Archive for the ‘Readings and Events’ Category

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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 – 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!

 

 

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NorthWest Poetry Update – Summer 2016

August 9, 2016

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“Looks like what drives me crazy

Don’t have no effect on you–

But I’m gonna keep on at it

Till it drives you crazy, too.” 

― Langston Hughes

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Rave Review of my latest collection of poetry

Not Aloud  here

 

The more you listen to poetry, the more

you read poetry, the more inspired you

will be to write poetry.

 

Your attendance at readings,open mics,

events, book signings and workshops,

supports writers, artists and the poetry

community.

 

Thank you.

 

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SPECIAL SUMMER EDITION

 

I anticipate having some exciting news in

the next few weeks about a new poetry

venue and reading, about BANG – the new

poetry anthology; and more.

 

In the meantime, let me encourage you to

take a trip to Auburn, this Saturday.

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THIS SATURDAY! 

8-13 – Auburn’s August POETRY- FEST  11- 7 p.m.  

This Saturday….is the first year that the festival previously known as

Auburn Days is now called ‘Auburn August Fest’  which will now be held

in its new location: Les Grove Park.

 

The poetry events will take place in the brand new, just opened Community

and Events Center.

 

There are many reasons to be part of it or simply support it by attending.

 

It is FREE.

 

There’s a free workshop, a free book exchange (bring a book, take a book),

free poetry readings, and a free (no entry fee) open mic poetry contest with

6 winners getting prizes!

 

Several small presses and poets will have books for sale at the event.

 

Auburn August Fest!

Saturday August 13 2016 from 11 to 7 

Les Gove Park

910 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002

 

FREE!

 

Please join us for a wonderful day of free

activities and events and great Poetry!

 

The Poetry Schedule:

 

11 to 1 Christopher Howell workshop

 

1 to 2 lunch break

 

Featured Poets:

2 to 3   Polly Buckingham, Robert McNamara,  David Axelrod

 

3 to 4   Steve Cleveland, Sibyl James, Bethany Reid

 

4 to 5   James Rodgers,Christopher J. Jarmick, Christopher Howell

 

5 to 7 : Open Mic Contest!

Six prizes awarded!

Contest Judges:

Bethany Reid , James Rodgers,  Polly Buckingham 

 

Emcee: Christopher J. Jarmick

 

The Book and Small Press Fair will also be in the Community Center

along with a Haiku display provided by Michael Dylan Welch and

Haiku Northwest and our take-a-book leave-a -book book swap table.

There will be activities for kids and adults alike including the book-

making booth My Goldfish Stole the Moon with Jim Teeters.

 

Book Fair contributors:

Authors:

M. Franklin http://www.TMFranklin.com

Jolene Loraine

Dave Morrison http://www.davidalanmorrison.com

Thomas W. Everson http://www.tweverson.com

Anna Alexander http://www.annaalexander.net

Gretchen S. B. http://www.gretchensb.com

Dave Davies http://www.thepotentialnovel.com

Cindy Hutchings

Jim Teeters

Christopher Howell

David Axelrod

Bethany Reid

https://awritersalchemy.wordpress.com/

Sibyl James

Robert McNamara

http://www.robert-mcnamara.com/

Steve Cleveland

Polly Buckingham

http://pollybuckingham.com   http://www.stringtownpress.org/

James Rodgers  http://jamesrodgershaikooky.blogspot.com/

Christopher J. Jarmick

https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/

Michael Schein

Florence Petheram

 

Small Presses:

Rose Alley Press

http://www.rosealleypress.com/

 

StringTown

http://www.stringtownpress.org/

 

Black Heron Press

http://www.blackheronpress.com

 

Espial, Green River College Literary Magazine

 

Others:

 

Northwest Renaissance   https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-Renaissance-Poets

 

LiTFUSE   http://www.litfuse.us/

 

Thanks to the City of Auburn, Auburn Parks Arts and Recreation,

4Culture (this project is supported by a grant from 4Culture), Striped

Water Poets, Connie Walle and Puget Sound Poetry Connection for

providing the first prize basket, Northwest Renaissance, Polly

Buckingham and StringTown, Michael Dylan Welch and Haiku Northwest,

Jim Teeters, and Christopher J. Jarmick.

