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!!!

“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.”

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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)
Richard Wakefield
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.


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 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


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.
From McBreen

in downtown Auburn
Cindy Hutchings
Philip Red Eagle

Monday, June 3

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.”

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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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).

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.

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.


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

Kings Bookstore, (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)


Chris Jarmick
plus Open Mic
7:00 pm

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

From Connie Walle


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

New email is:
New Website location:

Update accordingly

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:


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.
Jerry Libstaff

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
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.
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:

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
Lisa Slater
Casey Tonnelly

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:


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.


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.”


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


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