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NaPoWriMo Day 1 Prompt for Monday April 1, 2013 March 31, 2013

March 31, 2013

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it’s going to be a butterfly.
– Buckminster Fuller

“How does one become a butterfly” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
Trina Paulus

It’s the NaPoWriMo head start program. We get a jump this Easter Sunday on the beginning of NaPoWriMo 2013. It begins on April Fool’s Day. So be fearless enough to be foolish enough to participate and take up the challenge to write a poem each and every day of April. 30 poems in 30 days. Write as many and as often as you can.
Look at yesterday’s posting for info of interest on NaPoWriMo.

Roll up those sleeves…it’s time to get writing.

PROMPT

Topic: Hawaiian Shirts

(Good thing to wear on April Fool’s Day…and so let’s write about them)
Let’s call this an ekphrastic poem challenge. Instead of a painting or photograph (or video or other art-work) the challenge is letting one or more Hawaiian Shirts, or the idea of Hawaiian Shirts inspire you to write a poem. Feel free to write it in any style or form or no form.   Tomorrow evening a prompt for Tuesday.
I really like this essay Notes on Ekphrasis at the poets.org website. You might enjoy reading this brief history of Ekphrasis. Might give you some ideas on approaching this challenge or inspire you in other ways.

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Poetry is Everything

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Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.

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NaPoWriMo On Your Marks….First Prompt Posted Tomorrow!!!

March 30, 2013

NaPoWriMo begins Monday April 1, 2013.  Yep April Fool’s day.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my first NaPoWriMo prompt. Join me and thousands that include writers of all disciplines around the world including published poets, new poets, non-poets who are challenging themselves to write a poem each and every day of April. 30 poems in 30 days.

 
April is National Poetry Month. What’s that mean? Go here:
Wikipedia National Poetry Month entry with links

 
What’s NaPoWriMo? Go here:
The NaPoWriMo Central sight.

 

Every day in April on this PoetryIsEverything blog you’ll find a prompt—a challenge—a sort of assignment to write a poem about a suggested topic or idea and possibly using a form of poetry. Some are going to be out of the box, some you may think lame, and some you may find too difficult for you to tackle. These are challenges I’m making for myself. (I’ve been doing NaPoWriMo since 2005).

 
You do NOT have to follow any prompts or take on any challenge I or anyone else is suggesting. The idea is just to write a poem a day every day throughout the month of April. Some writers alter the challenge slightly, vowing to average a poem a day for 30 days but sometimes finding themselves catching up on their writing on the weekends when they make more time for it. Do what you can, when you can.  Thinking about poetry, reading poetry and hopefully writing some poetry every day (even if you don’t finish) is what NaPoWriMo is about.

 
Tomorrow on this blog you’ll find a suggested prompt. I’ll use the prompt to write a poem and I’ll post my poem (good, awful or in-between) the day after it is written, along with the next day’s poetry prompt challenge. This will continue throughout the month of April. Feel free to comment (whether or not you are participating).

 
Don’t be intimidated. Some of the poems I’ll create will be awful. (sorry about that). Some will lay the groundwork for a good poem (I hope). Most will need further editing and revision before they shine. A few may wind up being pretty good right (write?) away. That’s been my experience and it may be yours.

 
YOU don’t have to write every day to participate. Write as much as you are able. You don’t lose because you miss a day or half the days or even most of the days. You win because you participate and challenge yourself to write something. You win BIG if you challenge yourself to write something you would not have otherwise written. This is key to the exercise. Grow.  Add poetry muscle.  Burn poetry apathy.  You grow by reading and writing more. You grow by pushing yourself past anything that says you cannot…. I challenge you to write some poems. I further challenge you to write some poems on topics or in poetry forms or using words you wouldn’t have used if you were left to your own devices. I challenge you to create and grow as a writer, a creator (the root word of poetry is creation) and write. I challenge you to share what you write. It may be awful but we learn by our efforts and our mistakes. Others learn by your efforts too. Share your poems on Facebook, on your blog, in emails, with friends and family.

