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
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.


Friday, March 29 — Redmond
7 p.m.


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
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.

April 1rst — AUBURN 7 P.M.

in downtown Auburn


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

followed by coffee and conversation

Featured Poets

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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)

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$)

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

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


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


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/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

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

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.


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 •
From Raven Chronicles



APRIL, SMALL PRESS EXPO: MARCH 30,2013, Saturday, 11AM – 4 PM.
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

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

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.




6:30 p.m.

Kathleen Flenniken
Michael Dylan Welch


825 228TH AVE. SE


From Alan Braden — Tacoma Reading

An evening of listening to out-of-town poets


Derek Sheffield • Arlene Kim • Marjorie Manwaring • Rebecca Hoogs

Reading selected poems from their newest books


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

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


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


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.


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


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

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.
Jerry Libstaff


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