Archive for July, 2015


July Poetry NorthWest

July 8, 2015

“I rhyme… to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

― Seamus Heaney

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Thanks for stopping by.

The more you listen to poetry, the more you

read poetry, the more inspired you will be

to write poetry.

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Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops,supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

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For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

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I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

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My series begins it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016

Second Wednesdays of the month.

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Always FREE.  Always an open Mic and usually

2 featured readers.

What’s in store?

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On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.

October schedule will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th schedule is a special Poeming Pigeons Anthology

Reading featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)


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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.

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This poetry reading series began

in 2007.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Parkplace Books Website


This Friday July 10th  7 pm  Tacoma




July 10th, 7pm

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma, WA


July 13, 2015  WedgeWood Alehouse Seattle 8 p.m.

From Philip Randolph 

On Monday, July 13 I’ll (Philip) will be the featured poet at EasySpeak,

at the Wedgewood Alehouse. I’ll also ad-lib on my old cornet with the

house band (Jed, Ted, Rosanne, Bob, & me), and do my usual cornet

ad-lib ‘meditation’ to kick off the break.

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Expect lightly sardonic twisted humor occasionally punctuated by

retrograde flirtations with seriousness. (An old radical once told me,

“Irishmen are most serious when they’re joking.”) I’ll read my classic

favorites, selected as highly intelligible and listenable. Why torture an

audience with obscurity? That’s for those sadist poets, and the


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EasySpeak meets in the poolroom, around the building to the right.

‘Gud fude’ available.

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Easy Speak Seattle

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, Washington 98115

Sign-up: 8; Show: 8:30; Featured performer 9:20

Horn ‘meditation’ and break: 9:45 or so.

Second half is over about 11:00.

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July 16  SoulFood  Redmond  7pm.

From Michael Dylan Welch

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Here are the featured readers we have lined up at SoulFood

over the next few months (plus we always have an open mic too).

Please join us!

July 16: Peggy Barnett and Terry Busch

August 20: Dianne Aprile and Ann Teplick

September 17: Michael G. Hickey and Kathleen Flenniken

October 8 (earlier than usual): Carol Levin and Annette Spaulding-Convy

November 19: J. I. Kleinberg and Luther Allen

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15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-5309



July 18 (and Beyond) Words and Music Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

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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.

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Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

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Upcoming  Events

July8 – Music by Holley McCreary

Words/Poet by Connie Walle

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September 19th – Music: Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

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10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – TBA

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Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers  Words and Music

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To find out more email us at

or call  253-778-6559.



Jerry Libstaff


July 22nd  C&P  West Seattle 7 p.m.

july 22, 2015    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Feature Reading by Rayn Roberts, locally & nationally known poet,

author of “Of One and Many Worlds” & “Jazz Cocktails and Soapbox

Songs” & several other books, widely published, seasoned reader &

performer, includes free open mic hosted by Cheryl Latif.

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Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights and

poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly responsible for

showing him how to do this, but there are other perpetrators too.

He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his puppets are in books to read

on rainy days, but don’t lend to your conservative relatives.

Their brains may short circuit.

Poetic Matrix: 

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C&P Coffee is one of the best venues for poetry readings in Seattle,

comfortable seating, affordable drinks, coffee, wine and delectables to eat.

Great acoustics, casual atmosphere, lovely regulars. All are welcome.

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C&P Coffee

5612 California Ave SW

West Seattle, WA 98136


July 31  RASP Redmond 7 p.m.

Feature: Colleen Squier—Friday, July 31, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

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gathering from 6:30 PM

Open Mic


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Colleen Squier is a recent transplant to Sequim and The Storypeople

of Clallam County. Originally from Seattle, she served on the board

of the Seattle Storytellers guild for two years. Her family says that

she has been telling stories as long as she has been talking. About

six years ago, she decided that she wanted to learn to “really” tell

stories and took a class from Cherie Terbon at North Seattle College.

Since then she has shared stories at church, parties, and bookstore

story times. She appeared at Northwest Folklife for four years, and

treasures her genuine recycled trophy for placing third in the Liars

Contest. “Stories,” she says, “tell us who we were, who we are, and

who we will be.”

July’s emcee: TBD

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Where they Are and additional info:

RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary activities in Redmond,

Washington and the surrounding area. We meet monthly on the last

Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM,

at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052 (look for us in Room 206, upstairs), and also hold a

monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the

second Tuesday of each month. All events are free. Please join us!

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COMING SOON !!!!!   Mark those Calendars!

