Mid-September Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

September 11, 2015

“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day

of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.

Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason

they write so very little. But we do. We have so much we want

to say and figure out.

Anne Lamott

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A person is a fool to become a writer.

His only compensation is absolute freedom.

He has no master except his own soul and that

I am sure is why he does it.”

Roald Dahl
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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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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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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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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  6:15 pm. Vaughn, WA
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There may still be a few spots
available at the Words and Music
House Concert on Saturday
September 19th!
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Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –
Not Aloud
(MoonPath Press)
Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
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Event Info here:
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Dave and Mandy’s Website
(with some music videos!)
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Chris Jarmick’s Amazon Author Page Here
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To find out more email to
RSVP (a must) by calling:
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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.
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A suggested donation of $20.00 pays
for the performing artists  and any
additional donations goes towards
supporting the non-profit
Wartermark Writers literacy programs.
– –
Upcoming  Events
On October 3 — Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – Joseph Green
– –
Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
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To find out more email us at
or call  253-778-6559.
Jerry Libstaff


Monday 9/21  8:15  Seattle
The North End Forum created and
usually hosted by Jed Myers is a loose
gathering of poets, musicians, prose
writers who share Words and music in
a very casual laid back setting In the
Bai Pai  Restaurant Bar/Lounge  on
the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
– –
The 21st is a bit different….
We’ll have a special extra spotlight
reading from Christopher J. Jarmick
to celebrate the publication of
Not Aloud from MoonPath Press.
(around 9:30 ish) He’ll have books to
sign and sell during the break.
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Chris will read a few extra poems and
do a number or two with the house band.
Plenty of time for the usual open mic too.
– –
Happy Hour prices on drinks
FREE/ no cover charge
– –
Is located at:
2316 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115


Saturday- 9/26    7 p.m. Bellingham
– – –
Special Event at
Village Books in Bellingham
– – –
Christopher J. Jarmick
reading/book signing
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Sept 26th  7 p.m.
Village Books in Bellingham
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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……


Wed. October 14   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

Our next

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)


 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick



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



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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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

Lynn Knapp, Chris Jarmick, Linda Strever,
Irene Bloom, Lillo Way, Pattie Palmer Baker,
Judith Skillman and Shawn Aveningo 

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website


“The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil

hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper.

If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness,

you’ll do yourself a service.”

– Stephen Sondheim

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.


Friday 9/18  7 p.m.  Steilacoom, WA

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry &
Writers Venue Poetry Reading
3rd Friday September 18, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Janet Froststad

Espresso By the Bay
1203 Rainier St
Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:

Janet Sleeper Frostad: is a Puget Sound
poet who is proud to admit that she still
loves the song Mandy. Janet first began
to write as a way to navigate
adolescence in very rural Eastern
Washington. Now, in the uncertain waters
of middle age, she has again returned to
the pen for buoyancy and balance. Being
an active poet requires her to slow down
and take a careful look at life.

Janet has published poems in Quill &
Parchment, Mused (Bella Online Literary
Review) and locally in a small limited
edition booklet, Lights on the Tip of Our
Ambulation, Ten Tacoma Poems on Art,
Creativity and the City.  Janet lives with
her husband and two active young
daughters who inspire her each day to
live artfully and with gratitude.

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 23,  7 p.m.  West Seattle

from Leopoldo…..

Dear poetrybridge community,

Rayn Roberts kicks off our 2015-16 poetrybridge reading season on September 23rd at C&P Coffee starting at 7 PM.  Rayn also read during the summer readings but for those of you who missed him, this coming fall evening will be a great time to hear him read from his numerous collection of poems. Here is a short bio of Rayn: 

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. Find Rayn Roberts online & @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books & Poetic Matrix: http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx. Hear him on KSER Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.  You can hear him on the PoetsWest website anytime you like: http://www.poetswest.com/radio_programs.htm   

I am still working on finding another poet or storyteller to be the other featured reader in September and will let you know when I am able to do so.

