Showers to Flowers of Northwest Poetry Readings

April 24, 2012

The World of
Northwest Poetry
by Chris Jarmick

April 26th ~ Arlington Washington

Fog Dog Poetry Reading 7 p.m.

Feature: Christopher J. Jarmick
plus Open Mic w/ The Quill and Parchment Poets
fogdog gallery ~ 233 Olympic Avenue,
Arlington, Washington, 98223.

Saturday May 5th
Key Peninsula Words and Music
Vaugn, Washington
RSVP required

Music: Michael Shoup
Words: Christopher J. Jarmick

Hosted by Jerry Libstaff

To find out more email at info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Series

May 9, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Park Place Books
Kirkland, WA.

Molly Tenenbaum
Kathleen Flenniken
(Washington State’s Poet Laureate!)

plus Open Mic

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

There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are. – Somerset Maugham

We do not write because we want to;
we write because we have to.
– Somerset Maugham

Poetry Month, The last few days of NapoWriMo I’m suggesting prompts and writing a poem a day on Facebook and on my blog: right here…check it out…

At the end of this column are more details-bios about
these above Highlighted Events. Below are other events of interest.

Many readings,
many open mics, most FREE
see below)

Email me at
regarding your event/reading
and I’ll try to include it. I can’t
always accomodate but I try.
OPN- Olympia- Washington

Jeanne Lohmann

Jeanne Lohmann writes and is an active mentor in Olympia’s poetry community. She will read from her most recent book, AS IF WORDS. Jeanne has published eight books of poetry and two prose collections . Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, and have been read on local and National Public Radio.

Thursday, May 3

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Includes half-hour open mic

At Traditions Café

5th Ave. and Water St. Downtown Olympia
Willow Wicklund


From Michael Schein
SEATTLE April 26th

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 Julene Tripp Weaver

Upcoming Seattle Readings

University Bookstore

April 25, 2012, 6:30 pm

to Celebrate the publication of Burning Bright
an anthology of writing by older authors
published by Passager Books

University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE

Julene reads with local poets over 50: Roberta Feins,
Suzan Huney, Flavian Mark Lupinetti,Wendy Marcus, Nancy Penrose, Cathy Ross,Johnny Townsend, and Janet Yoder

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 Laureatte, 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.

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:

Tuesday, April 24th –Auburn
w/ Auburn Poet Laureate Dick Bruger

Wednesday May 9th — Kirkland
w/ Molly Tenenbaum at Park Place Books in

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

Thank you!

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

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.

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.
From Jessie Minkert
April 28, 2012 Seattle WA

I will be reading along with Raul Sanchez and Maria de Lourdes Victoria for the launch of Maria’s latest novel, Mas Alla de la Justicia at the Seattle Public Library at 3:00 on April 28. Translations in English and Spanish will be available. FREE event.

(1000 4th Avenue 4th Floor Rm. 1 Seattle, WA
Limited parking: $6.00)

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

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

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 David T and WPA

April 26, 27& 28 — Ballard

Secret Garden Books
Celebrating 35 Years of Independent Bookselling
This Summer!
2214 NW Market Street
S e a t t l e , W A 9 8 1 0 7
( 2 0 6 ) 7 8 9 – 5 0 0 6

Washington Poets Association

EVENT First Annual Ballard Poetry Fest
featuring Washington State
Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken

DATE Thursday 26 April – Saturday 28 April

LOCATION Various Ballard Locations, see full schedule below

CONTACT Christy McDanold, Owner, Secret Garden
206-789-5006, bookshop@secretgardenbooks.com

Secret Garden Books and the Washington Poets Association are excited to co-sponsor a brand-new weekend of poetry in Ballard in celebration of National Poetry Month this April in the First Annual Ballard Poetry Fest. Local poets will be reading their work around Ballard through the weekend, all within easy walking distance of the shop. All events are free and open to the community. Full schedule:

Thursday, 26 April, 6:30 pm @ Ballard Public Library, 5614 22 nd Ave. NW A reading, hosted Floating Bridge Press, featuring: Poets featured in Floating Bridge Review #4: Joan Fiset, Arthur Ginsberg, Sybil James & Steven Quig.

Friday, 27 April, 4 pm @ Umpqua Bank, 2032 NW Market Street A reading, hosted by David Thornbrugh, featuring: Greg Bem, Jeanine Walker, Nadine Maestas & Doug Nufer. With an open mic—bring your poems.

Friday, 27 April, 6 pm @ Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market Street A reading, hosted by Don Kentop, featuring: Nancy Dahlberg, Sharon Cumberland, Dennis Caswell & Belle Randall . With an open mic—bring your poems.

