Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic relocates to Angst Gallery with featured reader Nancy Flynn Thursday, February 12

Ghost Town Flyer February 12 2015

Printed Matter Vancouver and Leah Jackson Present
In a new location
Downtown in the Vancouver Arts District
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Delicacies and libations provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

With our Featured Reader Nancy Flynn:

Nancy Flynn

Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Northeast Portland. She attended Oberlin College in the 1970s, Cornell University in the 1980s, and got her MA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton in 1994. A former university administrator, her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Recent poems have appeared in Gold Man Review, PANK, Posit, and Raven Chronicles; her latest chapbook is Eternity a Coal’s Throw. A complete list of her publications is available at

Tide Table

Leadbetter Point, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

beyond the edge of words a fading line
surrendered into silence syntax moved
directing where to stalk or pantomime
in semaphores the byways unimproved
beyond the edge of worlds a falling dream
that seeks to beach the tidal rising fast
past current rush through estuary sea
runs eeling too a salted push of grass
for refuge snowy plovers poised to lift
from mudflat nests gone boggy skyward hail
upended wintering down a calling cliff
beyond the edge of worth what loss unveils
inscription on the fly leaf constant no
ellipses still how much I do not know

Printed Matter Vancouver Publisher Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Class Schedule for Winter 2015

Christopher_Luna_Free_Poetry_Workshop_WSUV_Writing_Center by Louise WynnChristopher Luna

Photo by Louise Wynn

Below are the classes that Christopher Luna will be teaching at Multnomah Arts Center and Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education this winter, including a new creative writing workshop for teens. Please share this message with your friends and contacts.

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes at Multnomah Arts Center

Winter 2015 catalog, page 22

Writing Poetry That Pops
Ages 16 & up

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. All levels.

Christopher Luna
1019150 Mon. 1 – 2:30 pm
Jan. 12 – Mar. 9 $98 [7 classes]
No class January 19, February 16

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes at Clark College

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry and Other Things Poets Need to Know

This poetry workshop is for beginners and experienced writers who would like to generate new work and engage in discussions about the poet’s role in the community. You will read, listen to, and write poetry together in a safe environment focused on providing constructive feedback based on the poet’s needs rather than the listener’s personal taste. Class will also discuss how to construct a manuscript and get it ready for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper & pen or laptop. Age 16+. Monday nights 6-8:30 1/12-3/23 (no class 1/19)

The Art of Memoir

Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Documenting this process can be a wonderful gift for your family and friends. Memoir is also a powerful way to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all human beings. Clark County’s Poet Laureate will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history. Whether you are interested in publishing a book or simply leaving a legacy for your family, this course is an opportunity to explore the creative process of this genre while learning the craft of storytelling. Includes writing exercises, examples of published memoirs, and class discussion. Designed for writers both beginner and those who possess more experience. Includes exercises and class discussion. Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30 1/28-3/4

Memoir Writing for Mature Learners (55+)

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 the Poet Laureate of Clark County, will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history. There is a value to documenting the story of your life. Thursday afternoons 1/8-3/12 1:00-2:50pm

Poetry Mini Class NEW!

Come to a one session mini course for beginners and experienced writers alike who wish to generate new work and engage in dialogue. Read, listen to, and briefly write poetry together. Whet your appetite for poetry – a deeply moving expression of feelings. Understand the components of style. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Age 16+. Saturday, January 24 9:00am – 1:00pm

Teen Writers NEW!
Writers ages 13 to 17 — do you wish to learn the basics of writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction? Through writing exercises and discussion, we will begin to see the power in self-expression as we discover and develop our own style. Talk about writing with others in a supportive community environment with gentle feedback. Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is a published author and the founder of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic reading series. Bring paper and pen or laptop and a sample of your writing to share. Saturday, February 7 and 21 9:00am – 1:00pm