Archive for October, 2012


Potpourri of October/Early November Readings of interest!!!

October 24, 2012

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement,

hopefulness,or even despair the sense that you can never

completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can

come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed,

ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because

you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the

world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must

not come lightly to the blank page.
— Stephen King

Thursday, October 25th, 7 p.m.
Zippy’s Cafe Zippy– Everett

Feature: Christopher J. Jarmick
plus Open Mic

Zippy’s Open Mic is one of my favorite poetry
gatherings in the NorthWest and I’m honored
to be reading a set of poetry there and looking
forward to hearing some excellent poems from
participating open mic poets!!! Call it The Spot
open mic or Thursday Poetry Night, it’s one
of the best long running poetry venues in the

The Facebook page (like it!) explanation:
Everett’s Poetry Nite gathers every Thursday at
7 pm at Cafe Zippy, 2811 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA.

From the Facebook Page:
The evening consists of two thick layers of open
mic poets with a creamy featured poet filling.
We are proud to present local and national
poets and to be a destination on the Pacific
Northwest’s poets’ touring circuit.
Hosted by: Garrett Rutledge!!!!
Tonight!!! October 24th — West Seattle
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Christine Marie Clarke
plus open mic
Wed, October 24, 7pm – 9pm

Description Poetry and Storytelling in
West Seattle:
Free, all ages,
monthly series with a featured reader followed
by open mic for stories and tales
(short and tall).

C & P Coffee
5612 California Avenue Southwest,
Seattle, WA 98136

Friday October 26, 2012 7 p.m. –Redmond

RASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword

The last FRIDAY of every month, starting at 7:00 PM
At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC) at 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA 98052—Click for directions to ORSCC
Come upstairs to Room 204

Due to unexpected and unavoidable conflicts in room usage at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, RASP’s October and November readings will be upstairs in Room 204. There is an elevator near the checkin desk in the mail lobby.
This Month’s Featured Reader
Bill Yake — Friday, October 26, 2012

Bill Yake is a poet and retired environmental scientist. For years he directed investigations into the toxic contamination of water, fish, and sediment for the Washington State Department of Ecology. He has two collections of poetry: This Old Riddle: Cormorants and Rain (2003) and Unfurl, Kite, and Veer (2010), both from Radiolarian Press in Astoria, Oregon, plus several chapbooks, most recently The Islands at the Edge of the World (2012, Scatter Creek Press). His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies serving the environmental and literary communities, including Wilderness Magazine, Anthropology and Humanism, Open Spaces Quarterly, Fine Madness, Rattle, and ISLE-Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He has served on the board of the Olympia Poetry Network for more than fifteen years and lives with his wife, Jeannette, on the verge of a ravine carved by a small chum creek feeding the southern Salish Sea.

October’s emcee: Laura Lee Bennett

From Dennis Caswell

Tuesday October 30th — Seattle U-District

Poetry Reading/Book Launch,
U Book Store, October 30

Please join Floating Bridge authors Dennis Caswell and Jodie Marion for a poetry reading at the venerable U Book Store on the Ave in Seattle. Dennis Caswell’s first book, Phlogiston, is just out from Floating Bridge Press (or it will be by then). Jodie Marion is the winner of this year’s Floating Bridge Chapbook Award for her book Another Exile on the 45th Parallel.

We’ll each read from our books, and spanking new copies will be available.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:00pm

University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle

Event web site:

Hope to see you there.


Saturday –November 10


Reserve the date–you won’t want to miss this!!!

Jack McCarthy,
Karen Finneyfrock

Mary Crane
ROX aka Stephen Roxborough
Mike Hickey

Featuring spotlight readings from:
R.R. Seitz, David D. Horowitz and your host
Christopher J. Jarmick

PLUS Limited Open Mic
(we’ll get a few people up to read poems)

We had an incredible reading at Grape Choice
in September in association with NorthWest
Bookfest, an enthusiastic standing room only
crowd –many who had not been to a poetry
reading in several years (if at all) attended.
The Jack McCarthy magic happened along
with several other readers including Greg Bee,
Redmond Poet Laureate Jeannine Hall Gailey,
and others. Grape Choice Owner Penny
Sweet loved hosting the event and
immediately wanted to do another…
SO. . . November 10th!!!

The Grape Choice (on the Kirkland
Waterfront) Adress: 9 Lakeshore Plaza, (aka
9 Lake Street) Kirkland, WA 98033
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday November 14, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Through extraordinary arrangments
and negotiations I am particularly
honored to have a unique program
for November involving the participation
of writer-poet–Lit Fuse founder/facilitator
Michael Schein and the mysterious
author of The Killer Poet’s Guide to
Immortality known as A. B. Bard.

