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October 2015 – NorthWest Poetry Update –

October 13, 2015

“Read as widely and as deeply as you can.

 You have to be a reader before

you can be a writer.”

Y.S. Lee

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UPDATES –

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The Poetry by Day of the Week page  has been

updated to reflect two unfortunate changes

to the local poetry scene.

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The Station Bistro is Auburn has closed

Which also means the 1st Monday Poetry at the Station

Reading is no more.   Striped Water and Northwest

Renaissance are exploring other venues so that a

monthly series can continue.  I’ll keep you updated.

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The North End Forum at Bai Pai in Ravenna is no more.

The 1st and 3rd Monday of the month series has ended.

The restaurant owner has decided he doesn’t want the

long running series to continue.   Jed Myers its host

and organizer sent out an email announcement recently

thanking regular attendees and all involved in making the

series a special unique place to experience poetry, a little

music, prose and more since 2006.

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Remember, it’s important to support poetry and

poetry readings with your attendance at readings

and events.  Don’t take regularly scheduled readings

and open mics for granted. They won’t always be there.

Things change.  A few additional people at a reading

encourages both poets and reading organizers and

business owners to continue to have readings.

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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 make

the effort and take the time to experience a reading soon.

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Wed. October 14  – 7 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Our 9th year continues….

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Band of Poets Alumni

Jed Myers, and  John Burgess

with Christopher J. Jarmick

offering a special evening of

spoken word and music

7 p.m.

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

John Burgess Web site 

Jed Myers Web Site

Chris Jarmick Website

In 2014/2015 John, Jed and Chris

have released 4 new books of poetry.

Jed Myers: Watching the Perseids and The Nameless;

John Burgess: By Land

And Chris Jarmick: Not Aloud.

Don’t miss this special evening!

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.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring Lynn Knapp, Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“Writing is an exploration.

You start from nothing.”

E.L. Doctorow

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October 16 – 7 p.m. – Seattle

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Raven Chronicles

presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating

our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle-based Journal

of Art, Literature &

The Spoken Word.

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October 16, 2015,

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free

Jack Straw Cultural Center,

4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

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Readings/ Performances by:

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MC – Paul Hunter

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Cultural Geography:

Vladimir Vulovic

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Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche

Marianne Weltmann

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Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch

Bang Nguyen

Taumstar

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Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

James Bertolino

Larry Crist

Michael Heavener

Kat Humphrey

Chris Jarmick

Larry Laurence

Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge

Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton

Ann Teplick

Carletta Carrington Wilson

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Optional: Bring finger food

&/or beverage to share

with the gathering

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October 17 –  5 p.m. – Eugene, Or.

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Poetry for the People

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Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

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open mic

FREE

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Hosted by Laura LeHew

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5 to 7 p.m.

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Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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LAST CHANCE…

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

This WEEKEND

October 16-17!!!!

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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On October 16-17, 2015, we are

excited to bring the first ever

Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring

a great lineup of regionally and

nationally known poets,

educators, and performers. The

two-day event will feature public

performances, workshops, panel

discussions, and open mic events for

participants of all ages. We will also be

celebrating the 25th anniversary of our

lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry

Connection. All events will take place

at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building

(3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival,

we will present a public performance

the evening of October 16 featuring

our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, one of the foremost

poets of the Pacific Northwest. He was

the editor of Poetry Northwest for 36

years and chancellor of the Academy

of American Poets for 23 years.

David has published 25 poetry

collections and 10 novels.  He is

Professor emeritus of the University

of Washington and now teaches the

low residency MFA program for

the Northwest Institute of Literary

Arts on Whidbey Island.

Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet

Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as

past Poets Laureates who have

represented Tacoma’s vital and

growing poetry community over the

last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of

workshops by Thomas Lux,

Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed,

Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,

Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul Nelson, Kevin Miller,

Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo,

as well as a community open mic and

book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is

dedicated to bringing educational

opportunities to young people in

Tacoma, and will feature an

EducationDay during the school day

on Friday. Open to any high- or

middle-school classrooms in Tacoma,

we will feature workshops, lunch, and

an open mic at no cost. Interested

teachers should contact us through

the festival’s website.

Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule

and registration information,

visit the festival’s website

at http://www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com

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October 18 –  5 p.m. –     Seattle

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The Rainier Valley Lit Crawl

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Four venues. Twelve writers.

One night in October.

Come be a part of it…

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5 pm Columbia City Art Gallery

6 pm Hummingbird Saloon

7 pm Rumba Notes

8 pm Union Bar

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More details on Facebook Page

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from Leopoldo Seguel

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October 28–  7:00 p.m. – West Seattle

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  • On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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    Writer/Poet Christopher J. Jarmick organizes/hosts regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special programs in the Northwest (since 2001).  His latest poetry collection Not Aloud(September 2015) is from MoonPath Press. His last collection was IGNITIONPoem Starters, . . . (2010). His poetry appears in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online.  His blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it ).


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    Cesario is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and has fashioned some very effective fruit-fly traps out of rejection letters for a variety of his sonnets. He has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and received an Army Achievement Medal for being top of the class in army cook school. Cesario resides in West Seattle with his wife and their two cats, Rudy and Lynus.

    Plus Open Mic

    FREE

    C & P Coffee Company , 5612 California Ave SW, ,

    Seattle,, Washington, 98136

    Poetrybridge Website is here!

4th Wednesday

Poetrybridge Reading Series

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October 30 – 7 p.m. –  Redmond

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RASP Reading

Feature

Jason Zion

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Open Mic

FREE

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Friday, October 30, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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Jason Zions has been writing

poetry for more than forty years,

although the first ten years or so

were pretty terrible. He is a

trained storyteller and musician,

and is likelier to characterize

himself as “bard” than “poet.” His

work was published in the RASP

collection Here, There, and

Everywhere, and more can be

seen at feedingthegeek.tumblr.com

(along with some excellent recipes

and meditations on cooking

and technology). In his day job as

software architect for a large

software monopoly, he’s lectured to

thousands around the world to

vaguely thunderous applause.

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RASP READINGS ARE AT:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052

(look for us in

Room 206, upstairs)

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RASP Website here

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November 5 – 7 pm – Everett

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Everett Poetry Nite

presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

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open mic

7 p.m. sign-up

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FREE

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Everett Poetry Nite is held at

Café Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, WA 98201

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Website is here

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On October 10th, 2015  we had a special reading

At Park Place Books in Kirkland featuring the poetry

Of 5 MoonPath Press published poets

Ronda Broatch, Joseph Green, Cindy Hutchings,

Christopher J. Jarmick and Raul Sanchez.

Thanks to everyone to attended.

Here’s a few pictures. . . . Cindy, Chris, Joseph and Raul  (Ronda was not at reading, but some of her poems were read).

MoonP read all  MoonP read cindyMoonP read JosephMoonpath read raulMoonP read duane chris

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Coming soon:

Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

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Don KentopFrozen by Fire

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Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

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No prosaic history tome better captures the senselessness of these lives cut short

than do the simple, elegant poems of Frozen by Fire.  I wept as I read. 

  • Michael Schein, author, historian, and director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop
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In “Frozen by Fire” Donald Kentop recreates a world from ashes and memories,

breathes life and voice into those who were voiceless even while they lived. 

The result is stunning.

Richard Wakefield, author of East of Early Winters, and A Vertical Mile

Memory is the mother of the muses, and Donald Kentop’s Frozen by Fire is an important act

of remembrance.

  • David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate, author of Ludlow, A Verse-Novel

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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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September 2015 – Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

August 31, 2015

“Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

Seamus Heaney

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“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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“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

Thank you.

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For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

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Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Wed. September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

First Wednesday of the month means

Duvall Poetry!

September 2nd is the first official NOT ALOUD reading!

(and it won’t be quiet….).

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Michael Schein is scheduled to host.

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copies of Not Aloud will be available

for purchase.

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Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Website is here.

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Monday, September 7th -7 p.m.- Auburn, WA

From Striped Water Poets Central:

Poetry at the Station Bistro!

presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

Monday September 7

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

(first Mondays!)

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted regularly

scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the Northwest since 2001.

His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, has just been published by

MoonPath Press.   Oh…and you might like and share his Facebook

Book Page: Not Aloud

extra special thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!

Come Join us for delicious food and wonderful poetry

at The Station Bistro!

Be sure to check out the NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon

NORTHWEST POETRY READ-A-THON

https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/northwest-poetry-read-a-thon/

Striped Water Poets Website

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Wed. September 9   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

We begin our 9th year on

September 9th!!!!  7 p.m.

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Matthew Brouwer

and poems from

Stories We Must Tell

w/ guest spotlight poet

Christopher J. Jarmick

and poems from

Not Aloud

Matthew will also have his Saxophone!  So expect

a little music and poetry improv from Chris and Matthew!

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in

Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and

literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle,

enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the US and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

and a smattering of print and online journals.  Matthew leads workshops

and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile

Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing

circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  Stories We Must

Tell, his first full collection of poems, was released spring, 2015.

Matthew’s WEBSITE here.

FREE

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.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick  7 p.m.

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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

several poets from Oregon and locally.

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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Saturday, Sept 12, 10 a.m. KENT, Wa.

FREE WORKSHOP

10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”

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September 19  6:00 p.m. Vaugn, WA

There may still be a few spots available at the

Words and Music

Concert on Saturday September 19th!

Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –  Not Aloud (MoonPath Press)

Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

To find out more email to

info@watermarkwriters.com

You must RSVP by calling: 253-778-6559.

