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Summer NorthWest Readings July to September

July 17, 2014

Lots to share!

“Play around.
Dive into absurdity
and write.
Take chances.
You will succeed
if you are fearless
of failure.”
Natalie Goldberg ,
WritingDown the Bones

“You should always be
trying to write a poem
you are unable to write,
a poem you lack the
technique, the language,
the courage to achieve.
Otherwise you’re merely
imitating yourself, going
nowhere, because that’s
always easiest.”
― John Berryman

“When I am writing, I am
trying to find out who I am,
who we are, what we’re
capable of, how we feel,
how we lose and stand up,
and go on from darkness
into darkness. I’m trying for
that. But I’m also trying for
the language. I’m trying to
see how it can really sound.
I really love language. I love it
for what it does for us, how it
allows us to explain the pain
and the glory, the nuances
and delicacies of our existence.
And then it allows us to laugh,
allows us to show wit. Real wit
is shown in language. We need
language.”
– – Maya Angelou

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Friday July 25th 2014 7 p.m.

Downtown Seattle
An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
and
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street

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FROM RAVEN’S CHRONICLES

JULY 27 1 P.M. START Capitol Hill, Seattle

Memorial for Marion Kimes,
doyenne of Red Sky Poetry Theatre

Procession, potluck, and reading honors Seattle poet
and mentor .

A celebration of the life of poet Marion Kimes will be
held on Sunday, July 27, beginning at 1 pm on
Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Poet and musician Martha Linehan will lead a
procession from one of Kimes’ favorite haunts, the
Coastal Kitchen at 429 15th Ave. E, Seattle 98112
to the Spring Street Center on 15th Ave.

The gathering at the Center, from 2-5 pm, will honor
Kimes for her long stewardship of Red Sky
Poetry Theatre.

Poetry readings, a potluck, music, and an open mike
session will begin at 2 pm. The list of writers and
musicians scheduled to perform includes

Paul Nelson,margareta waterman,

David Lloyd Whited, MichaelHureaux,

Judith Roche, Elliott Bronstein,

Paul Hunter, Gretta Harley,

and Wally Shoup.

Guests are encouraged to bring finger food and a poem or two to share.

The Texas-born Kimes, described by “neo-Beat” drum
poet Ralph La Charity as a “pale, near frail-appearing
FIREBRAND,” showed up on the local scene in the early 1980s.

Kimes’s performances, often self-accompanied with a simple drum pattern, would start with a quiet drawl, and then build to an operatic crescendo. Her name grew almost synonymous with Red Sky Poetry Theatre, the longest-running weekly poetry series and open mike in Seattle history. The group hosted readings for 18 years in venues throughout the city,

including the Ditto Tavern and Globe Café, and organized events like An Alternative to Loud Boats (ALTB) festival.

In addition to presiding as emcee over Red Sky’s open mike, Kimes befriended and mentored many writers, encouraging them to perfect their art through live performance. In her own words:

writers lay out their creations,
artists the work of their hands.
In galleries, cafes, theatres,
in festivals, their words
break forth upon the air,
their works, set out exactly,
must be heard, gazed upon,
in a sense trampled and broken apart,
lit by a living audience
to be scattered, to enter this universe.
We are called to listen, observe,
accept or reject art.
No one can do our work for us.

—from ”Called” by Marion Kimes

1988, Censorship broadside for ALTB Arts Festival

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Saturday August 2nd, 2014

Hobo Poets: Christopher J. Jarmick
and David Thornbrugh

will be performing with the cast of
The Suitcases Project
(approx. 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

at the TK 10th Anniversary
ART OF THE CITY
Street Fair

115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle

Details below
and at THIS WEBSITE
http://streetfair.tklofts.com/
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IT’S ALMOST AUGUST POETRY
POSTCARD TIME!
Find out all about it and be part
of it by clicking here.

AUGUST POST CARD INFO

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From J. Glenn Evans
July 25 7 p.m. Downtown Seattle

An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
and
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber
Music Society

Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street

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From Connie Walle and PSPC

July 19 1 p.m. Tacoma

Bonnie Wright
reads at Museum of Glass
Her new book:
Kings of the Rock and Roll
Hot Shop

Bonnie lives in Louisville, Kentucky
and has three prior full length
collections from Red Hen Press.
She moved to Portland in 1980
(from Kentucky) until 1986.
In 1993, she moved back to
Portland from Kentucky to start
new jobs and raise children.
She was on the faculty at
Concordia University.
In 2005 Bonnie and her husband
returned to Kentucky, though
family members still live in
Portland and Seattle.

Details on Reading here.
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From Michael Dylan Welch

July 19, 20 2014 SEE Below Redmond, WA

Poets in the Park
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11am to 5pm

Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA
Poets in the Park: Poetry Picnic, Festival and Book Fair, a free event open to the public. Poetry readings on three stages / drop-in workshops / poetry book swap / bring a picnic lunch / poetry labyrinth / art installations / outdoor café. For more info, contact Joshua Heim, Arts

Administrator, at 425-556-2316 or jmheim@redmond.gov.

