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NorthWest Poetry Reading News May-June

May 31, 2013

Greetings this May 31, 2013

Thanks for making an effort to support poets and
poetry by attending a few readings this month.

See important message re: Tara Hardy at end of this column.
Special Benefit Reading
Friday, May 31 at Hugo House!!!

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable. Nor how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly.”
–Martha-Graham

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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

Wednesday June 12, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Our Last Reading of 2012/2013 of the season (we resume in September)
Features:
Richard Wakefield
and
Jodi Knowles
Mark you calendars now!!!

Richard Wakefield earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Washington in 1983. His book on the poetry of Robert Frost, “Robert Frost and the Opposing Lights of the Hour,” was published in 1984. Since 1985 he’s been a book critic for the Seattle Times, reviewing poetry, fiction, and biography, with several hundred publications to date. He taught writing and American literature at the University of Washington, Central Washington University, The Evergreen State College, and, since 1985, as tenured faculty at Tacoma Community College. His first poetry collection, “East of Early Winters,” won the Richard Wilbur Award in 2006, and his poem “Petrarch” won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His new collection, “A Vertical Mile,” was published by Able Muse Press in 2012. His poems, reviews, short stories, and articles have appeared in American Literature, The Midwest Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Seattle Review, The Atlanta Review, Light, Able Muse, The Robert Frost Review, The Journal of the William James Society, and others. Venues for his readings have included the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire and, this spring, the national conference of the American Literature Association in Boston.

Jodie Knowles is a hybrid artist with varying interests and talents in the arts. She is an alumnus of Freehold Theatre Studio Lab, where she studied the craft of 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 has performed and acted in major theatre production in the Seattle area, as well as appeared in two award winning Indie films Black out and Rents Due. Knowles began writing in 2007 and quickly became a regular at the Seattle Poetry Slam. She later became the host of the slam for 3years encouraging new voices to take the stage.Knowles has competed nationally and locally earning her some bragging rights. 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 also seeks to use her voice to help bring awareness to many social issues. She has performed with the University of Washington Women’s Choir’s ‘Homebound’, a charity event for victims of domestic violence. 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. Jodie continues to travel throughout the West Coast as a highly sought after female voice.

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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Wednesday, June 5th — Duval

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

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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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Friday June 14th 7:00 p.m. –Tacoma

Distinguished Writers Presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue,
Tacoma

Free event.Open mike sign-up 6:30 p.m

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From John Burgess

Saturday June 1 Seattle, WA

Band of Poets will perform at the Ginsberg Marathon this Saturday, June 1. We’re gathering at a new location this year: Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Ave on Seattle’s First Hill. The gathering begins at 8 PM and Band of Poets plays for about an hour at 11 PM. (See schedule below.)

The ever-evolving Band of Poets’ never-the-same-twice mantra continues with this lineup: Jed Myers (guitar, harmonica and voice), John Burgess (voice and noise), Ted McMahon (drums and voice), Rosanne Olson (harmonica and voice), and Melet Whinston (cello and voice). We’ll reprise some old Ginsberg Marathon favorites, sing a new song or two, and offer up a mind-expanding Mind Breaths.

Hope you’ll join in! –jb

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It’s official, the 12th Allen Ginsberg Memorial Open Mic Poetry Marathon happens Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 8P at Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Av, in Seattle.

Here’s the lineup:
8P – Featured Poet Jack Remick.* He’s Beat, but he’s not tired and he’ll bring that Beat fire to kick off AG12. (Bio below)
10P – The Four Hoarse Men perform a selection of Michael McClure’s Ghost Tantras scored for multiple voices.
11P – Band of Poets
12M – The Bempire. Greg Bem hosts Beat and Beat-related movies, readings and your all night contributions.
5A – Sunrise reading of an AG classic. Howl? Kaddish? Witchita Vortex Sutra?
6A – 2nd shift, with breakfast. Are you an early riser? Can you make sure they did not burn the place down overnight?
9A – Lightning Round hosted by Paul Nelson. Bring your VERY SHORT (haiku-length) poems, as we move in a circle to hear everyone’s work. You can even improvise, but keep it 10-20 syllables and NO PREAMBLES. Lightning.
10A – Nadine Maestas hosts a panel on AG’s LGBTQ poetics and activism at The Project Room, 1315 E Pine, Seattle.
*Jack Remick’s work: Valley Boy is Book Two of a series, The California Quartet. More volumes will be released by Coffeetown Press in 2013: Revolution and The Dirt Liberal.The first book of the series, The Deification, was released in December of 2011. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press in 2011.
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From McBreen

POETRY AT THE
STATION BISTRO
in downtown Auburn
presents:
Cindy Hutchings
and
Philip Red Eagle

Monday, June 3

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 the best french fries in Auburn, and their coffee and apple or peach crisp or cinnamon roll special!
“May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.”

