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NorthWest Poetry Update This Week and Beyond . . .

February 10, 2015

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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My Poetry on Buses Poem is the

Featured Poem of the Week (Feb. 9)  here

w/audio, and picture.   

 

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THIS Wednesday  February 11th   7 p.m. Kirkland

 

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem

From Your Heart Reading

at Park Place Books—Kirkland, WA

Wednesday  February 11, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

 

Our Featured Poets are:

Jack Remick

and

Herb McClees

 

Plus  OPEN MIC !!!

 

Jack Remick is a poet, novelist, and blogger. He edits and maintains

bobandjackswritingblog.com with Robert J. Ray. Remick’s poetry is

anthologized in Seattle Five Plus One. Satori, poems, was published in May

2014. He has taught writing at the University of Washington Distance

Learning Program. He authored the  award-winning Gabriela and the

Widow. Coffeetown Press has brought out three novels in his California

Quartet–The Deification, *Valley Boy, and The Book of Changes; Trio of

Lost Souls  will appear in June, 2015. His novel *Blood *was

published in 2011.

 

Herb McClees came to Seattle from Texas,via Singapore and Boston.

He appears at local open mics and is a member of PoetsWest, Redmond

Association for the Spokenword, and Haiku Northwest. His poetry

performance has been selected for broadcast on KSER-FM.  His first full

length poetry collection Heaven’s Drumhead:Poems from a Blessed

Drummer was published in late 2014. He was first published in his 2008

chapbook: The Catch, Falling Gecko Press. Several of his poems were

included in Poetic Reflections at the Creekside (2013), an anthology of

Northwest open mic poets.

 

Free

 

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

More Details in the middle column on your right

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Basho in Redmond, February 11

From Michael Dylan Welch

 

Michael Dylan Welch is presenting poetry by Basho at the

Redmond Public Library this Wednesday in the third of his

“Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” series as Redmond poet

laureate. Please come! Bring your favorite Basho poems and

books to share and discuss, or just come to listen. Video

interpretations, biographical details, and many sample poems!

Come celebrate Basho at the Redmond Library,

15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015,

free.

 

Upcoming events in this free series include Bengali poet

and Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore on February 18,

and Theodore Roethke on February 15. And mark your calendar

for Poets in the Park, a free poetry festival to be held in Redmond’s

Anderson Park on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

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FROM CONNIE WALLE

Friday February 13, 2015   Tacoma   7 p.m.

 

Distinguished Writer

Tim Sherry

 

February 13 * 7 pm.

Puget Sound Poetry Connection welcomes Tacoma poet Tim Sherry

to this monthly event with a featured reader followed by an Open Mic.

 

FREE

 

King’s Books,

218 St. Helens Avenue,

Tacoma, WA

 

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Saturday February 21  9:30 a.m.  Dupont, WA

FREE

Poetry Workshop WITH- Washington State Poet Laureate

Elizabeth Austen

AT Dupont Pierce County Library

February 21  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 

We’ll do a close reading of a few poems, then use one or two as models

for writing a first draft of a poem. No poetry writing experience necessary.

Share your draft and receive feedback if you wish.

Poetry Workshop, DuPont Pierce County Library,

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30-11:00 am.

Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen

 

Workshop is Free but you must register for the event.

http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.aspx?id=281

Free event sponsored by Friends of the DuPont Library

The Washington State Poet Laureate program is sponsored by

Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission.

More information at wapoetlaureate.org

DuPont Library 1540 Wilmington Drive DuPont, WA 98327

253-548-3326

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A New Reading in Town: Steilacoom, WA

 

3rd FRIDAYS!!!!

Every Third Friday Begining with the 20th

at Expresso By the Bay,  7pm.

February 20th, 2015

Featured Reader: Patty Kinney.

PLUS OPEN MIC

free

1203 Rainier Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388

(253) 581-1657

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“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your

writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter

or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You

have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to

furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt

labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and

admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think

it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy,

and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration.

It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil,

because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic.

There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”

Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

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Sat February 28th   and beyond   Various

Congratulations to John Burgess

on the publication of his 4th collection of poetry

(from Ravenna Press)

“by Land . . .”   riffs on the Journals of Lewis and Clark.

