Archive for October, 2015


October 2015 – NorthWest Poetry Update –

October 13, 2015

“Read as widely and as deeply as you can.

 You have to be a reader before

you can be a writer.”

Y.S. Lee



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The Poetry by Day of the Week page  has been

updated to reflect two unfortunate changes

to the local poetry scene.

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The Station Bistro is Auburn has closed

Which also means the 1st Monday Poetry at the Station

Reading is no more.   Striped Water and Northwest

Renaissance are exploring other venues so that a

monthly series can continue.  I’ll keep you updated.

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The North End Forum at Bai Pai in Ravenna is no more.

The 1st and 3rd Monday of the month series has ended.

The restaurant owner has decided he doesn’t want the

long running series to continue.   Jed Myers its host

and organizer sent out an email announcement recently

thanking regular attendees and all involved in making the

series a special unique place to experience poetry, a little

music, prose and more since 2006.


Remember, it’s important to support poetry and

poetry readings with your attendance at readings

and events.  Don’t take regularly scheduled readings

and open mics for granted. They won’t always be there.

Things change.  A few additional people at a reading

encourages both poets and reading organizers and

business owners to continue to have readings.


Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

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. 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. Consider requesting the book from your

local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to post a short review!)

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.


Wed. October 14  – 7 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Our 9th year continues….

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)


Band of Poets Alumni

Jed Myers, and  John Burgess

with Christopher J. Jarmick

offering a special evening of

spoken word and music

7 p.m.



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

John Burgess Web site 

Jed Myers Web Site

Chris Jarmick Website

In 2014/2015 John, Jed and Chris

have released 4 new books of poetry.

Jed Myers: Watching the Perseids and The Nameless;

John Burgess: By Land

And Chris Jarmick: Not Aloud.

Don’t miss this special evening!

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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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring Lynn Knapp, Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website


“Writing is an exploration.

You start from nothing.”

E.L. Doctorow


October 16 – 7 p.m. – Seattle

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Raven Chronicles


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.

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October 16, 2015,

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free

Jack Straw Cultural Center,

4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

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Readings/ Performances by:

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MC – Paul Hunter

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Cultural Geography:

Vladimir Vulovic

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Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche

Marianne Weltmann

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Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch

Bang Nguyen


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Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

James Bertolino

Larry Crist

Michael Heavener

Kat Humphrey

Chris Jarmick

Larry Laurence

Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge

Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton

Ann Teplick

Carletta Carrington Wilson

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Optional: Bring finger food

&/or beverage to share

with the gathering


October 17 –  5 p.m. – Eugene, Or.

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Poetry for the People

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Third Saturday Reading Series


Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

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open mic


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Hosted by Laura LeHew

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5 to 7 p.m.

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Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site



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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is


October 16-17!!!!

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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, 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



October 18 –  5 p.m. –     Seattle

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The Rainier Valley Lit Crawl

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Four venues. Twelve writers.

One night in October.

Come be a part of it…

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5 pm Columbia City Art Gallery

6 pm Hummingbird Saloon

7 pm Rumba Notes

8 pm Union Bar

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More details on Facebook Page


from Leopoldo Seguel

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October 28–  7:00 p.m. – West Seattle

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  • 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!

4th Wednesday

Poetrybridge Reading Series


October 30 – 7 p.m. –  Redmond

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RASP Reading


Jason Zion

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Open Mic


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Friday, October 30, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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Jason Zions has been writing

poetry for more than forty years,

although the first ten years or so

were pretty terrible. He is a

trained storyteller and musician,

and is likelier to characterize

himself as “bard” than “poet.” His

work was published in the RASP

collection Here, There, and

Everywhere, and more can be

seen at

(along with some excellent recipes

and meditations on cooking

and technology). In his day job as

software architect for a large

software monopoly, he’s lectured to

thousands around the world to

vaguely thunderous applause.

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Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052

(look for us in

Room 206, upstairs)

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RASP Website here


November 5 – 7 pm – Everett

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Everett Poetry Nite


Christopher J. Jarmick

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open mic

7 p.m. sign-up

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Everett Poetry Nite is held at

Café Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, WA 98201

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Website is here


On October 10th, 2015  we had a special reading

At Park Place Books in Kirkland featuring the poetry

Of 5 MoonPath Press published poets

Ronda Broatch, Joseph Green, Cindy Hutchings,

Christopher J. Jarmick and Raul Sanchez.

Thanks to everyone to attended.

Here’s a few pictures. . . . Cindy, Chris, Joseph and Raul  (Ronda was not at reading, but some of her poems were read).

MoonP read all  MoonP read cindyMoonP read JosephMoonpath read raulMoonP read duane chris


Coming soon:

Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

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Don KentopFrozen by Fire

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Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

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No prosaic history tome better captures the senselessness of these lives cut short

than do the simple, elegant poems of Frozen by Fire.  I wept as I read. 

  • Michael Schein, author, historian, and director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop
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In “Frozen by Fire” Donald Kentop recreates a world from ashes and memories,

breathes life and voice into those who were voiceless even while they lived. 

The result is stunning.

Richard Wakefield, author of East of Early Winters, and A Vertical Mile

Memory is the mother of the muses, and Donald Kentop’s Frozen by Fire is an important act

of remembrance.

  • David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate, author of Ludlow, A Verse-Novel


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!