Philip H. Red Eagle is a born and raised Northwest writer, artist, metal smith and carver. He is the author of Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey; styled in mythical realism and now in 2nd Edition (saltpublishing.com). He is also the originator and a cofounder of The Raven Chronicles: A Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word (1991-Present), currently based in Seattle. Philip is an “occasional poet” who, these days, spends most of his time working with Tribal Journeys, a cultural movement using the canoe as a vessel for cultural renewal.

Cindy Hutchings

Member of Striped Water Poets and Northwest Renaissance Poets. Graduated from Green River Community College and the University of Washington – Double Major in English and Women Studies. Initiated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2002.

Written over 700 poems themed on women’s issues, current events, nature and animals, trauma and healing, and spiritual mysteries. Currently working on manuscripts. Poetry published in Espial 2012, The New Times newspaper, and Auburn Reporter newspaper. Performed poetry reading and had poetry exhibited at Uniquely Auburn. Read poetry monthly at the Striped Water Poets open mic.

Presented by The Station Bistro: http://www.auburnstationbistro.com
Northwest Renaissance,
Auburn Striped Water Poets: https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/
the Auburn Arts Commission
and King County 4culture.
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From Marjorie Rommel
Upcoming Event and Submissions Wanted

h VERSE AUBURN: Poets celebrate Auburn’s 122nd birthday
The City of Auburn and the Auburn Downtown Association are throwing a party to celebrate Auburn’s 122nd birthday, 4-8 pm Friday, June 14, in City Hall Plaza, 25 West Main Street. There will be mobile food vendors, a beer garden featuring local craft beers, displays of Auburn’s history, a birthday cake and cupcake table, and performances by local musicians… and poets.
ADA Executive Director Laura Westergard has asked Auburn’s two premier poetry organizations, Northwest Renaissance, Poets, Performers & Publishers, Inc., and Striped Water Poets, to curate Verse Auburn, a series of three 15-minute presentations of original poems about Auburn between four 45-minute band sets.
Auburn Poet Laureate Richard “Wicked Dick” Brugger and Northwest Renaissance president Marjorie Rommel urge working poets and wannabes to submit “interesting, amusing, well-crafted short poems that reflect any aspect of life in Auburn as it was or is” — railroads, the river, the bull that got loose downtown a couple of years ago, beans, berries, rhubarb and cauliflower harvests, high school football, auto row, the annual Veterans Day Parade, the Auburn Food Bank, Auburn Days, the new animal shelter – it’s all fair game.
PLEASE SEND YOUR short, entertaining poems about Auburn in the body of an email to marjorie.rommel@gmail.com. Submission deadline is June 7. Final selection will be made by Brugger, Rommel, and the Auburn Downtown Association. For more information, please call Laura Westergard at the Auburn Downtown Association Office, 253/939-3982.
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Auburn, which lies at the confluence of the White and Green rivers, was incorporated as the City of Slaughter in June 1891. A monument to the memory of Lt. William Slaughter, for whom the city was originally named, was erected that year, and still stands, but the city later changed its name to Auburn because, so the story goes, the local hotelier greeted each train with the cry: “Welcome to Slaughter House!”
Despite the devastating loss of the hops crop in 1890, farmers working the rich alluvial Valley soils for many years thereafter raised bumper crops of vegetables, rhubarb, berries, and other fruits which were – and are — processed locally, shipped by truck and train to destinations across America.
“Through the years, our city has persevered through … floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters,” noted Auburn City Councilmember John Holman, “and we’ve survived and grown into a great community with a diverse population of more than 72,000 citizens.” That, as Westergard says, is definitely something to celebrate.
NORTHWEST RENAISSANCE President Marjorie Rommel
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From Duvall Poetry
June 5th — 7 p.m. Duvall, WA.

