Posts Tagged ‘Readings’


NorthWest Poetry Update- December 2017

December 15, 2016

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting that speaks.


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

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

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Mic

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


more readings- here



Here   The Poetry Department.


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





NorthWest Poetry Update – NOVEMBER 2017

November 18, 2016

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

Leonard Cohen RIP

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

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

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

BookTree on Facebook here.

BookTree Website here

Seattle Times Feature on BookTree


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

Poetry Is Everything at BookTree

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

Saturday November 19th

BookTree Bookstore
609 Market St
Kirkland Wa. 98033

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

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

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

TITLE:   Gathering and Hoarding Technique

Perhaps a poem like this will result::

The Museum of Stones  (excerpt)

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

collected from roadside, culvert, and viaduct,

battlefield, threshing floor, basilica, abattoir,

stones loosened by tanks in the streets

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

schoolyard stones in the hand of a corpse,

pebble from Apollinaire’s oui,

stone of the mind within us

carried from one silence to another, . . . .

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

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

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

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

Featured Poets, Open Mic,  FREE

M/C Host-  Christopher J. Jarmick

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

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

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

Facebook Event Details Here

BookTree Website Events Page

Check out Sunday, November 26th at BookTree

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

author, Robert Dugoni!)


Community  (Other Readings)


Tod Marshal Reading  This Friday!!!

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

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

Google or GPS for directions and
more info.

11/18  Jack Straw 7 p.m. Seattle

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

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

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

From Leopoldo Seguel

Hello poetrybridge community,

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

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

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

Our featured readers are:

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

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

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

Hope to see you all then!

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


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

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





NorthWest Poetry Update OCTOBER 2016

October 24, 2016

A quick update!

The last few months has been overwhelming.  In case you haven’t heard, I decided in August to become a business partner with Mary Harris and co-own a brand new independent bookstore in Kirkland, Wa.  She is the former owner of Parkplace Books.

Creating the business entity, finding the right location, negotiating the lease happened very quickly.  And then…. the remodelling of a former beauty salon into a bookstore space. . .  The work is finally almost done.

BookTree will have its grand opening on November 5, 2016.

It’s located at 609 Market Street
Kirkland, Wa. 98033

The website is

Yes, there will be a new poetry series
at BookTree.

Stay tuned!

THIS Wednesday
10-26  C & P Coffee  7 p.m.  West Seattle

Rayn Roberts &
Christopher Jarmick
Featured @ C&P Coffee, West Seattle

Rayn Roberts & Christopher Jarmick are well known
Pacific NW Poets, seasoned performers with books
in print and publications in journals and online.
Roberts has read all over the United States.
Jarmick is known for his years of devoted organizing
& promotion of readings all over the state of Washington.
This will be an excellent and entertaining reading.

Open Mic follows features.

C&P Coffee
5612 California St. SW
West Seattle, WA 98136

Notice here
Note:  I have limited time to work on
this email blast.  Here’s a few of
the many readings and events
happening in the next few weeks.

Ekphrastic workshop
and panel discussion

at VALA, Tuesday, Oct. 25

Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a workshop discussing ekphrastic
poetry, facilitated by Michael Dylan Welch.
Duane Kirby Jensen, J. I. Kleinberg,
Jared Leising, and Joannie Stangeland
will share their experiences writing ekphrastic
poems and will offer writing prompts to inspire
you. Write in response to the incredible art at
the Ekphrastic Assimilations exhibit in VALA

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Directions: VALA
VALA (and RASP) location at Redmond Town Center

RASP meets in the new home of VALA Eastside
at Redmond Town Center, at 7325 166th Ave NE
Suite F . That’s on the southeast side
of the center circle;

November 2nd  7 pm   Duvall

Poet Laureate Tod Marshall features on
Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 PM, AT

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

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first
collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002
winner of the University of Georgia’s
Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also
published a collection of his interviews with
contemporary poets, Range of the Possible
(EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying
anthology of the interviewed poets’ work,
Range of Voices (2005).  These volumes
include interviews with and poems by
Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley,
Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim
Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa,
and others. In 2005, he was awarded a
Washington Artists Trust Fellowship.
His second collection of poetry,
The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009)
was a finalist for the Washinton State Book
Award.  His most recent collection, Bugle,
was published by Canarium in 2014 and
was the 2015 winner of the Washington
State Book Award.  In 2015, he was
awarded the Humanities Washington
Award for creativity and service.
He lives in Spokane, Washington,
and teaches creative writing and
literature at Gonzaga University where
he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair
in the Humanities.

