Archive for November, 2013


Northwest Poetry November Edition

November 9, 2013

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the
life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying
to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by
reading, just as I did when I was young.”
Maya Angelou


Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires,
and a touch that never hurts.
Charles Dickens


Questions? Additions? Email me

Today, Saturday November 9th

Day of the Dead
Reading and Discussion

Raúl Sánchez!

Saturday November 9
12 pm to 2 pm

Finally Found Books
3705 Auburn Way North
Auburn, WA 98002

Learn about the origins of the ritual

Historical accounts of the tradition

Items used in the offerings and their meanings

Hear Raúl’s poems in memory of those who have passed

and poems by other poets celebrating the Day of the Dead

Raúl Sánchez, ( is a Seattle Bio-Tech technician,
eschatologist, colletic, prosody enthusiast, hamartiologist,
translator, DJ and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead
in Tieton WA.

(eschatology: The study of last, or final, matters.)
(hamartiology: The branch of theology which studies sin.)

Raúl was featured in the Burning Word Poetry Festival in 2011, has
been a Board member of the Washington Poets Association, Los Norteños
writers group and recently a moderator for the Poets Responding to SB
1070 Facebook page.

His work has appeared in the Anthology Viva la Word!, on bookmarks by
the Seattle Public Library 2007 Poetic Art Project, in Floating Bridge
Review, in the Occupy San Francisco Anthology, in the Anthology
Speaking Desde las Heridas, and various other journals and

Raúl’s newest book, All Our Brown-Skinned Angels, is available
from MoonPath Press (

Thanks to Finally Found Books, Striped Water Poets, and the NorthWest
Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except in July & August)

& Poetry Day of the Week Listings
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday November 13, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

A special night as poets featured
in the new anthology:
Here There and Everywhere
Edited by Michael Dylan Welch
A Rasp Anthology
will be sharing poems.

congratulations to M.D. Welch
who has been named the new
Redmond Poet Laureate.


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.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Coming in December
Brendan McBreen and Striped Water
Poets reading. Brendan will be leaving
to study in Australia soon. Plan on
enjoying his poetry along with other
Auburn, Wa area Striped Water Poets.
November 10 2 p.m. Gig Harbor
The 6th series of fall poetry readings
of the Pierce count library wraps up
on Sunday November 10th at 2 p.m.
With a special feature reading

From Tom Crawford
And Tess Gallagher

– an afternoon you won`t want
to miss!


The Gig Harbor Pierce County
Library is located at 4424 Point
Fosdick Drive Northwest.
Thanks to the generous
sponsorship of The Friends
of the Gig Harbor Library,
attendance is free.

November 20 Woodinville

Wednesday, November 20
at 7:00 pm

Feature: Larry Crist
Plus open mic

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-
Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
and 140th Avenue NE),
Woodinville, WA

Hosted by Clark Crouch and
Virginia Cook.
Emceed by Terry Busch.

Thursday November 14 Everett, WA
From Duane Kirby Jensen

November 14
Musical Guest:
Jessica Sorensen

Featured Poet:
Matt Gano

Matt Gano ​​is author of
Suits for the Swarm, a
poetry collection from
MoonPath Press, and has
been writing and teaching
professionally since 2004.
In 2011 he was invited to
lecture as a guest speaker
for The Juilliard School in
NYC and performed as a
featured poet for
“Page Meets Stage,” at the
Bowery Poetry Club. He was
Writer-in-Residence at the
Lee Shau Kee School of
Creativity in Hong Kong in
2009, and led creative writing
workshops the previous year
for the Youth Creativity
Summit in Seoul, Korea.
He has represented Seattle
at the National Poetry Slam
multiple years and is the
2008 Seattle Grand-Slam
champion. Matt is currently
an Artist-in-Residence with
Seattle Arts and Lectures,
Writers in the Schools.

Matt’s poetry has appeared
in Drawn To The Light, an
anthology for the Skagit
River Poetry Festival, and
Bestiary Magazine. Other
published work includes
chapbooks: Up From the Mine,
Bones For The Builder,
Music Maker,
Welcome Home,
I Eight the Infinite and
Art Barker, a poetry LP
entitled “Music Maker,”
and a live recording
entitled “A Giant’s Pulse.


November 21:
Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet:
Dobbie Reese Norris

Dobbie Reese Norris is a
poet, writer and raconteur.
He is a former Wordsworth
curator, for the the Seattle
City Council

His works have been
published in various
anthologies including
Within Walking Distance,
The Little Red Studio
Anthology of Poets -2009,
and in the fall 2010 release
of Many Trails to the Summit,
a Rose Alley Publication of
Seattle area poets.

