Christopher Luna’s Winter 2018 Creative Writing Classes [UPDATED December 5]

Christopher Luna’s Winter 2018 Creative Writing Classes

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Christopher Luna by Julian Nelson

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for one of my classes. As of this writing, my Thursday memoir writing class is full, but there are still spots available in the Wednesday memoir writing class, and my MAC classes on poetry writing and collage. I have also updated the link to the Wednesday memoir writing class so that it will take you directly to the class description. Please feel free to contact me with any questions: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Multnomah Arts Center

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http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/winter2018/macWinter18_colorWeb.pdf

Poetry Collage Workshop     Ages 16 & Up

Poets and artists have always used allusion and reference to create something new. Explore strategies for assembling borrowed words and images into art and poetry. Create visual collages that incorporate text or poems that include visual aids. Bring newspapers, magazines, photos, found text, and natural items to class. These items will be shared or swapped during class. Scissors, glue, and paper to collage on will be provided. All levels.

1082751  Sat.  10 am – 2 pm   Feb. 24   $40 [1 class] Christopher Luna

Poetry Writing     Ages 16 & Up

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.

1082102  Mon.  10 am – 12:30 pm   Jan. 8 – Mar. 19   $249 [9 classes] Christopher Luna

Clark College

Registration begins December 4

Mature Learning

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. With the help of former Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna, you will begin to see yourself as a part of history, and appreciate the value of documenting the story of your life.

WEDNESDAY CLASS

Item #: 9027

Dates: Wednesdays 1/10/2018- 3/14/2018

1:00PM – 3:20PM

$215

Room: CCE 208

Downtown Campus

500 Broadway Street, Suite 200

Vancouver, WA 98660

Metered Parking: $ 0.50/hr

THURSDAY CLASS

This class is full and cannot accept additional students. Please consider taking the Wednesday class described above.

Item #: 9028

Dates: Thursdays 1/11/2018- 3/15/2018

1:00PM – 3:20PM

$215

Room: CCE 208

 

THE WORK

Niche Wine Bar/ Angst Gallery

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The Work Saturday Afternoon Edition

Join us on Saturday, December 2 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Niche Wine Bar led by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

Christopher is completely convinced of poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 11:30 until 2:30.

Niche is located at 1013 Main Street, right next door to The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District.

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Shareable snacks are also welcome and very much appreciated.

Note: The Saturday Afternoon Edition of The Work will take place on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming readings will take place on the following dates: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9.

The Work Monday Evening Edition

Christopher Luna and Leah Jackson are excited to announce a new Monday evening edition of The Work, to take place on the last Monday of every month.

Join us on Monday, January 29 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Angst Gallery led by Clark County’s first Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 6:00 until 8:30. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street, two doors north of The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District. Food and libation available for purchase at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street (accessible through a doorway at the rear of the gallery).

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Note: The Work will take place on the last Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming workshops will take place on the following dates: February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, and June 25.

Printed Matter Vancouver Congratulates Poetry Moves Season 5 Contest Winners

Printed Matter Vancouver Congratulates Poetry Moves Season 5 Contest Winners

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Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2018 Poetry Moves contest. Poems will appear on all C-Tran buses in Clark County, WA from January through June 2018. Below you will find information about the upcoming “winners” reading!

2018 Poetry Moves Winners – Name and Poem

April Bullard: Reflections

Diane Cammer: Elevate the Floor

Denise Campbell: One Heart’s Desire (excerpt)

Stella Jeng Guillory: In A Pow Wow

Jennifer Pratt-Walter: At Home

Pat Sciuchetti: Time

Gary F. Suda: Daybreak

Susan Williams: Bus Stop

Angela Winfield: In-Between

Louise Wynn: Who Rides?

Poetry Moves is made possible by a partnership between Arts of Clark County, C-Tran, Printed Matter Vancouver, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. The channel cards which feature the winning poems are designed and created by Cameron Suttles. Many thanks to everyone involved in this project for bringing poetry to the people of Clark County.

