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NorthWest Poetry January 27 2016

January 27, 2016
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“The writer must be universal in sympathy and
an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.”

Julian Barnes

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The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.

You’ll find updated info on the New Striped Water readings at Rainbow Cafe and the brand new reading in Bothel 2nd Saturdays!

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MY STUFF

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Friday, Jan 29 – 7 pm  Redmond

RASP is moving to VALA at Redmond Town Center for the 2016 Reading Series!

Featured Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick

Friday, January 29, 2016

Party starts at 6:00 PM,

signup starts at 6:30 PM;

reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Christopher J. Jarmick has curated poetry nights and special events in the Pacific Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, was published by MoonPath Press in 2015. His previous collection, Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares, was published in 2010. Christopher is currently editing the poetry anthology BANG! and accepting submissions through March 15, (just extended).  Details Here  or  here:  BANG Page . His “Poetry Is Everything” blog publicizes dozens of readings occurring primarily in Western Washington State. Christopher also cowrote the novel The Glass Cocoon (2001), wrote the award-winning one-act play Clash of Cultures, and has published articles, poetry, and interviews in a variety of print magazines, newspapers, and literary journals.

 

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

VALA Eastside

RASP is moving to a new home. Beginning with the January 2016 featured reading and open mic, We will be located at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center, at 7330 164th Ave NE in Redmond Town Center. That’s on the south side of the main court west of the center circle; it’s the space with the revolving door next to Z Gallerie. VALA stands for Venues for Artists in the Local Area. It is an artist-friendly place (and we all agree that poetry and writing are major arts) and offers more flexability that our previous location.

 

Be sure to come at 6:00 PM for the Welcome to our New Home party!

 

We thank the leaders, staff and volunteers at VALA for their generous support of RASP and for the use of their artist-centric location. VALA is currently sponsoring (R)evolution through January 2016. This showing features five local artist/activists, including RASP’s own Laura Lee Bennett.

 

Be sure to read the article in the Redmond Reporter about VALA, RASP, and our new location——“RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts.” 

Rasp Website is Here

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SUBMIT!!!!  FREE!!!
Find out all you need to know about submitting to the new anthology 
BANG! by checking out
The BANG PAGE here 

Deadline extended to March 2016


Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons)
are needed for a new  E-book (and
later print edition) anthology of poems
about school shootings, public shootings,
guns, gun control, media coverage of
tragic shootings, the NRA and the second
amendment.

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MORE STUFF

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Michael Schein Readings – Jan. 28th and 29th!

PORT TOWNSEND LIBRARY – JAN. 28, 7:00pm

SEQUIM LIBRARY – JAN. 29, 6:00pm

Please join us!

Michael Schein presents a lively discussion of his new nonfiction book,                       JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY, illustrated by historical images as well as pictures from the Italian hill town of Veroli, where Surratt made a daring leap to freedom. John Surratt was a Confederate Secret Service agent who was Booth’s closest associate in the four months prior to the assassination. Schein will discuss Surratt’s involvement in the assassination plot, his meetings with the Confederate high command in Richmond, his wild flight from justice as his mother stood trial for her life, and the failed effort to bring Surratt to justice. Schein will also tell tales from the adventure of tracking Surratt’s ghost across Italy.

Sponsored by HART’S FINE BOOKS, Sequim

John Surratt was indeed the Lincoln assassin who got away, but, fortunately, he will not escape history thanks to Michael Schein. In this well-researched, beautifully written account of John Surratt, Schein brings historical justice to a man that has been given a pass for too long. It is long overdue.” ~ Edward Steers, Jr., Author (among other works) of “Lincoln’s Assassination,” “The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia,” “Blood on the Moon,” “The Quotable Lincoln,” “His Name is Still Mudd,” and editor of “The Trial: the Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators.”

Michael’s Website Here!

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Monday, Feb. 1 –  7 p.m. – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!

Come join us at the Rainbow Cafe!

112 East Main Street

for an evening of great food and great poetry!

every First Monday  7 pm to 9 pm

Monday February 1 2016

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe presents:

Michael Daley and Michael Schmeltzer

followed as always by our Open Mic

 

Michael Schmeltzer is the author of “Elegy/Elk River” (Floating Bridge Press.) He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, and the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in numerous journals.

 

Michael Daley was born in Boston, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MFA from U. W. In 1976 he was the founding editor of Empty Bowl press in Port Townsend. In 1983 Gary Snyder called his first collection of poetry, The Straits,  His chapbooks include: Horace: Eleven Odes, translations published by Sam & Sally Green at Brooding Heron Press, and Rosehip Plum Cherry published by Paul Hunter of Woodworks in Seattle. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.

Extra Special Thanks to the Rainbow Cafe,  Striped Water Poets,  The NorthWest Renaissance, The Auburn Arts Commission , The City of Auburn,  King County 4culture, and to all of our wonderful Open Mic participants!

Striped Water Poets

Wednesday, Feb. 3  7 pm – Duvall

Brandon Pitts features on

Wednesday, February 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!

 

Emcee: Michael Schein

 

Seattle area-based Canadian poet Brandon Pitts is the author of the poetry collection, Tender in the Age of Fury (2015 Mosaic Press). Pitts first came onto the Toronto lit scene in 2010 with the short story “The BC Crib,” published in the anthology Canadian Voices Volume II. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an “Emerging Voice” for fiction. He followed this with his novel Puzzle of Murders (2011) and then a poetry collection Pressure to Sing (2012) and the production of three plays. He is now based in Everett, Washington, and is a prominent figure in the city’s poetry scene.

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February 12 –  7 pm – Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

February 12, 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Matt Muth

Matt Muth is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pacifica Literary Review. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, The Adirondack Review, Nashville Review, and RHINO. He teaches English-related things at Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond.

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February 17th  6:30p.m.   Olympia

Christianne Balk is the featured poet for Olympia Poetry Network’s February 17th reading.  The event takes place at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Christianne’s newest book is The Holding Hours from University of Washington Press. These poems explore the subtle and surprising transformations that come from caring for her young, neurologically injured daughter. Balk anchors these meditations within the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.  Her poems have appeared in many journals including the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the Atlantic. She lives in Seattle.  An Open Mic will precede her reading.  The program is free.  For more information call 360-701-2030.

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Saturday, Feb 13 @ 2 pm  SEATTLE

Poets Against Hate: calling all poets to join us on February 13, 2016, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., at The Seattle Library’s Central Library. 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Poets will read one poem (your own poem), 1-2 minutes max. 47 poets have signed up so far. We are hoping for 60 poets to read. We would love to have poets read in their native languages. This will work if you read a one minute poem and read the translation also in one minute. We will have a strict time schedule with so many readers. Please help us keep to schedule. You can read a Spanish or Russian or Urdu poem, say, and then have someone translate to English, or vice versa. Thank you for helping us build our community.

