha in suo potere,
né mai la sua sentenza lo condanna?

Magnanima sei pure, anima nostra;
ma per quali non tuoi casi t’esalti,
sì che un bacio mentito indi ti prostra.

A me la mia miseria è un chiaro giorno
d’estate, quand’ogni aspetto dagli alti
luoghi discopro in ogni suo contomo.

Nulla m’è occulto; tutto è sì vicino
dove l’occhio o il pensiero mi conduce.
Triste ma sollegiato è il mio cammino;

And about fifteen minutes ago, I put the lines into a google translator which gave me this

My Soul

Dell’inesausta enjoy your misery. worth Especially you, my soul, you know, so that your wrong, nothing else, do you good. ventured Or maybe who is deceived? nor to discover himself has in his power, nor ever his judgment condemns him? Magnanimous you’re also, our soul but for which no cases your t’esalti, so that a kiss then you lied prostrate. To me my misery is a clear day in summer, quand’ogni appearance by high places’ll reveal in every contomo. Nothing is hidden from me; everything is so near the eye or thought leads me. sollegiato Sad but it is my journey, and everything in it, until the shadow is light.

I then found the poem at another website which included an English Translation of the poem that I believe was done by Mike Trowler and is located here. 

Interesting and fun to compare I thought.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 28 Prompt for Monday April 28, 2014 Posted April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014

“Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance.”
Carl Sandburg

Welcome to Day 28 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. We’re on the homestretch with the finish line in sight. You might even want to keep going beyond it! Jump in and write a few poems, it’s not too late.

Below the next prompt/challenge you’ll find what I wrote for Day 27.

THE PROMPT for Monday, April 28th, 2014

Prompt 28 – Translate a Poem from a language you do not know.
Yep an odd prompt for you today. Look at some text in a foreign language that you do not speak and pretend that the text is a poem that you are translating into English. Whatever the text inspires you to write is your poem. Have fun!

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 27

Prompt 27 suggested you write a poem using several names of cities and towns in a particular state.

I used 65 actual city or town names of Pennsylvania in this poem.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Yoe! There really was a bet involving intercourse
witnessed at the Wolfdale Wormleysburg Woodside Inn
on who the winners of the blue ball game
between the Balltown Hokendauquas and my beloved
Hometown Hydes would be
(televised on the Telescope, Media networks).

We drank our Torpedo
enjoyed our heated slate lick speers (fresh from Turtle Lake)
and watched the climax from our
scalp level section eighty four, Jerome, slippery rock box seats.

Fear Not, and don’t Panic, Irwin Kane, this Kutztown Lanhorne
was not engaging in just any Jim Thorpe, Jonestown,
Leechburg, New Beaver Experiment conjured by the
King of Prussia on the Jersey Shore while playing Uno.
You can just Nanty Glo your Peach Bottom
back to Moscow or better yet Mars if you think
I’ve a Paxtang Perryopolis for anyone but my
Sinking Spring, Shinglehouse wife.

Go Quiggleville your bag of Possum Hollow.
I hired a trainer, bought new spring mount pillows and intend to
be a spry skippack as I defy moon gravity in my Shoemakersville
skyline view spring House and reach paradise.

I realize my bird in hand desire might not be satiated;
For if I were to lose this bet, I must finish the Corner Store
Beverly Hills, California Bath Addition.

Wish me Loyalslockville and Porkey
Honeybrook Jacobus that my Hometown Hydes win.

(All of these town, small city names that I used in the poem really exist and included: Yoe, Wolfdale Wormleysburg Woodside, Intercourse, Blue Ball , Balltown Hokendauqua , Hometown, Hyde, Telescope, Torpedo, Slate Lick, Speers, Climax, Scalp Level , Eighty Four, Slippery Rock, Media, Jerome, Turtle Lake, Fear Not, Panic, Irwin, Kane , Kutztown, Lanhorne, Jim Thorpe, Jonestown, Leechburg, New Beaver Experiment , King of Prussia, Jersey Shore,Uno, Nanty Glo, Peach Bottom, Moscow, Mars , Paxtang, Perryopolis,Sinking Spring, Shinglehouse , Quiggleville Possum Hollow, Trainer, Spry, Skippack,Moon, Spring Mount, Pillows , Gravity, Shoemakersville, Skyline View, Spring House, Paradise, Bird in Hand, Desire, Corner Store,Beverly Hills, California Bath Addition, Loyalslockville, Porkey, Honeybrook, Jacobus ).

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 27 Prompt for Sunday April 27, 2014 Posted April 26, 2014

April 26, 2014

“Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.”
― Mary Oliver

Welcome to Day 27 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. I hope you’ve broken through any writing blocks and continue to write a poem each and every day. I hope at times you wrote quickly, letting the process take over and experimenting with styles and tones you never tried before. Anyway… came up with an odd prompt/challenge for you. Hope you decide to give it a try and you let me know where I can read your creation. ENJOY.

Just below today’s prompt is where you’ll find what I wrote for Day 26.

THE PROMPT for Sunday, April 27th, 2014

PROMPT 27 – Choose a State. Look up the names of several of its cities and towns. Include several of them in a poem, but don’t use the names of these cities and towns as places… use them instead in other ways (Example: Her eyes were deep New York, and her Schenectady hips swayed to beat of the Albany music. ). Got the idea? See what you come up with. Title the poem with the name of the State you use.

Here’s what I wrote for Prompt 26 which suggested you run with the idea of writing an opposite or oppositional poem.

Poem Starter 1426
by Christopher J. Jarmick

Do bi-polar opposites attract?
Or is that oxymoronic?

Not a Poem about Art
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Does authenticity, truth;
Really elude ALL commercial sensabilities?
An arm and a leg
perhaps an ear
for art
sold to no one
but a concept
in the moment

like this

that contains fleeting thoughts
toward making it understood
leaves open commercial possibility
and heartfelt truth
containing tinge of sentimentality
means it fails the test of purity
and is infected with fatal disease.

Uncompromising ART is stripped
of all commercial sensibility
carries no agenda
can’t communicate
simply represents ego
all humanity buried.

I’ve got it all wrong
or maybe, since only rarely
does poetry sell.
I’ve got it almost right.
Anyone famous for 15 minutes
is a sell-out fraud. . .
Sorry Andy,
you had it wrong

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here.

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



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