Archive for November, 2015


November – NorthWest Poetry

November 4, 2015

“You should always be trying to write a poem

you are unable to write, a poem  you lack the

technique, the language, the courage to achieve.

Otherwise you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because

that’s always easiest.”

― John Berryman

Good news!!!!!!

Auburn has found a new venue for

their poetry night on the FIRST Mondays of the month.

It began on November 2nd and will continue for several months

At  The Rainbow Cafe 112 East Main in Auburn, Wa.

7 p.m. (6:45 sign-up)

Open Mic and Featured Readers!!!!


(The Station Bistro went out of

business in Oct. 2015)

Presented by Northwest

Renaissance Poets, Performers & Publishers, in collaboration with

Auburn Striped Water Poets, Admission is free.

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Sat. Nov 14   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry begins in November 2015

Featured Poets, Open Mic  7 p.m. (6:45 signup)

First Reading on November 14th!!!!

Tsuga Fine Arts at 10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA

will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month

starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets

thru Poets West. Please spread the word.

The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.




“‎A day in which I don’t write leaves a taste of ashes.”

Simone de Beauvoir


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 makethe effort and take the time to

experience a reading soon.


Wed. November 11  – 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)

A very very special reading where celebrating

the publication of two Poeming Pigeons Anthologies

with a flock of poets!!!!    Mark your calendars….

Don’t miss THIS one.

Lynn Knapp,  Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever  are all scheduled to read!!!

7 p.m.

Featured Readers

Open Mic


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

Parkplace Books Website


Nov 12  7:00 pm  Gig Harbor

The Muse at Morso

featuring Christopher J. Jarmick

November 12, 2015    
7pm    in the Gallery
Open MIC

presented in conjunction

with Watermark Writers

Morso’s is at

9014 Peacock Hill Avenue at North Harborview Drive

at the head of the bay Gig Harbor, WA, 98332


WEBSITE for Event Here


Nov 14   4:00 pm  Seattle

2nd Saturday PoetsWest at Greenlake Library

4 p.m.


Christopher J. Jarmick

Herb McClees

Griffith Williams

Hosted by Art Gomez

Open Mic


Saturday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle


Dec 3  7 pm  Burien

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in

Burien, WA

Open Mic – FREE
PoetsWest features Chris Jarmick.

Hosted by Lisa Noble.


Find out all you need to know about submitting

To the new anthology  BANG! by checking out

The BANG PAGE here… 

‘BANG!’ Is the new E-book anthology from World Enough Writers to be

published in May 2016; print edition to be determined..(TBD).

Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons) are needed for a new  E-book

(and later print edition) anthology of poems about school shootings, public

shootings, guns, gun control, media coverage of tragic shootings, the NRA

and the second amendment.

We particularly encourage submissions from students, younger writers (and

artists) and teachers since they experience the very real threat of increasing

school attacks on a daily basis.  The E-book and print edition will be published

by World Enough Writers (the anthology division of Concrete Wolf). The

project editor is Christopher J. Jarmick.

(Managing Editor:Lana Hechtman Ayers)

BANG- submission details on world enough writers website too here

Submissions are Open  –  Now through February 15th, 2016.

Note: Check out announcements there for other Anthologies you

can submit to.


Coming soon:


Nov 12  7 p.m.   La Conner

From Michael Daley

Poetry Reading

Georgia Johnson

Stephen Roxborough

Michael Daley

(introducing Of a Feather, a collection of his Skagit poems)

November 12, 7p.m.

At the Garden Club

622 South Second Street La Conner

Free and Open to the Public

Michael Daley: In 1976 I edited a poetry anthology printed at Bob Blair’s

Empty Bowl Press in Port Townsend. Later, though Bob moved on, Empty

Bowl published eight more issues of the anthology and several collections by

Northwest poets. Those anthologies protested the corporate view of the Pacific

Northwest as a ‘resource colony,’ while the collections depicted and praised our

threatened abundance and endangered beauty.  My book, The Straits, was

among those titles, in 1983. It’s a delight I can’t measure to announce 33 years

later that Empty Bowl has just published my fourth collection of poems,

Of a Feather.

If you would like copies and can’t get to the reading, they’re expected

to be available by  November 11. You can order from Empty Bowl at

Pleasure Boat Studio’s site:

Or you can get a signed copy from me (and pay $15 with PayPal) at this address:


Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

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Don Kentop – Frozen by Fire

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Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

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


Nov. 18   6:30 pm  Olympia

OPN Local Poetry Event Winner Featured

Terri Cohlene, winner of the Olympia Poetry Network’s 2015 Poetry Slam,

will be OPN’s featured reader on Wednesday, November 18.  The event takes

place from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, in downtown

Olympia.  An Open Mic will precede her reading.  Cohlene is the author of nine

books for children.  She is a former art director and editor with her own

award-winning imprint  and has edited two adult poetry anthologies.  She has

taught at many venues around the Pacific Northwest and serves on the Board of

the Olympia Poetry Network.

The reading is free.  For more information, call 360-701-2030.


November 18 – 6:30 p.m. –  Downtown Seattle

Lyn Coffin at Seattle Central Library

Lyn Coffin reads from her latest poetry and short stories

is followed by staging of her short play, “Lutefisk,”

followed by Q and A.


It begins at 6:30 p.m.

Listen to a contemporary acoustic music featuring

Kurt MacGregor Jensen from 6:30 to 7 P.M.,

then enjoy a poetic-fictional-dramatic feast topped

with “Lutefisk”performed

by Barbara Lindsay and Bill Selig.

Lyn Coffin bio:

Award-winning poet, playwright, fiction writer,

Lyn Coffin comes to the Microsoft Auditorium

to launch an annual series of events focusing on

Seattle writers and artistic personalities. Lyn is

just back from a tour where she spoke in London

at a Film Festival, from Georgia (the country),

where she read at the Library of Parliament, and

La Paz, Mexico, where she performed poetry in

an international festival.

Seattle Central Library

is at

1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-1109

• 206-386-4636


*special two-night  event!!!!!

Nov 19  AND 20   7 PM   SEATTLE

Rose Alley Press  is celebrating their 20th Anniversary

with two readings featuring some of the very best poets

ever published by Rose Alley Press.

Try not to miss these two remarkable evenings!!!!

Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The readers are:

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop,

Belle Randall, Michael Spence

Friday, November 20th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The readers are:

Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz, Bethany Reid, Douglas Schuder,

And Joannie Stangeland

Refreshments, prizes, and lots of wonderful poetry on both nights! FREE!

Rose Alley Press 20th Anniversary Celebration Poetry Readings

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Contact: David D. Horowitz,


Nov. 20, 2014– 7 pm  Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring Gloria Burgess

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:

Gloria Burgess fuses memory and ancestral presence into her poetry and

performances. She celebrates her deep connection to her African American,

Native American, and Celtic  heritage. A poetry fellow with Cave Canem, a

collective of poets and writers of the African Diaspora, her poetry appears in

several anthologies,  including The Ringing Ear and Gathering Ground, and in

movable and permanent installations, including on a bridge at Brown University.

Gloria’s poetry has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a

PBS film on social activism and the arts. She is currently working on a children’s

picture book about her father’s life-changing relationship with William Faulkner.


Nov 21  3 pm  Seattle

From Pegg Sturdivant . . .

Georgia S. McDade let me know about this:

Life Enrichment Bookstore is having its AUTHOR MARATHON

Saturday November 21st from 3:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m.

Here you can hear the largest number of African-American writers in

one day than you may hear in years. Subjects and genres run the gamut.

Mark your calendar today.

5023 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118


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!