Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Readings’


NaPoWriMo Writing Prompt for April 15, 2017

April 14, 2017

DAY 15  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  Saturday, April 15, 2017


“Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It’s the crack cocaine of the literary world.”

Jasper Fforde


We are at the halfway point!   How are you doing?  Able to write a poem every day or every other day?   If you are just joining the NaPoWriMo – welcome.


Find about more  About NaPoWriMo here

Reminders-    Helping me again this year with prompts is Brendan McBreen  a member of the Striped Water Poets group in Auburn Washington  I am quite overwhelmed with the work of running a brand new independent new and gently used bookstore in Kirkland, Washington (609 Market St.) called BookTree.   So, thankfully Brendan sent over lots of suggestions.    Brendan’s website is here.


BookTree on Facebook   (Please LIKE and Follow the page).

If you are in the Kirkland/Seattle/Western Washington area, there are several events of interest occurring at the bookstore. On April 15th, Robert Lashley will be leading a free workshop and later in the evening reading some poems from his newest collection Up South.  We’ll also have an open mic.  Third Saturday PoetryIsEverything at BookTree.  

Award-winning writer-poet-publisher Paul Hunter will be visiting BookTree with his brand new book on April 22nd!  Hunter Facebook Event Page


Day 15 NaPoWriMo Prompt


Erasure.   Take a magazine article, essay or text of more than 1500 words (yes you can use a few pages from a book) and eliminate words, leaving behind your poem.  You’ll want to transform the text into something completely different than what it is by doing this.    You can fudge just a little bit by adding a few modifiers and connecting words if absolutely needed (the, and) but keep the words in the order they would be in the article.  We aren’t rearranging the words, or borrowing words and phrases to reassemble into a (cut-out) poem (William Burroughs style)…we are creating an erasure poem.   Some always ask… is this really a thing?  A way people ‘write’ poetry?   It is indeed… and it does take patience, skill and some craft to do it very well.  You can create a meter or even rhyme if you want… though don’t be tempted to change word order around…. (if you need to change a tense…add an ‘ed’ or ‘s’…I think that’s okay… some don’t… so it’s up to you).   Have at it NaPoWriMo-ers…..


“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

Edgar Allan Poe


Brendan suggested using 6 names of fish in a political poem for Prompt 13.


I had less than 20 minutes to write something…  used 9 fish names.



By Christopher J. Jarmick


The entire school of marbled groupers *, protested

“The Callorhinchidae** have changed the rules.”

The Harelip sucker, Hatchetfish, and Humuhumunukunukuapua’a  shrugged.

“You forced the nuclear option.”

Senators  Gibberfish, Prickleback, and Bonytongue,

rushed out of the chamber vowing revenge shouting,

“Send in the clownfish!”


*The marbled grouper (Dermatolepis inermis) is a species of fish in the family Serranidae. Other common names include donkey fish, mutton hamlet, rockhind, and sicklefish grouper.

**  Callorhinchidae, a family of marine fish also known as elephant sharks or plough-nose chimaeras


Keep Writing!

booktree talia sketch


March P.I.E. Update

March 10, 2017

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

but a blessing to experience.


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

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

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

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

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

Soon it will be April and NapoWriMo time!


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 – Summer 2016

August 9, 2016


“Looks like what drives me crazy

Don’t have no effect on you–

But I’m gonna keep on at it

Till it drives you crazy, too.” 

― Langston Hughes


Rave Review of my latest collection of poetry

Not Aloud  here


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



Thank you.





I anticipate having some exciting news in

the next few weeks about a new poetry

venue and reading, about BANG – the new

poetry anthology; and more.


In the meantime, let me encourage you to

take a trip to Auburn, this Saturday.



8-13 – Auburn’s August POETRY- FEST  11- 7 p.m.  

This Saturday….is the first year that the festival previously known as

Auburn Days is now called ‘Auburn August Fest’  which will now be held

in its new location: Les Grove Park.


The poetry events will take place in the brand new, just opened Community

and Events Center.


There are many reasons to be part of it or simply support it by attending.


It is FREE.


There’s a free workshop, a free book exchange (bring a book, take a book),

free poetry readings, and a free (no entry fee) open mic poetry contest with

6 winners getting prizes!


Several small presses and poets will have books for sale at the event.


Auburn August Fest!

Saturday August 13 2016 from 11 to 7 

Les Gove Park

910 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002




Please join us for a wonderful day of free

activities and events and great Poetry!


The Poetry Schedule:


11 to 1 Christopher Howell workshop


1 to 2 lunch break


Featured Poets:

2 to 3   Polly Buckingham, Robert McNamara,  David Axelrod


3 to 4   Steve Cleveland, Sibyl James, Bethany Reid


4 to 5   James Rodgers,Christopher J. Jarmick, Christopher Howell


5 to 7 : Open Mic Contest!

Six prizes awarded!