This event is co-sponsored by The SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, IT’S ABOUT TIME WRITERS, and The Raven Chronicles. Contact Information: <www.facebook.com/poets.against.hate>

Email for information or to sign up: Phoebe at editors@ravenchronicles.org, or Esther at eahelfgott2@comcast.net

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From Michael Dylan Welch

National Haiku Writing Month Starts February 1
Have you written a haiku yet today? How about every day throughout the month of February? February is National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. The goal is to write at least one haiku each day for the entire month. It’s harder than it seems, not even counting the fact that it’s leap year — are you up for it?
For more information, visit www.nahaiwrimo.com, where you can learn about the myths and realities of haiku (and why 5-7-5 syllables is a sort of urban myth for haiku in English). You can also get involved, along with 2,100+ others, at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo, where daily writing prompts inspire participants.
To learn more about haiku, visit “Becoming a Haiku Poet” at http://www.graceguts.com/essays/becoming-a-haiku-poet and “The Burning Word: Getting Started with Haiku” at http://www.graceguts.com/essays/burning-word-getting-started-with-haiku. There’s also a NaHaiWriMo Facebook page in French at https://www.facebook.com/nahaiwrimoenfrancais, and in Bulgarian at https://www.facebook.com/nahaiwrimobg. Whether you write in English or another language, please join us and write one haiku a day for February — National Haiku Writing Month.
If you’re not on Facebook, please follow @NaHaiWriMo on Twitter, and tweet your daily haiku to #nahaiwrimo. National Haiku Writing Month was founded in 2010 by Michael Dylan Welch (for more info, email WelchM@aol.com).
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World Peace Poets  Poetry Postcard begins Feb 1, 2016!

Leap Into Peace in 2016 2016 has an extra day for Peace!

Peace Poetry Postcard Month!

Still time to sign up and participate in a

Write a poetry postcard every day of February

Event.

SIGN-UP today for February Peace Poetry Postcard Month.

JOIN poets from around the world (29 to a group) and send one of your original peace poems on a postcard for the 29 days of February.

SIGN UP at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com and you will become part of a group of 29 who promise to send new poems on peace to each other.

To SIGN UP at worldpeacepoets@gmail.com

use the subject line: Peace Postcards

In the body of the e-mail provide:

Your Name, Street Address, City, State, Country and Zip or Postal Code.

For every 29 poets who sign up, a group is formed.

You will receive an e-mail with you list as soon as your group reaches 29 names and addresses.

Facebook notice about this is here:

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Over 50 and a poet who has never published a full length poetry collection?

Check this out:    Lana Ayers asks that you spread the word about this unique new book prize she started at Concrete Wolf for poets over 50.

Here’s the link:

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Writer’s Residency  Deadline- 2/16/16

Freemont Bridge

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience. ($10,000.00 budget).  Sounds interesting doesn’t it?  Application deadline is February 16th, 2016.

Details are here! :

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From Bethany Reid

I will be teaching a class with Margaret Riordan in Olympia, beginning Feb. 13 (see flyer below). Margaret is the chakra go-to person; I’m the writing piece.

Click here for details, info and cost.

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Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not
brood over injury,

it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies,
they will be brought to nothing; if tongues,
they will cease; if knowledge, it will be
brought to nothing.

For we know partially and we prophesy
partially, but when the perfect comes,
the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside
childish things.

At present we see indistinctly,
as in a mirror, but then face to face.
At present I know partially; then I shall
know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain,
these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13; 4-13

 

 

 

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NorthWest Poetry – December 2015

December 5, 2015

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

Maya Angelou

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The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.

You’ll find updated info on the New Striped Water readings at Rainbow Cafe and the brand new reading in Bothel 2nd Saturdays!

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MY STUFF

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Details on the Last Park Place Reading (December 9th)

below

 

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Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about

the book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the

book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from

any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy. Consider requesting the book

from your local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to

post a short review!)

I have an Amazon Author Page here  (there’s a reading/signing/appearance

schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read

and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised

collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will

hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but

also inspire your inner poet to  create something unique.   I’m passionate

about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell

books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to

heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun,

entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.

If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll makethe effort and take the time to

experience a reading soon.

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Wed. Dec 9,2015  – 6:30 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Wed. December 9th  6:30 pm  Kirkland, WA

The LAST and Final . . .

Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesday

FEATURING:
Our Last Featured Poet
(1st time reading at our venue. . .)

Richard Widerkehr

plus 15 mini spotlight readings
from some of our best…including
Jed Myers, Larry Crist, Erika Michael
Raul Sanchez, Mary Crane, Lyn Coffin
Michael Dylan Welch, David Horowitz,
Dennis Caswell, Peggy Barnett and
more…
plus open mic spot for one and all

Special Time  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Many of you have heard the rumors…
They are true.  Park Place Books, a unique
independent bookstore in Kirkland since 1986
and the home of a 2nd Wednesday of the month
poetry series for 9 years, is closing their doors
at the end of 2015.

The Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being re-developed
and many local businesses are closing or being
displaced. Mary and Rebecca have been part of
the store for 20 years. Rebecca is retiring when the
store closes and Mary hopes to open a new bookstore
but a suitable location has not yet been found.

Mary and Rebecca have been among the most
welcoming, generous and dedicated bookstore
owners you’ll ever know.  Their bookstore has hosted
both large and small literary events sometimes
accommodating more than 300 people but also
making it feel full and welcoming when a dozen
people show up.”

For years they have volunteered bookseller services
to various local literary festivals, and special poetry
events, often without any compensation for their time
and effort whatsoever.

Let’s honor Mary and Rebecca with an expanded
final poetry gathering on December 9th  from 6:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m.

I hope we pack the place with poets who will
celebrate what an important part of the literary
and poetry community Park Place Books has
been for so many many years.

And consider doing some of your Christmas
shopping at Park Place Books too!

We’ll have an abbreviated featured poet reading
by Richard Widerkehr (who is travelling from
Bellingham).  We’ll have 15 mini spotlight
readings from at least 15 of our most
compelling past featured readers
and leave time for 15 to 20 open mic
readers too.

Come and be part of it if you are able.
Please share news of this event with
friends and acquaintances through
emails and social media.

Bio:

Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood
first prizes for poetry at the University
of Michigan and earned his M.A. from
Columbia University. He has two
collections of poems, The Way Home
(Plain View Press) andHer Story of Fire
(Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks,
and a novel,Sedimental Journey
(Tarragon Books) about a geologist in
love with a fictional character. In the
last year, his poems have been
published inRattleSoundings,
Floating Bridge ReviewJewish
Literary Journal
,Grey Sparrow,
Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review,
Pennine InkCirque,Penumbra,
Clay Bird Review, and Crack The
Spine
.

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

FREE

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

Parkplace Books Website

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Friday, Dec. 11th  7 p.m.  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
presents

The Distinguished Writer Series
featuring
Christopher J. Jarmick

AND our special
Christmas/Holiday Party
right after the reading!
(at Tim and Marsha
Sherry’s Abode!)

December 11th, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

PSPC EVENT Page Here

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Mon. Dec. 14th 7pm  Seattle

Easy Speak at
the Wedgwood Ale House
featuring

Christopher J. Jarmick
and
open mic

Hosted by Peter Munro

December 14th
Sign-up at 8,
show starts at 8:30,
featured performer
around 9:20

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

Event Page Click Here

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Wed. Dec. 16th  7 p.m.  Woodinville

Third Wednesday at
The Creekside
presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

Open Mic

plus (free) refreshments!

Readings are at 7:00pm on the
third Wednesday of each month
at The Creekside , 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072).

Event Page Here
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SUBMIT!!!!  FREE!!!
Find out all you need to know about 
submitting to the new anthology 
BANG! by checking out
The BANG PAGE here…  

‘BANG!’ Is the new E-book anthology
from World Enough Writers to be 
published in May 2016; print edition
to be determined..(TBD).

Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons)
are needed for a new  E-book (and
later print edition) anthology of poems
about school shootings, public shootings, 
guns, gun control, media coverage of
tragic shootings, the NRA and the second
amendment.

