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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


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

Poetry Is Everything at BookTree

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

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
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?
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, the online
encyclopedia of Washington state
history. For more information please

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!)


Community  (Other Readings)


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.

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.
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!

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


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!





Hot Summer in the City Readings (Seattle Area)

July 9, 2013

!!!!! SPECIAL EVENT !!!!


WORDS and WINE # 4!!!!

Saturday July 13th, 2013
Gather around 6:00 p.m. Reading starts : 6:30 p.m.
ends approximately 9:15 p.m.

Feature Readers

Robinson Bolkum, Larry Crist,
Nancy Dahlberg, Murray Gordon
Thomas Hubbard & Garrett Rutledge

Spotlight Readers include:

Peggy Barnett, Christine Marie Clarke,
Mary Crane, David Horowitz,
Christopher J. Jarmick and Roy Seitz

Hosted by
Christopher J. Jarmick

Grape Choice
wine bar/store
is located

at the Kirkland Waterfront
Left at the end of Lake St.
in the plaza.
Parking in the Plaza is
$1. /hour evenings
Free Street Parking in the
immediate area.

Featured Reader Bios:

Robinson Bolkum was born in Syracuse,
New York and raised in Seattle. He earned
Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity and
Master of Arts Degrees. Employed at a
glass factory in Everett, He also works
weekends at the nut kiosk of Safeway,
Lake Stevens. He has been sharing his
unique rhyming poetry cycle of poems with
Northwest audiences for several years.
His work has appeared in Limbs of the Pine,
Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the
Summit (both Rose Alley Press).

Larry Crist grew up in the California wine
country,moved constantly with his school
teaching mother before settling in Humboldt
County where he dropped out of high school
and later went on to earn a BA at HSU. He
also attended Temple U earning an MFA in
theatre arts. Besides Philadelphia, Larry has
lived in Chicago, Houston,London and now in
Seattle for the past 19 years. He has been
widely published in print and online journals.
And he’s a 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program

Nancy Dahlberg grew up in Chicago and has
a BFA in studio art from the University of
Chicago and an MA in creative writing from the
University of Houston. Her poems have been
published in Shenandoah, Northwest Review,
CALYX, PoetsWest, Fireweed, Stringtown,
and Poets Table Anthology, A Collection of
Poetry by Northwest Poets. She has served
on the editorial board of Northwest Review,
serves on the advisory board of PoetsWest.
She also is an active member of the Poets
Table group. Nancy lives in Ballard
and is a political activist with Radical Women.

Murray Gordon:
Born in Scranton , PA.
Anthracite coal.
Smoldering slag heaps.
To Philly.
Saw swastikas flying from rowhouses
pre-Pearl Harbor.
To the Beat Generation. Poetry.
Jazz. Blues.
To crossing the country.
To Seattle .
To write. Right here.
Right now.

Thomas Hubbard Since retiring from
his teaching position at Heritage High
School on Tulalip Rez, Thomas has
published Guiding the Stars to Their
Campfire, Driving the Salmon to Their
Beds, a collection of indigenous poetry
by Tiffany Midge, Junkyard Dogz, a
chapbook of his own poetry and graphics,
Junkyard Dogz CD, (a spoken word
performance), Nailed to The Sky (a
poetry collection) by M. Anne Sweet,
The Five Stages of Quitting Farming
(a poetry collection) by John Kulm,
Wisdom for a Dance In the Street,
(a spoken word/music CD) by Dave
Caserio, Affliction, a collection of
poems about the sex industry by Jennifer Haggerty;

What I Can Hold In My Hands,
and At First Light, two collections of
poems by Mary Eliza Crane and
injunz, a chapbook of his own poetry
about mixedblood life. These add to his
previously published Nail and other
Hardworking Poems (originally published
by Year of the Dragon Press, 1994, with
a second edition under the Gazoobi Tales
imprint) and Children Remember Their
Fathers, an anthology of poems about
fathers. In the works are an anthology of
poems about mothers and a collection of
writings to be titled Living With Proud Mary.
Thomas is currently gathering works for an
anthology of indigenous writers.

