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

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
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
Open Mic


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


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



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


Wednesday March 28th, 2012

C & P Coffee–West Seattle
5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136

Featured Readers
Christopher J. Jarmick

plus Open Mic


The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Presents the
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.

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)

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
or call 253-778-6559.

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
MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The
[A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community]


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

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,


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