From 2016-18, he will serve as
Washington’s Poet Laureate.

Emcee: Michael Schein


Worthwhile Website and Resource to

checkout is here:

Authors Publish

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



NorthWest Poetry Update – Summer 2016

August 9, 2016


“Looks like what drives me crazy

Don’t have no effect on you–

But I’m gonna keep on at it

Till it drives you crazy, too.” 

― Langston Hughes


Rave Review of my latest collection of poetry

Not Aloud  here


The more you listen to poetry, the more

you read poetry, the more inspired you

will be to write poetry.


Your attendance at readings,open mics,

events, book signings and workshops,

supports writers, artists and the poetry



Thank you.





I anticipate having some exciting news in

the next few weeks about a new poetry

venue and reading, about BANG – the new

poetry anthology; and more.


In the meantime, let me encourage you to

take a trip to Auburn, this Saturday.



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

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

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

in its new location: Les Grove Park.


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

and Events Center.


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


It is FREE.


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

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

6 winners getting prizes!


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


Auburn August Fest!

Saturday August 13 2016 from 11 to 7 

Les Gove Park

910 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002




Please join us for a wonderful day of free

activities and events and great Poetry!


The Poetry Schedule:


11 to 1 Christopher Howell workshop


1 to 2 lunch break


Featured Poets:

2 to 3   Polly Buckingham, Robert McNamara,  David Axelrod


3 to 4   Steve Cleveland, Sibyl James, Bethany Reid


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


5 to 7 : Open Mic Contest!

Six prizes awarded!

Contest Judges:

Bethany Reid , James Rodgers,  Polly Buckingham 


Emcee: Christopher J. Jarmick


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

along with a Haiku display provided by Michael Dylan Welch and

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

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

making booth My Goldfish Stole the Moon with Jim Teeters.


Book Fair contributors:


M. Franklin

Jolene Loraine

Dave Morrison

Thomas W. Everson

Anna Alexander

Gretchen S. B.

Dave Davies

Cindy Hutchings

Jim Teeters

Christopher Howell

David Axelrod

Bethany Reid

Sibyl James

Robert McNamara

Steve Cleveland

Polly Buckingham

James Rodgers

Christopher J. Jarmick

Michael Schein

Florence Petheram


Small Presses:

Rose Alley Press




Black Heron Press


Espial, Green River College Literary Magazine




Northwest Renaissance




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

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

Water Poets, Connie Walle and Puget Sound Poetry Connection for

providing the first prize basket, Northwest Renaissance, Polly

Buckingham and StringTown, Michael Dylan Welch and Haiku Northwest,

Jim Teeters, and Christopher J. Jarmick.


Poetry Open Mic Contest Information:


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

other is a NON-contest open mic.


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

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

three minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are

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


There is no fee to participate.


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

entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.


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

to discuss and decide the winners.


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


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

the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.


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

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

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

good balance of quality poetics and skilled performance.


Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn

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


Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged

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

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

show off their stuff.


Feature Bios Available on the Website Page Here– –     –

=-  =-   =-    =-  =-  =-

 “Fly without wings;

Dream with open eyes;

See in darkness.”

Dejan Stojanovic




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



The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series:

Bruce Beasley, Featured Reader

Aug 12 , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Plus open Mic


Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


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


August Readings in Woodinville


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 10,

a special program featuring Shadab Zeest Hashmi, a prize winning

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

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

sponsored by the Creekside.


7:00pm, Wednesday, August 17,

a regular monthly reading of PoetsWest @ The Creekside featuring

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

open mic opportunity is scheduled.