Friday, 27 April, 6:30 pm @ Adams Elementary School, 6110 28th Ave NW A reading, hosted by school librarian Marlene Friend, featuring children’s poet George Shannon.

Saturday, 28 April, 1 pm @ Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market Street A reading, hosted by ANgel Latterell, featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, Don Kentop, and Carol Levin. With an open mic – bring your poems.

Saturday, 28 April, 5pm @ Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Avenue NW A reading, hosted by Jed Meyer, featuring: Bellingham poet Jim Bertolino, Lyn Coffin, Peter Munro, Peter Ludwin & Belle Randall. With an open mic—bring your poems.

Saturday, 28 April, 7 pm @ The Ballard Landmark, 5433 Leary Avenue NW A reading, hosted by Cathy Ross, featuring: haiku poet Michael Dylan Welch with Kelly Rigel Hower & Nan Harty. With an open mic—bring your poems.

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.

May 5th!!!

From Nashville, Michael Shoup will Join us May 5th. A fantastic singer/songwriter, Michael Shoup has been working full time in the music industry since 2004. With a new CD and numerous songs available as downloads, he has been featured as a spotlight performer at highly coveted showcase slots at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX as well as the CMJ Film Festival in New York City.

Michael has toured with The Stone Temple Pilots and has also worked with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Kelly Clarkson. Michael’s music is genuine and melodically timeless. He has even made an impression on Steven Schwartz (composer and lyricist of the musical, Wicked) who flew Shoup to his home in Los Angeles to perform a cover of “Defying Gravity.” Michael recently accepted stories from fans and turned them into songs. See his amazing abilities at his web site then join us as Words and Music presents Michael Shoup on the Waterfront.


Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick!!!


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

2012 Schedule
May 5 Musc: Michael Shoup
Words: Christopher J. Jarmick
June 23 Tom Kimmel
July 21 Jacob Moon with
Jim Teeters
August 4 Sarah Peacock
August 25 Robert Silverman with
Jack McCarthy
September 15 Chris Castle
with John Davis
October 13 Melissa Greener
with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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.

From SWP
May 6 — Auburn, WA

Northwest Renaissance and Striped Water Poets present 1ST Monday Poetry Bistro at The Station Bistro in Auburn 7 p.m.

May 6th– Connie Walle!!!!
Jim Teeters
plus open mic!!!!!

June 4th– Jack McCarthy
Christopher J. Jarmick

The Station Bistro is located at 110 2nd Street Southwest Auburn, WA 98001 253-735-1399
right by Auburn’s Transit Center

Program is FREE but you should buy something to drink and eat.


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,

Chris Jarmick’s

Wednesday May 9, 2012
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kirkland Washington

Featured Readers

Kathleen Flenniken
Molly Tenenbaum

Open Mic


Kathleen Flenniken has been named the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her new collection, Plume (University of Washington Press), is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. Her first book, Famous (University of Nebraska Press), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Flenniken’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust.

Molly Tenenbaum is the author of three full-length poetry collections: The Cupboard Artist (Floating Bridge Press, 2012) Now (Bear Star Press 2007), and By a Thread (Van West & Company, 2000). My chapbooks are Blue Willow (Floating Bridge Press, 1998), Old Voile (New Michigan Press, 2004), and Story (Cash Machine, 2005).

Her poems have appeared in various journals, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best American Poetry 1991, Black Warrior Review, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cranky, The Diagram, Fine Madness, In Posse, Nimrod, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Shenandoah, and Swivel.

Honors include residencies at Hedgebrook and at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, participation in the Jack Straw Writers’ Program, and a 2009 Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship.

Molly is also a musician, playing old-time banjo music who has recorded 2 solo CDs and is a member of two bands The Queen CIty Bulldogs and Dram County, and she does duets with her brother, Dan Tenenbaum.

Molly lives in Seattle teaches banjo in her living room and English at North Seattle Community College.

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.

June Readers: Robert Lashley
& Dobbie Reese Norris

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


FRIDAY May 18, 2012

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

Robert Lashley


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 7 years and counting! The store may
be closing in early 2013!!! C’mon!!!

4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

JUNE– David Horowitz (new book release!!)
and Don Kentop (!!!!)



SEPTEMBER– Christine Swanberg

April 26th ~ Arlington Washington

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


May 5th– Vaugn Washington
Key Peninsula Reading

Words and Music Saturday May 5th
Michael Shoup with Chris Jarmick

To find out more email us at info@watermarkwriters.com or call 253-778-6559.


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