Cover to Cover Flyer May 8 2014

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

7pm
Thursday, May 8
Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B (St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA 98663

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004
printedmattervancouver.com

Featuring Daniel Skach-Mills:

Daniel SM Photo

Daniel Skach-Mills is an award-winning poet, author, and a former Trappist monk. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies ranging from Sufi magazine and The Journal of Daoist Philosophy and Practice to The Christian Science Monitor and Sojourners. Daniel’s books include: The Tao of Now (listed as one of the “150 outstanding Oregon poetry books” for Oregon’s 2009 sesquicentennial); The Hut Beneath the Pine: Tea Poems (a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Award); and In This Forest of Monks (a double finalist in both the Poetry and Spirituality categories of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and lauded as “a powerful work that touches, delights, and amazes” by the judge of the 21st annual Writer’s Digest Book Awards). Manzou (a Chinese farewell that literally means: walk slowly) was published in January 2014. A docent for Lan Su Chinese Garden since 2005, Daniel lives with his partner of 21 years in Portland, Oregon.

Listening To The Waterfall
I Remember The Abbey Bell

Where in the waterfall’s cascading cadence
can you detect past or future?
Where in an ocean wave’s ebb and flow
can you glimpse a single mistake?
Snow embraces everything it touches.
Plum blossoms fall wherever wind decides.
Slowing down, you catch up to what I’m saying.
Speeding up, you fall behind.
The human world can drive you crazy
if you let it.  Be like a bell,
that fills the air with clarity
by emptying itself
of its own sound.

—from Manzou
by Daniel Skach-Mills

Please join me on Saturday afternoon in Ghost Town, USA for poetry and music at Niche- a wine & art bar. This will be the only event in the March Music Moderne festival that happens on the Vancouver side of the river. My thanks to MMM organizer Bob Priest for making this exception when we lost access to our original venue. I am very excited about the once-in-a-lifetime lineup I have assembled for your enjoyment. Don’t miss it!

2014 logo.aiMarch Music Moderne Presents Ghost Town Poetry and Jazz with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musicians Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton at Niche Wine and Art Bar in Vancouver, WA March 22, 2014

 2 pm

Saturday, March 22

Niche Wine and Art Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

 Sponsored by Leah Jackson, Printed Matter Vancouver, and March Music Moderne

Double bassist, educator, techie, and coffee shop loiterer Julio Appling lives in Vancouver, WA, and serves as the primary bassist for Portland-based jamgrass group The Student Loan, and fusion group Trio Flux. Growing up in Tacoma, Washington, his upbringing included classical piano and guitar, gospel guitar and bass, a little bit of trombone, an Amiga computer, comics, and a lot of Legos. Julio earned his B.A. in Music (Bass Performance) from the University of Redlands and an M.M. in Musicology from Bowling Green State University. As an educator Julio has served as an instructor of both music and technology courses at BGSU Firelands, Tiffin University, and Clark College. For more info, please visit: http://julioappling.com/

Carson Halley Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park August 1 2011 by Toni Partington (2)Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park, Portland, August 2011

Rich Halley is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He has released 15 recordings as a leader and is known for his asymmetrical and rhythmic compositions and his fiery playing. Halley emphasizes the importance what he calls compositional group improvisation. This is the spontaneous development of musical structures by the group as it improvises, creating a varied musical story which provides a foundation for the drama and emotion in the music. Rich Halley has worked with poets and dancers over the years and in 2011 he released Children of the Blue Supermarket with poet Dan Raphael and drummer Carson Halley. This CD was picked as one of the best recordings of the year by Tom Hull in the Rhapsody jazz poll. In 2011, the Rich Halley 4 released Requiem for a Pit Viper, which was picked by Francis Davis in the Village Voice as one of the best recordings of the year. Davis recognized Halley as one of the top up and coming saxophonists in jazz. In 2012, the Rich Halley 4 released Back From Beyond, which was listed in DownBeat as one of the best CD’s of the year. Halley has performed with Obo Addy, Michael Bisio, Rob Blakeslee, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, David Friesen, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Oliver Lake, Tony Malaby and Michael Vlatkovich. For more info, please visit: http://richhalley.com

Eric Padget has been tootin’ around Seattle for about seven years. In that time he has collaborated (on trumpet) with the likes of the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Andrew Joslyn, Mark Lanegan, Steve Fisk, Jason Webley, Pezzner, Sean Nelson (Long Winters, Harvey Danger), Orkestar Zirkonium and countless others. He has since performed at nearly every major music festival and performance hall in the NW. Besides the trumpet racket, he is the song-writer for FUTURE FRIDAYS (a duo with his partner Sari), teaches kids, teaches adults, arranges, composes, and generally enjoys himself. Prior to Seattle, Eric attended the Crane School of Music in NY, where he learned how to fix a bassoon and how to hold a drumstick. He is currently performing in “Seattle VICE”, a new musical based on the life and times of infamous Seattle pimp and racketeer Frank Colacurcio.

Jim Templeton is a pianist and composer.