Contest Judges:

Bethany Reid , James Rodgers,  Polly Buckingham 


Emcee: Christopher J. Jarmick


The Book and Small Press Fair will also be in the Community Center

along with a Haiku display provided by Michael Dylan Welch and

Haiku Northwest and our take-a-book leave-a -book book swap table.

There will be activities for kids and adults alike including the book-

making booth My Goldfish Stole the Moon with Jim Teeters.


Book Fair contributors:


M. Franklin

Jolene Loraine

Dave Morrison

Thomas W. Everson

Anna Alexander

Gretchen S. B.

Dave Davies

Cindy Hutchings

Jim Teeters

Christopher Howell

David Axelrod

Bethany Reid

Sibyl James

Robert McNamara

Steve Cleveland

Polly Buckingham

James Rodgers

Christopher J. Jarmick

Michael Schein

Florence Petheram


Small Presses:

Rose Alley Press




Black Heron Press


Espial, Green River College Literary Magazine




Northwest Renaissance




Thanks to the City of Auburn, Auburn Parks Arts and Recreation,

4Culture (this project is supported by a grant from 4Culture), Striped

Water Poets, Connie Walle and Puget Sound Poetry Connection for

providing the first prize basket, Northwest Renaissance, Polly

Buckingham and StringTown, Michael Dylan Welch and Haiku Northwest,

Jim Teeters, and Christopher J. Jarmick.


Poetry Open Mic Contest Information:


There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the

other is a NON-contest open mic.


When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage

in the order that they are signed up. Each contestant will have

three minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are

allowed to read one poem or more as long as it is their original poetry.


There is no fee to participate.


When the Contest begins, the sign up period is over, NO additional

entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.


When the Contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby

to discuss and decide the winners.


While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin.


Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up,

the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.


The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality

of the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as

well as the skill of the performance. The winners should exhibit a

good balance of quality poetics and skilled performance.


Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn

AugustFest volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.


Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged

(but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead

of the Contest, in order to allow up-and- comers a better chance to

show off their stuff.


Feature Bios Available on the Website Page Here– –     –

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 “Fly without wings;

Dream with open eyes;

See in darkness.”

Dejan Stojanovic




August 12   PSPC Kings Bookstore 7 p.m. –Tacoma



The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series:

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Plus open Mic


Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of seven collections of poems including, most recently, Theophobia (BOA, 2012) and The Corpse Flower: New and Selected Poems.  He has won fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust; the Colorado Prize for Poetry; the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award competition; and other prizes and awards.


August Readings in Woodinville


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 10,

a special program featuring Shadab Zeest Hashmi, a prize winning

international poet of San Diego. No open mic is scheduled for this

very special event. The free program is a public literary event

sponsored by the Creekside.


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 17,

a regular monthly reading of PoetsWest @ The Creekside featuring

Cheryl Latif, a Seattle poet.  As usual, a generously timed

open mic opportunity is scheduled.


PoetsWest @ Creekside

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

[intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd

NE and 140th Avenue NE]


8-11-2016 POETRY AT THE MORSO – 7 p.m –  Gig Harbor

Jed Myers– Feature

Open Mic


Jed Myers writes:


In case you’d enjoy a little evening excursion to Gig Harbor next Thursday the 11th, you could take this as a welcome incentive! I’ll be reading poems at the Morso! There’s a monthly event there curated by Jerry Libstaff for Watermark Writers called The Muse @ Morso. I gather there’s open-mic opportunity too! It all gets started at 7.


The Morso is at 9014 Peacock Hill Avenue (at North Harborview Drive at the head of the bay) in Gig Harbor.


Be well,



Aug. 18  Soulfood  7 p.m.  – Redmond


Shin Yu Pai and David Francis at SoulFood on August 18

Michael Dylan Welch hosts

7:00 pm, August 18, 2016 (free)

SoulFood Coffee House

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052

SoulFood Poetry Night begins its eleventh year


Visit Shin Yu’s website at and she also studied at

Naropa University. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

City of Seattle for her work. Her MFA is and received grants from 4Culture

and the  poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum Poetry Festival.


Shin Yu has served as a Zen Poetry Festival and the Geraldine Dodge

been a featured presenter at the Montreal the United Kingdom, and

Canada. She has the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Her work has

appeared in publications throughout of poetry, including most recently

Aux Arcs.Washington. She is the author of eight books

SHIN YU PAI is the poet laureate of Redmond,



DAVID FRANCIS is an independent curator by trade. For the past two

decades his poems have appeared in about a dozen literary

journals including Art Access, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares,

Verse, Poetry Northwest, and are forthcoming in Switched-on Gutenberg

(one of the first Internet poetry journals).In 2010, the Center on

Contemporary Art published his first book, Otherwise This

Stone. He holds MFA and PhD degrees from University of Washington

and taught in Poland and Hungary as a Fulbright scholar. He currently

works as the public art coordinator for the City of Shoreline, Washington.