 
Personal Note: Some of my prompts and writing this April will help prepare me for a unique project I’m honored to be part of that will include a public performance at the Snoqualmie Washington historic train depot. It’s being put together and directed by Joan Laage and will include elements of dance, poetry, performance art and experimental music. It will happen on a Saturday and Sunday in late August or early September. I’ll be writing and performing some original spoken word pieces for the project so I’ll hopefully get something I can use for this project from some of the prompts and challenges I’ll be creating for this year’s NaPoWriMo. (By all means look here at Joan Laage’s website)
I’m cooking up a wide range of challenges and suggested prompts for you, for me…

 
Be ready.
And so it begins……

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The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’

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Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.

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Almost NaPoWriMo Northwest Readings March 26th, 2013

March 26, 2013

It’s almost time for NaPoWriMo when hundreds, perhaps thousands
of poets will attempt to write a poem each and every day of April which is
National Poetry Month. I’ll have prompts, challenges, encouragements on this
Poetry is Everything blog beginning THIS Sunday. Join the revolution.

Below is where you’ll find info on the many readings friends and
acquaintances are involved with.  I’m reading at some of them.

Thanks for making the effort
to attend some readings. The best
writers are good listeners. Practice,
practice, practice.

Happy 94th L.F.!

Questions? Additions? Email me
at emeraldchris@yahoo.com
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No time now for the artist to hide
above, beyond, behind the scenes,
indifferent, paring his fingernails,
refining himself out of existence.
No time now for our little literary games,
no time now for our paranoias
& hypochondrias,
no time now for fear & loathing,
time now only for light & love.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(94 years old- March 24th, 2013)
From Populist Manifesto #1

Poetry isn’t a secret society,
It isn’t a temple either.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From Populist Manifesto #1

Don’t wait for the Revolution
or it’ll happen without you,
Stop mumbling and speak out
with a new wide-open poetry
with a new commonsensual
‘public surface’
with other subjective levels
or other subversive levels,
a tuning fork in the inner ear
to strike below the surface.

Lawrence Felinghetti
From Populist Manifesto #1

Poetry still falls from the skies
into our streets still open.
They haven’t put up the barricades, yet,
the streets still alive with faces,
lovely men & women still walking there,
still lovely creatures everywhere,
in the eyes of all the secret of all
still buried there,
Whitman’s wild children
still sleeping there,
Awake and walk in the open air.

-Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From Populist Manifesto #1,
a poem from Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s
1976 book, Who Are We Now.

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Friday, March 29 — Redmond
7 p.m.

RASP READING

Don Kentop
plus Open Mic

Don Kentop’s diverse poetry has appeared in Mute Note Earthward, Tattoos On Cedar, Cascade, the 2004 Jack Straw Anthology, Chrysanthemum, Many Trails To The Summit, and Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Ridge, as well as the last three issues of Drash. He was a Seattle Poet Populist finalist in 2005 and in 2008 was selected as a finalist for Garrison Keillor’s Bed of Roses Sonnet Contest. In 2004, Rose Alley Press published his chapbook, On Paper Wings. Don has poems pending publication in Changing Times. For the past five years he has curated a popular reading at the Fremont Public Library for the Washington Poets Association, and is currently working on a documentary poem of the 1911 Triangle Factory fire.

Friday, March 29 at 7 pm
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center, Room #206,
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
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From Anita Boyle/Egress
Friday March 29th –Bellingham 7 p.m.
Saturday March 30th– Bellingham

1. An Evening with The Poet As Art: Marjorie Manwaring and Raul Sanchez
Date and Time: Friday, March 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Place: Lucia Douglas Gallery, 1415 13th Street in Fairhaven (Bellingham WA)
This poetry event promises to be a perfect evening to ring in April as National Poetry Month! Raúl Sánchez and Marjorie Manwaring are Seattle poets who are active contibutors to our Northwest literary community. Raúl Sánchez’s poetry takes on colonizers and Congress, and celebrates the local, familial, and ancestral. His most recent collection of poetry is All Our Brown-Skinned Angels (MoonPath Press, 2012). Marjorie Manwaring’s poetry collections include the chapbooks What to Make of a Diminished Thing (Dancing Girl Press) and Magic Word (Pudding House Publications), plus her brand-new volume Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape (Mayapple Press, 2013). Poet Amy Gerstler says, “These poems simultaneously deconstruct and enact enchantment.”

