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Hot July Events at BookTree

July 8, 2017

BookTree Bookstore is located at 609 Market Street (about 6 blocks from the Kirkland Marina) in Kirkland, Wa 98033 .  It it the only new and gently used independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa and is open 7 days a week with the exception of some holidays.

BookTree was open on July 4th and the parade floats were right outside our doors.  A lot of people who weren’t sure where the bookstore is- ‘discovered’ us!  Some even bought some books!

Please remember to let your friends, neighbors, acquaintances know about Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore.  Like and Follow our Facebook Page!  Share Posts and Events too! We have gift certificates, loyalty cards, are happy to steer you to your next great book and we have lots of events!

StoryTime happens every Wednesday at 11AM.  Bring the kids!

Sunday July 9th  1PM to 4PM  The typewriters are back!  Fun for the whole family!  It was a great success in April and we are doing it again!  Join us!  Tik Tik Tik Type-In @ BookTreeA special summer edition of BookTree’s 3rd Saturday PoetryIsEverything reading and open mic.

Saturday July 15th – Note special Time – 6:30 PM Meet the Poets and Browse BookTree 7:00 PM Reading and Open Mic begins

BookTree is honored to feature 4 Everett Washington based poets and most likely a few additional spotlight readers from the Everett Area as well. Plus we’ll make time for some open mic readings as well. Feel free to share something with our audience or just come to listen to some talented wordsmiths. Each of our features will have 12 to 14 minutes to recite, dazzle and/or make you look at something in a brand new way.   Our Facebook Event Page
Sunday July 16th at 3PM   Learn about creating and designing a Rain Garden!  The authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

With special guest Adrienne Ross Scanlan author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild ) – Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2016 Notable Book) and Nautilus Book Awards (Silver Medal 2016-2017).

A discussion, reading and book signing.  Rain Gardens Event

Tuesday July 18th at 7PM   An Evening with Dave Boling.

This is a very special event.  You need to get RESERVATIONS.  It is co-sponsored by and takes place at the Kirkland Woman’s Club (across from City Hall).  Get on the list by visiting or emailing BOOKTREE.  ( booktreekirkland1@gmail.com ).

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places. The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. 14 year old Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

“The author of the award-winning Guernica returns with a compelling story of war, violence, and tragedy… this story gives a touching and detailed perspective on a cruel war in which children are the innocent victims. This beautifully narrated work will appeal to fans of both historical and general fiction.” —Library Journal

The Lost History of Stars is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of an extraordinary young woman and her family, who are forced to endure unimaginable hardship at the hands of a brutal war. Dave Boling’s brilliant novel is a meditation on the resiliency of the soul and the spirit, and will long be remembered.”—Garth Stein, bestselling author of A Sudden Light and Racing in the Rain

A valuable testament providing glimmers, however scant, of hope for humanity.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sports Columnist Dave Boling was awarded the Washington Sportswriter of the Year for 2014. ‘Guernica’ was a Washington State Book Award finalist. Lost History of Stars (2017) has received excellent reviews.  Order your copy today at Kirkland’s only new and       gently-used independent bookstore today.

Buy or Reserve your Copy of Lost History of Stars at BookTree and get it autographed by Dave Boling on July 18th. (You don’t have to be present to get it autographed).

Reservations required!  Event at Kirkland Woman’s Club! Visit or contact BookTree for details.

Note:  No Book Sales at Event.  Buy your copy of Lost History of Stars @ BookTree prior to July 15th so Dave can dedicate and sign your copy at the event.  Reservations are required, make sure you get on the list!  Visit in person or contact BookTree at booktreekirkland1@gmail.com.  You do not have to be present at event to get an autographed copy but you must order it before July 15th!

Facebook Event Page Here  Please share!

Support Kirkland’s only new and gently-used independent bookstore.  See YOU soon.

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Opening Summer Events @ BookTree!

June 21, 2017

““Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss 

Remember your local bookstore! Thanks for reminding your friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances that  BookTree!  is Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore. Buy a book, a gift certificate and/or attend an event at the store soon. Remember to like and follow our Facebook Page! 

