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Letting Go of Dad

August 2, 2020

 “. . . a time to be born and a time to die, . . . “

Letting Go of Dad

By Christopher J. Jarmick


   “ a time to plant and a time to uproot,”   – Ecclesiastes 3

Bye Dad.

Thanks for the calls

the encouragement, the support,

the need to keep in touch.

Thanks for getting things in order,

for trying to make things easier,

less complicated.

Thanks for living long enough

so that we could mostly understand,

reconcile and forgive.

Forgiveness is a blessing.

It lightens the load we carry

And as Catholics, too familiar with guilt

our backs appreciate lesser loads.

Your faith grew stronger,

blessings were understood.

a time to mourn and a time to dance. . .

a time to tear and a time to mend. . . ‘

Losing your parents

is never easy

but you were in our lives

a long, long time.

We are all complicated,

misunderstood at times,

never patient or gentle enough,

but if we remain willing to learn,

there is hope.


You were raised by parents

unhappy in marriage,

who did not accept you as a blessing,

did not grow up as quickly as you did.

No one is born with the skills,

the tools, the experience, to be

good partners, loving parents.

Some prepare, some don’t, some start the journey

with much less than needed, others with too much.

How do you express affection?  How do you share love?

How do you forgive?  Overcome bitterness?

How do you compromise?  Balance work and home?

How does anyone handle more than one child?

It was important and the right thing

to be a better husband, a better provider, a better parent

than your father had been.

It was a tough challenge.

You had help, a good partner.

That is a blessing to all of your children.

But there was more…

It took decades

but you opened your heart

you listened, you learned

there was a lot to know about love.

We the children have and will complain.

There is hurt, there is blame,

there is pain.


“A time to love, A time to hate

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.”


The scattered children gather,


appreciate the efforts, special moments,

the messages of how family is most important of all.

Most important is having, accepting, and understanding

unconditional love.

Sleep well, Dad.

Sleep well.

(For  Dad – Robert E. Jarmick  February 2, 1928   to  July 9, 2020  and LeJene, Bob, Jackie, and Jen.)


NorthWest Readings/Events June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”

A rave review preview for Not Aloud from Raven Chronicles here


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.



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


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


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 


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  


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.


July 6  7pm  Auburn

Rainbow Cafe

June 6 2016

Featured Poets:

Benjamin Schmitt


Molly Tenenbaum

Featured Poets

and Open Mic!



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


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


Puget Sound Poetry Connection Site  


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.


on attending and the address.


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


NaPoWriMo Day 3, April 3, 2016

April 2, 2016

“Play around. Dive into absurdity and write.

Take chances. You will succeed if

you are fearless of failure.

Natalie Goldberg

DAY 3  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 3, 2016 

Welcome to Day 3 of the NaPoWriMo challenge.  Use these prompts to inspire you to write a poem each and every day of April.

Today’s Prompt is from Brendan McBreen (of Auburn, Wa., who has suggested several prompts that I will be using this year)

Your poetic destiny is written in the stars! Or rather on a Tarot card. Go to  this site here  (if you don’t have your own deck) and pick a card, any card, then write a poem based on the card you chose. Your poem can be part ekphrastic based on the imagery on the card or it can be based entirely on the advice your chosen card elicits.

Ekphrastic poetry info here.

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look at the new Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner under PAGES.   A couple of times this month you may also find my Poetry Northwest announcements in between the NaPoWriMo posts.

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



My Day 1 Prompt poems using these 12 words:

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

elated, heavenly, selective, press, alluring, volatile


Dreary gray nebulous clouds overhead.

Outside work selective discussion interrupted

as a possibly pressing volatile situation unfolded;

an alluring woman baring too much skin rushes past

suddenly stops, picks up a dime.

She’s elated with this heavenly sign and smiles.


My skin itches as dreary volatile work discussions

pressing me to accept a less than alluring, nebulous selective.

Then a wave of heavenly elation passes through me….

Unemployed and barely a dime to my name,

but FREE!


NorthWest Poetry – December 2015

December 5, 2015

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

Maya Angelou

– —-

The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.

You’ll find updated info on the New Striped Water readings at Rainbow Cafe and the brand new reading in Bothel 2nd Saturdays!




Details on the Last Park Place Reading (December 9th)




Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about

the book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the

book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from

any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy. Consider requesting the book

from your local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to

post a short review!)

I have an Amazon Author Page here  (there’s a reading/signing/appearance

schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read

and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised

collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will

hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but

also inspire your inner poet to  create something unique.   I’m passionate

about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell

books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to

heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun,

entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.

If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll makethe effort and take the time to

experience a reading soon.



Wed. Dec 9,2015  – 6:30 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Wed. December 9th  6:30 pm  Kirkland, WA

The LAST and Final . . .

Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesday

Our Last Featured Poet
(1st time reading at our venue. . .)

Richard Widerkehr

plus 15 mini spotlight readings
from some of our best…including
Jed Myers, Larry Crist, Erika Michael
Raul Sanchez, Mary Crane, Lyn Coffin
Michael Dylan Welch, David Horowitz,
Dennis Caswell, Peggy Barnett and
plus open mic spot for one and all

Special Time  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Many of you have heard the rumors…
They are true.  Park Place Books, a unique
independent bookstore in Kirkland since 1986
and the home of a 2nd Wednesday of the month
poetry series for 9 years, is closing their doors
at the end of 2015.

The Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being re-developed
and many local businesses are closing or being
displaced. Mary and Rebecca have been part of
the store for 20 years. Rebecca is retiring when the
store closes and Mary hopes to open a new bookstore
but a suitable location has not yet been found.

Mary and Rebecca have been among the most
welcoming, generous and dedicated bookstore
owners you’ll ever know.  Their bookstore has hosted
both large and small literary events sometimes
accommodating more than 300 people but also
making it feel full and welcoming when a dozen
people show up.”

For years they have volunteered bookseller services
to various local literary festivals, and special poetry
events, often without any compensation for their time
and effort whatsoever.

Let’s honor Mary and Rebecca with an expanded
final poetry gathering on December 9th  from 6:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m.

I hope we pack the place with poets who will
celebrate what an important part of the literary
and poetry community Park Place Books has
been for so many many years.

And consider doing some of your Christmas
shopping at Park Place Books too!

We’ll have an abbreviated featured poet reading
by Richard Widerkehr (who is travelling from
Bellingham).  We’ll have 15 mini spotlight
readings from at least 15 of our most
compelling past featured readers
and leave time for 15 to 20 open mic
readers too.

Come and be part of it if you are able.
Please share news of this event with
friends and acquaintances through
emails and social media.


Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood
first prizes for poetry at the University
of Michigan and earned his M.A. from
Columbia University. He has two
collections of poems, The Way Home
(Plain View Press) andHer Story of Fire
(Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks,
and a novel,Sedimental Journey
(Tarragon Books) about a geologist in
love with a fictional character. In the
last year, his poems have been
published inRattleSoundings,
Floating Bridge ReviewJewish
Literary Journal
,Grey Sparrow,
Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review,
Pennine InkCirque,Penumbra,
Clay Bird Review, and Crack The

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.


Park Place Books is  located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

Parkplace Books Website


Friday, Dec. 11th  7 p.m.  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The Distinguished Writer Series
Christopher J. Jarmick

AND our special
Christmas/Holiday Party
right after the reading!
(at Tim and Marsha
Sherry’s Abode!)

December 11th, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Mon. Dec. 14th 7pm  Seattle

Easy Speak at
the Wedgwood Ale House

Christopher J. Jarmick
open mic

Hosted by Peter Munro

December 14th
Sign-up at 8,
show starts at 8:30,
featured performer
around 9:20

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

Event Page Click Here

Wed. Dec. 16th  7 p.m.  Woodinville

Third Wednesday at
The Creekside

Christopher J. Jarmick

Open Mic

plus (free) refreshments!

Readings are at 7:00pm on the
third Wednesday of each month
at The Creekside , 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072).

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

‘BANG!’ Is the new E-book anthology
from World Enough Writers to be 
published in May 2016; print edition
to be determined..(TBD).

Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons)
are needed for a new  E-book (and
later print edition) anthology of poems
about school shootings, public shootings, 
guns, gun control, media coverage of
tragic shootings, the NRA and the second

We particularly encourage submissions
from students, younger writers (and
artists) and teachers since they 
experience the very real threat of 
increasing school attacks on a daily
basis.  The E-book and print edition
will be published by World Enough
Writers (the anthology division of
Concrete Wolf).  The project editor
is Christopher J. Jarmick. (Managing
Editor: Lana Hechtman Ayers) 

BANG- submission details on
world enough writers website
too here

Submissions are Open  –  
Now through February 15th, 2016.


More Stuff


December 7 – 7 pm – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!
We are at the Rainbow Cafe for 2016.
112 East Main Street
There is an entrance on Main Street and an entrance in the back parking lot which connects with the Safeway parking lot, with a driveway on Auburn Way.
Monday December 7
7 to 9
at the Rainbow Cafe
Shannon P. Laws
Joann C. Roberts
followed of course by our Open Mic


Dec 11  6 p.m.  Redmond

Special Night for
RASP’s  6th Annual
Holiday Party!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015
Festivities begin at 6:00 PM

We’re bringing back the ever-popular
Island Style Slam and know you’ll
have a wonderful evening. We’re
partying in Room 204 upstairs at
the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center.
The party starts at 6:00 PM
and you can help us decorate!

Bring a holiday snack to share and
RASP will provide beverages,
pens, and paper.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

In January  RASP will be at
a brand new place!!!!

January 29th
Featured Reader:
Christopher J. Jarmick

at  VALA
VALA Eastside in
Redmond Town Center
(7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052




Sat. Dec 12   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry began in November 2015

Featured Poets, Open Mic  7 p.m. (6:45 signup)

December 12th –  Featured Reader is

Mary Crane

plus open mic

Tsuga Fine Arts at 10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA

will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month

starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets

thru Poets West. Please spread the word.

Dec. 16.   6:30 pm  Olympia


Celebrate with “Seasons Readings,”
poetry for winter and the Holidays,
sponsored by the Olympia Poetry
Network on

Wednesday, December 16,
6:30 p.m. at
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW.

Members of the OPN Board will
share their own or a favorite author’s
tribute to everything December.
An Open Mic will follow.
The event is free.  Those attending
are invited to bring a new children’s
poetry book to donate to needy
youth this Holiday Season.
For more information call

Joanne Clarkson

Dec 17  7 p.m.  Redmond Wa
Soulfood Poetry Night

Sean Bentley 
Emily Warn

Plus open mic
7 p.m.

SoulFood Coffee House,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

“True literature can exist only 

where it is created, not by diligent
and trustworthy functionaries,
but by madmen, hermits, heretics,
dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

 Yevgeny Zamyatin


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!



NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 17 Prompt for Thursday April 17, 2014 Posted April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
― Plato

Welcome to Day 17 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. Some of the participants hit a wall around this point of time. It gets a little more difficult to write a poem, or to write from a prompt. Finding the time remains a challenge for some, but since you’ve hopefully carved out a little time to write every day, the problem is that perhaps you feel the pressure a little more and want to write something that has some quality to it. Worry not NaPoWriMer write and the rewards for your efforts will manifest, if not today, than soon. Keep writing.

Now for today’s prompt.

Wednesday April 17th Prompt

PROMPT 17 – Hands

Write a poem that is inspired by Hands. Think of your sense of touch, your fingers, your palm, about what your hands or the hands of others (holding hands, high fiving, massage,) means to you. Think perhaps of someone who has last a hand or both hands or was born without hands. Write a poem about this.

PROMPT 16 suggested you write a Poetic Toast.
I went a bit over-board and wrote several things for this prompt.

Poem starter 1416
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Here’s to the curse that’s made me a writer
enduring grueling, long hours of
arduous mental hard labor
only another afflicted wordsmith
truly understands but are too busy
inside their own heads to actually give a damn.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

Strip yer muse naked
Yer wordz aren’t that sacred
Later drive yersef daft
Workin on yer craft
Quit your belly achin’
NaPo taint fakin’
Now write em on down
And spread em aroun’

Jack McCarthy Toast
By Christopher J. Jarmick

Jack you figured out late in life
how to win our hearts with a
perfect balance of wit, irreverence
humor, and pathos even as you fiercely trounced
friends and strangers at poetry competitions.
You shared many a secret
right on your sleeve.
offered sage advice,
opened your life struggles,
with uncommon truths
and humility.
You made us laugh, then twisted
it to make us cry
And no matter how we resisted
what we knew was happening,
even as we knew it was happening,
It was impossible not to be
moved by the words, your tone,
the pauses you took between
the lines.
You were the best,
Damn it

And you gave everything you could
until your last breath
leaving us wanting more.
One in a million,
we’ll swig something
non-alcohlic to honor
the memories we have of
you, and encourage those
who haven’t yet had the pleasure,
to discover what you’ve left

By Christopher J. Jarmick

To NaPoWriMo
An excuse to write
in plain sight
to deviously
but obviously
trick the muse
to free her noose
ignore this mock
on writer’s block
and allow a poem
(or two)
to find a home.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here:

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



NaPoWriMo National Poetry Writing Month Day 7 Prompt for Monday, April 7, 2014 Posted April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014

Welcome to Day 7 of the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge. The goal is to write 30 poems in 30 days for April. How are you doing? Remember, not every poem will be easy to write and not every poem will be one worth keeping or revising and crafting into something better.

Below the prompt meant for tomorrow you’ll find what I came up for the April 5th Prompt.

PROMPT for April 7th 2014

Prompt: Art Deco

In Port Townsend there is a Hardware Store that specializes in unique period pieces (they have supplied many movies and TV shows with authentic or authentic looking pieces). They also have a unique Deco Light Museum (free to the public and there’s a website.  In particular the collection focuses on the Art Deco slip shade which was made mainly between 1928 to 1938 and were true luxury items since most people were struggling to survive during the worst of the ‘great depression’. So perhaps look at pictures of these unique ‘slip shades’ that were inspired in part by the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs and the discovery of King Tuts Tomb.   (website )

Now write a poem. It could be directly inspired by a particular slip shade design, the idea of Art Deco, the decade when they created or anything you like. It’s entirely up to you.

What I wrote for yesterday’s prompt:


Poem Starter 1406
by Christopher J. Jarmick

Parents wouldn’t think of
Naming their children of
Fido or Rover, but better to
attend public highschool with those names
than Dweezil, Moon Unit, Dick, Cinnamon,
Sunshine, Kermit, or Dexter.

By Christopher J. Jarmick

(Note: This poem truly needs a lot of work and development)

The part wolf mix that was
my beloved canine companion
was named Demian, after
the Herman Hesse novel.

She wasn’t Demien the Anti-Christ from Omen 2
Which was released to theaters more than a year
After I was united with my pet.
Her name could have been Magister if I thought
to name her after my favorite Hesse
novel (Magist Ludi or The Glass Bead Game).
I did not.

Steppenwolf was one of my favorite rock bands
which was named after the Hesse novel Steppenwolfe
but it didn’t seem a good name for my dog.
I rescued her as a young pup from the animal shelter,
She wasn’t supposed to be available for adoption
at all because it was suspected she was part wolf
and I how to create quite a scene to get her
which involved signing papers that did not hold the
shelter liable if the pup was more wolf than dog.

A remarkable animal
that no other since
has replaced.
Demian was with me for
over 12 years.
And though she’s been gone
for 27, I remember her spirit,
her smile, (yes, she smiled)
and many of her unique

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2014

Keep writing!!!

Read more about National Poetry Month 2014 and NaPoWrimo in my 3 Part Series here.



The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything



March Northwest Poetry

March 11, 2014

March 11th Edition

Lots to share with you this time. I hope you’ll experience a live literary or poetry reading soon. Come to listen or bring a poem to share at the many open-mics. See the new Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen or experience a Words and Music house concert.

