APRIL 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update – National Poetry Month ReadingsApril 7, 2015
“Any healthy man can go without food for two days
–but not without poetry.”
― Charles Baudelaire
POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK can be found
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
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….
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
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
This poetry reading series began
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
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
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
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 Bond: The 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.
348 Parkplace Center,
Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.
111 Fifth Avenue South,
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.,
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.
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
newspapers, literary journals and
online. His blog is PoetryIsEverything
(google it ).
APRIL 26 Bosche Home Shorelinem 2 p.m.
From Laura Lee Bennett and
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,
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:
Plus open mic
April 24, 2014– Redmond WA
Open Mic & Reading featuring Vikram Madan
Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
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
Watermark Writers is a 501(c)
3 Non Profit corporation.
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
To find out more email us at
or call 253-778-6559.
Michael Schein‘s new historical nonfiction book,
JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY.
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
Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website