Please join us, and bring poems for the open-mic reading!



Sneak Preview—  September 17th  EVENT


Peter Ludwin’s Brand New Book   Gone to Gold Mountain From

MoonPath Press.


Peter Writes:


On Saturday, September 17th Phoebe Bosche and The Raven Chronicles

are hosting a book release party for my new book, Gone to Gold Mountain,

which is forthcoming from MoonPath Press.  I think Phoebe has posted

all the information on the Raven website, but just in case it’s not there,

here’s the particulars:


15528 12th Ave. NE




The time is 3:00-7:00.  It’s going to be a potluck, we’ll have some open mic,

plus anyone who plays an instrument is invited to bring it.  I’m bringing my

guitar, and Paul Hunter will probably bring his.  The accent is on releasing

the book and having a party in which all can participate



Peter Ludwin


“Poets are damned…

but see with the eyes of angels.”

Allen Ginsberg




NorthWest Readings/Events June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”

A rave review preview for Not Aloud from Raven Chronicles here


I have  upcoming readings in support

of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).

Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.



THIS SATURDAY  6/25   11am-6pm  Redmond

Poets in the Park 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington


Join us for Poets in the Park! Readings this year again feature groups and organizations, but with readings shortened to 25-minute slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors open-mic readings, and more—and it’s all free! If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.


Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café  and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, poetry walk, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

MoonPath Press Poetry Reading
at Poets in the Park Redmond


MoonPath Press: Chris Jarmick, MC,
with Joe Green, Laura LeHew,
and Amy MacLennan

For full detailed schedule  scroll down to bottom of page (past 2015 pictures) at  GRACEGUTS POETS IN THE PARK


Coming Soon:

Auburn AugustFest   Saturday August 13,  11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Free

Car Show, Parade, Music, Arts and Book Fair

But most importantly   Poetry readings, free workshops and

The open mic poetry contest (win prizes).  All FREE!!!

Details soon.

Facebook Page here 


July 1  7pm   Jack Straw  Seattle

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, for our new publication,  Celebration, Vol. 22, of  Raven Chronicles, A Seattle-based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.


July 1, 2016, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. University District, Seattle

Readings by: MC Anna Bálint

Cultural Geography: Jesse Minkert

Food & Culture: Karen Lee White (from Vancouver Island, BC)

Words from The Cafe: Introduced by Anna Bálint

Mary-Jo El-Wattar and Angel Ybarra

Nature Writing: Robert Francis Flor

Spoken Word: Larry Crist

Rants, Raves & Reviews: Rajaa Gharbi, from her book …From Songs of a Grasshopper


Theme: Celebration Catalina Cantu, Christine Clarke, Kevin Miller, Terry Martin, and Billie Swift (welcome to new owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium!)


Artwork: Untitled, watercolor by Pat Kristoferson, from The Artist Within, The Art of Alzheimer’s. Pat’s artwork was created at Elderwise, a Seattle-based 501 (c)3 organization, that serves those with memory loss and their families.  Elderwise Site 


This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW CULTURAL CENTER. Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, & ArtsWA, The Washington State Arts Commission (with NEA funding), for partial funding of our 2015-16 programs.

Raven Website  


July 6   7 pm   Duvall

Quinton Hallett features on

Wednesday, July 6th, 7 PM,

Plus open Mic —  FREE

Duvall Library * 15508 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019


Quinton Hallett, east coaster happily transplanted to Noti, has three chapbooks and founded Fern Rock Falls Press in 2004. Recent poems appear in Cirque, Turn, The Knotted Bond, and december. Quinton coordinated a reading series and high school poet visits for the Oregon Poetry Association. Her first full-length collection, Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast, was published by Uttered Chaos.


July 6  7pm  Auburn

Rainbow Cafe

June 6 2016

Featured Poets:

Benjamin Schmitt


Molly Tenenbaum

Featured Poets

and Open Mic!



we are now located at:

The Rainbow Café!

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA 98002

Rainbow Cafe Site 


First Monday! each month at 7 p.m.

SWP and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission

and King County 4Culture present:

Poetry at the Rainbow Café!

emcee: Emilie Rommel Shimkus


July 8  7pm  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

July 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Emma Bach, Featured Reader

Plus open Mic


Puget Sound Poetry Connection Site  


Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Once upon a time, Ken Shiovitz hosted

the PoetsWest reading series at Third

Place Books in Ravenna.   He’s just

released his latest book!


Ken Shiovitz Book Release Party for

Rules of the Universe: Open House with

Readings on the Half Hour.


on attending and the address.


“Summer night–
even the stars
are whispering to each other.”
Kobayashi Issa



March 31, 2016

“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life.

I wrote that way too.”

Mary Oliver



Day 1 of NaPoWrimo

Poetry NorthWest  (My Readings, Community Readings Events and More)

–       –     –

And so it begins. . . .  NAPOWRIMO 2016  (and below  Northwest Poetry: Readings, Events and More)!