(we will also have an Open Mic)

AB Bard

Mr. Bard is not now, nor has he ever been, a member of the Republican Party. Mr. Bard does not Tweet. He was once nominated to push a cart, but he never got to push the cart so he went home. He was awarded a sheepskin (BAaa) from Reed College Sleeper Cell. He is way too classy to make a Bachelor or fart joke in his bio. He has never been a Creative writing adjunct. His one super power is the ability to repel all conventional measures of literary success. Lap to a cat. Pal to a girl. God to a dog. Dog to the man.

Michael Schein
Michael Schein is the author of at least two novels and a slew of poems. His confirmed novels are Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011), and Just Deceits (2008). Despite slanderous innuendo to the contrary, Michael allegorically abjures authorship of The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by “AB Bard” (2012). Michael has taught poetry and fiction at a number of venues. He is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from 4Culture; it has been nominated for the Pushcart twice, and stuck to refrigerators by magnets.

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

November 16th–7 p.m. Seattle
Third Friday Take a Poem From Your
Heart Reading at Bookworm Exchange
–Seattle, WA.


Friday NOVEMBER 16TH, 2012
7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. FREE

Our October reading was certainly
an amazing evening and it’s
expected another will happen
on this very special evening.

The Last Take a Poem From Your
Heart reading in Columbia City.

Our distinguished feature poets

David Thornbrugh, Garrett Rutledge,
Nancy Dahlberg , J. Glenn Evans,
Carlos Martinez, David D. Horowitz,
Peter Ludwin, Stephen Roxborough,
Brendan McBreen, Gerald McBreen
Murray Gordon, Dobbie Norris &
Robinson Bolkum!!!

Plus a limited open mic.
The Proceedings may be taped
for future radio program broadcasts!

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 supported our poetry
reading for over 7 years.
The store closes in December 2012.

BookWorm Exchange @
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118

From Luther Allen:

Sunday, November 11
7:00pm — Bellingham, Wa.

SpeakEasy 9: Road Trip
The Amadeus Project
1209 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham

The community poetry series SpeakEasy presents 24 local poets reading work related to the theme of Road Trip. Most pieces are based on actual experience, but some are imaginary, metaphoric, and, well, unclassifiable! This event is free, with donations to The Amadeus Project appreciated.
From Carolyne Wright

Call for Poem Submissions

Editors Carolyne Wright and Eugenia Toledo invite women poets of all nationalities, backgrounds and job descriptions to submit up to 5 poems for an anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.

This anthology invites poems of women who have occupied spaces in the work force, and have contended with pay and promotion inequity, workplace harassment and intimidation, and all matters relevant to women in an increasingly globalized workplace, including the joy and satisfaction of work well done. Such issues may include instances of women’s employment advantages over males and other non-minorities—any preferential treatment of women in hiring and promotion, for example. How can women tell their workplace stories in poetry, and be agents of change, locally and globally, in these difficult economic times? Poems in English and in translation from any other language are welcome.

Poems may be unpublished or previously published in magazines, anthologies, or books, but contributors must have the rights and waive fees for republication.
Submissions up to 5 poems. Please mail in hard copy, with your contact data in a cover letter and your name on each page of poetry. No need to include an SASE—we will email our responses, requesting accepted poems along with bio and statement to be sent electronically.
Poems may be originally written in a language than English, but originals should be sent with their translations.
Provide a 75-word bio in the cover letter, followed by a brief statement of your involvement in work on behalf of women.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2012

Submit work to: Carolyne Wright
13741 15th Avenue NE, # C – 7
Seattle, WA 98125 USA


From the City of Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma Poet Laureate to host free writer’s workshop
Tacoma Poet Laureate – Josie Emmons Turner – will host a free poetry writing and critique workshop on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound, Wyatt Hall, Room 313.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to examine their poetry from the reader’s perspective and will be provided constructive feedback. Emmons Turner will read and comment on poems submitted by each participant. The workshop will also cover technical questions regarding the writing process.

No formal writing experience is required. Space is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration by Oct. 29 is required. To register for the workshop, email your contact information, three samples of your poems and a brief description of your writing experience to participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and writing materials.

Emmons Turner is the 2011-2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate. Her work has been published in national journals and has been included in the Floating Bridge Review, In Tahoma’s Shadow, California Quarterly, and the Backstreet Review. She has founded and/or managed a variety of cultural organizations and is currently teaching senior and sophomore writing classes at Clover Park High School. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing through the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
This workshop is sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program is available at

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

November 10 Antje Duvekot
with poet– Peter Ludwin

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


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