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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a unique house concert series

in their beautiful Key Peninsula home overlooking the water

and beautiful sunsets.  A poet and a touring musician or musical group

combine for an evening of spoken word followed by music.

Tasty appetizers, snacks and wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.

A suggested donation of $20.00 pays for the performing artists

and any additional donations goes toward supporting the non-profit

Wartermark Writers literacy programs.

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“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and

hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some

come safe to land, where the notes are read and then

possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else

understood all too well by those who hate the message.

You never know who your readers might be.”

– – Margaret Atwood

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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I have a new NOT ALOUD FACEBOOK PAGE 

(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.

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Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic

FREE

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.

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Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems

By

John Burgess

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro

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Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville

PoetsWest at THE CREEKSIDE

David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic

FREE

Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m.

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com

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Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!

Featuring:

Michael G. Hickey

and

Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic

FREE

SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.

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Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle

PRISCILLA LONG

Reading/Signing

Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press

At

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA

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Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 

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From Elizabeth Austen:

(Note from Chris J. : I don’t have time to re-link all of the events

Listed but if you are interested it should be easy to

Google more information with what’s provided here.)

Sept. 10: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop with Elizabeth Austen,

Vancouver Community Library, 2 to 4p. Pre-registration is required.

Sept. 10: Elizabeth Austen reading for the Ghost Town Poetry Series,

Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver.

Includes an open mic. 7p.

Sept. 16: Jourdan Imani Keith & Nicole Hardy

at

C&P Coffee (West Seattle) for the WordsWest reading series. 7p.m.

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Sept. 16: Bruce Barcott, Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, Brian McGuigan and

Anastacia Renee Tolbert at Hugo House for the Wage Slaves reading series. 7p.

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Sept. 17: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Q&A with

Elizabeth Austen and Quenton Baker at theJefferson County Library,

Port Hadlock, 6:30 to 8p.

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Sept. 19: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco at Seattle First Baptist Church,

1111 Harvard (at Union). 7p. (He’s also reading poetry as part of the 11a worship

service on Sept. 20.) More at http://www.seattlefirstbaptist.org.

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Looking for ways to kickstart your own writing practice?

Seattle Writes: Registration is now open for the 2015 series of FREE programs,

workshops and write-ins for local writers, now through Dec. 6.

Poetry for All:  Writing prompt videos at wapoetlaureate.org (also FREE)

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COMING SOON . .

Save the dates –

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Saturday September 26 I’ll be at Village Books

in Bellingham to read and sign Not Aloud.

They created a reading event page here.

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Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland

Featuring:

Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company

FREE

Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

October 16-17!!!!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

On October 16-17, 2015, we are excited to

bring the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival

featuring a great lineup of regionally and

nationally known poets, educators, and

performers. The two-day event will feature

public performances, workshops, panel

discussions, and open mic events for

participants of all ages. We will also be

celebrating the 25th anniversary of our lead

sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry Connection.

All events will take place at the Tacoma

Public Utilities Building

(3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival, we will

present a public performance the evening of

October 16 featuring our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, recognized as the leading poet of the Pacific Northwest,

will be our keynote presenter  plus

Nate Marshall, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb

and Tacoma Poet Laureate

Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureates

who have represented Tacoma’s vital and growing poetry community over the last

decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of workshops by Thomas Lux, Kay Mullen

Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul NelsonKevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, and Lucas Smiraldo,

as well as a community open mic and

book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is

dedicated to bringing educational opportunities

to young people in Tacoma, and will feature

an EducationDay during the school day on

Friday. Open to any high- or middle-school

classrooms in Tacoma, we will feature

workshops, lunch, and an open mic at no cost. Interested teachers should contact us through

the festival’s website. Space is limited,

so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule and

registration information, link here: visit the festival’s website

and LIKE us on Facebook

at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tacoma-Poetry-Festival/872704889475147

Thanks and see you in October!

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Raven Chronicles

hot off the press humor issue

reading at Jack Straw

is on Friday, October 16th!

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Thursday – October 1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA

* * * CONGRATULATIONS * * *

Connie Walle !!!!  

AMOCAT AWARDS

CONNIE WRITES:

October 1, 6pm, Tacoma Armory (715 S 11th), the Mayor of Tacoma will present

Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.  I could not have

done this without the wonderful poets who share their work with us at Puget

Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick, Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo

and other leaders in this genre who spread the word. The poets who come from

Texas, Chicago, California, New York and many other states to read for us. Leaders

in the industry like Kevin Miller, Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for

workshops. I want to thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.

If at all possible, I would love to have you all pack the armory to show Tacoma Art

Commission that poetry does matter and we appreciate their recognition of that.

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From Richard Gold and Pongo:

Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:

Pongo has some volunteer openings for next school year,and we also help to place

volunteers with Pongo-inspired  writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing projects at

juvenile  detention in Seattle and at the Washington state psychiatric hospital for

children in Tacoma. We also have a new project with formerly homeless, chronically

alcoholic adults. We are conducting this last project in collaboration with researchers

at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. If you are from another city, write to us. We

may be able to connect you with  a Pongo-inspired project in your area.

Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary on

Thursday,October 1st, at Richard Hugo

House. There will be a poetry reading and a

strong focus on Pongo’s future. Please plan to

join us!

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Please visit Pongo’s web site for videos, poetry,

writing activities, and more…

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September AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

Melding  Authors, Poets,

Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an

intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes

hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful

entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

– –

Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – Joseph Green

Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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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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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is here

(Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9)

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.

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August Poetry NorthWest UPDATED

August 3, 2015

“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”

Sigmund Freud

  • – –

Almost none of the poetries I admire stick to their labels, native or

adopted ones. Rather, they are vagrant in their identifications.

Tramp poets, there you go,

a new label for those with unstable allegiances.”

― C.D. Wright

  • – –

Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

–     –        –

For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

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I usually begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

NOTE:  DON’T MISS THE AUBURN DAYS  POETRY SUNDAY ON AUGUST 16TH

(Free Workshop, Poets, Books, FREE Open Mic Poetry Contest –win prizes and bragging rights!!!

Details below)

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NEW *   NEW *   NEW *

Special Page devoted to All Things Not Aloud

Not Aloud is my brand new collection of poetry that is being

published by MoonPath Press (of Kingston, WA) and will be

available in about 4 weeks.  (Amazon, most bookstores can order

you a copy, request it from the library too)

Read the press release and get the latest updates on

‘all things Not Aloud’ here:

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PARKPLACE BOOK IN KIRKLAND

Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

My series will begin it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016 on September 9th

Second Wednesdays of the month.

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Always FREE.  Always an open Mic and usually

2 featured readers.

What’s in store?

On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.  7 p.m.

October 14  will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th scheduled is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FREE

–    –    –

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.

 

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

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TONIGHT !!! Wednesday August 5th  7 p.m.   Duvall, WA

August 5th.

Duane Kirby Jensen features!

Plus Open Mic

Free

Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA. As a child in Stanwood, WA, he was inspired by watching his grandmother and grandaunt paint scenes of their community. His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers, plus each of his own chapbooks. As a poet, Duane has read throughout the Northwest since 1990 and has been published in over twelve chapbooks and dozens of other publications. The underlying theme of his work evokes those places which linger beneath the surface, underscoring the narrative of being, the fragility of identity, the gravity of emotion, and the ease in which it can be lost. He explores social injustice, documenting the plight of the few. He attempts to give a voice, visually and poetically, to the dead, and the need for accountability. As a counterbalance to what people might term “his dark poems,” Duane also pens poems that are playful and extremely sexy—poems that touch the heart by bringing memories to life. His work often combines a sense of “magical realism” and what he refers to as “emotional realism.” Since September 2013, Duane has hosted Everett Poetry Nite, which meets every Thursday night. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality. See his Facebook page here .

Emcee: Michael Schein

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry Website

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Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.  Seattle

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle, WA

PoetsWest features readings from

  1. A. Molotkov,
  2. Jeff Whitney and
  3. University of Virginia professor and acclaimed poet Stephen Cushman, whose fifth poetry collection, The Red List, was released in 2014 by Louisiana State University Press.

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Hosted by Art Gomez.

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Sunday August 9  3 p.m.  Seattle

Aug. 9 at 3pm: Open Books hosts

Poetry in Conversation No. 5:

The Work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

From the Open Books newsletter: “We’re eagerly

anticipating the chance to read from and talk

about the incredibly fine poetry of this under-read

master.

As usual, we’ll set up a loose circle of chairs, offer a

little food and drink, play some audio, and invite you

to dive in and read aloud some favorite pieces and

share your thoughts. Please join us!

Open Books: A Poem Emporium

2414 N. 45th Street, Seattle, 98103

Phone: (206) 633-0811

Website for event here.

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Monday August 10    8 p.m.      Seattle

2nd Monday Easy Speak at the

Wedgewood Ale house

Featuring:  A special evening with  the 52nd Street Band

Sign-up at 8, show starts at 8:30, the 52nd Street Band will be featured around 9:20

The 52nd Street Band has been serving Easy Speak open mikes from the beginning.

It’s time they got a night to shine.  These are the players that keep our Monday evenings

moving by the grace of music.  These evening, they will be our featured artist.

Philip, Jed, Ted, Bob, and Rosanne.

Plus Open Mic

FREE ! ! !

Easy Speak Website here

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Thursday August 13  7 p.m.  Seattle

Elliott Bay Books

Features:  David Lasky (cartoonist)

And  John Burgess  (poet)

More details here:

FROM JOHN BURGESS

All — Two readings coming up.

