April Showers of Local NorthWest Readings of interest–mostly poetry…

April 9, 2013

The prior post has today’s NaPoWriMo Post, prompt etc. This one is to publicize several readings in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington (mostly) that may be of interest.

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
– Joan Didion

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
– Yogi Berra

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London
First, readings I’m directly involved in–and then readings or announcements shared with me by acquaintances, friends.

WOW…. Look… look LOOK!!!!
This Wednesday!!!!!

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

Wednesday April 10, 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

Nancy Dahlberg
Grew up in Chicago and has a BFA in studio art from the University of Chicago and an MA in creative writing from the University of Houston. Her poems have been published in Shenandoah, Northwest Review, CALYX, PoetsWest, Fireweed, Stringtown, and Poets Table Anthology, A Collection of Poetry by Northwest Poets. She has served on the editorial board of Northwest Review, serves on the advisory board of PoetsWest and is a past board member of the Washington Poets Association. She also is an active member of the Poets Table group. Nancy lives in Ballard and is a political activist with Radical Women.

Murray Gordon:
Born in Scranton , PA. Anthracite coal. Smoldering slag heaps.
To Philly. Saw swastikas flying from rowhouses pre-Pearl Harbor.
To the Beat Generation. Poetry. Jazz. Blues. To crossing the country.
To Seattle . To write. Right here. Right now.

Celebrate National Poetry Month, share a poem and listen to two of our best!!!


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

A week from Thursday–

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
Wednesday, June 5th — Duvall

6:45 – sign up
7:00 –open mic
7:30 — feature Christopher J. Jarmick
8:00 — more Open Mic

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

Saturday June 8th — Vaugn, WA.

Words & Music (Key Peninsula)
Jerry Libstaff presents

Music: John Batdorf and Terry Holder

Words: Christopher J. Jarmick

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.

Friday June 14th 7:00 p.m. –Tacoma

Distinguished Writers Presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue,

Free event.Open mike sign-up 6:30 p.m
From J. Glenn Evans Various

What a Week!!!!

Carolyn Forché and local Hedgebrook poets on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca), Seattle

Hedgebrook’s 25th anniversary. Click here to buy tickets. Contact hedgebrook@hedgebrook.org.

Nancy Dahlberg and Murray Gordon on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA

Read from their own work. Open mic. Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

Raven Chronicles on Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Reading by editors, writers, and visual artists of Vol. 17, No. 1-2. Contact mailto:editors@ravenchronicles.org or 206-941-2955.

Reem Kelani in Global Rhythms concert on Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca), Seattle

Song is a great way to work for peace: http://townhallseattle.org/global-rhythms-reem-kelani/. Reem also leads 2 workshops for children at Town Hall on 6th April: http://townhallseattle.org/saturday-family-concerts-reem-kelani/.

Patrick Cotter and Matthew Sweeney from Cork, Ireland on Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

Special reading by two poets from Ireland. Open mic. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or jge@poetswest.com.
From Leopoldo Sequel
(at C & P Coffee 7 p.m.4th Wednesdays)

Hello poetrybridge,
The Spring Series is now set for featured readers.

April 24
Larry Crist

May 22
Kerry Cox
Arleen Williams

5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136
April Events in and around Auburn
from Striped Water Poets

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


April/May — Seattle, Edmonds,

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

E-mail: David, rosealleypress.com
URL: http://www.elliottbaybook.com

Friday April 19 — Tacoma 7 p.m.

Gods, Goddesses, Myth: regional women poets read at TCC

What: Gods, Goddesses, Myth poetry reading
Where: The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th Street, Building 4
When: Friday, April 19, 7 pm
Cost: Free

Join 2011-13 Tacoma Poet Laureate, Josie Emmons Turner on April 19 as she hosts a reading by 14 regional poets on the theme of Gods, Goddesses, and Myth.
According to Turner, the idea for the reading germinated upon seeing the current exhibition, Greek and Roman Mythology, at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College. “The exhibit has such a wide range of artists presenting an extremely diverse spectrum of understanding about an ancient topic. I wanted the opportunity to add the poet’s voice and present another dimension in conjunction with the show,” Turner stated. “I am very excited that such an extraordinary group of poets responded to the idea.”
Participating poets are: Peggy Barnett, Glenna Cook, Julia Cousineau, Caroline Hunter Davis, Maria Gudaitis, Mary Hake, Patricia Kennedy, Patty Kinney, Kay Mullen, Tammy Robacker, Marjorie Rommel, Josie Emmons Turner, Connie Walle, Juniper White, and Carolyne Wright.

