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

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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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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

Fall 2017 Creative Writing Classes with Christopher Luna

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes

Fall 2017

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Follow your bliss this Fall. Take a writing workshop with Christopher Luna. Christopher has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he trained with Jack Collom, and nearly two decades of teaching experience. He has served as the Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA since 2013. In 2004 he founded the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which he co-hosts with his wife Toni Partington. Christopher and Toni co-founded Printed Matter Vancouver, which publishes local poetry and provides various services to Northwest writers. Christopher is also available for writing coaching and editing.

Below you will find several creative writing workshops throughout the region sponsored by Clark College, Multnomah Arts Center, Niche Wine Bar, Angst Gallery, and The Green House. Hope you can join us.

Contact printedmattervancouver@gmail.com or christopherjluna@gmail.com for more information.

Clark College

Downtown Campus

500 Broadway Street, Suite 200

Vancouver, WA 98660

Metered Parking Available

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. This course, facilitated by Christopher Luna, Poet Laureate of Clark County, will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history, with value documenting the story of your life.

Wednesdays

ITEM #: 9625

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (W)

DATE: 09/27 – 12/06

FEE: $215.00

LOCATION: CCE 208

Important Note: No class on 11/22.

Thursdays

ITEM #: 9626

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (Th)

DATE: 09/28 – 12/07

FEE: $215.00

LOCATION: CCE 208

Important Note: No class on 11/23.

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Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR 97219

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Poetry Writing    

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.

1079083  Mondays 10 am – 12:30 pm   Oct. 2 – Dec. 4   $249 [10 classes] Ages 16 & Up

Instructor: Christopher Luna

Registration opens September 5 at 5:30am online, and in person or by phone at 9am.

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/about-mac/classes/

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/fall2017/macFall17_colorWeb.pdf

Register online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.

Niche Wine Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

The Work: Saturday Afternoon Edition

Join us on Saturday, September 9 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 Work takes place on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming workshops will take place on October 14, November 11, and December 9.

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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 beginning October 30.

Join us on Monday, October 30 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Angst Gallery led by Clark County Poet Laureate 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 November 27 and January 29. There will be no Monday evening workshop in December due to the Christmas holiday.

The Green House

1920 Broadway

Vancouver, WA 98663

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Lifted Lit

1pm

Saturday, September 30

The Green House

1920 Broadway

Vancouver, WA

2-hour LIFTED Lit Writing class

Pens and Pencils will be provided. Please bring something to write on or a laptop. Please note that we do not have power for participants to use.

Join us for a writing workshop with Christopher Luna. Christopher spent his late teens and early twenties working in a head shop on Long Island. He believes that mindful use of marijuana can be a powerful tool for consciousness expansion. Christopher is completely turned on by poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead a person to fight for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today to #getLIFTED! Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Online reservation is required to attend the class. 21+, non-refundable/non-transferable. If attendance requirements are not met the class will be canceled 24 hours before the class begins. Tickets will be refunded at that time.

BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis)

Valid Photo ID is required for entrance to the event.

Advanced tickets available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifted-lit-tickets-3732431503

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/572165682907427

Printed Matter Vancouver Books Available at Another Read Through in Portland, OR

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Tiffany Burba reads from Meet Me Where I Left You at Another Read Through Books in Portland, OR on February 23, 2017

It is more important than ever to support local, independently-owned bookstores. One of our personal favorites is Another Read Through at 3932 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland. Owner Elisa Saphier is delightful, personable, and knowledgeable. She allows authors and publishers to hold readings and book launch events in her beautiful second-floor loft, and hosts regular events such as Lesbian Lit Book Group. A generous amount of shelf space is devoted to Northwest authors in all genres.

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You can find Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, Tiffany Burba’s Meet Me Where I Left You, and Christopher Luna’s Pulitzer Remix chapbook Brutal Glints of Moonlight at Another Read Through.

Printed Matter Vancouver is grateful to Elisa for her service to the literary community, and for carrying our books at her bookstore. We are very proud to be associated with Another Read Through. Show your support by dropping by the store today!

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Coleman Stevenson September 14, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Coleman Stevenson

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, September 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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Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

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

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

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ANTI-FASCIST, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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/