Chris Jarmick features June 5th, 7 PM, AT

Duvall Visitor Center
15619 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 • FIND US ON BING MAPS

Open mic starts at 7. Featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Visitor Center is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!

CHRISTOPHER J. JARMICK’S poems have appeared in Seattle Weekly, Cambridge Book Review, Real Change, Pedestal, South District Journal, WebdelSol and other newspapers, literary journals and magazines. Essays, Reviews and Interviews he’s written have been in Rattle, Rain Taxi, Raven Chronicles, Reader, Brutarian,Los Angeles Times, World of Entertainment, Military Times and elsewhere. His latest collection of poetry is Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010), and the limited edition CD: Radio Mysteries: Aural Anxieties (produced by Kevin Gershan and featuring Los Angeles poet Michael C. Ford;) was released in 2009. He curates and hosts several poetry readings throughout the Northwest including the regularly scheduled monthly reading at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington. His blog is called Poetry is Everything (Google it). Chris was born on the East Coast, moved to Los Angeles and for nearly 20 years wrote screenplays and did script doctor work for several films. He also worked on/produced award winning PBS documentaries, segments for programs like Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy and others. He re-located to the Seattle area in 1994, continued writing, and became a financial advisor working at Morgan Stanley, then Waddell and Reed). He has 3 daughters, and five step-children and is married to Teresa. He can be contacted at: emeraldchris@yahoo.com.

Next Reading will be August 7th 7:00 p.m. – Roy Seitz

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you live near Duvall, have an interest in poetry, and are looking for a low time commitment but fun opportunity, join us at our next board meeting! We are looking for people interested in hospitality, emcee duties, publicity and administration, though all skills are welcome. Our board meetings are open to all. Check our Facebook page for the next meeting. Come on by and say hi!
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From M. Anne Sweet
Volunteers needed — Seattle

!! Georgetown Carnival !!
call for volunteers

Saturday June 8th, 12-8 pm

We at Equinox Studios have an amazing plan to outdo ourselves at this year’s Georgetown Carnival June 8. We have created five stations, we need volunteer help at all of them. Each station’s aim is to include as much artmaking by the public as we can. The last two stations are about fabricating parts for a public art piece Equinox is building. It will be installed close by at the Oxbow Park. We will teach you to teach and aid festival goers in creating art. This is inclusive artmaking, not watching art being made.
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Please contact James Ryan at: tandemfabrications@gmail.com if you can help. For any two-hour section of the day. (8-10, 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 afterwards for breakdown.) If you can help longer, we can totally use your help. The Carnival itself goes from 12 noon- 8 pm. We need help setting up (8 am-noon) and breakdown (8 pm-11:30pm).
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Post Event BBQ: in honor of and appreciation of all volunteers, we will host you a BBQ and bonfire the next weekend. We will draw and quarter last year’s wood sculpture, probably burn it, feed and celebrate you, play corn hole, infuse the evening with wonderment and mayhem. And possibly a few explosions.

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From Connie Walle

June 14 7 p.m. – Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series
Presented by
The City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.

We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work. All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public. Want more information about “What’s Happening” in the poetry realm: email ckwalle@msn.com and ask to be put on the “Everything” list.

DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

June 14th , 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

FEATURING

Chris Jarmick
plus Open Mic
7:00 pm

King’s Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98402

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From Connie Walle

NEW PUGET SOUND POETRY
CONNECTION info.

The website and email addresses for
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
have moved/changed.

New email is:
info@pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org
New Website location:
http://www.pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org/

Update accordingly

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Raven Chronicles
presents a reading from

Why We Do What We Do

June 14, 2013
Free. Jack Straw Studios,
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98105.

7:00 p.m.: Join us for a reception in Jack Straw’s lovely, revamped lobby.
7:45 pm: Readings by a sample of poets in Vol. 18, No. 1-2, “Why We Do What We Do” issue.
Magazine will be on sale at the reading, $9.00.

Readers: Anna Bálint (MC), Glenna Cook, Mary Eliza Crane,
Larry Crist, Mark S. Johnson, Wendy McCutchen, Constance Mears,
Duane Niatum, Raul Sanchez, Ann Spiers, and Koon Woon.