2. Workshop: The Persona Poem: Becoming Who (or What) You Don’t Know
Marjorie Manwaring, Instructor
Date and Time: Saturday, March 30 from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Egress Studio, 5581 Noon Road, Bellingham WA.
Registration is limited to fifteen participants. Cost: $55
Ever tried to write a poem from the perspective of Marilyn Monroe, or the world’s largest mushroom? Even if this is your first attempt, you’ll enjoy the fun of bucking the old adage “write what you know”! (In fact, many find shifting a poem’s focus away from the biographical self to be a welcome relief.) We’ll mix in-class writing with examinations of work by contemporary poets including Amy Gerstler, Charles Harper Webb, Carol Ann Duffy, and Tim Seibles. Be willing to don some (metaphorical) masks and get a little crazy! Call 360-398-7870 for more details and to register.

The Poet As Art if an affiliate program of the Whatcom Poetry Series, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations, made out to “Whatcom Poetry Series” are tax deductible. Please designate which program your donation would go to: The Poet As Art, poetrynight, or the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.
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April 1rst — AUBURN 7 P.M.

..
POETRY AT THE
STATION BISTRO
in downtown Auburn

presents:

6 readers
We are celebrating our one year anniversary!
with special guests: Quill & Parchment poets
and a few mystery poets will feature as well
it will be a great evening full of poetry and fun!

Monday, April 1st

FIRST MONDAYS, 7-9 p.m.
followed by coffee and conversation

Featured Poets
& OPEN MIC

The Station Bistro
110 Second Street SW, # 125
Auburn, WA

The Station Bistro is located one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.
be sure to ask about their coffee and apple crisps or cinnamon rolls or their delicious made-from-scratch soups!
“May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.”

Presented by The Station Bistro: http://www.auburnstationbistro.com
Northwest Renaissance,
and Auburn Striped Water Poets.
https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

MORE AUBURN Striped Water Poets NEWS:

j but before that, Friday March 29 at 7 p.m.
in the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
Maple Valley Black Diamond Road SE
Maple Valley, Wa 98038
Celebrate the release of Malorie Spreen’s first book!
FREE!
nightowlpoetry.wordpress.com

Thursday April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Avenue Theater
10 Auburn Ave
Auburn, WA 98002
Come enjoy an evening of Animated Poetry
with Auburn Poet Laureate Dick Brugger’s poems animated by his award winning daughter Jessie
FREE!
jessiebrugger.net

Saturday April 6 at 2 p.m. in Wesley Homes
32049 109th Pl SE
Auburn, WA 98092
A wonderful selection of featured readers including Lisa Schmidt and Marjorie Rommel
FREE!

Wednesday April 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Canterbury House
502 29th St SE
Auburn, WA 98002
More featured readers from Striped Water Poets
FREE!

Thursday April 11 at 7 p.m. in Gig Harbor Library
4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Hear the poetry of Peter Ludwin
FREE!

Thursday April 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Algona-Pacific Library
255 Ellingson Rd
Pacific, WA 98047
Teen Poetry T-Shirt Workshop (limit first 10)
FREE!

Saturday April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the William C. Warren Building in Veterans Memorial Park
411 E St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Find the Power in your Poetry
a workshop presented by Matthew Brouwer (15$)
matthewbrouwerpoet.com

Tuesday April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Auburn Avenue Theater
10 Auburn Ave
Auburn, WA 98002
Hear the poetry of KUOW radio personality Elizabeth Austen
and live music
elizabethausten.wordpress.com
FREE!

And don’t forget!
Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Auburn City Hall
25 W Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001
Striped Water Poets a Poetry critique circle
FREE!

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

Wednesday  April 11, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Nancy Dahlberg & Murray Gordon
will help us celebrate National Poetry Month

plus  Open Mic

Bios  Next time

FREE

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

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FROM DAVID HOROWITZ

UPCOMING POETRY
READINGS and LITERARY
EVENTS

April/May — Seattle, Edmonds,

Pacific Poetry Project Anthology Performance
Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Poetry: Alive at the Center poets perform one poem each; co-editor Cody Walker emcees
Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle
Telephone: David, 206-633-2725
E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com; Jyoti, events@ooligan.pdx.edu
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com; http://www.ooligan.pdx.edu

Thursday, April 18th 6:30 p.m. Edmonds
Poets

Christopher J. Jarmick, Bethany Reid
Douglas Schuder, Richard Wakefield
David D. Horowitz

Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: 425-775-2789
E-mail: David, rosealleypress.com; Mary Kay Sneeringer, edmondsbookshop@msn.com
URL: http://www.edmondsbookshop.com

Christopher J. Jarmick has hosted poetry series for over 11 years, including “Take A Poem Into Your Heart,” currently at Parkplace Books in Kirkland every second Wednesday. His poetry collection, Ignition, was published in 2010. He has published many articles, essays, and poems in magazines, newspapers, journals, and online. Visit his blog at http://www.chrisjarmick.wordpress.com.

