SoulFood Poetry Night Featuring Christopher Luna & Toni Lumbrazo Luna at SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond, WA June 20, 2019

SoulFood Poetry Night
Featuring Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
SoulFood Coffee House
15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052

20 June 2019 (1)

Series Description from host Michael Dylan Welch: On the third Thursday of every month, SoulFood Coffee House in Redmond, Washington, is home to SoulFood Poetry Night, an evening of engaged and engaging poetry. Our performance stage features professional sound and lighting systems in an inviting gallery and café setting in SoulFood Coffee House. Performances are streamed live to the Internet.

SoulFood Poetry Night is curated by Michael Dylan Welch, and has been running monthly since July of 2006 (we held our 100th reading in October of 2014). For more than a decade, we asked one featured reader to select someone else to read with him or her. This process echoed the sense of community and connection that is central to SoulFood Coffee House. This serendipity brought in new voices, and helped to create harmony or contrast in our reading series. Starting in 2016, though, we switched to primarily featuring groups or organizations. Featured readers start shortly after 7:00 p.m. Our featured readers are mostly from the greater Seattle area, but we welcome poets from farther afield as well.

After we have a break to enjoy the bookstore, its art gallery, and especially its café, we have an open-mic reading where we invite you to share your poetry. Just sign up when you arrive and be prepared to read for about three or four minutes each (depending on the number of readers). And the occasional song is welcome, too.

Easy Speak Open Mike Featuring Christopher Luna at Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe in Seattle on June 10, 2019

EasySpeak logo

Easy Speak Open Mike
Serving Greater Seattle – bring your best and listen to the rest

Featuring Christopher Luna
Monday, 10 June 2019

Wedgwood Ale House & Cafe
8515 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206.527.2676

The open mike starts at 8:00 (with sign-up prior to that). Christopher will come on between 8:40 and 8:50 and give us 20 minutes or so of work.

christopher by alisha jucevic
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic

CHRISTOPHER LUNA served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. 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, a small press for Northwest writers which also provides writing coaching, editing, and manuscript review. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 2004. 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.

Message_FrontCover_sm
Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018) featuring poetry and collage art by Christopher Luna

 

Christopher Luna’s Summer 2019 Creative Writing Workshops [UPDATED JUNE 30, 2019]

Clark County, WA’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna will lead a series of classes and workshops this summer. Most of these occur year-round. The best way to stay up-to-date on his activities is to sign up to receive The Work, a monthly newsletter for poets in Portland and Southwest Washington: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

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

According to Rae Latham, a writer in Christopher’s Monday morning poetry writing class at Multnomah Arts Center, “Christopher is the poetry alchemist who helps us discover gold.”

Please note that Christopher Luna’s Poetry Matters class at Clark College has been canceled.  

POETRY WRITING

Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

MAC_logo_withTransparency

Mondays from 10am – 12:30pm:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-writing/109153

Jun 17, 2019 to Aug 19, 2019

Except:
Mon, Jun 24, 2019
Mon, Aug 5, 2019

OR

Mondays from 1:00 – 3:30 pm:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks/Activity_Search/lit-arts-poetry-writing/109154

Jun 17, 2019 to Aug 19, 2019

Except:
Mon, Jun 24, 2019
Mon, Aug 5, 2019

MEMOIR WRITING

Clark College Economic & Community Development
500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660
Metered Parking: $ 0.50 / hr

Memoir Writing at Clark College, Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:20 pm July 9 – August 27: 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. See yourself as a part of history, documenting the story of your life.

For more information or to register, visit:

https://ecd.clark.edu/classes/class.php?SKU=9417

POETRY MATTERS [CANCELED]

Clark College Economic & Community Development
500 Broadway Street, Suite 200 Vancouver, WA 98660
Metered Parking: $ 0.50 / hr

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry

1:00-3:20pm

Saturdays July 27, August 3, August 17, and August 24

Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Ages 16 and over.

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Christopher is also offering a new eight-week workshop/writers group called Writing Your Life Story at Angst Gallery on Thursdays from 10:30am – 1:00pm.