As always, there will be a community mic staring around 8 PM ending at 9.

I will be sending out the poster for this event and updating the website soon.

Looking ahead, On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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(September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection was IGNITIONPoem Starters, . . . (2010). His poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


Cesario is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has fashioned some very effective fruit-fly traps out of rejection letters for a variety of his sonnets. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and received an Army Achievement Medal for being top of the class in army cook school. Cesario resides in West Seattle with his wife and their two cats, Rudy and Lynus.

Please mark on your calendar.

I am still firming up the schedule for the rest of the year and will post it soon, I hope.



C&P Coffee is located

5612 California Ave SW, , Seattle,, Washington, 98136


Thursday Sept 24  Tacoma  7 p.m.
– – –
Cindy  M.  Hutchings
Reading/book signing
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Support my fellow MoonPath Press
published poet Cindy as she has a
special reading and  book signing
of her recently published (2015)
collection of poems:
Tree Talk
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At Tacoma’s Kings Books
218 St Helens Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801

Friday 9/25  7 p.m.   Redmond WA

Presents  Jack Straw Writers
Clare Johnson, Laura Da’
and Kevin Craft

7 p.m.

plus open mic


Clare Johnson is a writer and visual
artist, published in Blithe House Quarterly,
Quiet Shorts, Frogmore Papers, 14
Magazine, Lumina, and Cranky. She is
a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize
recipient, and her ongoing Post-it Note
Project (drawing a memory on a post-it
each night) won a Seattle Magazine Best
of 2011 for “Best New Take on the
Memoir,” also garnering a cover feature
in Real Change. Recent honors include
Artist Trust funding to expand her series
of drawings inspired by favorite works of
literature, and the publication of Roses,
a book pairing her art with poems by
Rainer Maria Rilke. She is working on
her book-length poetry and fiction project
Will I live here when I grow up.

Laura Da’ is a poet and public school
teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific
Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at
the University of Washington and the
Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is
an enrolled member of the Eastern
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Her first
chapbook,The Tecumseh Motel, was
published in Effigies II. The University
of Arizona Press will publish her first
full-length manuscript, Tributaries, in
2015. Da’ lives near Seattle
with her husband and son.

Kevin Craft, curator of the 2015 Jack
Straw Writers Program, is also the
editor of Poetry Northwest. His books
include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank
Books, 2005), and five volumes of
the anthology Mare Nostrum, an
annual collection of Italian translation
and Mediterranean-inspired writing.
His poems, reviews, and essays have
appeared widely in such places as
Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter,
Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest
Review, The Stranger, and West
Branch. A 2008 Jack Straw Writer,
he has also been awarded fellowships
from the MacDowell Colony, the
Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the
Camargo Foundation (France),
4Culture, and Artist Trust.

RASP is located at
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, Washington 98052


Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 


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 
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, one of the foremost
poets of the Pacific Northwest. He was
the editor of Poetry Northwest for 36
years and chancellor of the Academy
of American Poets for 23 years.—

David has published 25 poetry
collections and 10 novels.  He is
Professor emeritus of the University
of Washington and now teaches the
low residency MFA program for
the Northwest Institute of Literary
Arts on Whidbey Island.

Nate Marshall, 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 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
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,
visit the festival’s website

Thanks and see you in October!
Raven Chronicles
hot off the press humor issue
reading at Jack Straw
is on Friday, October 16th!

MC Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography
Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:
Judith Roche,poems
Marianne Weltmann, 2 odes

Words from The Cafe:
Introduced by Anna Bálint
Tamar Hirsch, poem
Bang Nguyen, poem
Taumstar,  poems

Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!
Kat Humphrey: jokes interspersed;

James Bertolino  poems
Larry Crist  poems
Chris Jarmick  poems
Larry Laurence  poems
Lawrence Matsuda  poems
Jennifer Munro-excerpt, creative non-fiction
Ann Teplick, excerpt, essay
Carletta Carrington Wilson-poem

Thursday – 10/1  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!
=== .
Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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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