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June Readings: This Week and Beyond….

June 10, 2012

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of
creativity. It’s self-conscious, and
anything self-conscious is lousy. You
can’t try to do things. You simply must
do things.”Ray Bradbury

 
Every morning I jump out of bed and step
on a landmine. The landmine is me.
After the explosion, I spent the rest of the
day putting the pieces together.
–RAY BRADBURY

 

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit
you and you’ll never learn.
–Ray Bradbury

 

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (no reading July & August)

and @ Bookworm Exchange in Seattle
3rd Fridays (No Reading July)

& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
Below
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I’m hosting two readings this week worthy of your attentiion. It’s a 2nd Wednesday
AND 3rd Friday week. I’m not hosting any readings in July, then Bookworm in August
and more Park Place readings in September! Hope to see YOU at a reading this week.
And if you haven’t head yet–3 brand new books by some of my favorite local poets
are now available!!! Raul Sanchez’s first collection of poetry–All Our Brown Skinned
Angels from MoonPath Press, Jack McCarthy’s What I Saw from EM Press
and David Horowitz’s brand new collection from Rose Alley Press–Sky Above the Temple
which he reads from on FRIDAY !!!! ALL KEEPERS and just in time for summer reading!!!
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Wednesday, June 12 @ Park Place
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kirkland Washington

 

Featured Readers

 

Robert Lashley
and
Dobbie Reese Norris

 

plus
Open Mic

FREE

 

LAST Reading until September!!!!
Bring a poem to read!
Hear some talented poets!

 

Robert Lashley — NEW Poetry from
his 2012 chapbook: The Blood Orange
Mix Tape!!! Lashley was a semi-finalist
for the PEN-Rosenthal fellowship. He’s
helped Bellingham (where he lives) develop
one of the best poetry nights (MONDAY) in
our region. His poetry has appeared in
literary magazines, online and in the
anthology: Many Trails to the Summit.
His first full-length poetry collection was
2009’s Songs My City Taught Me (Radical
Lunch Box Press).
&

Dobbie Reese Norris —
poet, writer, host of the long running
Poets and Writer series,(now 3rd Tuesdays
at Seattle Mobile Esspresso in North Seattle).
Norris is also a founding member of the
Floating Mountain Poets which performs poetry,
music, aerials, and more for non-profits, special
occassions,and public performances.

 

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.

 

See you in September!!!

 

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 June 15,
@ Bookworm Exchange

 

FRIDAY June 15, 2012
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Features:
Don Kentop
&
David Horowitz

plus
OPEN MIC

 

Don Kentop graduated from New York
University and Columbia. After retirement,
he began writing poetry, completed the
Writers Program at The University of
Washington, appeared at the Frye Art
Museum with Poets West, won several
poetry awards, was a Jack Straw writer fo
r 2004, a 2005 Seattle Poet Populist finalist,
and appears in five poetry anthologies. On
the board of the Washington Poets
Association, Don published On Paper
Wings through Rose Alley Press.

 

David D. Horowitz— founded and
manages Rose Alley Press. Through
Rose Alley he has published fourteen
books, including his own poetry
collections Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke
; Wildfire, Candleflame; Resin from the
Rain; and Streetlamp, Treetop, Star
. His poems have appeared in
numerous journals, including The Lyric,
Candelabrum, and The New Formalist.
His essays often appear in the online
journal Exterminating Angel. His new
poetry collection, Sky Above the
Temple, is due out from Rose Alley
Press in spring 2012.

 

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!!!

 

BookWorm Exchange @
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

 

August 17– Elizabeth Myhr &
Anthony Banks (from San Diego)
SEPTEMBER–Christine Swanberg
JULY– NO READING SCHEDULED

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From Margaret Roncone:
June 12– 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic– Queen Anne

 

at Caffe Zingaro
Tuesday June 12th
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
127 Mercer St.
98109
hosted by Lainne Dexter and
Margaret Roncone

 

all good writing is like swimming under
water and holding your breath
–F.Scott Fitzgerald

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From Rose Alley Press

Friday, June 15, 2012,
7:00 p.m.

 

Poetry: Donald Kentop, David D. Horowitz,
and open mic
Bookworm Exchange,
4860 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle
Telephone: 206-722-6633

 

URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012,
7:00 p.m.