NaPoWriMo  2016    April 1 to April 30 2016

National Poetry Writing Month = NAPOWRIMO


Write at least one poem every day during National Poetry Month (April).


I post daily prompts meant to inspire and challenge you to write.

I try to keep things interesting and will be posting poems I write

within 48 hours.


Thousands of poets participate in the NaPoWriMo challenge.

Some post prompts on blogs or sites.

Many also post their poems…usually first drafts of writes.


Please participate any way you are able.  Write every day or every other day

or once a week.  If you fall behind and want to catch-up. . . do so.

If you skip some days… that’s okay.


This is a challenge, not a contest, not even a rite of passage.

Consider it a writing exercise and every day that you can participate

Consider it a gift you are giving to your creative self.


Feel free to write messages, share my posts (mention POETRYisEVERYTHING please).

I will sometime post links to other blogs and sites that have poems or promps.


Read more about NaPoWriMo here


This year I’ve asked Brendan McBreen,  a member of the Striped Water Poets

group in Auburn Washington to suggest some prompts that I’ll use during the

month of April.  Thankfully he sent over lots of suggestions.




DAY 1  – NaPoWriMo Prompt for  April 1, 2016  


Let’s begin the 2016 NaPoWriMo challenge with a simple prompt.


Write 2 poems 4 to 6 lines in length using at least 6 of the words on this list of words:

Dime, dreary, nebulous, skin, work, discussion,

elated, heavenly, selective, press, alluring, volatile

Extra challenge… use all the words in both of your poems.

Any form or no form, rhyme or don’t rhyme.

If you post the poems on your blog or anywhere using this prompt…

send me a link.  Enjoy

For those living anywhere near Western Washington you might want to look

at the Poetry Day of the Week page that you’ll find in the upper right corner

under PAGES.

Poetry NorthWest Readings, Events & More



I have several more upcoming readings in support

of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).

Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.


April 21 – Edmonds Books 6:30 p.m.  Edmonds


Poetry in Edmonds

Thursday, April 21, 2016,

At 6:30 p.m.


Featured readers:


Lana Hechtman Ayers,

Christopher Jarmick,

Herb McClees,

Joannie Stangeland,


David D. Horowitz

Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds, WA

Telephone: Edmonds Bookshop, 425-775-2789


April 30,  Wayward Café   Seattle

Mark the date… Saturday April 30th!

Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104, Seattle, Washington 98115



Speculative Writing

Ten Seattle-area speculative fiction authors will be reading fiction and poetry

at the Wayward Coffeehouse. Authors include Nathan Crowder,

Andrew Gaines, Christopher J. Jarmick, Alisha A. Knaff, Jessie Kwak, 

A. Pitts, Amy Schrader, Ian M. Smith, Dawn Vogel, and Jeremy Zimmerman.

Some of our authors will also have books for sale! Come hear tales of fantasy, s

cience fiction, and maybe a little bit of horror, and support local authors

and small businesses!

Hosted by Dawn Vogel


Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104,

Seattle, Washington 98115

Facebook Event Page here


May 12th   Island Books 7 p.m.  Mercer Island

Thursday May 12

Island Books Poetry Night

7:00 p.m.

Featured Poets

Ramona Behnke,

Dennis Caswell,

Christopher Jarmick,

and David D. Horowitz

Island Books is located at

3014 78th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA

Telephone: store, 206-232-6920


“No one wants to read poetry. You have to make it impossible

 for them to put the poem down—impossible

 for them to stop reading it, word after word.

You have to keep them from closing the book.”

Muriel Rukeyser




APRIL 4     Rainbow Café   7 p.m.  Auburn WA

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!

The Rainbow Cafe

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA


Monday April 4

7 to 9

at the Rainbow Cafe


Martha Silano


Julie Courey


followed of course by our Open Mic


Julie Courey is a native of the greater Seattle area. She has been published

in Anthologies such as The International Library of Poetry (2001) The

Colors of our Dreams, World Poetry Movement (2012, 2014) Stars in

Our Hearts, and others. Julie is a regular open mic participant in

numerous regional open mic events. She is a writer of villanelles as well

as her heart touching free verse.

Martha Silano has authored four full-length collections of poetry, including

The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010

Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award finalist,

and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014). She is also co-editor, with

Kelli Russell Agodon, of The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your

Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press 2013). Martha’s poems have appeared

in many magazines, including Poetry, Poetry Daily, AGNI, American Poetry

Review,  Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and

are forthcoming in Blackbird, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Her poem

“Love” appears in The Best American Poetry 2009. Martha teaches at

Bellevue College, edits Crab Creek Review, and blogs at Blue Positive.

Extra Special Thanks to the Rainbow Cafe

to Striped Water Poets

to The NorthWest Renaissance

to The Auburn Arts Commission

to The City of Auburn

to King County 4culture

and to all of our wonderful Open Mic participants!


