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Mid-September Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

September 11, 2015

“The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day

of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.

Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason

they write so very little. But we do. We have so much we want

to say and figure out.

Anne Lamott

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A person is a fool to become a writer.

His only compensation is absolute freedom.

He has no master except his own soul and that

I am sure is why he does it.”

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

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

Thank you.

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

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

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

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I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

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

FREE WORKSHOP

10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”

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September 19  6:15 pm. Vaughn, WA
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There may still be a few spots
available at the Words and Music
House Concert on Saturday
September 19th!
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Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –
Not Aloud
(MoonPath Press)
Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
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Event Info here:
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Dave and Mandy’s Website
(with some music videos!)
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Chris Jarmick’s Amazon Author Page Here
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To find out more email to
info@watermarkwriters.com
RSVP (a must) by calling:
253-778-6559.
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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a
unique house concert series in their
beautiful Key Peninsula home
overlooking the water and beautiful
sunsets.  A poet and a touring
musician or musical group combine
for an evening of spoken word
followed by music.
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Tasty appetizers, snacks and
wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.
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A suggested donation of $20.00 pays
for the performing artists  and any
additional donations goes towards
supporting the non-profit
Wartermark Writers literacy programs.
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Upcoming  Events
On October 3 — Music: Melissa Greener
Words/Poet – Joseph Green
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Jerry Libstaff
Watermark Writers
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To find out more email us at
info@watermarkwriters.com
or call  253-778-6559.
Sincerely,
Jerry Libstaff

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Monday 9/21  8:15  Seattle
The North End Forum created and
usually hosted by Jed Myers is a loose
gathering of poets, musicians, prose
writers who share Words and music in
a very casual laid back setting In the
Bai Pai  Restaurant Bar/Lounge  on
the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.
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The 21st is a bit different….
We’ll have a special extra spotlight
reading from Christopher J. Jarmick
to celebrate the publication of
Not Aloud from MoonPath Press.
(around 9:30 ish) He’ll have books to
sign and sell during the break.
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Chris will read a few extra poems and
do a number or two with the house band.
Plenty of time for the usual open mic too.
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Happy Hour prices on drinks
FREE/ no cover charge
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BAI PAI
Is located at:
2316 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

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Saturday- 9/26    7 p.m. Bellingham
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Special Event at
Village Books in Bellingham
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Christopher J. Jarmick
reading/book signing
NOT ALOUD 
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Sept 26th  7 p.m.
Village Books in Bellingham
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They created a reading event page here.

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Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland

Featuring:

Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company

FREE

Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……

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Wed. October 14   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

Our next

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

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

.

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.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

Lynn Knapp, Chris Jarmick, Linda Strever,
Irene Bloom, Lillo Way, Pattie Palmer Baker,
Judith Skillman and Shawn Aveningo 

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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“The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil

hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper.

If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness,

you’ll do yourself a service.”

– Stephen Sondheim

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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I have a new NOT ALOUD FACEBOOK PAGE 

(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity

Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.

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TONIGHT!!!

Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic

FREE

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.

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Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems

By

John Burgess

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro

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Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville

PoetsWest at THE CREEKSIDE

David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic

FREE

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

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com

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Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!

Featuring:

Michael G. Hickey

and

Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic

FREE

SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.

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Friday 9/18  7 p.m.  Steilacoom, WA

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry &
Writers Venue Poetry Reading
3rd Friday September 18, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Janet Froststad

Espresso By the Bay
1203 Rainier St
Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:
andersonislandwrites.com

Janet Sleeper Frostad: is a Puget Sound
poet who is proud to admit that she still
loves the song Mandy. Janet first began
to write as a way to navigate
adolescence in very rural Eastern
Washington. Now, in the uncertain waters
of middle age, she has again returned to
the pen for buoyancy and balance. Being
an active poet requires her to slow down
and take a careful look at life.

Janet has published poems in Quill &
Parchment, Mused (Bella Online Literary
Review) and locally in a small limited
edition booklet, Lights on the Tip of Our
Ambulation, Ten Tacoma Poems on Art,
Creativity and the City.  Janet lives with
her husband and two active young
daughters who inspire her each day to
live artfully and with gratitude.
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Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle

PRISCILLA LONG

Reading/Signing

Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press

At

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA

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Sept 23,  7 p.m.  West Seattle

from Leopoldo…..

Dear poetrybridge community,


Rayn Roberts kicks off our 2015-16 poetrybridge reading season on September 23rd at C&P Coffee starting at 7 PM.  Rayn also read during the summer readings but for those of you who missed him, this coming fall evening will be a great time to hear him read from his numerous collection of poems. Here is a short bio of Rayn: 

Rayn Roberts dangles figures on a small stage to share insights and poke fun. Robert Frost & Charles Bukowski are partly responsible for showing him how to do this, but there are other perpetrators too.  He’s not a poet but a puppeteer. All his puppets are in books to read on rainy days, but don’t lend to your conservative relatives.  Their brains may short circuit. Find Rayn Roberts online & @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell Books & Poetic Matrix: http://www.poeticmatrix.com/title/roberts.aspx. Hear him on KSER Radio FM 90.7 in PoetsWest broadcasts.  You can hear him on the PoetsWest website anytime you like: http://www.poetswest.com/radio_programs.htm   

I am still working on finding another poet or storyteller to be the other featured reader in September and will let you know when I am able to do so.

As always, there will be a community mic staring around 8 PM ending at 9.

I will be sending out the poster for this event and updating the website soon.

Looking ahead, On October 28 we will feature Christopher Jarmick and Cesario Larios


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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.

Please mark on your calendar.

I am still firming up the schedule for the rest of the year and will post it soon, I hope.

Thanks.

Leopoldo

C&P Coffee is located

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

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Thursday Sept 24  Tacoma  7 p.m.
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Cindy  M.  Hutchings
Reading/book signing
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Support my fellow MoonPath Press
published poet Cindy as she has a
special reading and  book signing
of her recently published (2015)
collection of poems:
Tree Talk
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FREE
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At Tacoma’s Kings Books
Location:
218 St Helens Ave,
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801

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Friday 9/25  7 p.m.   Redmond WA

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

7 p.m.

plus open mic

Free

Clare Johnson is a writer and visual
artist, published in Blithe House Quarterly,
Quiet Shorts, Frogmore Papers, 14
Magazine, Lumina, and Cranky. She is
a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize
recipient, and her ongoing Post-it Note
Project (drawing a memory on a post-it
each night) won a Seattle Magazine Best
of 2011 for “Best New Take on the
Memoir,” also garnering a cover feature
in Real Change. Recent honors include
Artist Trust funding to expand her series
of drawings inspired by favorite works of
literature, and the publication of Roses,
a book pairing her art with poems by
Rainer Maria Rilke. She is working on
her book-length poetry and fiction project
Will I live here when I grow up.

Laura Da’ is a poet and public school
teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific
Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at
the University of Washington and the
Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is
an enrolled member of the Eastern
Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Her first
chapbook,The Tecumseh Motel, was
published in Effigies II. The University
of Arizona Press will publish her first
full-length manuscript, Tributaries, in
2015. Da’ lives near Seattle
with her husband and son.

Kevin Craft, curator of the 2015 Jack
Straw Writers Program, is also the
editor of Poetry Northwest. His books
include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank
Books, 2005), and five volumes of
the anthology Mare Nostrum, an
annual collection of Italian translation
and Mediterranean-inspired writing.
His poems, reviews, and essays have
appeared widely in such places as
Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter,
Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest
Review, The Stranger, and West
Branch. A 2008 Jack Straw Writer,
he has also been awarded fellowships
from the MacDowell Colony, the
Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the
Camargo Foundation (France),
4Culture, and Artist Trust.

RASP is located at
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, Washington 98052

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Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 

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


REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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

Thanks and see you in October!
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Raven Chronicles
hot off the press humor issue
reading at Jack Straw
is on Friday, October 16th!

MC Paul Hunter

Cultural Geography
Vladimir Vulovic

Odes to Persons, Places & Things:
Judith Roche,poems
Marianne Weltmann, 2 odes

Words from The Cafe:
Introduced by Anna Bálint
Tamar Hirsch, poem
Bang Nguyen, poem
Taumstar,  poems

Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!
Kat Humphrey: jokes interspersed;

James Bertolino  poems
Larry Crist  poems
Chris Jarmick  poems
Larry Laurence  poems
Lawrence Matsuda  poems
Jennifer Munro-excerpt, creative non-fiction
Ann Teplick, excerpt, essay
Carletta Carrington Wilson-poem

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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.
===
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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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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September 2015 – Poetry Is Everything NorthWest

August 31, 2015

“Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

Seamus Heaney

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

Mary Oliver

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“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

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

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

It may even inspire you to write.

Thank you.

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

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

You’ll also see a new page up there that’s called:

NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon. 

You are invited and encouraged to be part of it.

  • –    –

Below you’ll find several upcoming poetry readings, and events

Occurring throughout Western Washington… most are free and many

include open mics.

I begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

–    –    –

I have books!

My new book NOT ALOUD is now available.

There’s a special updated page devoted to

“All Things Not Aloud”  Look in the upper right under Pages.

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Wed. September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

First Wednesday of the month means

Duvall Poetry!

September 2nd is the first official NOT ALOUD reading!

(and it won’t be quiet….).

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Michael Schein is scheduled to host.

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copies of Not Aloud will be available

for purchase.

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Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Website is here.

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Monday, September 7th -7 p.m.- Auburn, WA

From Striped Water Poets Central:

Poetry at the Station Bistro!

presents:

Christopher J. Jarmick

Monday September 7

7 pm

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

(first Mondays!)

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, has just been published by

MoonPath Press.   Oh…and you might like and share his Facebook

Book Page: Not Aloud

extra special thanks to:

The Station Bistro

The City of Auburn

The Auburn Arts Commission

Striped Water Poets

NorthWest Renaissance

and to our wonderful audience and our fantastic

open mic participants!

Come Join us for delicious food and wonderful poetry

at The Station Bistro!

Be sure to check out the NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon

NORTHWEST POETRY READ-A-THON

https://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/northwest-poetry-read-a-thon/

Striped Water Poets Website

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Wed. September 9   7 pm  Kirkland, WA

We begin our 9th year on

September 9th!!!!  7 p.m.