Also there’s info here to submit some poems or essays too. ENJOY!
Anyone who has a library and
a garden wants for nothing.
— – Cicero

“No matter how busy you may
think you are, you must find time
for reading, or surrender yourself
to self-chosen ignorance.”
– Confucius

“We read to know we are
not alone.”
– C.S. Lewis

Questions? Additions? Email me

First– Readings I’m directly involved in (curating/hosting and or performing/reading in the near future).

Then– Readings acquaintances have let me know about that I think are worth trying to attend.

2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland USA

Wednesday March 12, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

A memorable evening as we welcome

Karen Bonaudi


Our new Washington State
Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Austen

plus Open Mic


Karen Bonaudi has been writing for food since 1982, but a poet since 5th grade. She has led poetry workshops in elementary schools, taught adult creative writing classes, conducted workshops and critique panels, and been a member of the All Bets Are Off performance troupe. A long-time board member and former president of the Washington Poets Association, she has given readings in many locations and events, including a gaff-rigged topsail schooner.

Among other publications, her poetry has appeared in the Bellingham Review, South Dakota Review, Pontoon 2, The Far Field, Snow Monkey, and WPA’s Cascade Journal and on-line whispers & shouts. Her chapbook Editing a Vapor Trail was published by Pudding House Press. She lives and works as a private marketing contractor in Renton, where she edits and publishes others’ books.

Elizabeth Austen is a recovering actor, beginning cellist and frequent solo hiker. She emigrated to Seattle via Greyhound bus in 1989, after living in such diverse locales as London, Chicago, Dallas and Elmer (New Jersey). Her debut collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She’s also the author of two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010). Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily, and in journals and anthologies. Elizabeth is the literary producer for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9. She earned an MFA at Antioch University LA, and teaches at Richard Hugo House. She’s currently serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate.


Next Reading April 9:
Our feature is Joannie Stangeland plus we’ll have fun with our
annual BAAAD Poetry Open Mic

Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used independent bookstores on the EastSide. Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future.

They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

March 26,  7 p.m. West Seattle,

C&P Coffee Spring Series
Wed., March 26 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

C&P Coffee Co.
5612 California Ave SW,
West Seattle.

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

4th Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

April 23
Larry Crist

Wednesday April 2

The Station Bistro Poetry Night

celebrates it’s 2nd Anniversary
(and begins Year 3)

with Featured poets:

Christopher J. Jarmick
Robinson Bolkum

7 p.m.

plus Open Mic!

The Station Bistro is located at:
110 2nd Street Suite 125
Auburn, WA 98003

From Jerry Libstaff 3/13 — Gig Harbor

The Muse at Morso featuring:
Kevin Miller
plus Open Mic
March 13, 2014 7pm in the Gallery
presented in conjunction with Watermark Writers
Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor
9014 Peacock Hill Avenue at North Harborview Drive

From Connie Walle 3/14 Tacoma, WA

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Presents The Distinguished Writer Series
March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
at Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

FEATURING: Dennis Caswell
Dennis Caswell lives outside Woodinville and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His work has appeared in assorted journals and anthologies, and he was selected for the 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program. His full-length collection Phlogiston was published by Floating Bridge Press in 2012.

Puget Sound Poetry Connection


From Jerry Libstaff 3/15 —
Key Peninsula -Vaughn, Wa

Words and Music begins the 2014 season this Saturday, March 15 with two fantastic entertainers.

Our Words will be presented by Matthew Brouwer, a performance poet and teaching artist.

His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create an evocative, enlivening combination. Brouwer has performed throughout the west and has been featured in literary, performance and visual arts showcases. He is author of five books, leads workshops and retreats for adults and facilitates a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.

Matthew says, “each one of us has a poetic spark. I love to bring my work to places where people do not often have a chance to share their own unique voices.”

Music will be presented by Eugene Ruffolo.

A prolific and deeply personal singer songwriter. Rolling Stones says of Eugene, “Masculine, yet sensitive and elegant at the same time. An utterly intruiging voice.” With seven albums including a new CD of Italian songs to be released this year. Eugene regularly tours the U S and Europe. His highly acclaimed music has been included in several major motion pictures and television shows. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Kenny Loggins, David Wilcox, Run DMC, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Spyra Gyra, to name just a few.

We are limited to 65 so please call 253-778-6559 or respond to this email for reservations.
You’ll also get directions.
Seats are $20. This includes both artists plus all food and beverages.
Tweed Meyer will be on hand to sketch and paint the artists as they work.
Presented by Watermark Writers, a 501 (c) 3
From Clark Crouch 3/ 19 Woodinville, WA

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Featured Poets:

Peggy Barnett
Erica Michael

plus open mic


The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA
PoetsWest @ The Creekside features Peggy Barnett and Erika Michael. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch and Virginia Cook. Emceed by Terry Busch. Contact
From David Horowitz

Poetry on Bainbridge Island
Jenifer Browne Lawrence,
Joannie Stangeland,
Annette Spaulding-Convy

3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014
Eagle Harbor Book Company,
157 Winslow Way East, Winslow
(on Bainbridge Island)
Telephone: 206-842-5332
E-mail: (online form)


Wednesday March 26th 7 p.m.