Bethany Reid’s poetry has appeared in Superstition Review, A Room of One’s Own, Prairie Schooner, Pontoon, and many other journals. In 2011 her poem “The Apple Orchard” won the Lois Cranston Prize (Calyx), and her new book, Sparrow, won the Gell Poetry Prize 2012. She lives in Edmonds with her husband and three daughters and blogs at http://www.awritersalchemy.wordpress.com.

Douglas Schuder in 2000 published his poetry collection, To Enter the Stillness (Rose Alley). His poems have appeared in both Rose Alley Press anthologies, Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range (2007) and Many Trails to the Summit (2010). He often reads in the Seattle area, where he manages property and models for art classes.

Richard Wakefield has published two poetry collections: East of Early Winters, (U. of Evansville Press, 2006; Richard Wilbur Award) and A Vertical Mile (Able Muse, 2012). For several decades he has reviewed fiction and poetry for The Seattle Times and taught American Literature at Tacoma Community College, the University of Washington-Tacoma, and Evergreen State College.

David D. Horowitz founded and manages Rose Alley Press. His latest poetry collections, from Rose Alley, are Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke (2008) and Sky Above the Temple (2012). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New Formalist, The Smoking Poet, Candelabrum, and The Lyric. He won the PoetsWest Award in 2005.

Working Poet: Work About Work
J. Glenn Evans, Victoria Ford, Murray Gordon, Rebecca Hoogs, William Kupinse,
Kristen McHenry, Dobbie Norris, Douglas Schuder, Michael Spence, and Joannie Stangeland
Friday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 202, Seattle
Telephone: 206-633-2725
E-mail: David, rosealleypress.com
URL: http://www.elliottbaybook.com

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April 3 –Duvall

6:30 – 8:30
Duvall Poetry
Feature Poet: Peter Ludwin

open mic sign up 6 p.m. starts 6:30 featured reader at 7 p.m.

Upcoming

May 8, 2012- Robert Moss

June 5, 2013-Christopher J. Jarmick

First WEDNESDAYS, 6:30 PM, at the Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center
15619 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 •
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From Raven Chronicles

FROM THE RAVEN’S ROOST, MARCH, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS:

APRIL, SMALL PRESS EXPO: MARCH 30,2013, Saturday, 11AM – 4 PM.
RICHARD HUGO HOUSE, SEATTLE,
Please join Raven Chronicles at Richard Hugo House for an Independent Small Press Expo. Dozens of the finest small presses from the Northwest and beyond converge on the epicenter of Seattle’s literary world for a one-of-a-kind book fair. Book-buyers’ best chance to see a bevy of small press books rarely seen on bookstore shelves. The first ten people get a free APRIL tote bag. Readings from noon to 4pm in the Hugo House Theater. The Hugo House bar will be open. Sponsored by APRIL, A festival of small press and independent literature, March 25 – 30, 2013.
Richard Hugo House is located at 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122, across from Cal Anderson Park.

WANTED: OFFICE MATE in University District, Seattle

FLOATING BRIDGE PRESS & RAVEN CHRONICLES ARE LOOKING FOR AN OFFICE MATE
to share our office space in the Jack Straw Foundation Building, 909 NE 43rd St, Suite 205. On second floor, building has an elevator. Monthly Rent: $180.
Nice quiet building. Office Space has one wall of windows (good lighting), a shared conference table that sits 8-10+, small refrig and microwave. A good fit for a small literary non-profit or a writer who needs a quiet space during weekdays, most weeknights.
Interested? Call Phoebe at 206-941-2955.

