“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!
NEW EVENT – NEW SERIES
Saturday 11/19 4:30/6:15 Kirkland
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
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 –
(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? (University
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
http://www.historylink.org, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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:
It is FREE and has a ton of
useful articles and suggestions of
where to send poetry to be published!