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

FEATURING:

Matthew Brouwer

and poems from

Stories We Must Tell

w/ guest spotlight poet

Christopher J. Jarmick

and poems from

Not Aloud

Matthew will also have his Saxophone!  So expect

a little music and poetry improv from Chris and Matthew!

PLUS  OPEN MIC

FREE

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

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in

Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and

literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle,

enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the US and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

and a smattering of print and online journals.  Matthew leads workshops

and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile

Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing

circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  Stories We Must

Tell, his first full collection of poems, was released spring, 2015.

Matthew’s WEBSITE 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.

Park Place Books is  located in the

Park Place Mall off 85th Street  in

Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Ctr

Kirkland, WA 98033-6229

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 October 14 will include a very special

performance from Band of Poets including

Jed Myers,  John Burgess

and Christopher J. Jarmick  7 p.m.

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November 11th  is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading featuring

several poets from Oregon and locally.

7 p.m.

Parkplace Books Website

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

FREE WORKSHOP

10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

Prompts!    A workshop

(and book release event)

with Christopher J. Jarmick

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent senior center

room 6 (600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030)

“We’ll briefly learn about prompts, NaPoWriMo, and

then spend time using several prompts to create

several poems or first drafts of poem.  We’ll share

some of these poems with each other, and write a

bit more.

Chris will share some new poems from his just

published Not Aloud (MoonPath Press) including

a few that began as prompt poems.”

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September 19  6:00 p.m. Vaugn, WA

There may still be a few spots available at the

Words and Music

Concert on Saturday September 19th!

Words-  Christopher J. Jarmick –  Not Aloud (MoonPath Press)

Music- Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

To find out more email to

info@watermarkwriters.com

You must RSVP by calling: 253-778-6559.

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Pam and Jerry Libstaff have created a unique house concert series

in their beautiful Key Peninsula home overlooking the water

and beautiful sunsets.  A poet and a touring musician or musical group

combine for an evening of spoken word followed by music.

Tasty appetizers, snacks and wine/water/coffee/tea are provided.

A suggested donation of $20.00 pays for the performing artists

and any additional donations goes toward supporting the non-profit

Wartermark Writers literacy programs.

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“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and

hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some

come safe to land, where the notes are read and then

possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else

understood all too well by those who hate the message.

You never know who your readers might be.”

– – Margaret Atwood

The MoonPath website has been updated.

Bio and Poem Sample

It’s on the Amazon, and Barnes and Noble websites too!

You can order copies direct from me too

email me (emeraldchris@yahoo.com)

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I have a new NOT ALOUD FACEBOOK PAGE 

(Please Like It and Share)

Readings in Duvall, Seattle, Tacoma,

Everett, Key Peninsula, Woodinville, Bellingham,

Gig Harbor, Redmond, Kirkland and beyond

have been scheduled!

Need a featured reader?

Special Page on my blog has been created

All Things NOT ALOUD.  It was just updated

with new news and reading./signings/workshop

info. (Upper Right… under Pages)

notaloud publicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Presses need their writers to do all

they can to help promote their books to

benefit both the small press and the author.

Thank you for your patience. All efforts to

help share information about the release of

the book (liking Facebook page), getting the

word out about readings/book signings etc.

is appreciated.

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Friday, Sept. 11  7:00 p.m.  Tacoma WA

The City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

September 11th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Suzanne Lummis

plus Open Mic

FREE

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours

received the Blue Lynx Award. She’s had poems

in The New Ohio Review, Ploughshares, The New

Yorker and Plume.  The Greenberg Encyclopedia

of American Poets and Poetry states, “As poet,

performer, editor, teacher and poet impresario,

Suzanne Lummis has been, for more than two

decades, one of the most distinctive and

influential poets in Los Angeles.

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Monday, Sept. 14   8:00 p.m.  Seattle

Easy Speak at Wedgwood

Presents the

10th Anniversary reading of

Punk Poems

By

John Burgess

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave.

NE #A, Seattle

Hosted by Peter Munro

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Wednesday Sept. 16   7 p.m.  Woodinville

PoetsWest at THE CREEKSIDE

David D. Horowitz

Cathedrals and Highrise (2015- Rose Alley Press)

& open mic

FREE

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

The Creekside, 18200 Woodinville Snohomish Road, Woodinville

Contact: Clark Crouch, ccrouch@thecreekside.net , The Creekside, 425-354-3784

Emcee: Terry Busch

URL: http://www.poetswest.com

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Thursday, Sept. 17   7 pm   Redmond WA

SoulFood Poetry Night!

Featuring:

Michael G. Hickey

and

Kathleen Flenniken

plus Open Mic

FREE

SoulFood Coffee House,

15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Michael G. Hickey has published two books of poetry, In Defense of Eve

and A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and one novel,

Counterclockwise. He received a BA in creative writing from the University

of Arizona in 1987 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1992.

He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and in 2009 he was

inaugurated at Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist

.” Visit his website at http://www.mghickey.com

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Kathleen Flenniken served as the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

and is author of two poetry collections,Plume  (University of Washington Press,

2012), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, and Famous (University of

Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the ALA. She is the recipient of

fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, the Prairie Schooner

Book Prize, and a Washington State Book Award.

Her website is http://www.kathleenflenniken.com.

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Sept. 19         7:00 p.m.                Seattle

PRISCILLA LONG

Reading/Signing

Her latest:

Crossing Over

From University of New Mexico Press

At

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday, September 19th   7:00 p.m.

Priscilla Long– Well known in the region for her work as a writing teacher, and as author of the perennially popular book on writing, The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Priscilla Long is here this evening to read from a new collection of her own poetry, Crossing Over (University of New Mexico Press). “Priscilla Long would take a bridge anywhere to reach her lost sister, and these poems are replate with bridges literal and metaphoric. In her quest and resolve, these words resonate from ‘Kaddish for Suanne’: ‘All praise to all that is.’” – Carole Simmons Oles. “This is a poet obsessed with bridges and crossings, as the title of the collection implies: chaos to order; grief to acceptance; solitude to connection; confusion to understanding; life to death; past to present; dark to light – themes as old as poetry.” – Samuel Green.

Event date:

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 7:00pm

Event address:

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

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Monday, Sept. 21  7 p.m. Seattle

Carol Levin

reading and book signing

Confident Music Would Fly us to Paradise  (MoonPath Press 2014)

at 7:00 p.m.

University Book Store,

4326 University  Way NE,

Seattle, WA

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Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton.

Ellen Bass is the headliner,

Litfuse Website for more info here 

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From Elizabeth Austen:

(Note from Chris J. : I don’t have time to re-link all of the events

Listed but if you are interested it should be easy to

Google more information with what’s provided here.)

Sept. 10: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop with Elizabeth Austen,

Vancouver Community Library, 2 to 4p. Pre-registration is required.

Sept. 10: Elizabeth Austen reading for the Ghost Town Poetry Series,

Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver.

Includes an open mic. 7p.

Sept. 16: Jourdan Imani Keith & Nicole Hardy

at

C&P Coffee (West Seattle) for the WordsWest reading series. 7p.m.

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Sept. 16: Bruce Barcott, Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, Brian McGuigan and

Anastacia Renee Tolbert at Hugo House for the Wage Slaves reading series. 7p.

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Sept. 17: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Q&A with

Elizabeth Austen and Quenton Baker at theJefferson County Library,

Port Hadlock, 6:30 to 8p.

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Sept. 19: Inaugural poet Richard Blanco at Seattle First Baptist Church,

1111 Harvard (at Union). 7p. (He’s also reading poetry as part of the 11a worship

service on Sept. 20.) More at http://www.seattlefirstbaptist.org.

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Looking for ways to kickstart your own writing practice?

Seattle Writes: Registration is now open for the 2015 series of FREE programs,

workshops and write-ins for local writers, now through Dec. 6.

Poetry for All:  Writing prompt videos at wapoetlaureate.org (also FREE)

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COMING SOON . .

Save the dates –

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Saturday September 26 I’ll be at Village Books

in Bellingham to read and sign Not Aloud.

They created a reading event page here.

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Sat. October 10   7 p.m.  Kirkland

Early notice about this very special event

MoonPath Press POETRY Night at

Park Place Books in Kirkland

Featuring:

Ronda Broatch,

Cindy Hutchings,

Joseph Green &

Christopher J. Jarmick

plus snacks, chocolate,

and good company

FREE

Saturday October 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books in Kirkland.

Mark your calendars, please spread the word,

pick up some great poetry books that are part of

The Northwest Poetry Read-A-Thon   and read,

read, read……

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Tacoma Poetry Festival  is

October 16-17!!!!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE

TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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, recognized as the leading poet of the Pacific Northwest,

will be our keynote presenter  plus

Nate Marshall, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb

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

Pamela Reed, Christopher Luna, Nate Marshall,Emilie Rommel-Schimkus,

Paul NelsonKevin Miller, Tanya McDonald, and 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, link here: visit the festival’s website

and LIKE us on Facebook

at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tacoma-Poetry-Festival/872704889475147

Thanks and see you in October!

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Raven Chronicles

hot off the press humor issue

reading at Jack Straw

is on Friday, October 16th!

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Thursday – October 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.

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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September 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.

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Funding supports the entertainers.

Additional donations provide for

Young Writers.

Watermark Writers is a 501(c)

3 Non Profit corporation.

Upcoming  Events

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Words/Poet  Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Music: Melissa Greener

Words/Poet – Joseph Green

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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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.

h1

August Poetry NorthWest UPDATED

August 3, 2015

“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”

Sigmund Freud

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Almost none of the poetries I admire stick to their labels, native or

adopted ones. Rather, they are vagrant in their identifications.

Tramp poets, there you go,

a new label for those with unstable allegiances.”

― C.D. Wright

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

workshops, supports writers, artists and the poetry community.

Thank you.

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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 usually begin by listing events I am personally involved in.

NOTE:  DON’T MISS THE AUBURN DAYS  POETRY SUNDAY ON AUGUST 16TH

(Free Workshop, Poets, Books, FREE Open Mic Poetry Contest –win prizes and bragging rights!!!

Details below)

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NEW *   NEW *   NEW *

Special Page devoted to All Things Not Aloud

Not Aloud is my brand new collection of poetry that is being

published by MoonPath Press (of Kingston, WA) and will be

available in about 4 weeks.  (Amazon, most bookstores can order

you a copy, request it from the library too)

Read the press release and get the latest updates on

‘all things Not Aloud’ here:

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PARKPLACE BOOK IN KIRKLAND

Please note… there are NO readings

At ParkPlace Books in July and August.

