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September 2015 – NorthWest Poetry – Special Fall Not Aloud Edition

September 25, 2015

Every time you read a poem aloud to yourself in the presence of others,

you are reading it into yourself and them. Voice helps to carry words

farther and deeper than the eye.

  • Seamus Heaney

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

– – Coco Chanel


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Welcome to this special edition of NorthWest Poetry.

This edition focuses mainly on the Fall/October Readings I’m doing in support of

my just published poetry collection, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press).

I have included a few other readings that are happening in the next week at the end of this blog.

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 and me.  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.

So far I’ve signed and sold over 60 books directly at readings and personal appearances

(through September 24th). Several more have been sold through Amazon and book-sellers.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

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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Saturday October 10th –  6:30 p.m. –  Kirkland

MoonPath Press 2015 Author Reading

A very special evening featuring 4  Poets

who have published books with MoonPath Press in 2015

Ronda Broatch, Cindy M. Hutchings,

Joseph Green & Christopher J. Jarmick

Reading, Book Signing,  Finger Food, Chocolate

FREE

Meet, hear the poets.

Buy books for yourselves or for gifts.

We’ll gather at 6:30 p.m.  The reading will be from 7 p.m.

to approximately 8:30 p.m.

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Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Books website here

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Wednesday, October 14  –  7:00 p.m. –  Kirkland

Take a Poem From Your Heart 2nd Wednesday Series

Presents

John Burgess, Christopher J. Jarmick

and Jed Myers

plus an Open Mic

FREE

John, Chris and Jed will read poems from their recently

published poetry collections and then mix spoken word and

music in a Band of Poets collaboration.

Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Website is here

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October 16, 2015    7 P.M.   Seattle, WA

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.

October 16, 2015, Friday, 7:00 p.m.,

Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

Readings/ Performances by:

MC –  Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography: Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche  & Marianne Weltmann

Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch , Bang Nguyen  & Taumstar

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!  Poems by:

James Bertolino, Larry Crist,  Michael Heavenr

Kat Humphrey, Christopher J.  Jarmick

Larry Laurence, Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge, Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton, Ann Teplick

& Carletta Carrington Wilson

This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW FOUNDATION.

Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, &

The Washington state arts commission (with NEA funding)

for partial funding of our 2015 programs.

Contact Information: http://www.ravenchronicles.org

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October 17, 2015  Eugene Oregon 5 p.m.

Poetry for the People

Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

open mic

FREE

Hosted by Laura LeHew

5 to 7 p.m.

Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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Wednesday October 28  7:00 p.mWest Seattle, WA

4th Wednesday Poetrybridge Reading Series

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!

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Coming soon. . .   Thursday, November 5th……  Everett Poetry Nite

features Christopher J. Jarmick curated and hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen

who created the artwork used on the cover of Chris’ latest poetry collection Not Aloud!

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Thanks Ed Johnsonfor taking these pictures.   Left I’m doing a little spoken word with music improvisation courtesy of Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer  at  Pam and Jerry Libstaff’s Words and Music Concert in Vaughn, WA on the Key Peninsula.

Below– A picture during the poetry set.    All three of my daughters aka ‘The Three T’s ‘ (my brother, his wife and my ex-wife) were in the audience.  Over 70 people (standing room only) were part of the sold out program!  Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable evening! I see some of you at Morso’s in Gig Harbor when I read there in November!!!

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Not Aloud (2015) is published by MoonPath Press a small press publisher in Kingston, Washington.   Help me in my grassroots efforts to let people know about Not Aloud in several ways.

You can request that your local library order a copy or two.  You’ll probably need some additional info and fill out a form… but it is a big big help if you do.  Be nice to know the book is available to more people through the library.

I also started the NorthWest Poetry Book Read-A-Thon .   Click on that link for my blog post which tells you all about the challenge to read at least 6 books out of a list of 26 before November 1, 2015.  Encourages everyone to read more poetry books AND comment do mini-reviews on them at Amazon/GoodReads etc.  Good for poets/small press/ and readers like YOU too!

OTHER READINGS THIS WEEK

Friday, September 25  7 p.m.- Redmond
RASP  Redmond Association of Spoken Word

presents  Jack Straw Writers Reading

w/  Clare Johnson, Laura Da’

and Kevin Craft.

Plus open mic

FREE

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA

RASP Website here

Sunday, September 27  4 p.m.  Bellingham

You are Invited

In alphabetical order, we will present:

James Bertolino, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke,

Larry Crist, Denise duMaurier, Susan Chase Foster,

Paul Hunter, Laurel Leigh, Michael Dylan Welch,

Richard Widerkehr, and J. Jamiesen Woods.

Village Books,

1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA

Looking to submit to Clover’s next issue to be published in December?

Click Clover Link Here


Thursday, October 1 –  7:00 p.m. Burien

Poets West (hosted by Lisa Noble)

Features:  

Peter Ludwin

& Michael Spence

plus open mic

FREE

7 p.m. at  Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in Burien, WA

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Thursday – 10/1  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.
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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!
=== .
Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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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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Mid-September Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

September 11, 2015

“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day

of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.

Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason

they write so very little. But we do. We have so much we want

to say and figure out.

Anne Lamott

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A person is a fool to become a writer.

His only compensation is absolute freedom.

He has no master except his own soul and that

I am sure is why he does it.”

Roald Dahl
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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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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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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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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  6:15 pm. Vaughn, WA
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There may still be a few spots
available at the Words and Music
House Concert on Saturday
September 19th!
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Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –
Not Aloud
(MoonPath Press)
Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
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Event Info here:
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Dave and Mandy’s Website
(with some music videos!)
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Chris Jarmick’s Amazon Author Page Here
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To find out more email to
info@watermarkwriters.com
RSVP (a must) 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.
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Tasty appetizers, snacks and
wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.
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A suggested donation of $20.00 pays
for the performing artists  and any
additional donations goes towards
supporting the non-profit
Wartermark Writers literacy programs.
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Upcoming  Events
On October 3 — Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – Joseph Green
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Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
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To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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Monday 9/21  8:15  Seattle
The North End Forum created and
usually hosted by Jed Myers is a loose
gathering of poets, musicians, prose
writers who share Words and music in
a very casual laid back setting In the
Bai Pai  Restaurant Bar/Lounge  on
the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
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The 21st is a bit different….
We’ll have a special extra spotlight
reading from Christopher J. Jarmick
to celebrate the publication of
Not Aloud from MoonPath Press.
(around 9:30 ish) He’ll have books to
sign and sell during the break.
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Chris will read a few extra poems and
do a number or two with the house band.
Plenty of time for the usual open mic too.
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Happy Hour prices on drinks
FREE/ no cover charge
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BAI PAI
Is located at:
2316 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

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Saturday- 9/26    7 p.m. Bellingham
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Special Event at
Village Books in Bellingham
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Christopher J. Jarmick
reading/book signing
NOT ALOUD 
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Sept 26th  7 p.m.
Village Books in Bellingham
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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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Wed. October 14   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

Our next

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

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

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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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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

Lynn Knapp, Chris Jarmick, Linda Strever,
Irene Bloom, Lillo Way, Pattie Palmer Baker,
Judith Skillman and Shawn Aveningo 

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil

hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper.

If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness,

you’ll do yourself a service.”

– Stephen Sondheim

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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TONIGHT!!!

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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Friday 9/18  7 p.m.  Steilacoom, WA

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry &
Writers Venue Poetry Reading
3rd Friday September 18, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Janet Froststad

Espresso By the Bay
1203 Rainier St
Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:
andersonislandwrites.com

Janet Sleeper Frostad: is a Puget Sound
poet who is proud to admit that she still
loves the song Mandy. Janet first began
to write as a way to navigate
adolescence in very rural Eastern
Washington. Now, in the uncertain waters
of middle age, she has again returned to
the pen for buoyancy and balance. Being
an active poet requires her to slow down
and take a careful look at life.

Janet has published poems in Quill &
Parchment, Mused (Bella Online Literary
Review) and locally in a small limited
edition booklet, Lights on the Tip of Our
Ambulation, Ten Tacoma Poems on Art,
Creativity and the City.  Janet lives with
her husband and two active young
daughters who inspire her each day to
live artfully and with gratitude.
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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 23,  7 p.m.  West Seattle

from Leopoldo…..

Dear poetrybridge community,


Rayn Roberts kicks off our 2015-16 poetrybridge reading season on September 23rd at C&P Coffee starting at 7 PM.  Rayn also read during the summer readings but for those of you who missed him, this coming fall evening will be a great time to hear him read from his numerous collection of poems. Here is a short bio of Rayn: 

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 are in books to read on rainy days, but don’t lend to your conservative relatives.  Their brains may short circuit. Find Rayn Roberts online & @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books & Poetic Matrix: http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx. Hear him on KSER Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.  You can hear him on the PoetsWest website anytime you like: http://www.poetswest.com/radio_programs.htm   

I am still working on finding another poet or storyteller to be the other featured reader in September and will let you know when I am able to do so.

As always, there will be a community mic staring around 8 PM ending at 9.

I will be sending out the poster for this event and updating the website soon.

Looking ahead, 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.

Please mark on your calendar.

I am still firming up the schedule for the rest of the year and will post it soon, I hope.

Thanks.

Leopoldo

C&P Coffee is located

5612 California Ave SW, , Seattle,, Washington, 98136

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Thursday Sept 24  Tacoma  7 p.m.
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Cindy  M.  Hutchings
Reading/book signing
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Support my fellow MoonPath Press
published poet Cindy as she has a
special reading and  book signing
of her recently published (2015)
collection of poems:
Tree Talk
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FREE
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At Tacoma’s Kings Books
Location:
218 St Helens Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801

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Friday 9/25  7 p.m.   Redmond WA

RASP
Presents  Jack Straw Writers
Clare Johnson, Laura Da’
and Kevin Craft

7 p.m.

plus open mic

Free

Clare Johnson is a writer and visual
artist, published in Blithe House Quarterly,
Quiet Shorts, Frogmore Papers, 14
Magazine, Lumina, and Cranky. She is
a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize
recipient, and her ongoing Post-it Note
Project (drawing a memory on a post-it
each night) won a Seattle Magazine Best
of 2011 for “Best New Take on the
Memoir,” also garnering a cover feature
in Real Change. Recent honors include
Artist Trust funding to expand her series
of drawings inspired by favorite works of
literature, and the publication of Roses,
a book pairing her art with poems by
Rainer Maria Rilke. She is working on
her book-length poetry and fiction project
Will I live here when I grow up.