PoetsWest @ Creekside

18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

[intersection of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd

NE and 140th Avenue NE]


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

Jed Myers– Feature

Open Mic


Jed Myers writes:


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


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


Be well,



Aug. 18  Soulfood  7 p.m.  – Redmond


Shin Yu Pai and David Francis at SoulFood on August 18

Michael Dylan Welch hosts

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

SoulFood Coffee House

15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052

SoulFood Poetry Night begins its eleventh year


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

appeared in publications throughout of poetry, including most recently

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

SHIN YU PAI is the poet laureate of Redmond,



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

decades his poems have appeared in about a dozen literary

journals including Art Access, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares,

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

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

Contemporary Art published his first book, Otherwise This

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

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

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

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



Sneak Preview—  September 17th  EVENT


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

MoonPath Press.


Peter Writes:


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

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

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

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

here’s the particulars:


15528 12th Ave. NE




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

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

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

the book and having a party in which all can participate



Peter Ludwin


“Poets are damned…

but see with the eyes of angels.”

Allen Ginsberg




NorthWest Readings/Events June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”

A rave review preview for Not Aloud from Raven Chronicles here


I have  upcoming readings in support

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

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

Additional information via provided links.

Thanks in advance if you are able to make the time

to attend any of these readings.



THIS SATURDAY  6/25   11am-6pm  Redmond

Poets in the Park 2016

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

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


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


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

MoonPath Press Poetry Reading
at Poets in the Park Redmond


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

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


Coming Soon:

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

Car Show, Parade, Music, Arts and Book Fair

But most importantly   Poetry readings, free workshops and

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

Details soon.

Facebook Page here 


July 1  7pm   Jack Straw  Seattle

Raven Chronicles presents

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


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

Readings by: MC Anna Bálint

Cultural Geography: Jesse Minkert

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

Words from The Cafe: Introduced by Anna Bálint

Mary-Jo El-Wattar and Angel Ybarra

Nature Writing: Robert Francis Flor

Spoken Word: Larry Crist

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


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


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


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

Raven Website  


July 6   7 pm   Duvall

Quinton Hallett features on

Wednesday, July 6th, 7 PM,

Plus open Mic —  FREE

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


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


July 6  7pm  Auburn

Rainbow Cafe

June 6 2016

Featured Poets:

Benjamin Schmitt


Molly Tenenbaum

Featured Poets

and Open Mic!



we are now located at:

The Rainbow Café!

112 East Main Street

Auburn, WA 98002

Rainbow Cafe Site 


First Monday! each month at 7 p.m.

SWP and the Northwest Renaissance

with support from the Auburn Arts Commission

and King County 4Culture present:

Poetry at the Rainbow Café!

emcee: Emilie Rommel Shimkus


July 8  7pm  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents

The Distinguished Writer Series

July 8th , 2016  7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Emma Bach, Featured Reader

Plus open Mic


Puget Sound Poetry Connection Site  


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


Once upon a time, Ken Shiovitz hosted

the PoetsWest reading series at Third

Place Books in Ravenna.   He’s just

released his latest book!


Ken Shiovitz Book Release Party for

Rules of the Universe: Open House with

Readings on the Half Hour.


on attending and the address.


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


NorthWest Poetry – December 2015

December 5, 2015

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

Maya Angelou

– —-

The Poetry Day of the Week Page Here  HAS been updated.

You’ll find updated info on the New Striped Water readings at Rainbow Cafe and the brand new reading in Bothel 2nd Saturdays!




Details on the Last Park Place Reading (December 9th)




Not Aloud  is my just published book from MoonPath Press.

I’m doing several readings to support its release.

The NOT ALOUD facebook page is here!

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

the book,and helps MoonPath Press. Thanks.

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

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

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

from your local library to encourage them to order a few copies.

Thank You. Thank You.

You can also buy the book at Amazon here,

(If you have enjoyed the book please remember to

post a short review!)

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

schedule there too.)

Every Not Aloud reading is unique with different poems being read

and sometimes wonderful surprises, guests and even improvised

collaborations combining spoken word and music.  The readings will

hopefully not just sell some books (which of course is important) but

also inspire your inner poet to  create something unique.   I’m passionate

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

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

heal, to build a sense of community and to show you by example how fun,

entertaining, and important poetry can be.  Most of the readings are free.

If you are at all curious, I hope you’ll makethe effort and take the time to

experience a reading soon.