My series will begin it’s 9th/10th year  2015-2016 on September 9th

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?

On September 9th I’m proud to present:

Matthew Brouwer.  7 p.m.

October 14  will include a very special performance

From writer/poet Lyn Coffin

November 11th scheduled is a special

Poeming Pigeons Anthology Reading

featuring several poets from Oregon and locally.

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.

 

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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TONIGHT !!! Wednesday August 5th  7 p.m.   Duvall, WA

August 5th.

Duane Kirby Jensen features!

Plus Open Mic

Free

Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA. As a child in Stanwood, WA, he was inspired by watching his grandmother and grandaunt paint scenes of their community. His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers, plus each of his own chapbooks. 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. He explores social injustice, documenting the plight of the few. He attempts to give a voice, visually and poetically, to the dead, and the need for accountability. As a counterbalance to what people might term “his dark poems,” Duane also pens poems that are playful and extremely sexy—poems that touch the heart by bringing memories to life. His work often combines a sense of “magical realism” and what he refers to as “emotional realism.” Since September 2013, Duane has hosted Everett Poetry Nite, which meets every Thursday night. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality. See his Facebook page here .

Emcee: Michael Schein

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry Website

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Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.  Seattle

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library,

7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, Seattle, WA

PoetsWest features readings from

  1. A. Molotkov,
  2. Jeff Whitney and
  3. University of Virginia professor and acclaimed poet Stephen Cushman, whose fifth poetry collection, The Red List, was released in 2014 by Louisiana State University Press.

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Hosted by Art Gomez.

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Sunday August 9  3 p.m.  Seattle

Aug. 9 at 3pm: Open Books hosts

Poetry in Conversation No. 5:

The Work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

From the Open Books newsletter: “We’re eagerly

anticipating the chance to read from and talk

about the incredibly fine poetry of this under-read

master.

As usual, we’ll set up a loose circle of chairs, offer a

little food and drink, play some audio, and invite you

to dive in and read aloud some favorite pieces and

share your thoughts. Please join us!

Open Books: A Poem Emporium

2414 N. 45th Street, Seattle, 98103

Phone: (206) 633-0811

Website for event here.

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Monday August 10    8 p.m.      Seattle

2nd Monday Easy Speak at the

Wedgewood Ale house

Featuring:  A special evening with  the 52nd Street Band

Sign-up at 8, show starts at 8:30, the 52nd Street Band will be featured around 9:20

The 52nd Street Band has been serving Easy Speak open mikes from the beginning.

It’s time they got a night to shine.  These are the players that keep our Monday evenings

moving by the grace of music.  These evening, they will be our featured artist.

Philip, Jed, Ted, Bob, and Rosanne.

Plus Open Mic

FREE ! ! !

Easy Speak Website here

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Thursday August 13  7 p.m.  Seattle

Elliott Bay Books

Features:  David Lasky (cartoonist)

And  John Burgess  (poet)

More details here:

FROM JOHN BURGESS

All — Two readings coming up.

First is at the venerable Elliott Bay Book Co. on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I’m reading with cartoonist and graphic novelist David Lasky on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

David will be reading from “Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny” and I’ll be reading from “by Land…” my riff on the Lewis & Clark journals. We’re calling it “a night of geographical and literary exploration.” We’ll both have accompanying slideshows.

Then there’s the 10th Anniversary reading of Punk Poems at Easy Speak at the Wedgwood Ale House on Monday, Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m. I’m putting together a reading of punk poems from my first book, a few that were included in Graffito, and new unpublished ones. Looking forward to this!

Hope to see you! –jb

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8-13 Richard Hugo House 7 p.m.  Seattle  plus more…. . .

From Elizabeth Austen:

Aug. 13 at 7p: A Reading by Blue Begonia Press Poets at Richard Hugo House. I’m delighted to be part of this celebratory reading which will also feature Elissa Ball, Joan Fiset, Kathryn Hunt, Terry Martin,  Nancy Rawles and Nancy Takacs.

Website for more info here.

Aug. 29 at 7:30p: “Climbing the Mountain”: Elizabeth Austen + Charlotte Austin at Mineral School in Mineral, WA 

Facebook Event Page for more info here.

Sept. 25 to 27: LitFuse! in Tieton. Ellen Bass is the headliner, and I’ll be teaching a couple of classes and giving a reading. This is consistently one of my favorite small-scale poetry festivals because it always has a terrific roster of classes/readings and a welcoming vibe.

Litfuse Website for more info here. 

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Friday August 14  7 p.m.   Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

August 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: John Milkeret

Plus  Open Mic

FREE

John Milkereit is from Chicago, but currently he is a rotating equipment engineer working at an engineering contracting firm in Houston, TX. His poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in the third year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. His new collection

of poems, A Rotating Equipment Engineer is Never Finished, was published March 2015 (Ink Brush Press).

PSPC Website here

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SUNDAY  AUGUST 16   10 TO 6  – ALL DAY   AUBURN

Auburn Days  Poetry Sunday.    Don’t Miss it!

TOP 10 REASONS TO GO

  1. Free workshop  10 a.m. w/ Matthew Brouwer
  2. Air conditioned theatre (beat the heat)
  3. Free Poetry Readings
  4. Open Mic Poetry Contest. . . FREE to sign up and try to                                                                                              win valuable prizes and bragging rights
  5. Air conditioned theater (beat the heat, humidity etc)
  6. Six prizes (not one or two) to win at the Open Mic Contest
  7. Small Press Fair
  8. Book Exchange
  9. Make new friends, meet poets, writers and other folks too!
  10. Air conditioned Theatre/Theater (beat the heat)

The Auburn Days Poetry Sunday means. . .

A whole day of FREE poetry events in the Auburn Avenue Theater!

10 a.m. to noon Organizing your Manuscript from Start to Finish, a workshop presented by Matthew Brouwer

12:45 to 2:45 featured poets

3 to 5 our Open mic Poetry Contest with six prizes!

and all day in the Theater lobby our Book Fair and Small Press Fair

All are welcome!

Striped Water Poets  Website

Auburn Days Website

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Wednesday, August 19  6:30 p.m.   Olympia

OLYMPIA POETRY NETWORK AUGUST EVENT

As our August Feature, the Olympia Poetry Network is hosting a Poetry Slam!

During a Slam, poets compete by reading or reciting original poems

through a series of rounds judged by randomly selected audience

members. Prizes will be awarded.

The event takes place Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

at

Traditions Café,

300 5th Ave. SW, in Olympia.

Admission is free.

There will be no Open Mic.

Eight Slam participants will be chosen by a drawing

from those who wish to participate.

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August 21, 2014– Redmond WA

Open Mic & Reading featuring Michael Schein

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

7:00-8:45 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.

About the featured reader:

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.

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AND SOON. . . .

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  Duvall, WA

Duvall Poetry

7:00 p.m.

Christopher J. Jarmick Features

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Duvall Library

Meeting Room

15508 Main Street NE, Duvall, WA

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

REGISTER NOW FOR THE TACOMA POETRY FESTIVAL

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, Chicago native and star of the hit documentary Louder Than a Bomb, Nate Marshall, and Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, as well as past Poets Laureate 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 Education Day 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 here at www.thetacomapoetryfestival.com, and LIKE us on our Facebook page here

Thanks and see you in October!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CARL PALMER AND HIS FELLOW VETERANS

We have some excellent news to share with all of you who made it possible:

Proud to Be: Writing by American Veterans (Volume 1), has been awarded the gold medal in the 2013 Stars & Flags Book Awards program’s Anthology/Collection category.

The Stars and Flags Military Book Awards program is a national contest devoted entirely to books published within the last five years with content related to the military.

A panel of industry experts serve as judges, including veterans, historians, authors, and educators.

Thank you for your help in achieving this honor. You’re part of a prize-winning series!

All best,  Goeff Giglierano, Missouri Humanities Council, Susan Swartwout, Southeast Missouri State University Press, Deb Marshall, Warriors Arts Alliance.

Footnote: “I am honored to have my military stories/poetry published in this anthology AND in Volumes II & III”  — Carl Palmer

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CONGRATULATIONS TO  Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Grayling by Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. Dorianne Laux calls the book, “musical, magical, and skeptical.” The poems are short, and ask to be read slowly.

Perugia Press Website here: 

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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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May 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update

May 7, 2015

“You must be careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.”
Stanley Kunitz

Let’s get right to some of the worthwhile readings happening around the Puget Sound.

First readings I’m directly connected to… and then a lot, lot , more to share.

Support poets and poetry by attending readings whenever you can.

Thanks!

MAY 13TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

Wednesday  May 13, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

Two celebrated poets are travelling from

Bellingham, WA .

Our Featured Poets are

Robert Lashley 

and

Malcolm Kenyon

plus  Open Mic

free program….

Northwestern poet Robert Lashley has had poems published in

journals including Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth.

His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology

of Northwest form and lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac

Institute for Performing Arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College,

read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma

and Western Washington University, and was invited to the IWPS

page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. A semi-finalist for the

PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley also holds the 2014 Cascadia Poetry

Festival’s beer slam title. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs,

was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.

Malcolm H. Kenyon Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language

for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation,

Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead,

Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne.

Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology,

Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review.  He was a

Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in

minesweepers.  Graduate studies, University of New Mexico,

Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of

New Mexico.  Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington

University, Bellingham, Washington.

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

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings

back in

September with feature

Matthew Brouwer

Parkplace Books Website

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May 27th  C & P Coffee West Seattle 7 p.m.

Poetry Bridge at C & P Coffee

4th Wednesdays of the Month

May 27th features:

Dobbie Reese Norris

and

Christopher J. Jarmick

Plus open Mic.

FREE

7 to 9 p.m.

Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is

a former Wordsworth curator, (Seattle City Council).

His works have been published in various anthologies including

Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers,

poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009,

and in the fall 2010 release of  Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose

Alley Publication of Seattle area poets.  He currently resides in Bellingham

and is on the board of  PoetryNite.

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, Septolets,

Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.

His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything

(google it as one word).  His poems have appeared in

numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and online.

7 to 9 p.m.

5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle  98136

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May 7  Everett Poetry Nite  7 p.m.

