Archive for March, 2012

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NaPoWriMo Day 1, Sunday April 1, 2012

March 31, 2012

Sunday April 1, 2012 NaPoWrimo Day 1

April is National Poetry Month which means it’s NaPoWriMo!!!!
Thirty poems to write this April
Less than that in September,
Unless you really want a thrill
Then 30 more this June , November
And the rest do thirty-one
Save February write 28. dear
or twenty-nine each leap year.

I’m not fooling! It’s National Poetry Writing Month and your not-so-impossible mission should you choose to accept it (Mr. Phelps) is to write a poem each and every day of April. Hopefully you’ll share some or all of your poems. They won’t all be classics—that’s not the point. It’s in the doing, the discipline of writing a poem every day.

To help I’ll be coming up with challenges/ writing prompts that you can choose to take on and write a poem… or ignore them and write any sort of poem you like. Get out of your comfort zone, break some habits and make some time to write a poem each and every day this April. You can do it!!!

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.”Ray Bradbury
I’ll post my poems, new challenges and prompts on my Poetry is Everything blog and to my Facebook Notes every night between 10 to 11:30 p.m.
Another wonderful site is here. www.napowrimo.net
Maureen Thorson, a poet and publisher of Big Game Books organized the idea of writing a poem a day for the month of April (inspired by the NaPoWriMo –write a novel in the month of November group) on her blog in 2003. She invited other poets with blogs to join her. Writing prompts and challenges followed. Thorson continues the project every year on her blog—do check it out.
I suggest you spend 20 minutes to an hour writing a poem every day. Many of your poems will not be ‘keepers’. The idea is to challenge yourself to write a poem every day—to create something new on a daily basis. Sometimes this is very difficult, sometimes it is easy. The prompts do NOT have to be used, but might help you push yourself to keep writing each and every single day. If you try to do this every day—you WIN. If you skip a few days for personal reasons—that’s okay too. Just challenge yourself to write a poem every day. Keep writing. Don’t ever give up.
Starting in 2010—Teresa (my wife) has enjoyed participating every day too (and she doesn’t consider herself a poet). She’s suggested several prompts and/or tweaked a few.
TODAY’S PROMPT:
APRIL 1, 2012 (Sunday)
Use 4 words from the book you are reading—or a favorite book of Poetry you own.
Go to page 41 (as in 4/1 aka April 1st). If that is blank use page 14 or 401.
Choose the 4th word, the 12th word, the 20th word and the 41st word. (if any of these words are articles- a, the, an etc. or formal names—choose the next word after them.
Use these 4 words in a poem at least 4 lines long. (Tell us what words you are using).
Added challenge—write the poem using a form:
FORM SUGGESTION —English Anacreontics
What is that?
7 syllables (or 8) per line lyrical form
a-a b-b rhyming pattern
At least 4 lines (can be 8 or 12 or 16 or 400 up to you!)

 

Example:
Anacreontics, Drinking
By Abraham Crowley

THE thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks and gapes for drink again;
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair;
The sea itself (which one would think
Should have but little need of drink)
Drinks twice ten thousand rivers up,
So fill’d that they o’erflow the cup.
The busy Sun (and one would guess
By ‘s drunken fiery face no less)
Drinks up the sea, and when he’s done,
The Moon and Stars drink up the Sun:
They drink and dance by their own light,
They drink and revel all the night:
Nothing in Nature ‘s sober found,
But an eternal health goes round.
Fill up the bowl, then, fill it high,
Fill all the glasses there–for why
Should every creature drink but I?
Why, man of morals, tell me why?
–Abraham Cowley

I will post my poem (and Teresa’s) later..

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’
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Just Before NapoWriMo (April is Poetry Month)

March 27, 2012

The World of
Northwest Poetry
by Chris Jarmick

This Wednesday
March 28th
C & P Coffee Shop
West Seattle, WA.

Christopher J. Jarmick
&
Moreah Vestan
plus Open Mic
FREE!!!!

