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.


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