Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Reading’

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BookTree 609 Market St. Kirkland WA 98033 September Events!

September 3, 2018

Several Events are happening at BookTree in Kirkland Wa. This month.

BookTree on Facebook here!

Thanks for helping me get the word out about them!

September 8th is a celebration of the Raven Chronicles  Last Call  Anthology ; short stories and poems will be shared staring at 6PM   Facebook Event Page Here! 

Coming soon  September 15th 3rd Saturday Free Workshop and PoetryIsEverything Reading and open mic (with special guest Risa Denenberg!).  More here.

September 16th   Author Garth Stein at BookTree at 4 PM   RSVP a must!  Facebook Event Page Here.

September 25th  Reading Circle Book Club will discuss our book of the month which is Spare Parts.  The book is part of the Kirkland Reads program.   More info on the Facebook Event Page here!

But wait there’s more. . .

 

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NaPoWriMo prompt for April 8, 2017

April 7, 2017

DAY 8  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday April 8, 2017

 

“Resist much, obey little.”

Walt Whitman

 

It’s been a whole week!   Did you write a poem every day this past week?    If you are just starting now – welcome.   Do the best you can and try to develop a daily habit of creative writing.  I hope the prompts are fun, inspiring and challenging.   It should help you write something you would never have written otherwise.  This doesn’t mean what you write is particularly good, it means you are getting out of your own head a little bit and expanding.

Such exercises improve your writing overall.    Really!

 

Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen

Write a bad poem, no pressure, let yourself go and write the worst poem you can.

(Do not make this a really short poem because in a few days we’ll be doing something else with what you write!)

 

I suppose I should double-dog -dare those in the Western Washington Area to read the terrible poem you create at the open mic that will be part of the 3rd Saturday PoetryIsEverything reading at BookTree (609 Market Street, Kirkland, Wa 98033) next Saturday, April 15th.  It’s Free!

 

We will be sharing baaad poetry during part of our reading.  It will begin with renowned poet Robert Lashley leading a free workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.   Then Robert will be part of an informal Q and A and read some poems from his latest collection  Up South (just available from Small Doggies Press).  This will be followed with a sharing of Baaad poetry – the worst poems ever written by famous poets, celebrities and those that want to read their own baad poems too.  It is a fun and educational way to celebrate National Poetry Month  (you can learn a lot from the opposite of good).  3rd Saturday Workshop & Reading at BookTree Event Page

 

Reminder:  I (Chris Jarmick) have 2 readings today.  At 4 p..m.  I will be reading with David Horowitz at the Greenlake Library in Seattle.

AND

At 7p.m.  I’ll be reading with Rayn Roberts in Bothel  at the Tsuga Art Gallery.  There will be a special Art opening party before the reading celebrating ‘Resistance Art’  and some of the poetry I’ll be reading will reflect resistance, activism and politics.   An Event Page for the reading 

 

Both readings are free and include an open mic!

 

“I am awaiting

perpetually and forever

a renaissance of wonder”

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

Day 6 Prompt Poem  Brendan suggested:  Find a piece of music without words, listen to it and write a poem as the words or simply inspired by the piece.    Here’s the poem (albeit a very quick one) I wrote.

 

Free Write to Martin Taylor’s Odd Couple

By Christoher J. Jarmick

 

It’s right here

All you need in this run of fing-

ers on the keyboard almost too fast

on a real

real keyboard of course and yes you can

tell

can tell

and then the guitar,

strings

plu . . .cked

slow

dis . . .tinct

notes

until a flourish of showin’ off to

make you smile, like gentle tickle

and

back

to

sin . . . gle

note    plucks

And the refrain returns

Ba-dum-dah-dum-bah-dum

a slow tempo

familiar

Odd Couple Theme

Hey that’s the Odd Couple theme

Ba-dum-dah-dum-bah-dum

Nice.

 

Keep Writing!

 

Walt  Whitman walt whitman pd wiki

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October 2015 – NorthWest Poetry Update –

October 13, 2015

“Read as widely and as deeply as you can.

 You have to be a reader before

you can be a writer.”

Y.S. Lee

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UPDATES –

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The Poetry by Day of the Week page  has been

updated to reflect two unfortunate changes

to the local poetry scene.

