Posts Tagged ‘Open Mic’


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


NorthWest Poetry Update- December 2017

December 15, 2016

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting that speaks.


Many of you know that I am now the co-owner/ manager of a new independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at 609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th. It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. A few Sunday’s ago the Seattle Times featured our store! We’ve had several author events, a holiday party and the beginning of our brand new workshop/reading/open mic series.

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree


Michael Dylan Welch -Third Saturday Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading/Open Mic

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  • 4:30pm  to 8:00pm
  • FREE

Former Redmond Poet Laureate  Michael Dylan Welch will lead a free workshop “Haiku Can Help: Focusing Your Prose and Poetry.”  from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and be the featured poet for our Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic. 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. FREE

The co-feature is  Michael Schein!  (he has plans to re-locate in the near future so it may be a while before you get a chance to see and hear him).

Michael Dylan Welch has had his haiku performed for the Empress of Japan and at the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012, one of his translations from the Japanese appeared on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps. He was keynote speaker for the 2013 Haiku International Association convention in Tokyo, and has published his haiku, tanka, longer poetry, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals in twenty languages, including RattleKyoto JournalRaven ChroniclesStringTownBacopaThe Writer’s ChronicleWriter’s DigestClover, and many others, the latter of which just nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. He cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991 and the American Haiku Archives in 1996, and founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 and National Haiku Writing Month in 2010. He served two terms as Redmond’s poet laureate, and in 2010 was selected for the Jack Straw Writers program. His most recent books are Seven Suns / Seven Moons (with Tanya McDonald; NeoPoiesis Press), Off the Beaten Track: A Year in Haiku (Boatwhistle Books), Fire in the Treetops: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Haiku North America, and Becoming a Haiku Poet (both Press Here).

Co-Feature Poet – Michael Schein is the author of the nonfiction history, John Surratt: the Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (September 1, 2015), as well as two acclaimed historical novels, Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2008). Mr. Schein taught American Legal History at Seattle University Law School from 1988-2003, served on the speakers’ bureau of Humanities Washington, and is Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from King County 4Culture, and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize.

Born and raised in Vermont, Mr. Schein attended Reed College in Portland, University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, and now lives near Seattle.He is a former professor of American Legal History.

Open Mic

Bring a Poem or very very short piece of prose if you would like and sign up on our list to read for between 3 and 4 minutes.


more readings- here



Here   The Poetry Department.


As I have time I will update this blog with other readings and events of interest!





NorthWest Poetry Update – NOVEMBER 2017

November 18, 2016

Then let us compare mythologies
I have learned my elaborate lie
Of soaring crosses and poisoned thorns
And how my fathers nailed him
Like a bat against a barn
To greet the autumn and the late hungry ravens
At a hollow yellow sign.

Leonard Cohen RIP

The big news is that I am the co-owner/ manager of a new

independent new and used bookstore, BookTree located at
609 Market Street in Kirkland, Wa 98033.

We had our Grand Opening on November 5th.It has been an overwhelming,                             and rewarding journey creating a new bookstore for Kirkland. Last Sunday the Seattle Times featured our store!

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree


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

Poetry Is Everything at BookTree

We are kicking off the new series
with a late afternoon FREE workshop
followed by a free reading and open mic.

Saturday November 19th

BookTree Bookstore
609 Market St
Kirkland Wa. 98033

Free Workshop  4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Reading & Open Mic  6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Priscilla Long  &  Larry Crist

Writer, Teacher, Historian, Poet
Priscilla Long leads a workshop for
writers, and poets (beginners welcome)

Priscilla will be offering a generating poetry session at Kirkland’s new independent bookstore, BookTree this Saturday November 19 at 4:30. We will be using models and writing prompts to generate one or more poems using a hoarding or gathering technique. You are cordially invited to join us no matter whether you are an experienced poet or not at all. It will be fun!

TITLE:   Gathering and Hoarding Technique

Perhaps a poem like this will result::

The Museum of Stones  (excerpt)

This is your museum of stones, assembled
in matchbox and tin,

collected from roadside, culvert, and viaduct,

battlefield, threshing floor, basilica, abattoir,

stones loosened by tanks in the streets

of a city whose earliest map was drawn in ink on linen,

schoolyard stones in the hand of a corpse,

pebble from Apollinaire’s oui,

stone of the mind within us

carried from one silence to another, . . . .

Carolyn Forché   [The New Yorker, March 26, 2007]

The Workshop will be from 4:30 to approximately 6:00 p.m.
And then……    A free Poetry Reading and Open Mic will follow.

Reading and open-mic 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Our feature poets are –
Priscilla Long
Larry Crist
(Note:  Larry Crist is moving out of state and
this is his final reading in our area in the
foreseeable future -.
  Don’t miss it!)