Phoebe Bosche
Raven Chronicles

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From Mary Crane

Friday March 29th is the monthly reading of RASP at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse in downtown Redmond, and I am honored to have been invited to host the evening of poetry and prose. Especially honored as the featured poet is Don Kentop, a personal favorite, and a poet we don’t hear often enough. Starts at 7, open mic included

Monday April 1st, I will be one of six poets at Station Bistro in downtown Auburn as part of reading for Quill and Parchment Press. Other features include Joannie Stangeland and Jane Allynn. This event runs 7-9 and includes an open mic as well.

Thursday April 4th I am the featured poet at Cafe Zippy’s, Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett between Hewitt and California. This weekly reading has an energetic open mic, and Marilyn makes the best chai you will ever find in a coffee shop. Starts at 7.

Thursday April 11 I will be part of another Quill and Parchment reading at Fogdog Gallery on Main St. in Arlington, at 7 PM. I do not as yet know more details of this reading.

Hope to see you in the next few weeks.

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Sammamish

PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

6:30 p.m.

Kathleen Flenniken
&
Michael Dylan Welch

SAMMAMISH LIBRARY

825 228TH AVE. SE

SAMMAMISH, WA 98075
425-392-3130

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From Alan Braden — Tacoma Reading

An evening of listening to out-of-town poets

> THURSDAY • APRIL 4th • 7 PM • FREE!

Derek Sheffield • Arlene Kim • Marjorie Manwaring • Rebecca Hoogs

Reading selected poems from their newest books

> KING’S BOOKS 218 ST. HELENS AVE. IN TACOMA

for more information see: http://www.kingsbookstore.com

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From Connie Walle — Tacoma Reading
The City of Tacoma
and Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Presents the

DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

April 12th, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)

FEATURING

Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Austen is the author of Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (one of four winners of the 2010 Toadlily Press chapbook award and part of the quartet Sightline). In 2006 she produced skin prayers, an audio CD of her poems. Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry. She produces poetry-related programming for KUOW 94.9 and makes her living as a writer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers retreats and journaling workshops for the staff.

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From Peter Ludwin
April 11, 2013 7 p.m. Gig Harbor

Peter Ludwin is the feature
April 11th at 7 p.m. at the

Gig Harbor Library

4424 Point Fosdick Dr. W.

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253)548-3305

The host is Doug Murphy: foxsparrow66@hotmail.com.

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From Jerry Libstaff

Various Dates — Key Peninsula/Vaughn

Words and Music
House Concerts

Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists from around the country in an intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes :
hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for our Young Writers’ Program. Watermark Writers is a 501(c) 3 Non Profit corporation.
Thank You

Upcoming Programs

April 27TH Leroy Bell
May Danny O’Keefe
June 8 John Batdorf and Terry Holder with Chris Jarmick
July Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald
Sept 14 Chris Castle
Oct Amy Petty

In Addition
This year we hope to present one of the finest classical pianists from Canada, Robert Silverman.
We are working to present Blame Sally and Brother Sun at the Longbranch Improvement Club. We will keep you informed of the dates. David Wilcox will join us in 2014.
As always, we welcome the amazing artist Tweed Meyer each month. Tweed paints and sketches the artists as they sing and read. Watch for Tweeds page on our web site.
AND finally, we are honored to welcome Jim Reynolds and Maureen Reilly with Seat of the Pants Productions who will join us throughout the year to produce a documentary of our Watermark programs.
Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers

Words and Music donations support the artists. Additional funds go to support Watermark Writers Young Writers’ Program.
To find out more email us at info@watermarkwriters.com or call 253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff
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Northwest Poetry Readings March 7th edition

March 7, 2013

Upcoming Events

Greetings this March 7th, 2013.

Several events worth your best
attempts to attend are on the horizon.
These listings will help you discover
many of them.

Some new books by local poets you might
consider include:

Dennis Caswell’s Phlogiston
Peggy Barnett’s On Your Left
William Scott Galasso’s Collage
and the about to be released
posthumous collection by
Jack McCarthy –Drunks and Other Poems
of Recovery (from writebloody.com)

All are recommended.

Thanks for reading/skimming this email.
It really does make a difference and is
appreciated when you make an effort to be
part of an audience for an upcoming reading.
Often you’re rewarded with memorable words,
ideas and perhaps inspirations.

Listening means learning. The discipline/
habit of listening well is just a matter of
practice. Listening helps you discover new
perspectives and creates new opportunities.

