GHOST TOWN POETRY open mic featuring Peter Ludwin November 10




Presented by Printed Matter Vancouver


7pm Thursday, November 10, 2011

and every second Thursday


6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA


With our featured reader, Peter Ludwin:

 Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust.  He was the Second Prize Winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards, and a Finalist for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award.  For the past ten years he has been a participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he has workshopped under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland and David St. John.  His work has appeared in many journals, including The Bitter Oleander, The Com-stock Review, North American Review and Prairie Schooner, to name a few.  His first full length collection, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press. A chapbook, The Door Unhinged, was a semi-finalist for both the 2010 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award and the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. His second full-length manuscript, Rumors of Fallible Gods, was a Finalist for the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award.  His poem “Terezin Concentration Camp, Bohemia,” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize.  An avid traveler who has journeyed on the rivers of the Amazon Basin in Ecuador by canoe to visit remote Indian families, hiked in the Peruvian Andes, thumbed for rides in Greece and bargained for goods in the markets of Marrakech and Istanbul, he recently returned from a month in Western China and Tibet.

Thank you for making the Ghost Town Poetry Anthology a success!

Ghost Town Poetry, the anthology of poets from the long-running second Thursday open mic poetry series co-hosted by Printed Matter Vancouver editors Christopher Luna and Toni Partington is nearly sold out. If you’d like a copy, you can buy one at Cover to Cover Books (, from the editors (,  or through ( We will also be at the first annual Cover to Cover Books Author Faire on Saturday, December 10.

We would like to thank all of the authors as well as those who have bought a copy of the book for making this publication a success. Please let your friends know about the book, and if you’re inspired by the book, write a review on Amazon. We also still have review copies available for those who would like to review the book for publication.

Original cover art for Ghost Town Poetry by Christopher Luna

Here is some more information about the book:


Cover to Cover Books 2004-2010

An Anthology from the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Vancouver, WA

Edited By Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

for Printed Matter Vancouver

ISBN 9781461075110


This anthology collects a mere sampling of the hundreds of unpublished and renowned poets who have read at the popular Vancouver, WA poetry series that spoken word legend Jack McCarthy proclaimed to be “the best open mike between Tacoma and Berkeley.” Founded by Christopher Luna at Ice Cream Renaissance in 2004, in 2007 Ghost Town Poetry relocated to Cover to Cover Books, where it became a crucial component of Vancouver’s growing literary community. Edited by Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders and current series co-hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, the book contains poems that were read at the open mic as well as new work. It also features cover art and a history of the series by Christopher Luna and a chronology of the featured readers who have traveled from around the country and the Northwest to share their work.

Ghost Town Poetry features poems by the following writers: Judith Arcana, Bernadette Barrio, Kristin Berger, Alex Birkett, Diane Cammer, Sheryl Clough, Sage Cohen, Kyle David Congdon, Carter Crockett, Eileen Davis Elliott, Naomi Fast, Olivia Gonzalez, Rob Gourley, Sam Green, Lorraine Healy, David Hill, Taylor Johnston, Maggie Kelly, Rainy Knight, Christi Krug, Barbara LaMorticella, Colleen Lindsay, Jake Loranger, Lori Loranger, Zoe Loranger, Jack Lorts, Angelo Luna, Christopher Luna, M, David Madgalene, Carolyn Martin, Jim Martin, David Meltzer, Norma Mizer, Mokii, Judith Montgomery, G.L. Morrison, Dan Nelson, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Charles Potts, Michael Rothenberg, Kori Sayer-LeMieux, Herb Stokes, Margareta Waterman, Steve Williams, Laura Winter, and Sharon Wood Wortman.

The editors of the book are available for interviews.

Cover to Cover Books is located at 6300 NE St. James Road, Ste. 104-B in Vancouver.

For more information, call 360-993-7777 or email

Dennis McBride praises Ghost Town Poetry

Post by Printed Matter Vancouver editor Christopher Luna:

Don’t have a copy of Ghost Town Poetry yet? Well, head down to Cover to Cover Books ( in Vancouver, WA or order a copy at (

Those who attend poetry readings in Vancouver, WA are aware of Dennis McBride’s sardonic wit, high speed verbal pyrotechnics, and amazing facility with the language. The community has completely embraced both Dennis and his stalwart traveling companion, Mike G, neither of whom misses an opportunity to share their work with the folks at Cover to Cover and Paper Tiger.

Dennis McBride by Elizabeth Archers

Dennis recently read the following statement about Ghost Town Poetry, the anthology of poems from the long-running Ghost Town Poetry open mic edited by myself and Toni Partington. I reprint his comments here with his permission. I am very grateful to Dennis for all that he contributed to the scene, and for his kind words of encouragement:

Butch Cassidy and Sundance ride into Ghost Town

Hats off to Chris and Toni. Ghost Town is such a genuinely remarkable carousel of what poetry can do that if it were sent out on another Voyager mission and discovered by extraterrestrials it would allow them to know what being a human being on the earth was like. There are so many good, well-crafted poems in this anthology that each one calls out for attention because, as Stafford said, “poetry is about a certain kind of attention,” which Ghost Town delivers.

I selected and focus on Kyle David Congdon and Alex Birkett only because I’m interested in the voice as it relates to personality, or the voice behind the voice in their poems.

I’m not really stalking them. I’m not gay–really a closet heterosexual–and that’s more information than you wanted I’m sure.

But I’m also focusing on their poems because, by way of example, I think they shed light on the other work in this volume and poetry in general.

Congdon’s “So…But…Sleep” and Birkett’s “Avoiding the Light” and “Styx” illustrate what the best poetry should do, which is to successfully seduce the intellect’s heart (a function generally denied to science) and hijack the intelligent head, stop it in its tracks, hold it hostage for ransom from the heart’s mysterious negotiable currency. Another measure of these poems’ power is that they pull you in but do not release you; something occult and transcendent pulls you back, which is partly that the poem’s voice is trustworthy and solid, scattering breadcrumbs that will lead out of the forest and into Thomas Wolfe’s “lost lane into heaven,” but it’s also the under-appreciated unexpected presence of surprise that is really the life blood of poetry and which is interstitially woven into the fabric of these poems. There are instances in the poems where meaning is elusive but it’s the fact that one is not bothered by that which sends a signal that one is in the neighborhood of the sublime, and in these poems it is the continual reappearance of the unexpected that sends that signal; you are taken somewhere which bypasses the brain’s stifling seat of reason, and yet are given unforgettable lines like Kyle’s “I know forever about the unfinished endless visious” followed shortly by “you need to breathe, Butterfly,” which sums up the totality, setting out travail and treatment better than a PhD thesis or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness, and there is the vastness of the intelligence in Birkett’s “Avoiding the Light,” which rescues humanity from its isolating, isolated morass of smothering morality by celebrating our pleasure principle, not “east of Eden” but somewhere left of “whoopi.” And then to turn around in “Styx” and in a few short lines juggle the see saw transition from tenderness to the heart’s rage left me wanting more. Even porn can’t do that. I just wanted to stay in the Ghost Town poems and go back and forth like a child in a swing.

Dennis McBride

This material was originally published on Christopher Luna’s personal blog, “Poetry: Christopher Luna in Ghost Town:”

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