(Ravenna Press 2015)

He has several reading events scheduled:

FROM John:

I first intersected with the Lewis & Clark Trail in 1978 when working

as the third man on a three-man survey crew in the Gallatin Valley of

Montana. Since starting at Three Forks, I’ve explored major sites along

the trail from St. Louis to Fort Mandan, from Fort Clatsop to Lolo Pass.

 

“by Land…”, my fourth collection of poetry from Ravenna Press, is a riff

on the Journals of Lewis & Clark that follows where I intersected with

the Trail. The book is a collage of poems, assemblages, and drawings

inspired by my westward journey, visits to the sites along the historical

trail, and the Journals as a source for text and maps.

 

For a preview of some of the poems and drawings found in the collection,

check out Tumblr where I give background and insights on selected work.

Read Shotgun & Shovel blog here:

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/shotgun-and-shovel

 

“by Land…” (136 pp. $10) will be available at the house party and at

readings in March (see listing below). It’s also available online from

Ravenna Press at http://ravennapress.com/books/.

 

It would be great to see you at a reading! At some I’ll present a slide

show of maps, drawings and travel photographs during the reading.

 

Release party!! Sat. Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m. – The official “by Land…” release

party at our house (9716 Fremont Ave. N). Stop by for drinks and

appetizers. I’ll give my first reading from “by Land…” complete with a

slide show in the basement starting about 8:00 (depending on when you

get here!).

 

Hugo House book release (the public party), Wed. March 4, 7:00 p.m.

at Hugo House with Jed Myers (The Nameless and Watching the Perseids)

and Stephen Roxborough (Open Heart Sutra Surgery). We have the Cabaret

for the evening. There will be a slide show, good chance for live music, and a

cash bar. Hugo House is on Capitol Hill at 1634 11th Ave. See map here.

Parking available behind the House.

 

Beacon Bards, Wed. March 11, 7:00 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop

(2533 16th Ave. S). I’ll be opening for Raul Sanchez for an evening of poetry

on Seattle’ Beacon Hill. Thanks for Billie and Martha for the chance to check

out the scene. They live here.

 

PoetsWest, Sat. March 14, 4 p.m. at Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle. I’ll be reading with Larry Crist and

Joanie Stangeland. Open mic, too. Thanks to J. Glenn for hosting.

 

PoetsWest, Wed. March 18, 7:00 p.m. at The Creekside,

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of

Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE),

Woodinville. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch. Emceed by Terry Busch.

 

Everett Poetry Night, Thurs. March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Café Zippy

(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).

Thanks to Duane Kirby Jensen for inviting me up again.

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NorthWest Poetry Update: Spotlight on Striped Water Auburn WA

January 26, 2015

A few years back when I started this blog, I thought I might

write sometimes about Poetry.  Share my history with it,

jot down some thoughts, share some of my adventures—

that sort of thing.

 

 

I began the blog during April’s NaPoWriMo sharing prompts,

making up some original prompts and exposing my first rough

writes to those prompts.  I’ll write more about the write

a-poem-a-day during April challenge soon.  It’s a good exercise

to be part of and I enjoy encouraging people to join in.

 

 

Later I started adding the Poetry in the NorthWest pages

publicizing various readings and open mics occurring mostly in

Western Washington.  This augments the emails I send out a few

times per month to approximately 600 subscribers letting them

know about numerous readings and sometimes special events and

workshops going on in Western and NorthWestern Washington

State.   I publicize reading and events that I’ve organized or am

directly  participating in of course, but I also include many, many

events I have absolutely nothing to do with that might be of

interest to those who are open to going to readings.  Most have

little to no cost involved, so you can feed your mind and muse

pretty cheap!

 

 

I really believe I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country

that has so many poetry and literary related events, readings and

open mics going on.  There are things going on almost every day of

every week and often two or three gatherings within a 50 mile radius

happening on certain evenings.

 

 

Most of you reading thing already know this, but I want any new

readers to feel welcomed.

 

 

I’ve seen Poetry change lives for the better.  Attending readings will

help make you a better listener, present opportunities to make new

connections and begin new friendships.

