Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Celebrates National Poetry Month with Ghost Town Regulars April Bullard & Ian Caton at Angst Gallery on Thursday, April 13

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Celebrates National Poetry Month

with two Ghost Town Poetry regulars

April Bullard and Ian Caton

7 pm

Thursday, April 13

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

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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April Bullard lives with her husband aboard their houseboat, Great Ambition, on the Columbia River. She is an artist, author, photographer and musician, playing electric bass with the marina band, Mal Ideé. She is a Navy veteran, mother of three, and grandmother of four. Her passion for history, historic re-enactment, genealogy and observation of nature fuel her craft. April’s written work and cover art can be found in numerous small press anthologies and magazines. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and businesses throughout the Vancouver area including: Angst Gallery, Cover to Cover Books, Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, Gallery 360, The Brickhouse, Duck Tales Kitchen and Stonehenge Gallery. She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: The Sock Thief and Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales. April’s new book, Shortcuts Through The Shadows, is a first collection of previously published work, including poetry, short stories, and a novella.

Ian Frederick Caton was born in Berkeley, California in 1974. His parents lived right next door to Sonny Barger, and just across the street from Huey P. Newton. He was raised on MTV and was shocked by early music videos such as Alice Cooper beheaded on a guillotine. He then started his first rock band in East San Jose at the age of 12. He now lives and writes in Vancouver, USA with his wife and their two children. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree from Concordia University in Portland. His work has appeared in Tule Review, Reed Magazine, Shadow Boxing, and Perfume River Poetry Review, among others. He is the owner and occasional contributor to the blog Analog Verse at blogspot dot com.

Please Join Toni Partington and Tiffany Burba for Grief Rites Reading on March 6th

From Melissa Dodson:

Grief Rites Readers Series – March 6, 2017
Monday, March 6 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Post 134
2104 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211

A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others. Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic.

Doors open at 7pm, Readings begin at 7:30pm
Free admission! Full Bar!

Please consider bringing canned goods or cold weather clothing/blankets to donate to the Post 134 food & clothing pantry, which serves local veterans, homeless and anyone in need.

Storytellers for March 6…
Daniel Elder
Sarah McKay
Ravyn Stanfield
Asha Dore
Nicole Ausmus
Amy Findling
Toni Partington
Tiffany Burba
Melissa Dodson

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Sam Roxas-Chua March 9, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Sam Roxas-Chua

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm Thursday, March 9

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

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Featuring Sam Roxas-Chua

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Sam Roxas-Chua is a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. His poetry has been described as “tidal,” and he has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art.” According to poet Dorianne Laux, “Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.” His first book, Fawn Language, was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, is forthcoming from Lithic Press. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative, december Magazine, and Cream City Review. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Most recently he appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Angst Gallery showcases cultural events including art shows, musical performances, book launch parties, classes, workshops, and the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. All art forms are valued. More than just a place to show art, Angst Gallery is also a safe space for community discussion, where all people are respected for who they are. We donate the use of the space to organizations that work for human rights and progressive social change such as Planned Parenthood, the YMCA/YWCA, Cascade AIDS Project, and the NAACP.

Upcoming Readings Featuring Printed Matter Vancouver Author Tiffany Burba

Tiffany Burba will be reading from Meet Me Where I Left You, her debut volume from Printed Matter Vancouver, at two readings in Portland in the coming months. Tiffany’s reading in March will also feature Printed Matter Vancouver Publisher/Editor Toni Partington. Please come out to support Tiffany and pick up a copy of her book.

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Tiffany Burba, Leah Noble Davidson, and Lynn Knapp

Read from their new books of poetry

7pm Thursday, February 23

Another Read Through Books

3932 N Mississippi Ave.

Portland, Oregon 97227

http://www.anotherreadthrough.com/event/poetry-reading-with-local-poets-lynn-knapp-leah-noble-davidson-and-tiffany-burba/

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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. (Published by Printed Matter Vancouver)

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DOOR explores one of the oldest words in the human language in a way that only Leah Noble Davidson can do. Braking the word into four co-existing story lines, Davidson canvases the meaning of the word “door” through hard science, relationships, psychology, and dissected language itself. The book is not merely a collection of poems, but an experience in and of itself, wherein the reader falls through doors within doors at every turn. Built to be read over and over again, DOOR is riddled with quotes and inserts, footnotes, and hidden patterns that hold-up an oddly relatable and honest perspective of the world as we know it. (Published by University of Hell Press)