First is at the venerable Elliott Bay Book Co. on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I’m reading with cartoonist and graphic novelist David Lasky on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

David will be reading from “Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny” and I’ll be reading from “by Land…” my riff on the Lewis & Clark journals. We’re calling it “a night of geographical and literary exploration.” We’ll both have accompanying slideshows.

Then there’s the 10th Anniversary reading of Punk Poems at Easy Speak at the Wedgwood Ale House on Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m. I’m putting together a reading of punk poems from my first book, a few that were included in Graffito, and new unpublished ones. Looking forward to this!

Hope to see you! –jb

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8-13 Richard Hugo House 7 p.m.  Seattle  plus more…. . .

From Elizabeth Austen:

Aug. 13 at 7p: A Reading by Blue Begonia Press Poets at Richard Hugo House. I’m delighted to be part of this celebratory reading which will also feature Elissa Ball, Joan Fiset, Kathryn Hunt, Terry Martin,  Nancy Rawles and Nancy Takacs.

Website for more info here.

Aug. 29 at 7:30p: “Climbing the Mountain”: Elizabeth Austen + Charlotte Austin at Mineral School in Mineral, WA 

Facebook Event Page for more info here.

Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton. Ellen Bass is the headliner, and I’ll be teaching a couple of classes and giving a reading. This is consistently one of my favorite small-scale poetry festivals because it always has a terrific roster of classes/readings and a welcoming vibe.

Litfuse Website for more info here. 

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Friday August 14  7 p.m.   Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

August 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: John Milkeret

Plus  Open Mic

FREE

John Milkereit is from Chicago, but currently he is a rotating equipment engineer working at an engineering contracting firm in Houston, TX. His poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in the third year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. His new collection

of poems, A Rotating Equipment Engineer is Never Finished, was published March 2015 (Ink Brush Press).

PSPC Website here

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SUNDAY  AUGUST 16   10 TO 6  – ALL DAY   AUBURN

Auburn Days  Poetry Sunday.    Don’t Miss it!

TOP 10 REASONS TO GO

  1. Free workshop  10 a.m. w/ Matthew Brouwer
  2. Air conditioned theatre (beat the heat)
  3. Free Poetry Readings
  4. Open Mic Poetry Contest. . . FREE to sign up and try to                                                                                              win valuable prizes and bragging rights
  5. Air conditioned theater (beat the heat, humidity etc)
  6. Six prizes (not one or two) to win at the Open Mic Contest
  7. Small Press Fair
  8. Book Exchange
  9. Make new friends, meet poets, writers and other folks too!
  10. Air conditioned Theatre/Theater (beat the heat)

The Auburn Days Poetry Sunday means. . .

A whole day of FREE poetry events in the Auburn Avenue Theater!

10 a.m. to noon Organizing your Manuscript from Start to Finish, a workshop presented by Matthew Brouwer

12:45 to 2:45 featured poets

3 to 5 our Open mic Poetry Contest with six prizes!

and all day in the Theater lobby our Book Fair and Small Press Fair

All are welcome!

Striped Water Poets  Website

Auburn Days Website

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Wednesday, August 19  6:30 p.m.   Olympia

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK AUGUST EVENT

As our August Feature, the Olympia Poetry Network is hosting a Poetry Slam!

During a Slam, poets compete by reading or reciting original poems

through a series of rounds judged by randomly selected audience

members. Prizes will be awarded.

The event takes place Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

at

Traditions Café,

300 5th Ave. SW, in Olympia.

Admission is free.

There will be no Open Mic.

Eight Slam participants will be chosen by a drawing

from those who wish to participate.

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August 21, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring Michael Schein

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

7:00-8:45 p.m.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center

16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA

Room 206

Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.

About the featured reader:

Michael Schein is the author of two historical novels, one nonfiction history, and a logorrhea of poems. His latest is John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015). His novels are Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011), a historical novel of Puget Sound, and Just Deceits (2008), a historical courtroom mystery. Michael teaches poetry and fiction at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Write on the Sound, in libraries, and elsewhere. He is founder and director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from King County 4Culture. It has been nominated for the Pushcart thrice, and stuck to refrigerators by magnets. Michael and his wife Carol live at Lake Marcel in Carnation.

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AND SOON. . . .

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is October 16-17!!!!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

On October 16-17, 2015, we are excited to bring the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring a great lineup of regionally and nationally known poets, educators, and performers. The two-day event will feature public performances, workshops, panel discussions, and open mic events for participants of all ages. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry Connection. All events will take place at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building (3628 S. 35th St., Tacoma).

Among the highlights of the festival, we will present a public performance the evening of October 16 featuring our keynote speaker, David Wagoner, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb, Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureate who have represented Tacoma’s vital and growing poetry community over the last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of workshops by Thomas Lux, Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall, Emilie Rommel-Schimkus, Paul Nelson, Kevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo, as well as a community open mic and book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to young people in Tacoma, and will feature an Education Day during the school day on Friday. Open to any high- or middle-school classrooms in Tacoma, we will feature workshops, lunch, and an open mic at no cost. Interested teachers should contact us through the festival’s website. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule and registration information, visit the festival’s website here at www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com, and LIKE us on our Facebook page here

Thanks and see you in October!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CARL PALMER AND HIS FELLOW VETERANS

We have some excellent news to share with all of you who made it possible:

Proud to Be: Writing by American Veterans (Volume 1), has been awarded the gold medal in the 2013 Stars & Flags Book Awards program’s Anthology/Collection category.

The Stars and Flags Military Book Awards program is a national contest devoted entirely to books published within the last five years with content related to the military.

A panel of industry experts serve as judges, including veterans, historians, authors, and educators.

Thank you for your help in achieving this honor. You’re part of a prize-winning series!

All best,  Goeff Giglierano, Missouri Humanities Council, Susan Swartwout, Southeast Missouri State University Press, Deb Marshall, Warriors Arts Alliance.

Footnote: “I am honored to have my military stories/poetry published in this anthology AND in Volumes II & III”  — Carl Palmer

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CONGRATULATIONS TO  Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Grayling by Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. Dorianne Laux calls the book, “musical, magical, and skeptical.” The poems are short, and ask to be read slowly.

Perugia Press Website here: 

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is

here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9)

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.

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June 2015 Poetry NorthWest

June 2, 2015

Thanks for stopping by.

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.

For the Poetry Day of the Week you’ll find the tab

in the upper right that will take you to that special page.

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics, you’ll also find info about the Poets in the

Park festival (June 20th) in Redmond, WA, Litfest information

and a few other things of interest.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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

Wednesday  June 10th, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Our last reading until September!
Don’t miss what promises to be
a memorable evening with our
featured poets:

Keith Moul
and
Jeannine Hall Gailey

plus  YOU  (perhaps!) on the Open Mic

free program….

Keith Moul’s poems and photos appear widely. M.A.
from Western Washington (1971), PHD from U of
South Carolina (1974).  He retired in 2000 from 35
years in marketing, customer service and insurance
underwriting and lives in Port Angeles. Four
previous  books include: The Grammar of Mind from
Blue & Yellow Dog; Beautiful Agitation from Red
Ochre Press; and Reconsidered Light, a collection of
his poems written to accompany his photos,  and To
Take and Have Not, from Broken Publications. His
latest can now be pre-ordered from Finishing Line
Press is called TheFuture as a Picnic Lunch due out
in September.

Jeannine Hall Gailey was born at Yale New Haven
Hospital in Connecticut, and grew up in Knoxville,
Tennessee. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in
English from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She
recently served as the second Poet Laureate of
Redmond, Washington and is the author of four books
of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the
Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, and her latest
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, May 2015 . Her poems
were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on
Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s
Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in
The Iowa Review, The American Poetry Review, and
Prairie Schooner. Her web site is here.

FREE

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

July/August  No readings
back September 9 2015 with
Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website
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June 11th  Ballard Library  6 pm Ballard

It’s About Time Reading Series #308
Thurs. June 11th , 2015    6 p.m.
Ballard Public Library

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,
Christopher J.  Jarmick  &
Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft
Hosted by Series founder:
Esther Altshul Helfgot

It’s About Time Reading Series
Every Second Thursday
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

FREE

Carol Levin has published two full volumes
of poetry “Confident Music Would Fly Us to
Paradise” MoonPath Press 2014 and
“Stunned By the Velocity” Pecan Grove Press
2012. Also chapbooks, “Red Rooms and
Others” Pecan Grove Press 2009 and “Sea
Lions Sing Scat” Finishing Line Press 2007.
Recent poems appear in The Tampa Review,
4Culture Poetry on Buses, String Poet and
Floating Bridge Review. Her work’s been
widely published in journals and anthologies,
print and online, in Russia, New Zealand and
the US. She’s an Editorial Assistant at the
journal, Crab Creek Review and teaches The
Breathing Lab / Alexander Technique, in
Seattle.

Irfan Mirza is an international award-winning
writer who spent two years crossing the front
lines during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
His writings about Bosnia are based on
first-hand personal experience and actual
stories of people affected by the war. Irfan’s
experience in Bosnia is extensive, ranging from
negotiating cease fires on the front lines to
directing humanitarian aid and supervising the
release and protection of non-combatant
prisoners and undocumented refugees.
Irfan is the recipient of two writing awards for
his work on Microsoft’s Windows XP Support
Tools Help from the Society for Technical
Communications.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who
has curated/hosted regularly scheduled poetry
nights, and special events in the Northwest
since 2001. His newest collection of poetry,
Not Aloud, is due out September 2015 from
MoonPath Press. His last collection:
IGNITION: Poem Starters . . . was published in
2010. His frequently updated blog is
PoetryIsEverything (google it as one word).