Questions? Additions? Email me
at emeraldchris@yahoo.com
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Poets untie writing and then tie it up again
differently.
–Jean Cocteau

A Poet should be treated with leniency
and, even when damned, should be
damned with respect.

–Edgar Allan Poe

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Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except in July & August)

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

Wednesday March 13, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Peggy Barnett & Raul Sanchez

plus Open Mic

Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens, New York. She went to Public School 89, Joseph Pulitzer JHS 145, Music and Art High School and to The Cooper Union and received a degree in Fine Art. She opened a photography studio in 1968 and became a very succesful corporate still-life and portrait photographer. She worked with her husband Ron for 45 years, then sold the studio in 2006 moving north of Seattle to Maltby, Washington. Her daughter, Emma, is a graphic designer in Portland, Oregon.

Peggy knows that the Northwest is beautiful, but memories of the past haunt her: the Holocaust, growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, the atomic bomb, Junior High School, and childhood’s distant happenings arise in her poetry in a Proustian dream. Her mind flits back and forth between the present and the past. The present on the West Coast is always interrupted by the East Coast. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of unending change.

Raúl Sánchez is a Seattle Bio-Tech Technician, Eschatologist,or the study of death, judgement, heaven and hell, a Colletic, meaning he is a pack rat, Prosody enthusiast, Hamartiologist which is the branch of theology which studies sin. Translator, occassional DJ for KBCS91.3 FM and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead. His most recent works are the translation of John Burgess’ Punk Poems in “Graffito” released by Ravenna Press and his debut Book “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels” released by MoonPath Press 2012. His work appeared on-line in The Sylvan Echo, Flurry, Gazoobitales, Pirene’s Fountain and in La Bloga’s Floricanto weekly Tuesday edition. Pending publication in The Smoking Poet and Snow Monkey. On Bookmarks published by the Seattle Public Library in the 2007 Poetic Art Project “Lines on a Spine: Poems by the book”, in the Edmonds Community College “Poem In Your Pocket” project, on the Anthology Speaking Desde las Heridas (Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Cibertestimonios Transfronterizos /TransborderTestimonies published in Mexico City by CISAN, in the Floating Bridge Review Volume 1 “Poetry from the left corner” His book has been nominated for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry for 2013.

FREE

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

April
TBA
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Saturday March 23 6:00 p.m.– Kirkland

A Special Event
Words & Wine @ Grape Choice #3

Features:
(alphabetically)
Jim Bertolino
Anita Boyle
Matthew Brouwer
Jodi Knowles

Spotlight Readers:
Peggy Barnett
Mary Crane
David D. Horowitz
Roy Seitz

Hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick

Gather 6:00 p.m.
Reading 6:30- 9 p.m.

BIOS

Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist, graphic designer and lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of What the Alder Told Me (MoonPath Press, 2011), and Bamboo Equals Loon (Egress Studio Press, 2001). Three of her poems were made into artsong by Portland composer Sylvia Grey, and sung this year by solo soprano, a quartet and a nonet (the new word of the day). She judged for the 2011 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Contest, choosing Susan Elbe’s manuscript “Where Good Swimmers Drown.” Boyle’s poems have appeared in StringTown, The Raven Chronicles, Crab Creek Review, Conversations Across Borders, Cranky, Spoon River Poetry Review, Margin and Mirror Northwest, as well as in the anthologies Red Sky Morning and Saints of Hysteria. She once wrote sixty poems during a month-long Willard R. Espy Foundation literary residency. Boyle is currently showing her assemblages at the Hanson Scott Gallery in Seattle. She lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham, Washington with her husband and collaborator, the poet James Bertolino.

