Archive for February, 2015


NorthWest Poetry Update This Week and Beyond . . .

February 10, 2015

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero


My Poetry on Buses Poem is the

Featured Poem of the Week (Feb. 9)  here

w/audio, and picture.   



THIS Wednesday  February 11th   7 p.m. Kirkland


2nd Wednesday Take a Poem

From Your Heart Reading

at Park Place Books—Kirkland, WA

Wednesday  February 11, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE


Our Featured Poets are:

Jack Remick


Herb McClees


Plus  OPEN MIC !!!


Jack Remick is a poet, novelist, and blogger. He edits and maintains with Robert J. Ray. Remick’s poetry is

anthologized in Seattle Five Plus One. Satori, poems, was published in May

2014. He has taught writing at the University of Washington Distance

Learning Program. He authored the  award-winning Gabriela and the

Widow. Coffeetown Press has brought out three novels in his California

Quartet–The Deification, *Valley Boy, and The Book of Changes; Trio of

Lost Souls  will appear in June, 2015. His novel *Blood *was

published in 2011.


Herb McClees came to Seattle from Texas,via Singapore and Boston.

He appears at local open mics and is a member of PoetsWest, Redmond

Association for the Spokenword, and Haiku Northwest. His poetry

performance has been selected for broadcast on KSER-FM.  His first full

length poetry collection Heaven’s Drumhead:Poems from a Blessed

Drummer was published in late 2014. He was first published in his 2008

chapbook: The Catch, Falling Gecko Press. Several of his poems were

included in Poetic Reflections at the Creekside (2013), an anthology of

Northwest open mic poets.




Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

More Details in the middle column on your right


Basho in Redmond, February 11

From Michael Dylan Welch


Michael Dylan Welch is presenting poetry by Basho at the

Redmond Public Library this Wednesday in the third of his

“Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” series as Redmond poet

laureate. Please come! Bring your favorite Basho poems and

books to share and discuss, or just come to listen. Video

interpretations, biographical details, and many sample poems!

Come celebrate Basho at the Redmond Library,

15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, 6:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015,



Upcoming events in this free series include Bengali poet

and Nobel prize winner Rabindranath Tagore on February 18,

and Theodore Roethke on February 15. And mark your calendar

for Poets in the Park, a free poetry festival to be held in Redmond’s

Anderson Park on Saturday, June 20, 2015.



Friday February 13, 2015   Tacoma   7 p.m.


Distinguished Writer

Tim Sherry


February 13 * 7 pm.

Puget Sound Poetry Connection welcomes Tacoma poet Tim Sherry

to this monthly event with a featured reader followed by an Open Mic.




King’s Books,

218 St. Helens Avenue,

Tacoma, WA



Saturday February 21  9:30 a.m.  Dupont, WA


Poetry Workshop WITH- Washington State Poet Laureate

Elizabeth Austen

AT Dupont Pierce County Library

February 21  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM


We’ll do a close reading of a few poems, then use one or two as models

for writing a first draft of a poem. No poetry writing experience necessary.

Share your draft and receive feedback if you wish.

Poetry Workshop, DuPont Pierce County Library,

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30-11:00 am.

Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen


Workshop is Free but you must register for the event.

Free event sponsored by Friends of the DuPont Library

The Washington State Poet Laureate program is sponsored by

Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission.

More information at

DuPont Library 1540 Wilmington Drive DuPont, WA 98327



A New Reading in Town: Steilacoom, WA


3rd FRIDAYS!!!!

Every Third Friday Begining with the 20th

at Expresso By the Bay,  7pm.

February 20th, 2015

Featured Reader: Patty Kinney.



1203 Rainier Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388

(253) 581-1657


“There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your

writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter

or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You

have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to

furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt

labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and

admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you. Do you think

it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy,

and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration.

It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil,

because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic.

There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”

Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)


Sat February 28th   and beyond   Various

Congratulations to John Burgess

on the publication of his 4th collection of poetry

(from Ravenna Press)

“by Land . . .”   riffs on the Journals of Lewis and Clark.

(Ravenna Press 2015)

He has several reading events scheduled:

FROM John:

I first intersected with the Lewis & Clark Trail in 1978 when working

as the third man on a three-man survey crew in the Gallatin Valley of

Montana. Since starting at Three Forks, I’ve explored major sites along

the trail from St. Louis to Fort Mandan, from Fort Clatsop to Lolo Pass.


“by Land…”, my fourth collection of poetry from Ravenna Press, is a riff

on the Journals of Lewis & Clark that follows where I intersected with

the Trail. The book is a collage of poems, assemblages, and drawings

inspired by my westward journey, visits to the sites along the historical

trail, and the Journals as a source for text and maps.


For a preview of some of the poems and drawings found in the collection,

check out Tumblr where I give background and insights on selected work.

Read Shotgun & Shovel blog here:


“by Land…” (136 pp. $10) will be available at the house party and at

readings in March (see listing below). It’s also available online from

Ravenna Press at


It would be great to see you at a reading! At some I’ll present a slide

show of maps, drawings and travel photographs during the reading.


Release party!! Sat. Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m. – The official “by Land…” release

party at our house (9716 Fremont Ave. N). Stop by for drinks and

appetizers. I’ll give my first reading from “by Land…” complete with a

slide show in the basement starting about 8:00 (depending on when you

get here!).


Hugo House book release (the public party), Wed. March 4, 7:00 p.m.

at Hugo House with Jed Myers (The Nameless and Watching the Perseids)

and Stephen Roxborough (Open Heart Sutra Surgery). We have the Cabaret

for the evening. There will be a slide show, good chance for live music, and a

cash bar. Hugo House is on Capitol Hill at 1634 11th Ave. See map here.

Parking available behind the House.


Beacon Bards, Wed. March 11, 7:00 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop

(2533 16th Ave. S). I’ll be opening for Raul Sanchez for an evening of poetry

on Seattle’ Beacon Hill. Thanks for Billie and Martha for the chance to check

out the scene. They live here.


PoetsWest, Sat. March 14, 4 p.m. at Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle. I’ll be reading with Larry Crist and

Joanie Stangeland. Open mic, too. Thanks to J. Glenn for hosting.


PoetsWest, Wed. March 18, 7:00 p.m. at The Creekside,

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of

Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE),

Woodinville. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch. Emceed by Terry Busch.


Everett Poetry Night, Thurs. March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Café Zippy

(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).

Thanks to Duane Kirby Jensen for inviting me up again.