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The Station Bistro is Auburn has closed

Which also means the 1st Monday Poetry at the Station

Reading is no more.   Striped Water and Northwest

Renaissance are exploring other venues so that a

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

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

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

The restaurant owner has decided he doesn’t want the

long running series to continue.   Jed Myers its host

and organizer sent out an email announcement recently

thanking regular attendees and all involved in making the

series a special unique place to experience poetry, a little

music, prose and more since 2006.

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Remember, it’s important to support poetry and

poetry readings with your attendance at readings

and events.  Don’t take regularly scheduled readings

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

Things change.  A few additional people at a reading

encourages both poets and reading organizers and

business owners to continue to have readings.

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Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about the

book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the

book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from any

book-seller and they’ll get you a copy. Consider requesting the book from your

local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to post a short review!)

I have an Amazon Author Page here    (there’s a reading/signing/appearance schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read and sometimes

wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised collaborations combining spoken

word and music.  The readings will hopefully not just sell some books (which of course

is important) but also inspire your inner poet to create something unique.   I’m

passionate about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell

books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to heal, to build

a sense of community and to show you by example how fun, entertaining, and important

poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.  If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll make

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

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Wed. October 14  – 7 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Our 9th year continues….

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Band of Poets Alumni

Jed Myers, and  John Burgess

with Christopher J. Jarmick

offering a special evening of

spoken word and music

7 p.m.

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

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

John Burgess Web site 

Jed Myers Web Site

Chris Jarmick Website

In 2014/2015 John, Jed and Chris

have released 4 new books of poetry.

Jed Myers: Watching the Perseids and The Nameless;

John Burgess: By Land

And Chris Jarmick: Not Aloud.

Don’t miss this special evening!

Park Place Books is one of the few

remaining full sized new and used

independent bookstores on the East

Side.Consider supporting their efforts

to stay in business in the near future.

They host many reading clubs and

community events.

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Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring Lynn Knapp, Lillo Way,

Judith Skillman, Irene Bloom,

and  Linda Strever

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“Writing is an exploration.

You start from nothing.”

E.L. Doctorow

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October 16 – 7 p.m. – Seattle

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Raven Chronicles

presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating

our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle-based Journal

of Art, Literature &

The Spoken Word.

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October 16, 2015,

Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free

Jack Straw Cultural Center,

4261 Roosevelt Way N.E.

University District, Seattle

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Readings/ Performances by:

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MC – Paul Hunter

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Cultural Geography:

Vladimir Vulovic

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Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche

Marianne Weltmann

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Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch

Bang Nguyen

Taumstar

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Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

James Bertolino

Larry Crist

Michael Heavener

Kat Humphrey

Chris Jarmick

Larry Laurence

Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge

Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton

Ann Teplick

Carletta Carrington Wilson

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Optional: Bring finger food

&/or beverage to share

with the gathering

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October 17 –  5 p.m. – Eugene, Or.

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Poetry for the People

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Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

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open mic

FREE

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Hosted by Laura LeHew

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5 to 7 p.m.

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Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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LAST CHANCE…

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

This WEEKEND

October 16-17!!!!

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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On October 16-17, 2015, we are

excited to bring the first ever

Tacoma Poetry Festival featuring

a great lineup of regionally and

nationally known poets,

educators, and performers. The

two-day event will feature public

performances, workshops, panel

discussions, and open mic events for

participants of all ages. We will also be

celebrating the 25th anniversary of our

lead sponsor, Puget Sound Poetry

Connection. All events will take place

at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building

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

Among the highlights of the festival,

we will present a public performance

the evening of October 16 featuring

our keynote speaker,

David Wagoner, one of the foremost

poets of the Pacific Northwest. He was

the editor of Poetry Northwest for 36

years and chancellor of the Academy

of American Poets for 23 years.

David has published 25 poetry

collections and 10 novels.  He is

Professor emeritus of the University

of Washington and now teaches the

low residency MFA program for

the Northwest Institute of Literary

Arts on Whidbey Island.

Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet

Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as

past Poets Laureates who have

represented Tacoma’s vital and

growing poetry community over the

last decade.