Poetry Moves Season Five Launch Event

Sunday, January 14, 2018

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Vancouver Community Library

Columbia Room

901 C Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

We have really enjoyed serving as the judges for this contest for five seasons. It has made us proud to publish so many poets, both adults and students, in a public place seen by so many of our county’s citizens. Please visit the Poetry Moves Facebook page and post any pictures you take of the winning poems.

Christopher Luna, Editor and Clark County Poet Laureate

Toni Luna, Editor & Publisher, Printed Matter Vancouver

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Jamie Houghton December 14, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Jamie Houghton

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, December 14

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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Jamie Houghton is a poet, musician and teaching artist. Her poetry chapbook, Burn Site in Bloom, was released by Musehick Publications in 2017. Her secret talents include making the best Key Lime Pie in town and looking weirdly good in fur hats. You can read her personal essays on her blog.

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THE MOWER TO THE GLOWWORMS

(After Andrew Marvell)

by Jamie Houghton

 

Think of it as just a haircut through your heart which is your whole

body glowing because that’s what a pulse does and your heart is electric

 

Think of your heart as mud struck by lightning in the womb some where

you cannot dive for or become small enough to see

 

Think of it as a slight shock combing up your spine or your skin

changing like the surface of water

 

Think of it as division think

of me as a witness think

of clinging to the rain or pouring

down the grate think

of it as the last

whisper before being extinguished

 

Think of it as sinking just

to rest in the dark wet think

of it as a buffet and you

are sunlight’s last snack think

of the shining blades as music think

of your tailbone as a mouse

 

and you will be fed to the peonies

and the dogs and the dawn think

of me as next

 

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

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar.

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder.

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver November 9, 2017/ Poeming Health Workshop November 10

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, November 9

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

angstgallery.com

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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Julene Tripp Weaver lives in Seattle where she is a psychotherapist and a writer; she worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, was published this spring by Finishing Line Press. Two prior books are No Father Can Save Her, and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. She is widely published in journals and anthologies including: Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at http://www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Julene will also be leading a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30pm on Friday, November 10 entitled Poeming Health: Are you or is someone you love living with a chronic illness? Are you a caregiver? This workshop will provide a clearing space to crystallize what is necessary for your survival, no matter the challenges. We will explore our personal experience through writing to our illness, to our loved one, to our pain. Bring a notebook and pens you are comfortable with. Cost: $25.

To register for the workshop, please attend Julene Tripp Weaver’s reading on November 9 or contact Christopher Luna via christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066 before Friday, November 10.

 

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HIV Today

By Julene Tripp Weaver

We long term survivors

got a lifetime, came through the hard

years still strong. Smart not to trust early.

The only answer at the beginning, AZT,

we found our own box of hope

filled a whole book with reasons

to live, made art, wrote stories, poems,

created family.

 

We felt love for our dying

brothers and sisters, wanted them

to fall well, we held community

created an embrace: Act Up meetings,

coalitions, die-ins. We made history.

Moved science up a notch

like that last lover in our belt,

that quilt panel we’ve all made.

 

Those of us still here with

our endless days to live

take pills daily to hold steady.

Victory survivors

welding a healing path

with our scrapbooks we created, Hope,

it’s title, and for some of us

our hearts melded to welcome this virus

make it feel at home. Give it a long life.

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall October 12, 2017

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, October 12

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

angstgallery.com

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

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

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Tod Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version during tonight’s reading.

 

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY. He earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. 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, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle (Canarium, 2014), was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 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.

WA 129 description from publisher Sage Hill Press:

Selected from thousands of submissions by Washington poets, state poet laureate Tod Marshall’s WA129 features the overwhelming talent of the state’s writers. Honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood, this anthology features 129 Washington poets, some published for the first time. Each poem beautifully describes a deep felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. This is an expansive and memorable collection of voices.

