Post-Election Poetry Readings of interest!!!

November 7, 2012

“The ear of the leader must ring with the
voices of the people.”
— Woodrow Wilson


“Let a fool hold his tongue and he
will pass for a sage.
—Publilius Syrus


“You have to be willing sometimes to
listen to some remarkable bad opinions.
Because if you say to someone, ‘That’s
the silliest thing I’ve ever heard; get on
out of here!’—then you’ll never get
anything out of that person again, and
you might as well have a puppet on a
string or a robot.”
— John Bryan


“Seek first to understand, then to be
— Stephen R. Covey
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


The Grape Choice (on the Kirkland
Waterfront) Adress: 9 Lakeshore Plaza, (aka
9 Lake Street) Kirkland, WA 98033



Jack McCarthy was born in Massachusetts and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He began writing poetry in the 1960s, averaging about a poem a year until 1992-93, when two things happened. First, his new wife, Carol, blackmailed him into attending a workshop with Galway Kinnell; then he brought his daughter Annie, for her birthday, to the open mike at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Cambridge, hoping she’d get excited about poetry. Jack was the one who got hooked.

Since then he’s brought out several books including: Grace Notes, two chapbooks (Actual Grace Notes and Too Old to Make Excuses (But Still Young Enough to Make Love)), a 60-minute cassette tape (Poems for Hannah), Two CDs (Breaking Down Outside a Gas Station and ‘By Gift unearned’). Say Goodnight, Grace Notes, was released in 2003 by EM Press to rave reviews. His latest books are Almost a Remembrance from Moon Pie Press in 2011 and What I Saw from EM Press in 2012. 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, where he finished as the 10th ranked individual. 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.”

Of Say Goodnight, Grace Notes, ALA Booklist says, “McCarthy brings his compelling experiences to his poetry with nimble humor, hard-won wisdom, and a raconteur’s knack for telling diabolically barbed stories…concrete, candid, personal, and utterly captivating…caustic, sexy and smart.”

Thomas Lux has written, “The only ambition he seems to have is to tell the truth as best he can in poems. That is a very worthy ambition, but it’s not his only one. He also hopes to be remembered as an integral member of the movement to restore poetry to its rightful place in everyday American life. So that when Americans think of poetry, they don’t think of school and homework, but of laughter and tears; a shortcut to the heart.


Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is due from Viking Children’s Books in 2013. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.


Stephen Roxborough (aka roxword) was born in New York to a Canadian father and American mother. He’s a past board member for the Washington Poets Association and Head Poet for Madrona Center on Guemes Island. An internationally acclaimed, award-winning performance poet, Rox has been three times nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2003, 2006, 2011), appeared at the Skagit River Poetry Festival (2004), Brave New Words (Whidbey Island, 2009) and co-edited radiant danse uv being, a poetic portrait of bill bissett (2006). He is the author of six collections of poetry, the most recent being 2011’s this wonderful perpetual beautiful, published by NeoPoiesis Press.

Writer, director, and Firesign Theatre member, David Ossman says of Stephen’s new book, “Rox has a light touch while reaching deeply inside what makes the universe tick, gentle while grappling with the dead ends of today. This book knocks on your door and wants to come in and make you laugh, and sigh, and think.”


Mary Eliza Crane – grew up in New England and began writing poetry at age fourteen.. Poetry remains the one constant to which Mary always returns. In the Adirondacks she fell madly, passionately and desirously in love with the natural world. A transplant to the Cascade foothills of the Pacific Northwest, her voice lives in the understory and fog of the Snoqualmie River. A fusion of this one true love and a deep understanding of what makes us human, she writes simultaneously of the personal, political and natural world. A regular feature at poetry venues in the Puget Sound region, her first volume of poetry What I Can Hold In My Hands was published in 2009.Her latest is 2011’s At First Light, both published by Gazoobi Tales . Mary recently read two poems to open a Graham Nash charity concert in Los Angeles in October 2012.


Michael G. Hickey, the oldest of eleven children, received a BA from the University of Arizona, 1987, and an MFA from the University of Washington, 1992. He is a tenured professor of creative writing at South Seattle Community College. In 2009, he was elected Seattle’s Poet Populist. In addition to widely publishing creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, he has served as a writing volunteer for children at bereavement camps, youth offenders at King County Youth Detention, and prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex. His first book of poetry, In Defense of Eve, was published by Good Egg Press in 1999. He has won numerous awards for teaching, writing, and union leadership, and he lives with his wife and two sons in West Seattle. His motto is to “work hard and have fun.” His life goal is to “take over the world 28 students at a time.
Plus Spotlight readings from:


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 books, published by Rose Alley, are Strength & Sympathy, From Notebook to Bookshelf, and five poetry collections: Streetlamp, Treetop, Star; Resin from the Rain; Wildfire, Candleflame; Stars Beyond the Battelsmoke; and his most recent, Sky Above the Temple. 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.


