Northwest Poetry Events of interest! (NaPoWriMo Prompt later this evening.

April 10, 2012

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

Sharon Cumberland has been writing
poetry since 1983 and has published
in a wide variety of magazines and
journals including Ploughshares, the
Iowa Review and many others. After
a career in New York as an arts
manager working for the Lincoln
Center Theater Company and the
Metropolitan Opera she earned a
Ph.D in English from City University
of New York. She is currently the
Assistant Professor of American
Literature and Poetry at Seattle

Judith Roche is the author of three
poetry collections, most recently,
“Wisdom of the Body,” which won
an American Book Award, and has
over one hundred poems published
widely in various journals and
magazines. She co-edited “First
Fish First People, Salmon Tales of
the North Pacific Rim” and has
poems installed on several Seattle
area public art projects. She has
taught poetry workshops and
residencies for over twenty years
and has been Distinguished
Northwest Writer-in-Residence
at Seattle University.

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

Larry Ebersole is an advocate,
semi-retired counselor, and poet
– living since 1998 in Seattle.
He is author of “Mural Poems:
Human Rights and Antiwar Poems”
(Plateau Sigma Press, 2007); he is
one of the former website editors for
Poets Against the War; earlier work
appears in “Citizen 32/UK” “Nth
Position/UK” “Real Change News
/Seattle”; current poetry on behalf of
Troy Davis, appears in “Persephone,”
“On Teachable Moments,” and
Peter Gabriel’s “Power of Many
Letters,” along with Amnesty
International’s “Activist Newsletter.”

Larry welcomes collaborations.
contact him at:

(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

April 26th ~ Arlington Washington

Chris Jarmick 7pm ~
fogdog poetry ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223.
w/ The Quill & Parchment Poets
on Open mic. FREE





From Michael Schein

April 12, 7:30pm,
Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.
Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books sponsors
a series of Thursday evening pre-release readings by
AB Bard, reclusive author of THE KILLER POET’S
GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY, a dystopian farce.
According to Jack McCarthy, prize-winning Slammer:
“To call it a ‘tour de force’ falls short. A.B. Bard
combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way,
and it works delightfully.” Admission FREE.
Pass of the writer’s beret. 206-436-2960.

April 19, 7:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.
Wry Ink Publishing and Couth Buzzard Books
AB Bard, reclusive author of THE KILLER POET’S
GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY, a dystopian farce.
According to Jack McCarthy, prize-winning Slammer:
“To call it a ‘tour de force’ falls short. A.B. Bard
combines poetry and the novel in a whole new way,
and it works delightfully.” Admission FREE.
Pass of the writer’s beret. 206-436-2960.

April 26, 7:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books,
8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.
Wry Ink Publishing
pre-release reading by AB Bard, reclusive author
Admission FREE. Pass of the writer’s beret.

From Jerry Libstaff

Vaughn (Key Peninsula) Washington

Watermark Writers and The Blend Wine Shop

Present A Blend of Words and Wine
Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Our featured poet, Joseph Green,
was the hit of the Words and Music
concert in March. If you missed
him then, this is your chance to see who
everyone is talking about.

Share your writing with the community
at an Open mic. Just sign up at the door
Come early and purchase a glass or bottle
of your favorite wine, beer or beverage
The program is free to all

Call 253-884-9688 For information

From Marjorie Rommell

Auburn Washington

State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reads
from and discusses her new book, Plume, a
meditation on the Hanford Nuclear facility, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24, in the Auburn Avenue Theater,
10 Auburn Way, in downtown Auburn. Reading with
her is Auburn Poet Laureate Dick Brugger.
Presented by Northwest Renaissance Poets,
Performers & Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets, with generous
support from the Auburn Arts Commission.
Admission is free.