Excerpts from this new issue of the magazine are posted on Raven’s Website:

http://ravenchronicles.org/
http://ravenchronicles.org/onlinecontentindex18.html

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From Jerry Libstaff

June 8 6:30 p.m. Vaugn, WA

Words and Music Program

Melding 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.

John Batdorf and Terry Holder
We have an unprecedented opportunity to present two powerhouse singer songwriters together on June 8. John Batdorf and Terry Holder will be here together on the waterfront.
John Batdorf began his career with Batdorf and Rodney and had several hits from three albums. John then formed the group Silver and continued writing and singing hit songs. He went on to write and score music for successful television shows and Touched by an Angel developed a two part series based on one of his songs. During the past decade, John has been writing and touring. With more than a dozen albums, John comes to the waterfront in Vaughn to share his wealth of music.

Terry Holder began writing and singing in 2000. She has since won several major songwriting contests and is just releasing her 4th album this spring. Indie Showcase says: Terry Holder has the voice of an angel and proves it in no uncertain terms. Long have we waited for a female singer of her magnitude. She moves easily through genres of Pop, Folk and Americana with just a Kiss from country. Her expertise is astounding, her songwriting is superb.

We are thrilled to present these two wonderful singer songwriters together, on the waterfront.

Words by Chris Jarmick

Christopher Jarmick is a writer, poet, and former producer and director of both television programs and documentaries. His first novel, The Glass Cocoon, is critically acclaimed. He has published interviews,articles and short stories in several magazines. Always a welcome guest, we are proud to present Chris Jarmick on the waterfront.
Upcoming Programs

July Eugene Ruffolo

Aug No concert

Sept 14 Chris Castle with Ted Olinger

Oct 19 Amy Petty with Neil Scott

And of course, The wonderful Tweed Meyer will be here to paint the artists as they perform and all will be documented by Seat of the Pants Productions.

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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From Linda Beeman
June 14 and beyond — Eastern Washington/ID

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013

City: Wallace, ID

Featured Poet: Linda Beeman

Open Mic: No

Venue: Great Northern Depot Museum

Time: 5:00 pm

Address: 219 Sixth Street

Brief Bio: Linda Beeman is an award-winning poet from Whidbey Island. She will read from her chapbook, Wallace, Idaho (World Enough Writers). Individual of her poems are published in Windfall: A Journal of Poetry and Place and online at the University of Chicago’s Euphony. They’ve won awards in the 2013 Split This Rock competition and from the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013

City: Spokane, WA

Featured Poet: Linda Beeman

Open Mic: No

Venue: Auntie’s Bookstore

Time: 2:00 pm

Address: 402 West Main Avenue

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013

City: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Featured Poet: Linda Beeman

Open Mic: No

Venue: Hastings

Time: 1:00 pm

Address: 101 E. Best Avenue
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From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

This September 27-29, poets from all over the US (& beyond!) will be gathering in the golden light of Tieton for LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. Our featured artist is Dorianne Laux, and our performing artist is Andre Feriante. Gathering with fellow poets in a beautiful town to work on poetic craft is a way of embracing what matters most. The 2013 Schedule is now online. I am grateful for the amazing faculty committed to sharing their spark with us. Go to the Litfuse website for schedule and other info. register for LiTFUSE on Brown Paper Tickets. Contact Michael Schein mailto:michael@litfuse.us or http://www.litfuse.us.
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Passed on from posting by Karen Finneyfrock:

Sweet community,

Our dear friend and beloved author, Tara Hardy, needs our help. In January 2012, we came to you after Tara had been in the hospital with a life-threatening, undiagnosed health condition. Since that time, Tara has been admitted to the hospital three more times and spent the better part of the year fighting to stay alive, not the least of which was undergoing chemotherapy. Our first fundraiser was to help Tara seek a diagnosis (she now has two of them, see below). This year, we are coming together to help alleviate some of the financial burden Tara faces. She is currently undergoing a rigorous two-year treatment, the cost of which not covered by health insurance is $18,000 per year.

On May 31st at Richard Hugo House, Tara’s friends and colleagues will host a benefit to raise funds. BOOST: Poetry to Uplift Your Spirits will feature a line-up of Tara’s nearest and dearest, reading feel-good poems for this great cause.