 

Poetry: Douglas Schuder and others TBA
Seattle Mobile Espresso,
13000 Linden Avenue North, Seattle
Telephone: 206-420-4719
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FROM OPN–

June 20th– Olympia
Susan Rich will be reading. Wed. June 20th

 

6:30-8:00 p.m. Includes half-hour open mic

At Traditions Café

5th Ave. and Water St. Downtown Olympia
Susan Rich:

 

Susan Rich is the author of three collections
of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (2010)
named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and
the Washington State Book Award, Cures
Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s
Tongue / Poems of the World (2000) winner
of the PEN Award for Poetry.

 

The 4 ‘0’ Clock News @ House of Sky
In the beginning we wanted
to cast ourselves
as opera stars, to break apart
like gorgeous women
palm reading at the piano bar ~
music stinging like salt from the sea.
We were spiraling ridges, dust-darlings
and dangerous.
We were peonies ~ cut
and arranged like astronauts
in flight. We soaked in syllables
not water; rode the Southern drawl of the wind
over cobalt glass ~ backlit by a disc of sun.

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June 23, 2012

The Nature of Haiku
Padilla Bay Nature Poetry Workshop
June 23, 2012, 9:00-4:00

 

Explore haiku poetry as a window into
appreciating the natural world, its seasons, and your
five senses. Learn the myths and realities of haiku,
hear an overview of haiku in Japan, and understand
important targets for haiku in English, such as kigo
(season word), kireji (cutting word, or a two-part
juxtapositional structure), and objective sensory imagery.
This class willinclude presentation, handouts, slide
show, workshop exercises and optional sharing, with
an outdoor walk for haiku inspiration.

 

Instructor Michael Dylan Welch is vice president of the
Haiku Society of America, a board member of the
Washington Poets Association and the Redmond
Association of Spokenword, and curates the monthly
SoulFood Poetry Night in Redmond, Washington. His
haiku and longer poetry have appeared in hundreds of
journals and anthologies, and he has taught haiku at the
North Cascades Institute, the Cedar River Watershed
Institute, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and
numerous other venues. He has published dozens of
poetry books, including translations from the Japanese.
His haiku-focused website is http://www.graceguts.com.

 

Workshop Fee: $15.00
Register Online at http://www.padillabay.gov
Accommodations available at $30 per
night.
The price goes down if you share a room.
For more information:
Glen “Alex” Alexander
Education Coordinator
Padilla Bay Reserve
10441 Bay View-Edison Rd
Mount Vernon WA 98273
360-428-1070
alex@padillabay.gov
http://www.padillabay.gov

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From Eileen Duncan

 

July 29th 2012– Seattle
3 p.m. at Richard Hugo House

 

Tony Pfannensteil, a Portland poet, founded
Fault Lines Poetry Journal and placed a call for
submissions in fall 2011. I and many other poets
along the Cacasdia Fault Line were intrigued by
the energy and passion in his vision for the
journal and call for submissions. And it sounded
just plain fun to get involved in the journal.

 

The Puget Sound is represented in the issue by
about 15 poets and we are planning a reading
at Hugo House on July 29 at 3 PM. Readings in
other cities along the Cascadia Fault Line are
taking placing throughout the summer,
beginning June 10. In addition Portland has set
up “poetry boxes” much like those that contain
house sales information — but contain poems
from the journal instead.

 

Fault LinesPoetry
A new journal of west coast poetry

Inaugural Issue and Reading
3 PM July 29 2012

 

Richard Hugo House
163411th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

 

Dennis Caswell
Michael Daley
Mike Johnsen
Patricia C Kennedy
Lynn Ann Kister
Angel Latterell
Jed Myers
Carl Palmer
Judith Roche
Tamara Sellman
Judith Skillman
Laura Snyder
Kristen Spexarth
Joannie Stangeland
Eileen Walsh Duncan

 

“In the year 1700, an earthquake shook the
Cascadia Fault Line Zone. From San
Francisco to Vancouver, BC, the force was
felt all along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

 

Today, over 300 years later, forces are
again becoming unleashed, forces that will
move your heart, split your brain, and
rearrange your preconceived notions about
poetry and the possibilities it presents to
dramatically affect the human spirit.

