Archive for June, 2011


Quick Updates

June 18, 2011

Marvelous reading at Bookworm on Friday; thanks to everyone who attended (24 of you), the lucky 13 open mic readers!!! Garrett Rutledge and Carlos Martinez and one of the best independent new and used bookstores in Seattle–Bookworm Exchange on Rainier in Columbia City. We got there early to beat the Mariners game traffic and had happy hour appetizers and a couple full price appetizers at the wonderful La Medusa Restaurant across the street from the bookstore.

Today, Saturday it was the Sarah Singer Memorial at the Seattle Tennis Club. It was good to remember Sarah and see her Son, grand kids and others. J. Glenn Evans, Connie Hutchinson, Ann ? and I read several S.S. poems and many told anecdotes about Sarah. She was about 95 when she died this past January. Nice memorial…

The North End Forum is changing. It will be happening the 1rst and 3rd Mondays of the month at Bai Pai in Ravenna ONLY. This will begin on Monday July 18th a little after 8 p.m. For several weeks there is NO Monday Night open mics happening…. Jed M. the wonderful host of North End Forum just sent out email confirming this update.

I’m not hosting any July Readings. the 2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart series at Park Place Books will begin it’s 2011/2012 season in September (with John Burgess reading from his brand new book of poems!!!). Bookworm Exchange Readings begin again the 3rd Friday in August !!!

August will bring us another Poets on Parade reading and contest at Auburn Good Old Days !!!

Thanks for Reading….



POETRY Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Olympia WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY

June 15, 2011

JUNE 15, 2011

The  World of
Northwest Poetry

by Chris Jarmick

June Readings. . .

Thanks again to those who’ve attended recent readings.  Poets need to have good listeners in the audience or none of it matters.   It’s also always a pleasure to watch a newer poet get up and recite a poem in front of an audience, gain a little more confidence in the process.

Park Place Books  in Kirkland (2nd Wednesday) readings are on hiatus until September when we begin the 5th year of readings in one of the Eastside’s only full size independent book stores. If you are in the Kirkland area, buy a new or used book from Park Place Books, they truly do need your business..  The store is a big part of the new Seattle Bookfest that’s happening the first weekend in October in Kirkland!!!

This Friday at Bookworm Exchange I’m hosting Everrett’s Garret Rutledge and Bellingham’s Carlos Martinez. Garrett is of course the host of the weekly poetry readings at Zippy’s in Everett.  It’s his turn to be the feature, so come on out and support him.  We also have the wonderful poet and excellent creative writing teacher Carlos Martinez.  Carlos was one of the first featured readers at the first Take a Poem From Your Heart reading that took place at the now defunct Take Another Look Books in Columbia City 10 years ago. It’s been a couple years since he’s last read his poems to an audience, so come on out to the reading and
support these two poets from the North!!!

Thanks for being part of the poetry community.  Enjoy that glowing orb in our blue skies.




From  Anita K. Boyle

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 16 at 7:00PM
at Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, Wa
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Featured poets: Belle Randall and Anita K. Boyle

“What the Alder Told Me” Cover

Belle Randall and I read to a very full house at Bellingham’s
Village Books in January, the first reading from my new book
What the Alder Told Me. Belle read from her latest book
The Coast Starlight. This Thursday, we’ll read again for an
East-of-Seattle audience at Soul Food Books in Redmond.
Jim Bertolino will be there, too, and will likely join the open mic
poets. He has more new work he wants to share.

In January, Belle dedicated her Donner Party poem to Jim
and me. Sounds a little scary, but it had connections with
a conversation we had the night before. She is a wonderful
poet, full of spicy vim and delightful vigor. It is a real honor
to read with her, and a double honor to repeat the first.

I hope you will be there to listen to our poems, and so we can
hear your poems, too.

Here’s a poem from What the Alder Told Me:

Along the Skagit

Out on the flats a ditch scrawls
beside an aging dike.
Its briny ebb carries a midden
of algae and scum hidden in the windrow.
Lint blossoms drift by at a lazy speed.
Let them take their time.

Blackberries gather at the trail’s edge.
Their purple clusters dangle
like temptation. Scarlet vines
stave off the graceless, invite the nimble.
Thorns cradle remnants of thistle down
and sparrow fluff.

The red fruit of nightshade
glows warm as purloined jewels,
and just as treacherous. These
are the promises that last.
A rope of spider web catches the sun
anticipating the delight of entanglement.

—Anita K. Boyle


The Olympia Poetry Network is sponsoring a reading by Todd
Fredson on June 15, starting at 6:30 pm, at Traditions Cafe,
5th and Water Streets, Olympia.  An open mike will precede
the reading.  Todd Fredson’s poetry and non-fiction appears or
is forthcoming in journals such as 42 Opus, American Poetry
Review, Gulf Coast, Interim, Poetry International and West
Branch. His collection of poems, The Crucifix-Blocks, won the
2011 Patricia Bibby First Book Award and will be available in
the Spring of 2012. He lives with his partner, Sarah Vap, and
their two sons in the Skokomish Valley, a small farming valley
in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. He is the Director of
Programming for the McReavy House Museum of Hood Canal.