BookTree’s Poetry is Everything Series
3rd Saturdays beginning November 19th

Featured Poets, Open Mic,  FREE

M/C Host-  Christopher J. Jarmick

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author
(poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction)
and teacher of writing. New books: Fire and
Stone: Where Do We Come From? What
Are We? Where Are We Going?
of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse:
A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and
Other Creators
(Coffeetown Press). Her
book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems
(University of New Mexico Press, 2015).
Her other books are The Writer’s Portable
Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the
Writing Life
(2010) and Where the Sun
Never Shines: A History of America’s
Bloody Coal Industry
(1989). Her science
column, Science Frictions, appeared for 92
weeks on the website of The American
Scholar (2011-2013). Her awards include
a National Magazine Award, and she has
been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay
Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw
Productions. Her MFA is from the
University of Washington. She serves
as Founding and Consulting Editor of, the online
encyclopedia of Washington state
history. For more information please

Larry Crist has lived in Seattle for the
past 20 years and is originally from
California, specifically Humboldt County.
He has lived in Chicago, Houston,
London, and Philadelphia where he
attended Temple U receiving an MFA
in theatre. He’s been widely published.

Undertow Overtures is a new poetry
collection, Larry’s first, covering the
past twenty years. Larry was pleased
to have been included in The Jack Straw
Writer’s Program in 2013 and has received
three Pushcart nominations.

Facebook Event Details Here

BookTree Website Events Page

Check out Sunday, November 26th at BookTree

(Q and A and author signing with mystery/legal thriller

author, Robert Dugoni!)


Community  (Other Readings)


Tod Marshal Reading  This Friday!!!

Tod Marshall  our Washington State Poet
will be at the RASP
reading in Redmond Friday the 18th at 7 p.m.
plus open mic    FREE

RASP  aka  Redmond Association of
Spoken Word  Readings are held at
VALA Eastside in the Redmond Town
Center (7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052).

Google or GPS for directions and
more info.

11/18  Jack Straw 7 p.m. Seattle

Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center,
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 

A reading/reception celebrating 20
Years of the Jack Straw Writers
Program, 1997-2016.
Readers include Joan Fiset, Donna
Miscolta, Deborah Woodard, David Halpern,
Suzanne Bottelli,Mercedes Lawry,
Elizabeth Austen, Kathryn Hunt,
Janee J. Baugher, James Reed,
Maliha Masood,John Burgess,
Jourdan Keith, Laurie Blauner,
Doug Nufer, Wendy Call, Sharon
Cumberland, Rachel Dilworth, Bill
Carty, Martha Clarkson, Harold Taw,
Sharon Hashimoto, Josephine
Ensign, Margot Kahn, Martha
Kreiner, EJ Koh, and
MC Kathleen Flenniken.

Free event.
11/23  C&P Coffee  7 p.m.  W. Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel

Hello poetrybridge community,

Post election, I find myself focusing less
on my reactions to what happened to
more and more on the future. In my
relentless pursuit of the views of political
pundits and TV analysts and the views
of my friends and family, my spirit turns
to action and my heart longs to hear from
fellow artists.

I want you to consider using our upcoming
November 23, Thanksgiving Eve reading
to expresses, through the spoken word,
what your take is on our future. After all the
dust has settled, what is next? What now?
What can be done. Should be done? Will
be done? Individually? Collectively?

Feel free to bring whatever your artistic
inclination might lead you. However I do
want to invite all you poets and storytellers
, regardless of how this election affected
you or who you voted for or even if you
didn’t vote at all, to consider What Now?

Our featured readers are:

 MICHAEL G. HICKEY, born in southern
Illinois and the oldest of eleven children,
received a BA in creative writing from the
University of Arizona, 1987, and an MFA
from the University of Washington, 1992
. He has written one novel
Counterclockwise and two books of
poetry, In Defense of Eve and A Dress
Walked by with a Woman Inside. He is a
tenured professor at South Seattle College,
and he was elected as Seattle’s eighth
“Poet Populist” in 2008. His motto is to
“work hard and have fun.” His life goal is
to take over the world 25 students at a time.

BRANDON PITTS, a Canadian/American
writer, is the author of the poetry collections
Tender in the Age of Fury (Mosaic Press,
2016), Pressure to Sing (IOWI, 2012) and
the forthcoming novel, The Gospel of Now
. In 2011, he was inducted into the
prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an
“Emerging Voice” for fiction, followed by the
production of three plays and the novel
Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press, 2011).
Known for his riveting poetry recitals, he
has read his work to capacity crowds in
multiple cities and countries.

Community Mic after the featured readers.
Sign up sheet at 6:45.

Hope to see you all then!

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


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!





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

— – –

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
– – –

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.

–     –        –

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.

–    –    –

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.

– – –

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.

  • – –

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


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.”