Saturday will feature a full day of

workshops by Thomas Lux,

Kay Mullen and Pamela Reed,

Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,

Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul Nelson, Kevin Miller,

Tanya McDonald, Lucas Smiraldo,

as well as a community open mic and

book fair featuring area presses.

Lastly, The Tacoma Poetry Festival is

dedicated to bringing educational

opportunities to young people in

Tacoma, and will feature an

EducationDay during the school day

on Friday. Open to any high- or

middle-school classrooms in Tacoma,

we will feature workshops, lunch, and

an open mic at no cost. Interested

teachers should contact us through

the festival’s website.

Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

For information, including a full schedule

and registration information,

visit the festival’s website

at http://www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com

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October 18 –  5 p.m. –     Seattle

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The Rainier Valley Lit Crawl

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Four venues. Twelve writers.

One night in October.

Come be a part of it…

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5 pm Columbia City Art Gallery

6 pm Hummingbird Saloon

7 pm Rumba Notes

8 pm Union Bar

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More details on Facebook Page

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from Leopoldo Seguel

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October 28–  7:00 p.m. – West Seattle

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


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


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

    Plus Open Mic

    FREE

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

    Seattle,, Washington, 98136

    Poetrybridge Website is here!

4th Wednesday

Poetrybridge Reading Series

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October 30 – 7 p.m. –  Redmond

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RASP Reading

Feature

Jason Zion

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Open Mic

FREE

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Friday, October 30, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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Jason Zions has been writing

poetry for more than forty years,

although the first ten years or so

were pretty terrible. He is a

trained storyteller and musician,

and is likelier to characterize

himself as “bard” than “poet.” His

work was published in the RASP

collection Here, There, and

Everywhere, and more can be

seen at feedingthegeek.tumblr.com

(along with some excellent recipes

and meditations on cooking

and technology). In his day job as

software architect for a large

software monopoly, he’s lectured to

thousands around the world to

vaguely thunderous applause.

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RASP READINGS ARE AT:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052

(look for us in

Room 206, upstairs)

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RASP Website here

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November 5 – 7 pm – Everett

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Everett Poetry Nite

presents

Christopher J. Jarmick

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open mic

7 p.m. sign-up

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FREE

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Everett Poetry Nite is held at

Café Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, WA 98201

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Website is here

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On October 10th, 2015  we had a special reading

At Park Place Books in Kirkland featuring the poetry

Of 5 MoonPath Press published poets

Ronda Broatch, Joseph Green, Cindy Hutchings,

Christopher J. Jarmick and Raul Sanchez.

Thanks to everyone to attended.

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

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Coming soon:

Nov. 15 –   2 p.m.   Ballard

Author Reading at the Ballard Public Library

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Don KentopFrozen by Fire

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Don’s newly published collection of poetry is getting

much deserved praise:

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

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

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

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

The result is stunning.

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

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

of remembrance.

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

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

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September 2015 – NorthWest Poetry – Special Fall Not Aloud Edition

September 25, 2015

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

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

farther and deeper than the eye.

  • Seamus Heaney

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

– – Coco Chanel


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Welcome to this special edition of NorthWest Poetry.

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

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

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

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!    If you Like and Share the page it helps to let more people know about the book, and helps MoonPath Press and me.  Thanks.

Village Books in Bellingham  and Park Place Books in Kirkland have the book in stock and available for purchase!  You can request the book from any book-seller and they’ll get you a copy.

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

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

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

I have an Amazon Author Page here    (there’s a reading/signing/appearance schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but also inspire your inner poet to create something unique.   I’m passionate about poetry, not simply as a means to get attention for myself and sell books but to bring people together, to connect with people, to inspire, to heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun, entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.  If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll make the effort and take the time to experience a reading soon.

 

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

MoonPath Press 2015 Author Reading

A very special evening featuring 4  Poets

who have published books with MoonPath Press in 2015

Ronda Broatch, Cindy M. Hutchings,

Joseph Green & Christopher J. Jarmick

Reading, Book Signing,  Finger Food, Chocolate

FREE

Meet, hear the poets.

Buy books for yourselves or for gifts.