Striped Water Poets


April 7  Ravenna Third Place Books  7 pm.  – Seattle


Ravenna Third Place Books Reading

Thursday April 7th @ 7:00 p.m.


Features:  Erin Malone

Natasha Moni

Michael Schmeltzer




Ravenna Third Place Books. 6504 20th Ave NE,

Seattle, WA 98115.


April 8, 2016  Kings Bookstore  7 p.m.  TACOMA

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series


April 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Featured Reader: Susan Rich


Susan Rich is the author of four books including Cloud Pharmacy

and The Alchemist’s Kitchen. She co-edited The Strangest of

Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders with Brian Turner,

and has received awards from The Times Literary Supplement

(London) and the Fulbright Foundation. Rich’s individual poems

appear in Harvard Review, Southern Review, and World Literature Today.


APRIL 9    Evergreen Invitational SLAM   7:30   MARYSVILLE, WA


The Jack McCarthy  Invitational Evergreen Poetry Slam


Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM

Evergreen Universal Unitarian Church

Marysville, Washington 98270


Jack McCarthy wanted his yearly Invitational Slam to continue.

And so it does

This year Jack’s Slam returns to Marysville with some new faces

and some favorites. We invite poets from all over to compete in a friendly,

albeit difficult poetry slam tournament, all to bring good, poetic cheer

to the people of his beloved Evergreen church community in Marysville.

Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee.

Doors open at 7:00. Show begins at 7:30.

Admission is sliding scale: $10 to $20

Poets confirmed for this year To Be Announced…



April 4th and Beyond  Readings & More

From Rose Alley Press and David D. Horowitz

POETRY:   APRIL 4TH  University Book Store,

4326 University Way NE, Seattle.

Monday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED  Victoria Ford, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, & Joannie Stangeland.




POETRY: APRIL 7  PoetsWest at Phoenix Tea,

902 SW 152nd St., Burien.


Thursday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED:  Dennis Caswell, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, & open mic.




POETRY: APRIL 9  PoetsWest at Seattle Public Library,

Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.


Saturday, April 9th, 4:00 p.m.

Featured:  David D. Horowitz, Rayn Roberts,

Christine Swanberg, & open mic.




POETRY: APRIL 14   Queen Anne Avenue Book Company,

1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle.


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

FEATURED:  Sharon Cumberland, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, & Bethany Reid.




POETRY: APRIL 21 Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds.


Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 p.m.

FEATURED:  Lana H. Ayers, David D. Horowitz,

Christopher Jarmick, Herb McClees,

& Joannie Stangeland.




POETRY: MAY 12  Island Books,

3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.


Thursday, May 12th, 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED:   Ramona Behnke, Dennis Caswell,

David D. Horowitz, Christopher Jarmick,

& Laura Totten.





POETRY: MAY 18 The Creekside,

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. NE,


Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 p.m.

David D. Horowitz & open mic.






Skagit River Poetry Festival. Readings, book fair:

Maple Hall, 103 Commercial St., La Conner.


Readings: Maple Hall and nearby locations, LaConner.

Thursday, May 19th – Sunday, May 22nd.

Rose Alley Press table: David D. Horowitz, Fri., May 20th, after 2:00 p.m.

& Sat., May 21st, beginning 9:00 a.m. in Maple Hall.

For more information, visit




Free Olympia Workshop

‘Surprise and its various meanings in poetry’ is the topic for

the Paul Gillie Memorial Workshop, Monday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

at the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St. NW in downtown

Olympia.  Local Poet Tim Kelly will lead the session which will include

analysis of model poems and writing exercises for participants.  Kelly has

worked as a physical therapist in Olympia for 35 years.  The most recent

of his four volumes of poetry is “The Extremities,” published by Oberlin

College Press.  He has taught at Oberlin and at The Evergreen State College.

The workshop, sponsored by the Olympia Poetry Network, is free.



April 20   Traditions Café  6:30 pm.   Olympia


Celebration National Poetry Month in April with Dead Poets!

Dead Poets come to life in honor of National Poetry Month 2016



Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, in downtown Olympia.


Ghost Poets appearing include: Edna St Vincent Millay, Alfonsina Storni,

Madeline DeFrees, Maxine Kumin, Tomas Transtromer,

and Tsendyn Chimeddorj.


They will reveal secrets about poetic success and read persona

l favorite poems. An Open Mic is available for those attending

to channel their favorite Dead Poets.


This Olympia Poetry Network event is free.

For more information call 360-701-2030.


Thanks again!  Celebrate Poetry during April and every day!

Joanne Clarkson, Poet




Word Works: Kevin Young on “Throwing Your Voice”

April 28 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Young’s talk will be about voice and the perils of style, as well as the

possibilities of habits and finding new ones. After the talk, the

audience will have a chance to ask questions during a Q&A

moderated by a local writer, editor, or arts administrator.