We particularly encourage submissions
from students, younger writers (and
artists) and teachers since they 
experience the very real threat of 
increasing school attacks on a daily
basis.  The E-book and print edition
will be published by World Enough
Writers (the anthology division of
Concrete Wolf).  The project editor
is Christopher J. Jarmick. (Managing
Editor: Lana Hechtman Ayers) 

BANG- submission details on
world enough writers website
too here


Submissions are Open  –  
Now through February 15th, 2016.

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More Stuff

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December 7 – 7 pm – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!
We are at the Rainbow Cafe for 2016.
112 East Main Street
There is an entrance on Main Street and an entrance in the back parking lot which connects with the Safeway parking lot, with a driveway on Auburn Way.
Monday December 7
7 to 9
at the Rainbow Cafe
Shannon P. Laws
and
Joann C. Roberts
 
followed of course by our Open Mic

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Dec 11  6 p.m.  Redmond

Special Night for
RASP’s  6th Annual
Holiday Party!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015
Festivities begin at 6:00 PM

We’re bringing back the ever-popular
Island Style Slam and know you’ll
have a wonderful evening. We’re
partying in Room 204 upstairs at
the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center.
The party starts at 6:00 PM
and you can help us decorate!

Bring a holiday snack to share and
RASP will provide beverages,
pens, and paper.

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

In January  RASP will be at
a brand new place!!!!

January 29th
Featured Reader:
Christopher J. Jarmick

at  VALA
VALA Eastside in
Redmond Town Center
(7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052
).

RASP WEBSITE Here

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BRAND NEW VENUE FOR POETRY !!!!!!

Sat. Dec 12   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry began in November 2015

Featured Poets, Open Mic  7 p.m. (6:45 signup)

December 12th –  Featured Reader is

Mary Crane

plus open mic

Tsuga Fine Arts at 10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA

will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month

starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets

thru Poets West. Please spread the word.

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Dec. 16.   6:30 pm  Olympia

OLYMPIA POETY
NETWORK

Celebrate with “Seasons Readings,”
poetry for winter and the Holidays,
sponsored by the Olympia Poetry
Network on

Wednesday, December 16,
6:30 p.m. at
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW.

Members of the OPN Board will
share their own or a favorite author’s
tribute to everything December.
An Open Mic will follow.
The event is free.  Those attending
are invited to bring a new children’s
poetry book to donate to needy
youth this Holiday Season.
For more information call
360-701-2030.

Joanne Clarkson
Poet
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Dec 17  7 p.m.  Redmond Wa
Soulfood Poetry Night

Featuring:
Sean Bentley 
and
Emily Warn

Plus open mic
FREE
7 p.m.

SoulFood Coffee House,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

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“True literature can exist only 

where it is created, not by diligent
and trustworthy functionaries,
but by madmen, hermits, heretics,
dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

 Yevgeny Zamyatin

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

 

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November – NorthWest Poetry

November 4, 2015

“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

Good news!!!!!!

Auburn has found a new venue for

their poetry night on the FIRST Mondays of the month.

It began on November 2nd and will continue for several months

At  The Rainbow Cafe 112 East Main in Auburn, Wa.

7 p.m. (6:45 sign-up)

Open Mic and Featured Readers!!!!

FIRST MONDAYS!

(The Station Bistro went out of

business in Oct. 2015)

Presented by Northwest

Renaissance Poets, Performers & Publishers, in collaboration with

Auburn Striped Water Poets, Admission is free.

  • *  AND * *

BRAND NEW VENUE FOR POETRY !!!!!!

Sat. Nov 14   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry begins in November 2015

Featured Poets, Open Mic  7 p.m. (6:45 signup)

First Reading on November 14th!!!!

Tsuga Fine Arts at 10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA

will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month

starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets

thru Poets West. Please spread the word.

The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.

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MY STUFF

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“‎A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.”

Simone de Beauvoir

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Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about

the book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the

book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from

any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy. Consider requesting the book

from your local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to

post a short review!)

I have an Amazon Author Page here  (there’s a reading/signing/appearance

schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read

and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised

collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will

hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but

also inspire your inner poet to  create something unique.   I’m passionate

about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell

books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to

heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun,

entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.

If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll makethe effort and take the time to

experience a reading soon.

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Wed. November 11  – 7 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Our 9th year continues….

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

A very very special reading where celebrating

the publication of two Poeming Pigeons Anthologies

with a flock of poets!!!!    Mark your calendars….

Don’t miss THIS one.

Lynn Knapp,  Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever  are all scheduled to read!!!

7 p.m.

Featured Readers

Open Mic

FREE

Don’t miss this special evening!

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.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Parkplace Books Website

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Nov 12  7:00 pm  Gig Harbor

The Muse at Morso

featuring Christopher J. Jarmick

November 12, 2015    
7pm    in the Gallery
Open MIC
FREE

presented in conjunction

with Watermark Writers

Morso’s is at

9014 Peacock Hill Avenue at North Harborview Drive

at the head of the bay Gig Harbor, WA, 98332

253.530.3463

WEBSITE for Event Here

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Nov 14   4:00 pm  Seattle

2nd Saturday PoetsWest at Greenlake Library

4 p.m.

Features:

Christopher J. Jarmick

Herb McClees

Griffith Williams

Hosted by Art Gomez

Open Mic

Free

Saturday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

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Dec 3  7 pm  Burien

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in

Burien, WA

Open Mic – FREE
PoetsWest features Chris Jarmick.

Hosted by Lisa Noble.
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SUBMIT!!!!  FREE!!!

Find out all you need to know about submitting

To the new anthology  BANG! by checking out

The BANG PAGE here… 

‘BANG!’ Is the new E-book anthology from World Enough Writers to be

published in May 2016; print edition to be determined..(TBD).

Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons) are needed for a new  E-book

(and later print edition) anthology of poems about school shootings, public

shootings, guns, gun control, media coverage of tragic shootings, the NRA

and the second amendment.

We particularly encourage submissions from students, younger writers (and

artists) and teachers since they experience the very real threat of increasing

school attacks on a daily basis.  The E-book and print edition will be published

by World Enough Writers (the anthology division of Concrete Wolf). The

project editor is Christopher J. Jarmick.

(Managing Editor:Lana Hechtman Ayers)

BANG- submission details on world enough writers website too here

Submissions are Open  –  Now through February 15th, 2016.

Note: Check out announcements there for other Anthologies you

can submit to.

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Nov 12  7 p.m.   La Conner

From Michael Daley

Poetry Reading

Georgia Johnson

Stephen Roxborough

Michael Daley

(introducing Of a Feather, a collection of his Skagit poems)

November 12, 7p.m.

At the Garden Club

622 South Second Street La Conner

Free and Open to the Public

Michael Daley: In 1976 I edited a poetry anthology printed at Bob Blair’s

Empty Bowl Press in Port Townsend. Later, though Bob moved on, Empty

Bowl published eight more issues of the anthology and several collections by

Northwest poets. Those anthologies protested the corporate view of the Pacific

Northwest as a ‘resource colony,’ while the collections depicted and praised our

threatened abundance and endangered beauty.  My book, The Straits, was

among those titles, in 1983. It’s a delight I can’t measure to announce 33 years

later that Empty Bowl has just published my fourth collection of poems,

Of a Feather.

If you would like copies and can’t get to the reading, they’re expected

to be available by  November 11. You can order from Empty Bowl at

Pleasure Boat Studio’s site:http://www.pleasureboatstudio.com/Books/Home.html

Or you can get a signed copy from me (and pay $15 with PayPal) at this address: https://mdaleybooksbioreadings.wordpress.com/of-a-feather-3/

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Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

– –

Don Kentop – Frozen by Fire

– –

Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

No prosaic history tome better captures the senselessness of these lives cut

Short than do the simple, elegant poems of Frozen by Fire.  I wept as I read.

