September 2015 – NorthWest Poetry – Special Fall Not Aloud Edition

September 25, 2015

Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others,

you are reading it into yourself and them. Voice helps to carry words

farther and deeper than the eye.

  • Seamus Heaney

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

– – Coco Chanel


Welcome to this special edition of NorthWest Poetry.

This edition focuses mainly on the Fall/October Readings I’m doing in support of

my just published poetry collection, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press).

I have included a few other readings that are happening in the next week at the end of this blog.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!    If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about the book, and helps MoonPath Press and me.  Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy.

So far I’ve signed and sold over 60 books directly at readings and personal appearances

(through September 24th). Several more have been sold through Amazon and book-sellers.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

I have an Amazon Author Page here    (there’s a reading/signing/appearance schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but also inspire your inner poet to create something unique.   I’m passionate about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun, entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.  If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll make the effort and take the time to experience a reading soon.


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Saturday October 10th –  6:30 p.m. –  Kirkland

MoonPath Press 2015 Author Reading

A very special evening featuring 4  Poets

who have published books with MoonPath Press in 2015

Ronda Broatch, Cindy M. Hutchings,

Joseph Green & Christopher J. Jarmick

Reading, Book Signing,  Finger Food, Chocolate


Meet, hear the poets.

Buy books for yourselves or for gifts.

We’ll gather at 6:30 p.m.  The reading will be from 7 p.m.

to approximately 8:30 p.m.












Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Books website here

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Wednesday, October 14  –  7:00 p.m. –  Kirkland

Take a Poem From Your Heart 2nd Wednesday Series


John Burgess, Christopher J. Jarmick

and Jed Myers

plus an Open Mic


John, Chris and Jed will read poems from their recently

published poetry collections and then mix spoken word and

music in a Band of Poets collaboration.

Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Website is here

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October 16, 2015    7 P.M.   Seattle, WA

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh! Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle- based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.

October 16, 2015, Friday, 7:00 p.m.,

Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

Readings/ Performances by:

MC –  Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography: Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche  & Marianne Weltmann

Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch , Bang Nguyen  & Taumstar

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!  Poems by:

James Bertolino, Larry Crist,  Michael Heavenr

Kat Humphrey, Christopher J.  Jarmick

Larry Laurence, Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge, Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton, Ann Teplick

& Carletta Carrington Wilson

This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW FOUNDATION.

Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, &

The Washington state arts commission (with NEA funding)

for partial funding of our 2015 programs.

Contact Information: http://www.ravenchronicles.org

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October 17, 2015  Eugene Oregon 5 p.m.

Poetry for the People

Third Saturday Reading Series


Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

open mic


Hosted by Laura LeHew

5 to 7 p.m.

Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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Wednesday October 28  7:00 p.mWest Seattle, WA

4th Wednesday Poetrybridge Reading Series

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.

Plus Open Mic


C & P Coffee Company , 5612 California Ave SW, ,

Seattle,, Washington, 98136

Poetrybridge Website is here!

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Coming soon. . .   Thursday, November 5th……  Everett Poetry Nite

features Christopher J. Jarmick curated and hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen

who created the artwork used on the cover of Chris’ latest poetry collection Not Aloud!

Chris Mandy David Events_091915_9523

Thanks Ed Johnsonfor taking these pictures.   Left I’m doing a little spoken word with music improvisation courtesy of Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer  at  Pam and Jerry Libstaff’s Words and Music Concert in Vaughn, WA on the Key Peninsula.

Below– A picture during the poetry set.    All three of my daughters aka ‘The Three T’s ‘ (my brother, his wife and my ex-wife) were in the audience.  Over 70 people (standing room only) were part of the sold out program!  Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable evening! I see some of you at Morso’s in Gig Harbor when I read there in November!!!

Chris Events_091915_9440

Not Aloud (2015) is published by MoonPath Press a small press publisher in Kingston, Washington.   Help me in my grassroots efforts to let people know about Not Aloud in several ways.

You can request that your local library order a copy or two.  You’ll probably need some additional info and fill out a form… but it is a big big help if you do.  Be nice to know the book is available to more people through the library.

I also started the NorthWest Poetry Book Read-A-Thon .   Click on that link for my blog post which tells you all about the challenge to read at least 6 books out of a list of 26 before November 1, 2015.  Encourages everyone to read more poetry books AND comment do mini-reviews on them at Amazon/GoodReads etc.  Good for poets/small press/ and readers like YOU too!


Friday, September 25  7 p.m.- Redmond
RASP  Redmond Association of Spoken Word

presents  Jack Straw Writers Reading

w/  Clare Johnson, Laura Da’

and Kevin Craft.

Plus open mic


Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA

RASP Website here

Sunday, September 27  4 p.m.  Bellingham

You are Invited

In alphabetical order, we will present:

James Bertolino, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke,

Larry Crist, Denise duMaurier, Susan Chase Foster,

Paul Hunter, Laurel Leigh, Michael Dylan Welch,

Richard Widerkehr, and J. Jamiesen Woods.

Village Books,

1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA

Looking to submit to Clover’s next issue to be published in December?

Click Clover Link Here

Thursday, October 1 –  7:00 p.m. Burien

Poets West (hosted by Lisa Noble)


Peter Ludwin

& Michael Spence

plus open mic


7 p.m. at  Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in Burien, WA


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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