Christopher Luna’s Spring 2020 Creative Writing Workshops

Follow your bliss this Spring. Take a creative writing workshop with Christopher Luna.

Christopher will lead a series of classes and workshops beginning in March. Most occur year-round. The best way to stay up-to-date on his activities is to sign up for The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

Christopher in Portland by Morgan
Christopher Luna in Portland by Morgan Paige

Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press for Northwest writers which also provides writing coaching, editing, and manuscript review. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 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.

According to Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning poetry writing class at Multnomah Arts Center, “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.” Another poetry writer, Lucinda Sisson, recently commented: “Christopher Luna has an extraordinary gift of validating others. In teaching, this is invaluable. In Life, a precious force.”

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW CAPITOL HWY
PORTLAND, OR 97219

MAC_logo_withTransparency

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.

Mondays from 10 am – 12:30 pm: This class is full.

March 30 to June 1, 2020

Except:
Monday, May 25

OR

Mondays from 1:00 – 3:30 pm

March 30 to June 1, 2020

Except:
Monday, May 25

 

Multnomah Arts Center Room 8
Price: $225
Ages: 16 and up

Register here.

ONWARD 15 Years of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
ONWARD: 15 years of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic by Christopher Luna

Poetry Collage Workshop

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.

Saturday, May 2
10 am to 2 pm
Multnomah Arts Center Room 08

Price: $60
Ages: 16 and up

MEMOIR WRITING

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
Anna Pechanec Hall
Room 114

Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:20 pm April 21 through June 9: 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. See yourself as a part of history, documenting the story of your life.

For more information, visit: http://ecd.clark.edu/class-resources/schedule.pdf

Registration opens March 2.

http://ecd.clark.edu/class-resources/schedule.pdf

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

March 5 through April 23

OR

May 7 through June 25

Niche Wine Bar
1013 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Christopher is also facilitating an eight-week workshop/writers group called Writing Your Life Story at Niche Wine Bar on Thursdays from 10:15 am – 1:15 pm.

Document your memories for your family or for possible future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment. Christopher will introduce the techniques of creative nonfiction storytelling which uses one’s life experiences as the foundation for narrative. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing in a safe environment (no one will be required to share their stories) and receive feedback from the facilitator and other writers. We will work to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful storytelling in written form,
2) create a living document for yourself, your family, or others,
3) delve into or build upon your written skills.

Bring your ideas, notes, paper, and pen/pencil (no books required).

Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to ten (10) participants.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

REGISTER AT NICHE during business hours, on the first day of class, OR email printedmattervancouver@gmail.com to set up a time to register.

THE WORK

The Work Nina Simone

Christopher also facilitates a poetry writing workshop known as The Work, from 11:30-2:00 on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre). Doors open at 11:15 so that you can purchase coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages from Niche and grab a snack. The workshop begins at 11:30.

“Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work?
To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.”
― Allen Ginsberg, “Memory Gardens” (Fall of America, City Lights)

The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together. Each workshop will feature at least three timed writing exercises.

$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.

Upcoming 2020 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on March 14, April 11, and May 9.

There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place on the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street).

Upcoming 2020 Monday evening workshops will take place on March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20, and May 11.

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher an email via printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Beyond the Third Door Author Maria Heckinger on AM Northwest

Printed Matter Vancouver congratulates Maria Heckinger, who was interviewed by KATU’s AM Northwest about her memoir Beyond the Third Door, “an incredible story which straddles the fine line between blind luck and unexplained miracles”: https://katu.com/amnw/am-northwest-books-authors/beyond-the-third-door?fbclid=IwAR1OWtg6vO04iGY8Hyp4qHGJbypIJXhKsFkAObmUDAv1eYrf7P0I96_SSHM

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Maria wrote her memoir in Christopher Luna’s Memoir Writing Class at Clark College. Christopher also later served as an editor on her book.

Here is what Maria had to say about her experience working with Printed Matter Vancouver  co-founder Christopher Luna: “I have wanted to write my memoir since 1984 but never felt I had the skills to tackle such an important task. I signed up for Chris’ memoir class and ended up staying for eight semesters. I didn’t know much about writing, but I do know good teaching, and Chris is the best. He was patient, kind, and encouraging to students of all skill levels. I felt safe and valued in his classes. His skillful teaching helped me overcome my fear of what seemed to be a daunting task. I finished my memoir, Beyond the Third Door, in two years time and then hired Printed Matter Vancouver to edit my manuscript. Both Chris and Toni are extremely knowledgeable and proved to be a valuable resource.”

Read more about Maria’s amazing story in the Columbian.