For more than two decades, Christopher Luna has collaborated with musicians including Jason Levis (Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble, Joseph’s Bones), Rob Ewing (Disappear Incompletely), Tyler Burba, Matt Meighan, Totter, Liquid Logic, Steven Taylor (the Fugs, Allen Ginsberg), and local favorites Rich and Carson Halley, Eric Padget (Future Fridays, Sigourney Reverb, Orkestar Zirconium), Julio Appling (Trio Flux, the Student Loan), Five Guys Playing Jazz, Beth Karp, Lincoln’s Beard, headshapes, and Aram Arslanian. He has appeared on recordings by Pimpcore and Dystopia One. “Steve Buscemi,” an ode to actor and director that Luna recorded with Dystopia One, appeared on Dr. Demento and Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight.” More Recently, Luna has appeared on the air on KBOO FM’s Talking Earth (hosted by Walt Curtis and Barbara LaMorticella) and Radio Lost and Found (hosted by Rich Lindsay).

Before being named the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Niche and Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson named Christopher Luna, the poet laureate of those two venues. Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, whose books include Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poems from the popular Vancouver, WA open mic reading he founded in 2004, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. His books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of film and literary history that Luna edited at Brakhage’s request, available on Michael Rothenberg’s Big Bridge.org. Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review.

Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Christopher Luna at an upcoming event are asked to contact him at christopherjluna@gmail.com

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Cover to Cover Flyer March 13 2014

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

7pm

March 13, 2014

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B (St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA 98663

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

 Featuring Joyce Colson:

Joyce Colson

Joyce Fiona Colson was born in 1948 and has spent most of her life writing. She started writing at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since. She writes mostly poetry, short stories and satire, although she has also written non-fiction, four novels and one radio play. Joyce owns her own publishing company, Eclectic Publishing, and is otherwise semi-retired.

Joyce Colson’s poetry is featured in Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two, and anthology of poems from the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic published in January by Printed Matter Vancouver. Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two is available locally at Cover to Cover Books: mail@covertocoverbooks.net.

The book can also be ordered through CreateSpace (https://www.createspace.com/4559411) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Town-Poetry-Volume-Two/dp/0615938892/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390333629&sr=8-1&keywords=ghost+town+poetry+volume+two).

Cover to Cover Flyer February 13 2014

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

 

7pm

February 13, 2014

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B (St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA 98663

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

printedmattervancouver.com

 

Gwendolyn MorganPhoto by Kim Salgado

Winner of the 2013 Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Gwendolyn Morgan’s first collection, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea ($14), offers richly textured poetic renderings of natural landscapes and emotional nuances in response to those landscapes. She weaves concerns for global warming, social inequities, and health care together with images of birds, plants, animals, breath, evoking our interconnectedness with all sentient beings and the spiritual universe. There is in these poems a deep sense of care for and rootedness in the natural world. Gwendolyn Morgan learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paint brushes and boxes from her grandmothers. With a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, she has been a recipient of writing residencies at Artsmith, Caldera and Soapstone. Morgan’s poems appear in Calyx, Dakotah, Kalliope, Kinesis, Manzanita Quarterly, Mudfish, Tributaries: a Journal of Nature Writing, VoiceCatcher, Written River among other anthologies and literary journals. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries and is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She serves as the manager of interfaith Spiritual Care at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Gwendolyn and Judy A. Rose, her partner, share their home with Abbey Skye, a rescued Pembroke Corgi. Judy, who is a musician, will be offering Native American flute during the reading. For more information: http://hiraethpress.com/crow-feathers-red-ochre-green-tea-now-available/

 

Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two commemorates ten years of open mic poetry in Vancouver, WA. Christopher Luna founded the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic reading series at Ice Cream Renaissance in November 2004. In 2007 the series moved to Cover to Cover Books, and Toni Partington joined Luna as a co-host. In 2011 Luna and Partington co-founded Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press which previously published Ghost Town Poetry, which includes poets from the first six years of the series, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. Like its namesake, Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two is “all ages and uncensored.” The anthology includes poems from the following local and national authors, each of whom has read at the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic: Judith Arcana, Elizabeth Archers, Lana Ayers, Melinda Bell, Kristin Berger, April Bullard, Tiffany Burba-Schramm, Sheryl Clough, Ed Coletti, Joyce Colson, Brittney Corrigan, Michael Daley, Eileen Davis Elliott, Kathleen Flenniken, Daniel Gilchrist, Rob Gourley, Johnna Gurgel, Miles Hewitt, David Hill, Rainy Knight, Christi Krug, Jake Loranger, Lori Loranger, Zoe Loranger, Jack Lorts, Peter Ludwin, Christopher Luna, M, David Madgalene, Dryas Martin, Jim Martin, Doug Marx, David Matthews, Dennis McBride, Jack McCarthy, Mike G, A. Molotkov, Russell Monroe, Angeline Nguyen, Maggie O’Mara, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Sidra Grace Quinn, Dan Raphael, Carlos Reyes, Kristin Roedell, Michael Rothenberg, Ralph Salisbury, Katharine Salzmann, Raul Sanchez, Mary Slocum, Gerald Donnelly Smith, Leah Stenson, Meredith Stewart, George Thomas, Nathan Tompkins, Grace Valentine, Ric Vrana, Julene Weaver, Ingrid Wendt, Steve Williams, John Sibley Williams, Sally Wong, Carolyne Wright, and Louise Wynn.  