Garrett Rutledge is the host of Everett’s
Poetry Night and the former host of
Bellingham’s poetrynight. Garrett began
writing poetry and seeking out a community
of poets after wandering into The Elliott Bay
Book Company in 1992 as Allen Ginsberg
was preparing to give a reading. Garrett
remembers Ginsberg, an ill man, being
helped onto the stage then holding the
podium to steady himself as he began to
recite. After a brief warm up, Garrett saw
Ginsberg raise both arms and dance a
mash-up of the Horah and the Mick Jagger
while reading one of his rock rhythm poems.
As Garrett witnessed that small miracle,
he thought, “This is the thing”. After
procuring a fake ID, Garrett found his way
to open mics at Seattle’s Blue Moon Tavern
and the OK Hotel. Garrett found his first true
community in 1996 at poetrynight then
located at Stuart’s Coffee House in
Bellingham, WA. Garrett recently published
his first chapbook.

The Grape Choice Wine Shop
& Wine Bar
9 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 827-7551 phone

Each poem is an instance of possession. When you read someone in a deep way your thoughts and rhythms take over.
— RobertGluck
From Margaret Roncone

Tuesday July 9th Seattle

Next Open Mic
at Caffe Zingaro
Tuesday July 9th
6:30- 8 p.m.

127 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA. 98109
Round-table style.
“This is a stamina game, so don’t despair if you run down a blind alley and have to start over, or if you get another rejection letter. Every successful writer has gone through that, but they kept writing and didn’t quit until they made it happen.”
– – TimMaleeny

From R. Seitz
July 10th Wed. Carnation WA

Wednesday, July 10,
sixish till 8:30pm,

SLIDER’s Cafe in Carnation hosts
fusion of Kenny Mandell sax,
Don Berman percussion,
and Michael Schein
strange vocals.

Killer Poet is the dirge of the
24-hour fear networks, the
celebrity tweet while Rome burns,
the be-bop beneath normal, the
codex of afternoon sex.

Killer Poet invites you to take
the road not taken.

Sliders Café is located
Closer than you think
But probably not next-door

4721 Tolt Ave Carnation,
WA 98014

(425) 333-0577
Sponsored by a grant
from King County 4Culture.

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
— Melinda-Haynes
From Clark Crouch

July17     Woodinville, Wa
Poets and Friends of Poetry
PoetsWest @ Creekside
Features William Scott Galasso
William Scott Galasso is the
author of thirteen books of poetry,
including his latest, Collage:
New and Selected Poems,
published in November 2012.

PoetsWest @ The Creekside
a premier venue for regional poets
and guests

Readings at 7:00pm the Third
Wednesday of each month.
The Creekside
18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
and 140th Avenue NE]
Featuring one or two poets
(and YOU at the open mic)!
Your hosts: Clark Crouch,
and Virginia Cook,
MC: Terry Busch

Venue and refreshments
courtesy of The Creekside
[A Merrill Gardens
Retirement Community

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
— an Ohio University English Professor Name not Known
From Allen Braden

July 21 Sunday Auburn

Please join Peter Ludwin
and Allen Braden
reading their corn-fed
poems at
Mary Olson Farm on
July 21st, 2-3pm.

28728 Green River Road
Auburn, WA 98030
There is a Farm parking lot
on Green River road just
North of the Farm’s

The only reason for being a
professional writer is that you can’t
help it.
–Leo Rosten

Wandering and Wondering:
a site-specific event

July 20 Renton, WA

Kubota Garden
July 20, 2013 12-2 pm
Renton Ave S & 55th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Free Event

*made possible by support
from 4Culture

Dancers: Bruce Fogg, Joan Laage,
Lin Lucas, Kaoru Okumura,
Julia Parsons, Stephen Passero,
Vanessa Skantze, Helen Thorsen
Musicians: Count Constantin,
Rosalynn DeRoos,
Mike Shannon,
Esther Sugai,
Samuel Yoder

Wander through the Kubota
Garden and wonder at the
sights, sounds, and spirits
emerging from the landscape.
Experience the beauty and
tranquility of the garden in a
unique way. Over a two-hour
period, visitors to the garden
will encounter dancers and
musicians dispersed in
surprising locations
throughout the garden as
the performers engage in
a minute-by-minute
response to all the scents,
sounds, sights and
sensations of the garden.