Dobbie’s latest CD
is Eclectic Out Loud.

He is also the founding member
of the FloatingMountainPoets,
a performing troupe of poets
which also include dancers,
aerialists, singers,
percussionists and burlesque
stylists in their shows. In
2011, FMP was selected by
Theater Puget Sound for
writing and performing at
several venues around the

However, Dobbie is best known
for being the originator, host of
and contributor to one the longest
running reading series in Seattle;
WRITERS which ended in 2012
at a coffee shop in the Bitter
Lake community.
You can contact
Dobbie directly at


November 28 ~
~ -Closed-


December 5

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet:
Lauren Banka

Lauren Banka is a
nationally recognized
performance poet.

Friday, November 22 Redmond

Friday November 22nd
at 7-9 pm

Peter Ludwin
Featured Reader

plus open Mic

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center, Room 206,
16600 NE 80th St.,
Redmond, WA
Redmond Association of
Spokenword (RASP)
November 27 — West Seattle, WA

From Leopoldo Seguel

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings
4th Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)
Moreah Vestan
Judy Pigott
(Moreah -West Seattle resident returns. Judy will be a first time featured reader at Pomes & Tails)
From David D Horowitz — Various


Poetry at The Good Shepherd Center
Belle Randall, Bethany Reid, Michael Spence, and Richard Wakefield
Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
E-mail: David,

Working Poet: Work on Work, #3
Rick Clark, Sharon Cumberland, Scott Galasso, Don Kentop, Raul Sanchez, David Thornbrugh, and Lindsey Walker
Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
E-mail: David,

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Book Fair
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 27 – March 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle
Booth #J29
E-mail: Cynthia Sherman,
David D. Horowitz–at Rose Alley Press booth, shared w/Phoebe Bosche of Raven Chronicles

Public about Privacy: Poems and Stories about Privacy
Dennis Caswell, Victoria Ford, Kristen McHenry, Rebecca Meredith, Judith Skillman, Michael Spence, and David D. Horowitz
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 p.m.
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
E-mail: David,

Also, please visit the following sites: (classes, events) (Elliott Bay Book Company) (Open Books) (Edmonds Bookshop)
The 2013 Jack Straw Writers are reading and performing throughout Seattle and the region in the coming months, including a series of readings at the University Book Store, a group reading at the Downtown Seattle Public Library, and an evening of original music by the Bushwick Book Club inspired by their work.

The 2013 Jack Straw Writers, selected by Curator Stephanie Kallos, are Daemond Arrindell, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Dennis Caswell, Larry Crist, Josephine Ensign, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jay McAleer, Peter Munro, Emily Perez, Judith Skillman, Corry Venema-Weiss, and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke.

Applications for our 2014 Artist Residency Programs – including the Writers Program – are available now on our web site!

Saturday, Nov. 9, 8pm: The Bushwick Book Club at The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents an evening of music inspired by theJack Straw 2013 Writers Anthology
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30pm: Family Affairs at the Rendezvous/Jewel Box Theater
2322 2nd Ave, Seattle
Dennis Caswell, Josephine Ensign, Jay McAleer, Peter Munro, Judith Skillman, and Corry Venema-Weiss join Jack Straw resident artist Jennifer Jasper for her monthly series of family-inspired performance.

More Readings
Courtesy of PoetsWest
Listings in this section
courtesy of PoetsWest

Thanks PoetsWest

Remember to listen to the PoetsWest on
the Road Home program now airing live
every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (PT)
on KSER 90.7 FM from Everett WA
The broadcast is available via streaming
by going to
and following the Listen Live links.

Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma
Distinguished Writer Series features Peter Ludwin. Free event. Open mic sign-up 6:30 p.m. Contact Connie Walle


Friday, November 8 at 7:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave. between Pike & Pine Sts. on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Fall Poetry Reading with Chris Dombrowski and Derek Sheffield. Contact


Saturday, November 9 from 12 to 2 pm
Finally Found Books, 3705 Auburn Way N, Auburn WA
Day of the Dead reading and discussion with Raul Sanchez. Contact


Saturday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Reader’s Choice features Scott Galasso, David Matthews, Athena Nation, Naomi Tomlinson. Open mic. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or send us an e-mail.