Kevin Young is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose

including Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015

(forthcoming 2016); Book of Hours, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts

Poetry Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the

Academy of American Poets; Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad

Rebels; and Dear Darkness. His collection Jelly Roll: A Blues was a

finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles

Times Book Award or Poetry. Young’s nonfiction book The Grey

Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction

Prize and the PEN Open Award; it was also a New York Times Notable

Book for 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle

Award for criticism. He is the editor of several collections, most

recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 and The

Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink. He is Charles Howard Candler

Professor of Creative Writing & English and curator of Literary

Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.


“Kevin Young is one of the most talented poets in the United States.

With this new book, he should also become known as a major critic.”

— San Francisco Chronicle, reviewing The Grey Album


April 29, 2014–RASP SPECIAL EVENT  Redmond WA





Open Mic & Reading featuring Joannie Stangeland


Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

6:00-9:00 p.m.

VALA Eastside

Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside is beneath the iPic Theater and between

the Z Gallery and Victoria Secret.


Please join us! Wine tasting starts at 6:00 PM, signup starts at 6:30 PM;

reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM


About the featured reader:

Joannie Stangeland is the author of In Both Hands and Into

the Rumored Spring, both published by Ravenna Press, two

chapbooks, and the pamphlet A Piece of  Work. Joannie’s

poems have also appeared in Front Porch Journal, Off the

Coast, Hubbub, Santa Fe Literary Review, and other

publications. Joannie has  been a Jack Straw Writers Program

Fellow, taught writing classes at Hugo  House and LiTFUSE,

and served as a poetry editor for two journals. Read her

 blog .

A Wine and Poetry Pairing: Not only is Joannie Stangeland a poet, she co-owns

a winery with her husband, winemaker Tom Stangeland. Cloudlift Cellars crafts Bordeaux-style and Rhone-style wines in Seattle’s

Georgetown winery—and at the April RASP reading, you can sample them.

The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with wine tasting and light snacks, with

another opportunity to taste during the break before the open mic.

In order to participate in the wine tasting, you need to



Louder Than a Bomb – Tacoma

The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival

Saturday April 30, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

at Tacoma Community College Auditorium

(Bldg. 2, near the 12th St. entrance)

Louder Than a Bomb is a team teen poetry slam competition

featuring poets from schools in Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

We also have slots open for independent poets ages 13-19.

To register as an indy poet, email

(Spaces are limited.)

The event is free and all ages.

Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LTABTacoma

Presented by Write@253 and Tacoma Community College.

Sponsored by TCC Office of Student Services, Spark Grants,

a program of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation,

University of Puget Sound English Department, and King’s Books.



7 PM – 10 PM

Wayward Coffeehouse Roosevelt

6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Ste 104,

Seattle, Washington 98115

Ten Seattle-area speculative fiction authors will be reading fiction

and poetry at the Wayward Coffeehouse. Authors include

Nathan Crowder, Andrew Gaines, Christopher J. Jarmick,

Alisha A. Knaff, Jessie Kwak, J. A. Pitts, Amy Schrader,

Ian M. Smith, Dawn Vogel, and Jeremy Zimmerman.

Some of our authors will also have books for sale!

Come hear tales of fantasy, science fiction, and maybe

a little bit of horror, and support local authors

and small businesses!

Facebook event page here



Vol. 22, Spring/Summer 2016 issue

Reading period will open on:  March 1, 2016

Reading period will close on:  April 15, 2016

Editors, Vol. 22:

Fiction: Matt Briggs

Nonfiction: Dana Dickerson

Poetry: Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

Theme: Celebration

Some key elements of Celebration are: initiation, acknowledgment,

completion, pride, accomplishment, triumphs, commemoration,

observance, marking, keeping, rituals; and sheer joy, rites of passage,

offerings, music, dance, food, gift givings, trophies, etc. And

overcoming: “We shall not be moved.” Coming together … friends,

family, community, culture. Country? An honoring of self, of __ years

of sobriety, losing weight, a touchdown, etc. Hallelujah! “Wow!

You go girl! Yes, you can! You did it! We did it!” Antonyms: memorial,

lamentation, sadness.

How do we celebrate the passing of time, the promise of tomorrow,

and the thousand little acts that make up our lives? Do we over-celebrate

some things? The way we celebrate, or don’t, can be a window into our

cultural and personal selves. When we think of celebrationwe often think

of those days / events we observe, and the people we acknowledge.

For instance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: we celebrate the life and legacy

of a great man, but it is also an elegiac day, a time for contemplation

and lament.


Submissions are currently:  OPEN

How to Submit work: In 2016, we will use for our submission platform.


