Archive for May, 2011



May 31, 2011

From Jerry Libstaff —

We would like to announce a very special, Thursday evening Words and Music, June 2 on the waterfront in Vaughn, WA.

We will present, from Washington, poet Christopher J Jarmick and guitarist Claude Bourbon from the UK.

Christopher J. Jarmick is the host of several Seattle Area poetry readings and performs throughout the Pacific Northwest. His latest book is IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares. In 2009 he released a Spoken Word CD collaboration with Pulitzer nominee Michael C. Ford called: Radio Pictures; Aural Anxieties. As a PEN board member and former V.P. of the Washington Poets Association, Jarmick’s poetry, articles, stories and media reviews appear in various newspapers, magazines, literary journals and online. He was recently published in Raven Chronicles and was included in the Rose Alley Press Anthology, Many Trails to the Summit.

Born on the East Coast, Chris produced documentaries and television programs in Southern California where he worked on several Emmy winning documentary productions and programs for PBS. He worked on Square One T.V. and created a Cable T.V. comedy program with his Video Production students in the mid-1980s.Chris has written and produced programs for Hard Copy, Personalities, Entertainment Tonight as well as other programs and T.V. specials. He has written several screenplays and two award winning stage plays, and co-wrote the mystery-suspense novel; The Glass Cocoon .

Chris has lived and worked in the Seattle area since 1994.

Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. Now based in England, this finger picking guitarist has performed all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label. Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

Please join us for this very special event. Call 253 778-6559 or reply to this email for reservations. As always, food and beverages are included for your $15 donation and additional funds will go toward our Young Writers’ Program on August 20.


June 2nd Special Event !!!!

May 23, 2011
Words and Music

Watermark Writers        253-778-6559  May 2011- Vol 3, Issue 3
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In This Issue
Thank You
Claude Bourbon
Christopher Jarmick
Tweed Meyer
Upcoming events
Quick Links
Words and Music
ViewMelding  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.
Suggested donation, $15 per person for our May concert. Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for our Young Writers’ Program in August, 2011.
Watermark Writers is a 501(c) 3 Non Profit corporation.

Thanks to All
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the fantastic Cliff Eberhardt and always wonderful Scott Heffernan. The night was wonderful with great music and laughter.  Tweed Meyer was, once again, a point of joy as she danced while her fingers caught the essence of the evening.

Claude Bourbon, Thursday, June 2
Born in France, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland where he was classically trained as a guitarist. He has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical; jazz; ethereal Eastern influences; Spanish and Latin Elements with strains of Western folk and Blues. Bourbons’ finger picking style was developed as he’s studied and performed around the world.

Claude Bourbon
Claude Bourbon “Sitting On The Cliff”

Now based in England, Bourbon is a formidable performer inspired by music and song from around the globe. He weaves these sounds into songs and melodies that defy label, delivered with his unique voice.  Bourbon incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such amazing speed and precision, his fingers often melt into a blur.

It’s been said: Suggesting Claud’s roots are blues is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was just a painter.

Please join us, Thursday, June 2, for this unbelievable opportunity to see a phenomenal guitarist and fantastic singer. Call 253-778-6559 or email

hristopher J Jarmick
Christopher J. Jarmick organizes and hosts several Seattle Area poetry readings and regularly performs throughout the Pacific Northwest.  His latest book is IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares. In 2009 he released the Spoken Word CD collaboration he did with Pulitzer nominee Michael C. Ford called: Radio Pictures; Aural Anxieties (Produced by E.T. producer Kevin Gershon).

Christopher Jarmick

A PEN board member and former V.P. of the Washington Poets Association, he publishes his poetry, articles,stories and media reviews in various newspapers, magazines, literary journals and online.
He was recently published in Raven Chronicles and has a poem in the Rose Alley Press Anthology: Many Trails to the Summit.  Born on the East Coast, Chris produced documentaries and television programs in Southern California and has been living, working, and writing in the Seattle area since 1994.  

Call 253-778-6559 or email to share in this fabulous event.

Tweed Meyer
Tweed Meyer, a regular contributor to Words and Music, sketches and paints the artists while they work. Her paintings of Poets and Singer/Songwriters have become valued “works to own” that celebrate the evening and the entertainers. Tweed is an indelible part of the program.

Upcoming Events
We’re extremely excited about our upcoming guests.


Claude Bourbon                    June 2nd, Thursday

Terry Holder                                                  June 25th 

Paul Kamm and Eleanore McDonald       July 30th  

Greg Greenway                                             August 20th

Young Writers’ Program                             August 20th

LeRoy Bell                                                      September 24th
Amy Petty                                                      October 15th


Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
Words and Music donations support the artists. Additional funds go to support Watermark Writers Young Writers’ Program each summer.
To find out more email us at  or call  253-778-6559.
Jerry Libstaff

MAY/June Poetry Events

May 12, 2011

The  World of
Northwest Poetry

by Chris Jarmick

A Special thanks for being part of the poetry,
writing community; attending readings
when you can, encouraging other
writers and poets by listening, reacting,
maybe even encouraging their efforts.