James Bertolino’s eleventh volume of poetry, Every Wound Has A Rhythm, was published by World Enough Writers in 2012. Since 1968, 26 of his chapbooks and volumes have been published by 17 presses in nine states, including Copper Canyon Press, Carnegie Mellon University Press and the Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series at Princeton University. Fellowship awards and residencies have come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Discovery Award, the Djerassi Foundation, Espy Foundation and Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project. In 2007 he received the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State poets. He has taught creative writing at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, for 2005-06, at Oregon’s Willamette University, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He served as a judge for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 American Book Awards in poetry, and selected the winning manuscript for the 2010 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook series. He lives outside Bellingham, Washington with artist / poet Anita K. Boyle, where he has retired to full-time writing.James Bertolino’s eleventh volume of poetry, Every Wound Has A Rhythm, was published by World Enough Writers in 2012. Since 1968, 26 of his chapbooks and volumes have been published by 17 presses in nine states, including Copper Canyon Press, Carnegie Mellon University Press and the Quarterly Review of Literature Award Series at Princeton University. Fellowship awards and residencies have come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Discovery Award, the Djerassi Foundation, Espy Foundation and Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project. In 2007 he received the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State poets. He has taught creative writing at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, for 2005-06, at Oregon’s Willamette University, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He served as a judge for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 American Book Awards in poetry, and selected the winning manuscript for the 2010 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook series. He lives outside Bellingham, Washington with artist / poet Anita K. Boyle, where he has retired to full-time writing.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet, teaching artist, and organizational consultant residing in Bellingham, WA.He has performed his poetry in cities across the west and has been showcased in regional literary, visual, and performance arts showcases such as Strands, Phrasings, and Cirque. Matthew leads creative writing workshops for students in Whatcom County schools and is the facilitator of Kintsugi: a writing circle for people with chronic medical conditions. He is the author of four chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I and II). Besides poetry, Matthew works with individuals and organizations to help them tap into the power of their own creativity and wisdom. With ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, he has managed the Downtown Food Bank in Seattle and the Community Anchors Project in Washington, DC. The core of his mentoring work is based on his three year journey with chronic pelvic pain which at its worst rendered him virtually unable to walk. From this lengthy descent and recovery, he has gained insight into how limitation and loss can be powerful agents for discovering one’s unique gifts and purposes in life.
On his poetry: In my writing, I try to bridge the worlds of performance and literary poetry in order to create a style that can be enlivening both at the mic and on the page. I believe each one of us has a poetic spark and I love to bring my work to places where people often do not have a chance to share their own unique voices. My school of poetry is one of both spontaneity and surrender. I look to uncover the unusual, contradictory, and sometimes embarrassing parts of myself because I believe each one possesses value and wisdom. Few things to me are more exciting than bringing a hot, living piece of the imagination into the world and then having the opportunity to share it with others.

Jodie Knowles is a self-taught poet, who began writing in 2006 and became a Seattle Poetry Slam regular. In her first year of competing, Jodie won a spot on the Grand Slam Stage alongside nationally recognized poets. Later in 2006, she became one of the rotating hosts of the Slam (till 2008). She wrote and produced her one woman show A Contribution to a Human Revolution within Freehold’s Studio Series. In 2009 Jodie competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, Michigan and then performed at Word Stock Literary Festival Invitational Slam in Portland, Oregon where the Portland Times called her “intuitively brilliant.” She was voted Best Subject of the Night and returned in 2010 for an encore performance. In 2011, Jodie collaborated with 13 of the nations top West Coast poets on ‘The World Before and After’ C.D by Fiergn Records.
Jodie is a past Washington Poets Association board member and an alumnus of the Freehold Theatre Studio labs where she studied acting for 6 years. She volunteered with Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Project bringing theatre to underprivileged communities and co- facilitated at Women’s Prison in Purdy for three years. She’s performed in numerous Seattle theatre productions including Antigone, Veronika Falling, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and The Crucible. She has also performed in award-winning independent films Rent’s Due and Black Out.
When not on stage, Jodie is a hairstylist and makeup artist working alongside photographers, directors and film makers in and around the Seattle area. In 2010, she opened Satori Studio 12 her boutique salon. In 2012 she pursued certification with The Creative Coaching Associations and is working with several clients. She has also been a part of Gay City Health’s annual series Sex, Speed and Sanity, to raise awareness to those struggling with addiction and in recovery.

The Grape Choice
is located in Downtown Kirkland
on the waterfront
(off of Central/85th)
9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-827-7551

From 405 Take 85th Ave –Kirkland Exit
continue West toward Lake Washington
(street name changes to Central)
after a little over a mile, be in your left lane
Keep going till you are at Stop Sign
at stop sign make a left.
On your Left you’ll see Lakeshore Plaza
and parking ($1 per hour in the lot) and on
your right you’ll see the park and Lake WA
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 — West Seattle
7 to 9 p.m.

