JANUARY 2015 Northwest Poetry and Readings Updates

January 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:

Michael Spence


Sharon Hashimoto


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 14thJack Remick and

Herb McClees


January 12, 2015  8 p.m. Seattle

Featured: Stephanie Kallos


Open Mic


8 p.m. (open mic signup)  Reading at 8:30

at the

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE Ste A, Seattle, Washington 98115

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.

Contact margaretroncone333@gmail.com.


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.

Contact info@seattlepoetryslam.org.


Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr.,

Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem from Your Heart features Michael Spence and

Sharon Hashimoto. Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J.

Jarmick.  Contact emeraldchris@yahoo.com.


Wednesday, January 14 at 8pm

Tougo, 1410 18th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Rain City Slam. All ages, open mic, poetry slam. Admission $3.

Contact info@raincityslam.org.



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 medjyers@hotmail.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.

Contact ccrouch@thecreekside.net.



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.





Next reading is February 4th.

Talena Lachelle Queen features!


Duvall Library

Meeting Room

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.


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.


Coming Soon:


April 1, 2015: Michael Dylan Welch


May 6, 2015: Raul Sanchez


June 3, 2015: Christopher J. Jarmick


July 1, 2015: Nancy Pagh



#jesuischarlie  “I am Charlie”


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