May 2015 NorthWest Poetry UpdateMay 7, 2015
“You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.”
― Stanley Kunitz
Let’s get right to some of the worthwhile readings happening around the Puget Sound.
First readings I’m directly connected to… and then a lot, lot , more to share.
Support poets and poetry by attending readings whenever you can.
MAY 13TH!!!! 7 p.m. Kirkland, WA
Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings
@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except July & August)
Wednesday May 13, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Two celebrated poets are travelling from
Bellingham, WA .
Our Featured Poets are
plus Open Mic
Northwestern poet Robert Lashley has had poems published in
journals including Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth.
His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology
of Northwest form and lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac
Institute for Performing Arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College,
read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma
and Western Washington University, and was invited to the IWPS
page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. A semi-finalist for the
PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley also holds the 2014 Cascadia Poetry
Festival’s beer slam title. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs,
was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.
Malcolm H. Kenyon Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language
for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation,
Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead,
Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne.
Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology,
Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review. He was a
Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in
minesweepers. Graduate studies, University of New Mexico,
Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of
New Mexico. Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington
University, Bellingham, Washington.
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
June 10: Keith Moul
and Jeannine Hall Gailey
July/August No readings
September with feature
May 27th C & P Coffee West Seattle 7 p.m.
Poetry Bridge at C & P Coffee
4th Wednesdays of the Month
May 27th features:
Dobbie Reese Norris
Christopher J. Jarmick
Plus open Mic.
7 to 9 p.m.
Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is
a former Wordsworth curator, (Seattle City Council).
His works have been published in various anthologies including
Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers,
poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009,
and in the fall 2010 release of Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose
Alley Publication of Seattle area poets. He currently resides in Bellingham
and is on the board of PoetryNite.
Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted
regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the
Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not
Aloud, is due out September 2015 from MoonPath Press.
His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,
Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.
His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything
(google it as one word). His poems have appeared in
numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and online.
7 to 9 p.m.
5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle 98136
May 7 Everett Poetry Nite 7 p.m.
Feature: William Lindberg
Plus Open Mic
Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
2811 Wetmore Ave,
Everett, Washington 98201
From William Lindberg:
On Thursday May 7, at Everett Poetry Nite experiencing spoken word,
I will be the featured poet. I’ll be doing a reading from my new book,
FOUND ON BATHROOM WALLS. Brandon Pitts is responsible for
selecting most of the works in this book. It is really good. At least that
is the word on the street.
I know it has been a while since I last was in the Seattle area,
if you’d care to see me or to hear a few of my poems, why don’t
you come up to Zippy’s in Everett. I hope to see you there!
May 7 and Beyond Levertov Readings Various
Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of
the work and life of poet Denise Levertov has
begun. Events include films, readings, recitals
and other gatherings.
On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish,
poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph,
Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner
Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov,
then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special
emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the
time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle
school student will read original poems written with Levertov
Festival visiting writers.
On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery,
Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and
Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read
Levertov and original poems.
Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company,
there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown
and other friends and writers influenced by her work.
On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day),
Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church
, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world
premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”
at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with
a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation at 7:30pm.
May 8 Distinguished Writers 7 p.m. Tacoma
Distinguished Writer Series with
Plus open mic
This monthly event features a Distinguished
Writer followed by an Open Mic for all poets,
sign-up is at 6:45 pm.
Donald Kentop. Born in New York City, he graduated from
NYU and Columbia with a Masters in teaching of history.
After retiring, he devoted himself to poetry and has appeared
in numerous Northwest anthologies. His first collection of poems
was published in 2004 and he has recently published, Frozen In
Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.
Admission is free. The event occurs monthly
the second Friday of every month at King’s
Books Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry
Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.
218 St Helens Ave Tacoma, Washington 98402
MAY 9TH WORDS/MUSIC Vaugn Wa.
Jerrry and Pam Libstaff are having another
evening of Memorable entertainment- music
and poetry at Their beautiful home overlooking
the Puget Sound. Program begins at 7 p.m.
Watch the sunset, the water, listen to a poet
And hear great music.
Poetry by David D. Horowitz
Music by Leroy Bell
From Jerry Libstaff:
David D. Horowitz is a poet, writer, editor and publisher.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in
English he has taught at Vanderbilt University, Seattle Central
and Shoreline. If you follow poetry in Washington, you know
David. As a publisher, has published several books by well-known
Northwest poets and in 2007, a collection of work by 26 Northwest
Poets. With six collections of his own poetry, the last four published
by Rose Alley Press. A poetry icon, himself, we welcome David
Horowitz to the waterfront.