Flyer November 14 2013

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

 

November 14, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

98663

 christopherjluna@gmail.com

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

 With our featured reader, Maggie Chula:

Maggie Chula has been writing and teaching haiku, tanka, and haibun for more than thirty years. She has published seven full-length poetry collections as well as a musical CD of Grinding my ink. Called the ‘Haiku Queen of Portland’ by the Willamette Week, her haiku have appeared in journals worldwide, on Tokyo train station billboards, at a construction site for the Orange Line in Portland, and on cans of Itoen tea sold in vending machines in Japan. Her latest book, Just This, is her second collection of tanka. Maggie has just finished a three-year appointment as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music, composing poems while listening to concerts. She currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America. Living in Kyoto for twelve years, she now makes her home in Portland where she hikes, gardens, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.

TANKA

you sign your letters

‘affectionately’

I write ‘loving you’

picking a scab in my cleavage

I watch it bleed

Maggie Chula

Books available at the reading:

Just This                                                                      $16.00

Just This translation                                                  $12.00

What Remains:

Japanese Americans in Internment Camps             $20.00 (discounted from $25)

Grinding my ink                                                         $15.00 (discounted from $16.95)

The Smell of Rust                                                      $12.00 (discounted from $14.95)

October 10 2103 flyer

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

October 10, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

christopherjluna@gmail.com

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

With our featured readers, Rob Gourley and klipschutz:

 Rob Gourley APR '13 copy

Rob Gourley taught language arts, human relations, and career development in Washington schools (1974-90) and has had Teamster employment for 19 years in the intermodal transportation facilities for automobiles (import/export) at Portland’s Terminal 6 and the Port of Vancouver. His development as a writer grows out of years of reading and a motivation to learn to write documents well via journal & letter writing, storytelling, writing grant proposals, monitoring reports & psychological abstracts, etc. – also travel, immersion in moments. Recently, he realized his admiration of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales may be a significant influence on his longer narrative stories in verse. These last 30 years, Rob’s geographic range has been along the Columbia Gorge and out to the Pacific Coast, following his interests in swimming, hiking, canoeing, photography, music, skiing, bicycling, ecology, and so forth.  He will have three chapbooks available for sale at the reading: Degrees of Freedom ($4), Four Drafts from Skinflint’s HP Pavilion ($2), and Directions ($4).

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Klipschutz (pen name of Kurt Lipschutz) is a poet and songwriter. His new book is This Drawn & Quartered Moon. Born in Indio, California, he has lived in San Francisco for thirty years, where he shares an apartment with his wife, Colette Jappy, and two cats. His work has appeared in periodicals in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and France, and numerous anthologies, and in previous collections including Twilight of the Male Ego, The Good Neighbor Policy, and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder. He has co-penned over a hundred songs, chiefly with Chuck Prophet, including the internationally acclaimed 2012 release Temple Beautiful. Beyond high school, he is an autodidact. The following books will be available for sale at the reading: This Drawn & Quartered Moon ($18), Twilight of the Male Ego ($12), and The Good Neighbor Policy ($8).

Ghost Town Poetry flyer September 12 2013

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

 

September 12, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

 

printedmattervancouver.com

christopherjluna@gmail.com

 

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

With our featured readers, Doug Marx and Katharine Salzmann:

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Doug Marx’s poems have appeared in Harper’s, Willow Springs, The Columbia Review, Alaska Quarterly, and many other publications. His chapbook Sufficiency was an Oregon Book Award Finalist in Poetry. These days he’s a saloon singer, casino rat, and sole proprietor of Grampaw Dawg’s Daycare Center & Boot Camp for Babies, where he takes care of his grandchildren,

Mr. Mu Goes to the Mall

By Doug Marx

Wandering among the computers

Mr. Mu wonders

could he buy a surge protector

for his heart.

Rather, something in him wonders,

worries.

Barely awake this morning

he succumbs to a roadside plum

blossoming pink under a dry gray sky

and swoons,

light-headed as a dandelion gone to seed

for the evolutionary sake

of being plucked by a child and blown away.

 Salzmann head shot

Katharine Salzmann lives in Portland, OR. Her poems have appeared all over town and beyond, most recently in the online journals Slipstream and Salt River Review. Her two chapbooks, Hemopoiesis (1995, persian pony press) and Prayer Ceremony (2007, persian pony press), will be available for sale at the reading for $15 each. According to the Oregonian: “Human limitation and the apparent schism between mind and matter are absent here . . . . Sensual, sensuous, refusing the either-or categories of Western rationality, this is a poet who apprehends the world in its wholeness, its gift, and gives it back in kind.”

Why

By Katharine Salzmann

So my hands don’t lose their soup

my ladle its dip

or my bones fold into their winged pockets

like a lowering tide. . .

So the endothelial multitude

that is my skin becomes

ferocious with light:

The tiger lily’s speckled cry

at the tip of its only stem.