& Writer’s Craft:
Suzanne Bottelli’s poems have appeared or
are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest,The
Literary Review, Fine Madness, Prairie
Schooner, West Branch and Poet Lore, among
others. She has been a finalist or semifinalist
for Black Lawrence Press, Word Works, Blue
Lynx Press and Saturnalia Books, and she has
received awards and grants from Artist Trust
and the Seattle Arts Commission. She teaches
Humanities and Writing, and helps to
coordinate an Environment program, at the
Northwest School in Seattle, WA.

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107
206-684-4089

Wheelchair accessible.  Free
for information or to schedule a reading
Peggy Sturdivant, Curator

Coming Soon !!!!
Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309
Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,
Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland
on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time website here.

Facebook announcement here

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June 3  Duvall Library 7 pm.  Duvall

THIS WEDNESDAY!!!
June 3rd
Duvall Poetry Night
Features: Risa Denenberg

Plus open mic

FREE
7 p.m.
Emcee: Von Thompson

Risa Denenberg lives a quiet life on the
Olympic peninsula. She has worked in the
cracks of healthcare for four decades in
HIV/AIDS care, end-of-life care, and
currently, in chronic pain management.
She is a volunteer for Compassion and
Choices, an advocacy group that assists
people who wish to use the Washington
State Death with Dignity law. Her poetry
often reveals an intimate portrait of aging,
suffering and death.
Risa is a moderator at The Gazebo, an
online poetry board; reviews poetry for the
American Journal of Nursing; and is a co-
founder of Headmistress Press, an
independent publisher of poetry by lesbians.
Risa’s poems have appeared in print and
online journals over many years. Recent
publications include three chapbooks: what
we owe each other & In My Exam Room
(The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013
and 2014); and blinded by clouds (Hyacinth
Girl Press, 2014); and a full length book,
Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press)

Duvall Library Meeting Room
15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA
Duvall Poetry Website here

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June 12   Distinguished Writers  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series
Friday, June 12th  7pm
Kings Bookstore,
218 St Helens  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with
Michael Spence

Plus open mic
FREE
7:00 pm

Note from Chris Jarmick:  Michael Spence’s
new book- The Bus Driver’s Threnody
(2014) is one of my favorites… The finely
crafted poems in this collection are
sometimes laugh out loud funny, often
poignant and worth reading many many
times.  Go see Michael… and make his day
by getting his book… you’ll be glad to have
it in your collection!

This monthly event features a
Distinguished Writer followed by an Open
Mic for all poets, sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Michael Spence drove public-transit buses for
King County Metro in the Seattle area for thirty
years, a job he retired from last Valentine’s
Day.  His poems have appeared recently in The
Hudson Review, Measure, The North American
Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern
Review, and Tampa Review.  New work is
forthcoming in The New Criterion and Tar River
Poetry.  His latest book, The Bus Driver’s
Threnody, was released in September 2014 by
Truman State University Press.  Last May, he
was awarded a Literary Fellowship from Artist
Trust of Washington State

THE NINE-POCKET MACARENA
By Michael Spence

Onto the Pacific Highway local bus he steps,then stops
When he sees the fare box: Please pay as you enter.

This seems a riddle he mightsolve with severe squinting

He swats his legs for change—the sound

of no coins clinking their little tinkly music makes him swat some more.

His frown deepens like a trumpet player’s
Blowing and going for a note that won’t be reached.  Now his feet
Take up the beat: shifting foot
To foot like a sliver’s in each one, he smacks
the back pockets of his jeans, then waves
His hands around his jacket, outside
Inside, against his shirt, frisking himself for the crime of being dimeless.
His nose wrinkles as though he smells
An unseen fire scorching him, he’s slapping so hard to put it out,
A powdered bitterness like ash
The taste in his mouth, he’s about to flame up with shame when the driver
Truncates his routine: Just sit down.

Distinguished Writer reading occurs monthly the second Friday
of every month at King’s Books. Sponsored
by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection and
the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Location:
King’s Books Website
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Website  here. 

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Publishing a volume of verse is like
dropping a rose-petal down the
Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis
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June 12  Works Studio  Bellingham
Note  June 5th   (6 to 9 p.m) Art Walk
and June 12th  (7 to 9 p.m.) evening of
poetry, music and art!

The Transformations &
Translations Show
will be held at
The Works Studio, Gallery
and Conversations:
301 W. Holly, #U3,
Bay Street Village,
Bellingham, WA.

Stop in to see the artworks
during Bellingham’s Art Walk Night
—Friday, June 5 from 6 to 9 PM.

Friday, June 12
from 7 to 9 PM,
an evening of music, poetry and art
(with musician Allison Preisinger,
and poets Nancy Canyon,
James Bertolino and
Anita K. Boyle).

This event is an “official” pop-up
gallery show.
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We interrupt these listings for an
important update

Michael Schein’s
John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin
Who Got Away

Is FINALLY available!

(there was an unfortunate delay in the
books planned April release causing
the cancellation of the book release
and reading at the Seattle downtown
library in April).

Don’t let any of this stop you from
getting your hands on this
wonderfully compelling very readable
book.

Some blurbs:
“John Surratt was indeed the Lincoln
assassin who got away, but, fortunately,
he will not escape history thanks to
Michael Schein. In this well-researched,
beautifully written account of John
Surratt, Schein brings historical justice
to a man that has been given a pass for
too long. It is long overdue.”

~ Edward Steers, Jr., Author (among
other works) of “Lincoln’s Assassination,”
“The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia,”
“Blood on the Moon,” “The Quotable
Lincoln,” “His Name is Still Mudd,” and
editor of “The Trial: the Assassination
of President Lincoln and the Trial of the
Conspirators.”

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“In this gripping true crime thriller,
Schein makes a persuasive case that
Confederate leadership was involved
in the Lincoln assassination, though he
concedes that “at this late date that is
beyond definite proof.” . . . Open-
minded readers will find Schein’s
research and arguments thought-
provoking.”

Buy the book from
Secret Garden Bookstore HERE
Or if you must:
Amazon HERE

Or as Michael Schein writes:
“If you’d rather, please request
this book from the library.
Thanks for reading!”

We now return you to your
regularly ordered Announcements.

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June 17  Creekside 7 P.M.  Woodinville

Featured Poet:
Rayn Roberts

Plus open mic
FREE

Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights
and poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly
responsible for showing him how to do this, but there are
other perpetrators too.  He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his
puppets live in books to read on rainy days, but don’t lend to your
conservative relatives.  Their brains may short circuit. Poetry
should be enjoyed by everyone.   You can find him online & @
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books and hear him on KSER
Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.
http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx
He will be on KSER on June 4, 2015 & if you miss that
broadcast, you can hear it on the PoetsWest website
anytime you like.

Readings are at 7:00pm on the third
Wednesday of each month at The
Creekside (A Merrill Gardens
Retirement Community, 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072
NOTE:  NEW WEBSITE FOR THE
CREEKSIDE READINGS

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June 17  Traditions Café   Olympia, WA

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK
June 17th 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Martha Silano will be the featured reader
for the Olympia Poetry Network’s event
on Wednesday, June 17, from 6:30-8 p.m.
at Traditions Café,
300 5th Ave SW, in downtown Olympia.

Silano has authored four books of poetry,
including The Little Office of the Immaculate
Conception.  She also co-edited The Daily
Poet:  Day-by-Day Prompts For Your Writing
Practice.  Her poems have appeared in Paris
Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review,and
North American Review, as well as in many
anthologies, including The Best American
Poetry 2009.  Silano edits Crab Creek Review
and teaches at Bellevue College.

An Open Mic will precede her reading.
The event is free.  For more information,
call 360-701-2030.
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 June 18  SoulFood   7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night
Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

June 18 Features
Jed Myers
and
Alina Rios

Plus open Mic
FREE

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian living in Seattle.
Two of his poetry collections, The Nameless
(Finishing Line Press) and Watching the
Perseids (winner of the 2013 Sacramento
Poetry Center Book Award), are 2014
publications. He’s received Southern Indiana
Review’s Mary C. Mohr Award, the Literal
Latte Poetry Award, and a Pushcart
nomination. His poems have appeared in
Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International Journal,
JAMA, Fugue, Atlanta Review, I-70 Review,
Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review
, Blast Furnace, Crab Creek Review,
Temenos, and elsewhere. He works as a
psychiatrist with a therapy practice and
teaches at the University of Washington.

Alina Rios spent the first part of her life in St.
Petersburg, Russia, and now lives in Seattle
with her six-year old son and a ghost-cat. Her
poetry and fiction has appeared or is
forthcoming in Camroc Press Review, Neon,
Apex Magazine, The Colored Lens, and
other fine places. Her fiction was shortlisted
for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s
Gulliver Travel Grant. To learn more or say
hello, please visit http://www.alinarios.com.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond is
located at
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website
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June 19, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring
Gene Ambaum

Redmond Association of Spokenword
(RASP)
6:30-8:45 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

Please join us! Come early to
sign up for open mic.