September 19  6:15 pm. Vaughn, WA
– –
There may still be a few spots
available at the Words and Music
House Concert on Saturday
September 19th!
– –
Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –
Not Aloud
(MoonPath Press)
Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
– –
Event Info here:
– –
Dave and Mandy’s Website
(with some music videos!)
– –
Chris Jarmick’s Amazon Author Page Here
– –
To find out more email to
RSVP (a must) by calling:
– –
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 towards
supporting the non-profit
Wartermark Writers literacy programs.
– –
Upcoming  Events
On October 3 — Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – Joseph Green
– –
Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
– –
To find out more email us at
or call  253-778-6559.
Jerry Libstaff


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.
– –
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.
– –
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.
– –
Happy Hour prices on drinks
FREE/ no cover charge
– –
Is located at:
2316 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115


Saturday- 9/26    7 p.m. Bellingham
– – –
Special Event at
Village Books in Bellingham
– – –
Christopher J. Jarmick
reading/book signing
– – –
Sept 26th  7 p.m.
Village Books in Bellingham
– – –

They created a reading event page here.


Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland


Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company


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……


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)


 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick



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



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

  • – –


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


“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 (

  • – –


(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.



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


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.


Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems


John Burgess

Plus Open Mic


Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro


Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville


David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic


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

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch



Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!


Michael G. Hickey


Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic


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

  • – –

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


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:

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.

Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle



Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press


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


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


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: Hear him on KSER Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.  You can hear him on the PoetsWest website anytime you like:   

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


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.

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.



C&P Coffee is located

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


Thursday Sept 24  Tacoma  7 p.m.
– – –
Cindy  M.  Hutchings
Reading/book signing
– – –
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
– – –
– – –
At Tacoma’s Kings Books
218 St Helens Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801

Friday 9/25  7 p.m.   Redmond WA

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

7 p.m.

plus open mic


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


Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 


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



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 
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!
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

Thursday – 10/1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA


Connie Walle !!!!    



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.

 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…

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.

Summer NorthWest Readings July to September

July 17, 2014

Lots to share!

“Play around.
Dive into absurdity
and write.
Take chances.
You will succeed
if you are fearless
of failure.”
Natalie Goldberg ,
WritingDown the Bones

“You should always be
trying to write a poem
you are unable to write,
a poem you lack the
technique, the language,
the courage to achieve.
Otherwise you’re merely
imitating yourself, going
nowhere, because that’s
always easiest.”
― John Berryman

“When I am writing, I am
trying to find out who I am,
who we are, what we’re
capable of, how we feel,
how we lose and stand up,
and go on from darkness
into darkness. I’m trying for
that. But I’m also trying for
the language. I’m trying to
see how it can really sound.
I really love language. I love it
for what it does for us, how it
allows us to explain the pain
and the glory, the nuances
and delicacies of our existence.
And then it allows us to laugh,
allows us to show wit. Real wit
is shown in language. We need
– – Maya Angelou

Friday July 25th 2014 7 p.m.

Downtown Seattle
An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber Music Society
Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street


JULY 27 1 P.M. START Capitol Hill, Seattle

Memorial for Marion Kimes,
doyenne of Red Sky Poetry Theatre

Procession, potluck, and reading honors Seattle poet
and mentor .

A celebration of the life of poet Marion Kimes will be
held on Sunday, July 27, beginning at 1 pm on
Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Poet and musician Martha Linehan will lead a
procession from one of Kimes’ favorite haunts, the
Coastal Kitchen at 429 15th Ave. E, Seattle 98112
to the Spring Street Center on 15th Ave.

The gathering at the Center, from 2-5 pm, will honor
Kimes for her long stewardship of Red Sky
Poetry Theatre.

Poetry readings, a potluck, music, and an open mike
session will begin at 2 pm. The list of writers and
musicians scheduled to perform includes

Paul Nelson,margareta waterman,

David Lloyd Whited, MichaelHureaux,

Judith Roche, Elliott Bronstein,

Paul Hunter, Gretta Harley,

and Wally Shoup.

Guests are encouraged to bring finger food and a poem or two to share.

The Texas-born Kimes, described by “neo-Beat” drum
poet Ralph La Charity as a “pale, near frail-appearing
FIREBRAND,” showed up on the local scene in the early 1980s.

Kimes’s performances, often self-accompanied with a simple drum pattern, would start with a quiet drawl, and then build to an operatic crescendo. Her name grew almost synonymous with Red Sky Poetry Theatre, the longest-running weekly poetry series and open mike in Seattle history. The group hosted readings for 18 years in venues throughout the city,

including the Ditto Tavern and Globe Café, and organized events like An Alternative to Loud Boats (ALTB) festival.

In addition to presiding as emcee over Red Sky’s open mike, Kimes befriended and mentored many writers, encouraging them to perfect their art through live performance. In her own words:

writers lay out their creations,
artists the work of their hands.
In galleries, cafes, theatres,
in festivals, their words
break forth upon the air,
their works, set out exactly,
must be heard, gazed upon,
in a sense trampled and broken apart,
lit by a living audience
to be scattered, to enter this universe.
We are called to listen, observe,
accept or reject art.
No one can do our work for us.

