Archive for January, 2016


NorthWest Poetry January 27 2016

January 27, 2016

“The writer must be universal in sympathy and
an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.”

Julian Barnes

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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!




Friday, Jan 29 – 7 pm  Redmond

RASP is moving to VALA at Redmond Town Center for the 2016 Reading Series!

Featured Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick

Friday, January 29, 2016

Party starts at 6:00 PM,

signup starts at 6:30 PM;

reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Christopher J. Jarmick has curated poetry nights and special events in the Pacific Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, was published by MoonPath Press in 2015. His previous collection, Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares, was published in 2010. Christopher is currently editing the poetry anthology BANG! and accepting submissions through March 15, (just extended).  Details Here  or  here:  BANG Page . His “Poetry Is Everything” blog publicizes dozens of readings occurring primarily in Western Washington State. Christopher also cowrote the novel The Glass Cocoon (2001), wrote the award-winning one-act play Clash of Cultures, and has published articles, poetry, and interviews in a variety of print magazines, newspapers, and literary journals.


MC—Michael Dylan Welch

VALA Eastside

RASP is moving to a new home. Beginning with the January 2016 featured reading and open mic, We will be located at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center, at 7330 164th Ave NE in Redmond Town Center. That’s on the south side of the main court west of the center circle; it’s the space with the revolving door next to Z Gallerie. VALA stands for Venues for Artists in the Local Area. It is an artist-friendly place (and we all agree that poetry and writing are major arts) and offers more flexability that our previous location.


Be sure to come at 6:00 PM for the Welcome to our New Home party!


We thank the leaders, staff and volunteers at VALA for their generous support of RASP and for the use of their artist-centric location. VALA is currently sponsoring (R)evolution through January 2016. This showing features five local artist/activists, including RASP’s own Laura Lee Bennett.


Be sure to read the article in the Redmond Reporter about VALA, RASP, and our new location——“RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts.” 

Rasp Website is Here


Find out all you need to know about submitting to the new anthology 
BANG! by checking out
The BANG PAGE here 

Deadline extended to March 2016

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




Michael Schein Readings – Jan. 28th and 29th!


SEQUIM LIBRARY – JAN. 29, 6:00pm

Please join us!

Michael Schein presents a lively discussion of his new nonfiction book,                       JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY, illustrated by historical images as well as pictures from the Italian hill town of Veroli, where Surratt made a daring leap to freedom. John Surratt was a Confederate Secret Service agent who was Booth’s closest associate in the four months prior to the assassination. Schein will discuss Surratt’s involvement in the assassination plot, his meetings with the Confederate high command in Richmond, his wild flight from justice as his mother stood trial for her life, and the failed effort to bring Surratt to justice. Schein will also tell tales from the adventure of tracking Surratt’s ghost across Italy.

Sponsored by HART’S FINE BOOKS, Sequim

John Surratt was indeed the Lincoln assassin who got away, but, fortunately, he will not escape history thanks to Michael Schein. In this well-researched, beautifully written account of John Surratt, Schein brings historical justice to a man that has been given a pass for too long. It is long overdue.” ~ Edward Steers, Jr., Author (among other works) of “Lincoln’s Assassination,” “The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia,” “Blood on the Moon,” “The Quotable Lincoln,” “His Name is Still Mudd,” and editor of “The Trial: the Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators.”

Michael’s Website Here!

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Monday, Feb. 1 –  7 p.m. – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!

Come join us at the Rainbow Cafe!

112 East Main Street

for an evening of great food and great poetry!

every First Monday  7 pm to 9 pm

Monday February 1 2016

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe presents:

Michael Daley and Michael Schmeltzer

followed as always by our Open Mic


Michael Schmeltzer is the author of “Elegy/Elk River” (Floating Bridge Press.) He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, and the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in numerous journals.


Michael Daley was born in Boston, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MFA from U. W. In 1976 he was the founding editor of Empty Bowl press in Port Townsend. In 1983 Gary Snyder called his first collection of poetry, The Straits,  His chapbooks include: Horace: Eleven Odes, translations published by Sam & Sally Green at Brooding Heron Press, and Rosehip Plum Cherry published by Paul Hunter of Woodworks in Seattle. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Alaskan Quarterly Review, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.

Extra Special Thanks to the Rainbow Cafe,  Striped Water Poets,  The NorthWest Renaissance, The Auburn Arts Commission , The City of Auburn,  King County 4culture, and to all of our wonderful Open Mic participants!

Striped Water Poets

Wednesday, Feb. 3  7 pm – Duvall

Brandon Pitts features on

Wednesday, February 3rd, 7 PM, AT

Duvall Library * 15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019

Signup begins at 6:45 and our open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. Duvall Library is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!


