JANUARY 2015 Northwest Poetry and Readings UpdatesJanuary 10, 2015
“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent
then all that will be left are the soloists.
Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and
diminishes the song.”
– – ― Vera-Nazarian
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA
Wednesday January 14, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Our Featured Poets are:
Plus OPEN MIC !!!
Michael Spence spent a hitch as a junior naval officer aboard the aircraft
carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), then returned to Seattle, where he
spent thirty years driving public-transit buses in the Seattle area. He has
4 poetry collections: The Spine (Purdue University Press, 1087),
Adam Chooses (Rose Alley Press, 1998), Crush Depth (Truman State
University Press, 2009) and The Bus Driver s Threnody (2014) was a
finalist for The New Criterion Poetry Prize. In 1990, Spence was awarded
a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts,
and he has received half a dozen nominations for a Pushcart Prize.
His work has appeared in many magazines, including The American Scholar,
The Chariton Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review, The
Hudson Review, Literary Imagination, Measure, The New Criterion,
The New Republic, The North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northeast,
The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tampa Review, Tar River
Poetry, and The Yale Review.
Poet and writer Sharon Hashimoto was born and raised in Seattle. She
earned both her BA and MFA from the University of Washington. Her
first collection of poetry, The Crane Wife (2003), won a Nicholas
Roerich Poetry Prize. She has also published a chapbook of poems,
Reparations (1992). Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in
journals such as the Rambler, Crab Orchard Review, and Shenandoah.
She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,
the King County Arts Commission, and Artists Trust. Hashimoto teaches
writing at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.
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
February 14th – Jack Remick and
January 12, 2015 8 p.m. Seattle
Featured: Stephanie Kallos
8 p.m. (open mic signup) Reading at 8:30
Stephanie Kallos spent twenty years in the theatre as an actress,
coach, and teacher of voice, speech, and accents before turning her
full time attention to writing. She is the author of numerous works
of short fiction, essays, and three novels: BROKEN FOR YOU
(selected by Sue Monk Kidd for “The Today Show” bookclub),
SING THEM HOME (chosen by Entertainment Weekly as one of the
Best Books of 2009), and LANGUAGE ARTS (forthcoming in June
2015). She is a proud member of the Seattle7Writers and its offshoot
band, The Rejections. Stephanie lives in North Seattle with her family
and is at work on her fourth novel.
“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with
modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This
religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the
heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.
I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of
satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against
tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become
a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other
ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”
Salman Rushdie (responding to the previous fire-bombing of Charlie Hebdo)
Some Listings from PoetsWest . . .
Tuesday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and
Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed.
Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door.
Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr.,
Take a Poem from Your Heart features Michael Spence and
Sharon Hashimoto. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J.
Jarmick. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 14 at 8pm
Tougo, 1410 18th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle
Rain City Slam. All ages, open mic, poetry slam. Admission $3.
Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is
available via streaming by going to http://www.kser.org/and
following the Listen Live links.
Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave. in downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Nite. All ages. Free admission. Sign up begins at 7pm.
Open mic 7:30-9pm. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen
Monday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St. (Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle
Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink.
Contact Jed email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm
The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA
PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Keith Moul. Open mic. Hosted by
Clark Crouch. Emceed by Terry Busch.
Wednesday, January 21 at 7 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA
The Olympic Poetry Network features TBA. Contact Joanne Clarkson Mokosh28@comcast.net.
DUVALL WA READING SERIES
Next reading is February 4th.
Talena Lachelle Queen features!
15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA
We meet once a month, on first Wednesdays (check Upcoming Readers
for exceptions). Open mic starts at 7. Featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Library
is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend
to hear you at the mic!
WEBSITE HERE http://duvallpoetry.weebly.com/upcoming-readers.html
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you live near Duvall, have an interest in poetry, and are looking for a low time commitment but fun opportunity, join us at our next board meeting! We are looking for people interested in hospitality, emcee duties, publicity and administration, though all skills are welcome. Our board meetings are open to all. Check back for our next meeting. Come on by and say hi!
The poet, Talena Lachelle Queen, earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She specializes in poetry that infuses music. She began her creative writing practice at five years old. She majored in Creative Writing at Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey and she teaches writing at a variety of elementary schools and for nonprofit organizations.
MARCH 4TH !!!
Feature is Matthew Brouwer
Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA. His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound. He has performed throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque,Phrasings, and Strands. Matthew leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is matthewbrouwerpoet.com.
April 1, 2015: Michael Dylan Welch
May 6, 2015: Raul Sanchez
June 3, 2015: Christopher J. Jarmick
July 1, 2015: Nancy Pagh
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