Posts Tagged ‘Open mic poetry’


Opening Summer Events @ BookTree!

June 21, 2017

““Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss 

Remember your local bookstore! Thanks for reminding your friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances that  BookTree!  is Kirkland’s only new and gently-used bookstore. Buy a book, a gift certificate and/or attend an event at the store soon. Remember to like and follow our Facebook Page! 

BookTree is nearly bursting at the seams with exciting upcoming events.  Before I highlight some of them I’ll remind you that:  LOYALTY CARDS ARE HERE!   For every $20 you spend on a new book, you’ll receive a stamp and are on your way to earning a $25 reward to purchase a new book. We are happy to keep the cards on file in the store for you.   Pictured – Loyalty Cards at BookTree)



Saturday June 24th meet Linnea Westerlind who has visited all of Seattle’s 426 parks and written the wonderful Discovering Seattle Parks: a locals guide.   She’ll be in the store this Saturday at 3:30 to talk about her favorite parks and sign books!  Click here to go to our Facebook Event Page  and please share it!

Let’s talk about A Gentleman in Moscow

Tuesday June 27th at 7 p.m.  BookTree’s Reading Circle (open to all) will be talking about Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow.  If you read the book come join us for a fun, informative discussion. It’s a great read!  We have copies for sale in the store.  Our Facebook Event Page 

Every Wednesday at 11AM is StoryTime

It’s FUN!  FREE!  Bring the Kids!  Share our Facebook Page and let everyone you know with toddlers and young ones about BookTree’s StoryTime!
John F. Kennedy and Britain!

Sunday, July 2nd @ 3:30 PM
The author of the just released Union Jack,  Christopher Sandford will be talking about Kennedy, answering your questions, and signing copies of his acclaimed book. More on our Facebook Event Page

By popular demand. . . The Tik Tik Tik  Type-In Returns.

Back in April we did this odd, wonderful thing at BookTree.  Dozens of vintage manual typewriters were set up throughout the store and families had a great time typing notes, letters, to do lists and more! A reporter from NPR even came in to interview folks and record sounds which turned into a little segment heard on NPR radio!   In days of yore there were typewriters.  Come play with us on  Sunday July 9th  1 to 4 p.m.!  Tik Tik Type-In at BookTree!  Facebook Event Page!

Spoken Wordsmiths and Poets from Everett

Saturday July 15th @ 6:30 p.m.  Third Saturday Reading/open Mic
A special summer edition of our popular 3rd Saturday Reading Series featuring 4 accomplished poets/spoken-word artists from Everett and a community open mic!   It’s time to discover what we do at BookTree on Third Saturdays!  You are invited to listen or even share something you’ve written!  FREE!

RAIN GARDENS of the Pacific Northwest

Sunday July 16th @ 3PM
What’s all this about Rain Gardens?  Find out.
Meet the authors of RAIN GARDENS FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST -Design And Build Your Own, Keri DeTore and Zsofia Pasztor.

With special guest Adrienne Ross Scanlan author of Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild ) – Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2016 Notable Book) and Nautilus Book Awards
(Silver Medal 2016-2017). Our Facebook Event Page

Dave Boling – Lost History of Stars  TUESDAY, July 18th  7PM
If you can’t wait until next time to hear more about this special off-site event
(You do need reservations to attend!) check out  OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

We have tweaked our hours so please take note!
T-F  : 10AM – 7PM
SAT : 11AM – 6PM

BookTree events means we sometimes stay open later and we’ll sometime open a little earlier than posted as well.  We are happy to order anything in print for you so feel free to email us (particularly after-hours) with book requests or call us during operating hours.  If we don’t have it, we can try to get it for you in a few days up to a week.

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson

Yes, please share this page and spread the news about Kirkland’s little bookstore that could –  BookTree!  We all love the idea of having independent bookstores but to survive they need your patronage or your help in letting folks know whenever they are in Kirkland, they should consider checking out BookTree at 609 Market St  Kirkland, Wa 98033!

And don’t forget to check out our website !!!

“In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.” 
-Jeanette Winterson


March P.I.E. Update

March 10, 2017

To be consumed by all things books is a burden to manage,

but a blessing to experience.


And so it goes.   Co-owning BookTree in Kirkland has monopolized my time the last several months and made even more demands than I imagined.

I have begun the Third Saturday Poetry is Everything workshop and poetry reading however.   We have quite the line-up scheduled in the coming months.

Please check out the BookTree website which has an event calendar  (authors, special events, poetry nights etc.)  BookTree Website

BookTree also has a BookTree Facebook Page.  It would be great if you could like/share and follow the page and help get the word out, that there is an independent new and used general bookstore in Kirkland (one of the few remaining on the eastside by the way).