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

to approximately 8:30 p.m.

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Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Books website here

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

Take a Poem From Your Heart 2nd Wednesday Series

Presents

John Burgess, Christopher J. Jarmick

and Jed Myers

plus an Open Mic

FREE

John, Chris and Jed will read poems from their recently

published poetry collections and then mix spoken word and

music in a Band of Poets collaboration.

Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland, WA, 98033

Park Place Website is here

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

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, celebrating our new publication,

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh! Vol. 21, of Raven Chronicles,

A Seattle- based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.

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

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

University District, Seattle

Readings/ Performances by:

MC –  Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography: Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:

Judith Roche  & Marianne Weltmann

Words from The Cafe:

Introduced by Anna Bálint

Tamar Hirsch , Bang Nguyen  & Taumstar

Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!  Poems by:

James Bertolino, Larry Crist,  Michael Heavenr

Kat Humphrey, Christopher J.  Jarmick

Larry Laurence, Lawrence Matsuda

Tiffany Midge, Jennifer Munro

Catherine Sutthoff Slaton, Ann Teplick

& Carletta Carrington Wilson

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

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

The Washington state arts commission (with NEA funding)

for partial funding of our 2015 programs.

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

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October 17, 2015  Eugene Oregon 5 p.m.

Poetry for the People

Third Saturday Reading Series

Presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

reading/book signing

open mic

FREE

Hosted by Laura LeHew

5 to 7 p.m.

Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette Street,

Eugene, OR, 97405

Tsunami Books Web Site

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

4th Wednesday Poetrybridge Reading Series

On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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


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

Plus Open Mic

FREE

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

Seattle,, Washington, 98136

Poetrybridge Website is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER READINGS THIS WEEK

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

presents  Jack Straw Writers Reading

w/  Clare Johnson, Laura Da’

and Kevin Craft.

Plus open mic

FREE

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA

RASP Website here

Sunday, September 27  4 p.m.  Bellingham

You are Invited

In alphabetical order, we will present:

James Bertolino, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke,

Larry Crist, Denise duMaurier, Susan Chase Foster,

Paul Hunter, Laurel Leigh, Michael Dylan Welch,

Richard Widerkehr, and J. Jamiesen Woods.

Village Books,

1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA

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

Click Clover Link Here


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

Poets West (hosted by Lisa Noble)

Features:  

Peter Ludwin

& Michael Spence

plus open mic

FREE

7 p.m. at  Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd Street in Burien, WA

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Thursday – 10/1  6 p.m. – Tacoma, WA

* * * CONGRATULATIONS * * *

Connie Walle !!!!    

AMOCAT AWARDS

CONNIE WRITES:

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

will present Connie Walle with an AMOCAT award for support of the Arts.

I could not have done this without the wonderful poets who share their

work with us at Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Poets like Chris Jarmick,

Paul Nelson, Lucas Smiraldo and other leaders in this genre who spread

the word. The poets who come from Texas,Chicago, California, New York

and many other states to read for us.  Leaders in the industry like Kevin Miller,

Joe Green, Allen Braden who have given their time for workshops.  I want to

thank everyone who has kept Puget Sound Poetry alive for 25 years.  If at all

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

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

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 From Richard Gold and Pongo:
Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:
Pongo has some volunteer openings for
next school year,and we also help to
place volunteers with Pongo-inspired
writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing
projects at juvenile  detention in Seattle
and at the Washington state psychiatric
hospital for children in Tacoma. We also
have a new project with formerly
homeless, chronically alcoholic adults.
We are conducting this last project in
collaboration with researchers at
Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
If you are from another city, write to us.
We may be able to connect you with a
Pongo-inspired project in your area.
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Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary
on Thursday,October 1st, at Richard
Hugo House. There will be a poetry
reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s
future. Please plan to join us!
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Please visit Pongo’s web site for
videos, poetry,writing activities,
and more…

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

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

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


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

July 8, 2015

“I rhyme… to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.”

― Seamus Heaney

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Thanks for stopping by.

The more you listen to poetry, the more you

read poetry, the more inspired you will be

to write poetry.