 

 

NEW POEM

 

 

A few days ago a topical poem I wrote and completed on January 9th

was published online HERE at Penhead Press.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON AUBURN’S STRIPED WATER POETS

 

There’s a wonderful group of writers in Auburn who have called

themselves The Striped Water Poets. (Auburn is

about 25 miles South of  Downtown Seattle).  I get a big kick out of

the fact that they have informal gatherings almost every Tuesday in a

meeting room located in the Auburn City Hall building.

 

 

They sit around a long conference table and share poems with each

other.  They get quick honest feedback from each other about the

poems they’ve written and often get suggestions and ideas on how

they might make the poems better.  The critiques are honest but gentle

and respectful.   I wish I had the time and lived closer so that I could be

a regular (I live about 35 miles away).  They are very nice to visitors and

newcomers to the group.  Just bring 8 to 10 copies of a poem you wrote

to share with everyone (you’ll get them back too.).

 

 

It doesn’t cost anything to attend and if you start showing up on a regular

basis, you will be considered a Striped Water Poet member and would

have to emphatically tell them Groucho Marx style, I refuse to join a club

that would have me as a member to avoid such a fate (though they might

refuse to let you quit the group without singing the national anthem of

Freedonia or at least naming 5 Marx Brothers. *

 

 

About three years ago they started a regular monthly reading at the

Station Bistro which features (usually) 2 featured Poet guest readers and

around an hour devoted to open mic readers (meaning you sign up on a list

and you get to read for three to five minutes).   Many of the best poets in the

Northwest have been featured there.   It’s good form to purchase something

to eat and drink during the reading, but you are not forced to do this.

The Station Bistro is an independently owned business that plays host to the

monthly event.  There’s no cover-charge so if you can get there, you won’t be

turned away.

 

 

The group also has created a poetry event every year during the Auburn Days

Festival that happens in Downtown Auburn every August.  Streets are closed off,

classic cars and vendors selling things mix with live music and even a parade.

And then inside the Auburn Theater on a special Sunday there’s a free workshop

in the morning, special readings in the early afternoon and a poetry contest with

lots of prizes in the late afternoon.  It’s a wonderful event!

 

 

A couple of years ago, Striped Water convinced Auburn to have a Poet Laureate.

Richard Brugger was the first one, and he was so beloved they held onto him for

a couple of years (don’t blame them a bit).  The new Auburn Poet Laureate is

Marjorie Rommel whose background includes journalism.  She’s a Striped Water

member too and for many years was responsible for making poetry happen

during the Canterbury Renaissance Fair held in nearby Kent for many years.

Striped Water is associated with several readings and events.

 

THIS IS THE STRIPED WATER POETS WEBSITE.

 

If you don’t already know about them or haven’t been to a reading or

gathering in Auburn, let me encourage you to check it out.  I know it is possible

that you might become a semi-regular at Auburn gathering and wind up an

honorary Striped Water Poet member yourself, but that’s a risk you’ll just

have to endure.

 

The Striped Water Poets Critique Circle

meets every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Auburn City Hall

located at 25 West Main Street Auburn, WA.

You need to get there on time because after 7 p.m. the doors

to get into the building are locked. (Don’t worry, you can usually get out

when you want to.  There’s plenty of free street parking nearby).

 

Poety at the Station Bistro

happens the First Wednesday of every monthand begins at 7 p.m.

 

It’s hosted by SWP (you know who) and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission and King County 4Culture.

The emcee is: Emilie Rommel Shimkus

Featured Poets and Open Mic!

 

The Station Bistro is located at: 110 2nd Street # 125

Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

 

Coming soon at Station Bistro in Auburn:

 

Wednesday, February 4 2015

Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch

Jennifer Bullis

 

Wednesday, March 4 2015

Michael Smeltzer

Morgan Sagdahl

 

Wednesday, April 1 2015

April Fools Day Poetry!

James Rodgers

Susan Rich

 

Thanks for reading.   Expect a new posting or two every week.

In April you’ll get a posting every day.

 

*Five Marx Brothers:  Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo

(their mother was known as Minnie—in case you need that info for

any reason I thought I’d share it.  You’ll have to watch Duck Soup to

hear the Hail Freedonia anthem).

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2015

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JANUARY 2015 Northwest Poetry and Readings Updates

January 10, 2015

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent

then all that will be left are the soloists.

Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and

diminishes the song.”