Gene Ambaum occasionally works
as a public librarian in the Seattle area
under his real name. He’s been writing
the comic strip Unshelved for the last
13+ years, and has also cowritten a kids
graphic novel, Poopy Claw, and a
purposely terrible first novel, Fifty
Shades of Brains (as BF Dealeo). He
loves French comics, television shows
from his childhood, librarians’ horror
stories, piña coladas, and getting caught
in the rain. See pictures of his dirty cats
and furniture in his neighborhood on
Twitter @ambaum, or visit the
Unshelved website  Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unshelved.
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Saturday June 20th   Redmond, WA

 Poets in the Park

Saturday, June 20, 2015,
11:00am – 6:00pm

Anderson Park,
7802 168th Ave NE,
Redmond, Wa

POETS IN THE PARK

FREE day-long festival and
picnic celebrating local and
regional poets and all types of
poetry through readings,
workshops, vendors, installations,
picnic-related activities, and book
fair, including:
•  Potluck picnic, bring a dish or snack
to share, and get a free poetry book
•  Karen Finneyfrock, headline poet
•  Group poetry readings from nearly
100 poets:
Black Heron Press, Cascade College
Poetry Students, Cowboy Poets, Crab
Creek Review, Egress Studio Press,
Farmer Poets, Haiku Northwest, Jack
Straw Writers, LitFUSE, MoonPath Press,
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts,
Poetry Northwest, Pongo Teen Writing,
Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Raven
Chronicles, Redmond Association of
Spokenword, Rose Alley Press, Seattle
Poets Society, Striped Water, Two Sylvias
Press, and more!
•  Band of Poets, musical performance
•  Free workshops by Jim Bertolino,
Elijah Muied, and Michael Dylan Welch
•  Open-mic readings

•  Book fair, facilitated by ParkPlace Books
(no commission)
•  Poetry vendors, presses, journals,
and more
•  4Culture Poetry on Buses, including the
poetry bus
•  Guided poetry walk
•  Poetry on Sticks, chalk poetry, and other
installations
•  Poetry book swap,
bring a book, take a book
•  Mini golf, hula hoops, craft activities
•  Surprises!
(psst- Suitcases Revisted. . .)

Website. . .
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From Karen Bonaudi:

APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH
WASHINGTON STATE
POET LAUREATE SOUGHT
Applications are now being accepted for
Washington State’s next Poet Laureate.
The new Laureate will serve from
Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2018.

Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in
the second year of her two-year term
and is presenting poetry workshops and
readings across Washington State in her
quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.
Former Laureates are Samuel Green and
Kathleen Flenniken.

To be considered, applicants must meet
all eligibility requirements and submit an
application online. Applications must be
submitted electronically by 5 p.m. on
Friday, July 31.  The position is sponsored
by ArtsWA and Humanities Washington
with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.
More information and applications are
available at http://www.humanities.org.

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From Raven Chronicles:
Submission deadline EXTENDED
Submissions Wanted for
Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:
Submission Deadlines/Reading Period:
April 1 through July 1, 2015 (postmarked)
U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via
US mail.
International Submissions: Submit work
via email attachments.

See the Raven Website Here

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June AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music

Melding  Authors, Poets,
Singer/Songwriters and Artists
from around the country in an
intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes
hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Meet and share with powerful
entertainers in a beautiful setting
surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers.
Additional donations provide for
Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)
3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

6/5  Music: Ari Hest
Words/Poet : Carl Palmer
(almost sold out 6/2/15)

July – Music by Holley McCreary
Words/Poet TBA

August – Music by Rodney Branigan 
Words/Poet TBA

9/19Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick 

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – TBA

Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers

To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff
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From Michael Schein

LITFUSE
Dear Poets,

Please consider joining us for LiTFUSE
Poets’ Workshop, September 25-27,
featuring Ellen Bass.  Each year, we
gather the poet tribes from all over
Cascadia to work together on our
beloved craft of poetry and spoken word.
We meet in beautiful Tieton, in the
fruit-growing hills above Yakima.

For as little as $185 ($100 now, $85
paid by August 16), YOU can become
a LiTFUSIAN!  The sooner you register,
the more class choices you’ll have
available.

What could you do at LiTFUSE?
Here’s a sampling

Tara Hardy – LiTFUSE Slam for
Page Poets!
Carol Trenga – Contemplative
Movement & Creativity
Ellen Bass – The Poem of the Moment
Sam Green – Emily’s Favorite Measure
Elizabeth Austen – Demystifying the
Line Break
Talenah Lachelle Queen – W.E.B.
DuBois
Andre Feriante – Poetry & Music
Chad Sweeney – A Bouquet of
Sparrows: Powers of the Image:
Composition, Contrast, Agility &
Dreaming
Derek Sheffield – EXTRAordinary
Sally Green – The Voice Behind the
Mask: Dramatic Monologues
David Schein – Infarcation

Please tell friends & share this message.
We’d love to see you in Tieton . . .

Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein
LiTFUSE Muse
michael@litfuse.us

WEBSITE
http://www.litfuse.us

Emily Gwinn
LiTFUSE Muse Too
emily@litfuse.us
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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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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.

h1

May 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update

May 7, 2015

“You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.”
Stanley Kunitz

Let’s get right to some of the worthwhile readings happening around the Puget Sound.

First readings I’m directly connected to… and then a lot, lot , more to share.

Support poets and poetry by attending readings whenever you can.

Thanks!

MAY 13TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

Wednesday  May 13, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Two celebrated poets are travelling from

Bellingham, WA .

Our Featured Poets are

Robert Lashley 

and

Malcolm Kenyon

plus  Open Mic

free program….

Northwestern poet Robert Lashley has had poems published in

journals including Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth.

His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology

of Northwest form and lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac

Institute for Performing Arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College,

read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma

and Western Washington University, and was invited to the IWPS

page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. A semi-finalist for the

PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley also holds the 2014 Cascadia Poetry

Festival’s beer slam title. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs,

was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.

Malcolm H. Kenyon Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language

for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation,

Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead,

Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne.

Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology,

Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review.  He was a

Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in

minesweepers.  Graduate studies, University of New Mexico,

Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of

New Mexico.  Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington

University, Bellingham, Washington.

FREE

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

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings

back in

September with feature

Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website

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May 27th  C & P Coffee West Seattle 7 p.m.

Poetry Bridge at C & P Coffee

4th Wednesdays of the Month

May 27th features:

Dobbie Reese Norris

and

Christopher J. Jarmick

Plus open Mic.

FREE

7 to 9 p.m.

Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is

a former Wordsworth curator, (Seattle City Council).

His works have been published in various anthologies including

Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers,

poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009,

and in the fall 2010 release of  Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose

Alley Publication of Seattle area poets.  He currently resides in Bellingham

and is on the board of  PoetryNite.

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted

regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the

Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not

Aloud, is due out  September 2015 from MoonPath Press.

His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets,

Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.

His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything

(google it as one word).  His poems have appeared in

numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and online.

7 to 9 p.m.

5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle  98136

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May 7  Everett Poetry Nite  7 p.m.

Feature:  William Lindberg

Plus Open Mic

Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cafe Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, Washington 98201

From William Lindberg:

On Thursday May 7, at Everett Poetry Nite experiencing spoken word,

I will be the featured poet. I’ll be doing a reading from my new book,

FOUND ON BATHROOM WALLS. Brandon Pitts is responsible for

selecting most of the works in this book. It is really good. At least that

is the word on the street.

 I know it has been a while since I last was in the Seattle area,

if you’d care to see me or to hear a few of my poems, why don’t

you come up to Zippy’s in Everett. I hope to see you there!

FACEBOOK Events Page HERE 

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May 7 and Beyond  Levertov Readings  Various

Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of

the work and life of poet Denise Levertov has

begun. Events include films, readings, recitals

and other gatherings.

Next events:

On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish,

poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph,

Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner

Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov,

then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special

emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the

time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle

school student will read original poems written with Levertov

Festival visiting writers.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery,

Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and

Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read

Levertov and original poems.

Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company,

there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown

and other friends and writers influenced by her work.

On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day),

Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church

, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world

premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”

at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with

a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation at 7:30pm.

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May 8   Distinguished Writers  7 p.m.  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with

Donald Kentop

Plus open mic

FREE

7:00 pm

This monthly event features a Distinguished

Writer followed by an Open Mic for all poets,

sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Donald Kentop. Born in New York City, he graduated from

NYU and Columbia with a Masters in teaching of history.

After retiring, he devoted himself to poetry and has appeared

in numerous Northwest anthologies. His first collection of poems

was published in 2004 and he has recently published, Frozen In

Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.

Admission is free. The event occurs monthly

the second Friday of every month at King’s

Books Sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry

Connection and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Location:

King’s Books Website 

218 St Helens Ave  Tacoma, Washington 98402

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MAY 9TH  WORDS/MUSIC  Vaugn Wa.

Jerrry and Pam Libstaff are having another

evening of Memorable entertainment- music

and poetry at Their beautiful home overlooking

the Puget Sound. Program begins at 7 p.m.

Watch the sunset, the water, listen to a poet

And hear great music.

Poetry by   David D. Horowitz 

Music by  Leroy Bell

From Jerry Libstaff:

David D. Horowitz is a poet, writer, editor and publisher.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in

English he has taught at Vanderbilt University, Seattle Central

and Shoreline. If you follow poetry in Washington, you know

David. As a publisher, has published several books by well-known

Northwest poets and in 2007, a collection of work by 26 Northwest

Poets. With six collections of his own poetry, the last four published

by Rose Alley Press.  A poetry icon, himself, we welcome David

Horowitz to the waterfront.

LeRoy Bell is a true star. His career has included international

hits that have reached the top ten. He has written for and his

music has been performed by people such as The Spinners,

The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Freda Payne.

Two of his songs were recorded by Elton John and one reached

number one on the international Adult/Contemporary chart.

LeRoy appeared at Words and Music on the waterfront in 2011

then went directly to LA for the X Factor where he reached the

top 8 in the contest. With six current albums, the latest

Rock and Soul, LeRoy is a powerhouse writer and performer.

Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information

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 May 9  and . . . Poetry/Bus  1 p.m.  Bellevue

Poetry On Buses …On the Road….

Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating,

complicating and celebrating the question

“Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry –

at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.

Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings

from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry

writing workshops at the libraries, and music

by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus

at Folklife.

MAY 9, 1PM @ BELLEVUE LIBRARY

1111 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, 98004

ALSO AT FOLKLIFE !!!!!!

MAY 23, NOON – 6PM @ FOLKLIFE

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA 98109

The next reading of Poetry on Buses  is Saturday, May 9 at

1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Then the next reading will be at Folk Life at Fisher Pavilion,

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street on May 23

starting at 12 noon to 6 p.m..

The poetry readings are followed by a facilitated poetry

writing workshop. It’s free and open to the public, and

especially recommended for ages 12 and up.

Poety on Buses Website here.

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May 11th Wedgewood Ale  Seattle

Lyn Coffin – features

Plus Open Mic

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sign-up at 8.  Show begins at 8:30,

Lyn comes on around 9:20

Lyn Coffin has just published two new books, one of fiction

The First Honeymoon, was published by Iron Twine Press

and received 477 bids for a publisher’s giveaway on Goodreads.

It features a blurb by Joyce Carol Oates. The other is A Taste of

Cascadia, two plays published by Whale Road Books. Her

translation of the 12th century epic is forthcoming from Poezia

this September. Bedouin Books will publish five of her plays in

Russian and English (and five of Natalya Churlyaeva’s) this

summer. Her poetry and that of Givi Alkhazishvili will be published

this summer. She teaches Literary Fiction at UW’s Continuing and

Professional Education.

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676

Easy Speak at Wedgewood Website Here!

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May 13   Village Books  7 p.m.  Bellingham

Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm

Matthew Brouwer reading!!!!

Village Books in Fairhaven

1200 11th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225

Matthew Brouwer writes:

My first reading in Bellingham from my new collection of poems,

Stories We Must Tell!  The first half recounts my journey of descent

after a backpacking injury in 2009 slowly stripped me of the ability to

walk. The second half is a bunch of newer poems on life, death, the

nature of suffering, societal tragedy, the cosmos, et al… Fun stuff!

“Part journal of an illness without diagnosis, part descent into and slow crawl out from the pit of despair, this fine collection disdains the simple journey of healing for an unblinking engagement with suffering and joy.” -Michael Schein, Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop

FACEBOOK Event Page HERE 

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MAY 14   Good Shepherd   Seattle

From David D. Horowitz

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

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey,

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford,

Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh

at

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

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May 14  It’s About Time  6 p.m.  Ballard

Thurs. May 14, 2015 #307

Cate O’Toole, Jeremy Pataky, BJ Neblett

& Lori A. May on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time Reading Series

Every Second Thursday

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

FREE

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

Seattle , WA 98107

206-684-4089

Wheelchair accessible.  Free

for information or to schedule a reading

Peggy Sturdivant, Curator

Coming Soon !!!!

Thurs. June 11, 2015 #308

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,

Christopher J.  Jarmick  &

Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft

Thurs. July 9, 2015 #309

Euphrates Moss, Shannon P. Laws,

Diane Aprile & Joannie Stangeland

on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time website here:

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May 15-    Deep Waters South Sound Poetry  – Steilacoom

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry

& Writers Venue

Poetry Reading May 15th, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Chris Dahl

Espresso at the Bay

1203 Rainier St

Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:

Chris Dahl has been writing poetry from an especially young age,                                                                               advancing from the school newspaper to publications such as Seattle

Review, Cascadia, and many others.  Her chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the

Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after

winning their Women in Words competition.  She received an MA from

the University of Washington “with emphasis on creative writing.”

A native of the state, she has lived most of her life at the edge of water

and, for the last fifteen years, has served on the board of the Olympia

Poetry Network as newsletter editor.  Years ago, she was praised for

being “metaphysical,” a charge which both surprised and disheartened

her—but which she has come to accept.

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May 16  Free Workshop  University Place

FREE ARTIST TRUST

POETRY WORKSHOP

Featuring: Michael Spence

May 16th

4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Register now at ckwalle@comcast.net

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May 19  Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m.  Tacoma

POET LAUREATE LUCAS SMIRALDO READS

Summit Pierce County Library

5107 112th St. E.

Tacoma 98446 • 253-548-3321

Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m

Join us for a poetry reading by

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo.

He will read from his works, followed by Q&A

and

open mic.

He initiated the Laureate Listening Project, an audio anthology

celebrating the spirit of place in the Tacoma region. He is

collaborating on an opera about the Chinese expulsion from

Tacoma and efforts 100 years later to pursue reconciliation.

Available for purchase at the event:

  • “The Thing That Gathers” poetry collection – compassion, resilience and the gifted essence of everyday mysteries
  • “Voice of the Americas” CD – North America through multiple stories and personas accompanied by an original score

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May 20 WordsWest 7 p.m. West Seattle

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

Encountering the Everyday Wild

with Allen Braden and

Lyanda Lynn Haupt”

Favorite Poem by Eric Jordan

of The Office Junction

7:00 pm, Wed., May 20th, 2015,

C & P Coffee Co.,

5612 California Ave. SW,

Seattle  98136

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers

Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

For more information, WordsWest Website

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May 21  SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night

Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

May 21 Features

Larry Crist

and

Christine Clarke

plus Open Mic

FREE

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from Humboldt

County in California. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston,

and London, as well as Philadelphia where he attended Temple

University and received an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely

published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection,

published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select

Northwest bookstores. Larry was in the Jack Straw Writer’s

Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart nominations.

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet who currently

resides in Seattle, Washington. Her award-winning poetry has

been published in DMQ Review, Clover, Randomly Accessed

Poetics, Highland Park Poetry, and Storm Cycle 2013: The Best

of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She lives with a collection of oddly

named cacti, has too many books on her nightstand, and enjoys

the antics of the crows, jays, and hummingbirds

on her deck.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond

is located at 15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website

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May 22  RASP  7 P.M.   Redmond

Redmond Association of Spoken Word

Featured Reader:

Charles Finn

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Friday May 22 (special night)

7 p.m.

 Charles Finn is the editor of High Desert Journal and author

of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU

Press). His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of

literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer

magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth,

Silk Road, Open Spaces , Whitefish Review, High Country News,

Writers on the Range, and many others. A self-taught woodworker,

he is a proponent of “living little” and owner of A Room of One’s

Own, where he builds furniture and “microhomes,” one-room wood

cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials.

He lives in Federal Way with his wife Joyce and their two cats Pushkin

and Lutsa.

Location:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,

Washington 98052

Please join us! Come early to sign up for open mic.

Facebook Event page here

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May 23  Jack McCarthy’s Birthday -Marysville, WA

Just got an email from Carol McCarthy

about what is being planned…

From Carol’s email:

 There will be a Showcase Slam at the Evergreen Unitarian

Church in Marysville on the 23rd, Jack’s birthday.

 Robert Huston will be MC.  Mike McGee is organizing it. 

Please let people know.

Details will be on Jack’s website in the next

few days.

Jack McCarthy Website here 

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 Sat, May 30 at 3:00pm  Bainbridge

Eagle Harbor Book Company

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island,

Washington 98110

Join us on May 30th from 3 – 5 pm

for our first Fill Your Summer Bookbag Bookfest celebration

at Eagle Harbor Books on beautiful Bainbridge Island!

The event features book signings, author-baked sweets,

and drawings for free books and literary items. Perhaps

the best part of this popular event, though, is mingling

and conversing with this friendly group of award-winning

Northwest authors including:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala

Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella

Megan Chance, William Dietrich

Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel

Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson

Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden

Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors

Rebecca Wells, Susan Wiggs

 –

Welcome to one and all! An easy walk from the Seattle to

Bainbridge ferry too, so Seattle friends, so do feel free to join

us! Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit KRL

,Kitsap Regional Libraries. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Events Page here 

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From Karen Bonaudi:

APPLICATIONS FOR FOURTH

WASHINGTON STATE

POET LAUREATE SOUGHT

Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet

Laureate. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31,

2018.

Current Laureate Elizabeth Austen is in the second year of her

two-year term and is presenting poetry workshops and readings across

Washington State in her quest to visit all 39 counties in Washington.

Former Laureates are Samuel Green and Kathleen Flenniken.

To be considered, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and

submit an application online. Applications must be submitted electronically

by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31.  The position is sponsored by ArtsWA and

Humanities Washington with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.

More information and applications are available here  

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From Raven Chronicles:

Submissions Wanted for Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:

Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through June 1, 2015

(postmarked)  U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via US mail.

International Submissions: Submit work via email attachments.

See the Raven Website Here

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MAY AND beyond IN  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015

Melding  Authors, Poets, Singer/Songwriters and Artists

from around the country in an intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

Funding supports the entertainers. Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz      

6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July -Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Melissa Greener

To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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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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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is
here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) 

Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’
whose work appears on bus stops, on
special rapid ride buses and/or the website
throughout 2015.

h1

September Northwest Readings of Interest!!!