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136
206-933-3125

http://www.poetrybridge.net/Site/Welcome.html

AND

MONDAY APRIL 2ND
SWP
(Striped Water Poets)
present:
Poetry in Transit aka
The Poetry Station
or
First Monday Poetry
at The Station Bistro
in Auburn, WA

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Help me kick-off
a brand new open mic
poetry gathering
in Auburn, Washington

Featured Poets:

Peggy Barnett
&
Emilie Rommel Shimkis

Open Mic

FREE
@
Station Bistro in the Auburn transit center
that is: 110 2nd street suite 125
Auburn, Wa. 98001
they have excellent soup!
there is plenty of parking across the street

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

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Wednesday March 28th, 2012

Pomes and Tails — West Seattle

C & P Coffee–West Seattle
5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136
206-933-3125

Featured Readers
Moreah Vestan

&
Christopher J. Jarmick

plus Open Mic

FREE

Moreah Vestan was an Iowa Catholic farm
girl, one of 9 children living on 160 acres.
B.A. in English from Briar Cliff in Sioux City,
Iowa at age 22. She received an M.A. in
Adult Education from the University of Iowa
in 2007. She was married seven years and
theyadopted a son and daughter, who both
live in Seattle. She’s written two books,
Pleasures and Ponderings: From Nun to
Nudist to Now, and Diving Right In:
Reflecting on Life’s Adventures, a book of
85 poems and 180 pages of vignettes from
1986 to 1992. She loves to travel, read, write,
dance, try out new experiences,and discuss
ideas. She’s hosted a monthly potluck
-discussion of philosophical books for six
years. Contact her, moreah@comcast.net,
to get details.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer who
organizes and hosts 2 regularly scheduled
monthly poetry readings (Kirkland and
Seattle) and various readings/panels at
conferences and festivals (Burning Word,
Auburn Good Old Days,Nothwest Bookfest
etc.) He’s a former executive vice president
of the Washington Poets Association and is
a PEN-USA board member . He has
published numerous poems, articles,
reviews and interviews in newspapers,
literary journals, anthologies and regional
publications. In 2009, Radio Mysteries;
Aurel Anxieties (a spoken word CD with
Pulitzer nominated Los Angeles Poet
Michael C. Ford) was released. His current
poetry collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters,
Septolets, Statements and Double
Dog Dares was published in 2010.

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APRIL 2ND

NEW SERIES KICK-OFF IN ABURN WA.
POETRY STATION
FIRST MONDAYS

1 to 2 Features plus
Open Mic

Free

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SWP sponsored/organized
Striped Water Poets

FEATURED POETS APRIL 2ND ARE:

Peggy Barnett
and
Emilie Rommel Shimkus

Emilie Rommel Shimkus is a Tacoma
-based writer and actress. A new board
member of The Northwest Renaissance,
Poets, Performers & Publishers, her
poems have appeared in Metro Poetry
on the Bus; the NW Renaissance’s
annual Poets at the Faire chapbook
anthologies; Pacific Lutheran
University’s creative arts journal
Saxifrage; and the 2009 Tacoma
Poetry Anthology, In Tahoma’s
Shadow. She was a judge for the
2009 “Poetry Out Loud” finals and a
featured reader in “Mouths & Mics:
Poetry in the 253.” In addition to the
fantasy web comedy JourneyQuest
(www.journeyquest.com), in which she
plays a Bardic graduate student, Emilie
has been seen on several South Sound
stages in recent years, playing Patsy
Cline in Always, Patsy Cline; Stella in
A Streetcar Named Desire; Octavia in
Antony & Cleopatra; The Usherette in
The Rocky Horror Show; Martha
Jefferson in 1776; and roles in many
other area productions, staged readings
, and playwrights’ festivals. She is the
lead singer for Tacoma dance-cover
band Igneous Rocks (www.igrocks.com)
, and lives in the Stadium district with
her actor husband and 9-month-old
daughter.

Peggy Barnett was born and raised
in Queens, New York City. She
attended PS 89, JHS 145, then Music
and Art High School. She graduated
with a BFA from The Cooper Union for
the Advancement of Science and Art,
a free college. In the sixth grade
Peggy was introduced to poetry by
Miss Denman, who insisted on the
memorization and recital of all poems
. She has written poetry on and off
throughout her life but has rarely
published. Peggy became a well
known still-life photographer and ran
a very successful studio in Manhattan
for 40 years. Since arriving in
Woodinville, WA in 2006 she has
explored her memories and revisited
her past in the current context of living
in the country with alpacas across the
street and coyotes eating her cat.
She is working on her first collection
of poetry tentatively titled “Life in the
Convergent Zone”. She also drives
around photographing the beauty of
Snohomish County, fulfilling a lifelong
dream to be a fine-art landscape
photographer.