R.R. Seitz or Roy Seitz is a poet, journeyman carpenter and Vietnam veteran who has organized poetry readings at the Index Arts Festival and his debut poetry collection, now back in print is called: Right Here, Right Now. Blurb from the book: Roy was a sniper in Vietnam. The vibrancy and immediacy of his work will stun you. This is neither a political rant nor a therapeutic exercise. These poems do not say, “War is terrible” or “War is glorious,” they simply say, “This is war.” Roy’s storytelling is artful, unflinching “” definitely not for children “” but wending through these poems is a deep respect for life, a quiet and enigmatic hope.


Christopher J. Jarmick Poet-Author-Journalist curates and organizes two monthly poetry readings 2nd Wednesday’s at Kirkland’s Park Place Books, 3rd Friday’s at Seattle’s Bookworm Exchange. His latest poetry collection is 2010’s Ignition: Poem Starters, Statements, Septolets and Double Dog Dares. He also released a spoken word CD with Pulitzer nominated Los Angeles based poet Michael C. Ford (produced by Entertainment Tonight producer Kevin Gershan) in 2009 entitled Radio Mysteries; Aural Anxieties. He co-wrote the mystery novel The Glass Cocoon. He’s published poems, articles, interviews with poets, and filmmakers in various regional and national newspapers, magazines and E-zines. Born on the East Coast, he worked as a screenwriter, documentary film-maker and TV Producer in Los Angeles for three decades before moving to Seattle in 1994. He has three daughters and 5 step-children and lives in Kenmore with his wife Teresa. Email: emeraldchris@yahoo.com


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 Connie Walle
Nov 9th 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens-Tacoma)


Scott Poole

Scott Poole is the author of three books of poetry, The Cheap Seats, Hiding from Salesmen and, most recently, The Sliding Glass Door in 2011 from Colonus Publishing. He is the “House Poet” for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s radio variety show Live Wire! He also was the founding director of Wordstock, the Portland book festival. He lives in Vancouver, WA

Dec. 14th 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)
Featuring: Raul Sanchez

Directions will be provided at the reading.

From Allen Braden:

Celebrating Art and Writing at the TCC Library

Join us for a celebration of local art and writing at the TCC Library Thursday, November 8, 1:30-3:00 pm. Readings begin at 1:30; a reception for the writers and artists follows at 2:30. The event is free and open to the public. Three TCC faculty members will be reading from recently completed work. Staff from King’s Books will have copies for sale.

English instructor Allen Braden’s new poetry collection, “Elegy in the Passive Voice,” continues the author’s reflections on family intimacies started in his first book through poems set on his family’s farm. Love, lust, sorrow, hope and pride are all translated by the poet into stark and startling images coaxed from “memories heavy with the history of forgiving.”

“Bleakonomics – a heartwarming introduction to financial catastrophe, the jobs crisis, and environmental destruction,” was written by TCC economics instructor Rob Larson.

Richard Wakefield, 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Competition winner, 2006 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award winner, and TCC English instructor, will read from his new book of poetry, “A Vertical Mile.” “These poems are my effort to make things slow down enough so that I can pay attention,” said Wakefield. “I hope they do the same for other people.”

Make Space for Art: Washington Arts Commission Art Collection

The state puts its large collection of warehoused public art back on display by loaning artwork long-term to public institutions. The nine new pieces TCC received from the Washington Arts Commission’s “Re-Siting Project” will be on display in the Library. Laura Becker, Project Manager, Art in Public Places with the WA Arts Commission will be on hand to speak briefly about the project.

On Display: Work by Local Artists

The library is currently displaying work by local sculptor and fabric artist Lynn DiNino. Her collection of small sculptures explores the health outcomes of the current American food system. “The topic of the day is diabetes and obesity,” said DiNino. “Anybody’s vulnerable to this.”

Local photographer Chris Berryman’s work hangs in the library lobby. This exhibit features details from Tacoma-area architecture. “To take interesting photos I believe it helps to go to interesting places, or at least take a good look in your own backyard,” said Berryman. “I hope my work inspires people to get out into and look close at the world around them.”


Tacoma Community College Library
6501 S 19th St, Building 7
Tacoma, Washington

For more information, please contact Marketing Director Shawn Jennison or Communications Consultant Rachel Payne.


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 Elizabeth Austen

Nov. 11: Annette Spaulding-Convy reads from her first full-length collection, In Broken Latin at Open Books at 3pm.