Phoebe Bosche,

Managing Editor

Raven Chronicles


From Michael Dylan Welch  regarding POETS IN THE PARK  Redmond, WA

Proposals Wanted for Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park is back! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25, 2016

for another Poets in the Park poetry festival at Anderson Park in Redmond,

Washington. We have a bountiful day of events planned, with workshops,

readings, performances, book fair, an open-mic reading, and more. Bring

a lunch and join us for this FREE event!

Want to participate? We’re looking for proposals for readings (25-minute slots)

and workshops (55-minute slots). See the call for proposals RIGHT HERE!


Send your proposals as soon as possible to

Michael Dylan Welch at, with the information requested

at the website. See you on June 25!


FROM Michael Schein    LITFUSE NEWS

Please let all poets know that LiTFUSE is now open for registration. This year we go from September 23-25, featuring (among others) Ilya Kaminsky, Thomas Lux, Susan Rich, Kelli Russell Agodon and Laura Read.

Registration here

LiTFUSE is an annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held in Tieton, WA (near Yakima), sponsored by Tieton Arts & Humanities, that is open to poets of all ages and styles.


Michael Schein, Author

John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away, Bones Beneath Our Feet,

Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery


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!



Northwest Poetry March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

“Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

Seamus Heaney


It’s free to submit to the BANG ANTHOLOGY.

Deadline March 31, 2016

Details here at World Enough Writers


SOON… Beginning March 31, 2016

NaPoWriMo begins and I’ll be joining others in posting prompts and poems.



I have several more upcoming readings in support of my newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud (MoonPath Press  2015).   Books will be available for purchase, all readings are FREE!  Additional information via provided links.   Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time to attend any of these readings.



THIS SATURDAY !!!!  March 26  Rainy Day Festival   Ballard

Saturday March 26th

Rainy Day in Seattle Year 3

Begins 3:00 p.m.

At the Seattle Creative Arts Center in Ballard


NightWing Publications and Viking Poetry

would like to invite YOU to

A Rainy Day In Seattle Part 3

where you can indulge in a shower of words,

and mingle with the sublime.



The Walking & Talking True Story that is Bill Gainer

The Man Who Declared War on Unicorns, Brian Dawson

Local Legend Chris Jarmick

The Mesmerizing & Powerful Donna Snyder

Live From The Western Plains, Jason Hardung

The Fierce & Formidable Jessica Dawson

The Ever Delightful Lauri Langston

The Illustrious Leonard Orr

A Moss & Scotch Intermingle in the form of Neil McCrea

The Effervescent Shaindel Beers

Everyone’s Favorite Dalek, Steve Goldberg

The Wonderful & Perpetually Beautiful, Stephen Roxborough


and a possible sighting of instigators

Alicia Winski and Ryan Snellman.


Once again we will be at the

Seattle Creative Arts Center



The storm begins at 3:00 pm and lingers

until the moon rises.

Chris  Rainy Day Seattle 2016

Facebook Event Page Link:


April 21 – Edmonds Books 6:30 p.m.  Edmonds

Poetry in Edmonds

Thursday, April 21, 2016,

At 6:30 p.m.

Featured readers:

Lana Hechtman Ayers,

Christopher Jarmick,

Herb McClees,

Joannie Stangeland,


David D. Horowitz


Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds, WA



Telephone: Edmonds Bookshop, 425-775-2789


April 30,  Wayward Café   Seattle

Mark the date… Saturday April 30th!

More details will be announced soon

Special Reading featuring poets and writers

published by Seattle area small presses.

Theme: Speculative Fiction (and poetry).


MoonPath Press Featured readers include

Amy Schrader

Christopher J. Jarmick


More info to follow….

Wayward Cafe

6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104,

Seattle WA 98115

located in the Roosevelt Neighborhood north of the U-District,

on the southwest corner of 65th & Roosevelt Way NE

next to Ten Thousand Villages.

Wayward Café website


May 12th   Island Books 7 p.m.  Mercer Island

Thursday May 12

Island Books Poetry Night

7:00 p.m.

Featured Poets

Ramona Behnke,

Dennis Caswell,

Christopher Jarmick,

and David D. Horowitz


Island Books is located at

3014 78th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island, WA

Telephone: store, 206-232-6920

Island Books Website


“Listen, Stephen King used to write in the washroom

of his trailer after his kids went to sleep.

Harlan Ellison wrote in the stall of a bathroom

of his barracks during boot camp.

Elmore Leonard got up at 5 AM every morning

to write before work.

Every time my alarm goes off at 5 AM

and I don’t want to get up, or I would rather

sit down after work and play a videogame,

I think about those guys.

Take care of your family. They need you and love you.

Make time for them. Then stop screwing around

and finish your damn book.”


Bernard Schaffer





March 15  Redmond Library 6:30 p.m. Redmond

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 pm.

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

features  presentation and discussion on

Wallace Stevens.


Free event

Redmond Library,

15990 NE 85th Street,

Redmond, WA


Coming soon:  22 March 2016:

Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive:

Shel Silverstein.