BOOST: Poetry to Uplift Your Spirits
A Benefit for Tara Hardy
May 31st
at Richard Hugo House

$15 in Advance / $20 at the door

OR become a BOOSTER! The $100 ticket-level gets you a reserved seat in the first two rows, a signed copy of Tara’s first book, “Bring Down the Chandeliers” and a limited edition poster.

Tickets Available at:
boosttara.brownpapertickets.com

FEATURING:
Cedar Adison Smith
Kristina Armenakis
Patch Avery
Ela Barton
Sara Brickman
Elaina Ellis
Karen Finneyfrock
Tara Hardy
Maya Hersh
Dorothy Kent
Ruth Mason Paul
Emily Ann Peterson
Kathleen Nacozy
Angel Nafiz (ALL THE WAY FROM NYC!)
Lisa Slater
Casey Tonnelly

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The money raised from this show will help greatly. However, it’s not enough. We need to raise $10,000 to help Tara offset the $18,000 she will spend on medical care this year. To read about Tara’s diagnoses and/or to make a donation, please visit:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boost-tara-hardy

You can also post an encouraging message. We believe that helps too. Thank you so much for your support, and we hope to see you on May 31st.

Questions and Answers:

What are Tara’s diagnoses? I.T.P. (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) is a rare blood disorder that causes one’s platelets to disappear without warning, putting one at risk for internal bleeding including brain hemorrhage. Doctors have no idea what causes I.T.P.

What are Tara’s treatments? Last summer Tara underwent an I.V. chemotherapy designed to kill the cells in her immune system that were destroying her platelets. The drug is estimated to be effective for nine months, at which point we’ll be crossing our fingers that she has entered a long-term remission.

Tara is also receiving treatment for Lyme Disease, which includes an intense regimen of antibiotics and other drugs, the side effects of which are fairly debilitating and much like chemotherapy.

How will the money raised be used?

The money will be used to cover the portion of Tara’s medical treatment not covered by health insurance.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boost-tara-hardy?c=home

How is Tara doing/feeling?

Tara is in a stage of treatment when the medications actually make her feel worse. She is unable to work. Last fall she taught in a high school one day a week, but those days would send her to bed for several days each time. Here and there she is able to teach a two-hour class (while seated). Whenever she is up to it, she loves to jump on stage and perform a poem or two.

Tara is writing like mad. She has written an entirely new book of poems about body and illness. She is also writing a book about writing (a writer’s guide to undoing self-sabotage).

In Tara’s words, “Mostly, I’m in a full-time fight for my life. But, strangely, there’s a lot of beauty in here. There’s an unexpected amount of humor, and I regularly experience an unfathomable gratitude for my life. Illness is a remarkable, if brutal, teacher. More than anything, I’m grateful for my community who keeps me alive. The fact that people want me on this planet keeps me rooted here.”

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boost-tara-hardy?c=home

If you have a question contact Tara’s dear friend Karen Finneyfrock: karenfinneyfrock@hotmail.co

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Northwest Poetry Readings (and more) May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013

“There’s no comparison between what’s
lost by not trying and what’s lost by not
succeeding.”
– Francis Bacon

“Keep away from people who try to
belittle your dreams. Small people always
do that, but the really great ones make
you feel that you too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

Stretch farther than you should, until it
becomes dangerous, until you’ve stretched
too far and failed as often as it takes you to
no longer be afraid of failure. It is then (and
only then) will success (large or
infinitesimal)matter and truly satisfy.
– Chris Jarmick

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

Wednesday May 8, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Don Kentop
and
Brendan McBreen

plus Open Mic

Donald Kentop
Don’s far ranging poetry has appeared in Mute Note Earthward, Tattoos On Cedar, 2004 Jack Straw Anthology, Chrysanthemum, Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Ridge, Many Roads To The Summit, and several issues of Drash and Cascade. He was a finalist in Garrison Kelior’s sonnet contest, A Bed of Roses, and a Poet Populist finalist in 2005. Rose Alley Press published his chapbook, On Paper Wings. He is currently completing a documentary poem about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.