I do have a couple of readings coming up  (April and beyond),  I am going to finish editing BANG! and it will be in print (and as an e-book) in September or October.

Soon it will be April and NapoWriMo time!


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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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.


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.


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.


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)


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.



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


“Writing is an exploration.

You start from nothing.”

E.L. Doctorow


October 16 – 7 p.m. – Seattle

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Raven Chronicles


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


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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


October 17 –  5 p.m. – Eugene, Or.

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Poetry for the People

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Third Saturday Reading Series


Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

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open mic


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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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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is


October 16-17!!!!

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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



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


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


    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 ).


    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


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

    Seattle,, Washington, 98136

    Poetrybridge Website is here!

4th Wednesday

Poetrybridge Reading Series


October 30 – 7 p.m. –  Redmond

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RASP Reading


Jason Zion

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Open Mic


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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

(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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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


November 5 – 7 pm – Everett

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Everett Poetry Nite


Christopher J. Jarmick

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open mic

7 p.m. sign-up

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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


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


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


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!


March Northwest Poetry

March 11, 2014

March 11th Edition

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

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

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

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

Questions? Additions? Email me

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

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

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

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

A memorable evening as we welcome

Karen Bonaudi


Our new Washington State
Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Austen

plus Open Mic


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

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

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


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

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

They host many reading clubs and community events.

This poetry reading series began in 2007.

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

March 26,  7 p.m. West Seattle,

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

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

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

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

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

April 23
Larry Crist

Wednesday April 2

The Station Bistro Poetry Night

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

with Featured poets:

Christopher J. Jarmick
Robinson Bolkum

7 p.m.

plus Open Mic!

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

From Jerry Libstaff 3/13 — Gig Harbor

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

From Connie Walle 3/14 Tacoma, WA

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

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

Puget Sound Poetry Connection


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

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

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

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

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

Music will be presented by Eugene Ruffolo.

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

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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Featured Poets:

Peggy Barnett
Erica Michael

plus open mic


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

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

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


Wednesday March 26th 7 p.m.

Public about Privacy: Poems and Stories about Privacy

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

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


Poetry at University Book Store

Poetry: Joannie Stangeland
& Marjorie Manwaring

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


Poetry in Edmonds

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

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


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


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

From Linda Strever March 19th Olympia, WA

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

Traditions Website Here

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

Feature: Linda Strever

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

Thanks for your enduring support!!
Linda Strever Website

From Tanya McDonald 3/20
Redmond, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

March 26
Poetry Bridge features:

Christopher Jarmick
Cheryl Latif

plus Open Mic

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

Pomes and Tails
Poetry Bridge Readings

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

April 23
Larry Crist

May 28


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

The Academy of American Poets


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

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

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

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


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

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

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Academy of American Poets

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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POETRY Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Olympia WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY

June 15, 2011

JUNE 15, 2011

The  World of
Northwest Poetry

by Chris Jarmick

June Readings. . .

Thanks again to those who’ve attended recent readings.  Poets need to have good listeners in the audience or none of it matters.   It’s also always a pleasure to watch a newer poet get up and recite a poem in front of an audience, gain a little more confidence in the process.

Park Place Books  in Kirkland (2nd Wednesday) readings are on hiatus until September when we begin the 5th year of readings in one of the Eastside’s only full size independent book stores. If you are in the Kirkland area, buy a new or used book from Park Place Books, they truly do need your business..  The store is a big part of the new Seattle Bookfest that’s happening the first weekend in October in Kirkland!!!

This Friday at Bookworm Exchange I’m hosting Everrett’s Garret Rutledge and Bellingham’s Carlos Martinez. Garrett is of course the host of the weekly poetry readings at Zippy’s in Everett.  It’s his turn to be the feature, so come on out and support him.  We also have the wonderful poet and excellent creative writing teacher Carlos Martinez.  Carlos was one of the first featured readers at the first Take a Poem From Your Heart reading that took place at the now defunct Take Another Look Books in Columbia City 10 years ago. It’s been a couple years since he’s last read his poems to an audience, so come on out to the reading and
support these two poets from the North!!!

Thanks for being part of the poetry community.  Enjoy that glowing orb in our blue skies.




From  Anita K. Boyle

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 16 at 7:00PM
at Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, Wa
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Featured poets: Belle Randall and Anita K. Boyle

“What the Alder Told Me” Cover

Belle Randall and I read to a very full house at Bellingham’s
Village Books in January, the first reading from my new book
What the Alder Told Me. Belle read from her latest book
The Coast Starlight. This Thursday, we’ll read again for an
East-of-Seattle audience at Soul Food Books in Redmond.
Jim Bertolino will be there, too, and will likely join the open mic
poets. He has more new work he wants to share.