Michael Schein, author, historian, and director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop

– –

In “Frozen by Fire” Donald Kentop recreates a world from ashes and

memories, breathes life and voice into those who were voiceless even

while they lived. The result is stunning.

Richard Wakefield, author of East of Early Winters, and A Vertical Mile

Memory is the mother of the muses, and Donald Kentop’s Frozen by Fire

is an important act of remembrance.

David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate, author of Ludlow, A Verse-Novel

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Nov. 18   6:30 pm  Olympia

OPN Local Poetry Event Winner Featured

Terri Cohlene, winner of the Olympia Poetry Network’s 2015 Poetry Slam,

will be OPN’s featured reader on Wednesday, November 18.  The event takes

place from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, in downtown

Olympia.  An Open Mic will precede her reading.  Cohlene is the author of nine

books for children.  She is a former art director and editor with her own

award-winning imprint  and has edited two adult poetry anthologies.  She has

taught at many venues around the Pacific Northwest and serves on the Board of

the Olympia Poetry Network.

The reading is free.  For more information, call 360-701-2030.

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November 18 – 6:30 p.m. –  Downtown Seattle

Lyn Coffin at Seattle Central Library

Lyn Coffin reads from her latest poetry and short stories

is followed by staging of her short play, “Lutefisk,”

followed by Q and A.

FREE

It begins at 6:30 p.m.

Listen to a contemporary acoustic music featuring

Kurt MacGregor Jensen from 6:30 to 7 P.M.,

then enjoy a poetic-fictional-dramatic feast topped

with “Lutefisk”performed

by Barbara Lindsay and Bill Selig.

Lyn Coffin bio:

Award-winning poet, playwright, fiction writer,

Lyn Coffin comes to the Microsoft Auditorium

to launch an annual series of events focusing on

Seattle writers and artistic personalities. Lyn is

just back from a tour where she spoke in London

at a Film Festival, from Georgia (the country),

where she read at the Library of Parliament, and

La Paz, Mexico, where she performed poetry in

an international festival.

Seattle Central Library

is at

1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-1109

• 206-386-4636

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*special two-night  event!!!!!

Nov 19  AND 20   7 PM   SEATTLE

Rose Alley Press  is celebrating their 20th Anniversary

with two readings featuring some of the very best poets

ever published by Rose Alley Press.

Try not to miss these two remarkable evenings!!!!

Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The readers are:

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop,

Belle Randall, Michael Spence

Friday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The readers are:

Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz, Bethany Reid, Douglas Schuder,

And Joannie Stangeland

Refreshments, prizes, and lots of wonderful poetry on both nights! FREE!

www.rosealleypress.com

Rose Alley Press 20th Anniversary Celebration Poetry Readings

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Contact: David D. Horowitz, rosealleypress@juno.com

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Nov. 20, 2014– 7 pm  Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring Gloria Burgess

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

7:00-8:45 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center

16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA

Room 206

Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.

About the featured reader:

Gloria Burgess fuses memory and ancestral presence into her poetry and

performances. She celebrates her deep connection to her African American,

Native American, and Celtic  heritage. A poetry fellow with Cave Canem, a

collective of poets and writers of the African Diaspora, her poetry appears in

several anthologies,  including The Ringing Ear and Gathering Ground, and in

movable and permanent installations, including on a bridge at Brown University.

Gloria’s poetry has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a

PBS film on social activism and the arts. She is currently working on a children’s

picture book about her father’s life-changing relationship with William Faulkner.

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Nov 21  3 pm  Seattle

From Pegg Sturdivant . . .

Georgia S. McDade let me know about this:

Life Enrichment Bookstore is having its AUTHOR MARATHON

Saturday November 21st from 3:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m.

Here you can hear the largest number of African-American writers in

one day than you may hear in years. Subjects and genres run the gamut.

Mark your calendar today.

5023 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

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October 2015 – NorthWest Poetry Update –

October 13, 2015

“Read as widely and as deeply as you can.

 You have to be a reader before

you can be a writer.”

Y.S. Lee

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UPDATES –

  • –   –

The Poetry by Day of the Week page  has been

updated to reflect two unfortunate changes

to the local poetry scene.

  • –    –

The Station Bistro is Auburn has closed

Which also means the 1st Monday Poetry at the Station

Reading is no more.   Striped Water and Northwest

Renaissance are exploring other venues so that a

monthly series can continue.  I’ll keep you updated.

  • –        –        –

The North End Forum at Bai Pai in Ravenna is no more.

The 1st and 3rd Monday of the month series has ended.

The restaurant owner has decided he doesn’t want the

long running series to continue.   Jed Myers its host

and organizer sent out an email announcement recently

thanking regular attendees and all involved in making the

series a special unique place to experience poetry, a little

music, prose and more since 2006.

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Remember, it’s important to support poetry and

poetry readings with your attendance at readings

and events.  Don’t take regularly scheduled readings

and open mics for granted. They won’t always be there.

Things change.  A few additional people at a reading

encourages both poets and reading organizers and

business owners to continue to have readings.

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Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about the

book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the

book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from any

book-seller and they’ll get you a copy. Consider requesting the book from your

local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to post a short review!)

I have an Amazon Author Page here    (there’s a reading/signing/appearance schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read and sometimes

wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised collaborations combining spoken

word and music.  The readings will hopefully not just sell some books (which of course

is important) but also inspire your inner poet to create something unique.   I’m

passionate about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell

books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to heal, to build

a sense of community and to show you by example how fun, entertaining, and important

poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.  If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll make

the effort and take the time to experience a reading soon.

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Wed. October 14  – 7 pm – Kirkland, WA

  • – –

Our 9th year continues….

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Band of Poets Alumni

Jed Myers, and  John Burgess

with Christopher J. Jarmick

offering a special evening of

spoken word and music

7 p.m.

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

John Burgess Web site 

Jed Myers Web Site

Chris Jarmick Website

In 2014/2015 John, Jed and Chris

have released 4 new books of poetry.

Jed Myers: Watching the Perseids and The Nameless;

John Burgess: By Land

And Chris Jarmick: Not Aloud.

Don’t miss this special evening!

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.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring Lynn Knapp, Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“Writing is an exploration.

You start from nothing.”

E.L. Doctorow

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October 16 – 7 p.m. – Seattle

  • – –

Raven Chronicles

presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating

our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle-based Journal

of Art, Literature &

The Spoken Word.

  • – –

October 16, 2015,

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free

Jack Straw Cultural Center,

4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

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Readings/ Performances by:

  • – –

MC – Paul Hunter

  • – –

Cultural Geography:

Vladimir Vulovic

  • – –

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche

Marianne Weltmann

  • – –

Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch

Bang Nguyen

Taumstar

  • – –

Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

James Bertolino

Larry Crist

Michael Heavener

Kat Humphrey

Chris Jarmick

Larry Laurence

Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge

Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton

Ann Teplick

Carletta Carrington Wilson

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Optional: Bring finger food

&/or beverage to share

with the gathering

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October 17 –  5 p.m. – Eugene, Or.

  • – –

Poetry for the People

  • – –

Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

  • – –

open mic

FREE

  • – –

Hosted by Laura LeHew

  • – –

5 to 7 p.m.

  • – –

Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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LAST CHANCE…

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

This WEEKEND

October 16-17!!!!

