Nearly NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month Readings and Updates

March 24, 2015
  1. NaPoWriMo and National Poetry Month Announcement.
  2. Poetry readings and gatherings
  3. House Concerts
  4. New book anthology just released


One must know and recognize not merely the direct but the

secret power of the word; one must be able to give one’s

writing unexpected effects. It must have a hectic, anguished

vehemence, so that it rushes past like a gust of air, and it

must have a latent, roistering tenderness so that it creeps and

steals one’s mind; it must be able to ring out like a sea-shanty

in a tremendous hour, in the time of the tempest, and it must

be able to sigh like one who, in tearful mood, sobs

in his inmost heart.”

Knut Hamsun



In less than 8 days it will be April 1st  which begins National

Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)

where you are encouraged to write a poem a day for 30 days.

I will be posting prompts on this blog to help encourage you.

A great resource for all things NaPoWriMo is Maureen Thorson’s

website.  She began posting her prompts and poems on her blog

back  in 2003. The Napowrimo.net  story here.   Check it out.

Also take a a peak at poets.org 2015 National Poetry Month poster here!


My first NaPoWriMo post will be on March 30 suggesting you might

write your first poem on the 31st because…. well you’ll have to wait

a few days to find out why. . .  Stay tuned.


“We talk so abstractly about poetry

because all of us are usually bad poets.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche


APRIL 8TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

For several years at one of my April poetry readings

we’ve had a little bit of extra fun sharing Baaad Poetry.

This includes poetry written by well-known usually good poets,

or poetry written by famously terrible poets or poetry mistakes

written by celebrities. Sometimes very brave open mic poets

share their own bright purple original mistakes too.  I bring

Baaad Poetry for people to read (if they don’t bring their

own examples) and we have fun not taking ourselves too

seriously for an evening while learning from the mistakes

and miscalculations of others.

Part of the evening includes a featured reader reading GOOD poetry

from a recently published poetry collection. This year the

featured poet is David D.Horowitz of Rose Alley Press fame

reading some excellent selections from his just published,

hot off the press brand new collection of poetry called

Cathedral and Highrise (2015). There will l be copies

available for purchase at the reading.

Rose Alley Press Website is here.

This all takes place the second Wednesday of April

at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington April 8th

7 pm. to 8:30.   Everyone is invited to come out,

have fun, listen and you’ll also be encouraged to join in

and read a bad poem (I’ll have several bad poems for

people to read).    We always create a fun memorable

evening doing this and I hope you’ll put it on your calendars

and plan to attend.

Note: Let me also  encourage you to read one of David’s

latest prose pieces Grit not Glamour at

Exterminating Angel Press right here.


TONIGHT!!!!  March 24  7 p.m.  Uptown Ex… Seattle

From Margaret Roncone

An informal open mic meets twice a

month in lower Queen Anne.   Drop ins

and newcomers are always welcome.


It will next happen on

Tuesday March 24th

AT Uptown Expresso

525 Queen Anne Ave.

7 pm-8:30



March 25   7 p.m.  C &P  West Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel

Dear poetrybridge community,

You are all invited to our poetrybridge reading this Wednesday

featuring Christine Clarke and Larry Crist followed

by community mic. See our website for more information. http://www.poetrybridge.net/Poetrybridge/Welcome.html

C & P  Coffee  is located at

5612 California Ave  in West Seattle

I hope to see you this Wednesday,


The Poetrybridge Readings at C&P …..

March 25

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet whose award-

winning poetry has been published in DMQ Review, Clover,

Randomly Accessed Poetics, Highland ParkPoetry, and

Storm Cycle 2013: The Best of: Kind of a Hurricane Press.


​Larry Crist lives and writes in Seattle where he has lived

for over 20 years, has been widely published. His first

poetry collection, Undertow Overtures is available through

Amazon and select NW bookstores.


April 22 Features


​Chris Vannoy is a promoter, editor, teacher and tireless

advocate of words both written and spoken, has been

published in City Works, The Writing Center, and Tokes

anthologies , and Ghosts of the Beatnik Poets anthology

as well as Visions and Step Jazz magazines. One of 25

San Diego poets featured on the Exploded Views CD,

he was on the first San Diego slam team to go to the

Slam Nationals in Seattle.


​​Claudia Castro Luna was born in El Salvador, came

to the United States in 1981, got serious about writing

and earned an MFA in poetry. She is ever searching for

the turn of phrase, the just word, like a bird searching for

the perfect twig to make her nest. She writes poetryand is

also working on a memoir about her experience escaping

the Salvadoran Civil War.


