“I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life.
I wrote that way too.”
― Mary Oliver
NAPOWRIMO 2016 BEGINS. . . .
Day 1 of NaPoWrimo
Poetry NorthWest (My Readings, Community Readings Events and More)
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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
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.
Lana Hechtman Ayers,
David D. Horowitz
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
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
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
Monday April 4
7 to 9
at the Rainbow Cafe
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
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.
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…
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE:
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.
POETRY & BOOK FAIR: MAY 19 TO MAY 22ND
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 www.skagitriverpoetry.org.
APRIL 11, FREE WORKSHOP OLYMPIA, WA
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
HUGO HOUSE TALK – APRIL 28TH 7 P.M.
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.
HUGO HOUSE Website:
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
WINE TASTING & POETRY
Open Mic & Reading featuring Joannie Stangeland
Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)
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
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
http://cloudlift.net/ 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
RSVP to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.
Saturday, April 30 SPECIAL EVENT WAYWARD COFFEEHOUSE
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
SUBMIT TO RAVEN CHRONICLES
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
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,
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
Submissions are currently: OPEN
How to Submit work: In 2016, we will use
Submittable.com for our submission platform.
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 WelchM@aol.com, 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.
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:
It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!
TOMORROW ANOTHER NAPOWRIMO PROMPT!!!!