Brendan McBreen writes poetry because the mermaids that live in his head have a strange sense of humor.
Brendan is published locally and internationally in various journals, and is a collector rejection letters. Also a workshop facilitator with Striped Water Poets (every Tuesday night at Auburn city hall), co-founder and organizer of the Poetry at the Station Bistro reading/open mic series (every first Monday at 7 pm), writer of traditional Japanese style haiku and a writer of smart-ass 5/7/5 haiku, a collage artist, an event coordinator with the Auburn Days festival and Uniquely Auburn, an occasional blogger at: elsewhere in the rain dot wordpress dot com, and a fictional C. S. Lewis character edited out of Narnia for being too unchristian.
A Gemini with travel plans in the near future, specifically back to college, this time in Australia to study Social Work. m

Our Last Reading of 2012/2013 of the season (we resume in September) is on June 12th.

June 12 Features:
Richard Wakefield
and
Jodi Knowles
Mark you calendars now!!!

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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Wednesday, June 5th — Duval

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

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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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Friday June 14th 7:00 p.m. –Tacoma

Distinguished Writers Presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue,
Tacoma

Free event.Open mike sign-up 6:30 p.m
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From McBreen

May 6 7 p.m. — Auburn

Monday, May 6

POETRY AT THE
STATION BISTRO
in downtown Auburn
presents:

Tammy Robacker
and
M. Anne Sweet

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 the best french fries in Auburn, and their coffee and apple or peach crisp or cinnamon roll special!
“May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.”

M. Anne Sweet a poet and artist who has performed and exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a poet, she has performed individually, as well as with The Seattle Five Plus One, Project Z and the Daughters of Dementia. Literary credits include a book-length poetry collection, Nailed to the Sky; past winner of the Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance Competition; and numerous works in print and online. She maintains a working studio at Equinox Studios in the Georgetown area of Seattle and is currently working on a series of graphic poems (in the genre of graphic novels) that combine her visual art and poetry.

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. She is actively involved in the South Sound poetry community as a poet, a freelance writer and a volunteer, Robacker also serves as secretary of the board for Puget Sound Poetry Connection and secretary of the board for Exquisite Disarray Publishing, a non-profit literary arts organization that publishes Northwest writers. In 2009, she co-edited a Tacoma poetry anthology, with former Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, Bill Kupinse, called, In Tahoma’s Shadow: Poems from the City of Destiny. Her poetry has appeared in Plazm, Floating Bridge Review: Pontoon, Word Salad, Pens on Fire, and the Allegheny Review.

Presented by The Station Bistro: http://www.auburnstationbistro.com
Northwest Renaissance,
Auburn Striped Water Poets: https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/
the Auburn Arts Commission
and King County 4culture.

And

Wednesday May 8 at 7 pm
Parkplace Books
348 Parkplace Center
Kirkland, WA 98033
Featuring:
Brendan McBreen
and Don Kentop

plus open mic
host/MC: Christopher J. Jarmick

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From Duvall Poetry

May 8th 7:00 p.m. – Duvall

Robert Moss features May 8th, 7 PM, AT
Duvall Visitor Center
15619 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 • FIND US ON BING MAPS

Note 2nd Wednesday this month!
Open mic starts at 7:00. Featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Visitor Center is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic! This month’s emcee: Pamela Denchfield

ROBERT MOSS is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, poet, historian and independent scholar. His nine books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three “Only” Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamgates, Active Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home. His collection, Here, Everything Is Dreaming: Poems and Stories, is published by Exclesior/State University of New York Press (April, 2013). His website is http://www.mossdreams.com/.
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From David D. Horowitz

May 10 7:00 p.m. — Seattle

WORKING POET: WORK ON WORK

Poetry, stories, humor, and insight
about working for a living

Poets:

J. Glenn Evans
Victoria Ford
Murray Gordon
Rebecca Hoogs
William Kupinse
Kristen McHenry
Dobbie Norris
Douglas Schuder
Michael Spence
Joannie Stangeland

FREE

Friday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Phone: David D. Horowitz, 206-633-2725
E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com

This reading is free and open to the public.
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From Jack Straw

May 2013 Various — Seattle

Hello, friends of Jack Straw-

We’re very excited to bring you a wealth of great literature, music, and art this month. Starting things off this Friday, we have the first reading in our 2013 May Reading Series. Come by our studios for the next three Fridays in a row to hear readings from all of our current Jack Straw Writers, and to get your hands on the newest Jack Straw Writers Anthology. And the Friday after that you can catch a group of our writers at the NW Folklife Festival!