Guest Host/MC is Christopher J. Jarmick

Station Bistro in the Auburn transit
center 110 2nd street suite 125 98001
there is plenty of parking across
the street

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Wednesday APRIL 11, 2012
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kirkland Washington

Judith Roche
&
Sharon Cumberland

plus
Open Mic

FREE

PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart
will be presenting 2nd Wednesday
Poetry at Park Place Books

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.

April: Judith Roche &
Sharon Cumberland

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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FRIDAY April 20th, 2012

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

It’s April… National Poetry Month!!!

Which means it’s time for our
4th or 5th Annual
BAD POETRY NIGHT!!!! *

We embrace, celebrate and share
Baaad poetry from famouse poets,
celebrities, unknowns and YOU!!!
That’s right… bring the worst poem
you ever wrote the ( you can’t believe
you ever wrote something so awful)
poem that you haven’t burned every
trace of yet.

Why?

Because we learn more from mistakes
and failures than we do our triumphs.
And we should laugh at ourselves
every chance we get or things get
waaay too serious and unbearable.

Oh sure.. we’ll have some good
poetry from our featured poet too….
who this month is
Larry Ebersole

OPEN MIC
(bad poetry preferred)
Special Bad Poetry readings

* It’s so baaad I can’t remember
if its our 4th or 5th annual Bad
Poetry Night…Thanks for not asking.

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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THIS WEEK & BeYond. . . .

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012
The World of
Northwest Poetry
by Chris Jarmick

This Wednesday
March 14th
Park Place Books
Kirkland

Megan Snyder-Camp
&
Kate Lebo
plus Open Mic
FREE!!!!

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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

AND

THIS FRIDAY March 16th, 2012

Bookworm Exchange –Seattle

Our Features are:
Larry Crist
&
Alexander Smith
plus
OPEN MIC

FREE

Bookworm Exchange is
located in Columbia City

4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

Opportunity only dances with those who are
already on the dance floor.
— H. Jackson Brown Jr
Poets are dancing all around
the Puget Sound.
Come watch or
join in the dance.

Email me at
emeraldchris@yahoo.com
regarding your event/reading
and I’ll try to include it. I can’t
always accomodate but I try.

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From Kathleen Flenniken

Hello my friends. I am so happy to announce the
publication of Plume, my collection of poems about
the Hanford Nuclear Site, just out from University of
Washington Press.

I hope you will be able to join me at one of
these upcoming readings:

Sunday, March 18 Seattle: Open Books:
A Poem Emporium, 3:00 pm.
A party will follow at our house!
6507 57th Ave NE, Seattle 98115

Tuesday, March 27 Seattle:
Particles on the Wall Closing Reception and
Reading, Odegaard Library, UW, 7:00 pm,

Monday, April 2 Seattle: Elliott Bay Book
Company, 7:00 pm, Reading with Martha
Collins, author of White Papers,
http://www.elliottbaybook.com/

Saturday, April 7 Bellingham:
Village Books, 7:00 pm, with Rachel Mehl
and Caleb Barber, http://villagebooks.com/

Friday, April 13 Spokane:
Get Lit! Poetry Salon, 9:00 pm,
http://outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/

Sunday, April 15 Tacoma:
Museum of Glass, 3:00 pm,
Reading with Rick Barot and
Michael Schmeltzer,
http://www.museumofglass.org/

Wednesday, May 16 Olympia:
Reading for the Olympia Poetry Network,
http://home.comcast.net/~yake/opn.html

Thank you!
Kathleen

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From OPN

Featured Poet, Don Freas
Wednesday, March 21st, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Includes half-hour open mic

Traditions Café

5th Ave. and Water St. Downtown Olympia

Olympia resident Don Freas was
captured forty years ago by the siren
song of these southernmost finger-
bays of the Salish Sea. Don is an
artist who engages with expression
as a furniture maker, sculptor, poet,
and editor . He has four collections
of poems in print.
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Blend Wine Shop & Watermark Writers

Present

A Blend of Words and Wine

Thursday

March 15, at 7:00 PM

at 8014 Key Peninsula Highway N.

In Key Center, WA

Join us on one Thursday each month.

Share your writing with the community at an open mic. Experience well known authors.