Feature:  William Lindberg

Plus Open Mic

Thursday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cafe Zippy

2811 Wetmore Ave,

Everett, Washington 98201

From William Lindberg:

On Thursday May 7, at Everett Poetry Nite experiencing spoken word,

I will be the featured poet. I’ll be doing a reading from my new book,

FOUND ON BATHROOM WALLS. Brandon Pitts is responsible for

selecting most of the works in this book. It is really good. At least that

is the word on the street.

 I know it has been a while since I last was in the Seattle area,

if you’d care to see me or to hear a few of my poems, why don’t

you come up to Zippy’s in Everett. I hope to see you there!

FACEBOOK Events Page HERE 

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May 7 and Beyond  Levertov Readings  Various

Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of

the work and life of poet Denise Levertov has

begun. Events include films, readings, recitals

and other gatherings.

Next events:

On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish,

poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph,

Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner

Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov,

then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special

emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the

time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle

school student will read original poems written with Levertov

Festival visiting writers.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery,

Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and

Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read

Levertov and original poems.

Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company,

there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown

and other friends and writers influenced by her work.

On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day),

Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church

, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world

premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,”

at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with

a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation at 7:30pm.

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May 8   Distinguished Writers  7 p.m.  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with

Donald Kentop

Plus open mic

FREE

7:00 pm

This monthly event features a Distinguished

Writer followed by an Open Mic for all poets,

sign-up is at 6:45 pm.

Donald Kentop. Born in New York City, he graduated from

NYU and Columbia with a Masters in teaching of history.

After retiring, he devoted himself to poetry and has appeared

in numerous Northwest anthologies. His first collection of poems

was published in 2004 and he has recently published, Frozen In

Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.

Admission is free. The event 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

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MAY 9TH  WORDS/MUSIC  Vaugn Wa.

Jerrry and Pam Libstaff are having another

evening of Memorable entertainment- music

and poetry at Their beautiful home overlooking

the Puget Sound. Program begins at 7 p.m.

Watch the sunset, the water, listen to a poet

And hear great music.

Poetry by   David D. Horowitz 

Music by  Leroy Bell

From Jerry Libstaff:

David D. Horowitz is a poet, writer, editor and publisher.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in

English he has taught at Vanderbilt University, Seattle Central

and Shoreline. If you follow poetry in Washington, you know

David. As a publisher, has published several books by well-known

Northwest poets and in 2007, a collection of work by 26 Northwest

Poets. With six collections of his own poetry, the last four published

by Rose Alley Press.  A poetry icon, himself, we welcome David

Horowitz to the waterfront.

LeRoy Bell is a true star. His career has included international

hits that have reached the top ten. He has written for and his

music has been performed by people such as The Spinners,

The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Freda Payne.

Two of his songs were recorded by Elton John and one reached

number one on the international Adult/Contemporary chart.

LeRoy appeared at Words and Music on the waterfront in 2011

then went directly to LA for the X Factor where he reached the

top 8 in the contest. With six current albums, the latest

Rock and Soul, LeRoy is a powerhouse writer and performer.

Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information

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 May 9  and . . . Poetry/Bus  1 p.m.  Bellevue

Poetry On Buses …On the Road….

Let’s explore “home” together – interrogating,

complicating and celebrating the question

“Where are you From?” Let’s do it with poetry –

at select libraries and at the Folklife Festival.

Join Michelle Peñaloza for poetry readings

from some of this year’s poets, plus poetry

writing workshops at the libraries, and music

by Love City Love on the Poetry Bus

at Folklife.

MAY 9, 1PM @ BELLEVUE LIBRARY

1111 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, 98004

ALSO AT FOLKLIFE !!!!!!

MAY 23, NOON – 6PM @ FOLKLIFE

Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA 98109

The next reading of Poetry on Buses  is Saturday, May 9 at

1:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Then the next reading will be at Folk Life at Fisher Pavilion,

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street on May 23

starting at 12 noon to 6 p.m..

The poetry readings are followed by a facilitated poetry

writing workshop. It’s free and open to the public, and

especially recommended for ages 12 and up.

Poety on Buses Website here.

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May 11th Wedgewood Ale  Seattle

Lyn Coffin – features

Plus Open Mic

Monday, 11 May 2015

Sign-up at 8.  Show begins at 8:30,

Lyn comes on around 9:20

Lyn Coffin has just published two new books, one of fiction

The First Honeymoon, was published by Iron Twine Press

and received 477 bids for a publisher’s giveaway on Goodreads.

It features a blurb by Joyce Carol Oates. The other is A Taste of

Cascadia, two plays published by Whale Road Books. Her

translation of the 12th century epic is forthcoming from Poezia

this September. Bedouin Books will publish five of her plays in

Russian and English (and five of Natalya Churlyaeva’s) this

summer. Her poetry and that of Givi Alkhazishvili will be published

this summer. She teaches Literary Fiction at UW’s Continuing and

Professional Education.

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676

Easy Speak at Wedgewood Website Here!

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May 13   Village Books  7 p.m.  Bellingham

Wednesday, May 13at 7:00pm

Matthew Brouwer reading!!!!

Village Books in Fairhaven

1200 11th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225

Matthew Brouwer writes:

My first reading in Bellingham from my new collection of poems,

Stories We Must Tell!  The first half recounts my journey of descent

after a backpacking injury in 2009 slowly stripped me of the ability to

walk. The second half is a bunch of newer poems on life, death, the

nature of suffering, societal tragedy, the cosmos, et al… Fun stuff!

“Part journal of an illness without diagnosis, part descent into and slow crawl out from the pit of despair, this fine collection disdains the simple journey of healing for an unblinking engagement with suffering and joy.” -Michael Schein, Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop

FACEBOOK Event Page HERE 

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MAY 14   Good Shepherd   Seattle

From David D. Horowitz

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

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey,

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford,

Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

and David Thornbrugh

at

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

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May 14  It’s About Time  6 p.m.  Ballard

Thurs. May 14, 2015 #307

Cate O’Toole, Jeremy Pataky, BJ Neblett

& Lori A. May on the Writer’s Craft

It’s About Time Reading Series

Every Second Thursday

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

FREE

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. June 11, 2015 #308

Carol Levin, Irfan Mirza,

Christopher J.  Jarmick  &

Suzanne Bottelli on the Writer’s Craft

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:

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May 15-    Deep Waters South Sound Poetry  – Steilacoom

Deep Waters: South Sound Poetry

& Writers Venue

Poetry Reading May 15th, 7pm.

Featured Reader: Chris Dahl

Espresso at the Bay

1203 Rainier St

Steilacoom, WA

For more Check Website:

Chris Dahl has been writing poetry from an especially young age,                                                                               advancing from the school newspaper to publications such as Seattle

Review, Cascadia, and many others.  Her chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the

Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after

winning their Women in Words competition.  She received an MA from

the University of Washington “with emphasis on creative writing.”

A native of the state, she has lived most of her life at the edge of water

and, for the last fifteen years, has served on the board of the Olympia

Poetry Network as newsletter editor.  Years ago, she was praised for

being “metaphysical,” a charge which both surprised and disheartened

her—but which she has come to accept.

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May 16  Free Workshop  University Place

FREE ARTIST TRUST

POETRY WORKSHOP

Featuring: Michael Spence

May 16th

4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Register now at ckwalle@comcast.net

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May 19  Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m.  Tacoma

POET LAUREATE LUCAS SMIRALDO READS

Summit Pierce County Library

5107 112th St. E.

Tacoma 98446 • 253-548-3321

Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m

Join us for a poetry reading by

Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo.

He will read from his works, followed by Q&A

and

open mic.

He initiated the Laureate Listening Project, an audio anthology

celebrating the spirit of place in the Tacoma region. He is

collaborating on an opera about the Chinese expulsion from

Tacoma and efforts 100 years later to pursue reconciliation.

Available for purchase at the event:

  • “The Thing That Gathers” poetry collection – compassion, resilience and the gifted essence of everyday mysteries
  • “Voice of the Americas” CD – North America through multiple stories and personas accompanied by an original score

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May 20 WordsWest 7 p.m. West Seattle

WordsWest Literary Series Presents

Encountering the Everyday Wild

with Allen Braden and

Lyanda Lynn Haupt”

Favorite Poem by Eric Jordan

of The Office Junction

7:00 pm, Wed., May 20th, 2015,

C & P Coffee Co.,

5612 California Ave. SW,

Seattle  98136

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers

Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

For more information, WordsWest Website

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May 21  SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night

Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

May 21 Features

Larry Crist

and

Christine Clarke

plus Open Mic

FREE

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from Humboldt

County in California. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston,

and London, as well as Philadelphia where he attended Temple

University and received an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely

published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection,

published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select

Northwest bookstores. Larry was in the Jack Straw Writer’s

Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart nominations.

Christine Clarke is a molecular biologist and poet who currently

resides in Seattle, Washington. Her award-winning poetry has

been published in DMQ Review, Clover, Randomly Accessed

Poetics, Highland Park Poetry, and Storm Cycle 2013: The Best

of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She lives with a collection of oddly

named cacti, has too many books on her nightstand, and enjoys

the antics of the crows, jays, and hummingbirds

on her deck.

SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond

is located at 15748 Redmond Way,

Redmond, Washington

Soulfood Poetry Night Website

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May 22  RASP  7 P.M.   Redmond

Redmond Association of Spoken Word

Featured Reader:

Charles Finn

Plus Open Mic

FREE

Friday May 22 (special night)

7 p.m.

 Charles Finn is the editor of High Desert Journal and author

of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU

Press). His essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of

literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer

magazines, including The Sun, Northern Lights, Wild Earth,

Silk Road, Open Spaces , Whitefish Review, High Country News,

Writers on the Range, and many others. A self-taught woodworker,

he is a proponent of “living little” and owner of A Room of One’s

Own, where he builds furniture and “microhomes,” one-room wood

cabins constructed entirely out of reclaimed lumber and materials.

He lives in Federal Way with his wife Joyce and their two cats Pushkin

and Lutsa.

Location:

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,

Washington 98052

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

Facebook Event page here

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May 23  Jack McCarthy’s Birthday -Marysville, WA

Just got an email from Carol McCarthy

about what is being planned…

From Carol’s email:

 There will be a Showcase Slam at the Evergreen Unitarian

Church in Marysville on the 23rd, Jack’s birthday.