Next Wednesday, for our Composer Spotlight series, incoming Jack Straw resident artist Peter Vukmirovic Stevens will present works for solo cello performed by the wonderful Paige Stockley. We’re looking forward to working with this exciting young composer on his next project.

Our Spring 2013 Audio Workshops begin on May 16th, so sign up now! This batch includes our newest class, on digital editing with Audacity and GarageBand, as well as classes on microphones, field recording, and recording with ProTools. On the youth education side of things, we have an update below on all the great school projects we’ve been working on lately.

You might have seen a couple of our current projects in the media recently: Last week The Stranger published a lovely review by Jen Graves of Ruth Marie Tomlinson’s New Media Gallery installation Lost Long, and Art Zone with Nancy Guppy included a segment on Tina Hoggatt’s Story Chairs in their most recent episode. Thanks Jen and Nancy!

Read on below for all the details. We hope to see you at an event soon. Or feel free to stop by during the day and check out the Gallery and the Story Chairs, or just say hi!

The Jack Straw May Reading Series
Three nights hosted by curator Stephanie Kallos

Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
$5 suggested donation

Celebrate the arrival of spring in Seattle with the 17th annual Jack Straw May Reading Series. 2013 program curator Stephanie Kallos will host three readings at Jack Straw Productions that will feature new work by the 2013 Jack Straw Writers.

Friday, May 3, 7:00pm
Josephine Ensign, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jay McAleer, and Emily Pérez

Friday, May 10, 7:00pm
Dennis Caswell, Larry Crist, Peter Munro, and Judith Skillman

Friday, May 17, 7:00pm
Daemond Arrindell, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Corry Venema-Weiss, and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke
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From Connie Walle

May 10 7 p.m. – Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series

05/10/2013 7:00 pm

King’s Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98402
featuring:

Risa Denenberg
and open mic
Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.
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From Clark Crouch

May 15 7 p.m. – Woodinville

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
Features
Glenna Cook
7:00pm, Wednesday, May 15th

Please Join Us in Welcoming Glenna…

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.

And Take Advantage of Our Open Mic…
We offer five-minutes of uninterrupted time for each poet. Very frequently there is time for a second and even a third round which means poets might have as much as fifteen-minutes total time on the Open Mic.

Our 2013 Schedule is posted on our website at http://creeksiders.org

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]

06/19 Dennis Caswell
07/17 Scott Galasso
08/21 Mary Crane
09/18 Herb McClees
10/16 Peter Ludwin
11/20 Larry Crist
12/18 Athena Nation

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From Connie Walle:

The Tacoma Arts Commission has
announced the selection of
Lucas Smiraldo
as Tacoma’s 2013-2015 poet laureate.

Congratulations!
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From OPN
May 15 6:30 p.m. — Olympia

Bethany Reid
features
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Traditions Fair Trade Cafe,
5th and Water St., Olympia WA

The Olympic Poetry Network features
Bethany Reid.
Contact Cynthia Pratt
cynthiajopratt@comcast.net

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From Jerry Libstaff

May 18
June 8 6:30 p.m. Vaugn, WA

Words and Music Program

Melding 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.

May 18th, 2013

Danny O’Keefe,

Danny O’Keefe has been described as one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. Along with his own top ten hits, Danny’s songs have become standards for a cross section of singers that are astounding. From Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley, Chris Hillman, Jessie Colin Young, Leon Russell and Ben Harper to Earl Klugh, Milt Hinton and Ute Lemper to Judy Collins, John Denver and Jimmy Buffett to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Nickle Creek, Alison Krauss and Alan Jackson and even Elvis Presley and Cab Calloway.

Author Tom Robbins says, O’Keef’s music is ” brilliantly inlaid with poetic insight, (his) work this past decade constitutes the most moving musical meditations since Bob Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind. Unblinking, hammer-hard, love-wise and haunting, these songs stay alive in the mind and the heart long after the laser has moved on.” This is a rare opportunity to see one of the biggest musical influences of the past three decades in person on the waterfront.

We are offered a unique situation this month. In addition to being an essential songwriter, through the years Danny O’Keefe has also penned a wealth of poetry and essays. Danny will open the event reading some of his works and then provide the concert. It will be a program to remember. Please reserve a seat and join us on the waterfront in Vaughn for an amazing evening with Danny O’Keefe.