 

Poetry Open Mic Contest Information:

 

There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the

other is a NON-contest open mic.

 

When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage

in the order that they are signed up. Each contestant will have

three minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are

allowed to read one poem or more as long as it is their original poetry.

 

There is no fee to participate.

 

When the Contest begins, the sign up period is over, NO additional

entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.

 

When the Contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby

to discuss and decide the winners.

 

While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin.

 

Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up,

the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.

 

The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality

of the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as

well as the skill of the performance. The winners should exhibit a

good balance of quality poetics and skilled performance.

 

Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn

AugustFest volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.

 

Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged

(but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead

of the Contest, in order to allow up-and- comers a better chance to

show off their stuff.

 

Feature Bios Available on the Website Page Here– –     –

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 “Fly without wings;

Dream with open eyes;

See in darkness.”

Dejan Stojanovic

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COMMUNITY

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August 12   PSPC Kings Bookstore 7 p.m. –Tacoma

 

PUGET SOUND POETRY CONNECTION

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series:

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Plus open Mic

FREE

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

 

Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems.  He has won fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust; the Colorado Prize for Poetry; the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award competition; and other prizes and awards.

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August Readings in Woodinville

 

7:00pm, Wednesday, August 10,

a special program featuring Shadab Zeest Hashmi, a prize winning

international poet of San Diego. No open mic is scheduled for this

very special event. The free program is a public literary event

sponsored by the Creekside.

 

7:00pm, Wednesday, August 17,

a regular monthly reading of PoetsWest @ The Creekside featuring

Cheryl Latif, a Seattle poet.  As usual, a generously timed

open mic opportunity is scheduled.

 

PoetsWest @ Creekside

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

[intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd

NE and 140th Avenue NE]

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8-11-2016 POETRY AT THE MORSO – 7 p.m –  Gig Harbor

Jed Myers– Feature

Open Mic

 

Jed Myers writes:

 

In case you’d enjoy a little evening excursion to Gig Harbor next Thursday the 11th, you could take this as a welcome incentive! I’ll be reading poems at the Morso! There’s a monthly event there curated by Jerry Libstaff for Watermark Writers called The Muse @ Morso. I gather there’s open-mic opportunity too! It all gets started at 7.

 

The Morso is at 9014 Peacock Hill Avenue (at North Harborview Drive at the head of the bay) in Gig Harbor.

 

Be well,

Jed

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Aug. 18  Soulfood  7 p.m.  – Redmond

 

Shin Yu Pai and David Francis at SoulFood on August 18

Michael Dylan Welch hosts

7:00 pm, August 18, 2016 (free)

SoulFood Coffee House

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052

SoulFood Poetry Night begins its eleventh year

 

Visit Shin Yu’s website athttp://shinyupai.com/ and she also studied at

Naropa University. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

City of Seattle for her work. Her MFA is and received grants from 4Culture

and the  poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum Poetry Festival.

 

Shin Yu has served as a Zen Poetry Festival and the Geraldine Dodge

been a featured presenter at the Montreal the United Kingdom, and

Canada. She has the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Her work has

appeared in publications throughout of poetry, including most recently

Aux Arcs.Washington. She is the author of eight books

SHIN YU PAI is the poet laureate of Redmond,

 

 

DAVID FRANCIS is an independent curator by trade. For the past two

decades his poems have appeared in about a dozen literary

journals including Art Access, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares,

Verse, Poetry Northwest, and are forthcoming in Switched-on Gutenberg

(one of the first Internet poetry journals).In 2010, the Center on

Contemporary Art published his first book, Otherwise This

Stone. He holds MFA and PhD degrees from University of Washington

and taught in Poland and Hungary as a Fulbright scholar. He currently

works as the public art coordinator for the City of Shoreline, Washington.

Please join us, and bring poems for the open-mic reading!

 

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Sneak Preview—  September 17th  EVENT

 

Peter Ludwin’s Brand New Book   Gone to Gold Mountain From

MoonPath Press.