In January, Belle dedicated her Donner Party poem to Jim
and me. Sounds a little scary, but it had connections with
a conversation we had the night before. She is a wonderful
poet, full of spicy vim and delightful vigor. It is a real honor
to read with her, and a double honor to repeat the first.

I hope you will be there to listen to our poems, and so we can
hear your poems, too.

Here’s a poem from What the Alder Told Me:

Along the Skagit

Out on the flats a ditch scrawls
beside an aging dike.
Its briny ebb carries a midden
of algae and scum hidden in the windrow.
Lint blossoms drift by at a lazy speed.
Let them take their time.

Blackberries gather at the trail’s edge.
Their purple clusters dangle
like temptation. Scarlet vines
stave off the graceless, invite the nimble.
Thorns cradle remnants of thistle down
and sparrow fluff.

The red fruit of nightshade
glows warm as purloined jewels,
and just as treacherous. These
are the promises that last.
A rope of spider web catches the sun
anticipating the delight of entanglement.

—Anita K. Boyle


The Olympia Poetry Network is sponsoring a reading by Todd
Fredson on June 15, starting at 6:30 pm, at Traditions Cafe,
5th and Water Streets, Olympia.  An open mike will precede
the reading.  Todd Fredson’s poetry and non-fiction appears or
is forthcoming in journals such as 42 Opus, American Poetry
Review, Gulf Coast, Interim, Poetry International and West
Branch. His collection of poems, The Crucifix-Blocks, won the
2011 Patricia Bibby First Book Award and will be available in
the Spring of 2012. He lives with his partner, Sarah Vap, and
their two sons in the Skokomish Valley, a small farming valley
in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. He is the Director of
Programming for the McReavy House Museum of Hood Canal.

Cynthia R. Pratt
OPN Publicity Chair
From Richard Shank
Redmond, WA  Friday June 24th  7 p.m.
FEATURE AUTHOR:  Mark Waterbury  June 24th
Dr. Mark Waterbury is a materials scientist and author of
The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox.”
Having worked as a scientist for the Air Force, an
engineer for big corporations, and even sinking to being
a businessman of sorts, Waterbury recently decided it
was time to wash himself off and return to his writing roots
. Using a style that draws as much on analogies from
literature, history, and mythology as it does from science,
Monster is a work of literary nonfiction that has been
called a devastating indictment of the Perugian justice
system. Other work by Waterbury includes a semi-
autobiographical novel, “Existence Simplified and the
Butterfly Effect
,” about his years at Wright-Patterson AFB
(right up the hill from Hanger 19 of UFO fame) and an
upcoming work, “Of Solitons and Singing Bowls,” about
agents of change and icons of stability.

June’s emcee: Michael Dylan Welch

There will be an open mic as well. It is a great venue
and audience for the first-time spokenword experience
and for spokenword experts.

The reading takes place on Friday, May 27, from
7:00-9:00 pm, IN ROOM 105 at the Old Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC), 16600 NE 80h St.,
Redmond, WA.  Click for directions to ORSCC

These events are produced by Redmond
Association of Spokenword (RASP) and
sponsored in part by the City of Redmond
and the Redmond Library.

Thank you,
Richard Shank
RASP Advisory Council–Publicity



Friday. June 17, 2011 Bookworm Exchange
4860 Rainier Ave S. Seattle WA 98118
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FREE

Pen and Take a Poem From Your Heart
presents  Garrett Rutledge (curator and
host of Poetry Night at Zippys!!!) and
Carlos Martinez (creative writing professor
at Bellingham) as our featured readers.

There will also be an open mic.

Carlos Martinez is a graduate of the
Antioch University Los Angeles MFA
in Creative Program, and has taught
at Western Washington University for
the last nine years. It has been a long
time since he has read publicly, and
is looking forward to the experience.

Garrett Lee Rutledge is the current
host of Everett Poetry Night, now in
its sixth year and a former host of
Bellingham’s Poetry Night. Garrett
believes that poetry, rightfully
employed, mobilizes consciousness
and should never be considered a
private art. Garrett’s poems are
routinely published on Facebook.
A single poem, Photographs, is due
in fall 2012. Garrett is an open mic
hound and features all over Western

See YOU Friday….just before 7 for  this
special poetry night.  Please bring a
poem or two to read.  It’s time.

(No scheduled reading in JULY at
Bookworm back 3rd Friday in August)

Bookworm Exchange is a warm friendly
new and used bookstore located in the
beautiful Columbia City retail district
surrounded by Art Galleries, Bakeries,
Excellent Restaurants, and coffee shops.
Owner Jim and his staff have thousands
of new and used booksand have
supported our poetry reading
for  6 years and counting!  C’mon!!!
4860 Rainier Avenue S.
Seattle Wa 98118.