Well-known and much-published Bellingham poet
/teacher James Bertolino, a sparkling personality,
leads a free poetry workshop 1-4 p.m. Sunday,
April 22, in the White River Valley Museum’s
Muckleshoot Room. The museum is located in Les
Gove Park. Presented by Northwest Renaissance
Poets, Performers & Publishers in collaboration
with Auburn Striped Water Poets with generous
support from the Auburn Arts Commission.
Admission is free, space is limited.
To register, please call 253/939-0571, or contact
Brendan McBreen, mcbreenpost@aol.com.

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:

Friday, April 13 Spokane:
Get Lit! Poetry Salon, 9:00 pm,

Sunday, April 15 Tacoma:
Museum of Glass, 3:00 pm,
Reading with Rick Barot and
Michael Schmeltzer,

Wednesday, May 16 Olympia:
Reading for the Olympia Poetry Network,

Thank you!
From Michael Dylan Welsh


Haiku in the Woods
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (free)
Beaver Lake Lodge, 25201 SE 24th St, Sammamish, WA 98075

Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning to write & appreciate
haiku poetry with Michael Dylan Welch, vice president of the
Haiku Society of America. Please join us on April 14, 2012,
for this free presentation and guided nature walk to learn haiku
poetry. PowerPoint presentation, handouts, writing exercises,
and more — learn about kigo (season words), kireji (dividing the
poem into two juxtaposed parts), and shasei (images from the
five senses). Adults and families welcome, including teachers
interested in teaching haiku in their classrooms. Event
sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission and
Sammamish Walks. Please bring a sack lunch, notebook,
pen/pencil, and clothing for any weather (rain or shine). Free,
but reservations requested at

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,


As Tacoma Poet Laureate 2011 -2013, I am hosting several
poetry events in honor of National Poetry Month. They are:

April 15 – A poetry reading with Washington State Poet
Laureate Kathleen Flenniken at the Museum of Glass

April 26 – National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poets and
lovers of poetry are invited to gather at 5:00 in front of the
Washington State History Museum in Tacoma to give away
poems to passers-by and share the love of poetry. Those
who wish to embellish their poems with artistic flare can join
me on April 22 at the Museum of Glass at 1:00 for a poem
decorating workshop.

The events are free.

April 29 – I will be reading with former Tacoma Poet
Laureate Tammy Robacker at the Washington State
History Museum as part of the “Hope in Hard Times:
Poets respond to adversity” reading.
NOTE: Now on Most 3rd Thursdays…including
April 19th….

Now THAT’S Variety! @
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 & 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 Phoebe Bosche


4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.
(Corner of Roosevelt & 43rd)
Raven Chronicles Presents:
“Matters of the Spirit”
Reading & CD release party
Contact Info: 206.941.2955

Readers Include:

Elizabeth Alexander, Anna Balint, Ginny
Banks, Jennifer Berney, Anita Feng, Esther
Altshul Helfgott, Thomas Hubbard, Carol
Levin, Michael Magee, Kay Mullen, Jean
Musser, Cynthia Neely, Tim Sherry,
M.Anne Sweet, and Ruth Whitney.

Phoebe Bosche
Raven Chronicles

Quill and Parchment Poets’ Pacific Northwest
National Poetry Month Tour April 2012~
and other Poetry Performances around the Sound

April 12 ~7pm ~fogdog gallery ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223. w/ The Quill & Parchment
Poets. Ellaraine Lockie, Jane Alynn,Sharmagne,
Sandy Shreve, Mary Eliza Crane

April 13 ~ 7-9pm ~ People’s Co-op Bookstore ~
1391 Commercial Drive ~ Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5
Canada (604) 253-6442 Sandy Shreve,
Kate Braid,Ellaraine Lockie& Sharmagne
Villanelles Kickoff (Friday)shreve@shaw.ca,

April 14 ~ 7pm ~ A salon in the home of Dr. Annelle
Norman~ 609 Highland Dr. Point Roberts, Wa 98281
360.945.5070 Free but please RSVP for seating count.
Ellaraine Lockie, Sharmagne, Sandy Shreve