BookTree is nearly bursting at the seams with exciting upcoming events.  Before I highlight some of them I’ll remind you that:  LOYALTY CARDS ARE HERE!   For every $20 you spend on a new book, you’ll receive a stamp and are on your way to earning a $25 reward to purchase a new book. We are happy to keep the cards on file in the store for you.   Pictured – Loyalty Cards at BookTree)

THIS SATURDAY  JUNE 24TH!!!!  

DISCOVERING SEATTLE PARKS!  ALL of ’em!

Saturday June 24th meet Linnea Westerlind who has visited all of Seattle’s 426 parks and written the wonderful Discovering Seattle Parks: a locals guide.   She’ll be in the store this Saturday at 3:30 to talk about her favorite parks and sign books!  Click here to go to our Facebook Event Page  and please share it!

Let’s talk about A Gentleman in Moscow

Tuesday June 27th at 7 p.m.  BookTree’s Reading Circle (open to all) will be talking about Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow.  If you read the book come join us for a fun, informative discussion. It’s a great read!  We have copies for sale in the store.  Our Facebook Event Page 

Every Wednesday at 11AM is StoryTime

It’s FUN!  FREE!  Bring the Kids!  Share our Facebook Page and let everyone you know with toddlers and young ones about BookTree’s StoryTime!
John F. Kennedy and Britain!

Sunday, July 2nd @ 3:30 PM
The author of the just released Union Jack,  Christopher Sandford will be talking about Kennedy, answering your questions, and signing copies of his acclaimed book. More on our Facebook Event Page

By popular demand. . . The Tik Tik Tik  Type-In Returns.

Back in April we did this odd, wonderful thing at BookTree.  Dozens of vintage manual typewriters were set up throughout the store and families had a great time typing notes, letters, to do lists and more! A reporter from NPR even came in to interview folks and record sounds which turned into a little segment heard on NPR radio!   In days of yore there were typewriters.  Come play with us on  Sunday July 9th  1 to 4 p.m.!  Tik Tik Type-In at BookTree!  Facebook Event Page!

Spoken Wordsmiths and Poets from Everett

Saturday July 15th @ 6:30 p.m.  Third Saturday Reading/open Mic
A special summer edition of our popular 3rd Saturday Reading Series featuring 4 accomplished poets/spoken-word artists from Everett and a community open mic!   It’s time to discover what we do at BookTree on Third Saturdays!  You are invited to listen or even share something you’ve written!  FREE!
Please Share Our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

RAIN GARDENS of the Pacific Northwest

Sunday July 16th @ 3PM
What’s all this about Rain Gardens?  Find out.
Meet the authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

With special guest Adrienne Ross Scanlan author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild ) – Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2016 Notable Book) and Nautilus Book Awards
(Silver Medal 2016-2017). Our Facebook Event Page

Dave Boling – Lost History of Stars  TUESDAY, July 18th  7PM
If you can’t wait until next time to hear more about this special off-site event
(You do need reservations to attend!) check out  OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

We have tweaked our hours so please take note!
BOOKTREE NEW HOURS:
MON: NOON – 7PM
T-F  : 10AM – 7PM
SAT : 11AM – 6PM
SUN : NOON – 5PM

BookTree events means we sometimes stay open later and we’ll sometime open a little earlier than posted as well.  We are happy to order anything in print for you so feel free to email us (particularly after-hours) with book requests or call us during operating hours.  If we don’t have it, we can try to get it for you in a few days up to a week.

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson

Yes, please share this page and spread the news about Kirkland’s little bookstore that could –  BookTree!  We all love the idea of having independent bookstores but to survive they need your patronage or your help in letting folks know whenever they are in Kirkland, they should consider checking out BookTree at 609 Market St  Kirkland, Wa 98033!

And don’t forget to check out our website !!!

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson

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NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 15, 2017

April 14, 2017

DAY 15  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday, April 15, 2017

 

“Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It’s the crack cocaine of the literary world.”

Jasper Fforde

 

We are at the halfway point!   How are you doing?  Able to write a poem every day or every other day?   If you are just joining the NaPoWriMo – welcome.

 

Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here

Reminders-    Helping me again this year with prompts is Brendan McBreen  a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington  I am quite overwhelmed with the work of running a brand new independent new and gently used bookstore in Kirkland, Washington (609 Market St.) called BookTree.   So, thankfully Brendan sent over lots of suggestions.    Brendan’s website is here.

