Archive for August, 2012


Dog Days of Summer Poetry Readings This Week and Beyond!!!

August 15, 2012

Upcoming Events
It’s the ‘dog days of summer’ and there’s many poetry reading and listening choices
to enjoy this week (and beyond).

If you’re willing to be in the South Seattle area (Columbia City neighborhood) on
Friday, consider attending the reading at 7 p.m. at one of the best indie
bookstores–Bookworm Exchange. The store will be closing in December.
It will be missed.

Here’s where you’ll find events from friends
and acquaintances, mostly free readings
and other items of possible interest.

Let me know what you think of the new look

If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun–you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself, You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is–excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms, without such vigors he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it’d be better for his health! — Ray Bradbury–Zen in the Art of Writing.

Bookworm Exchange one of the very best
independent bookstores (and my favorite)
in South Seattle is
closing by the end of the year.
We only have a few scheduled readings left!

Friday August 17, 2012
@ Bookworm Exchange

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Elizabeth Myrh
Thomas Hubbard
Mystery Guest


Elizabeth Myhr is a poet. She holds a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. She is a founder and director of Calypso Editions, and currently edits for Detroit’s Marick Press, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and Shining Horns. She lives in Seattle with her family and engages in freelance editing and bringing new products to market.

Thomas Hubbard –Since retiring from his teaching position at Heritage High School on Tulalip Rez, Thomas Hubbard has published Guiding the Stars to Their Campfire, Driving the Salmon to Their Beds, a collection of indigenous poetry by Tiffany Midge, Junkyard Dogz, a chapbook of his own poetry and graphics, Junkyard Dogz CD, (a spoken word performance), Nailed to The Sky (a poetry collection) by M. Anne Sweet, The Five Stages of Quitting Farming (a poetry collection) by John Kulm, Wisdom for a Dance In the Street, (a spoken word/music CD) by Dave Caserio, Affliction, a collection of poems about the sex industry by Jennifer Haggerty, What I Can Hold In My Hands, and At First Light, two collections of poems by Mary Eliza Crane and injunz, a chapbook of his own poetry about mixedblood life. These add to his previously published Nail and other Hardworking Poems (originally published by Year of the Dragon Press, 1994, with a second edition under the Gazoobi Tales imprint) and Children Remember Their Fathers, an anthology of poems about fathers. In the works are an anthology of poems about mothers and a collection of writings to be titled Living With Proud Mary. Thomas is currently gathering works for an anthology of indigenous writers. He spends way too much time away from the Northwest these days in places like Fayetteville ARK. He also a carpenter and blues musician.

And….Our Mystery Reader who just recently published an exceptional book of poetry will be doing a mini 7 to 10 minute spotlight reading sharing some of the poems from the book.

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

Tonight– Wednesday 8-15
7:00 p.m.—Seattle
Breadline at Vermillion
1508 11th Ave. Seattle
Debrah Morkun
Nico Vassilakis
Will Owen
Holly Small


This Thursday- 8-16 REDMOND

Road trip! Head out for our reading on Thursday at SoulFood Books in Redmond. It’s going to be a fun night of poetry reading with Sergey Feldman, who will also be backing me on beatific drums. Bring your own poems for the open mic. Links below. –jb

This Thursday, Aug. 16 — I’m reading with Sergey Feldman at Soul Food Books in Redmond starting at 7 p.m. Details and directions here: and here This will be last official reading from Graffito, my third collection of poetry out in July 2011 from Ravenna Press.

Saturday, Sept. 22 — I’m reading with Raul Sanchez and rox at the Schouten Art Gallery at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island in the evening hours. I’m planning a reading of punk poems from Punk Poems, Graffito and unpublished ones. Details will appear closer to the event here:

From Jerry Libstaff

This Saturday 8-18 Key Peninsula, Vaugn WA

If you are a writer, would like to be a writer or just appreciate the written and performed word, don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the nation’s most beloved poets. Jack McCarthy. The self proclaimed “Stand Up Poet” has been featured on the big screen, CDs and in books. NPR recently traveled to Seattle to capture his words for posterity.

Words and Music is proud to present Jack McCarthy this Saturday, on the waterfront.
Special guest Christopher Jarmick will join us to introduce Jack. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

Our singer for the evening comes to us from England. Callaghan came to the United States at the request of singer songwriter, Shawn Mullins who proceeded to produced her new album. Callaghan has been touring the U S performing to sold out audiences all year. We are thrilled to present this fabulous singer, Callaghan, Saturday evening in Vaughn.

Please call 253-778-6559 for information and reservations.

Presented by Watermark Writers, a 501 (c) 3.

THIS THURSDAY….. 8-16-2012
6:30 p.m.

Listen! On your radio or through internet.

PoetsWest at KSER 90.7 FM Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. (PST)

If you are out of range for this station, the broadcast is available worldwide via streaming by going to and following the Listen Live links.

PoetsWest #46
(29.06 minutes)

Free Will & Instant Replay—Jack McCarthy

Nanopolitics—Jim Lutz

E Pluribus Unum—Karen Havnaer

Bubbles Burst—Keith Holyoak

Pistachios—Chris Jarmick

Before Sushi—David Thornbrugh

Border Lines—Ellaraine Lockie

America—Karen Havnaer

Greatness & Gratitude—Thomas Hubbard

Saturday—Michael Magee

Day Is Done—Dennis Caswell

A Lone Soldier—J. Glenn Evans

Music: Loussier Satie Tks 10, 9,2

©2012 PoetsWest

Listen to two recent PoetsWest Radio Programs on High speed Internet needed.
PoetsWest #231 Dennis Bernstein Part II
PoetsWest #232 Matters of Life

PoetsWest is syndicated. If you are unable to receive PoetsWest programs on your local non-profit community radio, we encourage you to pass this message to them. PoetsWest, through its affiliation with KSER 90.7 FM, makes our radio programs available to non-profit radio stations around the nation and the globe. Help to get the word out to friends and relatives in other areas. There is no money involved in this project but it does offer much wider exposure to the poets and provides additional programming to your local non-profit radio station. PoetsWest is listed on Pacifica’s web site under Weekly Programs.

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
August 18th!!!
Jack McCarthy is the Poet!!!
Callaghan –the singer/musician

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.


Gig Harbor Library


Thursday evenings @ 7pm


September 20th

Kathleen Flenniken

State Poet Laureate

& Plume


October 4th

David Wagoner

Dean of NW Poetry
&After the Point of No Return


October 18th

Alice Derry

Peninsula College

& Tremolo


November 1st

Richard Wakefield

& A Vertical Mile


Coordinated by Doug Murphy & Patty Kennedy

These free events sponsored by FRIENDS OF Gig Harbor Library

For more information » 253-548-3305