[POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER] Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Mike G and Rob Katsuno at Angst Gallery Thursday, December 8, 2016

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHRISTOPHER LUNA: While I hate to do this, I am going to have to call off tonight’s reading. I just ventured out, and it does not seem safe to drive right now. I don’t imagine that the roads will be much better at 6pm. Please check Facebook and printedmattervancouver.com for updates on when we will reschedule Mike G and Rob Katsuno’s featured reading.

I think that this is the first time I’ve canceled the event due to weather in our history. I know that this is disappointing, but I would feel terrible if anyone got hurt while traveling to Ghost Town.

Stay warm, stay safe, and please do what you can to help us inform everyone that we will not be gathering at Angst tonight.

Gratefully,
Christopher Luna

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm
Thursday, December 8

Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
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Food and libation provided by
Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/
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Featuring Mike G and Rob Katsuno

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Mike G: I’ve been writing for my sanity for quite some time now. It’s the most fun, and the most serious thing I do. For me, performing is the public celebration of this sanity. Now and then I’ve read my poems on KBOO radio. Now and then my poems get published. To say it another way: I oozed from the womb in Michigan with hardly more life than a manikin, then the Muse infused me with madness, inspired my wordplay of rage and sadness, or sometimes funny, so it’s said; I’ll clown and rant until i’m dead.

After the plague of boils Job scalded his secret patience formula upon my soul. That’s me lounging on the rotting log spitting a protest melody into the unwashed harmonica. The cold sun is a kind of food. I watch the leaves eat. Eyes fierce and blue in the whiteout blizzard. That’s me, the keeper of memory, not buried yet, heart still beating.

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Rob Katsuno has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi Joint Venture Broker, a Morgan Stanley Investment Banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise Financial Advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about rob, visit robkatsuno.com

A. I’m from Japan

B. where more than anywhere else

C. people die from overwork

D. there’s a word for it- KAROUSHI-

E. My wife is from Rio de Janeiro,

J. where more than anywhere else

K. people die from overpartying

M. there’s a word for that

N. Carnaval

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Nancy Flynn & Kristin Berger November 10, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm

Thursday, October 13

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by

Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Featuring Nancy Flynn and Kristin Berger

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Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Her full-length poetry collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar (Cayuga Lake Books) appeared in 2015; her long poem, Great Hunger, was published by Anchor & Plume Press in March 2016. She is also the author of the chapbooks The Hours of Us and Eternity a Coal’s Throw. Her website is NancyFlynn.com.

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Souvenir by Nancy Flynn

They remain in a bowl,

those cotton bolls I picked

from that roadside field in

Nowhere, Alabama.

At the time, how it seemed

pressing to stop the car,

step into a row, pluck

a handful—abandoned

dry, white tufts. As if one

nest of splayed & twisted

seeds displayed could ever

call back, contain the heat

of a whipping, the weep,

the countless hammers cocked.

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Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016) and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and co-editor of VoiceCatcher 6 (2011), with Toni Partington. Her long prose-poem, “Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth,” was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-hosts a summer poetry series at the Lents International Farmer’s Market. More info at https://kristinberger.me.

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Thunder at Dawn by Kristin Berger

From How Light Reaches Us….

Wake in the pitch.

A train, far off, is as insistent

as a rusted tragedy.

Under generations of quilts

unknotting in the swivel

let go of warmth

and count the seconds

between kiss and tempest.

Printed Matter Vancouver Congratulates the Winners of the Poetry Moves Contest (Phase Three, January-June 2017)

Printed Matter Vancouver Publishers Christopher Luna and Toni Partington are proud to announce the winners of the third phase of Poetry Moves, sponsored by Printed Matter Vancouver, Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, Arts of Clark County, and C-Tran.  The following poems will appear on C-Tran buses from January-June 2017:

“Joy” by Cherish DesRochers-Vafeados

“A Long Ago Memory of Calmer Times” by Bruce Hall

“Subsequent Layers of Existence” by Bill Lucking

“Why We Don’t Belong Here (excerpt)” by Livia Montana

“Hope, embossed” by Gwendolyn Morgan

“Eulogies Are for the Living” by Angeline Nguyen

“Just Breathe” by Bridget Nutting

“Calling” by Jennifer Pratt-Walter

“Camilla” by Alex Vigue

“how to love (excerpt)” by Desiree Wright

Unfortunately, Bridget Nutting passed away before we could inform her that her poem had been chosen. We dedicate phase three of Poetry Moves to her memory, and share our deepest condolences with her family. Please visit her family’s GoFundMe page to donate to a special fund to help her husband Dave cover the cost of the funeral, medical bills, and lost wages during her long illness: https://www.gofundme.com/2t8ccc3c.