August 10, Sat. Seattle
Seattle Japanese Garden
August 10, 2013 2-5 pm
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E;

Free with admission fee:
Adult $6, Youth/Student/Senior $4,
Children 5 and under Free

Dancers: Bruce Fogg, Joan Laage,
Lin Lucas, Kaoru Okumura,
Apple Martine, Julia Parsons,
Stephen Passero, Sheri Brown

Musicians: Rosalynn DeRoos,
Jay Hamilton, Larry Lawson,
Mike Shannon, David Stanford,
Esther Sugai, Samuel Yoder

Wandering & Wondering,
an annual event in the Seattle
Japanese Garden,
Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.”
― Alfred Brendel

Coming Soon!
Sunday August 11th
all day in the air-conditioned
Auburn Avenue Theater
(10 Auburn Ave.)

in the lobby:
Book Fair Small Press Fair local publishers and authors!
Free Book Swap table!
take a book trade a book

on stage:
9 – 12: Free
Poetry Workshop:
Ready Set Submit!
submission strategies
and writing exercises:
Laura LeHew

12 – 12:30: Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:
Panel Discussion: On The
Changing Publishing Industry
with Debra Di Blasi and
Laura LeHew

Featured Poets:

1 – 1:05: Benediction Poem
from Auburn Poet Laureate
“Wicked” Dick Brugger

1:05 – 1:20:
Jennifer Bullis
– Impossible Lessons

1:20 – 1:35:
Marci Ameluxen
– Lean House

1:35 – 1:50:
Jill McCabe Johnson
– Diary of the One Swelling Sea

2:00 – 2:15:
Elizabeth J. Colen –
Waiting Up for the
End of the World

2:15 – 2:30:
Laura LeHew –
Willingly Would I Burn

2:30 – 2:45:
Malorie Spreen –
The Underneath
and In Between

2:50 – 3:20:
Jack McCarthy
Memorial Readings

*3:30 – 5:
Open Mic
Poetry Contest!
(six prizes awarded)

*4:15 – 5:
open mic
*(time listed is approximate)
held while the
contest judges deliberate

Collection of Reflections
authors are invited to read
in either open mic and be
recognized prior to the
Non-contest open mic

join us at the
Station Bistro
for dinner and

Christopher J. Jarmick
– Ignition: Poem Starters,
Septolets, Statements &
Double Dog Dares

Contest Judges: Laura LeHew,
Elizabeth J. Colen, Malorie Spreen

Book & Small Press
Fair participants:

David Ash: Basho Press

Lana Ayers: MoonPath Press,
Concrete Wolf Press,
World Enough Writers

Peggy Barnett:
Photographer & Poet
– On Your Left

Robert Blevins:
Adventure Books

Gerry Bradley:
KLAY 1180 AM
Radio Personality –
Chit-Chat Cafe:
Yarns from the
Heart & Birds
from the Thicket

Debra Di Blasi:
Jaded Ibis Productions

David Horowitz:
Rose Alley Press

Erik Korhel:
Piecemeal Publishing

Laura LeHew:
Uttered Chaos Publications

Carol McCarthy:
Books by Poet
& Performer
Jack McCarthy

Amber Nelson:
Alice Blue Review & Publishing
Ready, Set, Submit—
a poetry submission
workshop with
Laura LeHew
All day All Hot Events and all FREE!

in the Cool Auburn Ave. Theater!
For more information see:

Striped Water Poets


August 24th and 25th SnoQualmie
At the RR Depot
Movement, Music, Skits,
Poetry and more
Something different for you
to experience!
“Spend your leisure time in cultivating an ear attentive to discourse, for in this way you will find that you learn with ease what others have found out with difficulty.”

From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

This September 27-29, poets from all over
the US (& beyond!) will be gathering in the
golden light of Tieton for LiTFUSE Poets’
Workshop. Our featured artist is Dorianne
Laux, and our performing artist is Andre
Feriante. Gathering with fellow poets in a
beautiful town to work on poetic craft is a
way of embracing what matters most. The
2013 Schedule is now online. I am grateful
for the amazing faculty committed to
sharing their spark with us. Go to the
Litfuse website for schedule and other
info. register for LiTFUSE on Brown
Paper Tickets. Contact Michael Schein or

Thank You!

Original Contents Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2013

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