Enjoy a wonderful beverage; a glass of wine, beer or your favorite soft drink.
March 15 we present our featured poet, Scott Heffernan. The author of
five books is currently working on his sixth. Heffernan is a prolific writer
of poetry, short stories and essays.

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Most 3rd Wednesdays Seattle–Ballard
Egan’s Jam House
address: 1707 NW Market St.
Ballard, WA zip 98107
Phone Number (206) 789-1621 (reservations for
limited table seating are advised.)
7 p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Poetry/Music/Comedy and Burlesque Variety Show
No open mic. Invited performers co-hosted by Larry
Crist Regular Performers usually include: Susan Harper,
Larry Crist, Mike Murdock, Hugh Sutton, Kylie Coyote
Over 21
Free (donate what you can…and buy a drink/food)

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From Jerry Libstaff

The 4th Season of
Words and Music is underway.
Next program–March 24th !!!

We are excited to present some of the top entertainers
in the country to perform on the waterfront in Vaughn WA.
Please call or email to reserve your space. We are
limited to a maximum of 65 guests in this intimate setting
. Your $20 donation provides for all food and beverages
plus the entertainment.

Eugene Ruffolo -Music // Joseph Green –Words
March 24th, 2012

Words and Music presents Eugene Ruffolo, March
24th. A NYC based singer-songwriter-guitarist
whose unique vocal talents have made him a
favorite in both the US and Europe. He has worked
with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett,
David Wilcox, Run DMC, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston
Taylor and has written and performed hundreds of
national television advertising spots. Ruffolo works
regularly for shows such as Saturday Night Live and
The David Letterman Show. A first call studio singer-
his voice has been featured in numerous Hollywood
sound tracks, and he has worked with famed directors
Ennio Morricone, George Lucas, and Brian DePalma.

He has won first prize in prestigious songwriting
competitions including a prize by the Public Domain
Foundation for having written one of the year’s most
notable songs of social significance and change. His
newest CD, “A Fool for Every Season”, features guest
appearances by Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke and
Livingston Taylor. One spin and you’ll quickly
understand why Ruffolo has been asked to lend his
unique vocal talents to hundreds of national projects.
“I was blown away the first time I heard Eugene Ruffolo and
he just gets better and better. Not only is he one of the best
singers I’ve ever heard, his songs are compelling and beautifully
crafted. On top of that, he’s an awesome acoustic guitarist.
Catch Eugene now, before you have to stand in line!” Artie
Traum, artist, producer

We are thrilled to present Eugene Ruffolo on the
waterfront in Vaughn WA.

Joseph Green –Poet

Joseph Green lives in Longview, WA. where he’s taught
English at Lower Columbia for nearly twenty five years.
His poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, Crab
Creek Review, Hubbub, Pearl, The Threepenny Review, Willow
Springs and LYLLYVA among others. He’s held the PEN
Northwest’s Writing Residency at Dutch Henry Homestead
in Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon.

Joseph has several books including titles; His inadequate
Vocabulary, Deluxe Motel, The End of Forgivness,
That Thread Still Connecting Us and Greatest Hits.
Joseph and his wife, Marquita produce limited edition
hand set letterpress editions through their publishing
company, Peasandcues Press.

2012 Schedule
March 24 Eugene Ruffolo
April To be announced
May 5 Michael Shoup
June No Concert
July 21 Jacob Moon
August No Concert
September 15 Chris Castle
October 13 Mellisa Greener

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
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

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PoetsWest @ The Creekside
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
and 140th Avenue NE]

~~ 7:00pm, Third Wednesdays ~~
Featuring one or two poets (and YOU at the
open mic)

our featured poet, Cathy Ross, whose first book,
If Ithe Moon Came Out Only Once a Month, was
officially released a coupleof days ago. More info
is posted on our blog and Cathy’s bio is posted here.
Come on out and enjoy her poetry as well as your
opportunity on the open mic.

And a head’s up about our venue on April 18 during
National Cowboy Poetry Week. You’re invited to take
part on the open mic that evening and, if you’re so
inclined, to pencil a western or cowboyverse in
whatever form (traditional or modern) that you’d like.
A special guest will be poet and guitarist, Lynn Kopelke,
the president of the Columbia Chapter (covering
Washington, Oregon, and British
Columbia) of the Western Music Association.