Visit the website here

Kirkland’s Park Place Books is setting up
Tables for book sales WITHOUT charging
Commissions!!! Support Rebecca
And Mary and Park Place Books in Kirkland
one of the few New and Used Bookstore that
supports poets, poetry and writers above
and beyond…..

Poets in Park 2

Saturday & Sunday, July 19 and 20, 2014
Redmond Senior Center,
8703 190 Ave. NE, Redmond, WA

(Check for times)

Poets in the Park — Poetry Conference and Book Fair co-sponsored by the City of Redmond and RASP. More info: Poetry in the Parks.

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From David D. Horowitz

July 18 & 19th and August. . . See Below
FROM David Horowitz

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Annual Autograph Party

Friday, July 18, 2014,
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (approximate)
Table Space: David D. Horowitz

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center,
17620 International Boulevard, SeaTac, Washington
Telephone: PNWA, 425-673-2665
E-mail: PNWA, pnwa@pnwa.org

PNWA WEBSITE HERE
URL: http://www.pnwa.org

AND

Poets in the Park
Rose Alley Press Poets Reading
Saturday, July 19, 2014, Time TBA (workshops, readings, and bookstore,
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and perhaps longer)

Poetry: Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz

Anderson Park,
7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington
Telephone: Park Administration, 425-556-2386

E-mail: Michael Dylan Welch, welchm@aol.com

URL: http://www.raspread.com; https://sites.google.com/site/graceguts

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

PoetsWest
Poetry, “Reader’s Choice”:
David D. Horowitz, two others TBA, and open mic
Seattle Public Library,
Green Lake Branch,
7364 East Green Lake Drive North,
Seattle
Telephone: Library, 206-684-7547

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
BELLINGHAM
Poetry Night
Poetry:
David D. Horowitz
and open mic
Bellingham Public Library (Downtown),
210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, WA
PoetryNite Website
http://blog.poetrynight.org/

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Saturday August 2nd Seattle

DON’T MISS THIS !!!!

Art Fair
Performances, Readings, Music
Art, Dance, Music, Poetry,
FREE
11 A.M. TO 9 P.M.

ART OF THE CITY
Art Street Fair
The TK LOFT All DAY
(Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
10th Anniversary Celebration)
Indoor/Outdoor Street Fair

FREE
LIVE MUSIC
LIVE PAINTING
INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE
STAGED & IMPROMPTU
PERFORMANCES
POETRY
Outdoor Stages
Indoor Performances
GUEST ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
ARTISAN BOOTHS
PIG ROAST
FOOD TRUCKS
25 OPEN GALLERIES & STUDIOS
RESIDENTIAL LOFT TOURS

WHERE & WHEN
Saturday, August 2, 2014
11am – 9pm
Free & open to the public

Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle
TKLofts.com

Details here:
http://streetfair.tklofts.com/

Among the many performers,
Artists and musicians:

The Suitcases Project
(dance movement, music, poetry,)
will be there!
Suitcases Project cast are:
Sheri Brown, Amie Christensen,
Camille Hildebrandt,
Christopher J. Jarmick,
Joan Laage, Lin Lucas,
Anthony Lee Phillips,
and David Thornbrugh.
Music by Dmitry Artamonov
& David Noble.

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From Striped Water Poets Central.

Sunday Aug 10 AUBURN 10 TO 5

THE AUBURN DAYS FESTIVAL PRESENTS
FREE POETRY WORKSHOP, POETRY READING,
OPEN MIC CONTEST WITH 6 PRIZE BASKETS
BOOK SWAP. SMALL PUBLISHER TABLES.
AND NINE POET LAUREATES A-Reading

In the Auburn Avenue Theater (10 Auburn Avenue)

Sunday, August 10th 2014 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)

FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS & CAR SHOW ALL DAY LONG

FREE BOOK SWAP TABLE

Bring in a book and trade it for another one.

FREE OPEN MIC POETRY CONTEST

Six prizes awarded. Contest starts at 3:00 pm Sign up early

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP 10:00 AM TO NOON
By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

Using Allen Ginsberg as a Model for Poetic Activism Luna’s workshop explores the “POET AS ENGAGED CITIZEN.”
“In this writing workshop,” Luna says. “ we will discuss Allen Ginsberg’s work as an engaged citizen and use prompts derived from his
life and work. Both Ginsberg and Walt Whitman, Allen’s poetic elder, saw American democratic principles as a precious philosophy worthy of
defense and were willing to criticize the nation’s failure to live up to its promise. Their journalistic poems delivered the news through soaring
bardic prophecy and unflinching images of human suffering and joy. Their dedication to these tasks improved our political, social, and spiritual
lives.”
Ginsberg saw “the work” as a calling “To ease the pain of living.”