Upcoming Programs

June 8 John Batdorf and Terry Holder with Chris Jarmick

July Eugene Ruffolo

Aug No concert

Sept 14 Chris Castle with Ted Olinger

Oct 19 Amy Petty with Neil Scott

And of course, The wonderful Tweed Meyer will be here to paint the artists as they perform and all will be documented by Seat of the Pants Productions.

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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From McBreen

May 22 7:00 p.m. — Redmond

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Ron Starr and Marjorie Manwaring
SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington
plus open mic
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From Leopoldo Sequel
(at C & P Coffee 7 p.m.4th Wednesdays)

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

May 22
Kerry Cox
Arleen Williams

5612 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98136
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From Richard Gold and Pongo:

1. Writing with At-Risk Teens: The Pongo Teen Writing Method is the title of the book I’m writing for Rowman & Littlefield Education for publication in 2014.

2. Pongo is currently doing a program evaluation, in which we’re contacting writers who worked with us at the state psychiatric hospital since 2000. Thanks to Dr. Liz Koontz and Dr. Mick Storck who are guiding the work.

3. Pongo is mentoring projects on the Pongo model. We have five at present: in Seattle, Sacramento, Ann Arbor, and Kinshasa, DR Congo (“Pongo in the Congo”). Seattle projects are at Children’s Hospital (inpatient psychiatric unit) and at New Horizons (homeless youth). Thanks to Pongo leader Ann Teplick and social worker Robin Brownstein, who help me mentor new projects.

The training will be on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00-4:45. http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/training-for-counselors-and-teachers.html and http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/volunteer.html

See the Pongo projects in detention and the psychiatric hospital .http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/overview.html

The Pongo web site receives poetry from youth all over the country, who write on the most serious themes. The poems are recognized through the Pongo Poetry Prize. http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/history-of-pongo-price.html

Richard Gold was named a 2013 Superhero by ParentMap magazine, for Pongo’s work with kids. Thank you, ParentMap! http://www.parentmap.com/article/2013-superheroes-for-washington-families?page=8

Tell teachers, counselors, and teens about the teen poetry, writing activities, and teaching resources on the Pongo web site! http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/introduction-to-writing-activities.html

http://www.pongoteenwriting.org/pongos-approach.html

See http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/Poetry-flows-from-teens-behind-bars-141111313.html.
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From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

This September 27-29, poets from all over the US (& beyond!) will be gathering in the golden light of Tieton for LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. Our featured artist is Dorianne Laux, and our performing artist is Andre Feriante. Gathering with fellow poets in a beautiful town to work on poetic craft is a way of embracing what matters most. The 2013 Schedule is now online. I am grateful for the amazing faculty committed to sharing their spark with us. Go to the Litfuse website for schedule and other info. register for LiTFUSE on Brown Paper Tickets. Contact Michael Schein mailto:michael@litfuse.us or http://www.litfuse.us.
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NaPoWriMo End Wednesday May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is
more difficult than it is for other people.
– Thomas Mann

“This is a stamina game, so don’t despair if you run down a blind alley and have to start over, or if you get another rejection letter. Every successful writer has gone through that, but they kept writing and didn’t quit until they made it happen.”
– Tim Maleeny

NaPoWriMo 2013 is done. The blog will now return to its loosely scheduled occasional posts—often publicizing NorthWest poetry readings. I hope a few new people discovered the idea of NaPoWriMo and I’m glad my daily NaPoWriMo posts encouraged some of you to write a poem a day and offered a variety of mostly original challenges/prompts.

And remember what this guy once wrote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails…explore…dream….discover. – Mark Twain

Indeed!

Stretch farther than you should, until it becomes dangerous, until you’ve stretched too far and failed as often as it takes you to no longer be afraid of failure. It is then (and only then) will success (large or infinitesimal) matter and truly satisfy. CJJ

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

Prompt 31 suggested writing a confused poem… here is mine:

State of Confusion
By Christopher J. Jarmick

I have clarity about the confusion
existing in the world around me
And I’m personally experienced with it
particularly inside large shopping malls
but I usually choose not to think about it
and pretend there is more order and sense
in the world than actually exists.
That probably means I’m not just confused
but utterly delusional as well.
So far none of this has been professionally
Diagnosed and I take no drugs for it
which most of the time, I think is a good thing.
But …
what do I know?

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013