Featured Readers:
Christopher J. Jarmick
&
Athena Nation

Plus open mic for
poetry and short-storytelling.

FREE

5612 California in West Seattle
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COMING SOON

APRIL 18TH –EDMONDS

EDMONDS Bookshop

6:30 p.m.

Poetry: Christopher J. Jarmick,
Douglas Schuder, Richard
Wakefield, Bethany Reid and
David D. Horowitz,

Edmonds Bookshop,
111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: 425-775-2789
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Wednesday, June 5th — Duval

6:30 – open mic
7:00 — feature
Christopher J. Jarmick

7:30 more open mic

at the
Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019 c

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Saturday June 8th — Vaugn, WA.

Words & Music (Key Peninsula)
Jerry Libstaff presents

Music: John Batdorf and Terry Holder

Words: Christopher J. Jarmick

Reservations/Directions
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

The program includes
hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful
entertainers in a beautiful setting
surrounded by nature.
Funding supports the entertainers
. Additional donations provide for our
Young Writers’ Program.
Watermark Writers is a 501(c) 3
Non Profit corporation.

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From Connie Walle
Friday, March 8th 7 p.m. –Tacoma
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Jan 11, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens)

Featured Poet John Milkeriet
plus Open Mic

John Milkereit, reading in 2013 is currently employed as a rotating equipment engineer. Pudding House Press published two of his chapbooks in 2010, and Paying Admissions was a Finalist-of-Note their chapbook competition in 2009. He lives in a big yellow house in Houston, Texas with his children, which are: a collage of fake fish and an African violet named Violet.

The event occurs monthly the second Friday of every month at King’s Books. Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Apr. 12th Elizabeth Austink
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March 20th, 2013 7:00 p.m. –Woodinville

Michael Schein is February’s featured Poet
at

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
a premier venue for regional poets and guests
Readings at 7:00pm the Third Wednesday of
each month.

The Creekside
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE]

Featuring one or two poets (and YOU at the open mic)!

Your hosts: Clark Crouch, 425-440-9786, and Virginia Cook, 425-286-1169

MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The Creekside
[A Merrill Gardens Retirement Community]

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From OPN –Olympia
Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Derek Scheffield Featured

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St.
, Olympia WA
The Olympic Poetry Network features
Peter Ludwin.

Contact Cynthia Pratt
cynthiajopratt@comcast.net.
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Thursday, March 21 –Redmond, WA

Cathy Ross and Nan Harty

March 21,
at 7:30 pm

Soulfood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond WA

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Saturday March 23 6:00 p.m.– Kirkland

A Special Event
Words & Wine @ Grape Choice #3

Features:
(alphabetically)
Jim Bertolino
Anita Boyle
Matthew Brouwer
Jodi Knowles

Spotlight Readers:
Peggy Barnett
Mary Crane
David D. Horowitz
Roy Seitz

Hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick

Gather 6:00 p.m.
Reading 6:30- 9 p.m.

The Grape Choice
is located in Downtown Kirkland
on the waterfront
(off of Central/85th)
9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033
Map –
Phone: 425-827-7551

From 405 Take 85th Ave –Kirkland Exit
continue West toward Lake
(street name changes to Central)
after a little over a mile, be in your left lane
Keep going till you are at Stop Sign
at stop sign make a left.
On your Left you’ll see Lakeshore Plaza
and parking ($1 per hour in the lot) and on
your right you’ll see the park and Lake WA
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Friday, March 29 — Redmond
7 p.m.

RASP READING

Don Kentop
plus Open Mic

Don Kentop’s diverse poetry has appeared in Mute Note Earthward, Tattoos On Cedar, Cascade, the 2004 Jack Straw Anthology, Chrysanthemum, Many Trails To The Summit, and Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Ridge, as well as the last three issues of Drash. He was a Seattle Poet Populist finalist in 2005 and in 2008 was selected as a finalist for Garrison Keillor’s Bed of Roses Sonnet Contest. In 2004, Rose Alley Press published his chapbook, On Paper Wings. Don has poems pending publication in Changing Times. For the past five years he has curated a popular reading at the Fremont Public Library for the Washington Poets Association, and is currently working on a documentary poem of the 1911 Triangle Factory fire.

Friday, February 22 at 7 pm
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center, Room #206,
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
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