Michael Schein—Friday, August 21, 2015, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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NOTE: One week earlier to avoid conflict with Labor Day weekend

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Michael Schein is the author of two historical novels, one nonfiction

history,  and a logorrhea of poems. His latest is John Surratt:

The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015). His novels are Bones

Beneath Our Feet (2011), a historical novel of Puget Sound, and

Just Deceits (2008), a historical courtroom mystery. Michael teaches

poetry and fiction at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Write

on the Sound, in libraries, and elsewhere. He is founder and director

of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from

King County 4Culture. It has been nominated for the Pushcart thrice,

and stuck to refrigerators by magnets. Michael and his wife Carol live

at Lake Marcel in Carnation.

August’s emcee: TBD



August 3 Station Bistro  Auburn 7 pm

Scheduled Featured Poets

Kent Leatham

Linda Malnack

Plus Open MIC


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The Station Bistro is located:

he Station Bistro is located at:

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

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Striped Water Poets Website Here


August 5  Duvall Library  7 p.m.

From Pamela

Hi all, following is detail about the next Duvall Poetry reading.


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August 5  Duvall Library  7 pm.

When: 7pm, Wed., August 5, 2015

Where: Duvall Library, 15508 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019

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Who: Duane Kirby Jensen. Bio below.

Plus Open Mic


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Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA.

His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers.

As a poet, Duane has read throughout the Northwest since 1990

and has been published in over twelve chapbooks and dozens of

other publications. The underlying theme of his work evokes those

places which linger beneath the surface underscoring the narrative

of being, the fragility of identity, the gravity of emotion and the ease

in which it can be lost. Since September 2013, Duane has hosted

Everett Poetry Nite. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for

Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality.



Duvall Poetry



Save the dates –

August 16th  Auburn Days  10 am Auburn

Free Workshop, Readings and Open Mic Contest

Where YOU can win prizes for reciting a poem!

Highlights include :  Mathew Brouwer Workshop


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Poets scheduled to read include:

Auburn Poet Laureate  Marjorie ,Emilie Rommel Shimkus,

David D. Horowitz,

Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen,

Lorraine Healy ,

Joann C. Roberts,

Shannon P. Law ,

Natasha Moni ,

Matthew Brouwer

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Plus open mic,  open mic contest (free to enter),

small press book fair,  free book exchange, and MORE!!!!

Auburn Days Website Here


From Richard Gold and Pongo:

Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:

Pongo has some volunteer openings for next school year,

and we also help to place volunteers with Pongo-inspired

writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing projects at juvenile

detention in Seattle and at the Washington state psychiatric

hospital for children in Tacoma. We also have a new project

with formerly homeless, chronically alcoholic adults. We are

conducting this last project in collaboration with researchers

at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. If you are from

another city, write to us. We may be able to connect you with

a Pongo-inspired project in your area.

Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday,

October 1st, at Richard Hugo House. There will be a poetry

reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s future. Please plan to

join us!

Please visit Pongo’s web site for videos, poetry,

writing activities, and more…




Cat box?


To floss after every meal?


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Only 3 months till it’s one week too late to sign up for LiTFUSE

Poets’ Workshop, September 25-27, featuring Ellen Bass.

Each year, we gather in Tieton to work together on our beloved

craft of poetry and spoken word, and we hope you’ll join us.

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For as little as $185 ($100 now, $85 paid by August 16), YOU can

become a LiTFUSIAN!  Classes are filling fast, so DO IT TODAY.

There’s still room in the Green & Sweeney master classes, and

in Ellen Bass’s Saturday class. Please CLICK HERE to register.

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Please CLICK HERE to view the full schedule:  Bass / Sweeney /

Green / Schein / Hardy / Howell / Austen / Sheffield / Queen /

Green / Trenga / Feriante / YOU!

Please tell friends & share LiTFUSE on FaCEBOOK & twitter.

We’d love to see you in Tieton . . .

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Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein


Emily Gwinn

LiTFUSE Muse Too



OCT. 16-17, 2015

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The Tacoma Poetry Festival will be a gathering of some of the

most renowned poets with roots in the Pacific Northwest,

plus a sprinkling of up and coming spoken word artists from

around the country.

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Our program is part of the Tacoma Arts Month celebration

and will take place on Friday, October 16th and Saturday,

October 17th at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building Auditorium.

Our webpage is UP: TheTacomaPoetryFestival.Com  

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Check it out, sign up with paypal, choose your workshops,

register for Lux Workshop, buy books, hear OUTSTANDING poets

from around the country, including David Wagoner, and

Tacoma’s Poets Laureate.


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!


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.