—from ”Called” by Marion Kimes

1988, Censorship broadside for ALTB Arts Festival

Saturday August 2nd, 2014

Hobo Poets: Christopher J. Jarmick
and David Thornbrugh

will be performing with the cast of
The Suitcases Project
(approx. 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

at the TK 10th Anniversary
Street Fair

115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle

Details below
Find out all about it and be part
of it by clicking here.



From J. Glenn Evans
July 25 7 p.m. Downtown Seattle

An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry from
John Burgess,
David D. Horowitz
Christopher J. Jarmick,

followed by Music from the
Seattle Chamber
Music Society

Outdoors at
Freeway Park, Seattle, downtown—
near 7th Avenue and Seneca Street

From Connie Walle and PSPC

July 19 1 p.m. Tacoma

Bonnie Wright
reads at Museum of Glass
Her new book:
Kings of the Rock and Roll
Hot Shop

Bonnie lives in Louisville, Kentucky
and has three prior full length
collections from Red Hen Press.
She moved to Portland in 1980
(from Kentucky) until 1986.
In 1993, she moved back to
Portland from Kentucky to start
new jobs and raise children.
She was on the faculty at
Concordia University.
In 2005 Bonnie and her husband
returned to Kentucky, though
family members still live in
Portland and Seattle.

Details on Reading here.

From Michael Dylan Welch

July 19, 20 2014 SEE Below Redmond, WA

Poets in the Park
Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11am to 5pm

Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA
Poets in the Park: Poetry Picnic, Festival and Book Fair, a free event open to the public. Poetry readings on three stages / drop-in workshops / poetry book swap / bring a picnic lunch / poetry labyrinth / art installations / outdoor café. For more info, contact Joshua Heim, Arts

Administrator, at 425-556-2316 or

Visit the website here

Kirkland’s Park Place Books is setting up
Tables for book sales WITHOUT charging
Commissions!!! Support Rebecca
And Mary and Park Place Books in Kirkland
one of the few New and Used Bookstore that
supports poets, poetry and writers above
and beyond…..

Poets in Park 2

Saturday & Sunday, July 19 and 20, 2014
Redmond Senior Center,
8703 190 Ave. NE, Redmond, WA

(Check for times)

Poets in the Park — Poetry Conference and Book Fair co-sponsored by the City of Redmond and RASP. More info: Poetry in the Parks.

From David D. Horowitz

July 18 & 19th and August. . . See Below
FROM David Horowitz

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Annual Autograph Party

Friday, July 18, 2014,
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (approximate)
Table Space: David D. Horowitz

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center,
17620 International Boulevard, SeaTac, Washington
Telephone: PNWA, 425-673-2665
E-mail: PNWA,



Poets in the Park
Rose Alley Press Poets Reading
Saturday, July 19, 2014, Time TBA (workshops, readings, and bookstore,
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and perhaps longer)

Poetry: Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland, and David D. Horowitz

Anderson Park,
7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington
Telephone: Park Administration, 425-556-2386

E-mail: Michael Dylan Welch,


Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Poetry, “Reader’s Choice”:
David D. Horowitz, two others TBA, and open mic
Seattle Public Library,
Green Lake Branch,
7364 East Green Lake Drive North,
Telephone: Library, 206-684-7547

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Poetry Night
David D. Horowitz
and open mic
Bellingham Public Library (Downtown),
210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, WA
PoetryNite Website

Saturday August 2nd Seattle


Art Fair
Performances, Readings, Music
Art, Dance, Music, Poetry,
11 A.M. TO 9 P.M.

Art Street Fair
(Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
10th Anniversary Celebration)
Indoor/Outdoor Street Fair

Outdoor Stages
Indoor Performances

Saturday, August 2, 2014
11am – 9pm
Free & open to the public

Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts
115 Prefontaine Pl. S.
Pioneer Square, Seattle

Details here:

Among the many performers,
Artists and musicians:

The Suitcases Project
(dance movement, music, poetry,)
will be there!
Suitcases Project cast are:
Sheri Brown, Amie Christensen,
Camille Hildebrandt,
Christopher J. Jarmick,
Joan Laage, Lin Lucas,
Anthony Lee Phillips,
and David Thornbrugh.
Music by Dmitry Artamonov
& David Noble.

From Striped Water Poets Central.

Sunday Aug 10 AUBURN 10 TO 5


In the Auburn Avenue Theater (10 Auburn Avenue)

Sunday, August 10th 2014 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm)



Bring in a book and trade it for another one.