–      –     –

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

workshops,supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

–     –        –

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

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

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

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I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

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My series begins it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016

Second Wednesdays of the month.

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Always FREE.  Always an open Mic and usually

2 featured readers.

What’s in store?

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On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.

October schedule will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th schedule is a special Poeming Pigeons Anthology

Reading featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FREE

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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.

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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

Parkplace Books Website

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This Friday July 10th  7 pm  Tacoma

PUGET SOUND POETRY and THE CITY OF TACOMA

PRESENT

ALL OPEN MIC READING

July 10th, 7pm

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma, WA

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July 13, 2015  WedgeWood Alehouse Seattle 8 p.m.

From Philip Randolph 

On Monday, July 13 I’ll (Philip) will be the featured poet at EasySpeak,

at the Wedgewood Alehouse. I’ll also ad-lib on my old cornet with the

house band (Jed, Ted, Rosanne, Bob, & me), and do my usual cornet

ad-lib ‘meditation’ to kick off the break.

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Expect lightly sardonic twisted humor occasionally punctuated by

retrograde flirtations with seriousness. (An old radical once told me,

“Irishmen are most serious when they’re joking.”) I’ll read my classic

favorites, selected as highly intelligible and listenable. Why torture an

audience with obscurity? That’s for those sadist poets, and the

self-absorbed.

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EasySpeak meets in the poolroom, around the building to the right.

‘Gud fude’ available.

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Easy Speak Seattle

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, Washington 98115

Sign-up: 8; Show: 8:30; Featured performer 9:20

Horn ‘meditation’ and break: 9:45 or so.

Second half is over about 11:00.

http://easyspeakseattle.com/welcome-2/previous-featured-artists/philip-randolph/

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http://easyspeakseattle.com/

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http://easyspeakseattle.com/welcome-2/easy-speak-wedgwood/

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July 16  SoulFood  Redmond  7pm.

From Michael Dylan Welch

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Here are the featured readers we have lined up at SoulFood

over the next few months (plus we always have an open mic too).

Please join us!

July 16: Peggy Barnett and Terry Busch

August 20: Dianne Aprile and Ann Teplick

September 17: Michael G. Hickey and Kathleen Flenniken

October 8 (earlier than usual): Carol Levin and Annette Spaulding-Convy

November 19: J. I. Kleinberg and Luther Allen

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SOUL FOOD BOOKS IS LOCATED AT

15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-5309

FACEBOOK LISTING HERE https://www.facebook.com/groups/soulfoodpoetrynight/permalink/937160223013628/

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July 18 (and Beyond) Words and Music Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music

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Melding  Authors, Poets,

Singer/Songwriters and Artists from around the country in an

intimate waterfront setting.

The program includes

hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Meet and share with powerful entertainers in a beautiful setting

surrounded by nature.

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Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

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Upcoming  Events

July8 – Music by Holley McCreary

Words/Poet by Connie Walle

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September 19th – Music: Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

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10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – TBA

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Jerry Libstaff

Watermark Writers  Words and Music

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To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

FOR RESERVATIONS

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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July 22nd  C&P  West Seattle 7 p.m.

july 22, 2015    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Feature Reading by Rayn Roberts, locally & nationally known poet,

author of “Of One and Many Worlds” & “Jazz Cocktails and Soapbox

Songs” & several other books, widely published, seasoned reader &

performer, includes free open mic hosted by Cheryl Latif.

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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.

Poetic Matrix: 

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C&P Coffee is one of the best venues for poetry readings in Seattle,

comfortable seating, affordable drinks, coffee, wine and delectables to eat.

Great acoustics, casual atmosphere, lovely regulars. All are welcome.

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C&P Coffee

5612 California Ave SW

West Seattle, WA 98136

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July 31  RASP Redmond 7 p.m.

Feature: Colleen Squier—Friday, July 31, 2015,

from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

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gathering from 6:30 PM

Open Mic

FREE

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Colleen Squier is a recent transplant to Sequim and The Storypeople

of Clallam County. Originally from Seattle, she served on the board

of the Seattle Storytellers guild for two years. Her family says that

she has been telling stories as long as she has been talking. About

six years ago, she decided that she wanted to learn to “really” tell

stories and took a class from Cherie Terbon at North Seattle College.

