March Northwest Poetry

March 11, 2014

March 11th Edition

Lots to share with you this time. I hope you’ll experience a live literary or poetry reading soon. Come to listen or bring a poem to share at the many open-mics. See the new Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen or experience a Words and Music house concert.

Also there’s info here to submit some poems or essays too. ENJOY!
Anyone who has a library and
a garden wants for nothing.
— – Cicero

“No matter how busy you may
think you are, you must find time
for reading, or surrender yourself
to self-chosen ignorance.”
– Confucius

“We read to know we are
not alone.”
– C.S. Lewis

Questions? Additions? Email me
at emeraldchris@yahoo.com

First– Readings I’m directly involved in (curating/hosting and or performing/reading in the near future).

Then– Readings acquaintances have let me know about that I think are worth trying to attend.

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

Wednesday March 12, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

A memorable evening as we welcome

Karen Bonaudi


Our new Washington State
Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Austen

plus Open Mic


Karen Bonaudi has been writing for food since 1982, but a poet since 5th grade. She has led poetry workshops in elementary schools, taught adult creative writing classes, conducted workshops and critique panels, and been a member of the All Bets Are Off performance troupe. A long-time board member and former president of the Washington Poets Association, she has given readings in many locations and events, including a gaff-rigged topsail schooner.

Among other publications, her poetry has appeared in the Bellingham Review, South Dakota Review, Pontoon 2, The Far Field, Snow Monkey, and WPA’s Cascade Journal and on-line whispers & shouts. Her chapbook Editing a Vapor Trail was published by Pudding House Press. She lives and works as a private marketing contractor in Renton, where she edits http://www.sirensrock.com and publishes others’ books.

Elizabeth Austen is a recovering actor, beginning cellist and frequent solo hiker. She emigrated to Seattle via Greyhound bus in 1989, after living in such diverse locales as London, Chicago, Dallas and Elmer (New Jersey). Her debut collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She’s also the author of two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010). Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily, and in journals and anthologies. Elizabeth is the literary producer for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9. She earned an MFA at Antioch University LA, and teaches at Richard Hugo House. She’s currently serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate.


Next Reading April 9:
Our feature is Joannie Stangeland plus we’ll have fun with our
annual BAAAD Poetry Open Mic

Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used independent bookstores on the EastSide. 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

March 26,  7 p.m. West Seattle,

C&P Coffee Spring Series
Wed., March 26 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

C&P Coffee Co.
5612 California Ave SW,
West Seattle.

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

4th Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

April 23
Larry Crist

Wednesday April 2

The Station Bistro Poetry Night

celebrates it’s 2nd Anniversary
(and begins Year 3)

with Featured poets:

Christopher J. Jarmick
Robinson Bolkum

7 p.m.

plus Open Mic!

The Station Bistro is located at:
110 2nd Street Suite 125
Auburn, WA 98003


From Jerry Libstaff 3/13 — Gig Harbor

The Muse at Morso featuring:
Kevin Miller
plus Open Mic
March 13, 2014 7pm in the Gallery
presented in conjunction with Watermark Writers
Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor
9014 Peacock Hill Avenue at North Harborview Drive

From Connie Walle 3/14 Tacoma, WA

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Presents The Distinguished Writer Series
March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
at Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

FEATURING: Dennis Caswell
Dennis Caswell lives outside Woodinville and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His work has appeared in assorted journals and anthologies, and he was selected for the 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program. His full-length collection Phlogiston was published by Floating Bridge Press in 2012.

Puget Sound Poetry Connection


From Jerry Libstaff 3/15 —
Key Peninsula -Vaughn, Wa

Words and Music begins the 2014 season this Saturday, March 15 with two fantastic entertainers.

Our Words will be presented by Matthew Brouwer, a performance poet and teaching artist.

His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create an evocative, enlivening combination. Brouwer has performed throughout the west and has been featured in literary, performance and visual arts showcases. He is author of five books, leads workshops and retreats for adults and facilitates a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.

Matthew says, “each one of us has a poetic spark. I love to bring my work to places where people do not often have a chance to share their own unique voices.”

Music will be presented by Eugene Ruffolo.

A prolific and deeply personal singer songwriter. Rolling Stones says of Eugene, “Masculine, yet sensitive and elegant at the same time. An utterly intruiging voice.” With seven albums including a new CD of Italian songs to be released this year. Eugene regularly tours the U S and Europe. His highly acclaimed music has been included in several major motion pictures and television shows. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Kenny Loggins, David Wilcox, Run DMC, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Spyra Gyra, to name just a few.

We are limited to 65 so please call 253-778-6559 or respond to this email for reservations.
You’ll also get directions.
Seats are $20. This includes both artists plus all food and beverages.
Tweed Meyer will be on hand to sketch and paint the artists as they work.
Presented by Watermark Writers, a 501 (c) 3
From Clark Crouch 3/ 19 Woodinville, WA

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Featured Poets:

Peggy Barnett
Erica Michael

plus open mic


The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA
PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Peggy Barnett and Erika Michael. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch and Virginia Cook. Emceed by Terry Busch. Contact ccrouch@thecreekside.net.
From David Horowitz

Poetry on Bainbridge Island
Jenifer Browne Lawrence,
Joannie Stangeland,
Annette Spaulding-Convy

3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014
Eagle Harbor Book Company,
157 Winslow Way East, Winslow
(on Bainbridge Island)
Telephone: 206-842-5332
E-mail: http://www.eagleharborbooks.com/contact (online form)
URL: http://www.eagleharborbooks.com


Wednesday March 26th 7 p.m.

