Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna will be among the artists featured at this years Washougal Art Festival on Saturday, August 12. We will have all four of the books we have published for sale as well as collage art, sculpture, and painting. We are very proud to be participating in this all-day community event.
2017 Washougal Art Festival
Artists and art lovers will come together at the Second Annual Washougal Art Festival, Saturday August 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Washougal’s Refection Plaza, 1703 Main Street.
The festival will feature:
• More than 20 juried, professional regional artists displaying and selling their creations
• Live music from 10am to 3p.m:
Caryn Jamieson Music
Tianna and The Hustle
• Children’s art area presented by The Paint Roller
• Hourly raffles for unique and valuable pieces donated by festival artists
• Event proceeds benefit Washougal Arts and Cultural Alliance (WACA) and will fund additional public art in Washougal!
LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
Sean Aaron Bowers is a Portland native. His first collection of poetry, We Were Warriors (University of Hell Press, 2012), was published under the pseudonym Johnny No Bueno. His upcoming book, Concrete & Juniper is due to be released by University of Hell in late 2017 to mid 2018. His work has appeared in Criminal Class Review, Present Tense, and Nailed Magazine. You can find out more about him at seanaaronbowers.com once he gets it up and running again.
Meet Me Where I Left You, the debut collection of poetry and short prose by Tiffany Burba, captures her real and imagined New York City adventures of love, lust, museums, jazz, food, and running in Central Park. She has an amazing love affair with the City and its inhabitants stretching from Brooklyn to Queens, the Bronx to Manhattan, and all points between. Living on whiskey kisses, a subway pass, and everything from pizza to soup dumplings, Burba fills and breaks her heart and ours along the way. Meet Me Where I Left You explores her arrivals and departures, her dreams of leaving Pacific Northwest forests for the taxi rides and street grime of New York City, her love of family and friends, and her unashamed quest for passion.
In Meet Me Where I Left You, Tiffany Burba creates brave wordscapes of love broken, love restored, and dreams of New York. With vast humanity and invincible heart this collection does what great poetry always does: it heals us.
Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She began writing in 2009 as a way to process a very painful relationship. She found that writing was the one way to express all emotions and be completely vulnerable while healing the pain of heartbreak. She is a photographer who likes to capture sunsets, sunflowers, and the New York skyline. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one. Tiffany’s work has appeared in Ghost Town Poetry, Volume Two (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014); in the windows of local businesses for Poetry in the Shops in Vancouver, WA; The Poeming Pigeon A Journal of Poetry and Prose: Doobie or Not Doobie (The Poetry Box, 2016); and on C-Tran buses from January – June 2015 for Poetry Moves. Tiffany is a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner who believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with poets, musicians, and people who enjoy life.
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Luna is also a visual artist, editor, workshop leader, and writing coach. He and his wife, Toni Partington, co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular reading series Luna established in 2004. Together they founded Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press and editing service for which they edited two volumes of poems from the reading series. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. Recent publications include The Poeming Pigeon, Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, It’s Animal But Merciful. As Poet Laureate, Luna created a Poets in the Schools program for Clark County and Poetry Moves, which places poems by local writers on C-Tran buses.
Toni Partington lives and works as a poet, editor, publisher, visual artist, and writing coach in Vancouver, Washington. Toni has a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Humanities with a focus on literature and literary editing. She is the author of two books of poetry, Jesus Is A Gas (2009), and Wind Wing (2010). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including The Cascade Journal, VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4), OutwardLink.net, and Perceptions. She was Co-Editor for the 2011/2012 VoiceCatcher anthology of Pacific Northwest women writers. Toni is co-founder and editor of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press imprint which also provides coaching and editing services to Northwest writers, and co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic.
Printed Matter Vancouver would like to thank producer Aaron Scott, intern Elayna Yussen, and everyone at OPB Radio’s State of Wonder for featuring the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic community on their program. I founded the reading series in 2004, and Toni Partington, my wife and co-host, came on board in 2007. It was a very moving experience to hear what the series has meant to Toni and series regulars April Bullard, Eileen Elliott, and Erin Iwata. I found myself in tears as my friends spoke about their personal journey, and how Ghost Town Poetry has contributed to both their personal growth and their development as writers. We hope that you will agree that Aaron and his crew perfectly captured what makes the reading series so unique.
Toni and I were also pleased to find that the producers acknowledged Angst Gallery’s role in the community as “de facto arts center.” Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson has been one of the driving forces in the Vancouver Arts District for many years. Since 2005, she has provided me with a venue in which to present local and national poets, poetry & music collaborations, coaster poetry, and bilingual poetry readings. I would not have been named the first Poet Laureate of Clark County without her unfailing support. In fact, Leah Jackson was the first to acknowledge my service to the poetry community when she named me the poet laureate of her two businesses, Angst Gallery and Niche Wine Bar. This great honor allowed me to have two years of practice as her laureate (2011-2012) before being called upon by the Clark County Arts Commission to serve the poets of Clark County as their poet laureate.