Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Poet & Artist John Kay June 9, 2016

Ghost Town Poetry Flyer June 9 2016

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm

Thursday, June 9

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Featuring Poet and Artist John Kay

John Kay is a widely published poet and visual artist who lives in Camas, WA. He grew up as a poet in Los Angeles, where he got to know Charles Bukowski, whose work continues to be an influence. Kay has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He taught writing courses for the University of Maryland for 20 years, and lived in Germany for 31 years. His most recent book, This Particular Kiss, was published this year by Pearl Editions in Long Beach, CA.

John Kay was profiled in the Columbian in February.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Steve Williams at Angst Gallery, February 11, 2016

Ghost Town Flyer February 2016

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm
Thursday, February 11
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

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

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
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Featuring Steve Williams

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Steve Williams is the author of a new chapbook entitled Thirteen, a poem. He works in Portland, helping those who have barriers to employment find jobs. He lives with a lovely woman who writes and edits much better than he but refuses to admit it.

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Shades
by Steve Williams

One grandfather’s shadow is fresh tar
on the roof outside my window.
The other grandfather’s shadow –
a wind-up Indian with broken hands.

My grandmothers are whiskey radio baseball
and a garden full of curio cabinets and canning jars.

Corky, Blackie and Sam are dog shadows
warm under my blanket. My cat shadows
all ran away.

My father’s shadow is the Wichita Lineman
belted to every creosoted pole, spurs buried
in the wood listening to his own static.

My streetlight shadows are Spirographed
around my shoes, each a different shade
of black. These are my mother.

As the sun falls into drowned ash,
these shades fade into twilight.
This is where we all used to hide.

When my face rises in your bright hands,
I hold your kiss
long enough for each of them
to have their turn.

Clark County Arts Commission Presents a Benefit for Clark County Poet Laureate Poet Laureate Christopher Luna on Friday, December 4

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Poet Laureate Benefit
Sponsored by Clark County Arts Commission

Concurrent with the December 4th First Friday Art Walk, the Sixth Floor Gallery, in the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin Street, will host a special event. Mark your calendar to meet Christopher Luna, Clark County, WA’s inaugural poet laureate, who recently accepted an invitation from the Clark County Arts Commission to extend his term through the end of 2016.

Proceeds from gallery sales and art objects crafted by local artists will go to support literary arts programs across the county. Entertainment will be provided by public school arts students, courtesy of the arts commission’s Spotlight on Young Performing Artists program.

Sale of art and various other items: 3:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception, with musical entertainment, light refreshments, and gallery talks on poet laureate-initiated projects: 5:30 – 7:30.

Christopher Luna will give a short poetry reading at 6:20pm.

For more info, visit:
http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com/

Clark County Poet Laureate

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images at Angst Gallery April 2013

Toni Partington and I would like to thank everyone who participated in or supported The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images, our first art show as curators. We are especially grateful to Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson for entrusting the space to us for National Poetry Month. We encourage the community to send any photos they may have taken of the event so that we can add them to this page or the Facebook photo album:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4790349569206.1073741826.1609878790&type=3 . In addition, if any of the writers whose work is featured in the show would like for us to post their pieces here, please send them to christopherjluna@gmail.com.

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 The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images at Angst Gallery

Marriage 2Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, Jim Martin, and DaBat

Marriage 1Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, Jim Martin, and DaBat

Marriage 6Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, and Jim Martin

Marriage 7 Work by Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, and Jim Martin

Here is the announcement for the show:

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images

April 5-30 2013

Angst Gallery, Vancouver, WA

1015 Main Street

Curated by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Sponsored by Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver

Opening Reception: 5-9 pm April 5, Angst Gallery

Poetry Reading: 6pm April 27, Niche Wine and Art Bar

Many creative people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to present the unique impact of language and image when melded together in visual art. This will take the form of photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work will be inspired by poetry, while other pieces will be visual art that includes text. The show will also include poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors will be utilizing both language and visual art. The majority of the artists live in Vancouver; however, we will also feature work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR.  

The show will also feature two poetry readings: throughout the evening of First Friday’s opening reception on April 5, and at Niche Wine and Art Bar (1013 Main Street) on Saturday, April 27. The reading on April 27 will also feature live music and a Q&A with the artists and writers.

