The Clark County Poets Directory is a project of
Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan
and Printed Matter Vancouver
Joann Boswell is a teacher, mother, photographer and poet currently living in Camas, WA with her spouse and three children. She attended George Fox University, where she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Theatre, Music, and Writing/Literature and a MAT. Before having children, Joann taught and directed high school theatre in Washington state. Joann loves rainy days filled with coffee, books, handholding, moody music and sci-fi shows. She’s been published in Untold Volumes and Wineskin.
Christopher Luna is a poet, editor, teacher, and artist from New York. Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County from 2013-2017. He 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. Luna has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 2004. His books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. Flowstone Press published his first full-length collection of poetry, entitled Message from the Vessel in a Dream, in November 2018.
Toni Lumbrazo Luna
Toni is a poet, editor, publisher, and visual artist living in Vancouver, WA. Her career has included social work, college teaching and administration, grant writing, life and career coaching, and nonprofit consulting. She is the author of two books of poetry: Jesus Is A Gas and Wind Wing. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4), The Poeming Pigeon, OutwardLink, and Perceptions. She was the Co-Editor for the final print edition of VoiceCatcher. Toni’s writing includes short fiction, essay, news articles, book reviews, and technical documents. Toni facilitates writing and personal development workshops. Toni is the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press imprint that publishes the poetry of Pacific Northwest writers. She co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic with Christopher Luna that was established in 2004. Toni’s been writing poetry since she was ten years old and she’s still in love with it!
Don Messerschmidt is a Cultural Anthropologist (PhD, Oregon 1974) and writer of adventure travel, biography, memoir, and poetry. Much of his poetry is influenced by extensive travels in the Himalayas, and he is impressed by the Critical Realism of the famed Nepalese poet, Bhupi Sherchan. After growing up in Alaska, he joined the Peace Corps in 1963 and was posted to Nepal where he subsequently lived and worked many years as a rural development adviser and university lecturer, writing prose and poetry the side. He has also taught anthropology in several universities, including Washington State University (Pullman) where he earned tenure in the 1980s. He is now “retired” (do writers retire?) to Vancouver with his wife Kareen (a Vancouver local). Don visits Asia annually, leading tours to Nepal and Bhutan and conducting research for his books, magazine articles, essays, and poems. He has published several poems, essays about poets and their writings, two biographies, and several ethnographic studies in both the popular and academic press, internationally. A few of his essays have appeared in American literary journals, and he has received literary awards for two of his books. Don is an associate at EditWithUs.com, a contributing reviewer for PortlandBookReview.com, and a frequent contributor to ECS Nepal magazine (Kathmandu) in print and online at ecs.com.np. He blogs at ‘Himalayan Snows’ (dmesserschmidt.blogspot.com).
Clark County Poet Laureate
Gwendolyn Morgan learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paintbrushes and boxes from her grandmothers. With an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, she has been a recipient of artist and writing residencies at Artsmith, Caldera, Into the Depths of Winter, and Soapstone. Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea, her first book of poems, was a winner of the Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Hiraeth Press. Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces, initially published by Hiraeth Press and now Homebound Publications, is a Nautilus Gold Winner in Poetry and a Foreward Indies Book of the Year Finalist in the Nature Category. Her third book of poems is forthcoming from Homebound Publications in the Summer of 2019. Her poems have appeared in: Calyx, Kalliope, Mudfish, Tributaries: A Journal of Nature Writing, Wayfarer as well as The Cancer Poetry Project 2, and other anthologies, blogs and literary journals. She is currently serving as the Clark County Poet Laureate. Gwendolyn and Judy A. Rose, her spouse, share their home and creekside walks with Naomi, a rescued Chesapeake Retriever and Cardigan Corgi mix.
Jeff J. Sargent (Nom de plume: j. j. sargent)
Born/raised in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in writing from Kent State University, I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997. I have been in-and-out of the writing scene in the Portland area since ’97 and mark meeting and reading with Walt Curtis as part of the Spare Room reading series in 2006 as my literary high water mark in Portland. I am a poet and non-fiction writer as well as a book scout and book collector of chapbooks and small press books from 1960-1980, with an emphasis on books authored by poets of the Western United States writing about the Western United States. For more information please visit https://poetrychapbooks1960-1980.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PDXBookScout/
Louise Wynn has never had warm or even mildly kind feelings toward any so-called Muse. In fact, her play, “A Clown, a Cowboy, and the Muse,” part of the 2019 Fertile Ground festival in Portland, Oregon, explores the disconnect between the writer (Louise) and the muse of idyllic poetry (Thaleia). Louise also expects her tragicomic musical, “Cloning the Colonel,” to be produced in 2019. Meanwhile, she keeps writing stories, poems, and story-poems. Her short stories, photos, and poems have appeared in publications including Salmon Creek Journal (2009 and 2011) and Ghost Town Poetry, Vol. 2, (2013). She has lived and studied literature and the sciences all over the U.S. as well as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, and now lives, happily, in Camas, Washington.