May 27


​Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur,

a former Wordsworth curator, has been published in

various anthologies, is the founding member of the

FloatingMountainPoets,  a performing troupe of poets

which also include dancers, aerialists, singers, percussionists

and burlesque stylists in their shows. Dobbie is best known for

being the host and curator of one of Seattle’s longest running

(now defunct) reading series: THIRD TUESDAYS POETS &

WRITERS.   Dobbie now lives And writes in Belllingham.


​ Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly

scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest

(since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud (due out

September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection

was IGNITION: Poem Starters, . . .(2010). His poetry has appeared

in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and

online. His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


March 26  7 pm. Good Shep… – Seattle


Look at the line-up of readers scheduled for this one!

Poetry at The Good Shepherd Center

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Features: Donald Kentop, Belle Randall, Marjorie Rommel,

Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center,

4649 Sunnyside Avenue North,

Seattle, WA


March 26  7 p.m.  Everett

Everett Poetry Night,

Thurs. March 26,

7:00 p.m.at Café Zippy

(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).

The feature is John Burgess with his

brand new book!!!

Open Mic



March 27  RASP  7 pm  Redmond


March’s Featured Events!


Jim Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle

are the featured poets!!!!


Friday, March 27, 2015,

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM


RASP (Redmond Association of SpokenWord) meets monthly on the

last Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, at the

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 9805,

and also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond

Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month. All

events are free. Please join us!


James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years

at schools ranging from Washington State University to

Cornell University. He spent 14 years at Western Washington

University and retired from Willamette University as Writer

-in-Residence in 2006. He has received a number of national

awards for his poetry, and his 12 volumes include Ravenous

Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, MoonPath Press, 2014.

Bertolino has served as an editor for Abraxas, Epoch,

Cincinnati Poetry Review, and Stone-Marrow Press. He lives

with his wife, artist and poet Anita Boyle, on five acres

near Bellingham, Washington.

James’ Website



Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist,and graphic designer, and the

author of three books of poetry: The Drenched, What

the Alder Told Me, and Bamboo Equals Loon. She recently

received a Poet Publisher Peace Award from the World Peace

Poets. Anita lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham, Wa.

with her husband, the poet James Bertolino.

Anita’s Website


March’s emcee:

Michael Dylan Welch

RASP WEBSITE is here.   


April 1 – 7 p.m.   Station Bistro  Auburn


Poetry at the Station Bistro!


presents:    James Rodgers &    Susan Rich


Wednesday April 1      no foolin!

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125

Auburn, WA 98003


(first Wednesdays!)


James Rodgers has been writing poetry for three decades, and

besides a lot of poems, doesn’t have much to show for it. He has

been published in multiple magazines and publications,

including Ha!, Fly By Night, Cascade, and many more. He has

won numerous awards, including first place in the WPA Charles

Proctor Humor category, and third prize in a contest combining

poetry with paintings in a Puyallup Art Gallery. James’ silly haiku

can be found daily on his blog here. . James is a world traveler and

also an avid photographer, and is currently set to provide images

for Cindy Hutchings‘ upcoming first poetry book debut

from Moonpath Press.


Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including

Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures  Include Travel,

and The Cartographer’s Tongue. Susan has worked as a staff person

for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia

Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank.

She lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps

Volunteer. She currently lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline

Community College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens:

Writers Read Their Work. Her poems have been published in the

Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor,

Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest

Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review.


extra special thanks to:


The Station Bistro,The City of Auburn, The Auburn Arts

Commission Striped Water Poets, NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!


Striped Water Poets Website


“So many things I had thought forgotten

Return to my mind with stranger pain:

Like letters that arrive addressed to someone

Who left the house so many years ago.”

Philip Larkin


April 3rd    Elliott Bay Book Co.    Seattle, WA


Judith Roche  at  Elliott Bay Book

Friday April 3 at 7:30 p.m.


Celebrate the publication of ALL FiRE ALL WATER. the latest book

by legendary Seattle poet Judith Roche published by

Black Heron Press


Free Event.


Elliott Bay Website (note April Event Calendar hasn’t been

Updated yet)   http://www.elliottbaybook.com/node/about


Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave,

Seattle, Washington 98122


April 9th  6:00 p.m.  Ballard, WA


It’s About Time Reading series

Second Thursdays

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  at that

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library


Thurs. April 9, 2015 #306

Lary Christ, Kelly Martineau, Vera Shanti Giles

& Waverly Fitzgerald on the Writer’s Craft

Plus Open Mic   FREE!!!