Hosts: Clark Crouch (425-286-1182) & Virginia
Cook(425-486-3739)
MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The
Creekside.
[A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community]

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From McBreen Central

it is official!

we have an open mic in Auburn!
the as yet unnamed event will happen on the
first monday of every month from 7 to 9 beginning in
April
at the Station Bistro in the Auburn transit center
that is: 110 2nd street suite 125 98001
they have excellent soup!
there is plenty of parking across the street
we will have a feature every month
with the open mic (to be announced)
so please come and support poetry!

Monday April 2 at the
Station Bistro in Auburn 7pm

this will be our grand opening first event
so we hope we get a crowd
and then every first monday night after
that we hope we get a crowd too
but let’s make the first one memorable!

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FROM DAVID HOROWITZ

Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South,
Edmonds

Five poets read: Victoria Ford,
Holly Hughes, Jack McCarthy,
Joannie Stangeland, and
Joan Swift. Contact

Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649
Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Five poets read:
Sharon Hashimoto,
Donald Kentop,
Belle Randall,
Michael Spence,
and Richard Wakefield.

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

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Poetry in the Northwest –March 2012

March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012
The World of Northwest Poetry
by Chris Jarmick

This Thursday
March 8th
It’s About Time
Ballard Library

# 269 – Katy E. Ellis,
Elena Louise Richmond,
Jennifer D. Monroe, &
Christopher J. Jarmick
on the Writer’s Craft

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107
206-684-4089

The March Literary Lions
are upon us needing
literary sustenance.
Fortunately some exists
at various nearby locations.

More information on readings
are in columns to your left and
right and if you scroll down.
Email me at
emeraldchris@yahoo.com
regarding your event/reading
and I’ll try to include it. I can’t
always accomodate but I try.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

It’s About Time
2nd Thursday Reading
Ballard Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107206-684-4089
6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. FREE

# 269 – Katy E. Ellis,
Elena Louise Richmond,
Jennifer D. Monroe, &
Christopher J. Jarmick
on the Writer’s Craft
plus
Open Mic

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Wednesday March 14, 2012
7 to 8:30 p.m.

Megan Snyder-Camp
&
Kate Lebo

Open Mic

Megan Snyder-Camp’s first collection, The
Forest of Sure Things (2010), won the
Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Award.
She has received grants and residencies
from the 4Culture Foundation, Djerassi,
Bread Loaf, and the H.J. Andrews
Experimental Forest. Snyder-Camp lives in
Seattle with her family, where she is the
advisory board chair of children’s literacy
nonprofit First Book-Seattle
.

Kate Lebo’s poems appear in Best New
Poets 2011, Poetry Northwest, Bateau,
and The Pacific Poetry Project, among
other anthologies and journals. She’s an
editor for Filter, a literary journal made
entirely by hand, and the recipient of a
Nelson Bentley Fellowship, a 4Culture
grant, and a Soapstone residency.
Currently an MFA candidate at the
University of Washington, Kate hosts a
semi-regular semi-secret pie social
called Pie Stand whenever schoolwork
allows. For more about Kate’s zine, A
Commonplace Book of Pie, and other
tasty treats, visit http://www.pie-scream.com.

PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart
will be presenting 2nd Wednesday
Poetry at Park Place Books

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.

April: Judith Roche &
Sharon Cumberland

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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FRIDAY March 16th, 2012

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

Our Features are:
Larry Crist
&
Alex Smith

plus
OPEN MIC

Bios NEXT TIME

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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Wednesday March 28th, 2012

C & P Coffee–West Seattle
5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136
206-933-3125

Featured Readers
Moreah
&
Christopher J. Jarmick

plus Open Mic

FREE

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The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Presents the
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Mar 9th 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)
Featured Reader
John Burgess

John grew up in upstate New York, and has lived in
Seattle since 1985. His books Punk Poems, A
History of Guns in the Family, and Graffito were
published by Ravenna Press. He was a Jack Straw
Writer and a co-founder of the Burning Word Festival,
and is currently editor for the online lit journal Snow
Monkey. He is a Board member at Hugo House,
and coconspirator with the Band of Poets.

