Ghost Town Poetry Flyer October 8 2015GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Thursday, October 8

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

in the Vancouver Arts District


With our featured reader, Sarah Webb: A former Vancouverite, Sarah Webb now lives in the Texas Hill Country with her hound dog Rex, and reads frequently in Oklahoma and Texas. Her poetry collection Black (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award and the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. She served as Poetry Editor for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s interdisciplinary journal Crosstimbers for many years, and is presently a member of the editorial committee for All Roads Will Lead You Home and a co-editor of Just This, a magazine of the Zen arts.

black by sarah webbTwo poems by Sarah Webb:

The Altruism of Birds
By Sarah Webb

Ravens clamor the flock to a hidden feast
hark and hoot to show the way.
They share.
We’ll assume it’s for the usual reasons–
courting or potlatch
or the bullying strength of numbers.

Why are we surprised?
After all, people share
and often for no reason we can name.
Men share, and wolves share.
A raven may tip his wing to a hunter.
A badger may shelter a boy in his den.
A roadrunner adopted a man I knew.
The bird would bring him lizards
and grasshoppers,
lay them at his door as a cat might.

Once she brought the egg of a wren.

Once she came right up to the man
as he sat in the shade of his patio,
and she looked at him.

Her eye had that bird glint
that might mean anything–
pride in her prowess,
yearning for the touch of his beak
or delight in the glare of the sun
and the taste of snake
before it is given away.

By Sarah Webb

We start from the place that is empty.
Even in a mass of clay
there is that empty spot.

The thumb finds it
and follows its prompting,
presses out from it
and feels its yes
to widening.

From it bowls form
and rattles.

And in my chest
there is that empty spot
that widens with each breath
in a sweet yes.

I feel it press, press out,
but how to name what it forms?

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Thursday, September 10
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main Street


With our featured reader, Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Photo by John Ulman

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Photo by John Ulman

Elizabeth Austen is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16. Her collection Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work is also available on the CD Skin Prayers and in two chapbooks. Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry. She earned an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the poetry commentator for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9. She makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and reflective writing workshops for the staff. For more information please visit

Elizabeth Austen will also be teaching a generative writing workshop at the Vancouver Library the same afternoon:

Poetry for All
Thursday, September 10, 2015
2 – 4pm
Vancouver Community Library
Klickitat Room, Level 4

901 C St
Vancouver, WA 98660

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed.

Library events and programs are free and although everyone is welcome, space is limited. Preregistration is required and closes Sept 9 at 5pm. Maximum 25 participants.

Poetry for All Workshop

Christopher Luna’s Fall 2015 Creative Writing Classes

Posted: August 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

Please join me this Fall for one of my creative writing classes at Clark College or Multnomah Arts Center.

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes Fall 2015

Photo by Julian Nelson

Clark College

Community Education Classes

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry

Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper & pen or laptop. Age 16+.

Class Information
Item Number: F113
Date: 09/21 – 11/09 M
Location: CCE 208
Time: 06:00pm – 08:30pm
Fee: $139.00

Mature Learning Classes

Memoir Writing

Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Memoir is a powerful way to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all human beings. This course, facilitated by the Poet Laureate of Clark County, will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history. There is a value to documenting the story of your life.

Class Information
Item Number: 9508
Date: 09/24 – 12/03 Th
Location: CCE 208
Time: 01:00pm – 02:30pm
Fee: $98.00

No class 11/26

Classroom Location

Clark Corporate Education- CCE

Located in downtown Vancouver with easy access from I-5 and SR-14, Clark Corporate Education is on the second floor of the Columbia Bank Building.

Clark Corporate Education (CCE)
500 Broadway Street, Ste 200
Vancouver, WA 98660

Multnomah Arts Center

Fall Catalog, page 22

Literary Arts Classes for Adults & Teens

Poetry Writing
Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision.

All levels. Ages 16 & up
1035801 Mon. 10 am – 12 pm Oct. 5 – Nov. 23 $152 [8 classes]

Toni hand on Chris bw by Colin

Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Photo by Colin Poellot

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA and co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, are celebrating their recent marriage with a honeymoon road trip and reading tour of California that will bring them to Monterey, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Christopher and Toni are very grateful to each of the event organizers for hosting them. They look forward to reading for old friends and making some new friends as they pass through. Each will have copies of their books and chapbooks for sale at the readings listed below.


Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Featuring Newlyweds
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
& Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington
On their Honeymoon Tour of California

7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 26
East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940

Hosted by Garland Thompson Jr.

East Village Coffee Lounge

Facebook Event Page for Monterey Reading

San Francisco

Bird and Beckett four shot

Two-Tone Poetry & Jazz

David Meltzer & Julie Rogers
with Zan Stewart on Saxophone
and Clark County, Washington Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
& Printed Matter Vancouver Publisher Toni Partington

CD’s & books will be available!

Thurs., August 27 2015
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

653 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA in the Glen Park area

Bird & Beckett Books and Records

Facebook Event Page for San Francisco Reading

MELTZER & ROGERS PR PHOTODavid Meltzer, celebrated SF Renaissance/Beat poet is a teacher & has published over forty books of poetry, fiction, and anthologies. This is his second poetry CD in 58 years. Meltzerville

Julie Rogers, northwest poet, is a writing coach & has published several chapbooks, a hospice manual & a selected, ‘House of the Unexpected’. This is her first poetry CD. Julie Rogers

Zan Stewart, tenor saxophonist & teacher, won the celebrated ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award. His band’s debut CD, ‘The Street Is Making Music’, is on Mobo Dog Records. Zan Stewart

Christopher Luna by Julian Nelson 2 November 2013

Christopher Luna is Clark County’s Poet Laureate, a teacher, co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, and co-hosts Vancouver’s Ghost Town Poetry series. Poetry: Christopher Luna in Ghost Town, USA


Toni Partington is co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, co-host of Ghost Town Poetry, and is an author, editor, writing coach, and artist.


California poets Neeli Cherkovski and Richard Loranger
join Christopher Luna and Toni Partington for their Honeymoon Reading Tour

Neeli Cherkovski
Richard Loranger
Christopher Luna
Toni Partington
+ a brief open mic

Hosted by Richard Loranger

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA are celebrating their recent marriage with a honeymoon road trip and reading tour of California that will bring them to Berkeley, Monterey, and San Francisco.

The late spoken word legend Jack McCarthy called Ghost Town Poetry “the best open mic between Tacoma and Berkeley.”

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Art House Gallery
2905 Shattuck Ave.
(one block north of Ashby, and close to Ashby BART)
Berkeley, CA

signup 5 pm
start 5:15
$5-10 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
Neeli Cherkovski’s Facebook Page
Richard Loranger

Facebook Event Page for Berkeley Reading



Neeli Cherkovski has written biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bob Kaufman, and Charles Bukowski, with whom he co-edited the Los Angeles zine Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. Cherkovski produced the first San Francisco Poetry Festival, and in the early-1990s helped to found Café Arts Month, a yearly event celebrating San Francisco’s cafe culture. Cherkovski is the author of Whitman’s Wild Children, a collection of essays about twelve poets he has known: Michael McClure, Charles Bukowski, John Wieners, James Broughton, Philip Lamantia, Bob Kaufman, Allen Ginsberg, William Everson, Gregory Corso, Harold Norse, Jack Micheline, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Cherkovski was a writer-in-residence at the New College of California in San Francisco. He taught literature and philosophy there until the school closed in 2008. His body of poetry includes Animal, Elegy for Bob Kaufman and Leaning Against Time, for which he was awarded the 15th Annual PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2005. Cherkovski’s papers are housed at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Loranger and Christopher Luna by Jane Ormerod November 17 2012

Richard Loranger and Christopher Luna in November 2012

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in Out of Our #17, in the anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA), and in the online journals London Grip New Poetry ( and The Marsh Hawk Review ( You can find more about his work and scandals at

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers. Together Luna and Partington edited Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna established in 2004. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Take Out, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review. To learn more about Christopher Luna, please visit

Toni Partington lives and works as a poet, editor, publisher, visual artist, and writing coach in Vancouver, Washington. Toni has a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Humanities with a focus on literature and literary editing. She is the author of two books of poetry, Jesus Is A Gas (2009), and Wind Wing (2010). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including The Cascade Journal, VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4),, and Perceptions. She was Co-Editor for the 2011/2012 VoiceCatcher anthology of Pacific NW women writers. Toni is co-founder and editor of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing and small press imprint ( Toni co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, a popular poetry reading series in Vancouver, WA founded by her husband Christopher Luna.