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher and Toni an email via printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Mindy Nettifee at Angst Gallery March 12, 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic flyer March 12 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Mindy Nettifee

7 pm
Thursday, March 12
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

$5 Suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds

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, ANTI-FASCIST,
ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Nettifee original

MINDY NETTIFEE is a poet, storyteller, trauma researcher, and psychonaut. She is the director of the creative and story services agency Free Delivery LLC; teaches writing and performance workshops for Literary Arts; and produces stories for radio and stage with Back Fence PDX and The Moth. She is also an MA and doctoral candidate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently completing her doctoral research into the role of voice and language in trauma healing. She has published three full-length collections of poetry and a how-to book on writing, Glitter in The Blood (Write Bloody Press), a Powell’s Indie Press Best Seller. She also co-edited Courage, an anthology of poems for teenage girls. Nettifee’s latest collection, Open Your Mouth Like a Bell, was hailed by BUST Magazine as “one of the best poetry books of 2018.” Find out more at thecultofmindy.com.

Nettifee Open Your Mouth Like A Bell

OH, GINKGO By Mindy Nettifee

A 49-million-year-old fossil was found / with leaves of Gingko biloba pressed into it / like small perfect fans or bells, finely veined / so that they photograph like the undersides of mushrooms, / like the ancestors of lungs and accordions. / Why we aren’t building temples to Gingko trees /in every place, everywhere, I’m not clear on. / The genome of the Ginkgo tree is three times / as complex as the human genome. / I am mostly a stranger to genomes, but no more than / I can be to anything that is at my center. / Ginkgo has defense mechanisms for its defense mechanisms: / while synthesizing chemicals to fight off insects / it is also synthesizing chemicals to attract that insect’s enemies / and also probably adding especially spiritual chapters / to The Art of War. It withstands pollution, disease, salt, drought; / can spontaneously change sex; all while announcing autumn / with this elegant golding, this egg yolk butter sun golding, / so bright and gentle you might think you are hallucinating spring. When the atom bomb detonated, / annihilating and incinerating, charring even the air, / the roots of the Gingkos of Hiroshima remained unscathed. / In only a few days, they sprouted new growth above ground. / Let us pray. Oh, Gingko. Teach us, great tree, / how to be complex enough to be this complex. / How to be vast enough to grow beyond our history / while not denying our history. Teach us how / to survive ourselves.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Armin Tolentino at Angst Gallery Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic flyer February 13 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Armin Tolentino

7 pm
Thursday, February 13
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

$5 Suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds

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, ANTI-FASCIST,
ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Tolentino headshot

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press, 2019). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common Knowledge, Arsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles. He is a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman. More info at http://www.armintolentino.com.

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Oregon Man Accused of Giving Bus Passengers Unwanted Haircuts
-Huffington Post headline

New Year’s Eve, but afternoon, none on the bus
festooned quite yet with confetti or beads.
Just women commuting. Women tired
and dozing from shifts that went long.
Women making the best of 30 minutes,
stealing a nap before dinner with friends
or picking their boys up at daycare—

until the zinc friction of rubbing blades,
like the greedy legs of a housefly,
disturbs them awake and before they can gather
what’s happened, a man
barrels out the backdoor.

Just hair, says a viewer when it’s reported
at 10PM. Just prank. Just sick, but harmless,
fetish.

Just trophy. Just bounty. Just scalp
as proof for payment. Just object.
Just birthright.
Just three ships come sailing in,
the flagship named for Immaculata,
who weeps each time her daughters wake
to find one more thing taken.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Luther Allen & J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg at Angst Gallery on January 9, 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Flyer January 9 2020

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Luther Allen and J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg

7 pm
Thursday, January 9
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

$5 Suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds

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, ANTI-FASCIST,
ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Luther Allen-309

Luther Allen writes and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham and is co-editor of Noisy Water, an anthology of local poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at http://othermindpress.wordpress.com.  His work is included in the recent anthologies WA 129 (edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium, Poems for the Pacific (edited by Yvonne Blomer), Poets Unite! LitFUSE @10, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press) and For Love of Orcas (edited by Jill McCabe Johnson and Andrew Shattuck McBride). His short story, “The Stilled Ring,” was finalist in the annual fiction contest at terrain.org. He views writing as his spiritual practice.

A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015) and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com. Her found poems will be on exhibit at Peter Miller Books, Seattle, in May 2020. Kleinberg’s found poem chapbook entitled Found Love: Wordages will be available for sale at the reading.

winter service on ish river
by Luther Allen

the wet crucifix of rain
has us drenched, dripping.
we kneel, heads covered.
resurrection a lost memory, the prayer.

endless thick fog
from censers of cedar.
the wafers of communion
soggy, oozing apart.

Judy Kleinberg - by Dean Davis

A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, J.I. (Judy) Kleinberg is co-editor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press 2015) and co-produces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 300 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham and posts frequently at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com. Her found poems will be on exhibit at Peter Miller Books, Seattle, in May 2020. Kleinberg’s found poem chapbook entitled Found Love: Wordages will be available for sale at the reading.

