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NaPoWriMo 2017! And so it begins . . .

March 31, 2017

And so it begins. . . .  NAPOWRIMO 2017

Always be a poet, even in prose.

Charles Baudelaire

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NaPoWriMo  2017    April 1 to April 30 2017

National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO

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April is National Poetry Month.   To celebrate people challenge themselves to write at least one poem each and every day during National Poetry Month.   Some choose a prompt and use it to create a poem.

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I post daily prompts to help inspire YOU to write.

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Poets around the world participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Some post prompts on blogs or sites.  Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes that they have written to these prompts. This is of course a writing exercise and whatever you create in an hour or so will likely need rewriting, and editing before it can blossom fully as a poem.  What you wind up doing is creating a habit where you write every day.

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Please participate any way you are able.  Write every day or every other day or once a week.  If you fall behind and want to catch-up. . . do so.  If you skip some days… that’s okay.  This is a challenge, not a contest, not even a rite of passage.  Consider it a writing exercise and every day that you can participate consider a gift you are giving to your creative self.  Feel free to write messages, share my posts (with POETRYisEVERYTHING mentioned please).  I’ll be sharing too and will sometimes post links to other blogs that have poems or prompts.

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Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here 

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Again, I have asked Brendan McBreen  a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington to suggest some prompts that I’ll use during the month of April.   Thankfully he sent over lots of suggestions.    His website is here: Brendan’s Site

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On a personal note, I am overwhelmed with the work of running a  brand new business – as of late last year I am the co-owner of BookTree an independent new and used bookstore located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Washington.   BookTree on Facebook   (Please LIKE and Follow the page).  And  The BookTree Website.

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If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore.  Robert Lashley will be leading a free workshop and later in the evening reading some poems from his newest collection Up South.  We’ll also have an open mic.

Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything at BookTree.  

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Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22ndHunter Facebook Event Page

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I’ll be reading at two places next Saturday (April 8th)!  First is the  Greenlake Library (4 p.m. ) with David Horowitz.  And later in the evening I’ll be at the Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery, Main Street  in Bothel  at 7 p.m. for a special reading (along with Rayn Roberts).  Tsuga Fine Arts Gallery Reading  Both readings are free and also have an open mic.

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.

The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over

and let the beautiful stuff out. ”

― Ray Bradbury

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DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2017  

Let’s begin the 2017 NaPoWriMo challenge with a fairly simple prompt.

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First lines of books.   Choose 5 to 6 first lines in books that you admire.  Mix them up to create two new sentences.  Use one sentence to begin your poem and another to end your poem.  From the sentences you chose use three words from one or more of the sentences as they originally appeared (in order) in lines 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Your finished poem should be 6 lines in length.

(Share the names of the books your lines came from when you post your poems)

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt… send me a link.

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Look for the April 2nd prompt after 10 p.m. tomorrow.

ENJOY!

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March P.I.E. Update

March 10, 2017

To be consumed by all things books is a burden to manage,

but a blessing to experience.

 

And so it goes.   Co-owning BookTree in Kirkland has monopolized my time the last several months and made even more demands than I imagined.

I have begun the Third Saturday Poetry is Everything workshop and poetry reading however.   We have quite the line-up scheduled in the coming months.

Please check out the BookTree website which has an event calendar  (authors, special events, poetry nights etc.)  BookTree Website

BookTree also has a BookTree Facebook Page.  It would be great if you could like/share and follow the page and help get the word out, that there is an independent new and used general bookstore in Kirkland (one of the few remaining on the eastside by the way).

I do have a couple of readings coming up  (April and beyond),  I am going to finish editing BANG! and it will be in print (and as an e-book) in September or October.

Soon it will be April and NapoWriMo time!

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NorthWest Poetry Update- December 2017

December 15, 2016

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting that speaks.

Plutarch

Many of you know that I am now the co-owner/ manager of a new independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th. It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. A few Sunday’s ago the Seattle Times featured our store! We’ve had several author events, a holiday party and the beginning of our brand new workshop/reading/open mic series.

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree

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NEW EVENT – NEW SERIES  

Michael Dylan Welch -Third Saturday Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading/Open Mic

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  • 4:30pm  to 8:00pm
  • FREE

Former Redmond Poet Laureate  Michael Dylan Welch will lead a free workshop “Haiku Can Help: Focusing Your Prose and Poetry.”  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and be the featured poet for our Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic. 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. FREE

The co-feature is  Michael Schein!  (he has plans to re-locate in the near future so it may be a while before you get a chance to see and hear him).