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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On October 16-17, 2015, we are

excited to bring the first ever

Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring

a great lineup of regionally and

nationally known poets,

educators, and performers. The

two-day event will feature public

performances, workshops, panel

discussions, and open mic events for

participants of all ages. We will also be

celebrating the 25th anniversary of our

lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry

Connection. All events will take place

at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building

(3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival,

we will present a public performance

the evening of October 16 featuring

our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, one of the foremost

poets of the Pacific Northwest. He was

the editor of Poetry Northwest for 36

years and chancellor of the Academy

of American Poets for 23 years.

David has published 25 poetry

collections and 10 novels.  He is

Professor emeritus of the University

of Washington and now teaches the

low residency MFA program for

the Northwest Institute of Literary

Arts on Whidbey Island.

Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet

Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as

past Poets Laureates who have

represented Tacoma’s vital and

growing poetry community over the

last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of

workshops by Thomas Lux,

Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed,

Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,

Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul Nelson, Kevin Miller,

Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo,

as well as a community open mic and

book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is

dedicated to bringing educational

opportunities to young people in

Tacoma, and will feature an

EducationDay during the school day

on Friday. Open to any high- or

middle-school classrooms in Tacoma,

we will feature workshops, lunch, and

an open mic at no cost. Interested

teachers should contact us through

the festival’s website.

Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule

and registration information,

visit the festival’s website

at http://www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com

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October 18 –  5 p.m. –     Seattle

  • – –

The Rainier Valley Lit Crawl

  • – –

Four venues. Twelve writers.

One night in October.

Come be a part of it…

  • – –

5 pm Columbia City Art Gallery

6 pm Hummingbird Saloon

7 pm Rumba Notes

8 pm Union Bar

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More details on Facebook Page

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from Leopoldo Seguel

  • – –

October 28–  7:00 p.m. – West Seattle

  • – –
  • On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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    Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest (since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud(September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection was IGNITIONPoem Starters, . . . (2010). His poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


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    Cesario is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has fashioned some very effective fruit-fly traps out of rejection letters for a variety of his sonnets. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and received an Army Achievement Medal for being top of the class in army cook school. Cesario resides in West Seattle with his wife and their two cats, Rudy and Lynus.

    Plus Open Mic

    FREE

    C & P Coffee Company , 5612 California Ave SW, ,

    Seattle,, Washington, 98136

    Poetrybridge Website is here!

4th Wednesday

Poetrybridge Reading Series

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October 30 – 7 p.m. –  Redmond

  • – –

RASP Reading

Feature

Jason Zion

  • – –

Open Mic

FREE

  • – –

Friday, October 30, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

  • – –

Jason Zions has been writing

poetry for more than forty years,

although the first ten years or so

were pretty terrible. He is a

trained storyteller and musician,

and is likelier to characterize

himself as “bard” than “poet.” His

work was published in the RASP

collection Here, There, and

Everywhere, and more can be

seen at feedingthegeek.tumblr.com

(along with some excellent recipes

and meditations on cooking

and technology). In his day job as

software architect for a large

software monopoly, he’s lectured to

thousands around the world to

vaguely thunderous applause.

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RASP READINGS ARE AT:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052

(look for us in

Room 206, upstairs)

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RASP Website here

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November 5 – 7 pm – Everett

  • – –

Everett Poetry Nite

presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

  • – –

open mic

7 p.m. sign-up

  • – –

FREE

  • – –

Everett Poetry Nite is held at

Café Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, WA 98201

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Website is here

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On October 10th, 2015  we had a special reading

At Park Place Books in Kirkland featuring the poetry

Of 5 MoonPath Press published poets

Ronda Broatch, Joseph Green, Cindy Hutchings,

Christopher J. Jarmick and Raul Sanchez.

Thanks to everyone to attended.

Here’s a few pictures. . . . Cindy, Chris, Joseph and Raul  (Ronda was not at reading, but some of her poems were read).

MoonP read all  MoonP read cindyMoonP read JosephMoonpath read raulMoonP read duane chris

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Coming soon:

Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

  • – –

Don KentopFrozen by Fire

  • – –

Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

  • – –

No prosaic history tome better captures the senselessness of these lives cut short

than do the simple, elegant poems of Frozen by Fire.  I wept as I read. 

  • Michael Schein, author, historian, and director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop
  • – –

In “Frozen by Fire” Donald Kentop recreates a world from ashes and memories,

breathes life and voice into those who were voiceless even while they lived. 

The result is stunning.

Richard Wakefield, author of East of Early Winters, and A Vertical Mile

Memory is the mother of the muses, and Donald Kentop’s Frozen by Fire is an important act

of remembrance.

  • David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate, author of Ludlow, A Verse-Novel

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

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September 2015 – NorthWest Poetry – Special Fall Not Aloud Edition

September 25, 2015

Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others,

you are reading it into yourself and them. Voice helps to carry words

farther and deeper than the eye.

  • Seamus Heaney

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

– – Coco Chanel


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Welcome to this special edition of NorthWest Poetry.

This edition focuses mainly on the Fall/October Readings I’m doing in support of

my just published poetry collection, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press).

I have included a few other readings that are happening in the next week at the end of this blog.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!    If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about the book, and helps MoonPath Press and me.  Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy.

So far I’ve signed and sold over 60 books directly at readings and personal appearances

(through September 24th). Several more have been sold through Amazon and book-sellers.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

I have an Amazon Author Page here    (there’s a reading/signing/appearance schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but also inspire your inner poet to create something unique.   I’m passionate about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun, entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.  If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll make the effort and take the time to experience a reading soon.

 

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Saturday October 10th –  6:30 p.m. –  Kirkland

MoonPath Press 2015 Author Reading

A very special evening featuring 4  Poets

who have published books with MoonPath Press in 2015

Ronda Broatch, Cindy M. Hutchings,

Joseph Green & Christopher J. Jarmick

Reading, Book Signing,  Finger Food, Chocolate

FREE

Meet, hear the poets.

Buy books for yourselves or for gifts.

We’ll gather at 6:30 p.m.  The reading will be from 7 p.m.

to approximately 8:30 p.m.

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Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Books website here

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Wednesday, October 14  –  7:00 p.m. –  Kirkland

Take a Poem From Your Heart 2nd Wednesday Series

Presents

John Burgess, Christopher J. Jarmick

and Jed Myers

plus an Open Mic

FREE

John, Chris and Jed will read poems from their recently

published poetry collections and then mix spoken word and

music in a Band of Poets collaboration.

Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Website is here

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October 16, 2015    7 P.M.   Seattle, WA

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh! Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle- based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.

October 16, 2015, Friday, 7:00 p.m.,

Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

Readings/ Performances by:

MC –  Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography: Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche  & Marianne Weltmann

Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch , Bang Nguyen  & Taumstar

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!  Poems by:

James Bertolino, Larry Crist,  Michael Heavenr

Kat Humphrey, Christopher J.  Jarmick

Larry Laurence, Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge, Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton, Ann Teplick

& Carletta Carrington Wilson

This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW FOUNDATION.

Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, &

The Washington state arts commission (with NEA funding)

for partial funding of our 2015 programs.

Contact Information: http://www.ravenchronicles.org

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October 17, 2015  Eugene Oregon 5 p.m.

Poetry for the People

Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

open mic

FREE

Hosted by Laura LeHew

5 to 7 p.m.

Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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Wednesday October 28  7:00 p.mWest Seattle, WA

4th Wednesday Poetrybridge Reading Series

On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest (since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud(September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection was IGNITIONPoem Starters, . . . (2010). His poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


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Cesario is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has fashioned some very effective fruit-fly traps out of rejection letters for a variety of his sonnets. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and received an Army Achievement Medal for being top of the class in army cook school. Cesario resides in West Seattle with his wife and their two cats, Rudy and Lynus.

