Poetry Moves Phase Two Begins July 3 with students from the Poets in the Schools Program

POETRY MOVES: Poems on the Bus

A Project of C-Tran, The Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna


Sunday, July 3, 2016

10am – noon

Esther Short Park, Stage Area

This event is the public reading of student poems selected for Poetry Moves – poems on the C-Tran buses July–December 2016

Printed Matter Vancouver congratulates all of the students whose poems were selected:

Andrew H., Fort Vancouver High School

Ashley S., Fort Vancouver High School

Breanna K., Riverview Elementary School

Colwyn B., Fort Vancouver High School

Elora H., Discovery Middle School

Emma L., Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Jaden L., Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Jessica K., Fort Vancouver High School

Marley J., Hearthwood Elementary School

Rheanna N., Fort Vancouver High School


Christopher at Evergreen High School June 2 2015 by Chris Margolin
Christopher Luna visits Evergreen High School in June 2015

When Christopher Luna was named Poet Laureate for Clark County in 2013, he launched a poets in the schools program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program has received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County.

Arts of Clark County Chair Karen Madsen made contact with C-Tran and laid the groundwork for the Poetry Moves program. Her husband Cameron Suttles designed the channel cards for the buses. The first phase of the program featured poems from ten Clark County poets, eight of whom were selected by Luna and his wife and Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) as judges of a countywide contest. These poems were placed on 166 C-Tran buses from January –June 2016. For more information on the first phase of the project, visit:    https://printedmattervancouver.com/2015/11/16/printed-matter-vancouver-congratulates-the-winners-of-the-poetry-moves-contest/

Phase Two of Poetry Moves will feature ten young poets from the schools visited by the poets in Luna’s Poets in the Schools Program. The workshops were led by Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Jim Martin, and Morgan Hutchinson.

On July 3, we will celebrate the students whose poems were chosen with a special reading at Esther Short Park. Each student’s poem will be read, and a C-Tran bus will be present so that the students and audience members can see what the poems look like installed on the buses. The student poems will appear on C-Tran buses through December 2016.

For more information email printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

Summer Poetry Classes with Christopher Luna at Clark College and Multnomah Arts Center

Are you looking for inspiration? Would you like to write in a safe and supportive environment aimed at moving everyone’s work forward? Are you interested in learning more about how to revise your poetry and how to get published? Then join Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna this summer for one of three fun writing workshops.
Christopher at Multnomah Falls by Toni BW
Christopher Luna by Toni Lumbrazo Luna
Clark College
Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry
Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper & pen or laptop. Age 16+.
Class Information
Item Number: K455
Date: 07/11 – 08/15 M
Location: CCE 208
Time: 06:00pm – 08:30pm
Fee: $134.00
To register for Poetry Matters (Mondays 6-8:30 7/11 – 8/15) at Clark College, visit: Clark College Community Education Class Information

Multnomah Arts Center
Poetry Writing Ages 18 & 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.
1055295 Mon. 10 am – 12:30 pm Jun. 20 – Aug. 22 $180 [9 classes]
Christopher Luna
Poetry—Revising & Publishing Ages 18 & Up
What should you do after writing a first draft of a poem? How do you shape and
develop a poem into a publishable piece of work? How do you decide if and when
to publish your work? Discuss strategies for revising and editing your poetry,
followed by an overview of how to find outlets that might publish your words.
Explore the importance of chapbooks and whether or not entering poetry contests
is a good idea.  Please bring 3-5 typed, unfinished poems and a lunch to class.
1055296 Sat. 10 am – 4 pm Jul. 30 $60 [1 class] Christopher Luna
If you’d like to register for Poetry Writing or the one-day workshop on Revising and Publishing at Multnomah Arts Center,  visit:  http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/summer2016/macSummer16_colorWeb.pdf

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Poet & Artist John Kay June 9, 2016

Ghost Town Poetry Flyer June 9 2016


Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm

Thursday, June 9

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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




Featuring Poet and Artist John Kay

John Kay is a widely published poet and visual artist who lives in Camas, WA. He grew up as a poet in Los Angeles, where he got to know Charles Bukowski, whose work continues to be an influence. Kay has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He taught writing courses for the University of Maryland for 20 years, and lived in Germany for 31 years. His most recent book, This Particular Kiss, was published this year by Pearl Editions in Long Beach, CA.

John Kay was profiled in the Columbian in February.