- NaPoWriMo and National Poetry Month Announcement.
- Poetry readings and gatherings
- House Concerts
- New book anthology just released
One must know and recognize not merely the direct but the
secret power of the word; one must be able to give one’s
writing unexpected effects. It must have a hectic, anguished
vehemence, so that it rushes past like a gust of air, and it
must have a latent, roistering tenderness so that it creeps and
steals one’s mind; it must be able to ring out like a sea-shanty
in a tremendous hour, in the time of the tempest, and it must
be able to sigh like one who, in tearful mood, sobs
in his inmost heart.”
― Knut Hamsun
In less than 8 days it will be April 1st which begins National
Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)
where you are encouraged to write a poem a day for 30 days.
I will be posting prompts on this blog to help encourage you.
A great resource for all things NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s
website. She began posting her prompts and poems on her blog
back in 2003. The Napowrimo.net story here. Check it out.
Also take a a peak at poets.org 2015 National Poetry Month poster here!
My first NaPoWriMo post will be on March 30 suggesting you might
write your first poem on the 31st because…. well you’ll have to wait
a few days to find out why. . . Stay tuned.
“We talk so abstractly about poetry
because all of us are usually bad poets.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
APRIL 8TH!!!! 7 p.m. Kirkland, WA
For several years at one of my April poetry readings
we’ve had a little bit of extra fun sharing Baaad Poetry.
This includes poetry written by well-known usually good poets,
or poetry written by famously terrible poets or poetry mistakes
written by celebrities. Sometimes very brave open mic poets
share their own bright purple original mistakes too. I bring
Baaad Poetry for people to read (if they don’t bring their
own examples) and we have fun not taking ourselves too
seriously for an evening while learning from the mistakes
and miscalculations of others.
Part of the evening includes a featured reader reading GOOD poetry
from a recently published poetry collection. This year the
featured poet is David D.Horowitz of Rose Alley Press fame
reading some excellent selections from his just published,
hot off the press brand new collection of poetry called
Cathedral and Highrise (2015). There will l be copies
available for purchase at the reading.
This all takes place the second Wednesday of April
at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington April 8th
7 pm. to 8:30. Everyone is invited to come out,
have fun, listen and you’ll also be encouraged to join in
and read a bad poem (I’ll have several bad poems for
people to read). We always create a fun memorable
evening doing this and I hope you’ll put it on your calendars
and plan to attend.
Note: Let me also encourage you to read one of David’s
latest prose pieces Grit not Glamour at
TONIGHT!!!! March 24 7 p.m. Uptown Ex… Seattle
From Margaret Roncone
An informal open mic meets twice a
month in lower Queen Anne. Drop ins
and newcomers are always welcome.
It will next happen on
Tuesday March 24th
AT Uptown Expresso
525 Queen Anne Ave.
March 25 7 p.m. C &P West Seattle
From Leopoldo Seguel
Dear poetrybridge community,
You are all invited to our poetrybridge reading this Wednesday
featuring Christine Clarke and Larry Crist followed
C & P Coffee is located at
5612 California Ave in West Seattle
I hope to see you this Wednesday,
The Poetrybridge Readings at C&P …..
Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet whose award-
winning poetry has been published in DMQ Review, Clover,
Randomly Accessed Poetics, Highland ParkPoetry, and
Storm Cycle 2013: The Best of: Kind of a Hurricane Press.
Larry Crist lives and writes in Seattle where he has lived
for over 20 years, has been widely published. His first
poetry collection, Undertow Overtures is available through
Amazon and select NW bookstores.
April 22 Features
Chris Vannoy is a promoter, editor, teacher and tireless
advocate of words both written and spoken, has been
published in City Works, The Writing Center, and Tokes
anthologies , and Ghosts of the Beatnik Poets anthology
as well as Visions and Step Jazz magazines. One of 25
San Diego poets featured on the Exploded Views CD,
he was on the first San Diego slam team to go to the
Slam Nationals in Seattle.
Claudia Castro Luna was born in El Salvador, came
to the United States in 1981, got serious about writing
and earned an MFA in poetry. She is ever searching for
the turn of phrase, the just word, like a bird searching for
the perfect twig to make her nest. She writes poetryand is
also working on a memoir about her experience escaping
the Salvadoran Civil War.
Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur,
a former Wordsworth curator, has been published in
various anthologies, is the founding member of the
FloatingMountainPoets, a performing troupe of poets
which also include dancers, aerialists, singers, percussionists
and burlesque stylists in their shows. Dobbie is best known for
being the host and curator of one of Seattle’s longest running
(now defunct) reading series: THIRD TUESDAYS POETS &
WRITERS. Dobbie now lives And writes in Belllingham.
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 (due out
September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection
was IGNITION: Poem Starters, . . .(2010). His poetry has appeared
in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and
online. His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).
March 26 7 pm. Good Shep… – Seattle
Look at the line-up of readers scheduled for this one!
Poetry at The Good Shepherd Center
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Features: Donald Kentop, Belle Randall, Marjorie Rommel,
Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center,
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North,
March 26 7 p.m. Everett
Everett Poetry Night,
Thurs. March 26,
7:00 p.m.at Café Zippy
(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).
The feature is John Burgess with his
brand new book!!!
March 27 RASP 7 pm Redmond
March’s Featured Events!
Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle
are the featured poets!!!!
Friday, March 27, 2015,
7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM
RASP (Redmond Association of SpokenWord) meets monthly on the
last Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, at the
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 9805,
and also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond
Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month. All
events are free. Please join us!
James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years
at schools ranging from Washington State University to
Cornell University. He spent 14 years at Western Washington
University and retired from Willamette University as Writer
-in-Residence in 2006. He has received a number of national
awards for his poetry, and his 12 volumes include Ravenous
Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, MoonPath Press, 2014.
Bertolino has served as an editor for Abraxas, Epoch,
Cincinnati Poetry Review, and Stone-Marrow Press. He lives
with his wife, artist and poet Anita Boyle, on five acres
near Bellingham, Washington.
Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist,and graphic designer, and the
author of three books of poetry: The Drenched, What
the Alder Told Me, and Bamboo Equals Loon. She recently
received a Poet Publisher Peace Award from the World Peace
Poets. Anita lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham, Wa.
with her husband, the poet James Bertolino.
Michael Dylan Welch
April 1 – 7 p.m. Station Bistro Auburn
Poetry at the Station Bistro!
ON APRIL FOOLS DAY — NO KIDDING!
presents: James Rodgers & Susan Rich
Wednesday April 1 no foolin!
110 2nd Street # 125
Auburn, WA 98003
James Rodgers has been writing poetry for three decades, and
besides a lot of poems, doesn’t have much to show for it. He has
been published in multiple magazines and publications,
including Ha!, Fly By Night, Cascade, and many more. He has
won numerous awards, including first place in the WPA Charles
Proctor Humor category, and third prize in a contest combining
poetry with paintings in a Puyallup Art Gallery. James’ silly haiku
can be found daily on his blog here. . James is a world traveler and
also an avid photographer, and is currently set to provide images
for Cindy Hutchings‘ upcoming first poetry book debut
from Moonpath Press.
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including
Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures Include Travel,
and The Cartographer’s Tongue. Susan has worked as a staff person
for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia
Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank.
She lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps
Volunteer. She currently lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline
Community College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens:
Writers Read Their Work. Her poems have been published in the
Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor,
Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest
Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review.
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!
“So many things I had thought forgotten
Return to my mind with stranger pain:
Like letters that arrive addressed to someone
Who left the house so many years ago.”
― Philip Larkin
April 3rd Elliott Bay Book Co. Seattle, WA
Judith Roche at Elliott Bay Book
Friday April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the publication of ALL FiRE ALL WATER. the latest book
by legendary Seattle poet Judith Roche published by
Black Heron Press
Elliott Bay Website (note April Event Calendar hasn’t been
Updated yet) http://www.elliottbaybook.com/node/about
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave,
Seattle, Washington 98122
April 9th 6:00 p.m. Ballard, WA
It’s About Time Reading series
6:00 – 7:45 p.m. at that
Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
Thurs. April 9, 2015 #306
Lary Christ, Kelly Martineau, Vera Shanti Giles
& Waverly Fitzgerald on the Writer’s Craft
Plus Open Mic FREE!!!
APRIL 10 7 PM. TACOMA, WA
Distinguished Writer Series
Presented by the City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
April 10th, Friday at 7:oo p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)
Feature for April: Peggy Barnett
Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens,
New York in the 1950’s. She graduated from The Cooper Union
with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a studio in NYC in 1968
and was a photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she moved to
Woodinville, WA. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of
The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma
to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.
