Early 2022 Readings for Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous by Christopher Luna and Angelo Luna

Book Launch for Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous by Christopher Luna and Angelo at Birdhouse Books January 7, 2021

5-9pm

Friday, January 7

Birdhouse Books

1001 Main Street Basement

Vancouver, WA 98660

(360) 602-1098

Located downstairs from The Rosemary Cafe

Join us during the First Friday art walk for an evening of poetry celebrating the release of Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous, a new book by Christopher Luna and his son Angelo published by The Poetry Box. The poems in the book trace their relationship from the time Angelo was a toddler through age 21. Christopher and Angelo will read from the book at the top of the hour from 5-9pm and will be available to sign books.

Birdhouse Books is a locally owned and operated vintage and used bookstore located in downtown Vancouver, WA’s arts district specializing in antiques, classics, philosophy, sci-fi fantasy, and poetry.

More information about Exchanging Wisdom:

EXCHANGING WISDOM

A GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF THE AUTONOMOUS

BY CHRISTOPHER & ANGELO LUNA

Exchanging Wisdom features poems for and about Christopher’s son Angelo Luna, as well as a few pieces Angelo wrote for Christopher. The earliest poem was written when Angelo was three, and the most recent at age 21. Christopher endeavored to encourage his son to be an autonomous, freethinking individual. Angelo grew to become that and so much more. Taken as a whole, the poems in this collection track the development of Angelo’s personality and the strong bond between father and son.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christopher Luna is a poet, editor, teacher, writing coach and collage artist. He served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Clark County from 2013-2017. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He founded the popular LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA, in 2004. Christopher Luna’s books include Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018), Brutal Glints of Moonlight, and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.

Christopher believes that the parent-child power dynamic is inherently fascist, so he endeavored to raise his son to think for himself, question authority, and make his own decisions. He respected his son’s humanity enough to trust him to be responsible, to “allow” him his autonomy. Despite what some saw as tragic indulgence, Angelo grew up to be a sweet, kind, polite, philosophical, compassionate young man who will surely accomplish things his father could not. Christopher could not imagine being more proud of the person Angelo became.

Angelo Luna is a poet, son, and LEGO connoisseur. Originally from New York, with a migration to Washington as a young child, he grew up with a fiery bloodline and cold weather. Currently employed as a teller for Wells Fargo, he loves writing, working, and finance and is interested in what every human has to offer.

EARLY PRAISE FOR EXCHANGING WISDOM:

Christopher Luna is a true heir to the Beat and New York School traditions of candor and grandeur. This collaboration and celebration of life runs on impeccable timing and deep love. As Luna and his son Angelo exchange wisdom they also re-invent the meaning of open verse: these poems crack open the heart and spill the joy of parenthood into the world.

—Lisa Jarnot, author

Robert Duncan, the Ambassador from Venus

One day you’re gonna have to…remind me how to believe in the basic goodness of all beings, Christopher Luna tells his son, Angelo, in his latest book, Exchanging Wisdom. More than a collection of father-son poems, Exchanging Wisdom is a record of gratitude. Luna knows that to be a parent is to be both teacher and pupil, vulnerable and responsible. In every poem Luna’s love beams: Like Lone Wolf and Cub we traversed…and you reminded me that magic is real….  These poems contemplate our never-ending wars, sickness, apathy, and art-making through the lens of a deeply reverent father. For some, being a parent, being the adult, is synonymous with having the answers. Luna, a Buddhist poet, community-organizer, and activist, reminds us that questioning is the only way to truth. What are you afraid to find? he wonders. Are these the right questions to ask? In these mind- and heart-opening poems Luna invites us to experience pure joy and wonder again through memory and thankfulness. Once you’ve opened those doors/ you need never do so again, asserts Luna. Once father you cannot go back to your former life. Thankfully for us, Luna never did.

—Claudia F. Savage, author of Bruising Continents

In this triumphant call-and-response love letter between father and son, the epic journey of the heart is explored in wisdom, witness, wonder, actualization, and kindness. We accompany two speakers in a multi-generational reckoning of what it means to be human, to be family, to embody and take forward a love which will outlive us all. I wept at the depth of connection I traveled in this lifesaving, life-affirming journey. As father and son are eternally swapping roles as student or teacher, together they inherit themselves. Angelo (the son) reflects in a poem to Christopher (his father) on his birthday, …focus on the love. That’s the real stuff the pure stuff…The world needs more of this…This collection gives it to us real and pure. Our world is so much better for it.

—Sage Cohen, author of Fierce on the Page

Christopher Luna always writes with his heart on a swivel, keeping watch for moments of significance, either now or some distance from now. But Exchanging Wisdom is more than just a love letter to parenthood or salvation or even to his son. In the right light, this book is a star map to guide the traveler. Drink it all in. Use both hands if you have to.