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Most 3rd Wednesdays Seattle–Ballard
Egan’s Jam House
address: 1707 NW Market St.
Ballard, WA zip 98107
Phone Number (206) 789-1621 (reservations for
limited table seating are advised.)
7 p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Poetry/Music/Comedy and Burlesque Variety Show
No open mic. Invited performers co-hosted by Larry
Crist Regular Performers usually include: Susan Harper,
Larry Crist, Mike Murdock, Hugh Sutton, Kylie Coyote
Over 21
Free (donate what you can…and buy a drink/food)

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From Jerry Libstaff

The 4th Season of
Words and Music is underway.
Next program–March 24th !!!

We are excited to present some of the top entertainers
in the country to perform on the waterfront in Vaughn WA.
Please call or email to reserve your space. We are
limited to a maximum of 65 guests in this intimate setting
. Your $20 donation provides for all food and beverages
plus the entertainment.

Eugene Ruffolo -Music // Joseph Green –Words
March 24th, 2012

Words and Music presents Eugene Ruffolo, March
24th. A NYC based singer-songwriter-guitarist
whose unique vocal talents have made him a
favorite in both the US and Europe. He has worked
with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett,
David Wilcox, Run DMC, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston
Taylor and has written and performed hundreds of
national television advertising spots. Ruffolo works
regularly for shows such as Saturday Night Live and
The David Letterman Show. A first call studio singer-
his voice has been featured in numerous Hollywood
sound tracks, and he has worked with famed directors
Ennio Morricone, George Lucas, and Brian DePalma.

He has won first prize in prestigious songwriting
competitions including a prize by the Public Domain
Foundation for having written one of the year’s most
notable songs of social significance and change. His
newest CD, “A Fool for Every Season”, features guest
appearances by Marc Cohn, Jonatha Brooke and
Livingston Taylor. One spin and you’ll quickly
understand why Ruffolo has been asked to lend his
unique vocal talents to hundreds of national projects.
“I was blown away the first time I heard Eugene Ruffolo and
he just gets better and better. Not only is he one of the best
singers I’ve ever heard, his songs are compelling and beautifully
crafted. On top of that, he’s an awesome acoustic guitarist.
Catch Eugene now, before you have to stand in line!” Artie
Traum, artist, producer

We are thrilled to present Eugene Ruffolo on the
waterfront in Vaughn WA.

Joseph Green –Poet

Joseph Green lives in Longview, WA. where he’s taught
English at Lower Columbia for nearly twenty five years.
His poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, Crab
Creek Review, Hubbub, Pearl, The Threepenny Review, Willow
Springs and LYLLYVA among others. He’s held the PEN
Northwest’s Writing Residency at Dutch Henry Homestead
in Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon.

Joseph has several books including titles; His inadequate
Vocabulary, Deluxe Motel, The End of Forgivness,
That Thread Still Connecting Us and Greatest Hits.
Joseph and his wife, Marquita produce limited edition
hand set letterpress editions through their publishing
company, Peasandcues Press.

2012 Schedule
March 24 Eugene Ruffolo
April To be announced
May 5 Michael Shoup
June No Concert
July 21 Jacob Moon
August No Concert
September 15 Chris Castle
October 13 Mellisa Greener

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
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

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PoetsWest @ The Creekside
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
and 140th Avenue NE]

~~ 7:00pm, Third Wednesdays ~~
Featuring one or two poets (and YOU at the
open mic)

our featured poet, Cathy Ross, whose first book,
If Ithe Moon Came Out Only Once a Month, was
officially released a coupleof days ago. More info
is posted on our blog and Cathy’s bio is posted here.
Come on out and enjoy her poetry as well as your
opportunity on the open mic.

And a head’s up about our venue on April 18 during
National Cowboy Poetry Week. You’re invited to take
part on the open mic that evening and, if you’re so
inclined, to pencil a western or cowboyverse in
whatever form (traditional or modern) that you’d like.
A special guest will be poet and guitarist, Lynn Kopelke,
the president of the Columbia Chapter (covering
Washington, Oregon, and British
Columbia) of the Western Music Association.

Hosts: Clark Crouch (425-286-1182) & Virginia
Cook(425-486-3739)
MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The
Creekside.
[A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community]

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FROM DAVID HOROWITZ

Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South,
Edmonds

Five poets read: Victoria Ford,
Holly Hughes, Jack McCarthy,
Joannie Stangeland, and
Joan Swift. Contact

Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Room 202, Good Shepherd Center, 4649
Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Five poets read:
Sharon Hashimoto,
Donald Kentop,
Belle Randall,
Michael Spence,
and Richard Wakefield.

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