We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work.
All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public.
April 15 7 pm C&P West Seattle
“Death and Taxes: The National Poetry Month Special” with
Kelli Russell Agodon and January Gill O’Neil
— This event supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.
Wednesday April 15th 7 p.m.
C & P Coffee Company (West Seattle)
5612 California Ave SW,
Seattle, Washington 98136
What is certain in life beyond death and taxes is poetry.
From the Tuareg nomads of Niger to the troubadours of
France, people from every culture connect to the spoken
word. For the April 15th, 2015 edition of WordsWest
Literary Series Washington poet Kelli Russell Agodon
and Massachusetts poet, January Gill O’Neil, will join us
for a night of poetry, including a short writing prompt.
Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and
editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is
Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet:
Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she
coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters
from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the
winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner
of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a
Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books
include: Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An
Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli is the
cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets
on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets.
Visiting for one night only from Salem, Massachusetts,
January Gill O’Neil is the author of the recently released
Misery Islands (fall 2014) and Underlife (2009), both published
by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the
Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English
at Salem State University.
You can follow her at http://poetmom.blogspot.com/
Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company,
WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings
by published local and national authors, to craft discussions
and guided writing explorations for every experience level.
Each week, a poetry lover from a local, independent business
shares her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.
On March 18th, we welcome West Seattle Acupuncture.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis,
Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
Join us on FaceBook HERE
For more information, please contact
visit their website here
April 16 and various dates- Edmonds, Seattle – Readings
From David D. Horowitz
David D. Horowitz and open mic
Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.
348 Parkplace Center,
Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.
111 Fifth Avenue South,
Jennifer Bullis, Dennis Caswell, Erika Michael,
Bethany Reid, and David D. Horowitz
FREE and open to the public.
Prizes; light refreshments.
Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey, Nancy Dahlberg,
Victoria Ford, Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,
and David Thornbrugh
The Good Shepherd Center,
Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,
FREE and open to the public.
Prizes; light refreshments.
April 16 - 7 p.m. Jack Straw Center Seattle
From Jeannine Hall Gailey
Book launch for Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s
The Robot Scientist
with guest readers and reception after!
April 16 7 p.m. Jack Straw Cultural Center
The event will be MC’d by poet and publisher Evan J. Peterson
and the opening reader will be poet and publisher
Kelli Russell Agodon.
Jeannine Hall Gailey will read from her fourth book,
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, about atomic history, robots,
pop culture, and growing up in “America’s Secret City.”
Event is Free.
With thanks to The Jack Straw Writers Program and
Poets & Writers for sponsoring this event.
Jack Straw Writers Center is located at:
4261 Roosevelt Way NE,
Seattle, WA 98105
April 25 and beyond – House Concerts – Vaughn WA
From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music Current Season
Melding Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists
from around the country in an intimate waterfront
setting on the Key Peninsula in Vaughn, Washington
The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a
beautiful setting surrounded by nature.
Funding supports the entertainers.
Additional donations provide for
Watermark Writers is a 501(c)
3 Non Profit corporation.
Music and Poetry performances. . .
4/25 Beth Wood with Matthew Lane Brouwer
5/9 LeRoy Bell with David D. Horowitz
6/5 Ari Hest with Carl Palmer
July – Holley McCreary
August – Rodney Branigan
9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
with Christopher J. Jarmick
10/3 – Melissa Greener
To find out more email us at
or call 253-778-6559.
JUST OUT. . . .
Randomly Accessed Poetics, No. 6, Ghost House
from editor/publisher William James Lindberg and Penhead Press
now available from Amazon.
R A P No. 6. Ghost House
contains poetry, prose, photography, and art from
Carrie Albert, Pratima Annapurna Balabhadrapathruni,
Robert Bates, Matthew Lane Brouwer, John Burgess,
Dennis Caswell, Joanna Conom, Larry Crist, Holly Day,
J.D. DeHart, Pattie Flint, Steve de France, Tammy Gordon,
Ira Joel Haber, Christopher J. Jarmick, Erin J. Jones, Staci
Leigh, P.A. Levy, William James, Michael Mark, Bozena
Helena Mazur-Nowak, John McKernan, Levi J. Mericle, B.Z.
Niditch, Frank C. Praeger, Heather Parker, Shiloka Shankar,
and Guinotte Wise.