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Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will also have one poem each on the buses. Luna’s poem is entitled “pavement pastoral” and Marshall’s poem is entitled from “With Apologies to Andre Breton.” Christopher is the first poet laureate for Clark County; the Clark County Arts Commission recently extended his term for the third time. He will remain in the position through the end of 2019.

Poetry Moves judges Partington and Luna would like to thank everyone who submitted to the contest. We are also very grateful to Karen Madsen of Arts of Clark County, Graphic Designer Cameron Suttles, and C-Tran for their hard work and support.

There will be a reading to celebrate the winners at the Vancouver Community Library on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Previous channel cards from the first two phases of the programs will be available for sale at the event. All proceeds from these sales will go toward funding the Poetry Moves program.

We are very proud of our fellow poets.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Naomi Fast October 13, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm
Thursday, October 13
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

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

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

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Featuring Naomi Fast, author of

Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography

Naomi Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ms. Fast earned her MA in Writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in Fast’s Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography, provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period.

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Fantasy by Naomi Fast

According to Naomi, “I consider my Portland Light poems to be ‘light’ in language, length, mood and tone—they are, if you will, ‘language snapshots.’ My hope is that they also reveal bits of a city that aren’t readily seen unless we shine a light on them.”

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Awning of Stars by Naomi Fast

Eclipse
by Naomi Fast

We photograph the bronze moon
in increments.
Planets collaborate
enlightening our address
with sun and moon’s embrace.

We’ve lived rivers and oceans of years
but it only takes one
cloudless September night
to eclipse them all,
to reveal with a flash
this naked moment
of our sameness.

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Burnside Love by Naomi Fast

Latitude #1, edited by Rob Gourley, features writing by Printed Matter Vancouver Publishers Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Latitude #1

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Latitude # 1, edited by Rob Gourley, photo by Chris Gourley

FEATURING Natosha Natoaster Snider, Melissa Sillitoe-Bocarde, Dan Raphael, Robert Rahula, Joshua Baker, Toni Partington (aka Lumbrazo-Luna), Christopher Luna, & more.

LATITUDE, in its first issue published this week, spotlights several emerging poets along with new texts offered by some leading poets who curate spoken word events in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.

Objective was to produce a journal focused on expressive arts, what my professor, Nicholas Crome, used to refer to as “small literary magazines” back in the early 70s. Method involved gathering material from all sorts of contacts, without offering a preconceived theme for the issue, nor excessive guidelines, because I was hoping to be able to present both topical and stylistic variety. As for selection, I fortunately was able to accept something from each contributor. Results are initially appealing, although ultimately this is in the hands of the readers.

THIS SMALL JOURNAL focused on expressive arts is available in the following independent shops:

BACKSTORY BOOKS attn: Amanda

6010 SE Foster Rd. (971) 282-3332

Portland, OR 97206

MOTHER FOUCAULT’S BOOKSHOP

523 SE Morrison St. (503) 236-2665

Portland, OR 97214 opens ~ 11 am Pacific time

JUPITER’S BOOKS attn: Watt

P.O. Box 1096 (503) 436-0549

Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Printed Matter Vancouver Presents Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba

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Meet Me Where I Left You is the latest book from Printed Matter Vancouver.