 

Peter Writes:

 

On Saturday, September 17th Phoebe Bosche and The Raven Chronicles

are hosting a book release party for my new book, Gone to Gold Mountain,

which is forthcoming from MoonPath Press.  I think Phoebe has posted

all the information on the Raven website, but just in case it’s not there,

here’s the particulars:

 

15528 12th Ave. NE

Shoreline

206-941-2955

 

The time is 3:00-7:00.  It’s going to be a potluck, we’ll have some open mic,

plus anyone who plays an instrument is invited to bring it.  I’m bringing my

guitar, and Paul Hunter will probably bring his.  The accent is on releasing

the book and having a party in which all can participate

 

Cheers,

Peter Ludwin

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“Poets are damned…

but see with the eyes of angels.”

Allen Ginsberg

 

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NorthWest Readings/Events June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
Novalis


A rave review preview for Not Aloud from Raven Chronicles here

MY READINGS

I have  upcoming readings in support

of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).

Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.

 

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THIS SATURDAY  6/25   11am-6pm  Redmond

Poets in the Park 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington

 

Join us for Poets in the Park! Readings this year again feature groups and organizations, but with readings shortened to 25-minute slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors open-mic readings, and more—and it’s all free! If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

 

Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café  and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, poetry walk, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

MoonPath Press Poetry Reading
at Poets in the Park Redmond

2:00 P.M. CAFE STAGE

MoonPath Press: Chris Jarmick, MC,
with Joe Green, Laura LeHew,
and Amy MacLennan

For full detailed schedule  scroll down to bottom of page (past 2015 pictures) at  GRACEGUTS POETS IN THE PARK

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Coming Soon:

Auburn AugustFest   Saturday August 13,  11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Free

Car Show, Parade, Music, Arts and Book Fair

But most importantly   Poetry readings, free workshops and

The open mic poetry contest (win prizes).  All FREE!!!

Details soon.

Facebook Page here 

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July 1  7pm   Jack Straw  Seattle

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, for our new publication,  Celebration, Vol. 22, of  Raven Chronicles, A Seattle-based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.

 

July 1, 2016, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. University District, Seattle

Readings by: MC Anna Bálint

Cultural Geography: Jesse Minkert

Food & Culture: Karen Lee White (from Vancouver Island, BC)

Words from The Cafe: Introduced by Anna Bálint

Mary-Jo El-Wattar and Angel Ybarra

Nature Writing: Robert Francis Flor

Spoken Word: Larry Crist

Rants, Raves & Reviews: Rajaa Gharbi, from her book …From Songs of a Grasshopper

 

Theme: Celebration Catalina Cantu, Christine Clarke, Kevin Miller, Terry Martin, and Billie Swift (welcome to new owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium!)

 

Artwork: Untitled, watercolor by Pat Kristoferson, from The Artist Within, The Art of Alzheimer’s. Pat’s artwork was created at Elderwise, a Seattle-based 501 (c)3 organization, that serves those with memory loss and their families.  Elderwise Site 

 

This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW CULTURAL CENTER. Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, & ArtsWA, The Washington State Arts Commission (with NEA funding), for partial funding of our 2015-16 programs.

Raven Website  

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July 6   7 pm   Duvall

Quinton Hallett features on

Wednesday, July 6th, 7 PM,

Plus open Mic —  FREE

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

 

Quinton Hallett, east coaster happily transplanted to Noti, has three chapbooks and founded Fern Rock Falls Press in 2004. Recent poems appear in Cirque, Turn, The Knotted Bond, and december. Quinton coordinated a reading series and high school poet visits for the Oregon Poetry Association. Her first full-length collection, Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast, was published by Uttered Chaos.

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July 6  7pm  Auburn

Rainbow Cafe

June 6 2016

Featured Poets:

Benjamin Schmitt

and

Molly Tenenbaum

Featured Poets

and Open Mic!

FREE

 

we are now located at:

The Rainbow Café!

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA 98002

Rainbow Cafe Site 

 

First Monday! each month at 7 p.m.

SWP and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission

and King County 4Culture present:

Poetry at the Rainbow Café!

emcee: Emilie Rommel Shimkus

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July 8  7pm  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

July 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Emma Bach, Featured Reader

Plus open Mic

FREE

Puget Sound Poetry Connection Site  

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Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

 

Once upon a time, Ken Shiovitz hosted

the PoetsWest reading series at Third

Place Books in Ravenna.   He’s just

released his latest book!

