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

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Oakland Poets Tongo Eisen-Martin & Derek Fenner July 13, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Oakland Poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, July 13

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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

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

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His next book, Heaven is All Goodbyes, will be the 61st Pocket Poets book published by City Lights.

Derek Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher living in Oakland, California. He completed a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing a Doctorate in education at Mills College. His research interests include youth justice, youth participatory action research, decolonizing methodologies, and art-centered learning. He co-founded Bootstrap Press in 2000, which has published over 40 books. His latest book of poems is Hermeticities & Others, published in 2016.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Recap (June 8, 2017): Jan Stewart & Lori Loranger

Our thanks to Multnomah Arts Center writer Jan Stewart, who shared her impressions of her first time at Ghost Town and her time in Christopher Luna’s Multnomah Arts Center poetry writing class:

“My hat is off to you.  A bright and multicolored hat of deep significance is lifted to you for your work in building a vibrant, inspiring, and supportive community of poets. At one point last night you said something like, ‘you guys are cracking my head wide open.’ Mine too. Along with the assembly of poets, a group diverse in race, experience, sexual orientation, gender, and perspective, I was impressed by the core values palpably present. Everyone felt safe to let their voice be heard. The power of that mix cracked my head wide open and knocked my socks off. I have been impressed by what you do for us at MAC and last night saw it is a drop in the bucket in what you do for poets, and even more importantly for the community, for the world, for life on this plane. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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Featured Reader Dan Raphael performs at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on June 8, 2017

Recently, Portland poet Micah David-Cole Fletcher was the only survivor among three heroes who were stabbed while defending a Muslim woman and her friend from a racist terrorist on the MAX in Portland. In gratitude for their bravery and their willingness to stand up to hate, we dedicated this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic to Micah, Ricky Best, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche.

I was moved to tears by Ghost Town regular Lori Loranger, who has been attending the series since it was founded in November 2004, when she shared the following poem:

“Tell everyone on this train that I love them”

remembering Rick Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche

 

So many ways to propagate hate

speak it and spout it and live it

until you believe it’s true

you can teach it to your children,

feed it with your angry thoughts

and stories

keep it on the fire

where it simmers and steams

until it explodes in violence.

 

So many ways to propagate hate,

while those of us who don’t believe,

who won’t give energy to hating,

pour reason and truth and love on the heat of it

with just the one way to not hate:

to NOT HATE

To not hate people who aren’t like us

or don’t think the same

To not hate even the haters

to just not hate.

 

It’s the duty of those of us who can

to speak up, when hate is spoken

taught, displayed

acted on

It’s our privilege to do the right thing,

a privilege not everyone can afford.

We’re all on this train

traveling together, to wherever we’re going,

going our own ways, we’re on this train together

packed in tight

with no room for hate

Tell everyone on this train that I love them.

-Lori Loranger

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Micah Fletcher: “It’s the duty of those who can – Being able to do the right thing is a privilege some people can’t afford”

 

Poetry Moves Season Four Launches on July 15 in Esther Short Park

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Poetry Moves Season Four Launch Celebration

11:30-12:30

Sunday, July 15, 2017

Farmers Market Music Stage

Esther Short Park

Vancouver, WA

This event is a public reading of student poems selected for the fourth season of Poetry Moves, featuring poems written by students in Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna’s Poets in the Schools program whose work has been selected to appear on C-Tran buses from July–December 2017

Congratulations to all of our student poets:

James B., 4th grade, Hearthwood Elementary

Gavin B., 4th grade, Hearthwood Elementary

Brooklyn C., 2nd grade, Hough Elementary

Ellie G., 8th grade, Amboy Middle School

Allison K., 5th Grade, Union Ridge Elementary School

Kaylee K., 5th grade, Union Ridge Elementary School

Berenice L-P., 6th grade, Discovery Middle School

Jacob R., 8th grade, Amboy Middle School

Johanny S., 6th grade, Discovery Middle School

Christina S., 11th grade, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

JOIN US FOR THIS WONDERFUL CELEBRATION OF LOCAL STUDENT POETS

Season Four of Poetry Moves will once again feature ten young poets from the schools visited by the poets in Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna’s Poets in the Schools Program. The workshops were led by April Bullard, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, and Morgan Hutchinson. Christopher Luna supervised the instructors, and Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington managed and supported the team.

On July 15, we will celebrate the students whose poems were chosen with a special reading at the Vancouver Farmers Market Music Stage in Esther Short Park. Each student’s poem will be read aloud. Those students who cannot be present will be acknowledged by one of the instructors from the Poets in Schools Program. Arts of Clark County will have channel cards from previous seasons of Poetry Moves for sale to benefit the program.

The student poems will appear on C-Tran buses through December 2017.

When Christopher Luna was named Poet Laureate for Clark County in 2013, he launched a poets in the schools program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program has received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County.