April15 Travel Days.
Ellaraine Lockie back to Seattle 4/15/

April 16th-18th ~OPEN

April 19 ~ 6-8pm The Black Dog Wine Bar ~
8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065 ~
Sharmagne andSandy Shreve
cris@blackdogsnoqualmie.com (Thursday)

April 20th OPEN

April 21st ~ (1-4pm) ~ Marysville Library ~
6120 Grove St., Marysville, WA Jane Alynn,
Sharmagne and Peggy Barnett
LHanson@sno-isle.org (Saturday)
Poetry reading and workshop

22-25th OPEN

April 26th ~ Chris Jarmick 7pm ~
fogdog poetry ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223.
w/ The Quill & Parchment Poets on Open mic.

April 27th~OPEN

April 28th~ 11am – 12pm Poetry workshop
1:30 -4pm Poetry The Next Chapter Book
Store ~721 1st Street La Conner, Washington
98257-9448.(360) 466-2665 ~ Sharmagne
andJoannie Stangeland


From Daemond Arrindell

Daemond Arrindell info@seattlepoetryslam.org
Seattle Poetry Slam Presents:The 2012 GRAND SLAM
The Seattle Poetry Slam will hold its annual Grand Slam
competition (an all ages event) at Town Hall on Friday,
April 27th at 7:30 pm.The Grand Slam will feature
Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist Airea
“Dee” Matthews.

The Seattle Poetry Slam’s 2012 Grand Slam is the
culmination of a year of weekly competitions at Re-bar
in Downtown Seattle. The night’s winners will be awarded
spots on the 2012 Seattle National Poetry Slam Team: the
four poets that will represent Seattle at the National Poetry
Slam in Charlotte, NC against over 80 other teams from
across the nation and Canada. Seattle has a history of
being one of the most well-respected teams having regularly
ranked in the top sixteen in previous years taking the 2nd
place trophy in 2009 in the Group Perfomance competition
.Featured Poet We are THRILLED to present our feature
this year – Airea “Dee” Matthews. Dee is a two-time
Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, a former Detroit
Grand Slam Champion and a popular performance poet on
the national touring scene. Named one of Detroit’s Best
Poets by CBS, she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the
University of Michigan where she was recently awarded a
Helen Zell Fellowship and the Michael R. Gutterman Prize
in Poetry.

WHERE: Town Hall 1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 206-324-8000

COST: $10-$15 Tix available at

Note: This is an all ages event.


(360) 818-4000

Daemond Arrindell
Seattle Slammaster

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live
without and know we cannot live within. I use the
word “love” here not merely in a personal sense but
as a state of being, or a state of grace- not in the
infantile American sense of being made happy but
in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring
and growth” – James Baldwin

From Jerry Libstaff

The 4th Season of
Words and Music is underway.

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.


Friday, April 27, Words and Music will present the
group,Brother Sun at a special concert location;
The Longbranch Improvement Club on the Peninsula.
The concert will benefit The Mustard Seed Project and
funds will go toward programs to build an elder-friendly
community that allows our neighbors to “age in place”
with dignity, respect, self-determination and safety.

Brother Sun is Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg
Greenway, three top tier singer/songwriters in their
own right. The trio released their first CD in June, last
year, and it went to #1 in several nationwide charts
and was voted the “Best Of” on stations around the
country by year’s end.

Greg Greenway will also share his poetry at the event.

Dale Goodvin and Ed Johnson will display their
wonderful photos depicting life on the Key Peninsula
and Tweed Meyer will join us to capture the group in
paint, as they perform.

Please join us for this special event. Advanced tickets
will be available for $15 at Sunnycrest Nursery and The
Mustard Seed Project office or purchase at the door
the night of the event for $20. There will be a social
hour beginning at 7:00 PM. Brother Sun will perform at
8:00 PM. Call The Mustard Seed Project at 253-884-2216
or Watermark Writers at 253-778-6559 for further

Hilarious Brother Sun YOUTUBE video here!!!

2012 Schedule
April To be announced
May 5 Musc: Michael Shoup
Words: Christopher J. Jarmick
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.



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