This is the text of part of the email I send out

3 times per month to those who want to know about

the vibrant Pacific Northwest Poetry scene.

If you are interested in receiving it, email me at with the following in the

subject heading:  Please add me to your Poetry email list.

You’ll receive an email approximately 3 times per month.

I never share email addresses with anyone for any reason

and use a program that does not sell or share emails either.

Feel free to share this post  with
friends, relatives, acquaintances and
even complete strangers.

SATURDAY May 21  IS Burning Word !!!

On Friday May 20th at Bookworm
Exchange in the Columbia City
neighborhood of Seattle, I’m proud to be
hosting 9 poets who will be  representing
the Naugatuck River Review !!  Lori
Desrosier visiting from Massachussetts
has gathered together poets from all over
the region who have appeared in the pages
of the Naugatuck River Review for this very
special reading which  includes poets
from Portland, Bellingham, Vancouver,
Kingston, the Cascades, and even Seattle
to be part of the very special reading  Look
to the left for more details.  Very limited open
mic, but please come out, come early and
enjoy this big big reading.

On Thursday night,
Lori Desrosiers and
Jon E. Seaman (NRR contest
winner) are the Featured readers
at SoulFood Books
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 7pm
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington
Open mic too!.


On June 2nd I’ll be joining musician
songwriter Charles Bourbon at a
special Thursday Night edition of
the Watermark Writers  Words and
Music series that happens in Vaughn,
Washington on the Key Peninsula.
Details can be found just below.


The Burning Word  Festival is happening on Saturday
May 21st and there will be some special workshops and
additional readings on  Sunday May 22nd  too.

Car pool with some friends and drive out  to experience a
unique day and evening gathering of poets and writers
in readings, open mics, poetry circles, workshops, lectures
and more in an absolutely breathtaking setting for one low
Admission Price.

It’s at Icicle Creek in the Leavenworth,Washington area.
Saturday’s program includes Main Stage feature performers,
Poetry circles, small press exhibition AND an Open Mic with
some spotlight features (and we’re talking Jim Bertolino and
Anita Boyle, Peter Ludwin and Robert Lashley, Mary Crane,
Roy Seitz,David Horowitz and Mr. Burning Word himself,
Michael Schein plus some special guest too!.)  The Mainstage
is jam-packed with talent of course with the evening seeing
people like Judith Roche, Band of Poets, Tara Hardy and
Sam Hamil.   Admission prices are 14 bucks right now and unde
r $ the gate.  Mark your calendar and plan on celebrating
poetry and the spoken word with us on May 21st and 22nd.
The website is located here:

The Washington Poets Association is alive and well
and ready to grow again after a long winter.  Check out what is
going on.  Get involved  and please consider joining this soon
to be active state-wide, very necessary organization.

WPA is a sponsor of the Burning Word Festival
and Tom Erdman, one of the original founders of WPA is in town
and hopefully will  make an appearance at some
venues around town.

Become a member today!!!

Washington Poets Association  website.

WPA Membership here


Friday. May 20 Bookworm Exchange
4860 Rainier Ave S. Seattle WA 98118
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Pen and Take a Poem From Your Heart
presents a rushing river of poets whose
work appears in Naugatuck River Review.
Lori Desrosier from MA has gathered poets
from throughout the Puget Sound for a very
special reading on this very special night.
Who will be here? Lana Hechtman Ayers
Jon E. Seaman from Portland; Dane
Kuttler , Roberta Feins; M aka Constance
Hall from Portland/Vancourver, WA; Elise
Filka (from the Cascades); Caroline Albert;
and Paul Fisher from Bellingham.

Very Limited Open Mic so come to the reading
early to get a seat or bring a pillow and
sit on the floor. It’s FREE… it will be a night
to remember!!!

Lori Desrosiers’ book of poems,
The Philosopher’s Daughter is
forthcoming from Salmon Poetry
in 2012. Her chapbook, Three
Vanities was published by
Pudding House Press in 2009.Her
poems have appeared in numerous
journals and anthologies. She
is editor and publisher of
Naugatuck River Review, a
journal of narrative poetry.

Jon E. Seaman is a poet and
healthcare activist. His work
recently appears in The Atlanta
Review, The Ledge Magazine, The
Greensboro Review, and Jon lives in
Portland Oregon. For more on
Jon’s poetry and experiences as a
kidney transplant recipient,
please visit

Since Dane Kuttler’s arrival in
Seattle,she has become a Seattle
Poetry Slam regular, competed in
several national-level slams,
become a Write Bloody finalist,
completed 365 poems in 365 days
as part of the 2010 poem-a-day
projectand published over a dozen
poems. She also published her
first collection of poems, Born
of Accidents, in 2011.

Lana Hechtman Ayers, originally
from New York, resides in
Kingston,WA. She runs Night Rain
Poetry, which offers poetry
editing,a manuscript organization
service,and writing and
publishing workshops. She
publishes the Concrete Wolf
Poetry Chapbook Series,the Late
Blooms Poetry Postcard Series,
and is Poetry Editor of Crab
Creek Review. Her poetry
appears in numerous journals,
including Bitter Oleander, Cider
Press Review, Court Green,
ellipsis, Feminist Studies
Quarterly, Lynx Eye, Natural
Bridge,Poetica, Potomac Review,
Rhino,Slant, and Stringtown.