Michael Dylan Welch has had his haiku performed for the Empress of Japan and at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012, one of his translations from the Japanese appeared on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps. He was keynote speaker for the 2013 Haiku International Association convention in Tokyo, and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poetry, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals in twenty languages, including RattleKyoto JournalRaven ChroniclesStringTownBacopaThe Writer’s ChronicleWriter’s DigestClover, and many others, the latter of which just nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 and National Haiku Writing Month in 2010. He served two terms as Redmond’s poet laureate, and in 2010 was selected for the Jack Straw Writers program. His most recent books are Seven Suns / Seven Moons (with Tanya McDonald; NeoPoiesis Press), Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku (Boatwhistle Books), Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, and Becoming a Haiku Poet (both Press Here).

Co-Feature Poet – Michael Schein is the author of the nonfiction history, John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (September 1, 2015), as well as two acclaimed historical novels, Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2008). Mr. Schein taught American Legal History at Seattle University Law School from 1988-2003, served on the speakers’ bureau of Humanities Washington, and is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from King County 4Culture, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Schein attended Reed College in Portland, University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, and now lives near Seattle.He is a former professor of American Legal History.

Open Mic

Bring a Poem or very very short piece of prose if you would like and sign up on our list to read for between 3 and 4 minutes.

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more readings- here

PoetsWest

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Here   The Poetry Department.

 

As I have time I will update this blog with other readings and events of interest!

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NorthWest Poetry Update – NOVEMBER 2017

November 18, 2016

Then let us compare mythologies
I have learned my elaborate lie
Of soaring crosses and poisoned thorns
And how my fathers nailed him
Like a bat against a barn
To greet the autumn and the late hungry ravens
At a hollow yellow sign.

Leonard Cohen RIP

The big news is that I am the co-owner/ manager of a new

independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at
609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th.It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. Last Sunday the Seattle Times featured our store!

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree

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NEW EVENT – NEW SERIES  

Saturday 11/19  4:30/6:15  Kirkland
*New Series*

Poetry Is Everything at BookTree
THIRD SATURDAYS

We are kicking off the new series
with a late afternoon FREE workshop
followed by a free reading and open mic.

Saturday November 19th

BookTree Bookstore
609 Market St
Kirkland Wa. 98033

Free Workshop  4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Reading & Open Mic  6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Priscilla Long  &  Larry Crist

WORKSHOP
Writer, Teacher, Historian, Poet
Priscilla Long leads a workshop for
writers, and poets (beginners welcome)

Priscilla will be offering a generating poetry session at Kirkland’s new independent bookstore, BookTree this Saturday November 19 at 4:30. We will be using models and writing prompts to generate one or more poems using a hoarding or gathering technique. You are cordially invited to join us no matter whether you are an experienced poet or not at all. It will be fun!

TITLE:   Gathering and Hoarding Technique

Perhaps a poem like this will result::

The Museum of Stones  (excerpt)

This is your museum of stones, assembled
in matchbox and tin,

collected from roadside, culvert, and viaduct,

battlefield, threshing floor, basilica, abattoir,

stones loosened by tanks in the streets

of a city whose earliest map was drawn in ink on linen,

schoolyard stones in the hand of a corpse,

pebble from Apollinaire’s oui,

stone of the mind within us

carried from one silence to another, . . . .

Carolyn Forché   [The New Yorker, March 26, 2007]

The Workshop will be from 4:30 to approximately 6:00 p.m.
And then……    A free Poetry Reading and Open Mic will follow.

Reading and open-mic 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Our feature poets are –
Priscilla Long
And
Larry Crist
(Note:  Larry Crist is moving out of state and
this is his final reading in our area in the
foreseeable future -.
  Don’t miss it!)

BookTree’s Poetry is Everything Series
3rd Saturdays beginning November 19th

Featured Poets, Open Mic,  FREE

M/C Host-  Christopher J. Jarmick

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author
(poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction)
and teacher of writing. New books: Fire and
Stone: Where Do We Come From? What
Are We? Where Are We Going?
(University
of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse:
A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and
Other Creators
(Coffeetown Press). Her
book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems
(University of New Mexico Press, 2015).
Her other books are The Writer’s Portable
Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the
Writing Life
(2010) and Where the Sun
Never Shines: A History of America’s
Bloody Coal Industry
(1989). Her science
column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92
weeks on the website of The American
Scholar (2011-2013). Her awards include
a National Magazine Award, and she has
been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay
Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw
Productions. Her MFA is from the
University of Washington. She serves
as Founding and Consulting Editor of
http://www.historylink.org, the online
encyclopedia of Washington state
history. For more information please
visit http://www.PriscillaLong.com.

