NorthWest Poetry is Everything Update – October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014

Your Northwest Poetry Community awaits. . . .

“The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. I know people who read without hearing the sentence sounds and they were the fastest readers. Eye readers we call them. They get the meaning by glances. But they are bad readers because they miss the best part of what a good writer puts into his work.”
Robert Frost


Here are a few upcoming events worth noting:

OCTOBER 8 – 2014 Kirkland Washington

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’s poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines and anthologies for over 40 years. His first book was published in 1968, and he was up to 25 by 2012. His latest Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems is from Moonpath Press (2014). Bertolino’s poetry has been recognized nationally by the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a Hart Crane publication award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book awards and, in 2007, the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets.

Anita K. Boyle is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, editor, publisher and poet in Bellingham, Washington. She is always busy in her studio working up a new approach to a project, or beginning a new painting, refining a poem, or organizing an assemblage. She published a poetry collection What the Alder Told Me at Moonpath Press too.

Boyle spent over twenty years on five acres off Noon Road with a pond and a small woods. The pond in the middle of her land is a tenacious source of inspiration—in the spring, the sound of the courting frogs is deafening; in summer, water lilies bridge the surface; during autumn a quiet descends on the dark mirror; and throughout the winter, all life submerges and considers change. These important occurances are naturally documented in Boyle’s poems. James Bertolino and

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.
Wednesday October 1 – AUBURN, Wa.

Poetry at the Station Bistro

Our Halloween Special!
Jack Remick

readings by various dead poets
and of course our Open Mic!

Costumes Optional 🙂

The Station Bistro
is located at 110 2nd St SW #125, Auburn, WA 98001

come early have dinner
stay for poetry and have desert!

Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and novelist.

His work: Coffeetown Press is bringing out The California Quartet. The Book of Changes , The Deification and Valley Boy, are now in print, whileTrio of Lost Souls will appear in 2015. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press in 2011. Coffeetown also released Gabriela and the Widow in 2013. Coffeetown published Jack’s book of poetry, Satori, poems in May, 2014.

Gabriela and The Widow, Valley Boy , The Deification and The Book of Changes are available on Kindle and 5×8 trade paperback editions on Amazon.com, the European Amazons and Amazon Japan.

Considerable thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and thank you to our wonderful audience and our fantastic open mic participants!

Striped Water Poets



October 4, 2014  Vaugn Washington


October 4 is the WORDS AND MUSIC Season Finale


We have had a fabulous season, outstanding poets and phenomenal singer/songwriters.


We will close our 2014 concert series with two powerhouse people, poet Dennis Caswell and the wonderful Maia Sharp. We already have our schedule for 2015 but this final concert of the year is one you don’t want to miss.


Maia Sharp MUSIC  Dennis Caswell WORDS , October 4


Maia Sharp‘s eight albums have been lauded by NPR, New York Times, Billboard Magazine, USA Today, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe and many, many more. Beginning in her early twenties, she could be found on-stage in L.A. performing her own jazz/folk songs to an engaged throng of fans and collaborating with the likes of Carol King, Jules Shear, Lisa Loeb and Jonatha Brooke.

Sharp’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Trisha Yearwood, Edward McCain, Kim Richey, the Dixie Chicks and Cher among others. She teamed up with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondock to record tracks on their album, produced and sang on Edwin McCain’s Mercy Bound, and toured extensively with Bonnie Raitt.


It’s been said of Maia and her guitarist Linda Taylor, “What can two women armed with these voices, guitars, a piano and a saxophone do? Apparently, anything they want.”

If you see only one concert this year, for your sake, don’t miss Maia sharp.


Words by Dennis Caswell

Poet Dennis Caswell works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His book Phlogiston is filled with humor, intelligence, love of language, pop culture references, science factoids, and sexiness. The deft blending of such cosmological, political, and religious oddities and this joyful hilarity is balanced by a deeply personal and thoughtful poignancy in poems to a distant father, an aunt and his mother.


Caswell’s work has been included in the Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Burnside Review, Monkey Puzzle, Vain, and assorted other journals and anthologies. His poem Epiphanette has been recorded as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program and appears in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology.


Information, reservations, directions

Jerry Libstaff –

To find out more email us at info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.


Distinguished Writer Series
Presented by the City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

Oct. 10th
Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)
7:00 p.m.

Feature for October, Joseph Green

Joseph Green, reading Oct 10 lives in Longview, Washington, where he and his wife, Marquita, produce limited-edition letterpress poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press. He also serves on the board of directors for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry and Museum of Metal Typography. His most recent chapbook is That Thread Still Connecting Us (2012, MoonPath Press).


“As the saying goes, you might as well be yourself; everyone else is taken.”
Robert Bly


Mark your calendars

Saturday October 18
2:30 to 4:30 pm
at East Hill Friends Church in Kent
22600 116th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031

Free Event!

All are Welcome!

Back by popular demand, Poet and Collage Artist Brendan McBreen explores the similarities between writing and the visual arts.

Participants will create Collage Artwork and write Poetry. Materials will be provided, however participants are welcome to bring supplies of their own too. Supplies include: magazines, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, & writing materials, and anything else you think might work.

No registration necessary.

If you like (and the weather cooperates), come early and enjoy the Meditation Trail behind the Church as well.


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)
There’s a very special November 10th Reading
Scheduled for November 10, 2014.


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