 Robert Huston will be MC.  Mike McGee is organizing it. 

Please let people know.

Details will be on Jack’s website in the next

few days.

Jack McCarthy Website here 

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 Sat, May 30 at 3:00pm  Bainbridge

Eagle Harbor Book Company

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island,

Washington 98110

Join us on May 30th from 3 – 5 pm

for our first Fill Your Summer Bookbag Bookfest celebration

at Eagle Harbor Books on beautiful Bainbridge Island!

The event features book signings, author-baked sweets,

and drawings for free books and literary items. Perhaps

the best part of this popular event, though, is mingling

and conversing with this friendly group of award-winning

Northwest authors including:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala

Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella

Megan Chance, William Dietrich

Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel

Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson

Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden

Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors

Rebecca Wells, Susan Wiggs

 –

Welcome to one and all! An easy walk from the Seattle to

Bainbridge ferry too, so Seattle friends, so do feel free to join

us! Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit KRL

,Kitsap Regional Libraries. We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Events Page here 

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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 here  

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From Raven Chronicles:

Submissions Wanted for Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:

Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through June 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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MAY AND beyond IN  Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015

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

5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz      

6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer

July -Holley McCreary

August – Rodney Branigan

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

with Christopher J. Jarmick

10/3  – Melissa Greener

To find out more email us at

info@watermarkwriters.com

or call  253-778-6559.

Sincerely,

Jerry Libstaff

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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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APRIL 2015 NorthWest Poetry Update – National Poetry Month Readings

April 7, 2015

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days

–but not without poetry.”

― Charles Baudelaire

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POETRY DAY OF THE WEEK can be found

as one of the pages on your upper right!

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NAPOWRIMO   ANNOUNCEMENT

 

NaPoWriMo has begun!!!  Later today

I’ll post another prompt challenge so YOU

can be inspired to write a poem a day for

the National Poetry Month of April.

Today’s prompt is the post previous to

this one.   Keep writing!!!

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“We talk so abstractly about poetry

 because all of us are usually bad poets.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

APRIL 8TH!!!!  7 p.m.  Kirkland, WA

 

Take a Poem From Your Heart Readings

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland

2nd Wednesdays  (except July & August)

 

Wednesday  April 8, 2015

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

 

A very special night is in store

for you.

 

Our Featured Poet is

David D. Horowitz

 

But it is also our annual Baaad Poetry Night

where with the exception of our feature

David, everyone is invited to read some

Baaad poetry to all who attend.  Read your

own baaad poetry during the open mic or read

a baaad poem from a well-known poet, forgotten

bard or celebrity.

 

Poems will be available to read if you don’t bring

your own… and everyone is encouraged to

participate so just show up and have fun!!!!

There will even be a few baaad prizes….

given away.

 

free program….

 

David D. Horowitz founded and manages

Rose Alley Press. He earned B.A. degrees

in philosophy and English from the University

of Washington and an M.A. in English from

Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared

in numerous journals, including The Lyric,

Candelabrum, Exterminating Angel,

Art Word Quarterly, and The Sporting News.

His brand new 2015 poetry collection is

Cathedral and Highrise. David has also edited

the Rose Alley anthologies: Limbs of the Pine,

Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the

Summit featuring the work of many Northwest

poets.   Rose Alley Press Website 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

 

May 13:  –   Robert Lashley &

Malcolm Kenyon !!!

June 10:  Keith Moul

and Jeannine Hall Gailey

July/August  No readings back in

September with feature Matthew Brouwer

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April 9  6:00 p.m.  Ballard WA

 

It’s About Time Reading series

Second Thursdays

6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  at that

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

 

Thurs. April 9, 2015 #306

Lary Christ, Kelly Martineau,

Vera Shanti Giles & Waverly Fitzgerald

on the Writer’s Craft  Plus Open Mic

 

It’s About Time Website

 

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APRIL 10   7 PM.    TACOMA, WA

 

Distinguished Writer Series

Presented by the City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

April 10th, Friday at 7:00 pm.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

 

Feature for April: Peggy Barnett

 

Peggy Barnett was born in 1945 and grew

up in Queens, New York in the 1950’s.

She graduated from  The Cooper Union

with a degree in Fine Art. She opened a

studio in NYC in 1968 and was a

photographer for 45 years. In 2006 she

moved to Woodinville, WA. Her poetic

memoirs dwell on the specifics of

unending change.

 

The goal of our readings is to bring poets

of import to Tacoma  to help local poets

learn and set goals for their own works.

We also provide a showcase for local

poets to share their new work.  All

venues are free, physically accessible,

and open to the public.

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April 13  Wedgewood Ale 8 p.m.  Seattle

From Peter Munro

 

Roy Seitz is the featured poet

2nd Monday Easy Speak Reading

At Wedgewood Ale

 

ROY R. SEITZ at last…returns to the read of reads..Roy.   Dubbed: ‘the war poet,’

Roy has been featured performer and an open mic guy in and around the area

for some years. 2006 Veterans for Peace convention, a couple of features at

Burning Words open mic stage. He ran the Duvall read for four years:

‘back-in-the-day.’  He’s been this past year in Eugene…

His book Right Here Right Now is in its third printing.

from Kathryn Grace BondThe vibrancy and immediacy of his work will stun

you This is neither a political rant nor a therapeutic exercise. These poems do not say:

“War is terrible” or “War is glorious,” they simply say: “This is war.”  Roy’s storytelling

is unflinching — definitely not for children — but wending through these poems is a deep

respect for life and an enigmatic hope.

 

Second Monday of the month

Sign-up at 8, show starts at 8:30, featured performer around 9:20

 

Wedgwood Ale House

8515 35th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

206 527 2676

 

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April/May  Edmonds, Seattle – Readings

From David D. Horowitz

 

David D. Horowitz and open mic

Wednesday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.

Parkplace Books,

348 Parkplace Center,

Kirkland WA.

 

 Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m.

Edmonds Bookshop,

111 Fifth Avenue South,

Edmonds WA

Featuring:

Jennifer Bullis, Dennis Caswell,

Erika Michael, Bethany Reid,

 and David D. Horowitz

 

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

 

Edmonds Bookshop Website

 

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

Robinson Bolkum, Susan Casey,

Nancy Dahlberg, Victoria Ford,

Kristen McHenry, Raul Sanchez,

 and David Thornbrugh

at

The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.

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April 21   Talking Pages  7 p.m.  Issaquah

From Kim K.

I’m writing to share information about a poetry reading

and open mic in Issaquah later this month.

Here are the details:

 

Talking Pages Reading Series

Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.

Historic Shell Station

232 Front St., Issaquah

 

Talking Pages is a monthly event featuring guest authors,

writing tips, and open mic audience participation.

Our April event focuses on poetry, with a

featured reading by Jared Leising

and a craft talk by Martha Clarkson.

More details are available online at:

http://www.eastsidewrites.org/april-2015.html

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April 22   7 p.m.  C &P  West Seattle

From Leopoldo Seguel

 

The Poetrybridge Readings at C&P …..

Features and open mic poetry in West Seattle!!!

 

April 22 Features

 

​Chris Vannoy is a promoter, editor,

teacher and tireless advocate of

words both written and spoken, has

been published in City Works, The

Writing Center, and Tokes

anthologies , and Ghosts of the

Beatnik Poets anthology as well as

Visions and Step Jazz magazines.

One of 25 San Diego poets featured

on the Exploded Views CD, he was

on the first San Diego slam team to

go to the Slam Nationals in Seattle.

 

​​Claudia Castro Luna was born in El

Salvador, came to the United States

in 1981, got serious about writing

and earned an MFA in poetry. She is

ever searching for the turn of

phrase, the just word, like a bird

searching for the perfect twig to

make her nest. She writes poetry

and is also working on a memoir

about her experience escaping

the Salvadoran Civil War.

 

May 27

 

​Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer

and raconteur, a former Wordsworth

curator, has been published in

various anthologies, is the founding

member of the FloatingMountainPoets,

a performing troupe of poets which also

include dancers, aerialists, singers,

percussionists and burlesque stylists in

their shows. Dobbie is best known for

being the host and curator of one of

Seattle’s longest running (now defunct)

reading series: THIRD TUESDAYS

POETS & WRITERS.   Dobbie now lives

And writes in Belllingham.

 

​ 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

(due out September 2015) is from

MoonPath Press. His last collection

was IGNITION: Poem Starters, . . .

(2010). His poetry has appeared in

anthologies, magazines,

newspapers, literary journals and

online. His blog is PoetryIsEverything

(google it ).

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APRIL 26  Bosche Home Shorelinem 2 p.m.

From Laura Lee Bennett and

Phoebe Bosche

 

For immediate release:

 

A Poet’s Memorial for David Lloyd Whited

Seattle, Washington–A celebration of the life of poet David Lloyd Whited

will be held in Shoreline, Washington on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2-5 p.m.

at the home of Phoebe Bosché and Scott Martin,

15528 12th Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155 .

 

Whited was a planner for the Puyallup Tribe, a longtime member of the Red Sky Poetry

Theater, and lived on Vashon Island.

 

Poetry readings, a potluck, music, and an open mic will begin at 2 pm.

The list of readers includes: dan raphael, Willie Smith, Judith Roche,

Randy Michael Signor, Michael Hureaux, Paul Hunter, and,

margareta waterman.

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

 

This event is co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles and Redmond Association of Spokenword.

 

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May 4   Station Bistro  7 p.m.

From Brendan McBreen

 

Striped Water Poets Auburn

 

We are changing our Poetry at the Station Bistro night to the First Monday of the month starting in May.

 

We are still at the Station Bistro, still in Auburn, still

really good features and open mic poets, still 7 to 9,

still 110 2nd St SW #125, Auburn, WA 98001,

 

Just on the First Monday each month instead of wednesday.

 

So mark your calendars for the FIRST MONDAY each month for Poetry at the Station Bistro!  Our Poetry Night, Poetry at the Station Bistro will now be held on the First Monday of each month.

 

And my redundancy had only just begun!

 

Poetry at the Station Bistro is now on the First Monday

of each month!

 

More redundancy later.

 

Have a happy April (National Poetry Month)!

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

 

MAY 4TH  7 P.M.