Public about Privacy: Poems and Stories about Privacy

Poetry, Stories:
Dennis Caswell, Victoria Ford,
Kristen McHenry, Rebecca Meredith,
Bethany Reid, Michael Spence,
& David D. Horowitz

Room 202, The Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle
Telephone: David D. Horowitz, 206-633-2725
E-mail: David,


Poetry at University Book Store

Poetry: Joannie Stangeland
& Marjorie Manwaring

7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014
University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle
Telephone: 206-634-3400
E-mail: Sarina Sheth,


Poetry in Edmonds

Poetry, Prose:
Sheila Bender, Raul Sanchez,
Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland,
& Jeff Stilwell
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014

Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Telephone: David D. Horowitz, 206-633-2725; Mary Kay Sneeringer, 425-775-2789
E-mail: David,; Mary Kay Sneeringer,


Poetry at Parnassus
Poetry: Melissa Cannon & David D. Horowitz
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike,
Nashville, Tennessee
Telephone: 615-953-2243
E-mail: David,; Lauren,


Skagit River Poetry Festival Book Fair
Book Fair Table: David D. Horowitz
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Friday, May 16th; 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, La Conner, Washington (main festival site)
Telephone: David, 206-633-2725
E-mail: Linda Talman,

From Linda Strever March 19th Olympia, WA

Dear Friends–
I have the good fortune of doing two (!) Olympia readings in a single week, both at
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe!

Traditions Website Here

So a reminder that I’m the featured reader
for the Olympia Poetry Network on
Wed., March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Feature: Linda Strever

And I have the good fortune to be reading
in fine company for
Fine Madness literary journal
on Fri., March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Thanks for your enduring support!!
Linda Strever Website

From Tanya McDonald 3/20
Redmond, WA

I am pleased to announce that on
Thursday March 20,
haiku poets
Terry Ann Carter
Carole MacRury

will be the featured readers at
Soul Food Books in Redmond, WA.

The reading starts at 7pm, and will be
followed by an open mic until 9pm.

Come support your fellow haiku poets, and feel free to bring up to 3 minutes-worth of poems to read on stage.

Before the reading, we will be gathering for dinner across the parking lot at Canyons Restaurant. If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please email me at so I know how many people to tell the restaurant to expect. In order to have an unrushed dinner, let’s meet at Canyons between 5 and 5:15. (I know how haiku poets like to chat…) If you can’t make it until later, that’s fine, but please let me know if you can.

Here’s a link to the Soul Food poetry site:

Hope to see you on Thursday March 20 for a great night of friends and poetry!



From Leopoldo Seguel
February 26 7 p.m. West Seattle, WA

C&P Coffee Spring Series
Wed., March 26 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

C&P Coffee Co.
5612 California Ave SW,
West Seattle.

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

4th Wednesdays
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

April 23
Larry Crist

May 28


There are several things going on in
connection with National Poetry Month
brought to you by

The Academy of American Poets


The Academy of American Poets has launched an educational project for National Poetry Month 2014 called Poet-to-Poet.
The Academy would love to have as many young people as possible submit their poems for possible publication! The lesson plans range from grades 3-12. The submission deadline is late April.

Poet-to-Poet is a multimedia project that invites young people to write poems in response to those shared by award-winning contemporary poets who serve on the Academy’s honorary Board of Chancellors. Participants are encouraged to submit their response poems to the Academy for possible publication on, which will be relaunching in April with a whole new look.

For educators hoping to bring Poet-to-Poet into the classroom, the Academy has worked with a curriculum specialist to create two Common Core aligned lesson plans to accompany the project.

Click on the link :
Go here Poet to Poet
for details on this and many other things happening in April.


P.S. Poem in Your Pocket Day will be held on April 24 throughout the United States.
Here’s more info:

Stacy Lasner
Publicity & Outreach Coordinator
Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
(P) 212-274-0343 x22

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Academy of American Poets

April 24: Poem in Your Pocket Day and Poetry & the Creative Mind



Vol. 20, Summer 2014 Issue:
Personal Sound Tracks; Soundscapes;
The Sound Track of Your Life
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Publication: Summer, 2014

Everyone’s life has it’s own “soundtrack” — certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Sometimes the sounds awaken memories that are tender, that we treasure; other times we’re reminded of losses, or traumas, or how ridiculous we once were. Whatever the memory, there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting…. That song that gets stuck in your head! Write about how a piece of music, or another type of sound or lack of sound, came to be part of your personal narrative/story. The sounds of silence; silent spring; musicians and composers; lip syncing. Do lives, like movies, have soundtracks? Is there something besides the music of an era that binds us together with a particular group of people? Couples have “our song.” Extended families or groups of people are often bound together by music.

Wanted: poems, essays, fiction/non-fiction, and artwork on this theme. Stories, memories, desires, family legends, half-buried truths, images, your rants and raves, your good experiences and bad, the worst and the best and, above all, send us your dreams.

(NB: We will also be taking submissions of audio files. Stay tuned for that information.)

General Guidelines:
Send a maximum of 3 poems. Focus is on content that melds with form — whether traditional or experimental.

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Essays:
Send 3,500-4,000 words, double-spaced, 12 point type. Experimental work is always of interest. We accept short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone.

Rants, Raves, Reviews and Interviews:
Do you have a book you would like to review? Someone you are dying to interview? PLEASE let us know – we may feel the same way!

Black & White drawings, photos, illustrations, etchings. We are always looking for illustrators for stories, poems. We are fond of well-drawn Ravens and other Corvids! Contact us for ideas. Submissions: e-mail as a jpeg or pdf attachment. If we choose your artwork, we will contact you about how to submit.

Regular Features:
In each issue we print work related to the following themes/context:
Spoken Word;
Poetics (essays or interviews);
Memorials/ Odes to Persons, Places & Things;
Mapping the Terrain/Cultural Geography (translations);
Food & Culture; The Northwest/ Nature Writing.