Auburn Days: NINE POETS LAUREATE
and other Literary Adventures
inside the air-conditioned Auburn Avenue Theater
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Sunday August 10 schedule:

10 – 12 Free Poetry Workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. “Poet as Engaged Citizen.”

12 – 12:30 Lunch, visit car show, enjoy festival.

12:30 – 12:45 Richard Brugger, Auburn Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

12:45 – 1 Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate (2013-2015)

1 – 1:15 Ann Spiers, Vashon Island inaugural Poet Laureate.

1:15 – 1:30 Josie Turner, past Poet Laureate Tacoma (2011 – 2013)

1:30 – 1:45 Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond Poet Laureate (2013- 2015)

1:45 – 2 Ina Whitlock, Vashon Island Poet Laureate (2013 – 2015)

2 – 2:15 Jeannine Hall Gaily past Poet Laureate Redmond (2012 – 2013)

2:15 – 2:30 Christopher Luna Poet Laureate Clark County

2:30 – 3 Panel discussion: What does a Poet Laureate do?

How does one become a Poet Laureate?

Christopher Luna, Michael Dylan Welch,
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Ann Spiers

3 – 4 Open Mic Poetry Contest, 6 prizes awarded.

4 – + Non Contest Open Mic while judges decide winners.

Presentation of winners Three judges: Josie Turner, Ina Whitlock, Lucas Smiraldo.

Pacific Poet Laureate Gerald A. McBreen (2009 – 2014) is your host for Poets on Parade

Poetry Cross World Puzzle by Len Elliott

After the program we meet at a restaurant for dinner and conversation.

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From Peter Munroe

Easy Speak Seattle Readings

Second Mondays of the month

Sign up at 8 p.m. Starts at 8:30
Featured performer around 9:20
followed by more
Open mic.

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

August 11 – – Christine Clarke

September 8 – Chris Jarmick

October 13 – – J.I. Kleinberg

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From Joan Laage

AUGUST 16th and 17th 2014

The Suitcases Project
at the Issaquah Rail Road Depot

78 First Avenue NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
PH: (425)392-3500

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Free Public Performance

Music, Scenes, Dance Movement,
Poetry and more!!!

Details by Clicking here.

http://www.issaquahhistory.org/events/suitcases-project
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FROM JERRY LIBSTAFF
House Concerts – – Vaugn, WA
Words and Music
.

The Words and Music program
Brings musicians and poets
together in Jerry Libstaff’s
beautiful home on the Key
Peninsula located on the water.
Food,wine beverages comfortable
seating are provided.

Local Artist Tweed Myer creates
Original portraits of the
performers during the program.

Call 253-778-6559 or
email info@watermarkwriters.com
to share in this fabulous event.
Details, directions provided.

Upcoming Events

August 9
Music: Susan Enan
Words: Allen Braden

August 30
Music: David Wilcox

September, TBA
Music: Liz Longley

October 4
Music: Maia Sharp
Words: Dennis Caswell — October 4

Words and Music donations support
the artists. Additional funds go to
support Watermark Writers Young
Writers’ Programs.
(Suggested Donation: $20)
To find out more, email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call 253-778-6559.

The Website is here!

http://watermarkwriters.com/Events.html

Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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Watch the last reading at Bookworm
Exchange!!!

PoetsWest (J. Glenn Evans) taped the
very last Poetry Reading at Bookworm
Exchange that took place on
November 16, 2012 (the store closed
its doors December 2012)

It was an evening to remember and all
2 hours and 37 minutes are on
YOUTube. (The Title Card has the
wrong date on it –but small matter).

The list of local poets participating is
impressive (and we had a dozen or
so open mic participants as well).
It was a big big standing-room only
crowd that night. The mini-features
concentrated on poets who were
hosting other venues around the Puget
Sound and on poets who were among
the first featured readers when I started
the Take a Poem From Your Heart
series in Columbia City at
Take Another Look Books in 2001.
TALB were history by 2003 and the
series (then twice per month on
Thursdays) moved to Lottie Motts which
in 2005 transformed into a Bar and the
series changed to Third Friday’s of the
month at Bookworm Exchange and Jim
(the owner) and his staff stayed open a
little later for us and made us feel very
welcomed and appreciated during our
tenure there.

So… The Last Poetry Reading at
Bookworm Exchange

You may also want to check out other
poetry readings that were taped/filmed
by J. Glenn which you can fine here:

POETS WEST VIDEO PAGE
http://www.poetswest.com/gallery.htm

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

(No readings in July and August)
Year 8 : 2014-2015 begins:

Wednesday September 10th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Featured Poets are:

Laura Lehew and Roy Seitz

Join us for the last reading of the
2013/2014 season. (we return the
second Wednesday in September).

Plus an Open Mic

FREE

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

No Readings July and August

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Thanks for supporting the Arts
and remember going to a reading
or event can make a difference
to everyone participating in the
event. Many are Free and most
will inspire you. Hoping to see
YOU at an event or reading soon.

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