Wed. Dec 9,2015  – 6:30 pm – Kirkland, WA

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Wed. December 9th  6:30 pm  Kirkland, WA

The LAST and Final . . .

Take a Poem From Your Heart Reading

@ ParkPlace Books in Kirkland
2nd Wednesday

Our Last Featured Poet
(1st time reading at our venue. . .)

Richard Widerkehr

plus 15 mini spotlight readings
from some of our best…including
Jed Myers, Larry Crist, Erika Michael
Raul Sanchez, Mary Crane, Lyn Coffin
Michael Dylan Welch, David Horowitz,
Dennis Caswell, Peggy Barnett and
plus open mic spot for one and all

Special Time  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Many of you have heard the rumors…
They are true.  Park Place Books, a unique
independent bookstore in Kirkland since 1986
and the home of a 2nd Wednesday of the month
poetry series for 9 years, is closing their doors
at the end of 2015.

The Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being re-developed
and many local businesses are closing or being
displaced. Mary and Rebecca have been part of
the store for 20 years. Rebecca is retiring when the
store closes and Mary hopes to open a new bookstore
but a suitable location has not yet been found.

Mary and Rebecca have been among the most
welcoming, generous and dedicated bookstore
owners you’ll ever know.  Their bookstore has hosted
both large and small literary events sometimes
accommodating more than 300 people but also
making it feel full and welcoming when a dozen
people show up.”

For years they have volunteered bookseller services
to various local literary festivals, and special poetry
events, often without any compensation for their time
and effort whatsoever.

Let’s honor Mary and Rebecca with an expanded
final poetry gathering on December 9th  from 6:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m.

I hope we pack the place with poets who will
celebrate what an important part of the literary
and poetry community Park Place Books has
been for so many many years.

And consider doing some of your Christmas
shopping at Park Place Books too!

We’ll have an abbreviated featured poet reading
by Richard Widerkehr (who is travelling from
Bellingham).  We’ll have 15 mini spotlight
readings from at least 15 of our most
compelling past featured readers
and leave time for 15 to 20 open mic
readers too.

Come and be part of it if you are able.
Please share news of this event with
friends and acquaintances through
emails and social media.


Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood
first prizes for poetry at the University
of Michigan and earned his M.A. from
Columbia University. He has two
collections of poems, The Way Home
(Plain View Press) andHer Story of Fire
(Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks,
and a novel,Sedimental Journey
(Tarragon Books) about a geologist in
love with a fictional character. In the
last year, his poems have been
published inRattleSoundings,
Floating Bridge ReviewJewish
Literary Journal
,Grey Sparrow,
Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review,
Pennine InkCirque,Penumbra,
Clay Bird Review, and Crack The

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.


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


Friday, Dec. 11th  7 p.m.  Tacoma

The City of Tacoma and
Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The Distinguished Writer Series
Christopher J. Jarmick

AND our special
Christmas/Holiday Party
right after the reading!
(at Tim and Marsha
Sherry’s Abode!)

December 11th, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore,

218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA


Mon. Dec. 14th 7pm  Seattle

Easy Speak at
the Wedgwood Ale House

Christopher J. Jarmick
open mic

Hosted by Peter Munro

December 14th
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

Event Page Click Here

Wed. Dec. 16th  7 p.m.  Woodinville

Third Wednesday at
The Creekside

Christopher J. Jarmick

Open Mic

plus (free) refreshments!

Readings are at 7:00pm on the
third Wednesday of each month
at The Creekside , 18200
Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE,
Woodinville, WA 98072).

Event Page Here
Find out all you need to know about 
submitting to the new anthology 
BANG! by checking out
The BANG PAGE here…  

‘BANG!’ Is the new E-book anthology
from World Enough Writers to be 
published in May 2016; print edition
to be determined..(TBD).

Poems and Artwork (b&w and cartoons)
are needed for a new  E-book (and
later print edition) anthology of poems
about school shootings, public shootings, 
guns, gun control, media coverage of
tragic shootings, the NRA and the second

We particularly encourage submissions
from students, younger writers (and
artists) and teachers since they 
experience the very real threat of 
increasing school attacks on a daily
basis.  The E-book and print edition
will be published by World Enough
Writers (the anthology division of
Concrete Wolf).  The project editor
is Christopher J. Jarmick. (Managing
Editor: Lana Hechtman Ayers) 

BANG- submission details on
world enough writers website
too here

Submissions are Open  –  
Now through February 15th, 2016.