Public about Privacy: Poems and Stories about Privacy

Poetry, Stories:
Dennis Caswell, Victoria Ford,
Kristen McHenry, Rebecca Meredith,
Bethany Reid, Michael Spence,
& David D. Horowitz

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Telephone: David D. Horowitz, 206-633-2725
E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com


Poetry at University Book Store

Poetry: Joannie Stangeland
& Marjorie Manwaring

7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014
University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle
Telephone: 206-634-3400
E-mail: Sarina Sheth, outreach@ubookstore.com
URL: http://www.ubookstore.com


Poetry in Edmonds

Poetry, Prose:
Sheila Bender, Raul Sanchez,
Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland,
& Jeff Stilwell
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014

Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: David D. Horowitz, 206-633-2725; Mary Kay Sneeringer, 425-775-2789
E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com; Mary Kay Sneeringer, edmondsbookshop@msn.com
URL: http://www.rosealleypress.com


Poetry at Parnassus
Poetry: Melissa Cannon & David D. Horowitz
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike,
Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: 615-953-2243
E-mail: David, rosealleypress@juno.com; Lauren, events@parnassusbooks.net
URL: http://www.parnassusbooks.net/


Skagit River Poetry Festival Book Fair
Book Fair Table: David D. Horowitz
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Friday, May 16th; 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, La Conner, Washington (main festival site)
Telephone: David, 206-633-2725
E-mail: Linda Talman, linda.talman@gmail.com
URL: https://www.skagitriverpoetry.org

From Linda Strever March 19th Olympia, WA

Dear Friends–
I have the good fortune of doing two (!) Olympia readings in a single week, both at
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe!

Traditions Website Here

So a reminder that I’m the featured reader
for the Olympia Poetry Network on
Wed., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Feature: Linda Strever

And I have the good fortune to be reading
in fine company for
Fine Madness literary journal
on Fri., March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Thanks for your enduring support!!
Linda Strever Website

From Tanya McDonald 3/20
Redmond, WA

I am pleased to announce that on
Thursday March 20,
haiku poets
Terry Ann Carter
Carole MacRury

will be the featured readers at
Soul Food Books in Redmond, WA.

The reading starts at 7pm, and will be
followed by an open mic until 9pm.

Come support your fellow haiku poets, and feel free to bring up to 3 minutes-worth of poems to read on stage.

Before the reading, we will be gathering for dinner across the parking lot at Canyons Restaurant. If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please email me at haikuchicken@gmail.com so I know how many people to tell the restaurant to expect. In order to have an unrushed dinner, let’s meet at Canyons between 5 and 5:15. (I know how haiku poets like to chat…) If you can’t make it until later, that’s fine, but please let me know if you can.

Here’s a link to the Soul Food poetry site:

Hope to see you on Thursday March 20 for a great night of friends and poetry!



From Leopoldo Seguel
February 26 7 p.m. West Seattle, WA

C&P Coffee Spring Series
Wed., March 26 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

C&P Coffee Co.
5612 California Ave SW,
West Seattle.

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

4th Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

April 23
Larry Crist

May 28


There are several things going on in
connection with National Poetry Month
brought to you by

The Academy of American Poets


The Academy of American Poets has launched an educational project for National Poetry Month 2014 called Poet-to-Poet.
The Academy would love to have as many young people as possible submit their poems for possible publication! The lesson plans range from grades 3-12. The submission deadline is late April.

Poet-to-Poet is a multimedia project that invites young people to write poems in response to those shared by award-winning contemporary poets who serve on the Academy’s honorary Board of Chancellors. Participants are encouraged to submit their response poems to the Academy for possible publication on Poets.org, which will be relaunching in April with a whole new look.

For educators hoping to bring Poet-to-Poet into the classroom, the Academy has worked with a curriculum specialist to create two Common Core aligned lesson plans to accompany the project.

Click on the link :
Go here Poet to Poet
for details on this and many other things happening in April.


P.S. Poem in Your Pocket Day will be held on April 24 throughout the United States.
Here’s more info: poets.org/pocket.

Stacy Lasner
Publicity & Outreach Coordinator
Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
(P) 212-274-0343 x22

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Academy of American Poets

April 24: Poem in Your Pocket Day and Poetry & the Creative Mind



Vol. 20, Summer 2014 Issue:
Personal Sound Tracks; Soundscapes;
The Sound Track of Your Life
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Publication: Summer, 2014

Everyone’s life has it’s own “soundtrack” — certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Sometimes the sounds awaken memories that are tender, that we treasure; other times we’re reminded of losses, or traumas, or how ridiculous we once were. Whatever the memory, there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting…. That song that gets stuck in your head! Write about how a piece of music, or another type of sound or lack of sound, came to be part of your personal narrative/story. The sounds of silence; silent spring; musicians and composers; lip syncing. Do lives, like movies, have soundtracks? Is there something besides the music of an era that binds us together with a particular group of people? Couples have “our song.” Extended families or groups of people are often bound together by music.

