September 2015 – Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

August 31, 2015

“Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

Seamus Heaney

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“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.”

Mary Oliver

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“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

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.

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

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Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Wed. September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

First Wednesday of the month means

Duvall Poetry!

September 2nd is the first official NOT ALOUD reading!

(and it won’t be quiet….).

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic


Michael Schein is scheduled to host.

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copies of Not Aloud will be available

for purchase.

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Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Website is here.


Monday, September 7th -7 p.m.- Auburn, WA

From Striped Water Poets Central:

Poetry at the Station Bistro!


Christopher J. Jarmick

Monday September 7

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003


(first Mondays!)

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, has just been published by

MoonPath Press.   Oh…and you might like and share his Facebook

Book Page: Not Aloud

extra special thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!

Come Join us for delicious food and wonderful poetry

at The Station Bistro!

Be sure to check out the NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon



Striped Water Poets Website


Wed. September 9   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

We begin our 9th year on

September 9th!!!!  7 p.m.

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)


Matthew Brouwer

and poems from

Stories We Must Tell

w/ guest spotlight poet

Christopher J. Jarmick

and poems from

Not Aloud

Matthew will also have his Saxophone!  So expect

a little music and poetry improv from Chris and Matthew!



7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in

Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and

literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle,

enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the US and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

and a smattering of print and online journals.  Matthew leads workshops

and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile

Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing

circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  Stories We Must

Tell, his first full collection of poems, was released spring, 2015.

Matthew’s WEBSITE 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.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick  7 p.m.

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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

several poets from Oregon and locally.

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website


Saturday, Sept 12, 10 a.m. KENT, Wa.


10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”


September 19  6:00 p.m. Vaugn, WA

There may still be a few spots available at the

Words and Music

Concert on Saturday September 19th!

Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –  Not Aloud (MoonPath Press)

Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

To find out more email to


You must RSVP by calling: 253-778-6559.

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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a unique house concert series

in their beautiful Key Peninsula home overlooking the water

and beautiful sunsets.  A poet and a touring musician or musical group

combine for an evening of spoken word followed by music.

Tasty appetizers, snacks and wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.

A suggested donation of $20.00 pays for the performing artists

and any additional donations goes toward supporting the non-profit

Wartermark Writers literacy programs.


“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and

hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some

come safe to land, where the notes are read and then

possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else

understood all too well by those who hate the message.

You never know who your readers might be.”

– – Margaret Atwood

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity








Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.


Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic


Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.


Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems


John Burgess

Plus Open Mic


Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro


Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville


David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic


Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m.

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com


Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!


Michael G. Hickey


Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic


SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.


Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle



Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press


The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122


Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA


Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 


From Elizabeth Austen:

(Note from Chris J. : I don’t have time to re-link all of the events

Listed but if you are interested it should be easy to

Google more information with what’s provided here.)

Sept. 10: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop with Elizabeth Austen,

Vancouver Community Library, 2 to 4p. Pre-registration is required.

Sept. 10: Elizabeth Austen reading for the Ghost Town Poetry Series,

Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver.

Includes an open mic. 7p.

Sept. 16: Jourdan Imani Keith & Nicole Hardy


C&P Coffee (West Seattle) for the WordsWest reading series. 7p.m.

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Sept. 16: Bruce Barcott, Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, Brian McGuigan and

Anastacia Renee Tolbert at Hugo House for the Wage Slaves reading series. 7p.

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Sept. 17: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Q&A with

Elizabeth Austen and Quenton Baker at theJefferson County Library,

Port Hadlock, 6:30 to 8p.

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Sept. 19: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco at Seattle First Baptist Church,

1111 Harvard (at Union). 7p. (He’s also reading poetry as part of the 11a worship

service on Sept. 20.) More at http://www.seattlefirstbaptist.org.

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Looking for ways to kickstart your own writing practice?

Seattle Writes: Registration is now open for the 2015 series of FREE programs,

workshops and write-ins for local writers, now through Dec. 6.

Poetry for All:  Writing prompt videos at wapoetlaureate.org (also FREE)

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Save the dates –


Saturday September 26 I’ll be at Village Books

in Bellingham to read and sign Not Aloud.

They created a reading event page here.


Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland


Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company


Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……


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, recognized as the leading poet of the Pacific Northwest,

will be our keynote presenter  plus

Nate Marshall, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb

and Tacoma Poet Laureate

Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureates

who have represented Tacoma’s vital and growing poetry community over the last


Saturday will feature a full day of workshops by Thomas Lux, Kay Mullen

Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul NelsonKevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, and 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 EducationDay 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, link here: visit the festival’s website

and LIKE us on Facebook

at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tacoma-Poetry-Festival/872704889475147

Thanks and see you in October!


Raven Chronicles

hot off the press humor issue

reading at Jack Straw

is on Friday, October 16th!


Thursday – October 1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA


Connie Walle !!!!  



October 1, 6pm, Tacoma Armory (715 S 11th), the Mayor of Tacoma will present

Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.  I could not have

done this without the wonderful poets who share their work with us at Puget

Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick, Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo

and other leaders in this genre who spread the word. The poets who come from

Texas, Chicago, California, New York and many other states to read for us. Leaders

in the industry like Kevin Miller, Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for

workshops. I want to thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.

If at all possible, I would love to have you all pack the armory to show Tacoma Art

Commission that poetry does matter and we appreciate their recognition of that.


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!

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

writing activities, and more…


September AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

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.

Upcoming  Events

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – Joseph Green

Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at


or call  253-778-6559.


Jerry Libstaff


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.

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