Arts of Clark County Chair Karen Madsen made contact with C-Tran and laid the groundwork for the Poetry Moves program. Her husband Cameron Suttles designed the channel cards for the buses. The first and third season of the program featured poems from ten Clark County poets, eight of whom were selected by Luna and his wife and Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington as judges of a countywide contest. Season Two featured students from the Poets in the Schools Program.

POETRY MOVES is a project of C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

Please visit our Facebook page: Poetry Moves

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Rob Katsuno & Dan Raphael Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Rob Katsuno and Dan Raphael

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, June 8

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

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/

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Rob Katsuno has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi Joint Venture Broker, a Morgan Stanley Investment Banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise Financial Advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about rob, visit robkatsuno.com

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Dan Raphael performs at the Ford Building in Portland Photo by Robert Sanders

Everyone in This Movie Gets Paid, dan raphael’s 19th book, came out last June. Some of his newer poems appear in Caliban, Curly Mind, The Poeming Pigeon, In Between Hangovers and Otoliths. Every Wednesday he writes and records a news poem, as well as writing stories for the news anchors on KBOO Radio. He hosts Fo Po Poetry, a monthly reading series in Portland, and is the prose editor for Unlikely Stories, an e-zine based in New Orleans.

Tiffany Burba Reads from Meet Me Where I Left You at Backstory Books in Portland on May 18, 2017

Fo Po Poetry

Featuring Brittney Corrigan and Tiffany Burba

Hosted by Dan Raphael
Thursday, May 18 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Backstory Books
6010 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

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The latest publication from Printed Matter Vancouver.

Fo Po Poetry for May will feature Brittney Corrigan and Tiffany Burba. We also have spots for 6 open podium readers.

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collection Navigation (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, 2012) and the chapbook 40 Weeks (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and she is the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the autism spectrum. Brittney lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is both an alumna and employee of Reed College.

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer living in Vancouver, Washington. Her first full length book of poetry Meet Me Where I Left You was published by Printed Matter Vancouver last Fall. Tiffany has been published in Ghost Town Poetry Anthology Volume 2 and the Poeming Pigeon anthologies Doobie or Not Doobie? and Poems About Music.

Christopher Luna’s Summer 2017 Creative Writing Classes

Christopher Luna’s Summer Writing Classes

Looking for inspiration this summer? Why not spend some time with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and a creative writing workshop leader with nearly two decades in the classroom. He would love to share his passion for poetry and storytelling with you.

If you are interested in taking one of these workshops, do not wait. Such classes will be canceled within 3-5 days of their beginning if the minimum enrollment numbers are not met.

Luna also facilitates a writing workshop from 11:30-2:30 on the second Saturday of every month at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre).

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Christopher Luna photographed by Julian Nelson

1. LIFTED Lit Writing Workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

$20 suggested donation / 21+

Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Green House

1920 Broadway St.

Vancouver, WA 98663-3325

Tickets Available:     www.eventbrite.com

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Get LIFTED and join us for a very unique writing workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate 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.

Christopher Luna is also the Clark County Poet Laureate, and he and his wife, Toni Partington, founded Printed Matter Vancouver, and co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular reading series Luna established in 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. Recent publications include WA 129, The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie, Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, and It’s Animal But Merciful.

Pens and Pencils will be provided. Please bring something to write on or a laptop.

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.

Bring Your Own Cannabis

Valid Photo ID is required for entrance to the event.

2. Poetry Mini Class with Christopher Luna

Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am – 01:00pm

FEE: $39.00

LOCATION: CCE 214 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)

http://ecd.clark.edu/classes/class.php?SKU=R209

Want to do some writing but don’t have a lot of spare time? Come to a one-session mini course at Clark College’s downtown campus for beginners and experienced writers alike who want to generate new work and engage in dialogue. Read, listen to, and briefly write poetry together. Whet your appetite for poetry with a workshop that touches on how to discover, write, and rewrite a poem. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Ages 16 and over.

3. Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

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

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Poetry Writing     Ages 16 & Up

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.

1072273  Mon.  10 am – 12:30 pm   Jun. 19 – Aug. 14   $190 [8 classes] No class July 3

4. Summer Classes at Clark College (Registration Begins May 22)

https://ecd.clark.edu/

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Memoir Writing

Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Memoirs are a powerful way to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all human beings. Clark County’s Poet Laureate will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history. Documenting your life is a wonderful gift for your family as well as a profoundly fulfilling experience for the writer.

Item number: 9100
7/12/2017- 8/16/2017 Wednesdays
1:00PM – 3:20PM
$159
CCE 208 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry

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.

Item: K154
7/10/2017- 8/14/2017 Mondays
6:00PM – 8:30PM
$129
CCE 208 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)