I began this blog several years ago so that twice a month (sometimes more) I would publicize readings going on throughout Western Washington   (from Vancouver, WA to Bellingham,WA – though mostly the Seattle area) .  Every APRIL I  also celebrate National Poetry Month with NaPoWriMo and share prompts each and every day (and some poems).

In June of 2016 , I made a big decision.  I  became a business partner with Mary Harris (formerly of Parkplace Books) and figured out a way to open a new independent bookstore.  In August we found the location and in September began the remodel.  We opened BookTree on November 4th, 2016.  Mary retired in early 2017 and most of my time is monopolized with running/managing the bookstore these days.  It carries new and gently-used books.  We also have several events every month.  Most involve authors and book-signings.  Every third Saturday we offer a free writing workshop and we have featured poets and an open mic too.  Check out the BookTree website and Facebook for more details. (Links just below).

I blog on occasion and manage to do NaPoWriMo in April.

My last published full length collection of poetry is Not Aloud (Sept. 2015) and before that was Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares (2010).     Link to IGNITION HERE.   and Link to Not Aloud announcement here.

I am editing the poetry anthology BANG in what little spare time I have.  It should be done by June of 2018 and I’ll make announcements about its publication.

BookTree official website

BookTree on Facebook 

I am  Christopher J. Jarmick, a Seattle area writer, former Los Angeles TV producer who has curated and hosted regularly scheduled poetry readings, open mics  and special events since 1999.  I have also performed my own poetry at numerous venues (mostly on the West Coast) for many years and have given lectures, been part of writer conference panels and given workshops. Other kind souls have published several things I’ve written  (essays, reviews poems, interviews, stories, editorials) in local and national magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  My online film reviews have over 3 million views. My short poem Dear Poem Owner rode two King County Rapid Ride buses and appeared (along with my picture) at a bus stop located at 3rd and Bell in downtown Seattle through 2015).  I am currently editing the poetry anthology; BANG featuring poems about school and public shootings, the second amendment, and the NRA.   It was delayed because of BookTree but is still very much in the works.  Stay tuned!

Link to Dear Poem Owner (audio and text)   Link to 2 Poems at RAPOETICS (Penhead Press)

Link to Review at Rattle of Jack McCarthy’s    Link to  Raven Chronicles Interview with David Horowitz 

Link to  A Slow Ride Down Mulholland Dr (David Lynch film)  Link to Article/Filmography about Doris Wishman

Link to Poetrynight podcast (audio) of May 2014 reading



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  2. Thank you so much!!! Glad your enjoying… keep blogging!!!

  3. Love the blog, great stuff!

  4. Chris! I was at your mic this evening at C&P. As a 17 year old girl, I loved and was inspired by your poem that was NOT about high school 😉 and also would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get my hands on a copy of Recovery Girl. I AM Recovery Girl 🙂 feel free to email me back when convenient. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Thanks for letting me know my work connected with you. Always good to know this. Please drop me an email to emeraldchris@yahoo.com so I can get you those poems. Recovery Girl (written for my step-daughter Daria) is also published in the excellent RASP Anthology Here There and Everywhere which has many excellent poems from about 2 dozen excellent Northwest Poets. (You may want to find and buy a copy of the anthology — recent 2013 publication but I’ll get you the poem regardless just drop me an email).

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  6. I like what I read here! Congratulations for all the work and accomplishments. 🙂

  7. Thanks for following my blog. I’m off to read your prompts.

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