The artists and writers who are featured in this show include: Anni Becker, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, April Bullard, DaBat, Erin Dengerink, Eileen Davis Elliott, John Furniss, Jeremy Gaulke, Leah Jackson, Kelly Keigwin, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Michael Smith, Michele Venclik, and Jolyn Wolfe.

Poets Christopher Luna and Toni Partington are the co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic and co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, a local small press and editing service. Their visual art has appeared in Angst Gallery, North Bank Artists Gallery, Gallery 360, Art in the Heart, Multnomah Arts Center, and the Vancouver Community Library.

Visual artist Leah Jackson is the owner of Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar.

Marriage 8 Jim MartinWork by Jim Martin

Marriage 5 DaBatWork by DaBat

Marriage 4 Kelly and JenneyArt by Kelly Keigwin, text by Jenney Pauer

Marriage 37 DaBat and KellyWork by DaBat, Kelly Keigwin and Jenney Pauer

Here is our curator’s statement, which was posted in the gallery:

We are very fortunate to be a part of Vancouver’s growing, vibrant arts community. One of the qualities we have noticed about this particular community is that many people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to convey the unique impact that language and image have when presented together in visual art.

The show includes photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work is inspired by poetry, while other pieces are visual art that incorporates text in some way. Some pieces feature poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors utilize both text and visual art.

The essence of combining poetic language with visual image is meant to challenge the brain of the viewer/reader. The brain processes language and visual images differently. The work in this show asks you to integrate the two and by doing so, make them come alive. It is our intentional to provide you with an opportunity that allows you to experience the work emotionally and cognitively at nearly the same time.

The majority of the artists who have contributed to this show live in Vancouver, WA; however, the show also features work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR. Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson has been a great supporter of art, poetry, and music in downtown Vancouver for many years, and has supported us as we have evolved as poets, visual artists, and community organizers. Therefore, her gallery is the perfect location for such a show.

Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
Writers/Artists
Editors and Publishers, Printed Matter Vancouver

Marriage 23 Erin and ChristopherArt by Erin Dengerink and Christopher Luna, poem by Christopher Luna

Marriage 24 Erin and ChristopherArt by Erin Dengerink and Christopher Luna, poem by Christopher Luna

Marriage 34 Christopher with Erin triptychChristopher Luna poses in front of his collaboration with Erin Dengerink

Here is the text of the poem that formed the basis of the work seen above:

The Tarot Facilitates a Long-Overdue Goodbye

by Christopher Luna, March 2008

I.

three become one

envision bounty

loose robes fall

among grapes, squash, tomato

there are oranges behind you

and a volcano

connects your genitalia

dig in

and don’t tell me

who my elders ought to be

outdated though my ways may be

they still have potential to bring peace to the valley

rove naked

bang on the wall

between you

and the other half

you are already there

upside down, The Butterfly Queen

disappears into the clouds

you will remember neither

the pattern of her garment

nor the curl of her hair

II.

Bend eternally. Raise a sword. Accept the tongue of the lion you once were. It’s alright to dream of the butterfly you may become. Heart open. Head aflame. The avenging angel spreads its hands, sending six rays of light which pierce the soldiers’ armor. And the hills run red with blood. Raise the glasses you were given. Celebrate the bounty assembled before your feet. Tired—nay, exhausted.

After completion

begin again.

Marriage 25 Michael and EileenMichael Smith’s drawing based on Christopher Luna’s “pavement pastoral”

Art and poetry by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 26 EileenArt and poetry by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 27 AprilArt and poetry by April Bullard

Marriage 28 April“River God” by April Bullard

Marriage 29Work by Jolyn Wolfe, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin,

Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, and Eileen Elliott

Marriage 30 GregWork by Greg Bee

Marriage 31 JolynArt by Jolyn Wolfe, poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelly

Marriage 32Bust of Christopher Luna by Olinka Broadfoot, bird sculpture by Toni Partington

Marriage 33Bust of Christopher Luna by Olinka Broadfoot, bird sculpture by Toni Partington

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Marriage 9Work by Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin, Eileen Elliott, Toni Partington, Christopher Luna and Jeremy Gaulke,