 

Fault Lines Poetry will create upheavals.The
meticulously crafted world of what a poem
should be will implode, opening fissures deep
within your psyche. The poems published in
Fault Lines will gather their cataclysmic energy
and wash over you, the way a tsunami wave
moves over the shore and transforms.”

–FaultLinesPoetry.com

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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.

 

2012 Schedule
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
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

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June Readings!!!

June 2, 2012

Let me walk through the fields of paper touching with my wand
dry stems and stunted butterflies….
–Denise Levertov, “A Walk through the Notebooks”

 

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its
ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have
the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.
–Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

Monday June 4th, 2012
7 to 9 p.m.

Jack McCarthy !!!!
&
Christopher J. Jarmick

plus Open MIC

at
The Poetry Station
@
Station Bistro in
Auburn!!!!

Jack McCarthy is a working guy from the Boston area who’s been writing
poetry since the mid-60s. He has two chapbooks, Actual Grace Notes and
Too Old to Make Excuses (But StillYoung Enough to Make Love), two CDs
two books: Say Goodnight, Grace Notes,(2003)by EM Press and Almost a
Remembrance 2011 from Moon Pie Press a collection of shorter poems.
His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Spoken Word
Revolution. Jack was a member of the Boston team at the 1996 National Poetry
Slam, and was an engaging minor character in the feature film “Slamnation,”
which documented those proceedings, and he was a member of the Worcester
team at the 2000 National Poetry Slam. The Boston Phoenix has named him
“Best Standup Poet,” the Boston Poetry Awards “Best Love Poet,” and the
Cambridge Poetry Awards “Best Spoken Word” and “Best Humorous Poet .” The
Boston Globe says, “In the poetry world, he’s a rock star.” Among his influences he
numbers Robert Frost,Dylan Thomas, and Garrison Keillor. He doesn’t think of
himself as a “performance poet,” but as a “standup poetry guy,” a writer of poems
that perform themselves. Poet Stephen Dobyns has written, “Jack McCarthy is one
of the wonders of contemporary poetry. He writes and often performs—dazzling
narratives full of wit and humor, sadness and hard thinking. He should be cloned.”
Jack has lived in the NorthWest for several years.

 

Christopher J. Jarmick–Northwest based writer; poet; has been curating and hosting
poetry readings for over 11 years in the Seattle area. Recently he’s published
articles in Raven Chronicles, a poem in the anthology Many Trails to the Summit
and his latest book is Ignition:Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and
Double Dog Dares.(2010). In 2009 he released the Spoken Word CD with Los
Angeles’ Michael C. Ford entitled Radio Pictures. He’s a PEN board member,
former executive Vice President of the Washington Poets Association and once
upon a time produced PBS  documentaries and Hard Copy,
Entertainment Tonight segments. He’s written screenplays, award winning Plays
and a mystery novel (The Glass Cocoon). He’s called Seattle and the Northwest
home since 1994. His email is emeraldchris@yahoo.com

 

The Auburn Station Bistro is located at
110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125, one block
south of West Main Street on the east side of
the Auburn Transit Center, in the big brick
building below the green metal vine. Parking
is plentiful, the event is free and open to all.

 

This brand new (as of April 2nd, 2012) Series
is 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.

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Wednesday, June 13 @ Park Place
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kirkland Washington

 

Featured Readers

 

Robert Lashley
and
Dobbie Reese Norris

plus
Open Mic

FREE

LAST Reading until September!!!!
Bring a poem to read!
Hear some talented poets!

 

Robert Lashley — NEW Poetry from
his 2012 chapbook: The Blood Orange
Mix Tape!!! Lashley was a semi-finalist
for the PEN-Rosenthal fellowship. He’s
helped Bellingham (where he lives) develop
one of the best poetry nights (MONDAY) in
our region. His poetry has appeared in
literary magazines, online and in the
anthology: Many Trails to the Summit.
His first full-length poetry collection was
2009’s Songs My City Taught Me (Radical
Lunch Box Press).

&

 

Dobbie Reese Norris —poet, writer, host of the long running
Poets and Writer series,(now 3rd Tuesdays
at Seattle Mobile Esspresso in North Seattle).
Norris is also a founding member of the
Floating Mountain Poets which performs poetry,
music, aerials, and more for non-profits, special
occassions,and public performances.

