August Poetry NorthWest UPDATED

August 3, 2015

“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”

Sigmund Freud

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Almost none of the poetries I admire stick to their labels, native or

adopted ones. Rather, they are vagrant in their identifications.

Tramp poets, there you go,

a new label for those with unstable allegiances.”

― C.D. Wright

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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 usually begin by listing events I am personally involved in.


(Free Workshop, Poets, Books, FREE Open Mic Poetry Contest –win prizes and bragging rights!!!

Details below)

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NEW *   NEW *   NEW *

Special Page devoted to All Things Not Aloud

Not Aloud is my brand new collection of poetry that is being

published by MoonPath Press (of Kingston, WA) and will be

available in about 4 weeks.  (Amazon, most bookstores can order

you a copy, request it from the library too)

Read the press release and get the latest updates on

‘all things Not Aloud’ here:

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Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

My series will begin it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016 on September 9th

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?

On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.  7 p.m.

October 14  will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th scheduled is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.

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.


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




TONIGHT !!! Wednesday August 5th  7 p.m.   Duvall, WA

August 5th.

Duane Kirby Jensen features!

Plus Open Mic


Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA. As a child in Stanwood, WA, he was inspired by watching his grandmother and grandaunt paint scenes of their community. His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers, plus each of his own chapbooks. 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. He explores social injustice, documenting the plight of the few. He attempts to give a voice, visually and poetically, to the dead, and the need for accountability. As a counterbalance to what people might term “his dark poems,” Duane also pens poems that are playful and extremely sexy—poems that touch the heart by bringing memories to life. His work often combines a sense of “magical realism” and what he refers to as “emotional realism.” Since September 2013, Duane has hosted Everett Poetry Nite, which meets every Thursday night. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality. See his Facebook page here .

Emcee: Michael Schein

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry Website


Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.  Seattle

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle, WA

PoetsWest features readings from

  1. A. Molotkov,
  2. Jeff Whitney and
  3. University of Virginia professor and acclaimed poet Stephen Cushman, whose fifth poetry collection, The Red List, was released in 2014 by Louisiana State University Press.

Plus Open Mic


Hosted by Art Gomez.


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Sunday August 9  3 p.m.  Seattle

Aug. 9 at 3pm: Open Books hosts

Poetry in Conversation No. 5:

The Work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

From the Open Books newsletter: “We’re eagerly

anticipating the chance to read from and talk

about the incredibly fine poetry of this under-read


As usual, we’ll set up a loose circle of chairs, offer a

little food and drink, play some audio, and invite you

to dive in and read aloud some favorite pieces and

share your thoughts. Please join us!

Open Books: A Poem Emporium

2414 N. 45th Street, Seattle, 98103

Phone: (206) 633-0811

Website for event here.


Monday August 10    8 p.m.      Seattle

2nd Monday Easy Speak at the

Wedgewood Ale house

Featuring:  A special evening with  the 52nd Street Band

Sign-up at 8, show starts at 8:30, the 52nd Street Band will be featured around 9:20

The 52nd Street Band has been serving Easy Speak open mikes from the beginning.

It’s time they got a night to shine.  These are the players that keep our Monday evenings

moving by the grace of music.  These evening, they will be our featured artist.

Philip, Jed, Ted, Bob, and Rosanne.

Plus Open Mic

FREE ! ! !

Easy Speak Website here


Thursday August 13  7 p.m.  Seattle

Elliott Bay Books

Features:  David Lasky (cartoonist)

And  John Burgess  (poet)

More details here:


All — Two readings coming up.

First is at the venerable Elliott Bay Book Co. on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I’m reading with cartoonist and graphic novelist David Lasky on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

David will be reading from “Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny” and I’ll be reading from “by Land…” my riff on the Lewis & Clark journals. We’re calling it “a night of geographical and literary exploration.” We’ll both have accompanying slideshows.

Then there’s the 10th Anniversary reading of Punk Poems at Easy Speak at the Wedgwood Ale House on Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m. I’m putting together a reading of punk poems from my first book, a few that were included in Graffito, and new unpublished ones. Looking forward to this!

Hope to see you! –jb


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8-13 Richard Hugo House 7 p.m.  Seattle  plus more…. . .

From Elizabeth Austen:

Aug. 13 at 7p: A Reading by Blue Begonia Press Poets at Richard Hugo House. I’m delighted to be part of this celebratory reading which will also feature Elissa Ball, Joan Fiset, Kathryn Hunt, Terry Martin,  Nancy Rawles and Nancy Takacs.