Wanted: poems, essays, fiction/non-fiction, and artwork on this theme. Stories, memories, desires, family legends, half-buried truths, images, your rants and raves, your good experiences and bad, the worst and the best and, above all, send us your dreams.

(NB: We will also be taking submissions of audio files. Stay tuned for that information.)

General Guidelines:
Send a maximum of 3 poems. Focus is on content that melds with form — whether traditional or experimental.

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Essays:
Send 3,500-4,000 words, double-spaced, 12 point type. Experimental work is always of interest. We accept short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone.

Rants, Raves, Reviews and Interviews:
Do you have a book you would like to review? Someone you are dying to interview? PLEASE let us know – we may feel the same way!

Black & White drawings, photos, illustrations, etchings. We are always looking for illustrators for stories, poems. We are fond of well-drawn Ravens and other Corvids! Contact us for ideas. Submissions: e-mail as a jpeg or pdf attachment. If we choose your artwork, we will contact you about how to submit.

Regular Features:
In each issue we print work related to the following themes/context:
Spoken Word;
Poetics (essays or interviews);
Memorials/ Odes to Persons, Places & Things;
Mapping the Terrain/Cultural Geography (translations);
Food & Culture; The Northwest/ Nature Writing.


POETRY: Submit up to 3 poems.
FICTION OR CREATIVE NONFICTION: Submit up to 4,000 words.
SEND A COVER LETTER with contact information, titles of work you are sending, and BRIEF bio.
Send a SASE, Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope, with your work. All work submitted must include a SASE (or we cannot return your work or reply to your submissions).
Include Page Numbers and Author’s name on all pages submitted.
Addressed To: On your envelope include the appropriate editor you are sending work to, Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor, or Nonfiction Editor. And mail all work to: Raven Chronicles, 12346 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98125
International Submissions: We accept e-mail submissions ONLY from writers living outside the U.S.A. E-mail work attached as RTF or MS Word.doc or PDF. Do not embed work in e-mail message. Please use the following text in your subject line: Int’l Submission, ________ Editor.
Only Submit one batch of poems or one prose piece for each print issue/theme.
Previously published work: we sometimes publish previously published work; inquire about it.
Simultaneous submissions are NOT accepted. This is a change in our policy.
Submissions received outside of the reading period/deadline will be returned unread.

The Raven Chronicles publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia, and other regions. We promote art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility. We publish fiction, talk art/spoken word, poetry, essays, reflective articles, reviews, interviews and contemporary art. We look for work that reflects the author’s experiences, perceptions and insights. We publish work by emerging and veteran writers.
All contributors receive two copies of the magazine (only one if you live outside the US) and, sometimes, a small payment, (generally in the $10-$40 range). We try to pay contributors, but this isn’t always possible. Payment will be sent after the magazine has been distributed. We buy first rights as well as the rights to use your name and the accepted work, with your agreement, on our website, but all rights revert to you upon publication. We ask that Raven Chronicles be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of your work accepted. but all rights remain with you.

We try to respond to submissions within a reasonable period. If you haven’t heard within 3 months, write or email us. Our staff is small and dedicated: we do the best we can!


STATEWIDE – After 42 years of promoting poetry and poets in the state, the Washington Poets Association (WPA) elected last year to dissolve its 501(c)(3) organization and donate the remaining treasury funds of $21,000 toward the Washington State Poet Laureate program.
“In this bittersweet moment, we celebrate all the great years of the Washington Poets Association events, its people and its accomplishments,” said Karen Bonaudi, of the WPA Board of Directors. “We look forward to the Washington State Poet Laureate program and others keeping torches and quiet candles alight.”

Angel Latterell, the last president of the Association, noted that poetry is extensively served locally now, with readings, workshops, awards and publications, which was not the case in 1971.

The WPA gift will provide funds for the cost-effective program, which helps build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s rich legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and other activities in communities throughout the state. For more on the activities of the current state poet laureate, Elizabeth Austen, visit humanities.org/programs/washington-state-poet-laureate or wapoetlaureate.org.

The WPA, along with the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, worked with legislators and Governor Chris Gregoire to secure passage of legislation to establish the Washington State Poet Laureate position in 2007.

“We are so grateful, and so honored, to have these funds directed toward the Washington State Poet Laureate program,” said Humanities Washington Executive Director Julie Ziegler. “The laureate is an essential tool for sparking a love of poetry in Washingtonians of all ages, from all over the state.”

The Washington State Poet Laureate program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In April 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that established the Washington State Poet Laureate position and recognized the value of poetry to the culture and heritage of the state. Kathleen Flenniken served as the Washington State Poet Laureate for a two-year term beginning January 2012; Sam Green served as the first Washington State Poet Laureate from 2008-10. More about the activities of the Washington State Poet Laureate can be found on the Humanities Washington website.


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