Plus Open Mic

FREE

C & P Coffee Company , 5612 California Ave SW, ,

Seattle,, Washington, 98136

Poetrybridge Website is here!

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Coming soon. . .   Thursday, November 5th……  Everett Poetry Nite

features Christopher J. Jarmick curated and hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen

who created the artwork used on the cover of Chris’ latest poetry collection Not Aloud!

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Thanks Ed Johnsonfor taking these pictures.   Left I’m doing a little spoken word with music improvisation courtesy of Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer  at  Pam and Jerry Libstaff’s Words and Music Concert in Vaughn, WA on the Key Peninsula.

Below– A picture during the poetry set.    All three of my daughters aka ‘The Three T’s ‘ (my brother, his wife and my ex-wife) were in the audience.  Over 70 people (standing room only) were part of the sold out program!  Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable evening! I see some of you at Morso’s in Gig Harbor when I read there in November!!!

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Not Aloud (2015) is published by MoonPath Press a small press publisher in Kingston, Washington.   Help me in my grassroots efforts to let people know about Not Aloud in several ways.

You can request that your local library order a copy or two.  You’ll probably need some additional info and fill out a form… but it is a big big help if you do.  Be nice to know the book is available to more people through the library.

I also started the NorthWest Poetry Book Read-A-Thon .   Click on that link for my blog post which tells you all about the challenge to read at least 6 books out of a list of 26 before November 1, 2015.  Encourages everyone to read more poetry books AND comment do mini-reviews on them at Amazon/GoodReads etc.  Good for poets/small press/ and readers like YOU too!

OTHER READINGS THIS WEEK

Friday, September 25  7 p.m.- Redmond
RASP  Redmond Association of Spoken Word

presents  Jack Straw Writers Reading

w/  Clare Johnson, Laura Da’

and Kevin Craft.

Plus open mic

FREE

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA

RASP Website here

Sunday, September 27  4 p.m.  Bellingham

You are Invited

In alphabetical order, we will present:

James Bertolino, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke,

Larry Crist, Denise duMaurier, Susan Chase Foster,

Paul Hunter, Laurel Leigh, Michael Dylan Welch,

Richard Widerkehr, and J. Jamiesen Woods.

Village Books,

1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA

Looking to submit to Clover’s next issue to be published in December?

Click Clover Link Here


Thursday, October 1 –  7:00 p.m. Burien

Poets West (hosted by Lisa Noble)

Features:  

Peter Ludwin

& Michael Spence

plus open mic

FREE

7 p.m. at  Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in Burien, WA

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Thursday – 10/1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA

* * * CONGRATULATIONS * * *

Connie Walle !!!!    

AMOCAT AWARDS

CONNIE WRITES:

October 1, 6pm, Tacoma Armory (715 S 11th), the Mayor of Tacoma

will present Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.

I could not have done this without the wonderful poets who share their

work with us at Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick,

Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo and other leaders in this genre who spread

the word. The poets who come from Texas,Chicago, California, New York

and many other states to read for us.  Leaders in the industry like Kevin Miller,

Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for workshops.  I want to

thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.  If at all

possible, I would love to have you all pack the armory to show Tacoma Art

Commission that poetry does matter and we appreciate their recognition of that.

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 From Richard Gold and Pongo:
Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:
Pongo has some volunteer openings for
next school year,and we also help to
place volunteers with Pongo-inspired
writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing
projects at juvenile  detention in Seattle
and at the Washington state psychiatric
hospital for children in Tacoma. We also
have a new project with formerly
homeless, chronically alcoholic adults.
We are conducting this last project in
collaboration with researchers at
Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
If you are from another city, write to us.
We may be able to connect you with a
Pongo-inspired project in your area.
===
Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary
on Thursday,October 1st, at Richard
Hugo House. There will be a poetry
reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s
future. Please plan to join us!
=== .
Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the
Week-Feb. 9) 


Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the
website throughout 2015.
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Mid-September Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

September 11, 2015

“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day

of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.

Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason

they write so very little. But we do. We have so much we want

to say and figure out.

Anne Lamott

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A person is a fool to become a writer.

His only compensation is absolute freedom.

He has no master except his own soul and that

I am sure is why he does it.”

Roald Dahl
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Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

Thank you.

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For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

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I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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Saturday, Sept 12, 10 a.m. KENT, Wa.

FREE WORKSHOP

10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”

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September 19  6:15 pm. Vaughn, WA
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There may still be a few spots
available at the Words and Music
House Concert on Saturday
September 19th!
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Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –
Not Aloud
(MoonPath Press)
Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
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Event Info here:
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Dave and Mandy’s Website
(with some music videos!)
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Chris Jarmick’s Amazon Author Page Here
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To find out more email to
info@watermarkwriters.com
RSVP (a must) by calling:
253-778-6559.
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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a
unique house concert series in their
beautiful Key Peninsula home
overlooking the water and beautiful
sunsets.  A poet and a touring
musician or musical group combine
for an evening of spoken word
followed by music.
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Tasty appetizers, snacks and
wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.
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A suggested donation of $20.00 pays
for the performing artists  and any
additional donations goes towards
supporting the non-profit
Wartermark Writers literacy programs.
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Upcoming  Events
On October 3 — Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – Joseph Green
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Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
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To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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Monday 9/21  8:15  Seattle
The North End Forum created and
usually hosted by Jed Myers is a loose
gathering of poets, musicians, prose
writers who share Words and music in
a very casual laid back setting In the
Bai Pai  Restaurant Bar/Lounge  on
the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
– –
The 21st is a bit different….
We’ll have a special extra spotlight
reading from Christopher J. Jarmick
to celebrate the publication of
Not Aloud from MoonPath Press.
(around 9:30 ish) He’ll have books to
sign and sell during the break.
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Chris will read a few extra poems and
do a number or two with the house band.
Plenty of time for the usual open mic too.
– –
Happy Hour prices on drinks
FREE/ no cover charge
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BAI PAI
Is located at:
2316 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

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Saturday- 9/26    7 p.m. Bellingham
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Special Event at
Village Books in Bellingham
– – –
Christopher J. Jarmick
reading/book signing
NOT ALOUD 
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Sept 26th  7 p.m.
Village Books in Bellingham
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They created a reading event page here.

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Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland

Featuring:

Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company

FREE

Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……

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Wed. October 14   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

Our next

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

.

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.

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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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

Lynn Knapp, Chris Jarmick, Linda Strever,
Irene Bloom, Lillo Way, Pattie Palmer Baker,
Judith Skillman and Shawn Aveningo 

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil

hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper.

If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness,

you’ll do yourself a service.”

– Stephen Sondheim

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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I have a new NOT ALOUD FACEBOOK PAGE 

(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity

Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.

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TONIGHT!!!

Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic

FREE

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.

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Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems

By

John Burgess

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro

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Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville

PoetsWest at THE CREEKSIDE

David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic

FREE

Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m.

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com

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Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!

Featuring:

Michael G. Hickey

and

Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic

FREE

SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.

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Friday 9/18  7 p.m.  Steilacoom, WA

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry &
Writers Venue Poetry Reading
3rd Friday September 18, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Janet Froststad

Espresso By the Bay
1203 Rainier St
Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:
andersonislandwrites.com

Janet Sleeper Frostad: is a Puget Sound
poet who is proud to admit that she still
loves the song Mandy. Janet first began
to write as a way to navigate
adolescence in very rural Eastern
Washington. Now, in the uncertain waters
of middle age, she has again returned to
the pen for buoyancy and balance. Being
an active poet requires her to slow down
and take a careful look at life.