Since then she has shared stories at church, parties, and bookstore

story times. She appeared at Northwest Folklife for four years, and

treasures her genuine recycled trophy for placing third in the Liars

Contest. “Stories,” she says, “tell us who we were, who we are, and

who we will be.”

July’s emcee: TBD

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Where they Are and additional info:

RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary activities in Redmond,

Washington and the surrounding area. We meet monthly on the last

Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM, gathering from 6:30 PM,

at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St.,

Redmond, WA 98052 (look for us in Room 206, upstairs), and also hold a

monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the

second Tuesday of each month. All events are free. Please join us!

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COMING SOON !!!!!   Mark those Calendars!

Michael Schein—Friday, August 21, 2015, from 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM,

gathering from 6:30 PM

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NOTE: One week earlier to avoid conflict with Labor Day weekend

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Michael Schein is the author of two historical novels, one nonfiction

history,  and a logorrhea of poems. His latest is John Surratt:

The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015). His novels are Bones

Beneath Our Feet (2011), a historical novel of Puget Sound, and

Just Deceits (2008), a historical courtroom mystery. Michael teaches

poetry and fiction at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Write

on the Sound, in libraries, and elsewhere. He is founder and director

of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from

King County 4Culture. It has been nominated for the Pushcart thrice,

and stuck to refrigerators by magnets. Michael and his wife Carol live

at Lake Marcel in Carnation.

August’s emcee: TBD

RASP WEBSITE HERE

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August 3 Station Bistro  Auburn 7 pm

Scheduled Featured Poets

Kent Leatham

Linda Malnack

Plus Open MIC

FREE

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The Station Bistro is located:

he Station Bistro is located at:

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

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Striped Water Poets Website Here

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August 5  Duvall Library  7 p.m.

From Pamela

Hi all, following is detail about the next Duvall Poetry reading.

Enjoy!

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August 5  Duvall Library  7 pm.

When: 7pm, Wed., August 5, 2015

Where: Duvall Library, 15508 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019

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Who: Duane Kirby Jensen. Bio below.

Plus Open Mic

FREE

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Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA.

His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers.

As a poet, Duane has read throughout the Northwest since 1990

and has been published in over twelve chapbooks and dozens of

other publications. The underlying theme of his work evokes those

places which linger beneath the surface underscoring the narrative

of being, the fragility of identity, the gravity of emotion and the ease

in which it can be lost. Since September 2013, Duane has hosted

Everett Poetry Nite. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for

Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality.

Best,

Pamela

Duvall Poetry

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COMING SOON . . .

Save the dates –

August 16th  Auburn Days  10 am Auburn

Free Workshop, Readings and Open Mic Contest

Where YOU can win prizes for reciting a poem!

Highlights include :  Mathew Brouwer Workshop

FREE!!!!

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Poets scheduled to read include:

Auburn Poet Laureate  Marjorie ,Emilie Rommel Shimkus  http://onefootonshore.wordpress.com,

David D. Horowitz    www.rosealleypress.com,

Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen    http://poetryofjd.blogspot.com,

Lorraine Healy   www.lorrainehealy.com ,

Joann C. Roberts    www.meetparadigm.com,

Shannon P. Law  http://shannonplawswriter.com ,

Natasha Moni   www.natashamoni.com ,

Matthew Brouwer

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Plus open mic,  open mic contest (free to enter),

small press book fair,  free book exchange, and MORE!!!!

Auburn Days Website Here

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From Richard Gold and Pongo:

Volunteer With Pongo Next School Year:

Pongo has some volunteer openings for next school year,

and we also help to place volunteers with Pongo-inspired

writing projects. Pongo has its ongoing projects at juvenile

detention in Seattle and at the Washington state psychiatric

hospital for children in Tacoma. We also have a new project

with formerly homeless, chronically alcoholic adults. We are

conducting this last project in collaboration with researchers

at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. If you are from

another city, write to us. We may be able to connect you with

a Pongo-inspired project in your area.

Pongo will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday,

October 1st, at Richard Hugo House. There will be a poetry

reading and a strong focus on Pongo’s future. Please plan to

join us!

