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
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:
Plus OPEN MIC !!!
Jack Remick is a poet, novelist, and blogger. He edits and maintains
bobandjackswritingblog.com 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.
FROM CONNIE WALLE
Friday February 13, 2015 Tacoma 7 p.m.
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.
218 St. Helens Avenue,
Saturday February 21 9:30 a.m. Dupont, WA
Poetry Workshop WITH- Washington State Poet Laureate
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 wapoetlaureate.org
DuPont Library 1540 Wilmington Drive DuPont, WA 98327
A New Reading in Town: Steilacoom, WA
Every Third Friday Begining with the 20th
at Expresso By the Bay, 7pm.
February 20th, 2015
Featured Reader: Patty Kinney.
PLUS OPEN MIC
1203 Rainier Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388
“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:
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 http://ravennapress.com/books/.
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
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.