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

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136



(Striped Water Poets)
Poetry in Transit aka
The Poetry Station
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

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


Wednesday March 28th, 2012

Pomes and Tails — West Seattle

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

Featured Readers
Moreah Vestan

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus Open Mic


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.



1 to 2 Features plus
Open Mic


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


Peggy Barnett
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

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

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


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

Judith Roche
Sharon Cumberland

Open Mic


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 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

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.


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

(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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