“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
Rave Review of my latest collection of poetry
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
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.
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
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
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!
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:
M. Franklin http://www.TMFranklin.com
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
James Rodgers http://jamesrodgershaikooky.blogspot.com/
Christopher J. Jarmick
Rose Alley Press
Black Heron Press
Espial, Green River College Literary Magazine
Northwest Renaissance https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-Renaissance-Poets
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.
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“Fly without wings;
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”
― Dejan Stojanovic
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
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.
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]
8-11-2016 POETRY AT THE MORSO – 7 p.m – Gig Harbor
Jed Myers– Feature
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.
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!
Sneak Preview— September 17th EVENT
Peter Ludwin’s Brand New Book Gone to Gold Mountain From
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
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
“Poets are damned…
but see with the eyes of angels.”
― Allen Ginsberg