NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – – September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

When you’re writing, you’re conjuring. It’s a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you’re inviting into the room.
– – – Tom Waits

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washinton

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Two revered, acclaimed poets from Bellingham, WA are our featured poets.

James Bertolino  (with a brand new book)


Anita Boyle  

Plus Open Mic

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

October 8th – James Bertolino and
Anita Boyle with new
books, poems and projects join us!
September 21 2:00 p.m. Seattle WA

Carol Levin


“Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise” from MoonPath Press, Sunday, Sept 21st 2:00

at The Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St. Seattle WA 98107(Ballard) Secret Garden Books hosting. free

Themes address the juxtaposition between fantasy life on the opera stage in silent roles and daily life, then, knowing which is which. They explore the tension between silence and voice, bring to life language expressing how silence is used as a tactic and how an individual finds his or her path through this obstacle. The collection is threaded on a through-line of music as well as the almost twenty years the poet was cast as a supernumerary in Seattle Opera and the fact that as a child, in the household she lived, she was seldom spoken to, in return she herself was silent but eventually found her voice through the vocabulary of dance, then theater. This book is dedicated to Seattle Opera and celebrates all Seattle arts.

September 23 7:00 p.m. Seattle, WA

Two Sylvias Press
is honored and excited to be hosting Natasha Moni‘s book release of The Cardiologist’s Daughter at Hugo House’s Cabaret, Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

This is an outstanding collection, both physically gorgeous on the outside with artwork by Michael McDevitt, and on the inside where Natasha’s words pull us into this incredible world of body, family, nature, and life. As Kim Barnes writes, “Natasha Kochicheril Moni’s poems pulse with wonder and compassion as she examines the concerns of the heart.”

Please join us to celebrate Natasha’s first collection. This is an amazing accomplishment and celebration for Natasha which in her words took ten years of writing and revision–and it shows. The poems are poignant and preciously crafted.

Book signing following reading. Yes, it will be an incredible night! (Doors open at 6:30 pm if you want to come early to have some wine, beer, or conversation…or all three!)

Richard Hugo House 1634 11th AVE, Seattle, WA 98122

Kelli Russell Agodon & Annette Spaulding-Convy

We are truly thrilled to be bringing this book into the world and hope to see you there!

Two Sylvias Press

September 26 7:00 p.m. – – – Redmond WA

RASP Reading Series & Open Mic

This month’s featured reader: Emily Dietrich

7:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, September 26, 2014
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, Washington 98052

Emily Dietrich was born in Detroit and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. When she was six, she wrote her first poems, one about her brother and one about a fish. Her previous publications include The Case of the Missing Mask and Other Stories (A book of puzzle mystery stories), as well as essays, poems, and articles in Ms. Magazine, Seattle Woman, Seattle’s Child, Historic Women of Michigan, and elsewhere. Emily has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, an MA in English from the University of Michigan, and a teaching credential from San Jose State University. After teaching high school and college English in Michigan, California, and Washington state, she started working on Holding True, her first novel. Emily lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband, daughter, and son, and a bossy rabbit named Sherlock.

September’s emcee: Laura Lee Bennett

I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.
– – – Alice Walker

TACOMA WA area poets and poetry lovers consider. . .

Opportunities open to volunteer for Tacoma Arts Commission
Any poets out there who live within the city limits of Tacoma. We could use representation on the Art Commission Board. Here is the info:

The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and performing arts to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission (TAC). If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The TAC consists of 15 volunteer members who are confirmed by Tacoma City Council to serve 3 year terms. Members are residents of Tacoma and arts advocates and artists.

The TAC provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. Its purpose is to develop, support, coordinate, sponsor, and present the arts on a year-round basis for the benefit of the residents of Tacoma. The primary responsibility of the TAC is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma; oversight of the Municipal Art Program; and supporting programs such as Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month and the Tacoma Murals Project.

There will be four member openings on the TAC:
§ 1 Person working in the Tacoma public education community

3 At Large Positions – a person working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrates a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities

The TAC is especially interested in applicants who live in under-represented parts of the City and bring diversity to the commission.
Meetings are held from 5 – 7 p.m., on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens, 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one funding panel. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the TAC funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the TAC produces.

To be considered for these seats, please submit an application by October 10. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applications received after October 10 will be considered for the next available seat openings. Applicants can go to http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cbc for more information or to submit an application. Those who would prefer hard copy applications, and those with questions, can email servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, call (253) 591-5178 or stop by the Customer Support Center in the second floor lobby of the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market St.).

Naomi Strom-Avila
Cultural Arts Specialist
City of Tacoma
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402

Wednesday Sept 24 2014  7 p.m. Seattle, WA

From Alex O’Bleeker

(I pass this along as it appeared in an email. Vermillion address was not included, but is easy to look up).

breadline is back – in its seasonal incarnation – with 5 – count’em 5! – phenom features for your ear and and eye holes. comic kelly froh will be presenting her art, the only trio will be tickling you with jazz, morgayne o’neill will be on prose, keith moul on poems, and justine chan is gonna be poem, music, and prosing you to pieces. it’s a no miss no brainer. followed by YOU on the open mic. always free for you, me, and your uncle tony. see you on the line, liners…


vermillion, 7p until it isn’t
no cover, all ages


LITFUSE- 2014 – – Tieton, WA

Friday September 26 to
Sunday September 28th 2014


If for some reason you don’t know
About Litfuse or need to register
Or want more information about it
go to LitFuse here.

OCTOBER 1 , 2014 – – – Duvall WA


Open Mic Night on Wednesday, October 1st, 7 PM, AT
Duvall Library * First night in our new venue!
15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019


Signup begins at 6:45 and our open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. Duvall Library is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!


This month we celebrate the open mic, as well as our new venue at the Duvall Library Meeting Room! Bring your 3-5 minutes of music, spoken word performance, poetry, or prose. Bring your friends to enjoy the ambiance of our lovely and safe group. And bring your special words of welcome as Duvall Poetry begins a new chapter at Duvall Library.


Congratulations to all of the 365
poets who will have poems on
Seattle area Buses or on the
Poetry on Buses website in
2014/15. (click above for more)




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