Notable authors include Elizabeth Austen (Washington Poet Laureate 2014-2016), Sherman Alexie, Linda Bierds, Kathleen Flenniken (Washington Poet Laureate 2012-2014), Tess Gallagher, Samuel Green (Inaugural Washington Poet Laureate), Christopher Howell, Richard Kenney, Heather McHugh, Laura Read, Tom Robbins, Katrina Roberts, Derek Sheffield, Martha Silano, Ellen Welcker, Nance Van Winckel, Katharine Whitcomb, and Maya Jewell Zeller.

For retail and bulk orders, email sagehillpress@yahoo.com.

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/state-of-wonder/article/ghost-town-poetry-vancouver-washington-open-mic/

Poetry Moves Season 5 Submission Deadline Extended to October 27, 2017

Poetry Moves Season 5 Call for Submissions [NEW DEADLINE October 27, 2017]

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO RESIDENTS OF CLARK COUNTY, WA

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce the submission period for

POETRY MOVES SEASON 5 featuring poetry by Clark County Residents on

C-Tran Buses beginning January 2018.

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Submission Guidelines:

NEW Deadline: Poems will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on October 27, 2017.

Submissions: By email only.

Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Clark County, Washington.

What to Submit: a maximum of two (2) poems. Poems should 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 person will be selected and a total of ten poems will be chosen for this phase of the project.

If accepted: 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.

Author agreements: Authors agree to public use of their poem and photo. The Poetry Moves project and C-Tran retain first rights to use and display the poems. From there, rights revert back to the author. Authors agree to have their work and photo appear online or in other publicity/promotions by Poetry Moves, C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poem Format (please pay close attention to these directions):

Format your poem(s) in Times New Roman, 12 point font/one inch margins in one document. Include your name, address, best phone contact, and email at the top left of the page. Include the poem’s title in bold with one blank line between the title and the body of the poem. Poems should be single-spaced with one blank line between stanzas. Poems may not exceed seven (7) lines and must be your original work. Seven (7) lines may be excerpted from a longer poem, if indicated as such. Poems must be saved as a Microsoft Word document with this extension: your last name+poetry moves. Example: Luna+poetry moves.

How to Submit:

Type “Poetry Moves Submission 2017” into 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 best phone contact number. For previously published poems, indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and whether you own the publication rights. Include your poem(s) as a separate attachment.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS UNTIL 11:59PM PST ON OCTOBER 27, 2017 TO: printedmattervancouver@gmail. com

POETRY MOVES is a program of Arts of Clark County in partnership with C-Tran and Printed Matter Vancouver

Poetry Moves Season 5 Call for Submissions [DEADLINE September 23, 2017]

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO RESIDENTS OF CLARK COUNTY, WA

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce the submission period for

POETRY MOVES SEASON 5 featuring poetry by Clark County Residents on

C-Tran Buses beginning January 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

What You Need To Know:

  • Deadline: Poems will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on September 23, 2017.
  • Submissions: By email only.
  • Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Clark County, Washington.
  • What to Submit: a maximum of two (2) poems. Poems should 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 person will be selected and a total of ten poems will be chosen for this phase of the project.
  • If accepted: 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.
  • Author agreements: Authors agree to public use of their poem and photo. The Poetry Moves project and C-Tran retain first rights to use and display the poems. From there, rights revert back to the author. Authors agree to have their work and photo appear online or in other publicity/promotions by Poetry Moves, C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poem Format (please pay close attention to these directions):

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

How to Submit:

  • Type “Poetry Moves Submission 2017” into 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 best phone contact number.
    • For previously published poems, indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and whether you own the publication rights.
  • Include your poem(s) as a separate attachment.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS UNTIL 11:59PM PST ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 TO: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

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POETRY MOVES is a program of Arts of Clark County in partnership with C-Tran and Printed Matter Vancouver