 

BookTree on Facebook   (Please LIKE and Follow the page).

If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore. On April 15th, 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.  

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

 

Day 15 NaPoWriMo Prompt

 

Erasure.   Take a magazine article, essay or text of more than 1500 words (yes you can use a few pages from a book) and eliminate words, leaving behind your poem.  You’ll want to transform the text into something completely different than what it is by doing this.    You can fudge just a little bit by adding a few modifiers and connecting words if absolutely needed (the, and) but keep the words in the order they would be in the article.  We aren’t rearranging the words, or borrowing words and phrases to reassemble into a (cut-out) poem (William Burroughs style)…we are creating an erasure poem.   Some always ask… is this really a thing?  A way people ‘write’ poetry?   It is indeed… and it does take patience, skill and some craft to do it very well.  You can create a meter or even rhyme if you want… though don’t be tempted to change word order around…. (if you need to change a tense…add an ‘ed’ or ‘s’…I think that’s okay… some don’t… so it’s up to you).   Have at it NaPoWriMo-ers…..

 

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Brendan suggested using 6 names of fish in a political poem for Prompt 13.

 

I had less than 20 minutes to write something…  used 9 fish names.

 

Guppymandering

By Christopher J. Jarmick

 

The entire school of marbled groupers *, protested

“The Callorhinchidae** have changed the rules.”

The Harelip sucker, Hatchetfish, and Humuhumunukunukuapua’a  shrugged.

“You forced the nuclear option.”

Senators  Gibberfish, Prickleback, and Bonytongue,

rushed out of the chamber vowing revenge shouting,

“Send in the clownfish!”

 

*The marbled grouper (Dermatolepis inermis) is a species of fish in the family Serranidae. Other common names include donkey fish, mutton hamlet, rockhind, and sicklefish grouper.

**  Callorhinchidae, a family of marine fish also known as elephant sharks or plough-nose chimaeras

 

Keep Writing!

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for April 13, 2017

April 12, 2017

DAY 13  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

“You fit into me

like a hook into an eye

a fish hook

an open eye”

Margaret Atwood

Welcome to lucky day 13 of NaPoWriMo.   Poets around the world are writing a poem each and every day of April.   Some of us are posting writing prompts to challenge others.  However you approach the exercise of writing a poem every day, it can help you to write something you would never have written otherwise.   I think that’s a good thing.

This Saturday there’s a free workshop (at 4:30 pm) and then later a reading and open mid (6:15 to 8:00 p.m.) with Robert Lashley  at BookTree in Kirkland.  Click on this for details :  3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading at BookTree Event Page 

Day 13 Prompt

Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen

Use the names of six different fish in a poem about politics.

 

 

“I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn’t,

So I jumped in and sank.”

Langston Hughes

 

Prompt 11 for NaPoWriMo suggested you re-write a poem you admire by a famous poet.

Here’s the poem I wrote:

 

An Orange with Two Tiny Thumbs

(inspired by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Bird With Two Right Wings )

By Christopher J. Jarmick

And now our President

an orange with two tiny thumbs

tweets on his fancy phone; Sad! Lies! Bad!

– -while we try to keep our sanity

through each breaking news story,

as if it really mattered what the big Orange T

Tweets, or what the Conway double talks or the Spiceman denies

(Everybody is lying, you idiot).

While this mogul with tiny thumbs

tweets on , his favorite Fox plays nearby.

And now he thinks Ted is lying.

And now its Crooked Hillary’s fault.

And now Obama and fake news.

And he keeps changing the plot of the story.

And now it’s the left wingers, and now the hard right

And now the fake news wringers with perfect straight teeth.

 

We can even see him through the curtain

playing with his phone

promoting the bigoted liar

to be boss of the judges;

picking the climate change denier

to be in charge of the environment;

making the famous doctor who once drove by a ghetto

in charge of urban housing and development

(it’s easier than brain surgery after all).

Now guess who is in charge of crucial international diplomacy?

Why it’s Vladimir’s favorite oil Executive of course, who else?

