Pictures from a magical evening at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic with Joann Renee Boswell May 11, 2023

Our thanks to Joann Renee Boswell for her warm, thought-provoking, witty set earlier this month at Art At The Cave. According to Joann, “I had so much fun, felt so celebrated, loved the whole energy in the room. It was magic.” She even handed out colored pencils and coloring sheets featuring illustrations by Jay Williams and Joey Hartmann-Dow from Joann’s new book Meta-Verse, now available from Fernwood Press:

Here is the blurb I wrote for Joann: In her latest collection, Joann Renee Boswell invites us to leap with her into the “multidimensional wormhole” of the metaverse, a choose-your-own-adventure coloring book version of this life in which “we are / magnificent. / complex.” A fearless, capable guide, Boswell believes in our ability to stay with her as she careens from parenting to self-love to quantum physics, from the injustices of racism, sexism, fascism, and religious hypocrisy to the liberatory mysticism of art and magic. We are even encouraged to draw on the pages without illustrations, for “there’s always space for more creative chaos.” Prepare yourself for a fun, engaging, and transformative dive into this poet’s multitudinous and ever-expanding consciousness. You’ll be glad you played along. Christopher Luna, Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017), author of Voracity

Joann Renee Boswell reads from Cosmic Pockets at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on May 11, 2023.
Brittany Braswell reads her poetry to the crowd at Art At The Cave on May 11, 2023.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring A. Molotkov at Art at the Cave on June 8, 2023

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring A. Molotkov

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Morgan Paige

7 pm

Thursday, June 8

Art at the Cave

108 E Evergreen Blvd

Vancouver, WA 98660



$5 Suggested donation

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A. Molotkov is an immigrant writer. His poetry collections are The Catalog of Broken Things, Application of Shadows, Synonyms for Silence and Future Symptoms. His novel A Slight Curve and his memoir A Broken Russia Inside Me are forthcoming; he co-edits The Inflectionist Review. His collection of ten short stories, Interventions in Blood, is part of Hawaii Review Issue 91; his prose is represented by Laura Strachan at Strachan Lit. Please visit him at

The Ghost Town Poetry community respectfully encourages you to support Niche Wine Bar, whose owner, Leah Jackson, provided a home for the reading series from 2015-2020. Stop by their new location at 900 Washington, Suite 130 Vancouver, WA 98660:

UPDATED Statement on Healthy Spaces from Art at the Cave: We want to provide a healthy space to enjoy art. We have been practicing safety precautions such as regular cleaning, social distancing and mask wearing. As a result of the removal of the mask mandate effective March 12, 2022, we will no longer require the wearing of masks. We encourage you to continue to wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable, and we will supply masks and hand sanitizer at the door. As social distancing has become a norm, please be mindful some will still need a bit of personal space while inside the gallery.