Leah Jackson, Anni Becker and John Furniss, and Toni Partington

Marriage 18 Michele and KellyWork by Michele Venclik and Kelly Keigwin

Marriage 19 Michele heartArt and text by Michele Venclik

Marriage 20 Michele and KellyWork by Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin, and Eileen Elliott

Marriage 21 Michele and Kelly

Work by Michele Venclik and Kelly Keigwin

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Marriage 12 EileenPoetry and fabric art by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 11 Anni and JohnArt by Anni Becker and John Furniss

Marriage 14 Leah“What I Tried to Say” by Leah Jackson

Marriage 15 JeremyJeremy Gaulke’s illustration of Christopher Luna’s poem “full text hallucination 102”

fulltexthulJeremy Gaulke’s illustration of Christopher Luna’s poem “full text hallucination 102”

Marriage 16 Toni“Into the Muir Woods” by Toni Partington

Marriage 17 Chris and ToniChristopher Luna’s sketch of poet Dan Raphael in action

and “Into the Muir Woods” by Toni Partington

Marriage 10 BirdSculpture by Toni Partington, based on and featuring text from her poem “Implication”

Marriage 3 Bird ReflectionSculpture by Toni Partington, based on and featuring text from her poem “Implication”

Marriage 39Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, Jolyn Wolfe, Jim Martin, and DaBat

I was very moved by the enormous work that Olinka Broadfoot created that was inspired by my poem “sometimes the latticework of the veil”:

Marriage 35 Christopher with Olinka paintingChristopher Luna poses next to Olinka Broadfoot’s work based on “sometimes the latticework of the veil”

sometimes the latticework of the veil

is so perfectly constructed

that it has the appearance of reality

flesh and blood, rather than

a sorry excuse for truth

pastiche of fortune cookie wisdom

ad copy & lines from old movies

stand in for the darkness

which is not evil after all

but the residue of a broken heart

throbbing, sweating

flooding blood-soaked tears

in a melodramatic gush

not to be contained by the

gauzy barrier of our skin

eventually

all

is revealed

we

are

hopelessly

(beautifully)

human

after all

On April 27, some of the artists and writers who participated in the show held a poetry reading at Niche Wine and Art Bar. Here is the announcement for that event, followed by some photos from that night:

6pm

Saturday, April 27

Niche Wine and Art Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

 

A Poetry Reading and Q&A

With artists and writers from

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images

An art exhibit at Angst Gallery (1015 Main)

Curated by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Music by Five Guys Playing Jazz

Exhibit closes Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sponsored by Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver

Join us for a reading and Q&A at Niche Wine and Art Bar featuring some of the writers and artists featured in The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images, an exhibit curated by Printed Matter Vancouver founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna to commemorate National Poetry Month. Confirmed to be in attendance as of this writing: Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Jenney Pauer, Toni Partington, and Michele Venclik.

Saturday night’s event will be dedicated to our friend Greg Bee, who assists Leah Jackson in numerous ways, has work in the show, and is currently in the ICU. Because flowers are not allowed in the ICU, Leah has set up a station where people can create flowers to be taken to Greg. This will be available until closing time on Saturday. Here is more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/182822975204920/

Many creative people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to present the unique impact of language and image when melded together in visual art. This will take the form of photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work will be inspired by poetry, while other pieces will be visual art that includes text. The show will also include poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors will be utilizing both language and visual art. The majority of the artists live in Vancouver; however, we will also feature work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR. 

The artists and writers who are featured in this show include: Anni Becker, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, April Bullard, DaBat, Erin Dengerink, Eileen Davis Elliott, Jeremy Gaulke, Leah Jackson, Kelly Keigwin, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Michael Smith, Michele Venclik, and Jolyn Wolfe.

Christopher at Niche April 27 2013Christopher Luna reads at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

 DaBat at Niche April 27 2013 1  DaBat reads his poetry at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

DaBat at Niche April 27 2013 2DaBat reads his poetry at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 1Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 2Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 3Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Toni at Niche April 27 2013 1Toni Partington reads her poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Toni aty Niche April 27 2013 2Toni Partington reads her poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

We are also very grateful to Jenney Pauer for reading from her work that evening, and to Leah Jackson, Erin Dengerink, and Michele Venclik for attending the reading. Finally, Toni and Christopher would like to say a big thank you to Leah Jackson for her leadership, and for all that she does for the arts in Vancouver. Thank you for trusting us to curate a show at your gallery, and for supporting our work.