Saturday, November 9 at 10 am to 1 pm.
Raven Chronicles’ Office, Jack Straw Bldg, 909 NE 43rd St., Room 205, Seattle
Write Prose Like a Poet workshop taught by Janée J. Baugher. Reduced fee $45 payable by check, made out to “Raven Chronicles.” E-mail intent to register to, Subject: Baugher Workshop. More info at or call 206.941.2955.


Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 pm
Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham WA
Vanishing Ice Series: Ethical Actions for a Planet in Peril with Kathleen Dean Moore. Museum members free; non-members $5 admission. More info at


Saturday, November 9 from 2 pm to 8 or 9 pm.
St. James Presbyterian Church, 910-14th Street, Bellingham WA
World Peace Read-in! and Write-on! Part of world-wide poetathon launched October 23, 2013 by World Poetry Canada. Take part in Bellingham or organize an event in your area. Free event. Musicians are welcome. If you would like to lead a 30-minute “Write-On!” workshop, or to donate lighting and sound system, or film crew to help us get some or all of it on cd and telecast/streaming, contact us. Event Organizers, Shannon Laws, Betty Scott, C.J. Prince and Carla Shafer in Bellingham, WA. Contact


Sunday, November 10 from 3 to 5 pm
Skagit Historical Museum, 501 S 4th St, La Conner, WA
Georgia Johnson is organizing an Ish River poetry reading with Nancy Pagh, Kip Bisagna, and Bob Skeele. Cost: Donation. (The Robert Sund PH will receive one half of the donations!) There will be another reading on December 8 – location TBA. Contact 360.466.3365.


Sunday, November 10 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St., Bellingham WA
Like a Planet: Poetry Writing Workshop with James Bertolino. $50, register at 778-8961 or More info at


Sunday, November 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave., Portland, OR
Studio Series features Henry Carlile and Karen Holmberg. Open mic. Free event. Contact Leah Stenson


Monday, November 11 at 7 pm
Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA
Bilingual Poetry Reading: Author and translator, Michael Daley, reads from his recent translation of Alter Mundus, poems by Lucia Gazzino, published in bilingual edition by Pleasure Boat Studio of New York. Alipio Terenzi will read Ms. Gazzino’s poems in the original Italian. Contact 360-671-2626 or


Monday, November 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave. NE #A, Seattle
Open mic with Wedgwood Words & Music (aka Wedgwood WAM). Contact


Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA
Spec Fic/Sci Fi Writing Group meets. Contact


Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact


Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle
Poetry reading by Belle Randall, Bethany Reid, Michael Spence, and Richard Wakefield. Free event. Contact David D. Horowitz


Tuesday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features Gray Brian Thomas. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact


Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00pm-8:30pm
Village Books Readings Gallery, 1200 11th St., Bellingham
Workshop “What ‘Type’ of Writer are You?” with Cami Ostman. $10. Register online for this course.


Wednesday, November 13 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact


Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA
PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features RASP Anthology Reading: Here, There and Everywhere. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact


Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm
Scratch Deli, 1718 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Rain City Slam features all ages open mic. Admission $3. Contact or see


Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA
Fiction Writing Group meets. Contact


Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to and following the Listen Live links.


Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Nite. All ages. Free admission. Sign up begins at 7pm. Open mic 7:30-9pm. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen


Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Ballard Branch SPL, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle
It’s About Time Writers Reading Series features TBA. Open mic. Contact Katie Tynan


Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Fogdog gallery, 233 N Olympic Ave., across from City Hall, Arlington WA
Features TBA. Open mic. Contact Claire Cundiff 505.660.6825 or


Thursday, November 14 at 7pm
Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B, (St. James & Minnehaha), Vancouver, WA
Ghost Town Poetry features Maggie Chula. Open mic. Contact


Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE Olympia, WA
Poetry event with Kathleen Flenniken, WA State Poet Laureate. Poet/playwright Barbara Gibson and students from Capital High School, Olympia High School and Nova Middle School also read their work. Contact 360.352.0595.


Friday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA
Whatcom Young Writers Group meets. Contact


Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle
“Working Poet: Work on Work, #3″: poetry, stories from Rick Clark, Sharon Cumberland, Scott Galasso, Don Kentop, Raul Sanchez, David Thornbrugh, & Lindsey Walker. Contact David


Friday, November 15 at 5:30pm-8:30pm
Village Books Readings Gallery, 1200 11th St., Bellingham
Workshop The Greatest Marketing Tool” with Alice Acheson. $60.Register online for this course.