September 9, 2013

When you want to fool the world, tell the
truth.
—-Otto von Bismarck

There are no dull subjects. There are
only dull writers.
—H. L. Mencken’

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have
to go after it with a club.
— Jack London

Walk on air against your better
judgement.
— SEAMUS HEANEY, from his
Nobel Lecture on Dec. 7, 1995
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September 10 Seattle, WA
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm:
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle
Daemond Arrindell, Larry Crist,
and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
Hosted by Stephanie Kallos
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September 11 Kirkland, WA
Raul Sanchez
And
‘Wicked’ Dick Brugger
Feature
Parkplace Books

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

Wednesday September 11, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Features:
Dick Brugger
&
Raul Sanchez

plus open Mic

Raúl Sánchez has lived nearly thirty five years in the Pacific Northwest. His inaugural collection “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels” published by MoonPath Press is filled with poems of cultural identity, familial and personal, a civil protest, personal celebration, completely impassioned. His book has been nominated for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry for 2013.

Dick Brugger was executive director of Auburn Youth Resources for twenty-one years prior to his retirement in 1997. In 1983 he was named Auburn Area Citizen of the Year. For another twenty-one years before coming to Auburn, Brugger was a Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest. His poetry has appeared n the Plateau Area Writers Association Quarterly, the Doylestown (Pennsylvania) Intelligencer and PoetsWest Literary Journal and monthly in Auburn Reporter since 2012. His Prose has appeared n Heart of the Matter and nine PAWA Anthologies, he was a 2nd place performance poet winner at the Washington Poets Association annual meeting in the Spring of 2003 in Tacoma, Washington, Brugger’s poetry has been animated in Father and Daughter productions with his daughter, Artist Jessie Brugger. In January, 2012 Brugger was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Auburn, Washington. In April of this year Brugger appeared along with his daughter Jessie Brugger at the Auburn Avenue Theatre in Auburn, WA. wherein they discussed Poetry & Art to a capacity audience.

FREE

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

Coming in October: Jared Leising &
TBA

Coming in November: RASP Anthology
Here, There and Everywhere Readers
(limited open mic)

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Saturday, September 14 at
4:00 p.m. – 5:45

Christopher J. Jarmick
Angela Parker
Cathy Ross
plus
Open Mic

at

Green Lake Branch
Seattle Public Library,
7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle

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Thursday September 26th

Christopher J. Jarmick
Features
plus
open mic

at Cafe Zippy
2811 Wetmore Ave. in
downtown Everett, WA
Everett Poetry Nite.
All ages. Free admission.
Sign up begins at 7pm.
Open mic and Feature 7:30-9pm

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Sept 13 – Tacoma, WA
From Connie Walle
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES
Sept 13th , 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Christine Swanberg

Christine Swanberg has published poems in journals such as “The Beloit Poetry Journal, “The Louisville Review”, and Spoon River Quarterly”. Among her seven collections are “The Tenderness of Memory” Plainview, 1995, “Who Walk Among the Trees with Charity” Wind 2005, and “The Alleluia Tree” Puddin’head 2012. A full length interview appears in Poet’s Market 2008.

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September 18th Woodinville

From PoetsWest

Herb McClees Featured at The Creekside,
7:00pm, September 18th ~~

Born in New England and raised in Texas and Singapore, Herb McClees has lived in the Northwest for more than thirty years and now makes his home in Shoreline, WA. With a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. in Electrical Engineering, his electives were in philosophy and Eastern religion and his career spans geophysics, software engineering, organization development and marketing.

Herb began writing poems at fourteen and now appears at readings throughout the Seattle area. He is a member of the Washington Poets Association, RASP (the Redmond Association for Spoken word) and Haiku Northwest. His poetry performance has been selected for the weekly PoetsWest program on KSER-FM. His first published chapbook is The Catch (2008).

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 RetirementCommunity]

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September 20th — Bellingham, WA

From Egress Studio

Alaskan Poet Joan Kane and Seattle Poet Kelsea Habecker
will read poetry in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall building
Friday, September 20 at 7PM.
Free to the public.
Suggested $5 donation.

This reading is special, not are the award-winning poets Joan Kane (who is flying in from Alaska) and fellow poet Kelsea Habecker sharing this reading, but this event is the first in a series of collaborations between the Whatcom Museum and the The Poet As Art, and is in response to the museum’s two exhibits: Nature in the Balance and Vanishing Ice.

Award-winning poets Joan Kane and Kelsea Habecker will be our guest speakers, and will read their poetry as the final event of the museum’s Nature in the Balance exhibit. Kane, of Alaska has received the John Haines Award, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, and among other honors. Habecker received her MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars. Her book, Hollow Out, was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic, and published by New Rivers Press in 2008.

Whatcom Museum address is:
121 Prospect St Bellingham, WA 98225
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September 25 West Seattle, WA

From Leopoldo Seguel

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings
4th Wednesdays
at
C & P Coffee Shop
5612 California Ave SW in
West Seattle

Fall Series
Sept 25
Kristen Spexarth
L. Scott Bastian
(Both are West Seattle poets and first time featured readers at Pomes & Tails)

Oct 23
Pamela Carter
Georgie Kunkel
(Both are West Seattle poets and first time featured readers at Pomes & Tails. Georgie will be 93 soon,

November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)
Moreah Vestan
Judy Pigott
(Moreah -West Seattle resident returns. Judy will be a first time featured reader at Pomes & Tails)
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From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop, Sept 27-29, Tieton, featuring Dorianne Laux, Jennifer Sweeney, Christopher Howell, Lauren Zuniga, Andre Feriante & MORE. Only $160 till 8.16, then just $170 – including the Saturday Poets’ Banquet!

Announcing SEVEN LiTFUSE scholarships: 4 for younger poets (under 35) & 3 for poets in need. Apply to michael [at] litfuse [dot] us, stating your age (if applicable), your need (if applicable), why LiTFUSE will make a difference to you, and please send up to 3 pages of poetry.
http://www.litfuse.us

* * *
thanks
Michael Schein
LiTFUSE Muse

http://www.litfuse.us
http://www.mightytieton.com

“Friends tell friends about LiTFUSE!”

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Poetry by Day of the Week
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NOTE:THE LIST WAS Last UPDATED
in August of 2013

However, things change, sometimes without notice.
If you have updates, and/or additions to this list
please email me as soon as possible so this list
can be kept as current as possible. .
emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

Occasional but not definitively scheduled
readings do not appear on this list. Most
of the readings are open mic friendly and are nearly
or completely free. Cover charges/ fees if any are
listed when known. Do Support business
hosts with purchases whenever possible.
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FRIDAY Friday friday

1ST FRIDAYS TACOMA

Speak Your Soul
1st Friday, 8 p.m.

The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539
Zach@speakyoursoul.org

1st FRIDAYS RENTON

YOUTH SPEAKS
1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org // http://www.vivaharambee.com

2ND FRIDAYS — TACOMA

Second Friday KINGS BOOKS TACOMA
at 7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED WRITER SERIES

Kings Books, 218 St Helens,
Tacoma, Washington.

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC),
based in Tacoma sponsors the Distinguished
Writer Series,a venuefor playwrights, short story
writers and others. This mixedvenue features a
distinguished reader and an open mic.
It is usually Poetry. It includes an open mic.
All Open MIC in July and August unless special
feature is booked.Tel: 253-272-8801 Contact
Connie Walle via
e-mail ckwalle@msn.com.
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LAST FRIDAYS TACOMA (Updated)

Free Ya Mind
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m
.Featured Reader and Open Mic

Tully’s Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host
http://www.Freeyamindinc.com

LAST FRIDAYS –REDMOND
RASP READING SERIES 7 P.M.

At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC) at
16600 NE 80th Street,Redmond,
WA 98052
Featured Readers plus
open Mic FREE

LAST FRIDAYS Port Townsend, WA

Lehani’s Deli & Coffee House
Friday, 5 p.m. * poetry open mic
221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend
tel: 360-385-3961

Last Fridays Port Townsend WA
Teen Writers
Friday, 3 – 4 p.m. writing circle and
critique group for writers 12 –
18 years old Charles Pink House
1220 Lawrence,Port Townsend

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SATURDAY Saturday Saturday

UPDATE!!!!!
2ND Saturdays SEATTLE

PoetsWest readings at Green Lake
Library 4 p.m. Lower level meeting room
of Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library,7364 E Greenlake Dr. N,
Seattle

There are three and sometimes four
featured readers plus an open mic.
Hosted by J Glenn Evans who has been
curating and hosting poetry readings in
Seattle for over 15 years !!! Attend the
readings as often as you can. Get up
and read a poem and you might wind
up being on a radio program
too !!! It’s FREE!!!
4 to 5:30 p.m.
http://www.poestwest.com .
FREE

1st Saturdays POULSBO

First Saturday of every month at 7 p.m.
The Poulsbohemian, 19003 Front St. NE,
Poulsbo WA 98370
(360.779.9199)

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears, emmj@centurytel.net
http://poulsbohemian.com

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SUNDAY Sunday Sunday

Every Sunday Seattle- Ballard

Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
every Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – around 11:00 p.m.
“Open Mic w/Josiah,” sign-ups @ 7:30 p.m
. * Largely a music open mic

(2 songs or about 5 to 10 minutes each;
poetry acceptable,)
Tel.: 206-784-3640
http://www.conorbyrnepub.com

3RD SUNDAYS — Seattle

Youth Speaks Seattle hosts open mic
(poetry and music) at 7 p.m.

3rd Sundays at Café Allegro, 4214 University
Way (alley of 42nd and 15th
in U District 2nd Floor), Seattle. Sign up 6:30
p.m. All ages.
tel: 206-774-0443
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org

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MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham

Poetrynight
every Monday night 8pm @
The Black Drop,
300 West Champion
Bellingham, WA

(note Black Drop is new venue
for this long-running series!)