LeRoy Bell is a true star. His career has included international
hits that have reached the top ten. He has written for and his
music has been performed by people such as The Spinners,
The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Freda Payne.
Two of his songs were recorded by Elton John and one reached
number one on the international Adult/Contemporary chart.
LeRoy appeared at Words and Music on the waterfront in 2011
then went directly to LA for the X Factor where he reached the
top 8 in the contest. With six current albums, the latest
Rock and Soul, LeRoy is a powerhouse writer and performer.
Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information
May 9 and . . . Poetry/Bus 1 p.m. Bellevue
Poetry On Buses …On the Road….
Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating,
complicating and celebrating the question
“Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry –
at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.
Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings
from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry
writing workshops at the libraries, and music
by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus
MAY 9, 1PM @ BELLEVUE LIBRARY
1111 110th Ave NE
ALSO AT FOLKLIFE !!!!!!
MAY 23, NOON – 6PM @ FOLKLIFE
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
The next reading of Poetry on Buses is Saturday, May 9 at
1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.
Then the next reading will be at Folk Life at Fisher Pavilion,
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street on May 23
starting at 12 noon to 6 p.m..
The poetry readings are followed by a facilitated poetry
writing workshop. It’s free and open to the public, and
especially recommended for ages 12 and up.
May 11th Wedgewood Ale Seattle
Lyn Coffin – features
Plus Open Mic
Monday, 11 May 2015
Sign-up at 8. Show begins at 8:30,
Lyn comes on around 9:20
Lyn Coffin has just published two new books, one of fiction
The First Honeymoon, was published by Iron Twine Press
and received 477 bids for a publisher’s giveaway on Goodreads.
It features a blurb by Joyce Carol Oates. The other is A Taste of
Cascadia, two plays published by Whale Road Books. Her
translation of the 12th century epic is forthcoming from Poezia
this September. Bedouin Books will publish five of her plays in
Russian and English (and five of Natalya Churlyaeva’s) this
summer. Her poetry and that of Givi Alkhazishvili will be published
this summer. She teaches Literary Fiction at UW’s Continuing and
Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676
May 13 Village Books 7 p.m. Bellingham
Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm
Matthew Brouwer reading!!!!
Village Books in Fairhaven
1200 11th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225
Matthew Brouwer writes:
My first reading in Bellingham from my new collection of poems,
Stories We Must Tell! The first half recounts my journey of descent
after a backpacking injury in 2009 slowly stripped me of the ability to
walk. The second half is a bunch of newer poems on life, death, the
nature of suffering, societal tragedy, the cosmos, et al… Fun stuff!
“Part journal of an illness without diagnosis, part descent into and slow crawl out from the pit of despair, this fine collection disdains the simple journey of healing for an unblinking engagement with suffering and joy.” -Michael Schein, Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop
MAY 14 Good Shepherd Seattle
From David D. Horowitz
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.
May 14 It’s About Time 6 p.m. Ballard
Thurs. May 14, 2015 #307
Cate O’Toole, Jeremy Pataky, BJ Neblett
& Lori A. May on the Writer’s Craft
It’s About Time Reading Series
Every Second Thursday
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107
Wheelchair accessible. Free
for information or to schedule a reading
Peggy Sturdivant, Curator
Coming Soon !!!!
Thurs. June 11, 2015 #308
Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,
Christopher J. Jarmick &
Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft
Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309
Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,
Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland
on the Writer’s Craft
May 15- Deep Waters South Sound Poetry – Steilacoom
Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry
& Writers Venue
Poetry Reading May 15th, 7pm.
Featured Reader: Chris Dahl
Espresso at the Bay
1203 Rainier St
For more Check Website:
Chris Dahl has been writing poetry from an especially young age, advancing from the school newspaper to publications such as Seattle
Review, Cascadia, and many others. Her chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the
Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after
winning their Women in Words competition. She received an MA from
the University of Washington “with emphasis on creative writing.”
A native of the state, she has lived most of her life at the edge of water
and, for the last fifteen years, has served on the board of the Olympia
Poetry Network as newsletter editor. Years ago, she was praised for
being “metaphysical,” a charge which both surprised and disheartened
her—but which she has come to accept.
