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

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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

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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).

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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

Visions & Voices/ Double Vision: Collaborative Exhibits Featuring Poems by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

We were out of town but have finally had a chance to see Christopher’s work in Voices & Visions, the art and poetry collaboration sponsored by the Vancouver Community Library.

Christopher sent “Allow Me My Unassailable Sincerity” to the program for an artists to render and received the image “Ocean,” to which he wrote a poem of the same title.

Visions & Voices- A Community Art Experience
Vancouver Community Library
901 C St
Vancouver, WA 98660

Contact Person: VA Art Team
Email Address: vaartteam@fvrl.org

The Vancouver Community Library is proud to present “Visions & Voices,” a creative art exchange where community members were invited to offer a visual art piece or a written piece. They were then anonymously paired to respond to each other’s work. The original visual art and written pieces are displayed alongside the response pieces, resulting in a truly unique, interdisciplinary exhibition of work.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Columbia Room in the downtown library during the First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit will be on display in the Columbia Room through April 30, and may be viewed by the public whenever the room is not booked for private use.

Both Toni and Christopher participated in double Visions, a collaboration between Gallery One in Ellensburg and in Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts in Portland which will be on display throughout April for National Poetry Month. The opening reception for this show also served as the opening for the annual Inland Poetry Prowl.

Double Vision: An Exhibition of Image & Word, featuring photographs curated by Zemie Barr from Portland’s Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts, paired with poems from Inland Poetry poets. Gallery One, 408 N Pearl.

The following information about the show is taken from the Gallery One website:

Double Vision

April 5-27, 2019

curated by Zemie Barr, Blue Sky Gallery
in collaboration with Inland Poetry Prowl

Visual Artists: Susan Bein, Lucas DeShazer, Randi Ganulin, Laura Kurtenbach, Jennifer Zwick

Poets: Kristen Berger, Chris Buckley, Meredith Clark, Mary Crane, C.G. Dahlin, Lynne Ellis, Nancy Flynn, Sierra Golden, Christine Kendall, Larry Kerschner, Laura LeHew, Christopher Luna, Claudia Castro Luna, Tanya McDonald, Travis Naught, Melanie Noel, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Kate Peterson, Rena Priest, Benjamin Schmitt, Carey Taylor, Armin Tolentino, Gyorgi Voros, Taylor Waring, Michael Welch

Opening Reception: April 5, 5-8pm

Exhibit Sponsors:
Dick & Jane’s Spot
CWU, Office of the Provost

Double Vision is a selection of photographs by five artists from Blue Sky’s 2018 Pacific Northwest Drawers, an annual juried exhibition featuring portfolios by over forty photographers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The work on view by these five selected artists brings aesthetic play to the forefront, yet as the title indicates, each artist is presenting two distinct visions–aesthetic,and conceptual–in their photographs that push and pull at each other to reveal more serious underlying themes that range from the personal to the universal, along with social commentary and astute reflections upon the unique mechanics of communicating through photography.

In her series Head Shots, Susan Bein embraces the fact that she is bald, and uses the dome of her head as a stage for her whimsical still lifes. Her playful, often humorous, compositions underscore the artist’s comfort within her own skin as she flaunts conventional expectations of what a woman’s body “should” look like. Laura Kurtenbach is also concerned with visual representations of women in her series, Femme Noir. To disrupt and draw attention to the objectification and and narratives of victimization in popular media, she places found images and objects in new photographed compositions. Although aesthetically playful, Kurtenbach’s use of light and shadow is reminiscent of the darker undertones found in vintage film noir. Randi Ganulin similarly reflects upon the power of mass media in Paired Disasters. Her compositions combine photographs of clippings from the Los Angeles Times with scenes from her everyday life. In this way, Ganulin highlights visual patterns that link the microcosm with the macrocosm, illustrating the intrinsic link between public and private life, yet the visual tension still present mirrors the perceived, albeit tenuous, separation between the individual and the collective.

This visual tension and disconnect is also evident in Lucas DeShazer’s photographs of murals that depict the settling of the American West. Many of these public artworks paint a celebratory picture of the past that leaves out the genocide of indigenous peoples and the devastation of natural resources and animal habitats that occurred in the process. DeShazer uses his camera to draw attention to this flattening of history, yet it is fascinating that he uses photography to do so, as the camera literally flattens our three-dimensional reality into two dimensions. Jennifer Zwick experiments with this characteristic of the medium in her images from the series An Exercise in Formal Composition. Using a slightly off-balance right triangle rendered in a variety of materials, she intervenes in otherwise straightforward compositions to expose the artist’s hand in the construction of a photograph.

When viewing photographs, we often suspend disbelief, immersing ourselves in the scene or narrative presented to us while ignoring the two-dimensionality of the photograph or the subjectivity of the person behind the camera. Zwick, as well as the four other artists featured in Double Vision, encourage this consideration of how their photographs are made and how materials and process inform meaning, allowing for engagement with their work on multiple levels.