This reading will be the last formal presentation of poets by Turner in her position as Poet Laureate. Turner and the incoming 2013-15 Poet Laureate, along with past Poet Laureates Tammy Robacker and William Kupinse will give at reading at the Tacoma Public Library, April 23 at 6 pm.
The Gods, Goddesses, and Myth reading is supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission Poet Laureate Program and the Gallery at Tacoma Community College.

About the poets –

Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens, New York. After receiving a BA in Fine Arts from The Cooper Union, she opened a photography studio in New York in 1968. In 2006, she sold her studio and moved to Woodinville. Her book, On Your Left! is a poetic memoir dwelling on the specifics of unending change.

Glenna Cook was born in Olympia, Washington, and lived most of her life in Tacoma. After raising her family and retiring from U.S. West Communications, she graduated from Tacoma Community College and University of Puget Sound, which is where she began writing poetry. She has been published in a variety of Northwest journals and reviews.

Juila Cousineau always returns to the beautiful city of Tacoma after her travels and has been a resident here most of her life. She is a published short story and children’s writer and has her own humor column in a local paper. Poetry is fast becoming a new passion of hers.

Caroline Hunter Davis lives near the Salish Sea where she grew up collecting waves and words. The world first made sense when she listened to myths and she’s been listening and writing ever since.

Maria Chong Gudaitis is a Korean-Lithuanian essayist, poet, and designer who lives south of Tacoma. In 2012, Maria published a limited-edition, local Poetry Month anthology and served as a News Tribune reader columnist. Her essays and poetry appear regularly at her blog, http://www.mairagudaitis.com.

Mary Hake is a 2010 graduate of the Creative Writing Program of the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently divides her time between working with students and raising her three children.

Patricia Kennedy has published poems in online journals, regional anthologies, and at the Washington State History Museum with the encouragement from the Pot Luck Poets and other friends. She is the co-sponsor of the Gig Harbor Library’s Poetry Series.

Patty Kinney’s work has been published by The Sun, hipMama, http://www.occupypoetry.org and other journals and anthologies. She holds a MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her chapbook How To Talk To Your Schizophrenic Child will be published in 2013.

Kay Mullen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She believes the poet’s palette embraces the reality that all ideas come from the five senses. Poetry includes all colors, shades, shadows and light of the human spirit.

Tammy Robacker is former Poet Laureate of Tacoma 2011 and author of The Vicissitudes. She is currently working on her second collection of poetry Villain Song.

Marjorie Rommel’s work has appeared in numerous regional journals. She is a member of Auburn’s Striped Water Poets and has provided leadership for the South King County literary community for decades. She received her MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at PLU.

Josie Emmons Turner is the 2011-2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop where her mentors included Lola Haskins and Susan Ludvigson. She cherishes the opportunity to have spent two summers of masterclass sessions with Marvin Bell. Turner’s work has been published in a variety of journals.

Connie Walle is a life-long Tacoma poet. She is the founder and president of the legendary Puget Sound Poetry Connection.

Juniper White is a mom, writer, teaching artist, and letterpress printer who cultivates handwork in Northwest communities.

Carolyne Wright has been a contributing editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a senior editor for Lost Horse Press. She is a Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop, Madeline DeFreees, Richard Hugo, and William Stafford.

Poetry in Duvall

7 p.m.
open mic sign up 6:45 p.m. starts 7:00
featured reader at 7:30 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 Mary Crane

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.

Forward via Connie Walle –Tacoma

April 13 — 6 to 8 p.m.
Cork Wine Bar Tacoma
606 North State Street

Here we go again dear readers and scribes!

April’s shindig will be taking place on the 13th and held at the ever so lovely Cork! wine bar, 606 North State Street from 6-8 pm.

The first portion will include live readings from some authors that have been previously featured in Wrist Magazine.

The second half will host the always entertaining open mic poetry slam! The audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite slammer! Winner of the slam will be announced that same evening on our Facebook page and be handsomely rewarded with a feature in our upcoming issue and bragging rights.

Please arrive early to sign up for the Poetry Slam portion as space is limited.

Immediately following our event, Champagne Sunday will be providing musical delights to accompany your glass of vino.

These events are always a delightful opportunity to share your work and meet other local literary talent!

*Minors are able to attend but are only allowed in designated sections of the establishment.
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 from Jerry’s living room this Seattle
singer-writer became an X-Factor contestant and now
he returns with a special evening. Be There!!!

The poet/words feature will be  Kevin Miller !!!

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.

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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  1. […] ~~Find a starter a day to help get inspired during National Poetry Month. Poetry and Writing thoughts, examples, encouragements and more at Chris Jarmick’s blog […]

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