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

writing activities, and more…

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LITE a FUSE

Underwear?

Cat box?

Bukowski?

To floss after every meal?

LiTFUSE!!!!!

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Only 3 months till it’s one week too late to sign up for LiTFUSE

Poets’ Workshop, September 25-27, featuring Ellen Bass.

Each year, we gather in Tieton to work together on our beloved

craft of poetry and spoken word, and we hope you’ll join us.

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For as little as $185 ($100 now, $85 paid by August 16), YOU can

become a LiTFUSIAN!  Classes are filling fast, so DO IT TODAY.

There’s still room in the Green & Sweeney master classes, and

in Ellen Bass’s Saturday class. Please CLICK HERE to register.

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Please CLICK HERE to view the full schedule:  Bass / Sweeney /

Green / Schein / Hardy / Howell / Austen / Sheffield / Queen /

Green / Trenga / Feriante / YOU!

Please tell friends & share LiTFUSE on FaCEBOOK & twitter.

We’d love to see you in Tieton . . .

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Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein

LiTFUSE Muse

michael@litfuse.us

http://www.litfuse.us

Emily Gwinn

LiTFUSE Muse Too

emily@litfuse.us

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TACOMA IS GOING TO HAVE A POETRY FESTIVAL

OCT. 16-17, 2015

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The Tacoma Poetry Festival will be a gathering of some of the

most renowned poets with roots in the Pacific Northwest,

plus a sprinkling of up and coming spoken word artists from

around the country.

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Our program is part of the Tacoma Arts Month celebration

and will take place on Friday, October 16th and Saturday,

October 17th at the Tacoma Public Utilities Building Auditorium.

Our webpage is UP: TheTacomaPoetryFestival.Com  

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Check it out, sign up with paypal, choose your workshops,

register for Lux Workshop, buy books, hear OUTSTANDING poets

from around the country, including David Wagoner, and

Tacoma’s Poets Laureate.

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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

It is FREE and has a ton of

useful articles and suggestions of

where to send poetry to be published!

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My Poetry on Buses Poem with audio is

here (Featured Poem of the Week-Feb. 9) Congrats to all the featured ‘bus poets’

whose work appears on bus stops, on

special rapid ride buses and/or the website

throughout 2015.

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June 2015 Poetry NorthWest

June 2, 2015

Thanks for stopping by.

The more you listen to poetry, the more you
read poetry, the more inspired you will be
to write poetry.

Your attendance at readings, open mics, events, book signings and
workshops,supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

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

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

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, occurring

throughout the Western Washington… most are free and many

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

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

and a few other things of interest.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

JUNE 10TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

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

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

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

Keith Moul
and
Jeannine Hall Gailey

plus  YOU  (perhaps!) on the Open Mic

free program….

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

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

FREE

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

This poetry reading series began
in 2007.

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

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

Parkplace Books Website
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June 11th  Ballard Library  6 pm Ballard

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

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

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

FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s About Time website here.

Facebook announcement here

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June 3  Duvall Library 7 pm.  Duvall

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

Plus open mic

FREE
7 p.m.
Emcee: Von Thompson

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

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

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June 12   Distinguished Writers  Tacoma

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

Distinguished Writer Series with
Michael Spence

Plus open mic
FREE
7:00 pm

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

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

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

THE NINE-POCKET MACARENA
By Michael Spence

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

This seems a riddle he mightsolve with severe squinting

He swats his legs for change—the sound

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is FINALLY available!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We now return you to your
regularly ordered Announcements.

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June 17  Creekside 7 P.M.  Woodinville

Featured Poet:
Rayn Roberts

Plus open mic
FREE

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

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

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June 17  Traditions Café   Olympia, WA

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

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

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

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

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

June 18 Features
Jed Myers
and
Alina Rios

Plus open Mic
FREE

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

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

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

Soulfood Poetry Night Website
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June 19, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring
Gene Ambaum

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

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

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

 Poets in the Park

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

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

POETS IN THE PARK

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

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

Website. . .
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From Karen Bonaudi:

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

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

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

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

See the Raven Website Here

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June AND beyond  in  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music

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

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

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

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

Upcoming  Events

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

July – Music by Holley McCreary
Words/Poet TBA

August – Music by Rodney Branigan 
Words/Poet TBA

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

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

Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers

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

LITFUSE
Dear Poets,

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

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

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

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

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

Poets, UNiTE!

