Archive for September, 2012


September 5th Readings and Events of Interest

September 5, 2012

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

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday September 12, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Featured Readers and Open Mic
David D. Horowitz
Christopher J. Jarmick
Open Mic

David D. Horowitz founded and manages Rose Alley Press. He earned B.A. degrees in philosophy and English from the University of Washington and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Lyric, Candelabrum, Exterminating Angel, ArtWord Quarterly, and The Sporting News. His most recent poetry collection is 2012’s Sky Above the Temple. Other books published by Rose Alley include Strength & Sympathy, From Notebook to Bookshelf, and five poetry collections: Streetlamp, Treetop, Star; Resin from the Rain; Wildfire, Candleflame; and Stars Beyond the Battelsmoke. He also edited the Rose Alley anthologies: Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the Summit. David lives in Seattle.

Christopher J. Jarmick hosts and curates two regular Northwest poetry readings and has organized several poetry events at various literary festivals/gatherings on the West Coast. His latest collection of poetry is Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010). He also released a limited edition spoken word CD Radio Pictures; Aural Anxieties with award winning Pulitzer nominated Los Angeles poet Michael C. Ford produced by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Gershan (released in 2009). He co-wrote the mystery-thriller novel The Glass Cocoon with Serena Holder, is a former television and film writer/producer with credits that include work on several PBS Documentaries, Hard Copy, Entertainment Tonight and many others. He’s the former Executive Vice President of the Washington Poets Association, and President of the Washington State chapter of PEN USA. He also writes essays, short-stories, articles, interviews and reviews(books and film), for a variety of magazines, newspapers and online publishers.

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.

Park Place Books is located in the Park
Place Mall off 85th Street in Kirkland at
348 Parkplace Ctr Kirkland, WA 98033-6229
Third Friday Take a Poem From Your
Heart Reading at Bookworm Exchange
–Seattle, WA.

Friday September 21, 2012
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Christine Swanberg
Penelope Scambly Shott
Lana Hechtman Ayers


Lana Hechtman Ayers is a poet and aspiring speculative fiction writer. She’s been active in the Northwest Poetry Scene for a number of years getting involved with Striped Water Poets of Auburn, and until recently she facilitated and co-hosted the Third Thursday at Soul Food Book poetry reading with Michael Dylan Welch. She is the publisher of Concrete Wolf and Moonpath Press Poetry Chapbook Series and is an Editor-at-large for Crab Creek Review. She is a founding member of the World Enough Writers Co-operative Press.

Penelope Scambly Schott’s verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her most recent book, Crow Mercies, 2010, was awarded the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx Press. She is the author of a novel, eight full-length books of poetry, and five chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, and her work has appeared in many journals. Penelope has worked as a home health aide, an artist’s model, a donut maker in a cider mill, and – more than anything else – a teacher. She offers poetry workshops out in Dufur, Oregon and elsewhere.

Christine Swanberg has published several books of poetry: Tonight on This Late Road, (Erie St., 1984). Invisible String (Erie St., 1990), Bread Upon the Waters (UW:Whitewater, 1990), Slow Miracle (Lake Shore, 1992), The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press, 1995), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron Press, 2001), and Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity (2005). The Alleluia Tree, her newest collection, is new from Puddin’head Press. Her work appears in anthologies such as Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Travel; I am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted; Jane’s Stories; Key West: an Anthology; and Still Going Strong and journals such as Lilipoh, Spoon River Quarterly, Chiron, Kansas Quarterly, Creative Woman, Earth’s Daughters, and Wind.

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 will
be closing in December 2012!!! C’mon!!!

BookWorm Exchange @
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

Upcoming Events
I’m particularly thankful for Seattle’s
temperate weather and lots of sunny
August days; some memorable poetry
readings from Tacoma and Vaugn
through Seattle to Everett and
Bellingham. Some of the poets
I’ve watched blossom at local readings
have produced excellent poetry
collections recently. There’s some
fairly new poetry gatherings in
Auburn, Beacon Hill and Arlington
that are doing well and gaining
momentum, while some older
venues continue as good places
for poets and writers to read
and share.

Just below is where I include
events from friends and acquaintances,
mostly free readings
and other items of possible interest.

Questions? Additions? Email me

by David D. Horowitz
You ask for strategies: how best to teach?
Stir conversation, not give speech.

–from Sky Above the Temple (2012) by
David D. Horowitz Rose Alley Press
FROM James Bertolino

The Poet as Art Series– Bellingham
Marvin Bell & Anita Endrezze
Friday September 7 — 7 p.m.
at the Whatcomb Museum Old City Hall
121 Prospect Street Bellingham
suggested donation $5.00

More info at


September 5th, 6:30 PM, AT

Match Coffee and Wine Bar

15705 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 •
425-788-3365 FIND US ON BING MAPS

Laura Lee Bennett is a familiar voice from the arts community in nearby Redmond. We are thrilled that Laura Lee has agreed to feature for us this month.

Open mic starts at 6:30. Featured reader at 7:00. Match Coffee and Wine Bar is an all-ages venue, that is both elegant and relaxed, with comfortable chairs by the fire and an accommodating staff. Along with coffee and wine, you can get a variety of paninis, cheeses, small plates and samplers. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!

Laura Lee Bennett received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, with an emphasis on Short Fiction. She is a past president of the board of directors of Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), in Redmond, Washington. Laura Lee is currently serving a second term as a board member. In addition to writing poems and short stories, Laura Lee has contributed arts reviews to Rewrite, the monthly newsletter for Richard Hugo House, and Artdish Magazine, a Northwest forum on visual art. To support her writing habit, Laura Lee edits software manuals and non-fiction/memoir. She also volunteers for a local shelter, Purrfect Pals, and other animal welfare organizations.

From Julene

Vancouver, Washington Thursday 9/13/12
Cover to Cover Books
7:00 p.m.
Julene Trip Weaver is the feature
Plus Open Mic

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B, Vancouver, Washington 98663