Meet Me Where I Left You, the debut collection of poetry and short prose by Tiffany Burba, captures her real and imagined New York City adventures of love, lust, museums, jazz, food, and running in Central Park. She has an amazing love affair with the City and its inhabitants stretching from Brooklyn to Queens, the Bronx to Manhattan, and all points between. Living on whiskey kisses, a subway pass, and everything from pizza to soup dumplings, Burba fills and breaks her heart and ours along the way. Meet Me Where I Left You explores her arrivals and departures, her dreams of leaving Pacific Northwest forests for the taxi rides and street grime of New York City, her love of family and friends, and her unashamed quest for passion. Please contact Printed Matter Vancouver to book Tiffany Burba for interviews and readings: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba

ISBN-13: 978-1535522502 / ISBN-10: 153552250X

Edited and Designed by Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Published By Printed Matter Vancouver

About the Author

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Tiffany Burba reads her work at the launch for Poetry Moves, a Printed Matter Vancouver-sponsored program which placed poems by Burba and nine other Clark County, WA poets on C-Tran buses in 2016

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer who lives in the Pacific NW. She began writing in 2009 as a way to process a very painful relationship. She found that writing was the one way to express all emotions and be completely vulnerable while healing the pain of heartbreak. She is a photographer who likes to capture sunsets, sunflowers, and the New York skyline. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one.

Tiffany’s work has appeared in Ghost Town Poetry, Volume Two (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014); in the windows of local businesses for Poetry in the Shops in Vancouver, WA; The Poeming Pigeon A Journal of Poetry and Prose: Doobie or Not Doobie (The Poetry Box, 2016); and on C-Tran buses from January – June 2016 for Poetry Moves.

Tiffany is a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner who believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with poets, musicians, and people who enjoy life.

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Christopher Luna’s flyer for the official book launch for Meet Me Where I Left You

Advance Praise for Meet Me Where I Left You

Tommy Gaffney, author of Whiskey Days and Three Beers From Oblivion: Tiffany Burba is a generous storyteller cursed with a muse that won’t sit still. Her work is more than a simple love story or an homage, though.  Her poems are as much a part of her being as perspiration or tears. In Meet Me Where I Left You, the love is real, the hurt is real, the longing, the sadness, the courage, all of it is real. Tangible. “Soup Dumplings” and “Recovery” speak loudest to me, though the exercise of picking favorites from this book is akin to picking favorite waves in the ocean.

Mike G., Portland poet/performer: In Meet Me Where I Left You, Tiffany Burba creates brave wordscapes of love broken, love restored, and dreams of New York. With vast humanity and invincible heart this collection does what great poetry always does: it heals us.

April Bullard, author of The Sock Thief and Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales: The honest exposure of needs, desires, and relationships thrown against the bustling backdrop of The Big Apple grabbed my attention. Taste and walk your way through a birthday trip to New York City, through the eyes and heart of a fiercely passionate woman searching for a love that will join souls into one eternal, burning star. The raw energy and pure need revealed in the author’s unveiled prose will sting, searing a striving silhouette of hope between these pages.

 

 

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger Thursday, September 8, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

 7 pm

Thursday, September 8

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

 Food and libation provided by

Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Featuring Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger

 Tiffany Reads

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She began writing in 2009 as a way to process a very painful relationship. She found that writing was the one way to express all emotions and be completely vulnerable while healing the pain of heartbreak. She is a photographer who likes to capture sunsets, sunflowers, and the New York skyline. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one.

Meet Me Where I Left You, (Printed Matter Vancouver, August 2016) is her first full-length volume of poetry. Tiffany’s work has also appeared in Ghost Town Poetry, Volume Two (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014); in the windows of local businesses for Poetry in the Shops in Vancouver, WA; The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie? (The Poetry Box, 2016); and on C-Tran buses from January – June 2015 for Poetry Moves. Tiffany is a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner who believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with poets, musicians, and people who enjoy life.

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Lori Loranger is a native Washingtonian who practices mediation, tai chi, permaculture and civil disobedience on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, where she’s lived for 35 years. Lori’s poetry appears in both Ghost Town Poetry anthologies (edited by Toni Lumbrazo Luna and Christopher Luna), Visions of Light by Raymond Klein, and The Poeming Pigeon.

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Sketch of Lori Loranger by Christopher Luna

Life is Like a Butterfly by Lori Loranger

Life unfolds

like butterfly wings

opening, closing

with unseen impact

So delicate and beautiful

Birth and death in every moment

tenderly tasting what

sweetness can be found

Stronger

than it appears