More Stuff


December 7 – 7 pm – Auburn

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe!
We are at the Rainbow Cafe for 2016.
112 East Main Street
There is an entrance on Main Street and an entrance in the back parking lot which connects with the Safeway parking lot, with a driveway on Auburn Way.
Monday December 7
7 to 9
at the Rainbow Cafe
Shannon P. Laws
Joann C. Roberts
followed of course by our Open Mic


Dec 11  6 p.m.  Redmond

Special Night for
RASP’s  6th Annual
Holiday Party!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015
Festivities begin at 6:00 PM

We’re bringing back the ever-popular
Island Style Slam and know you’ll
have a wonderful evening. We’re
partying in Room 204 upstairs at
the Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center.
The party starts at 6:00 PM
and you can help us decorate!

Bring a holiday snack to share and
RASP will provide beverages,
pens, and paper.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse
Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA
Room 206

In January  RASP will be at
a brand new place!!!!

January 29th
Featured Reader:
Christopher J. Jarmick

at  VALA
VALA Eastside in
Redmond Town Center
(7330 164th Ave NE,
Redmond, WA 98052




Sat. Dec 12   7 p.m.   Bothell

BRAND New Venue for Poetry began in November 2015

Featured Poets, Open Mic  7 p.m. (6:45 signup)

December 12th –  Featured Reader is

Mary Crane

plus open mic

Tsuga Fine Arts at 10101 Main Street in Bothell, WA

will be hosting regular poetry readings on the 2nd Sat. of the month

starting on Nov. 14th at 7PM. They will be getting their guest poets

thru Poets West. Please spread the word.

Dec. 16.   6:30 pm  Olympia


Celebrate with “Seasons Readings,”
poetry for winter and the Holidays,
sponsored by the Olympia Poetry
Network on

Wednesday, December 16,
6:30 p.m. at
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW.

Members of the OPN Board will
share their own or a favorite author’s
tribute to everything December.
An Open Mic will follow.
The event is free.  Those attending
are invited to bring a new children’s
poetry book to donate to needy
youth this Holiday Season.
For more information call

Joanne Clarkson

Dec 17  7 p.m.  Redmond Wa
Soulfood Poetry Night

Sean Bentley 
Emily Warn

Plus open mic
7 p.m.

SoulFood Coffee House,
15748 Redmond Way,
Redmond, Washington

“True literature can exist only 

where it is created, not by diligent
and trustworthy functionaries,
but by madmen, hermits, heretics,
dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

 Yevgeny Zamyatin


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!



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.


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 


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.


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


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


Christopher J. Jarmick

Plus open Mic.


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


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!



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.


May 8   Distinguished Writers  7 p.m.  Tacoma

Distinguished Writer Series with

Donald Kentop

Plus open mic


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.


King’s Books Website 

218 St Helens Ave  Tacoma, Washington 98402



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


 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.


1111 110th Ave NE

Bellevue, 98004



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.


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!


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



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


The Good Shepherd Center,

Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.,

Seattle  WA

FREE and open to the public.

Prizes; light refreshments.


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.


Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

Seattle , WA 98107


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:


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.


May 16  Free Workshop  University Place



Featuring: Michael Spence

May 16th

4601 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

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

Register now at


May 19  Summit Pierce Library 7 p.m.  Tacoma


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


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


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


May 21  SoulFood Books 7 p.m. Redmond

Soulfood Poetry Night

Every 3rd Thursday  at 7 p.m.

May 21 Features

Larry Crist


Christine Clarke

plus Open Mic


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


May 22  RASP  7 P.M.   Redmond

Redmond Association of Spoken Word

Featured Reader:

Charles Finn

Plus Open Mic


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.


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


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 


 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 


From Karen Bonaudi:




Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet

Laureate. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31,


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  


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


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

or call  253-778-6559.


Jerry Libstaff


Worthwhile Website and Resource to
checkout is here:

Authors Publish

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


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

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