Michael Schein
LiTFUSE Muse
michael@litfuse.us

WEBSITE
http://www.litfuse.us

Emily Gwinn
LiTFUSE Muse Too
emily@litfuse.us
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Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

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

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

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WHAT A NIGHT !!!! KEY PENINSULA, Vaughn Washington June 2, 2011!!!

June 3, 2011

WHAT A NIGHT !!!!

Thank you Jerry and Pam for being wonderful hosts, providing yummy and varied foodstuff and drinks and the incredible setting of the Puget Sound, Mountains, Humming birds and other critters.     Thank you to all of the great listeners who came, donated a few dollars, and filled the seats so that it made sense for CLaude to perform music and me to recite poetry.  Thanks for jumping in and participating in the mini-writing exercise.    Thanks for making it so easy for me to share some words with you.

Wow.  Claude Bourbon.  Someone you don’t hesitate to call a musician’s musician.  He has chops in his chops.  What an incredible guitarist.  And he certainly made my decade when he agreed to accompany me as I read my poem.  We didn’t rehearse it, we just did it, and Mssr. Bourbon is such an incredible talent, he made it easy for me to blend my words into his incredible guitar playing.   Wow I got to have a world class musician accompany my spoken word.

So thank you to everyone who came to the program last night.  I felt welcomed, appreciated and really enjoyed sharing my poetry, and getting to listen to, and even perform with Claude Bourbon.

Plus I got to meet that Scott guy again  (who I haven’t seen in a couple of years).

Next Wednesday. . . June 8th. . ..   I’m hosting 3 talented poets and an open mic at Park Place Books.

Wednesday…June 8     Kirkland Park
Place Books  
This month for the final
reading of the 2010/2011 series (the
2011/12 series begins in September)
our  Featured poets are  Rebecca
Meredith, Douglas Schuder and
David Horowitz!!!

DAVID D. HOROWITZ founded and manages Rose Alley Press, which primarily publishes books featuring
Pacific Northwest rhymed metrical poetry. Through Rose Alley Press he has published fourteen books, including his own collections Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke; Wildfire, Candleflame; Resin from the Rain;and Streetlamp, Treetop, Star. Many of David’s poems have been published in fine literary journals,such as The Lyric, Candelabrum,and The New Formalist. His essays often appear in the online journal Exterminating Angel. He has also edited and published two Northwest poetry anthologies: Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range (2007) and Many Trails to the Summit (2010). David gives frequent readings in and around Seattle, where he lives. His Web site is www.rosealleypress.com.
Rebecca Meredith is a poet, writer, and psychotherapist, as well as a RASP cofounder, who served as its coordinator
and president for years. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and performed in such venues as the Burning Word Poetry Festival, the Seattle Moon Viewing Festival, Redmond’s Arts in the Park, and on KUOW’s The Beat. Her chapbook, Intergenerational Delta Blues, was published by Pudding House Press.She is a fellow of the Jack Straw Writers’ Program, an alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Colony, and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond IN 2010.

(Randolph) Douglas Schuder is a longtime Seattle resident held captive to northwestern landscapes.  Semi-
retired he enjoys many outdoor pursuits such as backpacking, canoeing and fly-fishing. Memberships include
The Mountaineers, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife and 350.org. Rose Alley Press published his
collection To Enter Stillness and his work is featured in 2010’s ManyTrails to the Summit  and
the 2007 Anthology: Limbs of the Pine Peaks of the Range.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
FREE!!!  Plus open mic

PEN and Take a Poem From Your Heart
presents 2nd Wednesday Poetry at Park
Place Books
poetry with featured poets:   
plus open mic. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE
The 4 year old series is scheduled from September through June.
Park Place Books is one of the few remaining full sized new and used independent bookstore on the East Side.
Consider supporting their efforts to stay in business in the near future.  They host many reading clubs and community events. They are  located in the Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr Kirkland, WA 98033-6229