Scheduled Featured Poets are:

 

Jeff Lair

And

Jill Johnson

 

Plus open mic

FREE

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April 24, 2014– Redmond WA

 

from  RASP

 

Open Mic & Reading featuring Vikram Madan

Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)

7:00-8:45 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.

 

About the featured reader:

Vikram Madan, Bellevue poet and artist, was born and raised in India, where he developed an early love for humor, rhyming poetry, and cartooning, but did not figure out how to bring these three passions together until he first encountered the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein as an adult. Vikram’s debut collection of original, self-illustrated humorous poetry, The Bubble Collector, won a 2013 Moonbeam Award for Children’s Poetry and was nominated (by invitation) for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Vikram has formally studied art at Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art and was recently commissioned to create a large mural for Redmond Town Center. His website is http://www.VikramMadan.com.

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APRIL AND beyond   Vaughn WA

 

From Jerry Libstaff

Words and Music Current Season began

on March 7th 2015

 

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

4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew Brouwer

 

5/9   LeRoy Bell  with David D. Horowitz      

 

6/5  Ari Hest with Carl Palmer                                        

July -Holley McCreary                                                       

August – Rodney Branigan                                                   

9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer  

          with Christopher J. Jarmick  

 

10/3  – Melissa Greener                     

 

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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Michael Schein‘s new  historical nonfiction book,

JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY.

will be available in a few weeks. Surratt was Booth’s closest associate for the four months prior to the assassination, and a Confederate Secret Service agent, but he slipped through the net and was mostly forgotten by history – till now!   – A reading at the library is being rescheduled (the book is a week later than expected from the publisher)….but consider pre-ordering a copy anyway!

 

Please visit johnsurratt.com

 

 

AND     AND

 

LiTFUSE 2015 featuring Ellen Bass – September 25-27 – registration now open!  This 3-day all-poetry workshop features music, theatre, creative movement, and natural beauty to goose your muse!  Full schedule now online – litfuse.us.  See you in Tieton!

 

Thanks!

 

Michael Schein, Author

http://www.michaelschein.com

 

John Surratt:  The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (forthcoming Spring 2015)

Bones Beneath Our Feet

Just Deceits: A Historical Courtroom Mystery

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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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March FOURTH with Readings Readings and More Readings. . .

March 4, 2015

March Weather may not have roared in like a lion, but lots of readings and poets are making

beautiful noises worth paying attention too.   We’re full to bursting with interesting stuff going on out there!

(R.I.P. Phillip Levine)

“I believed even then that if I could transform my experience into poetry
I would give it the value and dignity it did not begin to possess on its
own. I thought too that if I could write about it I could come to understand it;
I believed that if I could understand my life—or at least the part my work
played in it—I could embrace it with some degree of joy, an element
conspicuously missing from my life.”

― Philip Levine

 

TONIGHT ONLY!  March 4th, 2015  7 p.m  Duvall, WA

Matthew Brouwer  Features at Duvall Poetry Night!

7 p.m  Doors open 6:30,  Open mic at 7 p.m  Feature at 7:30  followed by

more open mic.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing

in Bellingham, WA. His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and

literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle,

enlivening and profound. He has performed throughout the west and

been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases

such as Cirque, Phrasings, and Strands. Matthew leads workshops and

retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice

Creative Writing Project , and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for

people suffering chronic medical conditions. He is the author of five poetry

chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel

According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is

matthewbrouwerpoet.com.

 

Duvall Poetry meets once a month on first Wednesdays.

Doors open at 6:30.

Open mic starts at 7; featured reader at 7:30. Duvall Library is an

all-ages venue. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a

friend to hear you at the mic!

Emcee: Michael Schein

April 1-  Michael Dylan Welch   May 6- Raul Sanchez

Duvall Public Library is located at

15508 Main Street NE  •

Duvall, WA 98019

Readings brought to you by the

Duvall Poetry Group and the

Duvall Cultural Commission

 Website IS HERE:

duvallpoetry.weebly.com

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Tonight Only  March 4th  7 p.m.  Auburn WA.

And there’s a reader UPDATE!!!!

Poetry at the Station Bistro!
presents:
Cindy Hutchings  & Michael Smeltzer

Wednesday  March 4th  – 7 pm
Open Mic.  FREE

110 2nd Street # 125 Auburn, WA 98003
http://www.auburnstationbistro.com
(every first Wednesday of the month at the
Station Bistro!) extra special thanks to:
The Station Bistro, The City of Auburn,
The Auburn Arts Commission

NOTE: Morgan Sagdahl has had to cancel due to a last minute change
of schedule, her boss gave her the choice of going to the Bistro or
keeping her job, and she chose her job…But! we will invite her again on
another first Wednesday! I hope everyone else can make it though, and
come early and enjoy a fantastic dinner too!

Cindy Hutchings
Cindy is a member of both North West Renaissance poets and Striped

Water (she posts all the cool links about poetry related news on our

facebook page). Her day job and her sportsfan’s zeal take her to Seattle,

working for the Seattle FD and cheering on her beloved Seahawks. Cindy

writes passionately about current events and social causes, locally and

world-wide, as well as finding inspiration in the outdoors. Cindy’s first

book is due out this fall from Moonpath

Press, with photos by James Rogers.

Michael Schmeltzer
Michael earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. His honors

include numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award

for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been

a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First

Book Prize, as well as the OSUPress/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps

edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in PANK, Rattle, Oyez

Review, Natural Bridge, and Mid-American Review, among others. 

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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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Next Wednesday  March 11  7 p.m. Kirkland
2nd Wednesday Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading
at Park Place Books—Kirkland, WA
Wednesday  February 11, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  FREE

 

Our Featured Poets are:
Priscilla Long
and
Mary Eliza Crane

 

Plus  OPEN MIC !!!

 

 Priscilla Long is a
Seattle-based author and teacher of writing.She grew up on a dairy farm

on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her book of poems, Crossing Over, is

forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press. Her other books are

The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life

and  Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal

Industry. Her shorter works include science, poetry, creative nonfiction,

and fiction, and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website of

The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Her work has appeared in

The Tampa Review, Smithsonian, The Gettysburg Review, The Chariton

Review, Women’s Review of Books, Cold Mountain Review, Post Road, Raven

Chronicles, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, The Sow’s Ear

Poetry Review, New Orphic Review, Web Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly

Review, Stringtown, Fourth Genre, Passages North,Bosque, and elsewhere.

Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow

at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions.

Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and

Consulting Editor of

the online encyclopedia
of Washington state history
.
For more information please visit Priscilla’s websites:
http://www.PriscillaLong.com and
PriscillaLong.org.

 

Mary Eliza Crane is a native of New England  who migrated to the Pacific
Northwest, and settled in the Cascade foothills many years ago. Writing poetry
since age fourteen,  Mary belongs to the poetry of Duvall. Passionately in
love with the natural world, her voice lives in the understory and fog of  the
Snoqualmie River, a fusion of the natural, personal, and political world.
A regular  feature at poetry venues in the Puget Sound  region, she has read
her poetry from Woodstock to LA, including a feature at a Graham Nash
concert in 2012.  Mary has two volumes of poetry What I Can Hold In My Hands
(Gazoobi Tales Publishing, 2009) and At First Light (Gazoobi Tales Publishing
2011). Her work has also appeared in Raven Chronicles, The Cartier Street
Review, Quill and Parchment, The Far Field, and several anthologies. Mary’s
third book is currently in process.

 

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

 

April 8th –  David Horowitz has a new book and is our featured good poet.
The rest of the evening is devoted to our annual Baaad Poetry celebratiion.
We’ll share bad poetry by good poets, celebrities and some will share worst
poems on the open mic!

Free

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March 4th  7 p.m. Seattle
Hugo House reading notice!

Three Poets, One Night, New Releases –
Hugo House, March 4, 7 p.m.

Come hear John Burgess, Jed Myers, and Stephen Roxborough read from
their new works of poetry.

Three Northwest poets take over the Cabaret at Hugo House for a night filled
with book releases, slide shows, new work, and music.

It could well be the last time they’ll read
at Hugo House, which is scheduled for
redevelopment in 2016. Of course, the
cash bar will be open!

March 4th
Hugo House is on Capitol Hill at
1634 11th Ave.
Limited Parking available behind
the House.

About the poets

John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew
in Montana, taught English in Japan and since 1985 has lived in Seattle.
Ravenna Press publishes his poetry: Punk Poems (2005), A History of
Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), and “by Land…” (2015).
He was a 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning
Word Festival; and the 2008 Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City
Council. He’s currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey,
Board member at Richard Hugo House and coconspirator with the
Band of Poets.

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian who’s lived in Seattle more than half his life
now. 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. Recent recognitions include
Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte
Poetry Award, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. His poems have
appeared or are forthcoming 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, About Place Journal, and elsewhere. He works
as a psychiatrist with a therapy practice and teaches at the
University of Washington. He also hosts the long-running poetry-and
-music open-mic cabaret NorthEndForum in Seattle’s
Ravenna neighborhood, and he explores weaving music and poetry
together in the improvisational ensemble Band of Poets.

Stephen Roxborough is the author of making love in the war zone,
impeach yourself!, blurst, son of blurst, spiritual demons, the little book of
luminosity, this wonderful perpetual beautiful, and, open heart sutra
surgery. Editor and Creative Director for NeoPoiesis Press, he is currently
working on multiple books about impermanence, as well as poems he
discovered while on a recent writing retreat in New York City.
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March 7 2015   2 to 5 p.m.  Seattle
From Joan Rabinowitz

Hi there, just a quick reminder about our
artist event on March 7th. I hope to see
you there!

Jack Straw Artist Showcase
An afternoon of music and readings
from Jack Straw Artists

Saturday, March 7, 2-5pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
$5-$20 suggested donation

Please join us in the studios and
gallery at Jack Straw Cultural Center
for a  wide-ranging  afternoon of
performance, including music from
Jack Straw artists Tom Varner,
Alchymeia, John Teske, Michael
Owcharuk, Dunava, Bryan Smith,

and Randal Bays; and readings from
Jack Straw Writers Program alumni
Daemond Arrindell, Kate Carroll
de Gutes, Claudia Castro Luna,
Larry Crist, John Mullen, Raul
Sanchez, Anastacia Tolbert,
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, and
Kristen Millares Young.

Bring the family! A Jack Straw
engineer and teaching artist will be
in Studio 2 welcoming anyone who
wants to come in and record their
own story or song; you can also
listen to some of the many
wonderful school projects we’ve
produced over the years.