Janet has published poems in Quill &
Parchment, Mused (Bella Online Literary
Review) and locally in a small limited
edition booklet, Lights on the Tip of Our
Ambulation, Ten Tacoma Poems on Art,
Creativity and the City.  Janet lives with
her husband and two active young
daughters who inspire her each day to
live artfully and with gratitude.
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Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle

PRISCILLA LONG

Reading/Signing

Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press

At

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA

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Sept 23,  7 p.m.  West Seattle

from Leopoldo…..

Dear poetrybridge community,


Rayn Roberts kicks off our 2015-16 poetrybridge reading season on September 23rd at C&P Coffee starting at 7 PM.  Rayn also read during the summer readings but for those of you who missed him, this coming fall evening will be a great time to hear him read from his numerous collection of poems. Here is a short bio of Rayn: 

Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights and poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly responsible for showing him how to do this, but there are other perpetrators too.  He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his puppets are in books to read on rainy days, but don’t lend to your conservative relatives.  Their brains may short circuit. Find Rayn Roberts online & @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books & Poetic Matrix: http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx. Hear him on KSER Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.  You can hear him on the PoetsWest website anytime you like: http://www.poetswest.com/radio_programs.htm   

I am still working on finding another poet or storyteller to be the other featured reader in September and will let you know when I am able to do so.

As always, there will be a community mic staring around 8 PM ending at 9.

I will be sending out the poster for this event and updating the website soon.

Looking ahead, On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest (since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud(September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection was IGNITIONPoem Starters, . . . (2010). His poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


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Cesario is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has fashioned some very effective fruit-fly traps out of rejection letters for a variety of his sonnets. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and received an Army Achievement Medal for being top of the class in army cook school. Cesario resides in West Seattle with his wife and their two cats, Rudy and Lynus.

Please mark on your calendar.

I am still firming up the schedule for the rest of the year and will post it soon, I hope.

Thanks.

Leopoldo

C&P Coffee is located

5612 California Ave SW, , Seattle,, Washington, 98136

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Thursday Sept 24  Tacoma  7 p.m.
– – –
Cindy  M.  Hutchings
Reading/book signing
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Support my fellow MoonPath Press
published poet Cindy as she has a
special reading and  book signing
of her recently published (2015)
collection of poems:
Tree Talk
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FREE
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At Tacoma’s Kings Books
Location:
218 St Helens Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801

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Friday 9/25  7 p.m.   Redmond WA

RASP
Presents  Jack Straw Writers
Clare Johnson, Laura Da’
and Kevin Craft

7 p.m.

plus open mic

Free

Clare Johnson is a writer and visual
artist, published in Blithe House Quarterly,
Quiet Shorts, Frogmore Papers, 14
Magazine, Lumina, and Cranky. She is
a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize
recipient, and her ongoing Post-it Note
Project (drawing a memory on a post-it
each night) won a Seattle Magazine Best
of 2011 for “Best New Take on the
Memoir,” also garnering a cover feature
in Real Change. Recent honors include
Artist Trust funding to expand her series
of drawings inspired by favorite works of
literature, and the publication of Roses,
a book pairing her art with poems by
Rainer Maria Rilke. She is working on
her book-length poetry and fiction project
Will I live here when I grow up.

Laura Da’ is a poet and public school
teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific
Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at
the University of Washington and the
Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is
an enrolled member of the Eastern
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Her first
chapbook,The Tecumseh Motel, was
published in Effigies II. The University
of Arizona Press will publish her first
full-length manuscript, Tributaries, in
2015. Da’ lives near Seattle
with her husband and son.

Kevin Craft, curator of the 2015 Jack
Straw Writers Program, is also the
editor of Poetry Northwest. His books
include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank
Books, 2005), and five volumes of
the anthology Mare Nostrum, an
annual collection of Italian translation
and Mediterranean-inspired writing.
His poems, reviews, and essays have
appeared widely in such places as
Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter,
Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest
Review, The Stranger, and West
Branch. A 2008 Jack Straw Writer,
he has also been awarded fellowships
from the MacDowell Colony, the
Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the
Camargo Foundation (France),
4Culture, and Artist Trust.

RASP is located at
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, Washington 98052

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Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is
October 16-17!!!!


REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

On October 16-17, 2015, we are
excited to bring the first ever
Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring
a great lineup of regionally and
nationally known 
poets,
educators, and performers. The
two-day event will feature public
performances, workshops, panel
discussions, and open mic events for
participants of all ages. We will also be
celebrating the 25th anniversary of our
lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry
Connection. All events will take place
at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building

(3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival,
we will present a public performance
the evening of October 16 featuring
our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, one of the foremost
poets of the Pacific Northwest. He was
the editor of Poetry Northwest for 36
years and chancellor of the Academy
of American Poets for 23 years.—

David has published 25 poetry
collections and 10 novels.  He is
Professor emeritus of the University
of Washington and now teaches the
low residency MFA program for
the Northwest Institute of Literary
Arts on Whidbey Island.

Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet
Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as
past Poets Laureates who have
represented Tacoma’s vital and
growing poetry community over the
last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of
workshops by Thomas Lux,
Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed,
Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall, 

Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,
Paul Nelson, 
Kevin Miller,
Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo, 


as well as a community open mic and
book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is
dedicated to bringing educational
opportunities to young people in
Tacoma, and will feature an
EducationDay during the school day
on Friday. Open to any high- or
middle-school classrooms in Tacoma,
we will feature workshops, lunch, and
an open mic at no cost. Interested
teachers should contact us through
the festival’s website.
Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule
and registration information,
visit the festival’s website

Thanks and see you in October!
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Raven Chronicles
hot off the press humor issue
reading at Jack Straw
is on Friday, October 16th!

MC Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography
Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:
Judith Roche,poems
Marianne Weltmann, 2 odes

Words from The Cafe:
Introduced by Anna Bálint
Tamar Hirsch, poem
Bang Nguyen, poem
Taumstar,  poems

Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!
Kat Humphrey: jokes interspersed;

James Bertolino  poems
Larry Crist  poems
Chris Jarmick  poems
Larry Laurence  poems
Lawrence Matsuda  poems
Jennifer Munro-excerpt, creative non-fiction
Ann Teplick, excerpt, essay
Carletta Carrington Wilson-poem

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Thursday – 10/1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA

* * * CONGRATULATIONS * * *

Connie Walle !!!!    

AMOCAT AWARDS

CONNIE WRITES:

October 1, 6pm, Tacoma Armory (715 S 11th), the Mayor of Tacoma

will present Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.

I could not have done this without the wonderful poets who share their

work with us at Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick,

Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo and other leaders in this genre who spread

the word. The poets who come from Texas,Chicago, California, New York

and many other states to read for us.  Leaders in the industry like Kevin Miller,

Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for workshops.  I want to

thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.  If at all

possible, I would love to have you all pack the armory to show Tacoma Art

Commission that poetry does matter and we appreciate their recognition of that.

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 From Richard Gold and Pongo:
Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:
Pongo has some volunteer openings for
next school year,and we also help to
place volunteers with Pongo-inspired
writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing
projects at juvenile  detention in Seattle
and at the Washington state psychiatric
hospital for children in Tacoma. We also
have a new project with formerly
homeless, chronically alcoholic adults.
We are conducting this last project in
collaboration with researchers at
Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
If you are from another city, write to us.
We may be able to connect you with a
Pongo-inspired project in your area.
===
Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary
on Thursday,October 1st, at Richard
Hugo House. There will be a poetry
reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s
future. Please plan to join us!
=== .
Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the
Week-Feb. 9) 


Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the
website throughout 2015.
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September 2015 – Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

August 31, 2015

“Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

Seamus Heaney

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“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.”