And all this happens while we just sit

on our couches in front of TV’s that spy on us

flipping from reality New Jersey, Atlanta and Beverly Hills housewives,

to human sharks, to survivors, to celebrity apprentices

and sometimes we even watch the sexually harassed

long-legged blondes playing referee

with ex- government employees now being paid

to mock debate how the  tiny thumb tweets

will make America Great Again.

 

On Banon, On Kushner, On Priebus and

Goldmanite Sach’o’shits,

with Spicer, with Ryan, with Generals

and precious Ivanka,

Tweet away, dash away all

and to all

a gold golf club and long red tie

made in J’ina —

which rhymes with Vagina

with a G for Government City

which sometimes is in Florida, sometimes D.C.

but that trouble isn’t for the big Orange T

who watches out for his fantastic family,

no, this big T is trouble for you

and trouble for me,

and spells out our

manifest destiny.

 

Which means

Dear Virginia,

the clean coal

Santa slips

into your stocking

is providing jobs

to some Hillbillies

until the one percenters

realize that robots

can do it cheaper.

And King Orange T junior, the second

fills up the moats

that surrounds his palace, you see

with the blood of a billion

refugees.

 

Keep Writing!

Margaret Atwood cc Library Thing   Atwood

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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

and

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 OCTOBER 2016

October 24, 2016

A quick update!

The last few months has been overwhelming.  In case you haven’t heard, I decided in August to become a business partner with Mary Harris and co-own a brand new independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa.  She is the former owner of Parkplace Books.

Creating the business entity, finding the right location, negotiating the lease happened very quickly.  And then…. the remodelling of a former beauty salon into a bookstore space. . .  The work is finally almost done.

BookTree will have its grand opening on November 5, 2016.

It’s located at 609 Market Street
Kirkland, Wa. 98033

The website is http://www.booktreekirkland.com/

Yes, there will be a new poetry series
at BookTree.

Stay tuned!

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THIS Wednesday
10-26  C & P Coffee  7 p.m.  West Seattle

Rayn Roberts &
Christopher Jarmick
Featured @ C&P Coffee, West Seattle

Rayn Roberts & Christopher Jarmick are well known
Pacific NW Poets, seasoned performers with books
in print and publications in journals and online.
Roberts has read all over the United States.
Jarmick is known for his years of devoted organizing
& promotion of readings all over the state of Washington.
This will be an excellent and entertaining reading.

Open Mic follows features.

C&P Coffee
5612 California St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98136

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COMMUNITY
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Note:  I have limited time to work on
this email blast.  Here’s a few of
the many readings and events
happening in the next few weeks.
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TUESDAY  OCTOBER 25TH!  Redmond

Ekphrastic workshop
and panel discussion

at VALA, Tuesday, Oct. 25

Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a workshop discussing ekphrastic
poetry, facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch.
Duane Kirby Jensen, J. I. Kleinberg,
Jared Leising, and Joannie Stangeland
will share their experiences writing ekphrastic
poems and will offer writing prompts to inspire
you. Write in response to the incredible art at
the Ekphrastic Assimilations exhibit in VALA
Eastside.

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Directions: VALA
VALA (and RASP) location at Redmond Town Center

RASP meets in the new home of VALA Eastside
at Redmond Town Center, at 7325 166th Ave NE
Suite F . That’s on the southeast side
of the center circle;

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November 2nd  7 pm   Duvall

Poet Laureate Tod Marshall features on
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 PM, AT

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

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first
collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002
winner of the University of Georgia’s
Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also
published a collection of his interviews with
contemporary poets, Range of the Possible
(EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying
anthology of the interviewed poets’ work,
Range of Voices (2005).  These volumes
include interviews with and poems by
Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley,
Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim
Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa,
and others. In 2005, he was awarded a
Washington Artists Trust Fellowship.
His second collection of poetry,
The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009)
was a finalist for the Washinton State Book
Award.  His most recent collection, Bugle,
was published by Canarium in 2014 and
was the 2015 winner of the Washington
State Book Award.  In 2015, he was
awarded the Humanities Washington
Award for creativity and service.
He lives in Spokane, Washington,
and teaches creative writing and
literature at Gonzaga University where
he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair
in the Humanities.

From 2016-18, he will serve as
Washington’s Poet Laureate.

Emcee: Michael Schein

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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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