Larry Crist has lived in Seattle for the
past 20 years and is originally from
California, specifically Humboldt County.
He has lived in Chicago, Houston,
London, and Philadelphia where he
attended Temple U receiving an MFA
in theatre. He’s been widely published.

Undertow Overtures is a new poetry
collection, Larry’s first, covering the
past twenty years. Larry was pleased
to have been included in The Jack Straw
Writer’s Program in 2013 and has received
three Pushcart nominations.

Facebook Event Details Here

BookTree Website Events Page

Check out Sunday, November 26th at BookTree

(Q and A and author signing with mystery/legal thriller

author, Robert Dugoni!)
http://www.booktreekirkland.com/

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Community  (Other Readings)

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Tod Marshal Reading  This Friday!!!

Tod Marshall  our Washington State Poet
will be at the RASP
reading in Redmond Friday the 18th at 7 p.m.
plus open mic    FREE

RASP  aka  Redmond Association of
Spoken Word  Readings are held at
VALA Eastside in the Redmond Town
Center (7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052).

Google or GPS for directions and
more info.

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11/18  Jack Straw 7 p.m. Seattle

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center,
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 

A reading/reception celebrating 20
Years of the Jack Straw Writers
Program, 1997-2016.
Readers include Joan Fiset, Donna
Miscolta, Deborah Woodard, David Halpern,
Suzanne Bottelli,Mercedes Lawry,
Elizabeth Austen, Kathryn Hunt,
Janee J. Baugher, James Reed,
Maliha Masood,John Burgess,
Jourdan Keith, Laurie Blauner,
Doug Nufer, Wendy Call, Sharon
Cumberland, Rachel Dilworth, Bill
Carty, Martha Clarkson, Harold Taw,
Sharon Hashimoto, Josephine
Ensign, Margot Kahn, Martha
Kreiner, EJ Koh, and
MC Kathleen Flenniken.

Free event.
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11/23  C&P Coffee  7 p.m.  W. Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel

Hello poetrybridge community,

Post election, I find myself focusing less
on my reactions to what happened to
more and more on the future. In my
relentless pursuit of the views of political
pundits and TV analysts and the views
of my friends and family, my spirit turns
to action and my heart longs to hear from
fellow artists.

I want you to consider using our upcoming
November 23, Thanksgiving Eve reading
to expresses, through the spoken word,
what your take is on our future. After all the
dust has settled, what is next? What now?
What can be done. Should be done? Will
be done? Individually? Collectively?

Feel free to bring whatever your artistic
inclination might lead you. However I do
want to invite all you poets and storytellers
, regardless of how this election affected
you or who you voted for or even if you
didn’t vote at all, to consider What Now?

Our featured readers are:

 MICHAEL G. HICKEY, born in southern
Illinois and the oldest of eleven children,
received a BA in creative writing from the
University of Arizona, 1987, and an MFA
from the University of Washington, 1992
. He has written one novel
Counterclockwise and two books of
poetry, In Defense of Eve and A Dress
Walked by with a Woman Inside. He is a
tenured professor at South Seattle College,
and he was elected as Seattle’s eighth
“Poet Populist” in 2008. His motto is to
“work hard and have fun.” His life goal is
to take over the world 25 students at a time.

BRANDON PITTS, a Canadian/American
writer, is the author of the poetry collections
Tender in the Age of Fury (Mosaic Press,
2016), Pressure to Sing (IOWI, 2012) and
the forthcoming novel, The Gospel of Now
. In 2011, he was inducted into the
prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an
“Emerging Voice” for fiction, followed by the
production of three plays and the novel
Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press, 2011).
Known for his riveting poetry recitals, he
has read his work to capacity crowds in
multiple cities and countries.

Community Mic after the featured readers.
Sign up sheet at 6:45.

Hope to see you all then!

Leopoldo
C&P Coffee is located at
5612 California Ave SW,
(West) Seattle, WA 98136

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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!

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Update! New Kirkland Bookstore

September 29, 2016

I will be updating the blog with upcoming poetry and literary events in the near future.  I have been overwhelmed in the work of opening up BookTree, a new independent book store in Kirkland.  Thanks for spreading the word about the book store, and those in the area I look forward to seeing at an event in the store in the near future!

The BookTree website is here!