Document your memories for your family or for possible future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment. Christopher will introduce the participants to the techniques of creative nonfiction storytelling which uses the content of one’s life as the foundation for narrative. He will introduce current examples in popular nonfiction and memoir to assist the process. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing in a safe environment (no one will be required to share their stories) with the option of receiving feedback from the facilitator and other students. We will work to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful storytelling in written form,
2) create a living document for yourself, your family, or others,
3) delve into or build upon your written skills.

Bring your ideas, notes, paper, and pen/pencil (no books required).

Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to ten (10) participants.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

REGISTER AT ANGST on Wednesdays from noon til four OR email printedmattervancouver@gmail.com to set up a time to register.

2019 Dates

July 11 – August 29
Oct 3 – Nov 21

THE WORK

Christopher also facilitates a poetry writing workshop known as The Work, from 11:30-2:00 on the second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre). Doors open at 11:15 so that you can purchase, coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages from Niche and grab a snack. The workshop begins at 11:30.

The Work 2017 Stein

“Well, while I’m here I’ll do the work — and what’s the work?
To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow.”
― Allen Ginsberg, “Memory Gardens” (Fall of America, City Lights)

The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together. Each workshop will feature at least three timed writing exercises.

$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.

Upcoming 2019 Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on June 1, July 13, and August 10.

Note: From May through September, Niche will open early for Saturday afternoon wine tastings from 2-4.

The wine tastings will take place immediately after The Work.

There is also a Monday evening version of the workshop that takes place on the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street).

Upcoming 2019 Monday evening workshops will take place on June 24, July 15 & 29, and August 12 & 26.

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher an email via printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Emmett Wheatfall at Angst Gallery June 13, 2019

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Flyer June 13 2019

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring Emmett Wheatfall

7 pm
Thursday, June 13
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7
FREE

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
angstgallery.com

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/
LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Emmett cropped

Emmett Wheatfall is a published poet, playwright and recording artist. Emmett is the author of six books of poetry and a play titled Under the Red Robin, and has released five poetry CDs. In May 2018 Fernwood Press (an imprint of Barclay Press) published Emmett’s sixth poetry collection entitled As Clean as a Bone. For more information, visit http://emmettwheatfall.com

as clean as a bone cover

Boxed-In

I saw a man with no teeth,
he smiled at me.

I bumped into a woman who had no feet,
she crawled to me.

I hugged a child with no arms; we
laughed until I cried.

A blind man called to me. Why
couldn’t I see where he was coming from?

A homeless man cursed at me,
afterward, he and I shared his beer.

A street-walker propositioned me, I
replied, thank you, but no thank you,

then named that street after her.

Some people are boxed-in. Life is like that
for some.

Life is like that.

Emmett Wheatfall, 2018

Toni Lumbrazo Luna reads at the Book Launch Celebration for The Poeming Pigeon’s Sports Issue at the Pond House at Ledding Library on May 4, 2019

BookLaunchSPORTSPond-663x1024

The Poeming Pigeon SPORTS
A Book Launch Celebration

SPORTS_Facebook

Featuring: Brittney Corrigan, Sharon Wood Wortman, Kris Demien, Penelope Scambly Schott, Margaret Chula, Toni Partington, Joshua Plack, Vivienne Popperl, Donna Prinzmetal, Barbara Meier, Hanna Jane Weber, Linda Neal Reising, Karen Poppy and more…

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
The Pond House at Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Thanks to the Milwaukie Poetry Series & Tom Hogan

Dive into this sports-themed collection and you’ll quickly become a fan, as our poets relive their glory days and share their love of the game. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a dedicated amateur, or an armchair quarterback, we invite you to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—it’s all here between these pages. On your mark, get set. Go!

