Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Cover to Cover Books featuring Leah Stenson June 14, 2012

hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
all ages and uncensored since 2004

7pm Thursday, June 14, 2012
and every second Thursday

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA

With our featured reader, Leah Stenson: Leah Stenson serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, coordinates and hosts the Studio Series Poetry Reading at Stonehenge Studios in Portland, and is a Regional Editor of the upcoming Ooligan Press anthology The Pacific Poetry Project. She worked as an assistant editor in New York City, taught English at a university in Tokyo, and served as Managing Director of the Oregon Peace Institute. Her chapbooks include East/West (William Stafford Institute at Lewis and Clark College, 2005) and Heavenly Body (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Heavenly Body will be available for sale for $12. For more information, visit

Night Train

by Leah Stenson

Daylight surrenders
to interior reflections
in a mottled collage
on the coach window.

My twin gazes back,

flickering as we race

through the fading

Van Gogh landscape.


Picking up speed,

we hurtle headlong

just above the track

verging on derailment.


We slam into darkness.

Plunged into silence,

I tunnel through granite,

pray for starlight.

Printed Matter Vancouver thanks the community for coming out to support Jenney Pauer’s book launch

Printed Matter Vancouver publishers Toni Partington and Christopher Luna would like to give our thanks to the community for coming out to support last month’s reading to celebrate the release of Jenney Pauer’s Serenity in the Brutal Garden. The book launch was a big success. Unsurprisingly, Ms. Pauer delivered a stirring performance of her candid and emotionally powerful work. We were also honored to have Anni Becker, who took the photograph that appears on the cover of the book, as well as her subject, the lovely Kayli Becker, in attendance.

Jenney will be giving a series of readings to support the book, including a benefit for local community activist Ryan Woods on May 18 ( I very much admire Jenney for organizing this event to help Ryan and his family. I’m extremely proud of the way that Vancouver has proven its willingness to come together to help others in need.

Photos from Cover to Cover Books

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jenney Pauer reads to a full house

Photo by Toni Partington

Jenney Pauer

Photo by Toni Partington

Friends of Jenney Pauer, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic regulars,

and Cover to Cover Books owner Mel Sanders listen to Jenney read

Photo by Toni Partington

Jenney Pauer signs a copy of Serenity in the Brutal Garden for Colleen Becker

Photo by Toni Partington

Book cover photographer Anni Becker

and Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic co-host Christopher Luna

Photo by Chris Martin

Ryan Woods benefit May 18 at River Maiden Artisan Coffee in Vancouver with poet Jenney Pauer, musicians Sarah Arslanian and Nicole Sangsuree, and a silent art auction featuring the work of Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie

Flyer by Anni Becker

Ryan Woods benefit

with poet Jenney Pauer,

musicians Sarah Arslanian and Nicole Sangsuree,

and a silent art auction with Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie

Friday, May 18, 2012


River Maiden Artisan Coffee

602 North Devine St.

Vancouver, WA 98661

Local poet Jenney Pauer will read from her new book Serenity In the Brutal Garden (published by Printed Matter Vancouver). All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to help Ryan Woods, whose family is facing considerable medical bills due to his terminal illness. There will also be live music from Sarah Arslanian of Ladytown, as well as a silent auction of donated art by Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie. Join us for all this and a raffle, amazing coffee, and many good people who love poetry, music, and Ryan.

According to Jenney Pauer, “Ryan is a pastor and a community activist.  Before his illness, he was one of the leaders in a movement in downtown Vancouver where local residents were trying to strengthen the sense of community in the area.  Before he was even twenty-seven years old, he and his wife, Jessica, started a couple of new churches and he was a coordinator for numerous community philanthropic work such as Compassion Vancouver.  He also hosts a weekly community dinner called The Arnada Community meal.  Ryan also writes a very popular blog called Musings From the Ground Up ( where he has been writing candidly about how cancer has affected him, his family, and his community.”

Jenney Pauer

Photo by Anna Shogren

According to Northwest spoken word legend Jack McCarthy, “If George Eliot were alive today and writing poetry, she would sound a lot like Jenney Pauer. There is an unforced elegance in virtually every line she writes. My immediate response is to stand back and salute.” Jenney Pauer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied theater and English literature. After serving four years in the United States Army as a Korean linguist, she obtained a Secondary English Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest with her dog and cat in 2008, she taught high school English along the border of Arizona and Mexico. Recently, Jenney co-wrote a short film, Nico’s Sampaguita, accepted into the 27th Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, and soon to be released by Sacred Fire Films in San Francisco, California. This is her first book.

Printed Matter Vancouver, a local small press and editing service, was founded in 2011 by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, co-hosts of the second Thursday Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Cover to Cover Books.

Sarah Arslanian

Photo by Anni Becker

Performing as Ladytown since 2003, Sarah Arslanian has performed throughout the Unites States and her songs have been played internationally. Sarah has released two albums to much acclaim: Ladytown (2003) produced by Bernie Larsen (David Lindley, Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge) and Thirty-Nine Nineteen (2006) – produced by Aram Arslanian (Lisa Marie Presley, Rilo Kiley, Watson Twins). Sarah has recorded and collaborated on numerous projects, working with such notables as Mark Fosson (Bum Steers) as well as providing vocals as a member of the Bright Mountain Choir for the indie rock phenomenon The Mountain Goats.

Nicole Sangsuree

Since the age of thirteen, when she first learned how to play the guitar, the gutsy singer-songwriter Nicole Sangsuree has been composing and performing songs to captive and enamored audiences all along the west coast. It began with impromptu performances in her middle school locker room but eventually brought her onstage to local festivals such as MusicfestNW, Folklife and the Willamette Valley Folk Festival. Her melodies are fresh, her lyrics intelligent and her soulful voice can move from fierce to tender in a brief moment. Her theater background and a passion for telling the truth color her live performances, which are always sexy, powerful and humorous. Onstage, she has been honored to play alongside musicians such as Styx, Alix Olson, Chris Pureka, Toshi Reagon and Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root). Another highlight of her career was starring in the indie feature film “Down and Out With the Dolls” where she acted alongside Lemmy Kilmister (of Motorhead) and Canada’s triphop artist Kinnie Starr. Check out the film’s website:

Born and raised in Portland, Sangsuree believes in the power of art to make positive social change and is a champion for supporting local, sustainable and thriving communities. She has volunteered at Portland’s Rock ‘N Roll Camp for Girls, taught songwriting classes for youth, frequently plays at Portland area farmer’s markets and understands the value of supporting local talent. Her debut album “So Much Has Bloomed”, recorded at Portland’s Mississippi Studios, is available for purchase online at and at her live performances. For the next few months, she will be focusing on an exciting new project. She is starring in the independent feature film “Ruby by The River” which will showcase both her acting and musical talents. More details and photos at

Vancouver’s premiere coffee experience, River Maiden Artisan Coffee is where Vancouver goes for Stumptown Coffee. Proudly featuring Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Nuvrei Pastries. Particular highlights are the rare Clover Vacuum Press and friendly, down-to-earth baristas in a neighborhood setting.