 

Ken Shiovitz Book Release Party for

Rules of the Universe: Open House with

Readings on the Half Hour.

RSVP ken@rulesoftheunivese.com

on attending and the address.

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“Summer night–
even the stars
are whispering to each other.”
Kobayashi Issa

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NAPOWRIMO APRIL 1, 2016 & POETRY NORTHWEST (below)

March 31, 2016

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life.

I wrote that way too.”

Mary Oliver

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NAPOWRIMO 2016  BEGINS. . . .

Day 1 of NaPoWrimo

Poetry NorthWest  (My Readings, Community Readings Events and More)

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And so it begins. . . .  NAPOWRIMO 2016  (and below  Northwest Poetry: Readings, Events and More)!

NaPoWriMo  2016    April 1 to April 30 2016

National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO

Challenge:

Write at least one poem every day during National Poetry Month (April).

 

I post daily prompts meant to inspire and challenge you to write.

I try to keep things interesting and will be posting poems I write

within 48 hours.

 

Thousands of poets participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge.

Some post prompts on blogs or sites.

Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes.

 

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 it a gift you are giving to your creative self.

 

Feel free to write messages, share my posts (mention POETRYisEVERYTHING please).

I will sometime post links to other blogs and sites that have poems or promps.

 

Read more about NaPoWriMo here

 

This year I’ve 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.

 

ENJOY!!!

 

DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2016  

 

Let’s begin the 2016 NaPoWriMo challenge with a simple prompt.

 

Write 2 poems 4 to 6 lines in length using at least 6 of the words on this list of words:

Dime, dreary, nebulous, skin, work, discussion,

elated, heavenly, selective, press, alluring, volatile

Extra challenge… use all the words in both of your poems.

Any form or no form, rhyme or don’t rhyme.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt…

send me a link.  Enjoy

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look

at the Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner

under PAGES.

Poetry NorthWest Readings, Events & More

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MY READINGS

I have several more upcoming readings in support

of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).

Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.

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April 21 – Edmonds Books 6:30 p.m.  Edmonds

 

Poetry in Edmonds

Thursday, April 21, 2016,

At 6:30 p.m.

 

Featured readers:

 

Lana Hechtman Ayers,

Christopher Jarmick,

Herb McClees,

Joannie Stangeland,

and

David D. Horowitz

Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds, WA

Telephone: Edmonds Bookshop, 425-775-2789

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April 30,  Wayward Café   Seattle

Mark the date… Saturday April 30th!

Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104, Seattle, Washington 98115

 

Extravaganza!!!

Speculative Writing

Ten Seattle-area speculative fiction authors will be reading fiction and poetry

at the Wayward Coffeehouse. Authors include Nathan Crowder,

Andrew Gaines, Christopher J. Jarmick, Alisha A. Knaff, Jessie Kwak, 

A. Pitts, Amy Schrader, Ian M. Smith, Dawn Vogel, and Jeremy Zimmerman.

Some of our authors will also have books for sale! Come hear tales of fantasy, s

cience fiction, and maybe a little bit of horror, and support local authors

and small businesses!

Hosted by Dawn Vogel

 

Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104,

Seattle, Washington 98115

Facebook Event Page here

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May 12th   Island Books 7 p.m.  Mercer Island

Thursday May 12

Island Books Poetry Night

7:00 p.m.

Featured Poets

Ramona Behnke,

Dennis Caswell,

Christopher Jarmick,

and David D. Horowitz

Island Books is located at

3014 78th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA

Telephone: store, 206-232-6920

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“No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible

 for them to put the poem down—impossible

 for them to stop reading it, word after word.

You have to keep them from closing the book.”

Muriel Rukeyser

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COMMUNITY

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APRIL 4     Rainbow Café   7 p.m.  Auburn WA

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!

The Rainbow Cafe

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA

 

Monday April 4

7 to 9

at the Rainbow Cafe

 

Martha Silano

and

Julie Courey

 

followed of course by our Open Mic

 

Julie Courey is a native of the greater Seattle area. She has been published

in Anthologies such as The International Library of Poetry (2001) The

Colors of our Dreams, World Poetry Movement (2012, 2014) Stars in

Our Hearts, and others. Julie is a regular open mic participant in

numerous regional open mic events. She is a writer of villanelles as well

as her heart touching free verse.