Emcee: Michael Schein


Seattle area-based Canadian poet Brandon Pitts is the author of the poetry collection, Tender in the Age of Fury (2015 Mosaic Press). Pitts first came onto the Toronto lit scene in 2010 with the short story “The BC Crib,” published in the anthology Canadian Voices Volume II. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an “Emerging Voice” for fiction. He followed this with his novel Puzzle of Murders (2011) and then a poetry collection Pressure to Sing (2012) and the production of three plays. He is now based in Everett, Washington, and is a prominent figure in the city’s poetry scene.

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February 12 –  7 pm – Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

February 12, 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Matt Muth

Matt Muth is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pacifica Literary Review. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, The Adirondack Review, Nashville Review, and RHINO. He teaches English-related things at Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond.

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February 17th  6:30p.m.   Olympia

Christianne Balk is the featured poet for Olympia Poetry Network’s February 17th reading.  The event takes place at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Christianne’s newest book is The Holding Hours from University of Washington Press. These poems explore the subtle and surprising transformations that come from caring for her young, neurologically injured daughter. Balk anchors these meditations within the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.  Her poems have appeared in many journals including the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the Atlantic. She lives in Seattle.  An Open Mic will precede her reading.  The program is free.  For more information call 360-701-2030.

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Saturday, Feb 13 @ 2 pm  SEATTLE

Poets Against Hate: calling all poets to join us on February 13, 2016, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., at The Seattle Library’s Central Library. 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Poets will read one poem (your own poem), 1-2 minutes max. 47 poets have signed up so far. We are hoping for 60 poets to read. We would love to have poets read in their native languages. This will work if you read a one minute poem and read the translation also in one minute. We will have a strict time schedule with so many readers. Please help us keep to schedule. You can read a Spanish or Russian or Urdu poem, say, and then have someone translate to English, or vice versa. Thank you for helping us build our community.

This event is co-sponsored by The SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, IT’S ABOUT TIME WRITERS, and The Raven Chronicles. Contact Information: <>

Email for information or to sign up: Phoebe at, or Esther at

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From Michael Dylan Welch

National Haiku Writing Month Starts February 1
Have you written a haiku yet today? How about every day throughout the month of February? February is National Haiku Writing Month, also known as NaHaiWriMo — the shortest month for the shortest genre of poetry. The goal is to write at least one haiku each day for the entire month. It’s harder than it seems, not even counting the fact that it’s leap year — are you up for it?
For more information, visit, where you can learn about the myths and realities of haiku (and why 5-7-5 syllables is a sort of urban myth for haiku in English). You can also get involved, along with 2,100+ others, at the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook,, where daily writing prompts inspire participants.
To learn more about haiku, visit “Becoming a Haiku Poet” at and “The Burning Word: Getting Started with Haiku” at There’s also a NaHaiWriMo Facebook page in French at, and in Bulgarian at Whether you write in English or another language, please join us and write one haiku a day for February — National Haiku Writing Month.
If you’re not on Facebook, please follow @NaHaiWriMo on Twitter, and tweet your daily haiku to #nahaiwrimo. National Haiku Writing Month was founded in 2010 by Michael Dylan Welch (for more info, email
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World Peace Poets  Poetry Postcard begins Feb 1, 2016!

Leap Into Peace in 2016 2016 has an extra day for Peace!

Peace Poetry Postcard Month!

Still time to sign up and participate in a

Write a poetry postcard every day of February


SIGN-UP today for February Peace Poetry Postcard Month.

JOIN poets from around the world (29 to a group) and send one of your original peace poems on a postcard for the 29 days of February.

SIGN UP at and you will become part of a group of 29 who promise to send new poems on peace to each other.


use the subject line: Peace Postcards

In the body of the e-mail provide:

Your Name, Street Address, City, State, Country and Zip or Postal Code.

For every 29 poets who sign up, a group is formed.

You will receive an e-mail with you list as soon as your group reaches 29 names and addresses.

Facebook notice about this is here:

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Over 50 and a poet who has never published a full length poetry collection?

Check this out:    Lana Ayers asks that you spread the word about this unique new book prize she started at Concrete Wolf for poets over 50.

Here’s the link:

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Writer’s Residency  Deadline- 2/16/16

Freemont Bridge

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience. ($10,000.00 budget).  Sounds interesting doesn’t it?  Application deadline is February 16th, 2016.

Details are here! :

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From Bethany Reid

I will be teaching a class with Margaret Riordan in Olympia, beginning Feb. 13 (see flyer below). Margaret is the chakra go-to person; I’m the writing piece.

Click here for details, info and cost.

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Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not
brood over injury,

it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies,
they will be brought to nothing; if tongues,
they will cease; if knowledge, it will be
brought to nothing.

For we know partially and we prophesy
partially, but when the perfect comes,
the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside
childish things.

At present we see indistinctly,
as in a mirror, but then face to face.
At present I know partially; then I shall
know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain,
these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13; 4-13