– – ― Vera-Nazarian

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

at Park Place Books–Kirkland  USA

 

Wednesday  January 14, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

 

Our Featured Poets are:

Michael Spence

and

Sharon Hashimoto

 

Plus  OPEN MIC !!!

 

Free

 

Michael Spence spent a hitch as a junior naval officer aboard the aircraft

carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), then returned to Seattle, where he

spent thirty years driving public-transit buses in the Seattle area. He has

4 poetry collections: The Spine (Purdue University Press, 1087),

Adam Chooses (Rose Alley Press, 1998),  Crush Depth (Truman State

University Press, 2009) and The Bus Driver s Threnody (2014) was a

finalist for The New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 1990, Spence was awarded

a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,

and he has received half a dozen nominations for a Pushcart Prize.

His work has appeared in many magazines, including The American Scholar,

The Chariton Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review, The

Hudson Review, Literary Imagination, Measure, The New Criterion,

The New Republic, The North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northeast,

The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tampa Review, Tar River

Poetry, and The Yale Review.

 

Poet and writer Sharon Hashimoto was born and raised in Seattle. She

earned both her BA and MFA from the University of Washington. Her

first collection of poetry, The Crane Wife (2003), won a Nicholas

Roerich Poetry Prize. She has also published a chapbook of poems,

Reparations (1992). Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in

journals such as the Rambler, Crab Orchard Review, and Shenandoah.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,

the King County Arts Commission, and Artists Trust. Hashimoto teaches

writing at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.

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

 

February 14thJack Remick and

Herb McClees

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January 12, 2015  8 p.m. Seattle

Featured: Stephanie Kallos

Plus

Open Mic

FREE

8 p.m. (open mic signup)  Reading at 8:30

at the

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE Ste A, Seattle, Washington 98115

Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actress,

coach, and teacher of voice, speech, and accents before turning her

full time attention to writing. She is the author  of numerous works

of short fiction, essays, and three novels: BROKEN FOR YOU

(selected by Sue  Monk Kidd for “The Today Show” bookclub),

SING THEM HOME  (chosen by Entertainment Weekly  as one of the

Best Books of 2009), and LANGUAGE ARTS (forthcoming in June

2015). She is a proud member  of the Seattle7Writers and its offshoot

band, The Rejections. Stephanie lives  in North Seattle with her family

and is  at work on her fourth novel.

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“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with

modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This

religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the

heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.

I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of

satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against

tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become

a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other

ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

Salman Rushdie (responding to the previous fire-bombing of Charlie Hebdo)

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Some Listings from PoetsWest . . .

 

Tuesday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle

All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and

Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed.

Contact margaretroncone333@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle

Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30.

Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door.

Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.

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Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr.,

Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem from Your Heart features Michael Spence and

Sharon Hashimoto. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J.

Jarmick.  Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

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Wednesday, January 14 at 8pm

Tougo, 1410 18th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Rain City Slam. All ages, open mic, poetry slam. Admission $3.

Contact info@raincityslam.org.

 

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Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM

PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is

available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and

following the Listen Live links.

 

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Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA

Everett Poetry Nite. All ages. Free admission. Sign up begins at 7pm.

Open mic 7:30-9pm. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen

duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com.

 

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Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St. (Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle

Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink.

Contact Jed medjyers@hotmail.com.

 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of

Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA

PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Keith Moul. Open mic. Hosted by

Clark Crouch. Emceed by Terry Busch.

Contact ccrouch@thecreekside.net.

 

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Wednesday, January 21 at 7 pm

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA

The Olympic Poetry Network features TBA. Contact Joanne Clarkson Mokosh28@comcast.net.

 

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 DUVALL WA READING SERIES

 

Next reading is February 4th.

Talena Lachelle Queen features!

 

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

 

We meet once a month, on first Wednesdays (check Upcoming Readers

for exceptions). Open mic starts at 7. Featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Library

is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend

to hear you at the mic!

 

WEBSITE HERE    http://duvallpoetry.weebly.com/upcoming-readers.html

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you live near Duvall, have an interest in poetry, and are looking for a low time commitment but fun opportunity, join us at our next board meeting! We are looking for people interested in hospitality, emcee duties, publicity and administration, though all skills are welcome. Our board meetings are open to all. Check back for our next meeting. Come on by and say hi!