Martha Silano has authored four full-length collections of poetry, including

The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010

Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award finalist,

and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014). She is also co-editor, with

Kelli Russell Agodon, of The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your

Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press 2013). Martha’s poems have appeared

in many magazines, including Poetry, Poetry Daily, AGNI, American Poetry

Review,  Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and

are forthcoming in Blackbird, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Her poem

“Love” appears in The Best American Poetry 2009. Martha teaches at

Bellevue College, edits Crab Creek Review, and blogs at Blue Positive.

Extra Special Thanks to the Rainbow Cafe

to Striped Water Poets

to The NorthWest Renaissance

to The Auburn Arts Commission

to The City of Auburn

to King County 4culture

and to all of our wonderful Open Mic participants!

 

Striped Water Poets

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April 7  Ravenna Third Place Books  7 pm.  – Seattle

 

Ravenna Third Place Books Reading

Thursday April 7th @ 7:00 p.m.

 

Features:  Erin Malone

Natasha Moni

Michael Schmeltzer

 

FREE

 

Ravenna Third Place Books. 6504 20th Ave NE,

Seattle, WA 98115.

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April 8, 2016  Kings Bookstore  7 p.m.  TACOMA

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

 

April 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

 

Featured Reader: Susan Rich

 

Susan Rich is the author of four books including Cloud Pharmacy

and The Alchemist’s Kitchen. She co-edited The Strangest of

Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders with Brian Turner,

and has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement

(London) and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s individual poems

appear in Harvard Review, Southern Review, and World Literature Today.

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APRIL 9    Evergreen Invitational SLAM   7:30   MARYSVILLE, WA

 

The Jack McCarthy  Invitational Evergreen Poetry Slam

 

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM

Evergreen Universal Unitarian Church

Marysville, Washington 98270

 

Jack McCarthy wanted his yearly Invitational Slam to continue.

And so it does

This year Jack’s Slam returns to Marysville with some new faces

and some favorites. We invite poets from all over to compete in a friendly,

albeit difficult poetry slam tournament, all to bring good, poetic cheer

to the people of his beloved Evergreen church community in Marysville.

Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee.

Doors open at 7:00. Show begins at 7:30.

Admission is sliding scale: $10 to $20

Poets confirmed for this year To Be Announced…

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE:

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April 4th and Beyond  Readings & More

From Rose Alley Press and David D. Horowitz

POETRY:   APRIL 4TH  University Book Store,

4326 University Way NE, Seattle.

Monday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED  Victoria Ford, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, & Joannie Stangeland.

FREE.

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POETRY: APRIL 7  PoetsWest at Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd St., Burien.

 

Thursday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED:  Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, & open mic.

FREE.

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POETRY: APRIL 9  PoetsWest at Seattle Public Library,

Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

 

Saturday, April 9th, 4:00 p.m.

Featured:  David D. Horowitz, Rayn Roberts,

Christine Swanberg, & open mic.

FREE.

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POETRY: APRIL 14   Queen Anne Avenue Book Company,

1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle.

 

Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED:  Sharon Cumberland, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, & Bethany Reid.

FREE

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POETRY: APRIL 21 Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds.

 

Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 p.m.

FEATURED:  Lana H. Ayers, David D. Horowitz,

Christopher Jarmick, Herb McClees,

& Joannie Stangeland.

FREE.

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POETRY: MAY 12  Island Books,

3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

 

Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED:   Ramona Behnke, Dennis Caswell,

David D. Horowitz, Christopher Jarmick,

& Laura Totten.

FREE

 

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POETRY: MAY 18 The Creekside,

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. NE,

 

Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m.

David D. Horowitz & open mic.

FREE.

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POETRY & BOOK FAIR:   MAY 19  TO MAY 22ND

 

Skagit River Poetry Festival. Readings, book fair:

Maple Hall, 103 Commercial St., La Conner.

 

Readings: Maple Hall and nearby locations, LaConner.

