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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 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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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’

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Poetry is Everything

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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.

THE WISE DO-IT-YOURSELFER POEM
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’

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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’

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Poetry is Everything

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