Leah Heidi and Erin at Niche April 27 2013Artist, Angst Gallery Director, and Niche Proprietor Leah Jackson with artists Heidi Morkert and Erin Dengerink

at Niche April 27, 2013

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Celebrates National Poetry Month with Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie April 11 and 13

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
Thursday April 11
7pm
Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd.,
Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA

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LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,
and uncensored since 2004

With our featured readers Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie:

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Kelly Keigwin is a professional artist and educator who lives in Vancouver, WA. She works in photography, mixed media collage, and ceramics. Her work draws inspiration from social observation and the human condition. Keigwin has been published in Juxtapoz magazine and is represented in private collections in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. She is exhibited nationally and holds a B.A. from Washington State University. Keigwin is a blogger for PQ Monthly, the co-chair of Equality SW Washington’s Queer Art Project, and co-founder of Love is a Radical Act, an interactive art project. She also created Fear is a 4-Letter Word, an on-going blog/zine project that offers support and positive reinforcement in what can be a negative and lonely world.

From “I’m Still Here” (Fear is a 4-Letter Word #1)
By Kelly Keigwin

“Being “normal” is a myth. It doesn’t exist. There are people out there who will try with every ounce of their being to convince you that normal is good and just and what you should strive to be. “Fit in, don’t stand out! Conform and we will accept you as one of us! Don’t be one of ‘them’, they’re disgusting. We are beautiful, popular, wanted, loved, acceptable.” That is a lie. Everyone has something that makes them different, unique and beautiful, whether it’s on the outside or inside. Even if people choose to ignore it, cover it up or bury it down deep inside because they want to fit in, it’s there. If you take the time to step back and observe people you will see everyone wants to be liked, everyone wants to feel loved. We all try to work around the things that we think others might not like about us, so we can be accepted. I have spent most of my life trying to be what I thought would make me socially acceptable. I see that now. And to be honest, the more I look, the more I do not want to have anything to do with that lie and the people who perpetuate it. It took me stepping back and realizing that I only have one life to live and that I actually like myself as I am to find people who genuinely like me for me.”

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Sam MacKenzie is an artist, educator, farmer, zinester, and Vancouver native. She bought her first zine in high school but never even got to read it. She is now an avid proponent of zines and zine culture and has been part of the Portland Zine Symposium for the past seven years. Sam has written six issues of chickeney, a zine about the more rural and domestic aspects of her life (http://chickeney.etsy.com/), and chronic: a story about chronic illness, a perzine about her sleep disorder. She is also in the process of writing another perzine about depression and abuse and would also like to write a zine about her multiple stints on jury duty. Although she still finds it hard to identify as a writer, Sam is proud to have her zines represented by Sweet Candy Distro, Once Upon a Distro, and the Multnomah County Library System.

From “i’m tired of sharing” (chickeney #5)
by Sam Mackenzie

“yes, obviously what we do by farming can be considered unnatural and imposing on nature. no person can leave zero impact. but, as things go, we are pretty kind to the earth.

and i’m tired of it.

my breaking point was the figs. it’s been a few years…several years…since we planted two little fig trees. i know someone with such a gigantic fig tree that she sells extras by the box load. they are gloriously delicious. i want my fig trees to be that big and bountiful someday.”

Two Free Workshops
Saturday, April 13

“The Work” with Christopher Luna at noon
And a zine workshop with Kelly Keigwin and Sam Mackenzie at two

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Christopher Luna’s monthly poetry workshop, which usually takes place at Niche Wine and Art Bar, will take place at Cover to Cover Books on Saturday, April 13 so that he can properly introduce Kelly and Sam, who will lead a workshop on writing and publishing zines. Luna likes to play spoken word recordings, read poetry, discuss the poet’s role in the community, and lead the group in four to five writing prompts.

Kelly and Sam will share their experience regarding the production and distribution of zines at 2pm.