Open mic and a featured poet. Sign-up
between 8-8:30. No Cover.
hosted by Robert Huston

You’ve heard about this very well
attended poetryreading inBellingham
right? Audiences from 20 to
nearly 100 come out to the readings
and a good time is had by all.
It’s FREE!

For more information,
http://www.poetrynight.org
or contact info@poetrynight.org
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening too.

1ST & 3RD MONDAYS—Seattle/Ravenna
(North End Forum—see below)

1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays

North End Forum @ Bai Pai — SEATTLE
UPDATE 10/2012
Jed Myers hosts this long-running series
that begins just after 8 p.m. at the
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle
in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice a short monologue.
Everyone is encourage to participate and
some nights a lot of people show up to
share, listen and be part of The Forum.
Your expected to buy a drink or some food
but there’s no cover and everything is kept
loose and informal.
NOT Quite FREE.

Contact Jed Meyers medjyers@hotmail.com.

1st MONDAYS

Poetry Station — Auburn, WA
FIRST MONDAY POETRY
AKA Poetry Station or
AT THE AUBURN STATION BISTRO
7-10 p.m. Started in April 2012 continues
first Mondays…. usually hosted by
Emilie Rommel Shimkus
Featured Poets; Open Mic;
After reading social

The Auburn Station Bistro is located at
110 Second Street SW, Ste. 125,
one block south of West Main Street on
the east side of the Auburn Transit Center,
in the big brick building below the green
metal vine. Parking is plentiful, the event
is free and open to all.

This brand new (as of April 2nd, 2012) Series
is Presented by Northwest
Renaissance Poets, Performers &
Publishers, in collaboration with
Auburn Striped Water Poets,
Admission is free.

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TUESDAY Tuesday Tuesday

Every Tuesday — Auburn
7 p.m. Auburn City Hall

Every Tuesday (except a couple Holidays)
The Striped Water Poets of Auburn continue
the Living Room critique circle offering
a mostly gentle, helpful writer’s critique.
The group meets every Tuesday from
7 to 9 p.m.Bring several copies of your
poem to pass out to people (8 to 10
copies usually adequate—and if not
people can share) to workshop and/or
actively participate.

Striped Water Poets meet in the
Conference Room 2 upstairs at
Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main St.
in Auburn..

After 7:30 p.m.you won’t be able to
get in; the doors to City Hall doors are
locked at that time.It’s free but donations
are welcome. Contact Gerald McBreen
253.735.1751 or
email mcbreenpost@aol.com.
FREE

Every Tuesday

SEATTLE SLAM at 8:30 at ReBAR —
SEATTLE 1114 Howell St. Seattle WA
(206-233-9873) 21 + with I.D.

COVER CHARGE $5.00 OVER 21 ONLY

SEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance
poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5.
21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at
http://www.seattlepoetryslam.org or contact
info@seattlepoetryslam.org
NOT FREE

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE– Queen Anne

Every second and fourth Tuesday

Caffe Zingaro
127 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Caffe Zingaro is across the street from
Metropolitan Market, free 2 hour parking
at the Market. Our new time is 6:30-8 p.m.
Metropolitan Market (in the Cafe)

(Free underground parking
accessed from Warren Avenue)

It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.
Contact margaretroncone@yahoo.com.
FREE

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WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday

1ST Wednesdays DUVALL

Duvall Visitor Center (all ages okay)
15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019

7PM • Doors open at 6:30
Readings brought to you by the
Duvall Poetry Group and the
Duvall Cultural Commission

Website:
duvallpoetry.weebly.com
Contact:
duvallpoetrycontact@gmail.com

1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE

Open Mic Night is back at The Vera Project
Every 1st Wednesday starting August 3, 2011
The Vera Project is located on the Seattle Center
Campus, corner of Republican and Warren,
Seattle. Sign Ups at 6:30 PM &
Open Mic 7- 10 PM.
All-ages. Equipment: PA system.
Contact Openmic@theveraproject.org.

2nd Wednesdays KIRKLAND
Park Place Books 7 p.m.

Second Wednesdays at Park Place Books @
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(except July & August)
PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart
Park Place Books, Kirkland
348 Parkplace Center, Park Place Books,
Kirkland WA

Two features and open mic at this large new and
used independent book store that has managed
to stay in business ..barely the last few years.
Attend the free reading; support the store with
a purchase if you can.

Contact Chris Jarmick
emeraldhchris@yahoo.com
FREE
(No reading in July and August)

2nd Wednesdays –Beacon Hill/ Seattle
The Station Coffee Shop, 7 p.m.
2533 16th Ave S., Seattle

Beacon Bards curated by Martha Silano
features 2 poets and an open Mic.
FREE
Contact: marthasilano@yahoo.com.
More info at
http://www.rockitspace.org/beacon-bards.htm

3rd WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH–Seattle

The Breadline
3rd Wednesdays
Vermillion Gallery
1508 11th Ave
(between Pike & Pine)
Seattle, WA 98122

The Breadline is a free multi-media,
multi-arts performance series based
in Seattle featuring artists, poetry,
prose-writer, music Following the
features there is an open mic.
Typically the event is on the
third Wednesday of each month, and
goes from 7-10pm.

(Most) THIRD WEDNESDAYS
THIRD WEDNESDAYS — OLYMPIA

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK & TRADITIONS —
OLYMPIA at 6:30 p.m. * *
Fitting that OPN has become a long running
tradition at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe every
3rd Wednesday of the month . Open mic and
Featured poets.
Located at: 5th and Water St., Olympia WA

A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
halcyonmist@hotmail.com
or go to http://www.thurston.com/~yake/opn.html.

4th WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH — West Seattle

C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
info@poetrybridge.net
Tel: 206-933-3125
http://www.candpcoffee.com

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THURSDAY: THURSDAY THURSDAY

Every Thursday –EVERETT

Everett Poetry NIght
CAFE ZIPPY!!! 2811
Wetmore Ave, Everett,
Same day and time.Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Open mic and featured reader with humble
host Garrett R. Good long running North End
Poetry venue with generous open mic. 1 Feature
Poet (usually). FREE but support Cafe Zippy
and buy a beverage or more.
FREE

Every Thursday– SEATTLE
MUSIC, prose and Poetry open mic Every
Thursday AT Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream &
Tea Room

Thursday, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
1205 East Pike Street, Seattle tel: 206-588-
1079 Chase Evans, host
bluebirdseattle@gmail.com
bluebirdseattle.blogspot.com

2nd THURSDAYS SEATTLE-BALLARD
IT’S ABOUT TIME READING SERIES
at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month
from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Esther Helfgott’s Long running series that features
readers and a 10 to 15 minute teaching mini-lecture
usually featuring helpful tips and suggestions for
writers from teachers/writers PLUS an open mic
AND it’s FREE !!!! NOTE: book sales
not allowed at reading on site
co-Curated by:
Peggy Sturdivant
Katie Tynan

2ND Thursday, SEATTLE

Wild Rose Tavern 1021 East Pike Street, Seattle
Seattle Spit: Queer Spoken Word,” w/open mic 8 P.M.
Tel: 206-324-9210
http://www.thewildrosebar.com

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

YOUTH SPEAKS Monthly Slam
8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402 East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972
http://www.seattleyouthspeaks.org
http://www.electricteagarden.com

2nd & 4th Thurdays ARLINGTON, WA
fogdog gallery 7 p.m.
fogdog poetry every second & fourth
Thursday of the month!
One or Two Feature Readers
plus Open Mic
7pm -9pm
Arlington, WA

fogdog gallery
233 North Olympic Ave.
Arlington, WA.

http://www.fogdoggallery.com

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON —
7:p.m.
GHOST TOWN POETRY
OPEN MIC
HOSTED BY CHRISTOPHER LUNA
AND TONI PARTINGTON
at COVER TO COVER BOOKS
every second Thursday

NOW IN A NEW AND IMPROVED LOCATION!
COVER TO COVER BOOKS
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
360-993-7777
mail@covertocoverbooks.net
http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com
christopherjluna@gmail.com
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

3RD THURSDAYS REDMOND, WA
3RD Thursdays @ SoulFood Books from 7:00 to
9:00 p.m. SoulFood Books, 15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond FREE

The Soulfood Poetry Night reading series is a free
monthly event. At this series, one featured reader
chooses her/his own co-feature, promoting a spirit
of community – with an open mic reading to follow.
Readers are shown on streaming internet for later
enjoyment/consumption. Curated and hosted by
Michael Dylan Welch and (NEW)Tanya McDonald
Contact
M D W (WelchM@aol.com).
the website is here:
http://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight/Home.

FREE but buy a beverage or more.

3rd Thursdays SEATTLE
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin’ Spoken Wurd with
open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo. $5 ADMISSION includes refreshments.
Contact mizfloestpt@yahoo.com.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes, mizfloestpt@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/miz.floes
http://www.naamnw.org

3rd Thursdays VASHON ISLAND
Poetry Open Mic 3rd Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road, Vashon Island 206-463-0777
Devon Atkins, host; restaurant,
info@cafelunavashon.com

***NEW UPDATED 9/5/13
4th Thursdays LAKE FOREST PARK

Haiku Northwest (usually 4th Thursdays) at the
Lake Forest Park Library. Meeting most 4th
Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. but
sometimes the location changes (call or email to
confirm date and location). Read and discuss
your haiku and related poetry (senryu, tanka,
haibun) in a friendly workshop environment. Haiku
Northwest has been around since 1988, and
celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. Everyone
welcome! FREE.

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:Tanya McDonald
(haikunw1988@gmail.com),
The website is:
http://sites.google.com/site/haikunorthwest/.

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