GIVING GROUND pulses with traffic and teems with life, leading us through tangled streets, intertwined lives. We find a place of overgrown gardens, alleys in bloom, pheasants in flight, rabbits, stray cats, and Spanish love songs, a place where the ordinary appears in an extraordinary light. With deft narrative strokes, Giving Ground reveals a place and its people, lives balanced on the shifting ground of language and culture. Like the place, Lynn Knapp’s poems are wry, real, and poignant. (Published by The Poetry Box®)

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Grief Rites Readers Series

Hosted by Melissa Dodson

7 – 10pm

Monday, March 6

Post 134

2104 NE Alberta St.

Portland, Oregon 97211

https://www.facebook.com/events/1719329008379340/

A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others. Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic.

Doors open at 7pm, Readings begin at 7:30pm

Free admission! Full Bar!

Please consider bringing canned goods or cold weather clothing/blankets to donate to the Post 134 food & clothing pantry, which serves local veterans, homeless and anyone in need.

Storytellers…

Daniel Elder

Sarah McKay

Ravyn Stanfield

Asha Dore

Nicole Ausmus

Amy Findling

Toni Partington

Tiffany Burba

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Laura LeHew & R. R. Seitz February 9, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Laura LeHew and R.R. Seitz

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, February 9

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

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

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Featuring Laura LeHew and R.R. Seitz

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Laura LeHew’s collections include Becoming (Another New Calligraphy), Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press), It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, (Winterhawk Press) and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press). Laura received her MFA from CCA. She edits a small press called Uttered Chaos. Laura always thought she’d be an astronaut. For more information, visit http://www.lauralehew.com/.

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R.R. Seitz writes from the place of decisions made by an eighteen-year-old that carry forward, day-by-day, to the present. His 2006 book Right Here Right Now is in its third printing and made its way to odd places outside the U.S., including Southeast Asia. He has been featured around at various readings throughout the Northwest for 15 years. And yes, it is true, he has no letters behind his name.

Symposium by Laura LeHew

He brings me poison

words tormented love separation

a withered bouquet woven

with absinth wormwood

abandonment boredom regret

starry anemones delicate asphodels prickly

burdock the seeming happy amethyst and canary carnations

screaming antipathy and disdain

an untranslatable orange lily

whispering hatred against a pale vase

vain dream-like clusters of hydrangeas

jealous lemon hyacinths lost

in the sorrow of their vivid violet sisters

and

a forsaken single blood red tulip—the perfect suitor

nestled among fragrant creamy tuberoses

insinuating dangerous

lovers.

Poetry Moves Launch Party at Vancouver Community Library January 15, 2017

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Poetry Moves Launch Party

1-4pm

Sunday, January 15

Vancouver Community Library

901 C. Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

Light refreshments will be served.

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Please join us as we launch the third season of Poetry Moves with a reading featuring some of the poets whose work will appear on C-Tran buses beginning in January, as well as Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. This family-friendly event includes readings by the winners of this season’s contest.

Poem bus cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program.

Printed Matter Vancouver Publishers Christopher Luna and Toni Partington congratulate the winners of the contest for the third season 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

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 through the end of 2019.

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. We have also invited Bridget’s family to be with us at the launch, where her poem will be read aloud. 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

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.

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[JANUARY 19: New Date for] Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Jen Coleman & Mike G

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to icy conditions, this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic has been postponed until January 19. Please help us share this news, and stay safe.]

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Featuring Jen Coleman and Mike G

 7 pm

Thursday, January 19

 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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https://www.facebook.com/events/1353896004672477/

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Jen Coleman is the author of Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier, and We Denizens from Furniture Press in 2016. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York, where she co-edited the journal POM2. She now lives in Portland, OR. Coleman’s set will include one poem accompanied by drummer and songwriter Cat Minor.

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Let’s Be Tarsiers by Jen Coleman

It’s too cruel to be a bloody human.

Let’s be a boom-slang, viper or hippo.

Let’s be tarsiers born with fur and eyeballs

big as our brains. Let’s have the long, long feet.

Let me call you tarsier like the long long

bones in your feet. Let me be a tarsier

and balance eye with eye and stay silent.

Take your third tarsier finger and touch my

third finger as long as your upper arm.

Touch your two tarsier toes to my two toes.

Eat bugs and lizards and know me, tarsier

As I know you, tarsier, feasting on bats.

Be awake in the night with me, tarsier,

and leap, and be quite quiet and quite shy.

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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.

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Mike G reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic (photo by Tiffany Burba)

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.