 

The poet, Talena Lachelle Queen, earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She specializes in poetry that infuses music. She began her creative writing practice at five years old. She majored in Creative Writing at Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey and she teaches writing at a variety of elementary schools and for nonprofit organizations.

MARCH 4TH !!!

Feature is  Matthew Brouwer

 

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque,Phrasings, and Strands.  Matthew  leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is matthewbrouwerpoet.com.

 

Coming Soon:

 

April 1, 2015: Michael Dylan Welch

 

May 6, 2015: Raul Sanchez

 

June 3, 2015: Christopher J. Jarmick

 

July 1, 2015: Nancy Pagh

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Remember:

#jesuischarlie  “I am Charlie”

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NorthWest Poetry Update Turkey Days and Beyond. . . .

November 25, 2014

“Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life’s
coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

December 10 – Kirkland Wa.

PARK PLACE Books
December 10th, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
(now in its 8th year)

Featured Poets:
December 10th –

Jack Remick
and
Jed Myers

Open Mic
FREE
Park Place Books Website

http://www.parkplacebookskirkland.com/

348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-6546

January 14th – Michael Spence and
Sharon Hashimoto
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November 26 West Seattle

C & P Coffee 7 p.m.
FREE

Cheryl Latif and
Tim Newcomb
featured readers

with Community Open Mic afterwards.

See our website for more information:
Click HERE

C&P Coffee
5612 California Ave SW
West Seattle, WA
Starts at 7 PM at C&P Coffee and
will end no later than 9 PM.

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December 3 Auburn

Poetry at Station Bistro

Christmas Special!!!
Plus
Open Mic!

the First Wednesday each month
at 7 p.m.
SWP and the Northwest Renaissance
with support from the
Auburn Arts Commission
and King County 4Culture present:
Poetry at the Station Bistro!
emcee: Emilie Rommel Shimkus
http://www.emilierommelshimkus.com

Featured Poets
and Open Mic!

the Station Bistro is located at:
110 2nd Street # 125
Auburn, WA 98003
http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

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December 3rd      Duvall, WA

Priscilla Long features on Wednesday,

December 3rd, 7 PM, AT 

Duvall Library * 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! Von Thompson will

emcee.

PRISCILLA LONG is a Seattle-based author and

teacher of writing. Her book of poems,Crossing Over,

 is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press.

Her other books are The Writer’s Portable Mentor:

A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life and

Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of

America’s Bloody Coal Industry. Her shorter works

include science, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction,

and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website

of The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Her work

has appeared in The Tampa ReviewThe Gettysburg Review,

Women’s Review of Books, Post Road, Raven Chronicles,

Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Web Conjunctions,

Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Passages NorthBosque,

and elsewhere. Her awards include a National Magazine Award,

and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the

Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University

of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of 

www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state

history. For more information please visit www.PriscillaLong.com

and PriscillaLong.org.

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December 5th Seattle

Raven Chronicles
presents

An Open Mic Retrospective Reading & Reception:
a fund raiser for Raven’s first Anthology,
which will include work from Vol. 1,
Summer/Fall 1991, to Vol. 6, Fall 1996.

Publishing date: Feb/March, 2015.
Raven is a Seattle-based Journal
of Art, Literature & The
Spoken Word.

Come HELP US Celebrate!

December, 5, Friday,
7:00 p.m., $5 donation.

Jack Straw Cultural Center,
4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.
University District, Seattle

Program includes:

Paul Hunter (MC)

Michael Hureaux
Kathleen Alcalá
Carletta Carrington Wilson
J.T. Stewart
Donna Miscolta

John Olson
Dennis Caswell
Larry Laurence

Duane Niatum
Lawrence Matsuda
Phil Red Eagle
Thomas Hubbard

Ann Spiers
Anna Bálint
Sibyl James
Judith Roche
Carolyne Wright

David Massengill
Jeremy Springsteed
Mark S. Johnson

Gail Tremblay
Alicia Hokanson
Maryna Ajaja
Joannie Stangeland

Jesse Minkert
Larry Crist
Paul Nelson
Steve Potter

Martha Linehan
Georgia S. McDade
M. Anne Sweet
Waverly Fitzgerald
Chris Jarmick
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“Creativity takes courage. “

Henri-Matisse

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December 5, 2014– Redmond WA

Redmond Association of Spokenword
December 5 (RASP) Holiday Party
6:30-8:45 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

Like to write and want to have fun?
Join us for writing games and celebrations.