—Tommy Gaffney, author

Three Beers from Oblivion and Whiskey Days

JANUARY 11

Livestream Poetry Reading: Christopher Luna, Angelo Luna, and Laura Lehew

Annie Bloom’s welcomes local poets Christopher Luna, Angelo Luna, and Laura Lehew for a livestream reading from their new collections from Portland press The Poetry Box.

Please register in advance for this Zoom event: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcO2qpz4oG9T-VVk6i2J_xP_-pFjqpDJ3

About Exchanging Wisdom:

This collection features poems for and about Christopher’s son Angelo Luna, as well as a few pieces Angelo wrote for Christopher. The earliest poem was written when Angelo was three, and the most recent at age 21. Christopher endeavored to encourage his son to be an autonomous, freethinking individual. Angelo grew to become that and so much more. Taken as a whole, the poems in this collection track the development of Angelo’s personality and the strong bond between father and son.

Christopher Luna is a poet, editor, teacher, writing coach and collage artist. He served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Clark County from 2013-2017. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He founded the popular LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA, in 2004. Christopher Luna’s books include Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018), Brutal Glints of Moonlight, and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.

Angelo Luna is a poet, son, and LEGO connoisseur. Originally from New York, with a migration to Washington as a young child, he grew up with a fiery bloodline and cold weather. Currently employed as a teller for Wells Fargo, he loves writing, working, and finance and is interested in what every human has to offer.

About Dear John:

This collection of poems investigate and explore the multi-facets of love by using diverse points of view to reveal romantic love, loving friendships, and love that is complicated. The namesake poem for which this book was conceived, the final poem, “Dear John—,” is an epistolary poem in multiple stanzas ultimately on which the theme of this book is derived. “what happens between the notes // is the living.”

Former girl scout Laura LeHew is enthralled by negative spaces. Her collections include: Buyer’s Remorse (Tiger’s Eye Press—Infinities) poems on abuse; Let Widows be Widows (Unsolicited Press—forthcoming) themed around the elegiac; Becoming (Another New Calligraphy) a non-linear discourse on alcoholism & dementia; Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press) math & science; It’s Always Night, It Always Rains (Winterhawk Press) murder/noir; and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press) fairy tales. In her alternate life Laura has been active in the high-tech industry for over thirty-five years. Her company Deer Run Associates provides Computer Forensic investigations & Information Security consulting services working with law enforcement & commercial organizations on some of the largest and most high-profile cybercrime cases in recent years. Laura received her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She is on the steering committee for the Lane Literary Guild and facilitates the 1st & 3rd critique group. Laura held various positions for the Oregon Poetry Association. She co-hosted a reading series, Poetry for the People. Recent residencies include Hypatia-in-the-Wood & PLAYA. Laura owns/edits Uttered Chaos, a small press which publishes books of poetry.Event date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous (Paperback)

By Christopher LunaAngelo Luna (Contribution by)$16.00
ISBN: 9781948461962Availability: Special Order – arrival estimates will be provided when your order is processed
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Dear John- Cover Image

Dear John- (Paperback)

By Laura Lehew$16.00
ISBN: 9781948461931Availability: Special Order – arrival estimates will be provided when your order is processed
(This item cannot be returned.) Published: Poetry Box Select – November 15th, 2021

FEBRUARY 22

Poetry Open Mic

Featured Readers: Christopher Luna and Angelo Luna

2/22/2022  6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Camas Public Library


Poetry Open Mic

Camas Public Library Dual Meeting Rooms A & B 

Registration is open

** In February we are meeting the 4th Tuesday instead of the 3rd Monday, due to the Library being closed for President’s Day. **

Read aloud your original or favorite work, and listen to monthly featured poets. All ages welcome.

6:00 – doors open

6:15 – readers final sign-in

6:30-7:45 – poet reading

General Guidelines:

  • Reading Room will open at 6:15 p.m.
  • Readers must sign in by 6:30 p.m.  
  • Poetry readings will begin by 6:45 p.m.
  • Readers may use original poems (preferred) or favorites
  • Order of readings will be commensurate with sign-in sheet
  • Each reader will have 3-5 minutes to read depending upon total #
  • Observer feedback / comments will open after the final poet has read

Guidelines for Readers:

  • Poems should not contain language unsuitable for family, e.g. profanity, sexually explicit
  • Time limitations will be strictly enforced to ensure all readers can participate
  • As a courtesy, please remain present until the final poems are read

Event Type(s): Literary

Age Group(s): Adults, Teens (6th-12th grade)

Presenter: Elmo Shade

Ellen Miles(360) 834-4692

library@cityofcamas.us


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