May 16 Free Workshop University Place
FREE ARTIST TRUST
Featuring: Michael Spence
4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA
2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
Register now at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 19 Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m. Tacoma
POET LAUREATE LUCAS SMIRALDO READS
Summit Pierce County Library
5107 112th St. E.
Tacoma 98446 • 253-548-3321
Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m
Join us for a poetry reading by
Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo.
He will read from his works, followed by Q&A
He initiated the Laureate Listening Project, an audio anthology
celebrating the spirit of place in the Tacoma region. He is
collaborating on an opera about the Chinese expulsion from
Tacoma and efforts 100 years later to pursue reconciliation.
Available for purchase at the event:
- “The Thing That Gathers” poetry collection – compassion, resilience and the gifted essence of everyday mysteries
- “Voice of the Americas” CD – North America through multiple stories and personas accompanied by an original score
May 20 WordsWest 7 p.m. West Seattle
WordsWest Literary Series Presents
“Encountering the Everyday Wild”
with Allen Braden and
Lyanda Lynn Haupt”
Favorite Poem by Eric Jordan
of The Office Junction
7:00 pm, Wed., May 20th, 2015,
C & P Coffee Co.,
5612 California Ave. SW,
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers
Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
For more information, WordsWest Website
May 21 SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond
Soulfood Poetry Night
Every 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m.
May 21 Features
plus Open Mic
Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from Humboldt
County in California. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston,
and London, as well as Philadelphia where he attended Temple
University and received an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely
published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection,
published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select
Northwest bookstores. Larry was in the Jack Straw Writer’s
Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart nominations.
Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet who currently
resides in Seattle, Washington. Her award-winning poetry has
been published in DMQ Review, Clover, Randomly Accessed
Poetics, Highland Park Poetry, and Storm Cycle 2013: The Best
of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She lives with a collection of oddly
named cacti, has too many books on her nightstand, and enjoys
the antics of the crows, jays, and hummingbirds
on her deck.
SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond
is located at 15748 Redmond Way,
Soulfood Poetry Night Website
May 22 RASP 7 P.M. Redmond
Redmond Association of Spoken Word
Plus Open Mic
Friday May 22 (special night)
Charles Finn is the editor of High Desert Journal and author
of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU
Press). His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of
literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer
magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth,
Silk Road, Open Spaces , Whitefish Review, High Country News,
Writers on the Range, and many others. A self-taught woodworker,
he is a proponent of “living little” and owner of A Room of One’s
Own, where he builds furniture and “microhomes,” one-room wood
cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials.
He lives in Federal Way with his wife Joyce and their two cats Pushkin
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,
Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.
May 23 Jack McCarthy’s Birthday -Marysville, WA
Just got an email from Carol McCarthy
about what is being planned…
From Carol’s email:
There will be a Showcase Slam at the Evergreen Unitarian
Church in Marysville on the 23rd, Jack’s birthday.
Robert Huston will be MC. Mike McGee is organizing it.
Please let people know.
Details will be on Jack’s website in the next
Sat, May 30 at 3:00pm Bainbridge
Eagle Harbor Book Company
157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island,
Join us on May 30th from 3 – 5 pm
for our first Fill Your Summer Bookbag Bookfest celebration
at Eagle Harbor Books on beautiful Bainbridge Island!
The event features book signings, author-baked sweets,
and drawings for free books and literary items. Perhaps
the best part of this popular event, though, is mingling
and conversing with this friendly group of award-winning
Northwest authors including:
Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala
Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella
Megan Chance, William Dietrich
Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel
Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson
Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden
Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors
Rebecca Wells, Susan Wiggs
Welcome to one and all! An easy walk from the Seattle to
Bainbridge ferry too, so Seattle friends, so do feel free to join
us! Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit KRL
,Kitsap Regional Libraries. We look forward to seeing you there!
From Karen Bonaudi:
APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH
POET LAUREATE SOUGHT
Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet
Laureate. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31,
Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in the second year of her
two-year term and is presenting poetry workshops and readings across
Washington State in her quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.
Former Laureates are Samuel Green and Kathleen Flenniken.
To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and
submit an application online. Applications must be submitted electronically
by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31. The position is sponsored by ArtsWA and
Humanities Washington with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.
From Raven Chronicles:
Submissions Wanted for Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:
Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through June 1, 2015
(postmarked) U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via US mail.
International Submissions: Submit work via email attachments.
MAY AND beyond IN 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.
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.
Worthwhile Website and Resource to
checkout is here:
It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!
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