Six prizes awarded. Contest starts at 3:00 pm Sign up early

By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

Using Allen Ginsberg as a Model for Poetic Activism Luna’s workshop explores the “POET AS ENGAGED CITIZEN.”
“In this writing workshop,” Luna says. “ we will discuss Allen Ginsberg’s work as an engaged citizen and use prompts derived from his
life and work. Both Ginsberg and Walt Whitman, Allen’s poetic elder, saw American democratic principles as a precious philosophy worthy of
defense and were willing to criticize the nation’s failure to live up to its promise. Their journalistic poems delivered the news through soaring
bardic prophecy and unflinching images of human suffering and joy. Their dedication to these tasks improved our political, social, and spiritual
Ginsberg saw “the work” as a calling “To ease the pain of living.”

and other Literary Adventures
inside the air-conditioned Auburn Avenue Theater
Sunday August 10 schedule:

10 – 12 Free Poetry Workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. “Poet as Engaged Citizen.”

12 – 12:30 Lunch, visit car show, enjoy festival.

12:30 – 12:45 Richard Brugger, Auburn Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

12:45 – 1 Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate (2013-2015)

1 – 1:15 Ann Spiers, Vashon Island inaugural Poet Laureate.

1:15 – 1:30 Josie Turner, past Poet Laureate Tacoma (2011 – 2013)

1:30 – 1:45 Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond Poet Laureate (2013- 2015)

1:45 – 2 Ina Whitlock, Vashon Island Poet Laureate (2013 – 2015)

2 – 2:15 Jeannine Hall Gaily past Poet Laureate Redmond (2012 – 2013)

2:15 – 2:30 Christopher Luna Poet Laureate Clark County

2:30 – 3 Panel discussion: What does a Poet Laureate do?

How does one become a Poet Laureate?

Christopher Luna, Michael Dylan Welch,
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Ann Spiers

3 – 4 Open Mic Poetry Contest, 6 prizes awarded.

4 – + Non Contest Open Mic while judges decide winners.

Presentation of winners Three judges: Josie Turner, Ina Whitlock, Lucas Smiraldo.

Pacific Poet Laureate Gerald A. McBreen (2009 – 2014) is your host for Poets on Parade

Poetry Cross World Puzzle by Len Elliott

After the program we meet at a restaurant for dinner and conversation.

From Peter Munroe

Easy Speak Seattle Readings

Second Mondays of the month

Sign up at 8 p.m. Starts at 8:30
Featured performer around 9:20
followed by more
Open mic.

Wedgwood Ale House
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206 527 2676

August 11 – – Christine Clarke

September 8 – Chris Jarmick

October 13 – – J.I. Kleinberg

From Joan Laage

AUGUST 16th and 17th 2014

The Suitcases Project
at the Issaquah Rail Road Depot

78 First Avenue NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
PH: (425)392-3500

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Free Public Performance

Music, Scenes, Dance Movement,
Poetry and more!!!

Details by Clicking here.

House Concerts – – Vaugn, WA
Words and Music

The Words and Music program
Brings musicians and poets
together in Jerry Libstaff’s
beautiful home on the Key
Peninsula located on the water.
Food,wine beverages comfortable
seating are provided.

Local Artist Tweed Myer creates
Original portraits of the
performers during the program.

Call 253-778-6559 or
to share in this fabulous event.
Details, directions provided.

Upcoming Events

August 9
Music: Susan Enan
Words: Allen Braden

August 30
Music: David Wilcox

September, TBA
Music: Liz Longley

October 4
Music: Maia Sharp
Words: Dennis Caswell — October 4

Words and Music donations support
the artists. Additional funds go to
support Watermark Writers Young
Writers’ Programs.
(Suggested Donation: $20)
To find out more, email us at
or call 253-778-6559.

The Website is here!

Jerry Libstaff

Watch the last reading at Bookworm

PoetsWest (J. Glenn Evans) taped the
very last Poetry Reading at Bookworm
Exchange that took place on
November 16, 2012 (the store closed
its doors December 2012)

It was an evening to remember and all
2 hours and 37 minutes are on
YOUTube. (The Title Card has the
wrong date on it –but small matter).

The list of local poets participating is
impressive (and we had a dozen or
so open mic participants as well).
It was a big big standing-room only
crowd that night. The mini-features
concentrated on poets who were
hosting other venues around the Puget
Sound and on poets who were among
the first featured readers when I started
the Take a Poem From Your Heart
series in Columbia City at
Take Another Look Books in 2001.
TALB were history by 2003 and the
series (then twice per month on
Thursdays) moved to Lottie Motts which
in 2005 transformed into a Bar and the
series changed to Third Friday’s of the
month at Bookworm Exchange and Jim
(the owner) and his staff stayed open a
little later for us and made us feel very
welcomed and appreciated during our
tenure there.

So… The Last Poetry Reading at
Bookworm Exchange

You may also want to check out other
poetry readings that were taped/filmed
by J. Glenn which you can fine here:


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

(No readings in July and August)
Year 8 : 2014-2015 begins:

Wednesday September 10th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Featured Poets are:

Laura Lehew and Roy Seitz

Join us for the last reading of the
2013/2014 season. (we return the
second Wednesday in September).