Poem for Ocean

Your poems full of dresses,
chiffon-sheer and hypnotic
as flesh, sacred as cathedrals,
as prayers spoken in unknown
tongues, wind-ruffled, silken
on your skin, on hers, his, promises
of places you cannot go, swing
of sleeve and hem in the sails
of ships already departing
from the harbor, where you stand
longing for red, coral, sequins

Christopher Luna’s Winter 2020 Creative Writing Workshops [UPDATED December 19, 2019]

Follow your bliss in 2020. Take a creative writing workshop with Christopher Luna.

Christopher will lead a series of classes and workshops beginning in January. Most occur year-round. The best way to stay up-to-date on his activities is to sign up for The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

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Christopher Luna in his office/studio, photographed by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press for Northwest writers which also provides writing coaching, editing, and manuscript review. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 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.

According to Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning poetry writing class at Multnomah Arts Center, “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.”

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW CAPITOL HWY
PORTLAND, OR 97219

MAC_logo_withTransparency

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.

Mondays from 10 am – 12:30 pm: This class is full. 

January 6, 2020 to March 9, 2020

Except:
Monday, January 20
Monday, February 17

OR

Mondays from 1:00 – 3:30 pm

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-writing/117706

January 6, 2020 to March 9, 2020

Except:
Monday, January 20
Monday, February 17

Multnomah Arts Center Room 8
Price: $200
Ages: 16 and up

Poetry: Revising and Publishing

What should you do after writing a first draft of a poem? How do you shape and develop a poem into a publishable piece of work? How do you decide if and when to publish your work? Discuss strategies for revising and editing your poetry, followed by an overview of how to find outlets that might publish your words. Explore the importance of chapbooks and whether or not entering poetry contests is a good idea. Please bring 3-5 typed, unfinished poems to class and a lunch.

Saturday, February 22
10 am to 4 pm
Multnomah Arts Center Room 08

Price: $62.00
Ages: 18 and up

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-revising-and-publishing/121009

MEMOIR WRITING

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
Anna Pechanec Hall
Room 114

Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:20 pm January 7  through February 25, 2020: 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. See yourself as a part of history, documenting the story of your life.

For more information or to register, visit:

https://ecd.clark.edu/classes/class.php?SKU=220114670

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

January 9 – February 27

Niche Wine Bar
1013 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Christopher is also facilitating an eight-week workshop/writers group called Writing Your Life Story at Niche Wine Bar on Thursdays from 10:15 am – 1:15 pm, January 9 through February 27, 2020.

Document your memories for your family or for possible future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment. Christopher will introduce the techniques of creative nonfiction storytelling which uses one’s life experiences as the foundation for narrative. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing in a safe environment (no one will be required to share their stories) and receive feedback from the facilitator and other writers. We will work to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful storytelling in written form,
2) create a living document for yourself, your family, or others,
3) delve into or build upon your written skills.

Bring your ideas, notes, paper, and pen/pencil (no books required).

Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to ten (10) participants.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

REGISTER AT NICHE during business hours, on the first day of class, OR email printedmattervancouver@gmail.com to set up a time to register.

THE WORK

The Work Nina Simone

Christopher also facilitates a poetry writing workshop known as The Work, from 11:30-2:00 on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre). Doors open at 11:15 so that you can purchase coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages from Niche and grab a snack. The workshop begins at 11:30.

“Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work?
To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.”
― Allen Ginsberg, “Memory Gardens” (Fall of America, City Lights)

The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together. Each workshop will feature at least three timed writing exercises.

$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.

Upcoming 2020 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on January 18, February 8, March 14, April 11, and May 9.

There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place on the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street).

Upcoming 2020 Monday evening workshops will take place on January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20, and May 11.

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher an email via printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Darryl Foto at Angst Gallery on December 12, 2019

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Flyer December 12 2019

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Darryl Foto

7 pm
Thursday, December 12
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

$5 Suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds

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, ANTI-FASCIST,
ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Darryl Foto

Darryl Foto is a spoken word artist residing in Ellensburg, WA and the author of Of the Things I’ve Learned. He is a three-time winner of Central Washington University’s Inklings Poetry Slam and a two-time winner of the Rain City Poetry Collective Individual World Poetry Slam representative qualifier. Darryl also represented Rain City Poetry Collective for the 2017 and 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA and San Diego, CA, respectively, where he was ranked 26th in the nation. He is the current Rain City Grand Slam Champion. Darryl’s work has been heard everywhere from Spokane to Bellingham as well as parts of California and Oregon. He is currently pursuing a degree in biomedical science at Central Washington University.

A broken heart’s love poem
By Darryl Foto

Love taught me to take risks,
to always forget my umbrella,
that you can’t catch a cold if you’re dancing in the rain
Because the rain,
is a kind of spiritual cleansing,
it reminds us of who we are,

For what are we if not reckless raindrops
bleeding from the eyes of heaven,
getting drunk off sunlight
struggling to puke out rainbows
before we choked on happiness
we aren’t ready to hold on to yet?
And isn’t that the most fitting description of what we had?
A kind of happiness that we never learned to hold onto?