Website for more info here.

Aug. 29 at 7:30p: “Climbing the Mountain”: Elizabeth Austen + Charlotte Austin at Mineral School in Mineral, WA 

Facebook Event Page for more info here.

Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton. Ellen Bass is the headliner, and I’ll be teaching a couple of classes and giving a reading. This is consistently one of my favorite small-scale poetry festivals because it always has a terrific roster of classes/readings and a welcoming vibe.

Litfuse Website for more info here. 


Friday August 14  7 p.m.   Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

August 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: John Milkeret

Plus  Open Mic


John Milkereit is from Chicago, but currently he is a rotating equipment engineer working at an engineering contracting firm in Houston, TX. His poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in the third year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. His new collection

of poems, A Rotating Equipment Engineer is Never Finished, was published March 2015 (Ink Brush Press).

PSPC Website here



Auburn Days  Poetry Sunday.    Don’t Miss it!


  1. Free workshop  10 a.m. w/ Matthew Brouwer
  2. Air conditioned theatre (beat the heat)
  3. Free Poetry Readings
  4. Open Mic Poetry Contest. . . FREE to sign up and try to                                                                                              win valuable prizes and bragging rights
  5. Air conditioned theater (beat the heat, humidity etc)
  6. Six prizes (not one or two) to win at the Open Mic Contest
  7. Small Press Fair
  8. Book Exchange
  9. Make new friends, meet poets, writers and other folks too!
  10. Air conditioned Theatre/Theater (beat the heat)

The Auburn Days Poetry Sunday means. . .

A whole day of FREE poetry events in the Auburn Avenue Theater!

10 a.m. to noon Organizing your Manuscript from Start to Finish, a workshop presented by Matthew Brouwer

12:45 to 2:45 featured poets

3 to 5 our Open mic Poetry Contest with six prizes!

and all day in the Theater lobby our Book Fair and Small Press Fair

All are welcome!

Striped Water Poets  Website

Auburn Days Website


Wednesday, August 19  6:30 p.m.   Olympia


As our August Feature, the Olympia Poetry Network is hosting a Poetry Slam!

During a Slam, poets compete by reading or reciting original poems

through a series of rounds judged by randomly selected audience

members. Prizes will be awarded.

The event takes place Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Traditions Café,

300 5th Ave. SW, in Olympia.

Admission is free.

There will be no Open Mic.

Eight Slam participants will be chosen by a drawing

from those who wish to participate.


August 21, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring Michael Schein

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:

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.


AND SOON. . . .

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic


Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA


Tacoma Poetry Festival  is October 16-17!!!!


On October 16-17, 2015, we are excited to bring the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring a great lineup of regionally and nationally known poets, educators, and performers. The two-day event will feature public performances, workshops, panel discussions, and open mic events for participants of all ages. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry Connection. All events will take place at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building (3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival, we will present a public performance the evening of October 16 featuring our keynote speaker, David Wagoner, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb, Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureate who have represented Tacoma’s vital and growing poetry community over the last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of workshops by Thomas Lux, Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall, Emilie Rommel-Schimkus, Paul Nelson, Kevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo, as well as a community open mic and book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to young people in Tacoma, and will feature an Education Day during the school day on Friday. Open to any high- or middle-school classrooms in Tacoma, we will feature workshops, lunch, and an open mic at no cost. Interested teachers should contact us through the festival’s website. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule and registration information, visit the festival’s website here at www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com, and LIKE us on our Facebook page here

Thanks and see you in October!



We have some excellent news to share with all of you who made it possible:

Proud to Be: Writing by American Veterans (Volume 1), has been awarded the gold medal in the 2013 Stars & Flags Book Awards program’s Anthology/Collection category.

The Stars and Flags Military Book Awards program is a national contest devoted entirely to books published within the last five years with content related to the military.

A panel of industry experts serve as judges, including veterans, historians, authors, and educators.

Thank you for your help in achieving this honor. You’re part of a prize-winning series!

All best,  Goeff Giglierano, Missouri Humanities Council, Susan Swartwout, Southeast Missouri State University Press, Deb Marshall, Warriors Arts Alliance.

Footnote: “I am honored to have my military stories/poetry published in this anthology AND in Volumes II & III”  — Carl Palmer


CONGRATULATIONS TO  Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Grayling by Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. Dorianne Laux calls the book, “musical, magical, and skeptical.” The poems are short, and ask to be read slowly.

Perugia Press Website here: 


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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