Fall 2017 Creative Writing Classes with Christopher Luna

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes

Fall 2017

Christopher looking sideways at Julian Nelson December 2016
Photo by Julian Nelson

Follow your bliss this Fall. Take a writing workshop with Christopher Luna. Christopher has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he trained with Jack Collom, and nearly two decades of teaching experience. He has served as the Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA since 2013. In 2004 he founded the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which he co-hosts with his wife Toni Partington. Christopher and Toni co-founded Printed Matter Vancouver, which publishes local poetry and provides various services to Northwest writers. Christopher is also available for writing coaching and editing.

Below you will find several creative writing workshops throughout the region sponsored by Clark College, Multnomah Arts Center, Niche Wine Bar, Angst Gallery, and The Green House. Hope you can join us.

Contact printedmattervancouver@gmail.com or christopherjluna@gmail.com for more information.

Clark College

Downtown Campus

500 Broadway Street, Suite 200

Vancouver, WA 98660

Metered Parking Available

Memoir Writing

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 Christopher Luna, Poet Laureate of Clark County, will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history, with value documenting the story of your life.

Wednesdays

ITEM #: 9625

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (W)

DATE: 09/27 – 12/06

FEE: $215.00

LOCATION: CCE 208

Important Note: No class on 11/22.

Thursdays

ITEM #: 9626

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (Th)

DATE: 09/28 – 12/07

FEE: $215.00

LOCATION: CCE 208

Important Note: No class on 11/23.

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Memoir Writing student Susan Starkey wears a jacket with buttons from her days in the civil rights movement

Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR 97219

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Poetry Writing    

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.

1079083  Mondays 10 am – 12:30 pm   Oct. 2 – Dec. 4   $249 [10 classes] Ages 16 & Up

Instructor: Christopher Luna

Registration opens September 5 at 5:30am online, and in person or by phone at 9am.

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/about-mac/classes/

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/fall2017/macFall17_colorWeb.pdf

Register online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.

Niche Wine Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

The Work: Saturday Afternoon Edition

Join us on Saturday, September 9 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Niche Wine Bar led by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

Christopher is completely convinced of poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 11:30 until 2:30. Niche is located at 1013 Main Street, right next door to The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District.

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Shareable snacks are also welcome and very much appreciated.

Note: The Work takes place on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming workshops will take place on October 14, November 11, and December 9.

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

The Work: Monday Evening Edition

Christopher Luna and Leah Jackson are excited to announce a new Monday evening edition of The Work, to take place on the last Monday of every month beginning October 30.

Join us on Monday, October 30 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Angst Gallery led by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 6:00 until 8:30. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street, two doors north of The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District. Food and libation available for purchase at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street (accessible through a doorway at the rear of the gallery).

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Note: The Work will take place on the last Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming workshops will take place on November 27 and January 29. There will be no Monday evening workshop in December due to the Christmas holiday.

The Green House

1920 Broadway

Vancouver, WA 98663

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Lifted Lit

1pm

Saturday, September 30

The Green House

1920 Broadway

Vancouver, WA

2-hour LIFTED Lit Writing class

Pens and Pencils will be provided. Please bring something to write on or a laptop. Please note that we do not have power for participants to use.

Join us for a writing workshop with Christopher Luna. Christopher spent his late teens and early twenties working in a head shop on Long Island. He believes that mindful use of marijuana can be a powerful tool for consciousness expansion. Christopher is completely turned on by poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead a person to fight for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today to #getLIFTED! Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Online reservation is required to attend the class. 21+, non-refundable/non-transferable. If attendance requirements are not met the class will be canceled 24 hours before the class begins. Tickets will be refunded at that time.

BYOC (Bring Your Own Cannabis)

Valid Photo ID is required for entrance to the event.

Advanced tickets available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifted-lit-tickets-3732431503

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/572165682907427

Printed Matter Vancouver Books Available at Another Read Through in Portland, OR

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Tiffany Burba reads from Meet Me Where I Left You at Another Read Through Books in Portland, OR on February 23, 2017

It is more important than ever to support local, independently-owned bookstores. One of our personal favorites is Another Read Through at 3932 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland. Owner Elisa Saphier is delightful, personable, and knowledgeable. She allows authors and publishers to hold readings and book launch events in her beautiful second-floor loft, and hosts regular events such as Lesbian Lit Book Group. A generous amount of shelf space is devoted to Northwest authors in all genres.

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You can find Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, Tiffany Burba’s Meet Me Where I Left You, and Christopher Luna’s Pulitzer Remix chapbook Brutal Glints of Moonlight at Another Read Through.

Printed Matter Vancouver is grateful to Elisa for her service to the literary community, and for carrying our books at her bookstore. We are very proud to be associated with Another Read Through. Show your support by dropping by the store today!

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Coleman Stevenson September 14, 2017

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic flyer September 14 2017

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Coleman Stevenson

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, September 14

Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

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

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ANTI-FASCIST, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/state-of-wonder/article/ghost-town-poetry-vancouver-washington-open-mic/

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Sean Aaron Bowers August 10, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

featuring Sean Aaron Bowers

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, August 10

Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

Angst Gallery

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1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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

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Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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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.

Printed Matter Vancouver Authors Featured at The Studio Series in Portland on Sunday, August 13

Printed Matter Vancouver author Tiffany Burba and co-founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna will be the featured readers at The Studio Series in Portland, OR on Sunday, August 13.

The Studio Series is a monthly poetry reading and open mic hosted by poet Leah Stenson at Stonehenge Studios in Portland’s historic Lair Hill neighborhood.

Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Ave.,
Portland, Oregon 97239

Featured readers at 7pm; open mic at 8pm.

For more information, please contact:

Leah Stenson: (leahstenson_at_comcast_dot_net)
Stonehenge Studios: 503-224-3640
Stonehenge Studios on Facebook

About the Featured Readers

Meet Me Where I Left You by Tiffany Burba-Book Cover
Tiffany Burba’s debut is the latest publication from Printed Matter Vancouver.

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.

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Tiffany Burba

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.

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Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders Christopher Luna & Toni Partington sit for and interview with Judith Arcana at KBOO Portland

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.

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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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on State of Wonder

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic co-hosts Toni Partington and Christopher Luna at Angst Gallery in July 2017. Photo by Aaron Scott. Art by Cynthia Heise.

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.

The program also includes a wonderful interview with Erika Bartlett, a Vancouver artist whose solo show, “The Art of Healthy Spaces”, is on display at the gallery through July 29.

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To listen to the entire program, visit:

Hurray For The Riff Raff | Ghost Town Poetry | Teva Harrison | Ural Thomas | Bend Art Center

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April Bullard reads her work at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. Photo by Ghost Town videographer Tiffany Burba 

To listen to the segment on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, visit:

Vancouver’s Ghost Town Poetry Hasn’t Missed A Beat Since 2004

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Erika Bartlett and her work at Angst Gallery in Vancouver, WA. Photo by Aaron Scott

To listen to the segment with Erika Bartlett, visit:

Erika Bartlett At Angst Gallery: Mixing Nature And Business