Thursday, May 19th – Sunday, May 22nd.

Rose Alley Press table: David D. Horowitz, Fri., May 20th, after 2:00 p.m.

& Sat., May 21st, beginning 9:00 a.m. in Maple Hall.

For more information, visit www.skagitriverpoetry.org.

 

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APRIL 11,  FREE WORKSHOP    OLYMPIA, WA

Free Olympia Workshop

‘Surprise and its various meanings in poetry’ is the topic for

the Paul Gillie Memorial Workshop, Monday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St. NW in downtown

Olympia.  Local Poet Tim Kelly will lead the session which will include

analysis of model poems and writing exercises for participants.  Kelly has

worked as a physical therapist in Olympia for 35 years.  The most recent

of his four volumes of poetry is “The Extremities,” published by Oberlin

College Press.  He has taught at Oberlin and at The Evergreen State College.

The workshop, sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network, is free.

 

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April 20   Traditions Café  6:30 pm.   Olympia

 

Celebration National Poetry Month in April with Dead Poets!

Dead Poets come to life in honor of National Poetry Month 2016

on

 

Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

at

Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, in downtown Olympia.

 

Ghost Poets appearing include: Edna St Vincent Millay, Alfonsina Storni,

Madeline DeFrees, Maxine Kumin, Tomas Transtromer,

and Tsendyn Chimeddorj.

 

They will reveal secrets about poetic success and read persona

l favorite poems. An Open Mic is available for those attending

to channel their favorite Dead Poets.

 

This Olympia Poetry Network event is free.

For more information call 360-701-2030.

 

Thanks again!  Celebrate Poetry during April and every day!

Joanne Clarkson, Poet

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HUGO HOUSE TALK –  APRIL 28TH  7 P.M.

 

Word Works: Kevin Young on “Throwing Your Voice”

April 28 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Young’s talk will be about voice and the perils of style, as well as the

possibilities of habits and finding new ones. After the talk, the

audience will have a chance to ask questions during a Q&A

moderated by a local writer, editor, or arts administrator.

HUGO HOUSE Website:

 

Kevin Young is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose

including Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015

(forthcoming 2016); Book of Hours, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts

Poetry Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the

Academy of American Poets; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad

Rebels; and Dear Darkness. His collection Jelly Roll: A Blues was a

finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles

Times Book Award or Poetry. Young’s nonfiction book The Grey

Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction

Prize and the PEN Open Award; it was also a New York Times Notable

Book for 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle

Award for criticism. He is the editor of several collections, most

recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 and The

Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink. He is Charles Howard Candler

Professor of Creative Writing & English and curator of Literary

Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

 

“Kevin Young is one of the most talented poets in the United States.

With this new book, he should also become known as a major critic.”

— San Francisco Chronicle, reviewing The Grey Album

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April 29, 2014–RASP SPECIAL EVENT  Redmond WA

 

WINE TASTING & POETRY 

FREE

 

Open Mic & Reading featuring Joannie Stangeland

 

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

6:00-9:00 p.m.

VALA Eastside

Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside is beneath the iPic Theater and between

the Z Gallery and Victoria Secret.

 

Please join us! Wine tasting starts at 6:00 PM, signup starts at 6:30 PM;

reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

 

About the featured reader:

Joannie Stangeland is the author of In Both Hands and Into

the Rumored Spring, both published by Ravenna Press, two

chapbooks, and the pamphlet A Piece of  Work. Joannie’s

poems have also appeared in Front Porch Journal, Off the

Coast, Hubbub, Santa Fe Literary Review, and other

publications. Joannie has  been a Jack Straw Writers Program

Fellow, taught writing classes at Hugo  House and LiTFUSE,

and served as a poetry editor for two journals. Read her

 blog .

A Wine and Poetry Pairing: Not only is Joannie Stangeland a poet, she co-owns

a winery with her husband, winemaker Tom Stangeland. Cloudlift Cellars

http://cloudlift.net/ crafts Bordeaux-style and Rhone-style wines in Seattle’s

Georgetown winery—and at the April RASP reading, you can sample them.

The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with wine tasting and light snacks, with

another opportunity to taste during the break before the open mic.