Plus an Open Mic


Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

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

No Readings July and August

Thanks for supporting the Arts
and remember going to a reading
or event can make a difference
to everyone participating in the
event. Many are Free and most
will inspire you. Hoping to see
YOU at an event or reading soon.


September Northwest Readings of Interest!!!

September 9, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dick Brugger
Raul Sanchez

plus open Mic

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

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


Park Place Books is one of the few
remaining full sized new and used
independent bookstores on the East
Side.Consider supporting their efforts
to stay in business in the near future.
They host many reading clubs and
community events.

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

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

Coming in October: Jared Leising &

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

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

Christopher J. Jarmick
Angela Parker
Cathy Ross
Open Mic


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

Thursday September 26th

Christopher J. Jarmick
open mic

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

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

Christine Swanberg

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


September 18th Woodinville

From PoetsWest

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

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

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

PoetsWest @ The Creekside a premier venue for regional poets
and guests
Readings at 7:00pm the Third Wednesday of each month.

The Creekside 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
[Intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE and 140th Avenue NE]
Featuring one or two poets (and YOU at the open mic)!
Your hosts: Clark Crouch, and Virginia Cook,
MC: Terry Busch
Venue and refreshments courtesy of The Creekside
[A Merrill Gardens RetirementCommunity]


September 20th — Bellingham, WA

From Egress Studio

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

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

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

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

From Leopoldo Seguel

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

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

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

November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)
Moreah Vestan
Judy Pigott
(Moreah -West Seattle resident returns. Judy will be a first time featured reader at Pomes & Tails)

From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

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

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

* * *
Michael Schein

“Friends tell friends about LiTFUSE!”


Poetry by Day of the Week
in August of 2013

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

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

FRIDAY Friday friday


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

The Den Tea Bar, at the back of Urban XChange
1932 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma 253-376-4539


1st Friday, 7 p.m.
Harambee 316 South 3rd Street, Renton
tel: 425-271-6700 //


at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Books, 218 St Helens,
Tacoma, Washington.

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

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

Tully’s Coffee 9th & Broadway, Tacoma
tel: 253-921-1160 Stella Haioulani, host


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

LAST FRIDAYS Port Townsend, WA

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

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


SATURDAY Saturday Saturday

2ND Saturdays SEATTLE

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

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

1st Saturdays POULSBO

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

Two to Three featured poets and
an open mic. FREE
Marianna Mears,


SUNDAY Sunday Sunday

Every Sunday Seattle- Ballard

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

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

3RD SUNDAYS — Seattle

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

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


MONDAY Monday Monday

Every Monday — Belllingham

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

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

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

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

For more information,
or contact
Often there’s a pod-cast of the evening too.

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

1st Mondays & 3RD Mondays

North End Forum @ Bai Pai — SEATTLE
UPDATE 10/2012
Jed Myers hosts this long-running series
that begins just after 8 p.m. at the
Bai Pai lounge,2316 NE 65th St., Seattle
in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.
There is now a sign-up list to read but
drop-ins even late ones after the 9:40-ish
breaks are still welcome.
Read a poem, sing and play a song,
tell a very short story or
practice a short monologue.
Everyone is encourage to participate and
some nights a lot of people show up to
share, listen and be part of The Forum.
Your expected to buy a drink or some food
but there’s no cover and everything is kept
loose and informal.

Contact Jed Meyers


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

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

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

TUESDAY Tuesday Tuesday

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

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

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

After 7:30 won’t be able to
get in; the doors to City Hall doors are
locked at that time.It’s free but donations
are welcome. Contact Gerald McBreen
253.735.1751 or

Every Tuesday

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


SEATTLE Slam offers competitive performance
poetry with music, open mic and a featured poet
. At least six open mic poets each
week compete (if too many sign up, they do a
lottery.)You can sometimes read out of competition
Sign-up between 8-8:30.
Cover charge $5.
21+ with ID required at the door. For more
information, check website at or contact

2nd & 4th Tuesdays — SEATTLE– Queen Anne

Every second and fourth Tuesday

Caffe Zingaro
127 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

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

(Free underground parking
accessed from Warren Avenue)

It’s an all open mic reading Warm friendly
reading atmosphere.It’s hosted
by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter.

WEDNESDAY: Wednesday Wednesday

1ST Wednesdays DUVALL

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

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


1st Wednesdays – SEATTLE

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

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

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

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

Contact Chris Jarmick
(No reading in July and August)

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

Beacon Bards curated by Martha Silano
features 2 poets and an open Mic.
More info at


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

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


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

A very active poetry scene happens in Olympia
and this is a good place to be.
Contact Juniper White
or go to


C & P Coffee 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle
7 p.m. 2 featured readers plus open mic
“Poetry Bridge” reading series Leopoldo Seguel,
Tel: 206-933-3125



Every Thursday –EVERETT

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

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

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

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

at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave.
NW, Seattle.Second Thursday of every month
from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

2ND Thursday, SEATTLE

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

2nd Thursday SEATTLE

8 p.m. (7:30 sign ups)
Electric Tea Garden 1402 East Pike Street, Seattle
not free tel: 206-568-3972

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

fogdog gallery
233 North Olympic Ave.
Arlington, WA.

