Archive for December, 2015


NorthWest Poetry – December 2015

December 5, 2015

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

Maya Angelou

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

You’ll find updated info on the New Striped Water readings at Rainbow Cafe and the brand new reading in Bothel 2nd Saturdays!




Details on the Last Park Place Reading (December 9th)




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. Dec 9,2015  – 6:30 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Wed. December 9th  6:30 pm  Kirkland, WA

The LAST and Final . . .

Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesday

Our Last Featured Poet
(1st time reading at our venue. . .)

Richard Widerkehr

plus 15 mini spotlight readings
from some of our best…including
Jed Myers, Larry Crist, Erika Michael
Raul Sanchez, Mary Crane, Lyn Coffin
Michael Dylan Welch, David Horowitz,
Dennis Caswell, Peggy Barnett and
plus open mic spot for one and all

Special Time  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Many of you have heard the rumors…
They are true.  Park Place Books, a unique
independent bookstore in Kirkland since 1986
and the home of a 2nd Wednesday of the month
poetry series for 9 years, is closing their doors
at the end of 2015.

The Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being re-developed
and many local businesses are closing or being
displaced. Mary and Rebecca have been part of
the store for 20 years. Rebecca is retiring when the
store closes and Mary hopes to open a new bookstore
but a suitable location has not yet been found.

Mary and Rebecca have been among the most
welcoming, generous and dedicated bookstore
owners you’ll ever know.  Their bookstore has hosted
both large and small literary events sometimes
accommodating more than 300 people but also
making it feel full and welcoming when a dozen
people show up.”

For years they have volunteered bookseller services
to various local literary festivals, and special poetry
events, often without any compensation for their time
and effort whatsoever.

Let’s honor Mary and Rebecca with an expanded
final poetry gathering on December 9th  from 6:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m.

I hope we pack the place with poets who will
celebrate what an important part of the literary
and poetry community Park Place Books has
been for so many many years.

And consider doing some of your Christmas
shopping at Park Place Books too!

We’ll have an abbreviated featured poet reading
by Richard Widerkehr (who is travelling from
Bellingham).  We’ll have 15 mini spotlight
readings from at least 15 of our most
compelling past featured readers
and leave time for 15 to 20 open mic
readers too.

Come and be part of it if you are able.
Please share news of this event with
friends and acquaintances through
emails and social media.


Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood
first prizes for poetry at the University
of Michigan and earned his M.A. from
Columbia University. He has two
collections of poems, The Way Home
(Plain View Press) andHer Story of Fire
(Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks,
and a novel,Sedimental Journey
(Tarragon Books) about a geologist in
love with a fictional character. In the
last year, his poems have been
published inRattleSoundings,
Floating Bridge ReviewJewish
Literary Journal
,Grey Sparrow,
Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review,
Pennine InkCirque,Penumbra,
Clay Bird Review, and Crack The

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.


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


Friday, Dec. 11th  7 p.m.  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The Distinguished Writer Series
Christopher J. Jarmick

AND our special
Christmas/Holiday Party
right after the reading!
(at Tim and Marsha
Sherry’s Abode!)

December 11th, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Mon. Dec. 14th 7pm  Seattle

Easy Speak at
the Wedgwood Ale House

Christopher J. Jarmick
open mic

Hosted by Peter Munro

December 14th
Sign-up at 8,
show starts at 8:30,
featured performer
around 9:20

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

Event Page Click Here

Wed. Dec. 16th  7 p.m.  Woodinville

Third Wednesday at
The Creekside

Christopher J. Jarmick

Open Mic

plus (free) refreshments!

Readings are at 7:00pm on the
third Wednesday of each month
at The Creekside , 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072).

Event Page Here
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

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.


More Stuff


December 7 – 7 pm – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!
We are at the Rainbow Cafe for 2016.
112 East Main Street
There is an entrance on Main Street and an entrance in the back parking lot which connects with the Safeway parking lot, with a driveway on Auburn Way.
Monday December 7
7 to 9
at the Rainbow Cafe
Shannon P. Laws
Joann C. Roberts
followed of course by our Open Mic


Dec 11  6 p.m.  Redmond

Special Night for
RASP’s  6th Annual
Holiday Party!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015
Festivities begin at 6:00 PM

We’re bringing back the ever-popular
Island Style Slam and know you’ll
have a wonderful evening. We’re
partying in Room 204 upstairs at
the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center.
The party starts at 6:00 PM
and you can help us decorate!

Bring a holiday snack to share and
RASP will provide beverages,
pens, and paper.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

In January  RASP will be at
a brand new place!!!!

January 29th
Featured Reader:
Christopher J. Jarmick

at  VALA
VALA Eastside in
Redmond Town Center
(7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052




Sat. Dec 12   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry began in November 2015

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

December 12th –  Featured Reader is

Mary Crane

plus open mic

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.

Dec. 16.   6:30 pm  Olympia


Celebrate with “Seasons Readings,”
poetry for winter and the Holidays,
sponsored by the Olympia Poetry
Network on

Wednesday, December 16,
6:30 p.m. at
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW.

Members of the OPN Board will
share their own or a favorite author’s
tribute to everything December.
An Open Mic will follow.
The event is free.  Those attending
are invited to bring a new children’s
poetry book to donate to needy
youth this Holiday Season.
For more information call

Joanne Clarkson

Dec 17  7 p.m.  Redmond Wa
Soulfood Poetry Night

Sean Bentley 
Emily Warn

Plus open mic
7 p.m.

SoulFood Coffee House,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

“True literature can exist only 

where it is created, not by diligent
and trustworthy functionaries,
but by madmen, hermits, heretics,
dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

 Yevgeny Zamyatin


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!