Cynthia R. Pratt
OPN Publicity Chair
From Richard Shank
Redmond, WA  Friday June 24th  7 p.m.
FEATURE AUTHOR:  Mark Waterbury  June 24th
Dr. Mark Waterbury is a materials scientist and author of
The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox.”
Having worked as a scientist for the Air Force, an
engineer for big corporations, and even sinking to being
a businessman of sorts, Waterbury recently decided it
was time to wash himself off and return to his writing roots
. Using a style that draws as much on analogies from
literature, history, and mythology as it does from science,
Monster is a work of literary nonfiction that has been
called a devastating indictment of the Perugian justice
system. Other work by Waterbury includes a semi-
autobiographical novel, “Existence Simplified and the
Butterfly Effect
,” about his years at Wright-Patterson AFB
(right up the hill from Hanger 19 of UFO fame) and an
upcoming work, “Of Solitons and Singing Bowls,” about
agents of change and icons of stability.

June’s emcee: Michael Dylan Welch

There will be an open mic as well. It is a great venue
and audience for the first-time spokenword experience
and for spokenword experts.

The reading takes place on Friday, May 27, from
7:00-9:00 pm, IN ROOM 105 at the Old Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC), 16600 NE 80h St.,
Redmond, WA.  Click for directions to ORSCC

These events are produced by Redmond
Association of Spokenword (RASP) and
sponsored in part by the City of Redmond
and the Redmond Library.

Thank you,
Richard Shank
RASP Advisory Council–Publicity



Friday. June 17, 2011 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  Garrett Rutledge (curator and
host of Poetry Night at Zippys!!!) and
Carlos Martinez (creative writing professor
at Bellingham) as our featured readers.

There will also be an open mic.

Carlos Martinez is a graduate of the
Antioch University Los Angeles MFA
in Creative Program, and has taught
at Western Washington University for
the last nine years. It has been a long
time since he has read publicly, and
is looking forward to the experience.

Garrett Lee Rutledge is the current
host of Everett Poetry Night, now in
its sixth year and a former host of
Bellingham’s Poetry Night. Garrett
believes that poetry, rightfully
employed, mobilizes consciousness
and should never be considered a
private art. Garrett’s poems are
routinely published on Facebook.
A single poem, Photographs, is due
in fall 2012. Garrett is an open mic
hound and features all over Western

See YOU Friday….just before 7 for  this
special poetry night.  Please bring a
poem or two to read.  It’s time.

(No scheduled reading in JULY at
Bookworm back 3rd Friday in August)

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, 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.


WHAT A NIGHT !!!! KEY PENINSULA, Vaughn Washington June 2, 2011!!!

June 3, 2011


Thank you Jerry and Pam for being wonderful hosts, providing yummy and varied foodstuff and drinks and the incredible setting of the Puget Sound, Mountains, Humming birds and other critters.     Thank you to all of the great listeners who came, donated a few dollars, and filled the seats so that it made sense for CLaude to perform music and me to recite poetry.  Thanks for jumping in and participating in the mini-writing exercise.    Thanks for making it so easy for me to share some words with you.

Wow.  Claude Bourbon.  Someone you don’t hesitate to call a musician’s musician.  He has chops in his chops.  What an incredible guitarist.  And he certainly made my decade when he agreed to accompany me as I read my poem.  We didn’t rehearse it, we just did it, and Mssr. Bourbon is such an incredible talent, he made it easy for me to blend my words into his incredible guitar playing.   Wow I got to have a world class musician accompany my spoken word.

So thank you to everyone who came to the program last night.  I felt welcomed, appreciated and really enjoyed sharing my poetry, and getting to listen to, and even perform with Claude Bourbon.

Plus I got to meet that Scott guy again  (who I haven’t seen in a couple of years).

Next Wednesday. . . June 8th. . ..   I’m hosting 3 talented poets and an open mic at Park Place Books.

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!!!

DAVID D. HOROWITZ founded and manages Rose Alley Press, which primarily publishes books featuring
Pacific Northwest rhymed metrical poetry. Through Rose Alley Press he has published fourteen books, including his own collections Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke; Wildfire, Candleflame; Resin from the Rain;and Streetlamp, Treetop, Star. Many of David’s poems have been published in fine literary journals,such as The Lyric, Candelabrum,and The New Formalist. His essays often appear in the online journal Exterminating Angel. He has also edited and published two Northwest poetry anthologies: Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range (2007) and Many Trails to the Summit (2010). David gives frequent readings in and around Seattle, where he lives. His Web site is
Rebecca Meredith is a poet, writer, and psychotherapist, as well as a RASP cofounder, who served as its coordinator
and president for years. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and performed in such venues as the Burning Word Poetry Festival, the Seattle Moon Viewing Festival, Redmond’s Arts in the Park, and on KUOW’s The Beat. Her chapbook, Intergenerational Delta Blues, was published by Pudding House Press.She is a fellow of the Jack Straw Writers’ Program, an alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Colony, and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond IN 2010.

(Randolph) Douglas Schuder is a longtime Seattle resident held captive to northwestern landscapes.  Semi-
retired he enjoys many outdoor pursuits such as backpacking, canoeing and fly-fishing. Memberships include
The Mountaineers, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife and Rose Alley Press published his
collection To Enter Stillness and his work is featured in 2010’s ManyTrails to the Summit  and
the 2007 Anthology: Limbs of the Pine Peaks of the Range.

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