POETRY: Submit up to 3 poems.
FICTION OR CREATIVE NONFICTION: Submit up to 4,000 words.
SEND A COVER LETTER with contact information, titles of work you are sending, and BRIEF bio.
Send a SASE, Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope, with your work. All work submitted must include a SASE (or we cannot return your work or reply to your submissions).
Include Page Numbers and Author’s name on all pages submitted.
Addressed To: On your envelope include the appropriate editor you are sending work to, Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor, or Nonfiction Editor. And mail all work to: Raven Chronicles, 12346 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98125
International Submissions: We accept e-mail submissions ONLY from writers living outside the U.S.A. E-mail work attached as RTF or MS Word.doc or PDF. Do not embed work in e-mail message. Please use the following text in your subject line: Int’l Submission, ________ Editor.
Only Submit one batch of poems or one prose piece for each print issue/theme.
Previously published work: we sometimes publish previously published work; inquire about it.
Simultaneous submissions are NOT accepted. This is a change in our policy.
Submissions received outside of the reading period/deadline will be returned unread.

The Raven Chronicles publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia, and other regions. We promote art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility. We publish fiction, talk art/spoken word, poetry, essays, reflective articles, reviews, interviews and contemporary art. We look for work that reflects the author’s experiences, perceptions and insights. We publish work by emerging and veteran writers.
All contributors receive two copies of the magazine (only one if you live outside the US) and, sometimes, a small payment, (generally in the $10-$40 range). We try to pay contributors, but this isn’t always possible. Payment will be sent after the magazine has been distributed. We buy first rights as well as the rights to use your name and the accepted work, with your agreement, on our website, but all rights revert to you upon publication. We ask that Raven Chronicles be acknowledged in any subsequent publication of your work accepted. but all rights remain with you.

We try to respond to submissions within a reasonable period. If you haven’t heard within 3 months, write or email us. Our staff is small and dedicated: we do the best we can!


STATEWIDE – After 42 years of promoting poetry and poets in the state, the Washington Poets Association (WPA) elected last year to dissolve its 501(c)(3) organization and donate the remaining treasury funds of $21,000 toward the Washington State Poet Laureate program.
“In this bittersweet moment, we celebrate all the great years of the Washington Poets Association events, its people and its accomplishments,” said Karen Bonaudi, of the WPA Board of Directors. “We look forward to the Washington State Poet Laureate program and others keeping torches and quiet candles alight.”

Angel Latterell, the last president of the Association, noted that poetry is extensively served locally now, with readings, workshops, awards and publications, which was not the case in 1971.

The WPA gift will provide funds for the cost-effective program, which helps build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s rich legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and other activities in communities throughout the state. For more on the activities of the current state poet laureate, Elizabeth Austen, visit or

The WPA, along with the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, worked with legislators and Governor Chris Gregoire to secure passage of legislation to establish the Washington State Poet Laureate position in 2007.

“We are so grateful, and so honored, to have these funds directed toward the Washington State Poet Laureate program,” said Humanities Washington Executive Director Julie Ziegler. “The laureate is an essential tool for sparking a love of poetry in Washingtonians of all ages, from all over the state.”

The Washington State Poet Laureate program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In April 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that established the Washington State Poet Laureate position and recognized the value of poetry to the culture and heritage of the state. Kathleen Flenniken served as the Washington State Poet Laureate for a two-year term beginning January 2012; Sam Green served as the first Washington State Poet Laureate from 2008-10. More about the activities of the Washington State Poet Laureate can be found on the Humanities Washington website.


check out this link to some prestigious
poetry contests that are FREE and worth




Northwest Poetry NEW YEARS 2014 Edition

January 2, 2014

Happy New Year !!! 2014

And so a new Poetry Year begins with a new place to
listen to and share poetry(in Gig Harbor!) and lots of
readings to start this New Year.

One of the best ways to support writers and artists is to just show up. Be receptive and interested in their ideas and a member of the audience. Many of the readings I list are free and also have an open mic so audience members can sign up and read a poem or two if they would like.

Mistakes are the
portals of discovery.
– – -James Joyce

You fail only
if you stop writing.
– – – Ray-Bradbury

Best advice on writing
I’ve ever received.
– – – Peter Mayle

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesdays (except July & August)


2nd Wednesday Take a Poem
From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books–Kirkland WA

Wednesday January 8, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Peter Munro

plus Extended Open Mic

Peter Munro’s first calling is poetry. Fortunately, he also has a second
calling, fisheries science, which provides him a day job. Munro has had
poems published in a variety of journals , including Poetry, The Beloit Poetry
Journal, The Iowa Review, The Atlanta Review, The Carolina Quarterly,
Birmingham Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, the Seattle Review, The
Southern Poetry Review, Harpur Palate , and The Crab Creek Review. Munro is
a alumni of the 2013 Jack Straw Writer’s Program. He hosts the
Wedgwood Ale House Poetry and Music Night. As a fisheries scientist, he helps
conduct trawl surveys of commercially important bottom fish in the Bering Sea,
the Aleutian Islands, and the Gulf of Alaska.
Go to Munro Poetry Website here
for poems, info, trivia and a unique
iron-clad guarantee.


Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future. They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

Park Place Books is located in the
Park Place Mall off 85th Street in
Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr
Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

*NEW Series BeginsJanuary 9th in Gig Harbor WA.
Start Spreading the News ! ! !