Roberta Feins lives in Seattle,
and works as a computer
consultant. She received her
MFA in poetry from New England
College in 2007. Her poems have
been published in Tea Party,
Floating Bridge Review, Five AM
and Antioch Review. She edits
the e-zine Switched On Gutenberg

M (a.k.a. Constance Hall) is an
Associate Poetry Editor for
Stirring: A Literary
Collection; Administrator of on
online poetry critique forum;
Co-Chair of the Oregon Poetry
Association’s Portland Unit; and
Managing Editor for VoiceCatcher,
a non-profit collective that
produces an annual anthology of
Portland/Vancouver area women’s
poetry, prose,and artwork.

Elise Filka‘s poetry has been
published in Danse Macabre and
Opus, Hope College’s literary
journal. Currently she is living
in Washington State where she
is working at a spiritual retreat
center in the Cascade Mountains.
She enjoys writing about women’s
and gender issues.

Caroline Albert lives in Seattle,
Washington where she divides
creative time between writing
poems and making collage art.Her
works have appeared in various
journals with upcoming
publications of poetry (and also
collage) in wicked alice,
Triggerfish Review and The
Centrifugal Eye. Her website is

Paul Fisher‘s first book,Rumors of
Shore,won the 2009 Blue Light Book
Award. Recent poems appear or are
forthcoming in Cave Wall,Crab
Creek Review, Innisfree Poetry
Journal,Nimrod, and other magazines.
Paul lives in Bellingham,
Washington with his wife, Linda,a
healthcare executive. He cannot
see Russia from his house.

Bookworm Exchange is a warm friendly new
and used bookstore located in the beautiful
Columbia City retail district surrounded by Art
Galleries, Bakeries, Excellent Restaurants, a
movie theater, and coffee shops. Owner Jim
and his staff have thousands of new and used
booksand have supported our poetry reading
for 6 years and counting! C’mon!!!
4860 Rainier Avenue S. Seattle Wa 98118.

In case you haven’t heard:

I’ll be hosting the open mic house at
Tad Pole Hall/Sleeping Lady
Open Mic Sessions:
10:00 A.m.0 1:00 p.m.
and THEN
4:00 P.M. TO 7:00 p.m !!!
They will include special spotlight
performances from several poets.

I’ll do a short set of Poetry on the
Mainstage which is located at
Canyon Wren Concert Hall
during the 2:30-3:30 hour which
2:30-3:30 Maya Zeller, Linda Cooper,
Chris Jarmick, Cynthia Neely,
Julene Tripp Weaver, &
Roberto Carlos Ascalon

More details right here:


Vaughn, Washington (Key Peninsula)

Wartermark Writers presents a special
Thursday Night edition of Words & Music
featuring musician Charles Bourbon from
the U.K. and poet/writer Christopher J.
Jarmick from Seattle.

Words and Music House Concerts
take place in an intimate, waterfront
setting that allows you to meet and talk
with your favorite poets, authors and
singers and sonwriters. It is limited to
65 guests, hors d’oeuvres and
refresments are provided.
for information write
or call 253-778-6559. A $15 donation
per guest is requested. Additional
donations support Watermark Writers
Youth programs.


Wednesday…June 8 Kirkland Park
Place Books This month for the final
reading of the 2010/2011 series (the
2011/12 series begins in September)
our Featured poets are Rebecca
Meredith, Douglas Schuder and
David Horowitz!!!
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FREE!!! Plus open mic

PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart
presents 2nd Wednesday Poetry at Park
Place Books poetry with featured poets:
plus open mic. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
The 4 year old series is scheduled from
September through June.
Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstore on the East Side.
Consider supporting their efforts to stay
in business in the near future. They host
many reading clubs and community events.
They are located in the Park Place Mall off
85th Street in Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229


NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for May 1, 2011 31/30

May 1, 2011

It’s  the bonus, extra inning, echo NaPoWriMo Day.

Decided a couple of Septolets were in order and a few extras that were written a few weeks ago but never included.

(see below for the Septolet form info)

Septolet for May 1 2011   1.

By Chris and Teresa Jarmick

NaPoWriMo madness

Yearly stretch

Creative gallop

Game, Art

Quick writes

Word tumble

Poetic dances

SeptoLet for May 1 2011  2.

Red Black

Wedding theme

Kiss dance

Strangers, friends

Laughing, cake

Smooth grooves

Toast future

© 2011

Septolet Form sep-toe-lay form rules

The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. First part is 4 lines, second part is 3 lines. It’s okay if a line has 3 words in it, but that means another line will have 2. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Strange man observed

From shadows this odd fellow

Creeps, waits, stares too intensely

Smiles strangely.

What does he want?

What is he seeing?

Why does it bother me so?

What about me am I afraid he may see?

What arrogant, false confidence will be deflated this eve?

Why is he inside my head?

What does he want?

Is it me?  Is it me?


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Don’t try so hard

Don’t force it

Take deep breath.

Take another.


one more

© 2011

Keep writing.

Poetry is everything