2nd Thursday in VANCOUVER , WASHINGTON —
every second Thursday

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA
CHRISTOPHER LUNA continues to curate and host
Open mic Poetry every second Thursday at
7:00 p.m

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

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

FREE but buy a beverage or more.

3rd Thursdays SEATTLE
NW African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts,
Seattle Third Thursday Smokin’ Spoken Wurd with
open mic hosted by Miz Floes and the Carmel Latte
Duo. $5 ADMISSION includes refreshments.
tel: 206-518-5237 Miz Floes,

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

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

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

Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE,
Lake Forest Park , WA. More information:Tanya McDonald
The website is:



GOOD OLD DAYS of August — Readings, Poetry and More

August 7, 2013

Summer is here!
The August Poetry Post Card Project and the 3:15 A.M. Between
Sleeps Poetry Challenge are underway.

The Auburn Good Old Days
Poetry Day Festival this Sunday
August 11th;

The Upcoming very unique Suitcases Project at
Snoqualmie Depot on Sunday August 24th & 25th
and much, much more.

Questions? Additions? Email me
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of
— Mark Twain

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
— Anais Nin

From Duvall Poetry Group

Wednesday August 7th 7 p.m. Duvall

Roy R Seitz features August 7th, 7 PM, AT

Duvall Visitor Center

15619 Main Street NE •
Duvall, WA 98019 •

Doors open at 6:30; open mic starts at 7. Featured reader at 7:30.
Duvall Visitor Center is an all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or
even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic!

ROY R SEITZ is a poet with no initials behind his name.
Catches reads now and then. Has been known to drive
the meek insane and the humble to to do whatever the
humble do when driven insane.

Hearing his work is mandatory in his mind.

August’s Emcee: Michael Schein

From Michael Dylan Welch:
Thursday, August 8th 7 p.m. -Redmond

Note- One Week Earlier than norm.

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Elizabeth Myhr and Christopher J. Jarmick
plus Open Mic

SoulFood Books,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

Elizabeth Myhr, a founding member of Calypso Editions (, is a poet, editor, and publisher. Calypso is a collective, virtual press with a global perspective whose mission is to bring poetry into translation for the American creative bloodstream. Myhr based Calypso on excellence in book design, translations, and emerging authors for English audiences. Calypso has published poetry and short fiction in English, Russian, Polish, and Romanian, including works by Tolstoy and Anna Swir. Books& Culture listed Myhr’s first book, the vanishings (Calypso), as one of its three top poetry books of 2011. Myhr lives in Seattle with her family.


Christopher J. Jarmick has been organizing readings throughout the Puget Sound for more than twelve years. His latest book of poetry is Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010) He also recorded the spoken-word CD Radio Pictures: Aural Anxieties (2009) with Michael C. Ford. His poems, articles, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in Many Trails to the Summit (Rose Alley Press), Rattle, Ravens Chronicles, and online. A former Los Angeles television producer with credits that include award-winning PBS documentaries and segments for Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy, and other programs, Chris moved to Seattle in 1994, and now lives in Kenmore, Washington.

From Connie Walle
Friday August 9 7 p.m. — Tacoma

The City of Tacoma
Puget Sound Poetry Connection


Aug 9th, Kings Bookstore,
218 St. Helens, Tacoma

For further information webpage:

From Jerry Libstaff
Saturday Aug 10 7p.m. Key Peninsula

Michael Silver and Watermark Writers
invite you to a very special event
in Vaughn, Washington,

Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 PM
when we present Classical Pianist,
Robert Silverman.
Join us for an unprecedented evening of music on the waterfront.

An Evening with Robert Silverman

Recognized as one of Canada’s premiere pianists, Robert Silverman has reached a level of musical and technical authority rarely accomplished. He has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia and has appeared with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 PM
Call 253-778-6559 for reservations and directions
A donation of $15 to $20 per seat is requested
Watermark Writers is a 501 (c) 3 non profit corporation

From Brendan McBreen

Sunday August 11th — Auburn, WA.
You are Invited!
to the Auburn Days Festival is THIS Weekend!
don’t forget
Sunday August 11th is Poetry Day
in the air-conditioned Auburn Avenue Theater!

its all

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 – 1:10: Benediction Poem by Auburn Poet Laureate “Wicked” Dick Brugger & tribute to the late Brian Love an Auburn Iconoclast
1:10 – 1:25: Jennifer Bullis – Impossible Lessons
1:25 – 1:40: Marci Ameluxen – Lean House
1:40 – 1:55: 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

Contest Judges: Laura LeHew, Elizabeth J. Colen, Malorie Spreen
Book & Small Press Fair participants:

