March 25, 2014

NaPoWriMo is coming. . .   NaPoWriMo is coming . . .


So the writer who breeds more words than he needs,
is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
― Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)


Starting on MONDAY This Poetry is Everything Blogwill be updated
daily with suggested writing prompts and challenges so you can be part of
NaPoWriMo (aka National Poetry Writing Month) which challenges YOU
to write at least one poem each and every day of April.

Many participants accept challenges and prompts and post or share
their creations (no matter how raw and unfinished they may be).

Join the fun!


Tomorrow night — I’m one of the 3 Featured Readers that will be kicking off

the 5th Year of readings at C and P Coffee in West
Seattle (Wednesday March 26th
7 to 9 p.m.). Features, Open Mic, FREE
details below!!!

On April 2nd, Robinson Bolkum and I will be celebrating

the 3rd Year of Readings at the Station Bistro in Auburn

(7 to 9 p.m.).
details on your right too.


To feel most beautifully alive means
to be reading something beautiful,
ready always to apprehend in the
flow of language the sudden flash
of poetry.
Gaston Bachelard


Two trucks loaded with a thousand
copies of Roget’s Thesaurus
collided as they left a New York
publishing house last week,
according to the Associated Press.
Witnesses were stunned, startled,
aghast, taken aback, stupefied,
appalled, surprised, shocked
and rattled.
– – Alan Schlein

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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

& Poetry Day of the Week Listings

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

Wednesday April 9, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

A special evening for April (Poetry Month)
is planned!

Our official featured reader is
Joannie Stangeland

we may be visited by
Thomas Hubbard

plus Baaad Poetry on
the Open Mic

Bring your own Bad Poetry to read
or select some pre-screened Baad
Poetry written by well known poets
and a few famous celebrities too.
No one is immune and for Poetry
Month we celebrate it all.

We learn more from our failures
then from our successes. — (many
people are quoted as having said
a version of this. I’ve failed to identify
the most likely culprit)

“I have not failed. I’ve just
found 10,000 ways that
won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

Anyway… I’ve been doing this sort of thing
for several years and it’s always a lot of

Good stuff from Joannie Stangeland and
possibly Thomas Hubbard

and Baad Poetry.

(and Joanie’s got a new book!!!).
Bio next time.


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

March 26 7 p.m. West Seattle,

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

The 5th year of 4th Wednesday
readings at C & P Coffe
curated and hosted by Leopoldo
Seguel kicks off THIS Wednesday
with THREE Featured readers!

March 26 7 to 9 p.m.
Poetry Bridge features:

Janee J. Baugher
Christopher J. Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

Janée J. Baugher is author of the poetry collections, The Body’s Physics and Coördinates of Yes. Her performance venues include Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival and the Library of Congress, and she’s had her poetry adapted for the stage at University of Cincinnati and Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She teaches literature at University of Phoenix and creative writing at Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska.

Cheryl Latif Prior to emigrating to live under the skies of the Pacific Northwest in 2001, Cheryl Latif was host and curator of San Diego’s nationally known reading, Poetic Brew at the Claire de Lune. She has served as a contest judge for the San Diego Writers Cooperative, (2002); Berkeley’s Bay Area Poets Coalition (2003); and San Diego’s African American Writers and Artists (2003). Her poems have appeared in local, regional and national publications, including New Millennium Writings,The Comstock Review, Green Hills Literary Review as well as in anthologies of California poets, and public art exhibitions. Her columns have run in the Bainbridge Islander and Marketing News. She is the author of two chapbooks, transformations(1999) and rain on my tongue (2000); a limited-edition handmade book of 17 new and selected poems, tears & ash, was produced in 2003. She now resides in West Seattle.


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


April 10th — Everett

Early heads up for this special
gathering of poets on
Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

It’s Everett Poetry Nite
Cafe Zippy LLC,
2811 Wetmore Ave.
in downtown Everett, WA
Several poets will be reading from
the new poetry anthology Randomly
Accessed Poetics including:
Annette Kluth, Andy Wilson, Larry Crist,
Carla Blaschka, Liz Fountain,
Moris Stegosaurus, Duane Kirby Jensen,
Mark Wirth, Chris Jarmick,Brandon Pitts,
PurpleMark, Raul Sanchez,
Christine Marie Clarke and
publisher/editor William Lindberg.
Congrats again to Richard Gold and
PONGO who were recently featured
on PBS’ News Hour. Good to see
the excellent PONGO getting more

PBS WEBSITE Update about this
is here to check out!

From David Fewster


The pilot issue of “Seattle Tales of Beatnik
Glory: The Red Sky Poetry Theater
History Project” will be available at Open
Books in Wallingford before April 1st.
Included in this slim volume is a
mission statement, old photos, scattered
ephemera, poems by Charlie Burks, Bart
Baxter, Nico Vassilakis, Don Wilsun,
Crysta Casey, Harvey Goldner, Roberto
Valenza, and a trip down memory lane
from Willie Smith. The price is marked $2,
but if interested parties say “Groucho,
the secret word is Red Sky” at the counter,
there will be no charge. Any inquiries can be
directed to davidfewster@netscape.net.

From Margaret Roncone

2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Queen Anne

wants to make sure you know
where to find the nomadic poets
of Queen Anne on the 2nd and 4th
Tuesdays. As last reported
they had moved from Cafe Zingarro
to T.S. McHugh’s but it was too
noisy and boisterous for sharing
poetry so there’s a new place
where poets gather around a table
and share poetry informally

The new place to do that on the
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
is at Uptown Expresso on lower QA.
The meet takes place 7-8:30 p.m.

The address is 525 Queen Anne. Ave.
just north of the Uptown Theatre.

Now you know and can join or
re-join the several regulars.who
gather there.

From David Horowitz

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



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.



P.S. Poem in Your Pocket Day will be held on April 24 throughout the United States.

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

From Puget Sound Connection
Free Workshop in Tacoma !!!

Hey Everyone!

Saturday, April 19,
Sue Pivietta, member of the
collective, business owner and
self publishing author, will take
the Hilltop Women Writing
on an exploration into
self publishing!

Why I Self Publish
Why You Should
or Should Not
Do the Same

Saturday, April 19
1310 MLK WAY

Refreshments Provided

Please feel free to bring a dish of your
own to share!

Please RSVP for this free workshop at

Hilltop Women’s Writing Collective
1310 MLK Way
Tacoma, WA 98405


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!


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