Laura Da’ is a poet and public school
teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific
Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at
the University of Washington and the
Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is
an enrolled member of the Eastern
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Her first
chapbook,The Tecumseh Motel, was
published in Effigies II. The University
of Arizona Press will publish her first
full-length manuscript, Tributaries, in
2015. Da’ lives near Seattle
with her husband and son.

Kevin Craft, curator of the 2015 Jack
Straw Writers Program, is also the
editor of Poetry Northwest. His books
include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank
Books, 2005), and five volumes of
the anthology Mare Nostrum, an
annual collection of Italian translation
and Mediterranean-inspired writing.
His poems, reviews, and essays have
appeared widely in such places as
Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter,
Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest
Review, The Stranger, and West
Branch. A 2008 Jack Straw Writer,
he has also been awarded fellowships
from the MacDowell Colony, the
Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the
Camargo Foundation (France),
4Culture, and Artist Trust.

RASP is located at
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, Washington 98052

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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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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, 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

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!

MC Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography
Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:
Judith Roche,poems
Marianne Weltmann, 2 odes

Words from The Cafe:
Introduced by Anna Bálint
Tamar Hirsch, poem
Bang Nguyen, poem
Taumstar,  poems

Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!
Kat Humphrey: jokes interspersed;

James Bertolino  poems
Larry Crist  poems
Chris Jarmick  poems
Larry Laurence  poems
Lawrence Matsuda  poems
Jennifer Munro-excerpt, creative non-fiction
Ann Teplick, excerpt, essay
Carletta Carrington Wilson-poem

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Thursday – 10/1  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!
=== .
Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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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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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

– –

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!

.- –

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!

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

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

Hot Summer in the City Readings (Seattle Area)

July 9, 2013

!!!!! SPECIAL EVENT !!!!
SATURDAY JULY 13 — KIRKLAND

GRAPE CHOICE

WORDS and WINE # 4!!!!

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

Feature Readers
(alphabetically)

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

Spotlight Readers include:

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

Hosted by
Christopher J. Jarmick

Grape Choice
wine bar/store
is located

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

Featured Reader Bios:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday July 9th Seattle

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

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

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From R. Seitz
July 10th Wed. Carnation WA

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

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

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

Killer Poet invites you to take
the road not taken.

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

4721 Tolt Ave Carnation,
WA 98014

(425) 333-0577
Sponsored by a grant
from King County 4Culture.
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Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
— Melinda-Haynes
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From Clark Crouch

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

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

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

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

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

July 21 Sunday Auburn

Please join Peter Ludwin
and Allen Braden
reading their corn-fed
poems at
Mary Olson Farm on
July 21st, 2-3pm.
http://www.wrvmuseum.org/events.html

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

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

Wandering and Wondering:
a site-specific event

July 20 Renton, WA

Kubota Garden
July 20, 2013 12-2 pm
Renton Ave S & 55th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
http://www.kubotagarden.org

Free Event

*made possible by support
from 4Culture

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

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

and

August 10, Sat. Seattle
Seattle Japanese Garden
August 10, 2013 2-5 pm
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
seattlejapanesegarden.org;
206-684-4725

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

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

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

Wandering & Wondering,
an annual event in the Seattle
Japanese Garden,
.
Contact:
Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)
davidthornbrugh@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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

12 – 12:30: Lunch Break

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

Featured Poets:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afterward:
join us at the
Station Bistro
for dinner and
conversation

Host/Emcee:
Christopher J. Jarmick
– Ignition: Poem Starters,
Septolets, Statements &
Double Dog Dares
https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com

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

Book & Small Press
Fair participants:

David Ash: Basho Press
http://www.bashopress.com

Lana Ayers: MoonPath Press,
Concrete Wolf Press,
World Enough Writers
http://www.moonpathpress.com
http://www.concretewolf.com
http://www.worldenoughwriters.com

Peggy Barnett:
Photographer & Poet
– On Your Left
http://www.prbarnett.com

Robert Blevins:
Adventure Books
http://www.adventurebooksofseattle.com

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

Debra Di Blasi:
Jaded Ibis Productions
http://www.jadedibisproductions.com

David Horowitz:
Rose Alley Press
http://www.rosealleypress.com

Erik Korhel:
Piecemeal Publishing
http://www.piecemealpublishing.com

Laura LeHew:
Uttered Chaos Publications
http://www.utteredchaos.org

Carol McCarthy:
Books by Poet
& Performer
Jack McCarthy

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

in the Cool Auburn Ave. Theater!
For more information see:
http://www.auburndays.com


Striped Water Poets

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

AND

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

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From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

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

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