It’s About Time Website


APRIL 10   7 PM.    TACOMA, WA


Distinguished Writer Series

Presented by the City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

April 10th, Friday at 7:oo p.m.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)


Feature for April: Peggy Barnett


Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew up in Queens,

New York in the 1950’s. She graduated from  The Cooper Union

with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a studio in NYC in 1968

and was a photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she moved to

Woodinville, WA. Her poetic memoirs dwell on the specifics of

unending change.


The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma

to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.

We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work.

All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public.


April 15  7 pm  C&P  West Seattle


Death and Taxes: The National Poetry Month Special” with

Kelli Russell Agodon and January Gill O’Neil

— This event supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.


Wednesday  April 15th  7 p.m.


C & P Coffee Company (West Seattle)

5612 California Ave SW,

Seattle, Washington 98136


What is certain in life beyond death and taxes is poetry.

From the Tuareg nomads of Niger to the troubadours of

France, people from every culture connect to the spoken

word. For the April 15th, 2015 edition of WordsWest

Literary Series Washington poet Kelli Russell Agodon

and Massachusetts poet, January Gill O’Neil, will join us

for a night of poetry, including a short writing prompt.


Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and

editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is

Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet:

Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she

coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters

from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the

winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner

of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a

Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books

include: Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An

Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli is the

cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets

on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets.


Visiting for one night only from Salem, Massachusetts,

January Gill O’Neil is the author of the recently released

Misery Islands (fall 2014) and Underlife (2009), both published

by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the

Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English

at Salem State University.

You can follow her at http://poetmom.blogspot.com/


Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company,

WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings

by published local and national authors, to craft discussions

and guided writing explorations for every experience level.

Each week, a poetry lover from a local, independent business

shares her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

On March 18th, we welcome West Seattle Acupuncture.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis,

Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

Join us on FaceBook HERE

For more information, please contact

wordswestliterary@gmail.com or

visit their website here 



 April 16 and various dates-  Edmonds, Seattle – Readings

From David D. Horowitz


David D. Horowitz and open mic

Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books,

348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland WA.



Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.

Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South,

Edmonds WA

Jennifer Bullis, Dennis Caswell, Erika Michael,

Bethany Reid, and David D. Horowitz

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

Edmonds Bookshop Website



Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m.

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey, Nancy Dahlberg,

Victoria Ford, Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.




April 16 – 7 p.m. Jack Straw Center  Seattle

From Jeannine Hall Gailey


Book launch for Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s

The Robot Scientist

with guest readers and reception after!


April 16    7 p.m.  Jack Straw Cultural Center


The event will be MC’d by poet and publisher Evan J. Peterson

and the opening reader will be poet and publisher

Kelli Russell Agodon.


Jeannine Hall Gailey will read from her fourth book,

The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, about atomic history, robots,

pop culture, and growing up in “America’s Secret City.”


Event is Free.

With thanks to The Jack Straw Writers Program and

Poets & Writers for sponsoring this event.


Jack Straw Writers Center is located at:

4261 Roosevelt Way NE,

Seattle, WA 98105




April 25 and beyond –  House Concerts –  Vaughn WA


From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an intimate waterfront

setting on the Key Peninsula in Vaughn, Washington


The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a

beautiful setting surrounded by nature.


Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.


Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.


Music and Poetry performances. . .

Upcoming  Events

4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew Lane Brouwer


5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz


6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July –   Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick


10/3  – Melissa Greener


Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers


To find out more email us at


or call  253-778-6559.


Jerry Libstaff


JUST OUT. . . .

Randomly Accessed Poetics, No. 6, Ghost House

from editor/publisher William James Lindberg and Penhead Press

now available from Amazon.


R A P  No. 6.  Ghost House

contains poetry, prose, photography, and art from

Carrie Albert, Pratima Annapurna Balabhadrapathruni,

Robert Bates, Matthew Lane Brouwer, John Burgess,

Dennis Caswell, Joanna Conom, Larry Crist, Holly Day,

J.D. DeHart, Pattie Flint, Steve de France, Tammy Gordon,

Ira Joel Haber, Christopher J. Jarmick, Erin J. Jones, Staci

Leigh, P.A. Levy, William James, Michael Mark, Bozena

Helena Mazur-Nowak, John McKernan, Levi J. Mericle, B.Z.

Niditch, Frank C. Praeger, Heather Parker, Shiloka Shankar,

and Guinotte Wise.


See the great looking cover and more info at Amazon here.





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