APRIL 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update – National Poetry Month Readings

April 7, 2015

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days

–but not without poetry.”

― Charles Baudelaire



as one of the pages on your upper right!




NaPoWriMo has begun!!!  Later today

I’ll post another prompt challenge so YOU

can be inspired to write a poem a day for

the National Poetry Month of April.

Today’s prompt is the post previous to

this one.   Keep writing!!!


“We talk so abstractly about poetry

 because all of us are usually bad poets.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche


APRIL 8TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA


Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)


Wednesday  April 8, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE


A very special night is in store

for you.


Our Featured Poet is

David D. Horowitz


But it is also our annual Baaad Poetry Night

where with the exception of our feature

David, everyone is invited to read some

Baaad poetry to all who attend.  Read your

own baaad poetry during the open mic or read

a baaad poem from a well-known poet, forgotten

bard or celebrity.


Poems will be available to read if you don’t bring

your own… and everyone is encouraged to

participate so just show up and have fun!!!!

There will even be a few baaad prizes….

given away.


free program….


David D. Horowitz founded and manages

Rose Alley Press. He earned B.A. degrees

in philosophy and English from the University

of Washington and an M.A. in English from

Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared

in numerous journals, including The Lyric,

Candelabrum, Exterminating Angel,

Art Word Quarterly, and The Sporting News.

His brand new 2015 poetry collection is

Cathedral and Highrise. David has also edited

the Rose Alley anthologies: Limbs of the Pine,

Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the

Summit featuring the work of many Northwest

poets.   Rose Alley Press Website is here.


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


May 13:  –   Robert Lashley &

Malcolm Kenyon !!!

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings back in

September with feature Matthew Brouwer


April 9  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


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 7:00 pm.

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 13  Wedgewood Ale 8 p.m.  Seattle

From Peter Munro


Roy Seitz is the featured poet

2nd Monday Easy Speak Reading

At Wedgewood Ale


ROY R. SEITZ at last…returns to the read of reads..Roy.   Dubbed: ‘the war poet,’

Roy has been featured performer and an open mic guy in and around the area

for some years. 2006 Veterans for Peace convention, a couple of features at

Burning Words open mic stage. He ran the Duvall read for four years:

‘back-in-the-day.’  He’s been this past year in Eugene…

His book Right Here Right Now is in its third printing.

from Kathryn Grace BondThe vibrancy and immediacy of his work will stun

you This is neither a political rant nor a therapeutic exercise. These poems do not say:

“War is terrible” or “War is glorious,” they simply say: “This is war.”  Roy’s storytelling

is unflinching — definitely not for children — but wending through these poems is a deep

respect for life and an enigmatic hope.


Second Monday of the month

Sign-up at 8, show starts at 8:30, featured performer around 9:20


Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676



April/May  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 21   Talking Pages  7 p.m.  Issaquah

From Kim K.

I’m writing to share information about a poetry reading

and open mic in Issaquah later this month.

Here are the details:


Talking Pages Reading Series

Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Historic Shell Station

232 Front St., Issaquah


Talking Pages is a monthly event featuring guest authors,

writing tips, and open mic audience participation.

Our April event focuses on poetry, with a

featured reading by Jared Leising

and a craft talk by Martha Clarkson.

More details are available online at:



April 22   7 p.m.  C &P  West Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel


The Poetrybridge Readings at C&P …..

Features and open mic poetry in West Seattle!!!


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 poetry

and 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 ).


APRIL 26  Bosche Home Shorelinem 2 p.m.

From Laura Lee Bennett and

Phoebe Bosche


For immediate release:


A Poet’s Memorial for David Lloyd Whited

Seattle, Washington–A celebration of the life of poet David Lloyd Whited

will be held in Shoreline, Washington on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2-5 p.m.

at the home of Phoebe Bosché and Scott Martin,

15528 12th Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155 .


Whited was a planner for the Puyallup Tribe, a longtime member of the Red Sky Poetry

Theater, and lived on Vashon Island.


Poetry readings, a potluck, music, and an open mic will begin at 2 pm.

The list of readers includes: dan raphael, Willie Smith, Judith Roche,

Randy Michael Signor, Michael Hureaux, Paul Hunter, and,

margareta waterman.

Guests are encouraged to bring finger food and a poem or two to share.


This event is co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles and Redmond Association of Spokenword.



May 4   Station Bistro  7 p.m.

From Brendan McBreen


Striped Water Poets Auburn


We are changing our Poetry at the Station Bistro night to the First Monday of the month starting in May.


We are still at the Station Bistro, still in Auburn, still

really good features and open mic poets, still 7 to 9,

still 110 2nd St SW #125, Auburn, WA 98001,


Just on the First Monday each month instead of wednesday.


So mark your calendars for the FIRST MONDAY each month for Poetry at the Station Bistro!  Our Poetry Night, Poetry at the Station Bistro will now be held on the First Monday of each month.


And my redundancy had only just begun!


Poetry at the Station Bistro is now on the First Monday

of each month!


More redundancy later.


Have a happy April (National Poetry Month)!



MAY 4TH  7 P.M.

Scheduled Featured Poets are:


Jeff Lair


Jill Johnson


Plus open mic




April 24, 2014– Redmond WA


from  RASP


Open Mic & Reading featuring Vikram Madan

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

7:00-8:45 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center

16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA

Room 206


Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.


About the featured reader:

Vikram Madan, Bellevue poet and artist, was born and raised in India, where he developed an early love for humor, rhyming poetry, and cartooning, but did not figure out how to bring these three passions together until he first encountered the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein as an adult. Vikram’s debut collection of original, self-illustrated humorous poetry, The Bubble Collector, won a 2013 Moonbeam Award for Children’s Poetry and was nominated (by invitation) for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Vikram has formally studied art at Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art and was recently commissioned to create a large mural for Redmond Town Center. His website is http://www.VikramMadan.com.



APRIL AND beyond   Vaughn WA


From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015


Melding  Authors, Poets,

Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an

intimate waterfront setting.


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.


Upcoming  Events

4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew 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



Michael Schein‘s new  historical nonfiction book,


will be available in a few weeks. Surratt was Booth’s closest associate for the four months prior to the assassination, and a Confederate Secret Service agent, but he slipped through the net and was mostly forgotten by history – till now!   – A reading at the library is being rescheduled (the book is a week later than expected from the publisher)….but consider pre-ordering a copy anyway!


Please visit johnsurratt.com





LiTFUSE 2015 featuring Ellen Bass – September 25-27 – registration now open!  This 3-day all-poetry workshop features music, theatre, creative movement, and natural beauty to goose your muse!  Full schedule now online – litfuse.us.  See you in Tieton!




Michael Schein, Author



John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (forthcoming Spring 2015)

Bones Beneath Our Feet

Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery


My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is

here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9)


Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.


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