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
– 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

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
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
Jodi Knowles
Mark you calendars now!!!


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


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

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 McBreen

May 6 7 p.m. — Auburn

Monday, May 6

in downtown Auburn

Tammy Robacker
M. Anne Sweet

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 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.


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

plus open mic
host/MC: Christopher J. Jarmick

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/.
From David D. Horowitz

May 10 7:00 p.m. — Seattle


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


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


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.
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
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

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

May 15 7 p.m. – Woodinville

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
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

From Connie Walle:

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

From OPN
May 15 6:30 p.m. — Olympia

Bethany Reid
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

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.

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
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

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


See http://www.king5.com/video/featured-videos/Poetry-flows-from-teens-behind-bars-141111313.html.
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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