Ghost Town Flyer August 13 2015

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Thursday, August 13
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main Street


With our featured reader, Peggy Barnett

Peggy BarnettPeggy 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. Peggy knows that the Northwest is beautiful, but memories of the past haunt her: the Holocaust, growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, the atomic bomb, junior high school, and childhood’s distant happenings arise in her poetry as if in a dream. Her mind flits back and forth between the present and the past. The present on the West Coast is always interrupted by the past of the East Coast. Her poetic memoir On Your Left! dwells on the specifics of unending change.

Toni Partington & Christopher Luna, Editors


Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce the submission period for POETRY MOVES, poetry by Clark County Residents to be showcased on C-Tran Buses beginning January 2016.

Submission Guidelines:

What You Need To Know:
• Poems will be accepted until September 1, 2015 at 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time.
• Submissions will be accepted via email only.
• Submit a maximum of two (2) poems. Poems can be no longer than seven (7) lines. The poem can be a complete poem or an excerpt from a longer poem. If the poem is an excerpt, please indicate this and give the poem title. Previously published poems may be accepted subject to the discretion of the editors. Indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and publication rights in the body of the submission email. Only one poem per poet will be selected and a total of ten poems will be chosen for this phase of the project.
• If your poem is accepted for use in this project, the editors may have suggestions for edits or format changes to prepare the work for display. Whenever possible the editors will work with the author to review suggested changes. Authors will have the final decision on the edits. The editors are unable to guarantee publication of your work if they feel the edits are necessary and the author disapproves of the changes.
• All authors must sign a release provided by C-Tran and agree to photo publicity. C-Tran retains first rights to use and display the poems. From there, rights revert back to the author.
• Authors agree to have their work appear online or in other publicity/promotions by C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poem Format:

  • Poem(s) must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font with one-inch margins.
  • Include your name, address, phone, and email at the top left of each page.
  • Include the poem’s title one line above the body of the poem, in bold font.
  • Poems should be single-spaced with one space between stanzas.
  • Poems should not exceed seven (7) lines on 1 page and be your original work.
  • Seven (7) lines may be excerpted from a longer poem if indicated as such.
  • Poems should be saved as a separate document in Microsoft Word with the extension: your last name+poem title. Example: Luna+Sunset Dream

What To Email:

  • Type “C-Tran Submission” in the subject line of the Email.
  • Include in the body of the Email:
    The title(s) of your poem(s).
    Contact information: name, address, email, and phone (home and cell).
  • For previously published poems, indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and whether you own the publication rights.
  • Include each poem(s) as a separate attachment.
  • Include all attachments in one email.


Sponsored by C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver

Had a great time at the Gallery 360 Book Fair. I used my New York voice to coax people onto the porch. So fun to be shouting in Vancouver, WA. You should try it some time, it’s good for the soul. Thank you to Peggy Bird for organizing this event and inviting me to participate. I really enjoyed hanging out on the porch of the Slocum House with authors Victoria Lindstrom and Kriston Johnson and gabbing with the people of Ghost Town about poetry and literature. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and/or buy a few books: Lori Loranger, Bruce Hall, Karen Goysich Read, Rainy Knight, Christi Krug, Maureen Andrade, Jim Martin, Shawn Morrill, Erica Marchbank, Erin Dengerink, Angie Lindquist, and Ian Caton. We had perfect weather and an enormous crowd at the park. I hope that Gallery 360 decides to host more events like this in the future.

Peggy and Christopher at Gallery 360 Book Fair by Maureen Andrade

Gallery 360 Book Fair organizer and author Peggy Bird with Christopher Luna. Photo by Maureen Andrade for the Columbian

Many thanks to Maureen Andrade of North Bank Artists Gallery and the Columbian for this account of the event:

Clark County’s Growing Literary Community