29 March 2016:

Poets Wanted, Dead or Alive:

Allen Ginsberg.


March 16  Creekside  7 p.m.  Woodinville

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

at 7:00 pm

PoetsWest @ The Creekside


Featured: Michael Daley.

Open mic.


Hosted by Clark Crouch.

Emceed by Terry Busch.


The Creekside,

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,

Woodinville, WA




March 16  Traditions Café  6:30 p.m. Olympia

Olympia Poetry Network

Featured: Joseph Green.

Open mic precedes the reading.


Traditions Cafe, 5th & Water St., Olympia WA

Contact: Joanne Clarkson


3/17/16   Soulfood CoffeeHouse  7 p.m.  Redmond

Thursday March 17

SoulFood Poetry Night


Features:  Marty Steyer

and  Will Wells

plus open mic


SoulFood CoffeeHouse and Fair Trade Emporium

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, Washington 9805
Marty Steyer is a formalist poet who, in particular, loves the sonnet. However, he also writes a fair amount of free verse and therefore might be aptly characterized as a formalist with anarchic tendencies. Marty was the winner of the 2014 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and has poems in recent issues of Measure and Teaching English at the Two-Year College. Marty is also the founder and owner of Steyer Associates, Inc., a staffing firm that supplies content professionals (writers, editors, program managers, etc.) to high-tech companies in the Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area. Marty earned degrees at UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has attended the Bread Loaf Sicily, Tin House, and Sewanee writers’ conferences.

Will Wells’ most recent poetry book, Unsettled Accounts, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, was published by Ohio University/Swallow Press in 2010. His current manuscript, Odd Lots, Scraps, and Second-hand, Like New, is complete. A previous volume of poems, Conversing with the Light, won the Anhinga Prize for poetry. Will has won fellowships to various writing conferences, including Sewanee, Bread Loaf, West Chester, and Wesleyan. He has earned four NEH fellowships, one NEA creative writing fellowship, two Individual Artist Excellence awards (including for 2016) from the Ohio Arts Council, and was named 2010 Ohio Poet of the Year.



March 25,  RASP at VALA 7 pm   Redmond, WA

RASP  Friday March 25th

@ 7 pm. To 9 pm.

Open Mic & Reading


feature G. Elizabeth Kretchmer

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

VALA Eastside

7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Redmond Town Center


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


About the featured reader:

Elizabeth Kretchmer holds an MFA in writing from

Pacific University. She is the author of The Damnable

Legacy, a novel about a midlife mountaineer wrestling

with a decision to place her daughter for adoption

thirty years ago, and the just-released short story

collection Women on the Brink, in which women aged

13 to 90 struggle against life’s unwelcome realities. Her

short fiction, essays, and freelance work have appeared

in The New York Times, High Desert Journal, Silk Road

Review, SLAB, and other publications. When she’s not

writing, she’s facilitating therapeutic and wellness writing

workshops in the greater Seattle community or spending

time with her husband and Lani (pronounced “Lonnie”)

the Labradoodle. Her website is




March/April/May   Various Readings and Events

From David Horowitz – Rose Alley Press

POETRY:  April 4th    7:00 p.m.    Seattle

Monday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m

University Book Store

Featured Poets:

Victoria Ford, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder,

Michael Spence, & Joannie Stangeland.



University Book Store,

4326 University Way NE, Seattle

POETRY: April 7th   7 pm.  Burien

PoetsWest at Phoenix Tea,

Thursday, April 7th,

7:00 p.m.


Featured:  Dennis Caswell

 David D. Horowitz

 Donald Kentop,

& open mic.


902 SW 152nd St., Burien.

POETRY: April 9th  Greenlake Library 4 pm.  Seattle

PoetsWest at Seattle Public Library,

Saturday, April 9th, 4:00 p.m.


Featured Readers:  David D. Horowitz,

Rayn Roberts, Christine Swanberg,

& open mic.


Green Lake Branch Library,

7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.


POETRY: April 14   Seattle

Queen Anne Avenue Book Company,

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


Sharon Cumberland, David D. Horowitz,

Donald Kentop, & Bethany Reid.


Queen Anne Avenue Book Company,

1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle

POETRY: April 21  Edmonds

Edmonds Bookshop

Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 p.m.


Features: Lana H. Ayers, David D. Horowitz,

Christopher Jarmick, Herb McClees,

& Joannie Stangeland.


Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds

POETRY: April 29 RASP  Redmond

RASP (Redmond Assoc. of SPoken Word)

Friday April 29th, 7 p.m.


Feature Joannie Stangeland

& open mic


RASP at, VALA Eastside,

Rose Alley Press Website


April 7  Ravenna Third Place Books  7 pm.  – Seattle

Ravenna Third Place Books Reading

Thursday April 7th @ 7:00 p.m.

Features:  Erin Malone

Natasha Moni

Michael Schmeltzer


 Ravenna Third Place Books. 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.



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