Come visit us at Jack Straw and
steep yourself in words and
music from our vibrant
community of artists while you
enjoy some refreshments and
chat with Jack Straw staff and
board members.

See you at Jack Straw
on March 7th!
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MARCH 7TH  WORDS AND MUSIC
in Vaughn Wa.

John Gorka (music);  Tim Sherry (poet)
(at Jerry Libstaff’s on the Key
Peninsula; details listed below)

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“The miracle is this – the more we
share, the more we have.”

― Leonard Nimoy

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MARCH 8TH   5 p.m.  LIT CRAWL Seattle
Rainier Valley Lit Crawl 
Sunday March 8th
Begins at 5 p.m.     FREE

Two neighborhoods. Four venues.
Fourteen writers. One night. Come to this free reading of epic proportions in a busy
corner of Southeast Seattle.

Event is free.

Each venue will have food and drink available for purchase.

Featuring:
5 p.m. at Union BAR .
5609 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(Hillman City)

Anthony Warnke lives in Seattle and teaches writing at Green River
Community College. His poetry has appeared in Sentence, The Prose
Poem Project, DMQ Review, and Burning Word.

Jeremy Springsteed is a shadow of glutenous literary endeavors,
spending much of his time making coffee work for many mouths in
Seattle. He’s thinking about moving to tea in the near future.

Fredda Jaffe propagates dandelions and conjugates verbs in West Seattle
and has been sighted with a pair of binoculars in Columbia City. One of
her poems travels daily through Bellevue with Metro’s Poetry on Buses.

Chris Crew teaches 8th grade humanities in Kent and meets his son
on the other side of Columbia City’s puddles. His poetry can be found in the
The Marlborough Review, The Sycamore Review, and Natural Bridge,
and on the back of select grocery lists.

6 p.m.  at Afrikando Banadir
5212 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA
(Hillman City)

Raul Sanchez is a translator currently working on the Spanish version of his
inaugural collection “All Our Brown Skinned Angels” nominated for the
2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He was one of the twelve
2014 Jack Straw Writers, as well as one of the mentors and judges for the
2014 Poetry on Buses Project. Last October, he participated in the TEDx
Salon event in Yakima titled: “How creativity heals” available on U-tube.

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from California, specifically
Humboldt County. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and
Philadelphia where he attended Temple U receiving an MFA in theatre.
He’s been widely published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry
collection, published by ATOM and available through Amazon and select
NW bookstores. Larry was pleased to have been included in The Jack
Straw Writer’s Program in 2013 and has received three Pushcart
nominations.

Kristen Young is a writer and journalist whose work has been
featured by the Guardian, the New York Times, KUOW 94.9-FM, City Arts
Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the
Miami Herald and TIME Magazine.Hailed by The Stranger as one of the
“fresh new faces in Seattle fiction,” she was a 2014 Jack Straw Writing
Fellow.

Jeanne Morel is a poet who has taught in factories, hospitals,
community colleges, arts organizations, retirement centers,
and prisons. Her chapbook, That Crossing Is Not Automatic, was
published by Tarpaulin Sky, and one of her very short attempts at
fiction was nominated for a Pushcart.

7 p.m. at Flying Lion Brewing
5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA
(Columbia City)

Greg Jensen‘s poems have appeared in “december”, “Fugue”, “Bodega”, and
“Crab Creek Review”. In addition to being a poet, he is a dad, husband,
avid bicyclist, and yoga enthusiast who works for a non-profit serving homeless
adults in Pioneer Square. He is currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing
program at Pacific University.

Molly Mac as birdfishMAYBElady.mobi, a Siren-(feminist?) agent, early mid-30s,
living amidst Seattle condo explosion 2015 and anxiously passing the peak of
her Amazon(mom)Prime. Molly Mac is a video artist, performer and writer
living in Seattle.

8 p.m. at Lotties Lounge 
4900 Rainier Ave S.
(Columbia City Neighborhood)

Graham Isaac is a writer from and living in Seattle. He co-organizes
the “Claustrophobia” reading series and is the author of “Filthy Jerry
Guide to Parking Lots” on Babel/Salvage press.

Laura Shoemaker‘s recent poems are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest
and through 4Culture and King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses project. She
is also the Development Director at Hugo House, a place for writers.

Hillman City’s Paul Nelson is a poet, interviewer, and essayist. He
founded Seattle Poetics LAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival & wrote
A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by
The Stranger.)

Barbara Erwine is a writer, mother, architect, Buddhist, sustainability nerd
and wanderer on this planet (the order of identity varies from hour to
hour). Her writing strives to capture the shared beauty, pain and humor
of simple life moments.

Hosted by Raanan David
and Greg Bem.

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March 13th, Friday 7:oo p.m. TACOMA
From Connie Walle

Puget Sound Poetry Connection presents
Distinguished Writers Series at
Kings Bookstore

Feature for March: Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson founded SPLAB and
the Cascadia Poetry Festival,
published: Organic Poetry (essays),
a serial poem re-enacting history,
A Time Before Slaughter and
Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence
of Energies. He was awarded a
residency at The Lake, by the
Morris Graves Foundation in
Loleta, CA., & the 2014 Robin
Blaser Award.

American Sentences by Paul Nelson:
3.27.14 – The former Vietnam sniper’s not interested in Trigger Warnings.
4.3.14 – Nothing says Seattle like a cross-dressing bank robber shot by cops.
4.6.14 – Search for weeks for landslide victims only to find and re-bury them.
4.8.14 – Took my smart phone in my dumb car to photograph dumb guys
tip smart cars.
4.9.14 – Poor Christians who teach Easter eggs are “playing with
Lucifer’s testicles.”
5.2.14 – Once eliminated from the beer slam, Dan puts on his socks
& shoes.
4.28.14 – I call Ma to tell Pop to hang up, our cellphone connection
was lost.
5.3.14 – Collis at Cascadia: “Capitalism is a doomsday device.”
5.8.14 – A sense of accomplishment passing the vehicle emissions test.
5.11.14 – Just to take the shine off Ma one last time, my Dad dies on
Mother’s day.

King’s Books,
218 St. Helens Avenue,
Tacoma, WA
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Wed. March 18th 6:30 p.m. Olympia

Olympia Poetry Network’s March event

 Liz St Louis is the featured reader for
Olympia Poetry Network’s third
Wednesday Poetry Series on March 18.

The reading takes places at
Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW
in downtown Olympia
from 6:30- 8 p.m.
FREE

St Louis was born and educated in London England.  She was a Family
Medicine doc for several decades and is now a part time Medical
Consultant. She has been writing poetry since her teens, but only
“came out of the poetry closet” in 2000.  She has published three
chapbooks including Luminaria.

An Open Mic will precede
her reading.
The event is free.

For more
information call 360-701-2030

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Fri. 3 27 15  7p.m.   REDMOND, WA

Friday, March 27at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Features: James Bertolino and
Anita K. Boyle

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St, Redmond,
Washington 98052

FREE

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

About the featured readers:

James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years at schools
ranging from Washington State University to Cornell University. He
spent 14 years at Western Washington University and retired from Willamette
University as Writer-in-Residence in 2006. He has received a number of
national awards for his poetry, and his 12 volumes include Ravenous Bliss:
New and Selected Love Poems, MoonPath Press, 2014. Bertolino has
served as an editor for Abraxas, Epoch, Cincinnati Poetry Review, and
Stone-Marrow Press. He lives with his wife, artist and poet Anita Boyle, on
five acres near Bellingham, Washington. His website is here!

Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist, and graphic designer, and the author of
three books of poetry: The Drenched, What the Alder Told Me, and Bamboo
Equals Loon. She recently received a Poet Publisher Peace Award from the
World Peace Poets. Anita lives near an inspiring pond outside Bellingham,
Washington with her husband, the poet James Bertolino.
Her website is here!
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VARIOUS Dates, Times Locations

From our Washington State Poet
Laureate  Elizabeth Austen

(Note from Chris J:  Some links were
provided in original email from E.A.
but they don’t duplicate when copied
so you’ll have to look up addresses
of events listed-google them
easy to do).

Elizabeth writes:

Here it is March already, and nearly
time to “spring forward.” It’s also
year two of my term, and I’ve now
been to 25 of our 39 counties, and
learned the correct pronunciation
of “Wahkiakum” and “Pend Oreille.”
I wanted to let you know I have
several readings this month right
here in Seattle, or very nearby, with
wonderful poets including Diane
Raptosh, the Idaho Writer in
Residence (the term our neighbors
to the east use instead of
“poet laureate”).  Please share this
information with folks you think
would be interested, and I’d love
to see you at one of these events.

March 4: Poetry Northwest reading
at Phinney Books, 7:30p.
With Suzanne Bottelli, Jessica Gigot,
Laura Shoemaker and Kary Wayson.

March 14: Reading with Diane Raptosh,
Idaho Writer-in-Residence, at
Elliott Bay Books. 7p.

March 18: WordsWest Reading Series at
C&P Coffee, West Seattle.
“Saint and Sinner: Pleasures of the Poet”
reading with Michelle Peñaloza, 7p.
I’ll also give a brief talk on performance,
and Michelle will talk about collaboration.

March 21: Reading with Tim Kelly
at Orca Books, Olympia, 7p.

March 23: “Poetry for All” generative
writing workshop, Burlington Public
Library, 3 to 5p.

Also, so many events this month
(is it my imagination, or does
National Poetry Month start in March
now?). Here are a few I particularly
recommend:

March 7: Jack Straw artist showcase,
2p to 5p – this party includes a stellar
line-up of writers and musicians, as well
as an opportunity for people of all ages
to record their own story or song.

March 19: Jane Hirshfield returns to
Elliott Bay Books with two new books –
one, a collection of poems, The Beauty,
and the other a new book of essays,
Ten Windows: How Great Poems
Transform the World, 7p.
(I was lucky enough to read advance
copies, and highly recommend them both.)

March 20: Lament for the Makers,
7p. Ten local poets read from the work
of 10 poets who died in the past year.
(Lots of intriguing classes at
Hugo House too.)

March 20 and 21: Claudia Rankine is
among the speakers at this year’s
Citizen University Conference. I am
heartbroken that I’ll miss it – if you go,
and hear her, please let me know.