In order to participate in the wine tasting, you need to

RSVP to rsvp@raspread.com

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Louder Than a Bomb – Tacoma

The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival

Saturday April 30, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

at Tacoma Community College Auditorium

(Bldg. 2, near the 12th St. entrance)

Louder Than a Bomb is a team teen poetry slam competition

featuring poets from schools in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

We also have slots open for independent poets ages 13-19.

To register as an indy poet, email ltabtacoma@gmail.com

(Spaces are limited.)

The event is free and all ages.

Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LTABTacoma

Presented by Write@253 and Tacoma Community College.

Sponsored by TCC Office of Student Services, Spark Grants,

a program of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation,

University of Puget Sound English Department, and King’s Books.

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Saturday, April 30  SPECIAL EVENT  WAYWARD COFFEEHOUSE

7 PM – 10 PM

Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104,

Seattle, Washington 98115

Ten Seattle-area speculative fiction authors will be reading fiction

and poetry at the Wayward Coffeehouse. Authors include

Nathan Crowder, Andrew Gaines, Christopher J. Jarmick,

Alisha A. Knaff, Jessie Kwak, J. A. Pitts, Amy Schrader,

Ian M. Smith, Dawn Vogel, and Jeremy Zimmerman.

Some of our authors will also have books for sale!

Come hear tales of fantasy, science fiction, and maybe

a little bit of horror, and support local authors

and small businesses!

Facebook event page here

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SUBMIT TO RAVEN CHRONICLES

Vol. 22, Spring/Summer 2016 issue

Reading period will open on:  March 1, 2016

Reading period will close on:  April 15, 2016

Editors, Vol. 22:

Fiction: Matt Briggs

Nonfiction: Dana Dickerson

Poetry: Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

Theme: Celebration

Some key elements of Celebration are: initiation, acknowledgment,

completion, pride, accomplishment, triumphs, commemoration,

observance, marking, keeping, rituals; and sheer joy, rites of passage,

offerings, music, dance, food, gift givings, trophies, etc. And

overcoming: “We shall not be moved.” Coming together … friends,

family, community, culture. Country? An honoring of self, of __ years

of sobriety, losing weight, a touchdown, etc. Hallelujah! “Wow!

You go girl! Yes, you can! You did it! We did it!” Antonyms: memorial,

lamentation, sadness.

How do we celebrate the passing of time, the promise of tomorrow,

and the thousand little acts that make up our lives? Do we over-celebrate

some things? The way we celebrate, or don’t, can be a window into our

cultural and personal selves. When we think of celebrationwe often think

of those days / events we observe, and the people we acknowledge.

For instance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: we celebrate the life and legacy

of a great man, but it is also an elegiac day, a time for contemplation

and lament.

 

Submissions are currently:  OPEN

How to Submit work: In 2016, we will use

Submittable.com for our submission platform.

 

Phoebe Bosche,

Managing Editor

Raven Chronicles

editors@ravenchronicles.org

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From Michael Dylan Welch  regarding POETS IN THE PARK  Redmond, WA

Proposals Wanted for Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park is back! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25, 2016

for another Poets in the Park poetry festival at Anderson Park in Redmond,

Washington. We have a bountiful day of events planned, with workshops,

readings, performances, book fair, an open-mic reading, and more. Bring

a lunch and join us for this FREE event!

Want to participate? We’re looking for proposals for readings (25-minute slots)

and workshops (55-minute slots). See the call for proposals RIGHT HERE!

 

Send your proposals as soon as possible to

Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com, with the information requested

at the website. See you on June 25!

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FROM Michael Schein    LITFUSE NEWS

Please let all poets know that LiTFUSE is now open for registration. This year we go from September 23-25, featuring (among others) Ilya Kaminsky, Thomas Lux, Susan Rich, Kelli Russell Agodon and Laura Read.

Registration here

LiTFUSE is an annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held in Tieton, WA (near Yakima), sponsored by Tieton Arts & Humanities, that is open to poets of all ages and styles.

Thanks!

Michael Schein, Author

http://www.michaelschein.com

http://www.johnsurratt.com

John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away, Bones Beneath Our Feet,

Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery

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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!

TOMORROW ANOTHER NAPOWRIMO  PROMPT!!!!