Nov. 13: How to Give a Reading You’d Actually Want to Go To. There are still a few spots open in my performance workshop. This is a fundraiser for 826 Seattle, an extraordinary writing and tutoring center for kids 6 to 18. The class is for adults, and would be useful for people working in any genre who want to improve their public reading skills:

Let’s end once and for all the idea that a literary reading is a bore. Learn how to connect with an audience without showboating or betraying what you’ve brought to the page. Taught by Elizabeth Austen. Tues., Nov. 13 from 7 to 9p. $35. All proceeds benefit 826 Seattle. Register here. 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

Nov. 15: Eileen Myles & Maggie Nelson: Poets on Painters at Benaroya Hall at 7:30pm. Part of Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series.

Nov. 16: Richard Hugo House Literary Series: Ya Gotta Believe! at 7:30pm.

Nov. 18: Paul Hunter reads from his newest collection, Stubble Field at Open Books at 3pm.

Dec. 1: Richard Hugo House Write-o-Rama: Just $45 buys you a full day of wildly diverse and inventive prompts—plus fellow writers at your elbow–to get your pen moving. Full details: http://hugohouse.org/write-o-rama

Dec. 7: Colleen McElroy reads from Here I Throw Down My Heart, her latest poetry collection. Open Books at 7:30pm.

From Jerry Libstaff

The 4th Season of
Words and Music is concluding.

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.

Seattle Arts and Lectures

Eileen Myles & Maggie Nelson: Poets on Painters THU, NOV 15, 2012, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall \ Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall Co-Presented by Seattle Art Museum, Wave Books

The Poetry Series continues with Eileen Myles & Maggie Nelson: Poets on Painters, November 15. Known for their poetry and writing on visual art, Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson will read from their work and speak about the intersection of the two genres in response to Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Eileen Myles
Dubbed by Holland Cotter as “a cult figure to a generation of post-punk female writers,” Eileen Myles is a writer in many definitions of the word. A poet, memoirist, playwright, and a journalist, her bibliography is astounding in both length and variety. Born in 1949 in Boston, Myles received her education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston before moving to New York in the 1970s. There, she was a part of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s and worked for poet James Schuyler. Her first book, Not Me, was published in 1991.

Since then, she’s published multiple volumes of poetry and books, including Chelsea Girls (1994), School of Fish (1996), Sorry, Tree (2007), and Inferno: a poet’s novel (2010). She has won the Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America, as well as grants from multiple organizations such as The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation. Today Myles divides her time between New York City, where she lives, California, where she is a professor at UC San Diego, and Colorado, where she teaches at the Naropa Institute in the summer.

Maggie Nelson
Born in San Francisco in 1973, Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times, as well as named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets (2009), published by Wave Books; a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007); and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007). Her volumes of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007); Jane: A Murder (2005), The Latest Winter (2003), and Shiner (2001).

Before joining the faculty of CalArts in 2005, Nelson lived in New York City, where she taught literature and writing at Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the New School Graduate Writing Program. Recent awards include a 2007 Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
Allison Augustyn
Marketing Associate
Seattle Arts & Lectures

Eileen Myles/Maggie Nelson: November 15
Miranda July: December 5
David Wagoner: January 16
Amy Wilentz: January 23
Julie Otsuka: January 29
From: Daemond Arrindell


Tues Nov 20, 8pm   SEATTLE

Our Annual nod to the Haiku, a traditional Japanese form that addresses an aspect of nature in only 17 syllables.

We put our own spin on it -still 17 syllables, but the topic matter is open to anything.

Poets will go head to head like an old school emcee battle, but more brief. Always a favorite and a lot of fun right before Thanksgiving.
$100 Cash prize!!

Email info@seattlepoetryslam.org
to sign up
From Kevin MIller

November 29, 2012, 7 p.m.

King’s Books,

218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Poetry Reading featuring Alice Derry and Kevin Miller

Alice Derry is the author of four full collections of poetry and three chapbooks. Derry was awarded a Washington State GAP grant for the manuscript of her most recent collection Tremolo published in 2012 by Red Hen Press. Strangers to Their Courage (Louisiana State University Press) was a finalist for the 2002 Washington Book Awards. She recently retired after teaching English and German for twenty-nine years at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. She was a major force in conceiving and directing the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series from 1980—2009.
Kevin Miller lives in Tacoma, Washington. Pleasure Boat Studio published his third collection Home & Away: the Old Town Poems in 2009. Miller taught in the public schools in Washington State for thirty-nine years. Recent poems appeared or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Crab Creek Review, The San Pedro River Review, and The Museum of Americana.




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