 

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.

 

See you in September!!!

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 June 15,
@ Bookworm Exchange

FRIDAY June 15, 2012
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Features:
Don Kentop
&
David Horowitz

plus
OPEN MIC

 

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!!!

 

BookWorm Exchange @
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

August 17– Elizabeth Myrh &
Anthony Banks (from San Diego)
SEPTEMBER–Christine Swanberg
JULY– NO READING SCHEDULED

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From Jed Myers and John Burgess:

 

Muse News Flash! Next Saturday night,
June 2nd, Band of Poets plays at the
annual Ginsberg Marathon in
Columbia City.

Marathon starts at 8 p.m. and goes all
night! Band of Poets will be on around 9:30
for two wild sets of Ginsberg, Whitman, Artaud,
and more, set to music, song, and dance.
You can find our evolving set list on our
Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/BandofPoets.

 

Come on out to the welcoming space Splab
maintains in the Community Center at
3651 S. Edmunds, just off Rainier Ave. S.
in Columbia City, and help keep the
luminous presence of Ginsberg alive in this
world where he opened his prophetic heart
to us all not so long ago!

 

Bring your favorite Ginsberg poem(s), your
own personal offerings, your embodied self,
your friends’ selves and offerings! Yes, come,
and contribute to the all-night open mic!
Let’s let Ginsberg continue to open more
and more hearts, right through our own!

 

You’ll bare your bones you’ll grow you’ll
pray you’ll only know

When the light appears, boy,
when the light appears

—from “When the Light Appears”
by Allen Ginsberg
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DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

June 8th 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)
Featured Reader

 

Timothy Walsh

 

Timothy Walsh’s poems and short stories
have appeared widely. His awards include the
Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review
International Poetry Competition and the Kurt
Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American
Review. He is the author of a book of literary
criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence,
Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature
(Southern Illinois University Press) and two
poetry collections, Wild Apples (Parallel Press)
and Blue Lace Colander (Marsh River Editions).
He is an Assistant Dean at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison.

 

The Only Muntin Poem in the World

Yes, I’m pretty sure there are not others.
Perhaps in bygone times a carpernter
or master builder tried his hand at one,
but I don’t think so.
The Truth is no one knows what a mutin is
or what to call it when we point at one.
They are, in their way, so perfect–
that wooden framework that partitions off
the smaller panes of glass
in so many of our windows, old and new.
A muntin. That cross-hatch, that hopscotch
shape,
that waffle-looking girid we look at,
or look past, but never see.
There is a moral in this somewhere.

I could ask you to cogitate upon
the muntin-like nature of all human
understanding–
how we partition off the vast, undifferentiated
flux
in order to grasp it–
categorizig, sorting, labeling–
how language segments and pigeonholes
to gain a toehold on immensity.

Strange, is’t it, how the mind overlays muntins
on everything we see, allowing us to think,
starting up that ever-idling engine of rationality?
Is the mind, in fact, nothing but a vast muntin-work?
Millions of overlapping muntin grids, three
dimensional,
muntins within muntins within muntins?

And yet there are still no sonnets on muntins,
no odes, sestina, pantoums, or villanelles…

The next time you look out the window,
please notice the muntin and as why
we must have four season, twelve months,
twenty-four hours…
and why we must have muntins in our windows.

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From Elizabeth Austen

 

June 1 to 3: VORTEXT:
Hedgebrook’s Weekend Salon for
Women Writers. Join Elizabeth George,
Dorothy Allison, Ruth Ozeki, Karen Joy
Fowler, Gail Tsukiyama and Jane
Hamilton for an extraordinary weekend.
Connect in small-group workshops.
Come together through dynamic keynotes
and discussions about opportunities and
challenges for women who write. Share
meals, open mics, conversation and
community in a stunningly beautiful
setting. RETREAT, RECHARGE,
REWRITE = VORTEXT. This three
day workshop begins Friday, June 1st at
the Whidbey Institute. Space is limited.
Please visit http://bit.ly/vortextdiscount
for more information and accommodation
options.
Hope you are well, and that we’ll get to
say hello at a poetry event soon.

Elizabeth
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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.

2012 Schedule
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
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.