CONTRIBUTING POETS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE:
Alan Catlin • Alan Robert Proctor • Amie Sharp • Amy Miller • Anne Harding Woodworth • Barbara A Meier • Bill Cushing • Bill Frayer • Brigitte Goetze • Brittney Corrigan • Carolyn Dahl • Carolyn Martin • Charles Halsted • Christopher Scribner • Claire J. Baker • D.R. James • David E. Matthews • Devon Balwit • Diane Averill • Diane de Echeandia • Don Thompson • Donna Prinzmetal • Dwayne Brenna • Emily Waters Shearer • Eric Forsbergh • Gina Forberg • Gretchen Fletcher • Hannah Jane Weber • Jacob Miller • Jamie Brian • Jan Haag • Jeffrey Hantover • John Herold • Joseph Ridgway • Joshua Plack • Joy McDowell • Judith Terzi • Karen Poppy • Karla Linn Merrifield • Kris Demien • Linda Neal Reising • Livia Meneghin • M.G. Stephens • Marc Meierkort • Margaret Chula • Margaret DeRitter • Margaret R. Sáraco • Margaret Van Every • Marjorie Moorhead • Matthew Harrison • Michael Estabrook • Michael Fedo • Naila Claudia Schulte • Neil Creighton • Nils Nelson • Patrick Swaney • Paul Glenn • Penelope Scambly Schott • Peter M. Gordon • Phyllis Wax • Ralph La Rosa • Rick Kempa • Robert Beveridge • Robert Walton • Roger Sippl • Ron L. Dowell • Scott F. Parker • Scott M. Bade • Sharon Wood Wortman • Stephen McGuinness • Stuart Forrest • Stuart Gunter • Toni Partington • Tony Gloeggler • Tricia Knoll • Victoria Stefani • Vivienne Popperl

Order the Sports Issue here.

 

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY: A new creative writing workshop with Christopher Luna begins May 2, 2019

christopher by alisha jucevic
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Beginning in May 2019, Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Christopher Luna will  offer a new eight-week workshop called Writing Your Life Story at Angst Gallery on Thursdays from 10:30am – 1:00pm.

Printed Matter logo

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY

Who: Open to all skill levels. The class will be limited to ten (10) participants.

Where: Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660

When: 10:30a – 1p Thursday, May 2 – Thursday, June 27, 2019 (Note: no class June 20)

What: Document your memories for your family or for possible future publication. Complete short timed writings as well as weekly take-home assignments. Give and receive feedback in a safe, informal environment.

Cost: $225 (cash, check, card)

REGISTER AT ANGST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 12 – 3:30pm, OR
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 12 – 3:30pm

2019 Dates

May 2 – June 27
July 11 – August 29
Oct 3 – Nov 21

Overview: Christopher Luna will introduce the participants to the techniques of creative nonfiction storytelling which uses the content of one’s life as the foundation for narrative. He will introduce current examples in popular nonfiction and memoir to assist the process. Participants will be encouraged to share their writing in a safe environment (no one will be required to share their stories) with the option of receiving feedback from the facilitator and other students. We will work to achieve the following goals:

1) learn the key elements of successful storytelling in written form,
2) create a living document for yourself, your family, or others,
3) delve into or build upon your written skills.

Bring your ideas, notes, paper, and pen/pencil (no books required).

Your Facilitator: Christopher Luna

With an MFA in Creative Writing and over 25 years of experience as a creative writing teacher, published author, workshop leader, editor, and writing coach, Christopher Luna will lead you through skill-building techniques, content reflection, supporting examples, and constructive feedback. Originally from Long Island, New York, Christopher has made Vancouver, Washington his home since 2003. Since then he has taught a variety of English classes at Clark College, led poetry and memoir writing workshops, and served as the first Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017).

For questions contact Christopher Luna at printedmattervancouver@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

“The highest purpose of art is to inspire.” –Bob Dylan

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring John Burgess at Angst Gallery on May 9, 2019

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Flyer May 9 2019 cropped

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
Featuring John Burgess

7 pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7
FREE

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
angstgallery.com

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/
LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

JB_60

John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew in Montana, taught English in Japan, and since 1985 has lived in Seattle, where he works for an insurance company. Past glories include: 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; 2008 Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City Council; and past Board president at Hugo House, Seattle’s creative writing center. He’s a co-instigator with the Band of Poets. He has five books of poetry, some with maps and drawings, from Ravenna Press: Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), “by Land…” (2015), and 1977 (2018).

1977 Cover

From 1977:

SPLEEN

I sing in praise of destitute dogs,
for days of melancholy rut
snouts bowed subservient
dissonance from the gut—

of strays, bile and vile
ion charged connected
for scent of beaten,
canine teeth retracted

a pack under attack—
ah, ill-humored howl