Bring a holiday treat or snack.
RASP will provide the beverages.

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December 6 Redmond WA

Redmond Lights Poetry Reading
with
Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch
Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:00 – 5:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall First Floor
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond

Kick off your Redmond Lights experience
with Redmond’s Poet Laureate. Learn
more about the rengay poetry form and
listen to readings from Michael Dylan
Welch’s new book True Colour.
Copies of the book will be available and
light refreshments will be served.
Event is free to the public.

Other Michael Dylan Welch
Redmond Poet Laureate
Events can be found here:
CLICK HERE

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December 13 SEATTLE
6 to 10 p.m.

Very Open House
ART – POETRY – MUSIC – DANCE
Guest artists, demos food trucks
and MORE!

Get ready folks!
The doors of Equinox
will be open for another
amazing “Very Open House”
and like previous years
it’s going to be epic!

Join us at Equinox Studios
on December 13th
from 6:00-10:00pm
and don’t forget to invite
your friends!

FREE
Equinox Studios is located at
6555 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

See Art, hear music, listen to
some poets, dance, eat, be merry,
‘tis the season
is good enough reason.

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Fun interview with
Jim Bertolino
And
Anita K. Boyle

in The Bellingham Herald
here

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

October 26, 2014

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

Special FREE EVENT at Moore Theater Monday Nov 10th

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

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

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

This event is FREE & ALL AGES

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

Poetry on Buses Website

http://poetryonbuses.org/party/

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Nov. 12 – Kirkland Wa.

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

Featured Poets:
Denis Caswell &
David Jones feature!

Open Mic
FREE
Park Place Books Website

http://www.parkplacebookskirkland.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks! –jb
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Nov 5th Auburn WA

From Brendan McBreen

Poetry at the Station Bistro!

Wednesday, November 5
7 pm

featuring:

Kevin Miller
and
Tim Sherry

and of course our Open Mic!

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

come early have dinner
stay for poetry and desert!

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

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

Considerable thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

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


Striped Water Poets

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

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Nov 5th Duvall WA.

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

Duvall Poetry features
Holly Hughes.
Open mic signup.

 

Duvall Poetry Website

Website: http://duvallpoetry.weebly.com

Contact

duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com.

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Nov. 6th, 14th & 18th – – Seatlle

From David D. Horowitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features:
Janée Baugher and M. Anne Sweet.

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

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

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

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

“Pie and Plenty with Kate Lebo & Molly Wizenberg”

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

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

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

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

Favorite Poem by Delridge Grocery: A Community Co-Op

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

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

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Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washington

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

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

James Bertolino (with a brand new book)

and

Anita Boyle

Plus Open Mic

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

They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

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

October 8th –

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

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

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

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OCTOBER 1 , 2014 – – – Duvall WA

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

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

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

Poetry at the Station Bistro
Presents:

Our Halloween Special!
featuring
Jack Remick

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

Costumes Optional :)

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

come early have dinner
stay for poetry and have desert!

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

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

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

Considerable thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

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


Striped Water Poets

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

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October 4, 2014  Vaugn Washington

 

October 4 is the WORDS AND MUSIC Season Finale

 

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

 

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

 

Maia Sharp MUSIC  Dennis Caswell WORDS , October 4

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Words by Dennis Caswell

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

 

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

 

Information, reservations, directions

Jerry Libstaff –

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

or call  253-778-6559.

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OCTOBER 10 – – – TACOMA- WA

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

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

Feature for October, Joseph Green

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

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

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October 18 — POETRY ACTIVITY IN KENT, WA

Mark your calendars

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

Free Event!

All are Welcome!

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

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

No registration necessary.

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

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

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NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – – September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

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

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washinton

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

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

James Bertolino  (with a brand new book)

and

Anita Boyle  

Plus Open Mic

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

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

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

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

Carol Levin

BOOK LAUNCH!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy

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

Two Sylvias Press

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

RASP Reading Series & Open Mic

This month’s featured reader: Emily Dietrich

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

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

September’s emcee: Laura Lee Bennett

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I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.
– – – Alice Walker

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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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