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3-7-15 AND beyond   Vaughn WA

From Jerry Libstaff
Words and Music Current Season begins
on March 7th 2015

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

The programs include 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.

We’re nearly sold out!  (March 7th)

We have limited seating still available. Please call
253-778-6559 to reserve your place.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime
program with John Gorka and
Tim Sherry on the waterfront.

John Gorka, March 7
Words and Music presents the wonderful talents of John Gorka.
With 11 critically acclaimed albums, a collector’s edition box featuring
a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life, and a
collection of his greatest hits titled Pure John Gorka from Windham
Hill Records, John has landed on the Billboard Folk Charts multiple
times and is noted to be one of the most played singers on folk
radio. His new studio album, Bright Side of Down is his first
release in over four years. John is widely regarded as one
of contemporary folk music’s leading talents and this
album’s 12 songs are beautifully produced and sequenced from
beginning to end.

What ever you do, don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and
hear John Gorka on the waterfront in Vaughn.

This special event has a $25 per
seat donation

Words by Tim Sherry   Tim was a public high school
teacher, a coach and a high school principal. Throughout his career
poetry was always there but kept private because athletes, coaches,
principals and Scandinavian Lutherans don’t usually do that
sort of thing. With a BA and an MA in English, Tim has lived most of his
life in Tacoma where long walks quiet days, friends, family, travels,
faith and his wife, Marcia, are the inspiration for his reflections about life.
In the past ten years, with the support and encouragement of many
Northwest writers, he finally shared his poetry. Tim has been published
in Crab Creek Review, The Raven Chronicles, Seminary Ridge Review,
Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Floating Bridge Review, and others.
A Pushcart nominee and an Artsmith Artist Resident on Orcas
Island, Tim’s most recent poem “Of Fires” was a finalist for the Rash
Award in Poetry and published in The Broad River Review. His first
full-length collection, One of Seven Billion has been critically acclaimed.

Join us for a wonderful evening with
Tim Sherry and John Gorka.

Upcoming  Events
4/25  Beth Wood with Matthew Brower
6/5 Ari Hest with Carl Palmer
July -Holley McCreary
August – Rodney Branigan
9/19 – Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer
10/3  – Melissa Greener

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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Congratulations AGAIN to John Burgess
on the publication of his 4th collection of
poetry (from Ravenna Press) “by Land . . .”
riffs on the Journals of Lewis and Clark.

He has several reading events scheduled:
(above is the March 4th Hugo House
reading With Jed and Rox)

FROM John:

I first intersected with the Lewis & Clark Trail in 1978 when working as the third
man on a three-man survey crew in the  Gallatin Valley of Montana. Since
starting at Three Forks, I’ve explored major sites along the trail from St. Louis
to Fort Mandan, from Fort Clatsop to Lolo Pass.  “by Land…”, my fourth collection of
poetry from Ravenna Press, The book is a collage of poems, assemblages,
and drawings inspired by my westward journey, visits to the sites along the
historical trail, and the Journals as a source for text and maps.

For a preview of some of the poems
and drawings found in the collection,
check out Tumblr where I give
background and insights on selected
work. Read Shotgun & Shovel blog here:

“by Land…” (136 pp. $10) will be available at  readings in March
(see listing below). It’s also available online  from Ravenna
Press at http://ravennapress.com/books/.

It would be great to see you at a reading! At some I’ll present a
slide show of maps, drawings and travel photographs during
the reading.

“by Land…” Lecture Series

Hugo House book release (the public party), Wed. March 4,
7:00 p.m. at Hugo House with Jed Myers (The Nameless and
Watching the Perseids) and Stephen Roxborough (Open
Heart Sutra Surgery). SEE ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS
Hugo House is on Capitol Hill
at 1634 11th Ave.

Beacon Bards, Wed. March 11, 7:00 p.m. at The Station Coffee
Shop (2533 16th Ave. S).
I’ll be opening for Raul Sanchez for an evening of poetry on
Seattle’ Beacon Hill. Thanks for Billie and Martha for the chance to check
out the scene. They live here.

PoetsWest, Sat. March 14, 4 p.m.
at Green Lake Branch Seattle Public
Library, 7364 E Greenlake
Dr. N, Seattle. I’ll be reading with
Larry Crist and Joanie Stangeland.
Open mic, too.

PoetsWest, Wed. March 18, 7:00 p.m.
at The Creekside, 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE
Open mic.
Hosted by Clark Crouch.
Emceed by Terry Busch.

Everett Poetry Night, Thurs. March 26,
7:00 p.m.at Café Zippy
(2811 Wetmore Ave. in Everett).
Thanks to Duane Kirby Jensen
for inviting me up
again.

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entering.

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NorthWest Poetry Update: Spotlight on Striped Water Auburn WA

January 26, 2015

A few years back when I started this blog, I thought I might

write sometimes about Poetry.  Share my history with it,

jot down some thoughts, share some of my adventures—

that sort of thing.

 

 

I began the blog during April’s NaPoWriMo sharing prompts,

making up some original prompts and exposing my first rough

writes to those prompts.  I’ll write more about the write

a-poem-a-day during April challenge soon.  It’s a good exercise

to be part of and I enjoy encouraging people to join in.

 

 

Later I started adding the Poetry in the NorthWest pages

publicizing various readings and open mics occurring mostly in

Western Washington.  This augments the emails I send out a few

times per month to approximately 600 subscribers letting them

know about numerous readings and sometimes special events and

workshops going on in Western and NorthWestern Washington

State.   I publicize reading and events that I’ve organized or am

directly  participating in of course, but I also include many, many

events I have absolutely nothing to do with that might be of

interest to those who are open to going to readings.  Most have

little to no cost involved, so you can feed your mind and muse

pretty cheap!

 

 

I really believe I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country

that has so many poetry and literary related events, readings and

open mics going on.  There are things going on almost every day of

every week and often two or three gatherings within a 50 mile radius

happening on certain evenings.

 

 

Most of you reading thing already know this, but I want any new

readers to feel welcomed.

 

 

I’ve seen Poetry change lives for the better.  Attending readings will

help make you a better listener, present opportunities to make new

connections and begin new friendships.

 

 

NEW POEM

 

 

A few days ago a topical poem I wrote and completed on January 9th

was published online HERE at Penhead Press.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON AUBURN’S STRIPED WATER POETS

 

There’s a wonderful group of writers in Auburn who have called

themselves The Striped Water Poets. (Auburn is

about 25 miles South of  Downtown Seattle).  I get a big kick out of

the fact that they have informal gatherings almost every Tuesday in a

meeting room located in the Auburn City Hall building.

 

 

They sit around a long conference table and share poems with each

other.  They get quick honest feedback from each other about the

poems they’ve written and often get suggestions and ideas on how

they might make the poems better.  The critiques are honest but gentle

and respectful.   I wish I had the time and lived closer so that I could be

a regular (I live about 35 miles away).  They are very nice to visitors and

newcomers to the group.  Just bring 8 to 10 copies of a poem you wrote

to share with everyone (you’ll get them back too.).

 

 

It doesn’t cost anything to attend and if you start showing up on a regular

basis, you will be considered a Striped Water Poet member and would

have to emphatically tell them Groucho Marx style, I refuse to join a club

that would have me as a member to avoid such a fate (though they might

refuse to let you quit the group without singing the national anthem of

Freedonia or at least naming 5 Marx Brothers. *

 

 

About three years ago they started a regular monthly reading at the

Station Bistro which features (usually) 2 featured Poet guest readers and

around an hour devoted to open mic readers (meaning you sign up on a list

and you get to read for three to five minutes).   Many of the best poets in the

Northwest have been featured there.   It’s good form to purchase something

to eat and drink during the reading, but you are not forced to do this.

The Station Bistro is an independently owned business that plays host to the

monthly event.  There’s no cover-charge so if you can get there, you won’t be

turned away.

 

 

The group also has created a poetry event every year during the Auburn Days

Festival that happens in Downtown Auburn every August.  Streets are closed off,

classic cars and vendors selling things mix with live music and even a parade.

And then inside the Auburn Theater on a special Sunday there’s a free workshop

in the morning, special readings in the early afternoon and a poetry contest with

lots of prizes in the late afternoon.  It’s a wonderful event!

 

 

A couple of years ago, Striped Water convinced Auburn to have a Poet Laureate.

Richard Brugger was the first one, and he was so beloved they held onto him for

a couple of years (don’t blame them a bit).  The new Auburn Poet Laureate is

Marjorie Rommel whose background includes journalism.  She’s a Striped Water

member too and for many years was responsible for making poetry happen

during the Canterbury Renaissance Fair held in nearby Kent for many years.

Striped Water is associated with several readings and events.

 

THIS IS THE STRIPED WATER POETS WEBSITE.

 

If you don’t already know about them or haven’t been to a reading or

gathering in Auburn, let me encourage you to check it out.  I know it is possible

that you might become a semi-regular at Auburn gathering and wind up an

honorary Striped Water Poet member yourself, but that’s a risk you’ll just

have to endure.

 

The Striped Water Poets Critique Circle

meets every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Auburn City Hall

located at 25 West Main Street Auburn, WA.

You need to get there on time because after 7 p.m. the doors

to get into the building are locked. (Don’t worry, you can usually get out

when you want to.  There’s plenty of free street parking nearby).

 

Poety at the Station Bistro

happens the First Wednesday of every monthand begins at 7 p.m.

 

It’s hosted by SWP (you know who) and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission and King County 4Culture.

The emcee is: Emilie Rommel Shimkus

Featured Poets and Open Mic!

 

The Station Bistro is located at: 110 2nd Street # 125

Auburn, WA 98003

http://www.auburnstationbistro.com

 

Coming soon at Station Bistro in Auburn:

 

Wednesday, February 4 2015

Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch

Jennifer Bullis

 

Wednesday, March 4 2015

Michael Smeltzer

Morgan Sagdahl

 

Wednesday, April 1 2015

April Fools Day Poetry!

James Rodgers

Susan Rich

 

Thanks for reading.   Expect a new posting or two every week.

In April you’ll get a posting every day.

 

*Five Marx Brothers:  Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo

(their mother was known as Minnie—in case you need that info for

any reason I thought I’d share it.  You’ll have to watch Duck Soup to

hear the Hail Freedonia anthem).

 

Copyright© Christopher J. Jarmick 2015