Muse at MORSO Series
2nd Thursdays 7 p.m.
Brand NEW Series in Gig Harbor, WA
begins January 9th

Feature Poet: Christopher J. Jarmick
Plus Open Mic

Jerry Libstaff of Watermark Writers and Vaughn Washington is adding yet
another poetry venue that happens the second Thursdays of the month at
Morso (upscale bar/restaurant) in Gig Harbor. It kicks off on 1/9/14
at 7p.m. and he’s asked me to be the sacrificial first featured poet to kick
things off (I’m honored to get things going and look forward to being the
feature at it’s 5th anniversary in 2018 too – I’ll have to check the
schedule regarding the 10th anniversary. . .). Please help me
get the word about the new regular poetry night happening in Gig Harbor.
There’s no cover charge, there’s also an open mic and a million dollar
water-view too!!!

Spread the word!

Muse at Morso Poetry Series
2nd Thursdays
Presented by Watermark Writers
Feature Poet, Open Mic No Cover
Starts at 7 p.m.

Is located at:
9014 Peacock Hill Ave.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 530-3463

Jerry Libstaff and Watermark Writers curate and
organize the Words and Music Showcases on the Key Peninsula
(March to October in Vaughn WA) that feature touring musicians
and poets;
and the
Blend of Words and Wine series at The Blend Wine Shop in
Key Center Wa every Third Thursday.

Watermark Writers Event Page Here

Thursday, January16th – Bellingham
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Reading, Workshop,

Whatcom Museum Exhibit Tour
AHA! Responding to Art : Reading
and Poetry Workshop with
Chris Jarmick

As part of the After Hours Art (AHA) series at the Whatcom Museum in
Bellingham Tour the Vanishing Ice Art Exhibit
and then from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reading and Workshop by
Christopher J. Jarmick
Thursday 16 January 2014,
5:00pm – 08:00pm
$5 Thursday admission
/Free for Museum members

Tour Art of Vanishing Ice installation (5:00 p.m.)
reading and workshop 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Humanities WA.
Special thanks to Jim Bertolino and Anita Boyle for asking me
to participate!

Whatcom Museum Event
Website Here

Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher,
Is located at 250 Flora Street,
Bellingham, WA 98225

Here are a few listings from of many other readings and events happening throughout the Puget Sound.

Thursday, January 2 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact

Saturday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse, 19003 Front St., Poulsbo WA
Features TBA. Open mic. Contact Nancy Rekow at 206.842.6908.

Monday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St. (Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle
Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink. Contact Jed

Tuesday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features Imani Cezanne. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact

Wednesday January 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The Station Bistro, 110 Second Street SW, # 125, Auburn, WA
Poetry at the Station Bistro features TBA. Open mic. Contact or check

Wednesday, January 8 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact or 06.436-2960.

Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Park Place Books, Kirkland Park Place Mall, 348 Parkplace Ctr., Kirkland, WA
PEN and Take a Poem from Your Heart features PETER MUNRO . Open mic. Free. Host/MC Christopher J. Jarmick. Contact

Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 PM
Morso Wine Bar, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor WA
Watermark Writers features Christopher Jarmick. Free event. Open mic. Contact 253-530-3463.

Thursday, January 9 at 6 p.m.
Ballard Branch SPL, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle
It’s About Time Writers Reading Series features TBA. Open mic. Contact Katie Tynan

Friday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma
Distinguished Writer Series features Patty Kinney. Free event. Open mic sign-up 6:30 p.m. Contact Connie Walle

Saturday, January 11 at 3 p.m.
Orca Books, 509 E 4th Ave. in downtown Olympia WA
Origins: Native & Immigrant Women’s Stories in poetry & prose with Linda Strever & June O’Brien. Contact

Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Reader’s Choice features Nancy Dahlberg, John Gorski, Griffith Williams. Open mic. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or send us an e-mail.

Monday, January 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave. NE #A, Seattle
Open mic with Wedgwood Words & Music (aka Wedgwood WAM). Contact

Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact

Tuesday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features Monique Franklin. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact

Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm
The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, (Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE), Woodinville, WA
PoetsWest@The Creekside features Janée Baugher. Open mic. Hosted by Clark Crouch and Virginia Cook. Emceed by Terry Busch. Contact

Wednesday, January 15 with sign up at 7 pm and reading at 7:30 pm
Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
Open mic. Contact or 06.436-2960.

Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 5th and Water St., Olympia WA
The Olympia Poetry Network features Oregon poet Charles Goodrich. Open mic. Contact Joanne Clarkson

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7pm.
Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, 703 Grand Blvd., Vancouver WA
Tiger Talk features A Look Back…. Contact 360-907-4830 or email

Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. (PT) from KSER 90.7 FM
PoetsWest on The Road Home from Everett, WA. The broadcast is available via streaming by going to following the Listen Live links.

Thursday, January 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher, 250 Flora Street, Bellingham WA
AHA! After Hours Art Responding to Art: Poetry Reading/Workshop with Chris Jarmick. $5; Thursday Admission is FREE for Museum Members. Contact: Anita or Jim Bertolino at 360-398-7870 or

Monday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Bai Pai lounge, 2316 NE 65th St. (Ravenna neighborhood), Seattle
Open mike poetry and music with all night happy hour prices on drink. Contact Jed

Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. (Howell St. & Boren Ave.) Seattle
Seattle Slam features TBA. Open mic sign-up between 8-8:30. Cover charge $5. 21+ with ID required at the door. Contact

Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave SW in West Seattle
Poetry Bridge features TBA. Open mic. Free event and open to all ages. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. Contact

Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Northwind Art Center, 2409 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA
Ann Spiers & Robert McNamara read from their latest books of poetry: Bunker Trail and Incomplete Strangers. Contact 360.379.1086.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle
Special event honoring the Centennial of the birth of William Stafford. This event is part of a global celebration. More info to come. Open mic. Contact J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268 or send us an e-mail.

Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St., Seattle
All open mic venue co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. Sign-up not needed. Contact



NaPoWriMo Day 29 Prompt for Monday, April 29, 2013 April 28

April 28, 2013

“You’ve got to be smart enough to write and stupid enough to not think about all the things that might go wrong.”Sara Gilbert

“Nobody cares much whether you write or not. You just have to do it.”Natalie Goldberg

Day 29 NaPoWriMo — reactions to the write a poem a day exercise are interesting, varied and fall into a couple of categories. Some people have what they believe are valid excuses for not doing it—others embrace it wholeheartedly. There’s no right of wrong in my opinion. NaPoWrimo is an opportunity.

1. It’s unnatural to write a challenge/prompt poem. It’s forcing a poem when a poem isn’t there. That is not my relation to poetry.

2. It’s meaningless. Making a game of writing a poem cheapens it as an art form. (some feel this way although I certainly don’t believe NaPoWriMo participation is something that anyone should approach as a meaningless game)

3. I write poems with the intention that they will be published. Sometimes I am inspired by something I read and writing prompts but if I don’t ‘feel it’ I won’t write and share something that I don’t believe is good enough to be published. Good poems usually take time and effort, edit and revision to create. I won’t share something I don’t believe is good enough to be published.

4. It teaches good work habits and disciplines and really helps to get you writing more often.

5. It’s good to think of other ways to write, and trying to write some prompt/.challenge poems is a way to ‘think out of your box’, to overcome fears, to be a little looser, freer with how you write.

6. I really like pushing myself to write in a non-competitive way. I dislike the idea that Art is competitive in some way with other artists, but a challenge/prompt taken seriously is a way to push yourself. It’s like a mountain that someone feels the need to climb because it is there and it needs to be done and it’s a personal challenge to climb it. Some may think it foolish but I believe fear of the new, fear of the different, fear of possible failure constricts and restricts us. You need to fail and show others the value in not being afraid to fail or to show your failure. If you don’t fear failure, nothing can stop you from accomplishing more than even you thought possible.

Prompt 29 NONE….
Do I mean there’s no prompt? No I don’t. Do I mean you can write whatever you want? You can always write about anything you want. React. Write about it.

The 27th prompt was about poetry being intimate…and writing a poem about that.

Intimate performance
By Christopher J. Jarmick

No props, no sets, no special effects,
No musical scores, no co-stars
No producer, no director
No editing,
No curtain, no commercials,
No do-overs, no take 2,
No over-dubs,
No special make-up,
Just a poet
and his words,
composed in solitude
Alone, facing an audience
Mostly of strangers
Exposed, risking embarrassment,
Projecting sounds
that create concepts,
pictures, push buttons
tell secrets, trigger
emotional connections.
A picture will be painted,
a naked truth revealed,
a smile, a tear, a point of view,
letting something private,
be shared.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013


NaPoWriMo Day 23 Prompt for Tuesday, April 23, 2013 April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

“One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.”Niyi Osundare

“We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.
Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing,
which is one reason why they write so little.”
— Anne Lamott

Tis Day 23 in the land of NaPoWriMo do you know where your inspiration is?   If you aren’t sure…take on the prompt/challenge and write like the wind……


Prompt 23 Make a short conversation– poetic. Create a short conversation and paying attention to meter and/or rhyme make it a poem.

Prompt 21 suggested writing a poem about a place you’ve never been.

La Seu, Barcelona
By Christopher J. Jarmick

The gothic spires of La Seu Cathedral
poke at the sky
on the the site of ancient Roman
cathedral built in 343 AD.
construction began in the 13 Century.

In the courtyard
behind black iron grills
orange, medlar and palm trees
a moss covered central pond,
a fountain and a gaggle
of 13 white geese
representing each year in the
short life of martyr Santa Eulalia
the 13 year old virgin tortured and
burned at the stake by a 4th Century
Roman governor for refusing to
denounce her Christianity.
Nearly immortal now in this
Architectural wonder.
Her image a statue on one
of the towers above.

Inside the massive curved
Archways, corrugated stone
columns , 28 side chapels including
Cappella de Sant Benet, where behind
its alter is the 15th century crucifixation
depicted by Bernat Martorell.

This elevated temple is the soul of
Barcelona surrounded by narrow
Alleys and buildings dating back to
time of Roman occupation.
the echo or footsteps, visitor’s voices,
cameras, cellphones attempting to
capture little pieces of this massive
work of breathtaking art, dwarfing
all who enter here.

Symbol after symbol,
The statues, stained glass,
domes, columns, smells, sounds…
Its 600 years of construction

Metal walkways on its rooftop
for tourists in groups on their way
to visit other sites, sip wine,
taste tapas, visit the market with
displays of brightly colored fruit
stacked 15 feet high.
This ancient place

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek ποιέω (poieō), “‘I
make’”). , poiesis, meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


Poetry is Everything


Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle based writer, very active in the Northwest Poetry Community. His latest book is called IGNITION; Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. Click on it to find out more about it.

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013