David Ash: Basho Press

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

Peggy Barnett: Photographer & Poet – On Your Left

Robert Blevins: Adventure Books
Phoebe Bosche: Raven Chronicles
Gerry Bradley: KLAY 1180 AM Radio Personality – Chit-Chat Cafe: Yarns from the Heart & Birds from the Thicket
Mary Eliza Crane: What I Can Hold In My Hands & At First Light
Debra Di Blasi: Jaded Ibis Productions

David Horowitz: Rose Alley Press

Erik Korhel: Piecemeal Publishing

Laura LeHew: Uttered Chaos Publications

Carol McCarthy: Books by Poet & Performer Jack McCarthy

Amber Nelson: Alice Blue Review & Publishing
Special Thanks to:

Connie Walle and Puget Sound Poetry Connection:
The Station Bistro:
Phoebe Bosche and Raven Chronicles:
Open Books: A Poem Emporium:
NorthWest Renaissance:
Plateau Area Writers Association:
Jim & Ruth Fletcher
Ann MacKenzie

Ready, Set, Submit— a poetry submission workshop with Laura LeHew
Want to kick your submissions up a notch? Not sure how to track and record the details? Want to know more about electronic journals, online submissions and ways to look like a pro? This workshop is for those unfamiliar with electronic submissions & tracking, as well as those who have some knowledge but want to know more. This workshop provides writing exercises and information on submission tracking, writing resources and hints on how to avoid mistakes that publishers hate.

Here are some directions to Auburn
(use Yahoo or Google Maps too).

Auburn Days directions and parking

The Auburn Avenue Theater is located at: 10 Auburn Ave. Auburn, WA 98002, the Auburn Transit Center is at: 110 2nd St SW, Auburn, WA 98001, the same as the Station Bistro.

For parking, the Auburn Station (Auburn Transit Center) has a small parking garage. Across the street from the Station Bistro is a gravel lot that should be available too.
Across the street from the Auburn Avenue Theater is a Key Bank, we usually use their parking lot for loading and unloading. We do not have permission to park there, however it will be Sunday and they will be closed and we have used that lot in the past without any problems. The back driveway on 1st street NE will be open.

Getting to Auburn:

I-5 From the North (Seattle & north):
Take I-5 South, take exit 142A, heading East on Hwy 18.
Continue downhill and take the Auburn/Enumclaw exit,
turn right at the light (this will put you on Auburn Way N.),
follow Auburn Way N. and you will see festival signs!

(NOTE EASTSIDERS (Bellevue, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville etc) 405 South TO I-5 South is best route)

HWY 167 From the North:

I-5 From the South (Tacoma & south):
Take I-5 North, take exit number 142, heading East on Hwy 18!

Take HWY 167 heading South, take the 15th Street Exit, at stop light, turn left onto 15th Street; continue until Auburn Way N., turn Right onto Auburn Way N. and follow this road until you see festival signs!

HWY 167 From the South:

Take HWY 167 heading North, take the 15th Street Exit, at stop light, turn right onto 15th Street; continue until Auburn Way N., turn Right onto Auburn Way N. and follow this road until you see festival signs!
August 24th & 25th SnoQualmie
At the RR Depot

The Suitcases Project
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Movement, Music, Skits,
Poetry and more
Something different for you
to experience!

Orphan Train
Hobo Poets
Chapel Car

Buy a Penny Rag!
Listen to an inspiring sermon!
See the Hobo Poets!
Meet the Orphans!

Sheri Brown, Camille Hildebrandt
Christopher J. Jarmick, Joan Laage
Lin Luca, Kaoru Okumura,
David Thornbrugh & Helen Thorsen
with music and soundscapes by
utsusemi (Dmitry Artamonov &
David Noble)

A 4 Culture 2013 Site(s) Specific Project
Directed by Joan Laage

Friday August 23 Redmond

RASP Anthology 2013 Reading and Party — Friday, August 23, 2013

NOTE: Moved forward a week to avoid Labor Day holiday

Wow! RASP’s 2013 Anthology of Poetry will be published and available. To celebrate, we’re having a special reading — anthology contributors sharing their words and work. We’ll also have the open mic, so plan ahead. And we’ll have a potluck party with all the trimmings, so bring your favorite snack, cake, cookies, what-nots. Join us as RASP enjoys this landmark in our long history of activism in Redmond.

August’s emcee: Michael Dylan Welch

At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center (ORSCC) at
16600 NE 80th Street,
Redmond, WA 98052b

Look for us upstairs in Room 206!

RASP events and readings are held upstairs in Room 206. There is an elevator near the checkin desk in the mail lobby. On the second floor, turn East (right from the elevator, left from the stairs) through two sets of doors and veer right to the first room on the right.

From Michael Schein, LiTFUSE Director:

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

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

* * *
Michael Schein

“Friends tell friends about LiTFUSE!”