Mary Oliver

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“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

Thank you.

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For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

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Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Wed. September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

First Wednesday of the month means

Duvall Poetry!

September 2nd is the first official NOT ALOUD reading!

(and it won’t be quiet….).

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Michael Schein is scheduled to host.

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copies of Not Aloud will be available

for purchase.

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Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Website is here.

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Monday, September 7th -7 p.m.- Auburn, WA

From Striped Water Poets Central:

Poetry at the Station Bistro!

presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

Monday September 7

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

(first Mondays!)

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted regularly

scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the Northwest since 2001.

His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, has just been published by

MoonPath Press.   Oh…and you might like and share his Facebook

Book Page: Not Aloud

extra special thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!

Come Join us for delicious food and wonderful poetry

at The Station Bistro!

Be sure to check out the NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon

NORTHWEST POETRY READ-A-THON

https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/northwest-poetry-read-a-thon/

Striped Water Poets Website

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Wed. September 9   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

We begin our 9th year on

September 9th!!!!  7 p.m.

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Matthew Brouwer

and poems from

Stories We Must Tell

w/ guest spotlight poet

Christopher J. Jarmick

and poems from

Not Aloud

Matthew will also have his Saxophone!  So expect

a little music and poetry improv from Chris and Matthew!

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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 US and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

and a smattering of print and online journals.  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.  Stories We Must

Tell, his first full collection of poems, was released spring, 2015.

Matthew’s WEBSITE here.

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.

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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 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick  7 p.m.

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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

several poets from Oregon and locally.

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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Saturday, Sept 12, 10 a.m. KENT, Wa.

FREE WORKSHOP

10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”

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September 19  6:00 p.m. Vaugn, WA

There may still be a few spots available at the

Words and Music

Concert on Saturday September 19th!

Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –  Not Aloud (MoonPath Press)

Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

To find out more email to

info@watermarkwriters.com

You must RSVP by calling: 253-778-6559.

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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a unique house concert series

in their beautiful Key Peninsula home overlooking the water

and beautiful sunsets.  A poet and a touring musician or musical group

combine for an evening of spoken word followed by music.

Tasty appetizers, snacks and wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.

A suggested donation of $20.00 pays for the performing artists

and any additional donations goes toward supporting the non-profit

Wartermark Writers literacy programs.

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“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and

hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some

come safe to land, where the notes are read and then

possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else

understood all too well by those who hate the message.

You never know who your readers might be.”

– – Margaret Atwood

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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I have a new NOT ALOUD FACEBOOK PAGE 

(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.

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Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic

FREE

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.

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Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems

By

John Burgess

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro

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Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville

PoetsWest at THE CREEKSIDE

David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic

FREE

Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m.

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com

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Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!

Featuring:

Michael G. Hickey

and

Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic

FREE

SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.

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Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle

PRISCILLA LONG

Reading/Signing

Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press

At

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA

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Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 

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From Elizabeth Austen:

(Note from Chris J. : I don’t have time to re-link all of the events

Listed but if you are interested it should be easy to

Google more information with what’s provided here.)

Sept. 10: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop with Elizabeth Austen,

Vancouver Community Library, 2 to 4p. Pre-registration is required.

Sept. 10: Elizabeth Austen reading for the Ghost Town Poetry Series,

Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver.

Includes an open mic. 7p.

Sept. 16: Jourdan Imani Keith & Nicole Hardy

at

C&P Coffee (West Seattle) for the WordsWest reading series. 7p.m.

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Sept. 16: Bruce Barcott, Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, Brian McGuigan and

Anastacia Renee Tolbert at Hugo House for the Wage Slaves reading series. 7p.

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Sept. 17: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Q&A with

Elizabeth Austen and Quenton Baker at theJefferson County Library,

Port Hadlock, 6:30 to 8p.

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Sept. 19: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco at Seattle First Baptist Church,

1111 Harvard (at Union). 7p. (He’s also reading poetry as part of the 11a worship

service on Sept. 20.) More at http://www.seattlefirstbaptist.org.

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Looking for ways to kickstart your own writing practice?

Seattle Writes: Registration is now open for the 2015 series of FREE programs,

workshops and write-ins for local writers, now through Dec. 6.

Poetry for All:  Writing prompt videos at wapoetlaureate.org (also FREE)

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COMING SOON . .

Save the dates –

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Saturday September 26 I’ll be at Village Books

in Bellingham to read and sign Not Aloud.

They created a reading event page here.

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Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland

Featuring:

Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company

FREE

Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

October 16-17!!!!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

On October 16-17, 2015, we are excited to

bring the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival

featuring a great lineup of regionally and

nationally known poets, educators, and

performers. The two-day event will feature

public performances, workshops, panel

discussions, and open mic events for

participants of all ages. We will also be

celebrating the 25th anniversary of our lead

sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry Connection.

All events will take place at the Tacoma

Public Utilities Building

(3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival, we will

present a public performance the evening of

October 16 featuring our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, recognized as the leading poet of the Pacific Northwest,

will be our keynote presenter  plus

Nate Marshall, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb

and Tacoma Poet Laureate

Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureates

who have represented Tacoma’s vital and growing poetry community over the last

decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of workshops by Thomas Lux, Kay Mullen

Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul NelsonKevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, and Lucas Smiraldo,

as well as a community open mic and

book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is

dedicated to bringing educational opportunities

to young people in Tacoma, and will feature

an EducationDay during the school day on

Friday. Open to any high- or middle-school

classrooms in Tacoma, we will feature

workshops, lunch, and an open mic at no cost. Interested teachers should contact us through

the festival’s website. Space is limited,

so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule and

registration information, link here: visit the festival’s website

and LIKE us on Facebook

at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tacoma-Poetry-Festival/872704889475147

Thanks and see you in October!

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Raven Chronicles

hot off the press humor issue

reading at Jack Straw

is on Friday, October 16th!

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Thursday – October 1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA

* * * CONGRATULATIONS * * *

Connie Walle !!!!  

AMOCAT AWARDS

CONNIE WRITES:

October 1, 6pm, Tacoma Armory (715 S 11th), the Mayor of Tacoma will present

Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.  I could not have

done this without the wonderful poets who share their work with us at Puget

Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick, Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo

and other leaders in this genre who spread the word. The poets who come from

Texas, Chicago, California, New York and many other states to read for us. Leaders

in the industry like Kevin Miller, Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for

workshops. I want to thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.

If at all possible, I would love to have you all pack the armory to show Tacoma Art

Commission that poetry does matter and we appreciate their recognition of that.

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From Richard Gold and Pongo:

Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:

Pongo has some volunteer openings for next school year,and we also help to place

volunteers with Pongo-inspired  writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing projects at

juvenile  detention in Seattle and at the Washington state psychiatric hospital for

children in Tacoma. We also have a new project with formerly homeless, chronically

alcoholic adults. We are conducting this last project in collaboration with researchers

at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. If you are from another city, write to us. We

may be able to connect you with  a Pongo-inspired project in your area.

Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary on

Thursday,October 1st, at Richard Hugo

House. There will be a poetry reading and a

strong focus on Pongo’s future. Please plan to

join us!

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Please visit Pongo’s web site for videos, poetry,

writing activities, and more…

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September AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

Melding  Authors, Poets,

Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an

intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes

hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful

entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

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Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – Joseph Green

Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is here

(Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9)

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.

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