GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Featuring A. Molotkov, accompanied by musician Ragon Linde
Plus the premiere screening of Chris Martin’s documentary about Ghost Town Poetry founder Christopher Luna, the latest in Martin’s ongoing series of short films on Innovators of Vancouver
hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004
7pm Thursday, August 9, 2012
and every second Thursday
Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Featuring A. Molotkov, accompanied by musician Ragon Linde:
Born in St. Petersburg, A. Molotkov arrived in the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. He is the winner of various fiction and poetry awards, including Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future. Molotkov’s work was selected for a floor theme in the upcoming Kaiser Permanente building in Hillsboro and for Portland’s Orange Lining public poetry project. The End of Mythology, a collaborative chapbook co-written with John Sibley Williams, is due later this year from Virgogray Press. Visit him at AMolotkov.com.
The following items will be available for purchase at the reading: True Stories From the Future (poetry chapbook, $12), everything (novel, $8), Can You Stay Forever? (CD, $8), and Look at My Screen (DVD, $8)
Ragon Linde is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and audio visionary based in Portland, OR. Ragon has played in a wide range of musical groups over the last 35 years whose styles included big band, psychedelic jazz, heavy metal, acoustic folk, classical, western swing, marching band, and percussion ensemble. Since 2008, Ragon has been a performing member and musical director of the Moonlit Guttery Poetry Team which has staged performances of “Love Outlives Us,” “Chasing the Sun Over the Horizon,” “Raining Back Up,” and “Time and Absence.” In 2012 Ragon co-produced and performed in a Percussion/Narrative performance called “Only Ghosts” (https://sites.google.com/site/seeonlyghosts/). Ragon is the founder and leader of the Portland Eclectic Music Society. His 2011 debut album, which will be available for purchase at the open mic, is a double CD entitled Both Sides of the Story ($12) The recording is also available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby and in hard copy at Portland’s Millennium Music.
Unfalling the Stars
by A. Molotkov
if I must bother you
why don’t you open wider and admit friends
my mouth is not fit to sing you
my steps are not wide enough to cover you
so many stars fall
your last words hang over the threshold
in an endless conversation with my past
as I hang myself on a hat hook
in someone else’s childhood
while you laugh like you always do
so many stars shine
my words are not wide enough to honor you
Chris Martin runs Chris Martin Studios, a creative studio focused on provoking thought, initiating change, and unveiling the unique story of businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Learn more at http://www.chrismartinstudios.com.
Innovators of Vancouver is an online documentary video series telling the story of Vancouver’s leaders of vision, passion and action. The first seven episodes focused on seven unique characters of Vancouver: Dale Chumbley, a realtor using social media to bring awareness to the community; Dave Scott, a professional photographer giving back to a local high school’s sports program; Noland Hoshino, a passionate social media expert utilizing social networks for good; Bruce and Gayle Elgort, enterprise software business owners and global community builders; Carol Doane, a writer and content strategist; Zachary Gray, former owner of Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters; and Anni Becker, community art-ivist (http://www.innovatorsofvancouver.com/episodes/anni-becker/).
Beginning with poet Christopher Luna, the next seven episodes of Innovators of Vancouver will focus on art, literacy, film and comics, as well as the history of Vancouver through the stories of amazing people. Innovators of Vancouver is available online at http://www.innovatorsofvancouver.com or http://www.youtube.com/innovatethecouv/.