Inland Poetry Prowl, now in its 4th year, is a weekend-long poetry event hosted by various venues within easy walking distance, in the heart of historic downtown Ellensburg, WA. Celebrating Sylvia Plath, this event offers featured guest readers, craft talks, open mics, live radio broadcast, book fair, and film screening. Gallery One will be a venue for the event on Saturday, April 6.

 

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna at a special time and location Thursday, April 11, 2019

Printed Matter Vancouver, Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan,
Clark County Arts Commission, and ArtsWA Present

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver
6:30-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Open mic sign up begins at 6:00 and closes at 6:30
FREE

Columbia Room
Vancouver Community Library
901 C Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Claudia Castro Luna will be signing books at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street (nichewinebar.com) from 5-6 pm. Spend happy hour with the Poet Laureate. There will also be an after party at Niche Wine Bar at 8:30 pm.

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Biographical information from ArtsWA and Claudia Castro Luna’s website: Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated and Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) also shortlisted for WA State 2018 Book Award in poetry and This City, (Floating Bridge Press). She is also the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid, an online interactive map of showcasing poems about different locations around the city. The grid even landed her an interview on PBS NewsHour.

Castro Luna is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of individual artist grants from King County 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo and Psychological Perspectives among others. Her non-fiction work can be read in several anthologies, among them This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, (Seal Press) Claudia is currently working on a memoir, Like Water to Drink, about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador. Living in English and Spanish, she writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children. Since 2009, Claudia maintains Cipota bajo la Luna, a blog with reflections, writing and reviews.

Claudia Castro Luna was appointed the fifth Washington State Poet Laureate by Governor Jay Inslee. Castro Luna’s term will run from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. Prior to Castro Luna, Tod Marshall (2016-2018), Elizabeth Austen (2014-2016), Kathleen Flenniken (2012-2014), and Sam Green (2007-2009) held the position.

The Washington State Poet Laureate program is jointly sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA). Poets laureate work to build awareness and appreciation of poetry-including the state’s legacy of poetry-through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities throughout the state. Laureates are selected through an application and panel review process that evaluates candidates’ proposed project plans, writing acumen, and experience promoting poetry.

ABOUT CLARK COUNTY POET LAUREATE GWENDOLYN MORGAN

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.

ABOUT GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Christopher Luna founded Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in 2004; Toni Lumbrazo Luna, his wife and co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, joined him as organizer and co-host in 2007. Printed Matter Vancouver is an editing and writing coaching service for Northwest writers which also publishes books of poetry by Clark County authors. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic began in November 2004 at Ice Cream Renaissance before moving to Cover to Cover Books and finally, Angst Gallery. It has been LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages, uncensored, and free since its inception. Christopher’s many years of service to the poetry community led the Clark County Arts Commission to name him the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, a position he held from 2013-2017.

Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, & Claudia F. Savage read at Another Read Through April 25, 2019

Poetry Reading with
Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, & Claudia F. Savage

7-8 pm
Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Another Read Through
3932 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227

Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Vancouver, WA reading series Luna founded in 2004. Luna and Partington are also the co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press and editing/coaching service serving Northwest writers. Printed Matter Vancouver has published two anthologies from the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic as well as debut books of poetry by Clark County, WA poets Tiffany Burba, Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, and Jenney Pauer.

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Toni Lumbrazo Luna is the author of Wind Wing and the chapbook Jesus is a Gas.

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

Christopher Luna is the author of Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018) and the chapbooks GHOST TOWN, USA and Brutal Glints of Moonlight.

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Claudia F. Saleeby Savage is part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and co-runs a parent-artist podcast of the same name. Her most recent book of poetry is Bruising Continents. Other recent work appears in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute Fellow, a progressive think tank. Her collaboration, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in 2020. She teaches privately and as a Writer in the Schools and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland.

 

Christopher Luna Reads with Jen Coleman & Jefferson Hansen at Passages Bookshop April 7, 2019

Jen Coleman, Jefferson Hansen & Christopher Luna
Sunday, April 7
7:00 p.m.

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Passages Bookshop
1223 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 388-7665
info@passagesbookshop.com

$5 suggested donation for the readers (no one turned away)

Jen Coleman is author of PSALMS FOR DOGS AND SORCERERS, from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier. Her second book, WE DENIZENS, was released from Furniture Press in 2016. Jen has been called “the heart’s bittersweet cartoonist” by poet Graham Foust, and “Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Bishop’s secret lovechild” by poet Richard Roundy. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York before moving to Portland, OR. She now lives in Portland, OR where she works for the Oregon Environmental Council.

Jefferson Hansen is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection 100 Hybrids (Post-Asemic Press). He has also authored Cruelty, a book of short stories, and and Beefheart saved Craig, a novel, both published by BlazeVox. He lives in Minneapolis.

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

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 and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. In 2019 Uttered Chaos Press in Eugene, OR will release a revised and expanded edition of Christopher’s Ghost Town, USA, a decade-long investigative poem about Vancouver, WA.

*****

“Write me a poem,”
says Mom,

“that
I would like.”

“About death.”

Jen Coleman

this poem is under surveillance

this poem will be “read”

by more algorithms than people

this poem was written

while Spotify “played”

Spotify has more data

on this poem than I do

can Spotify “interpret” this poem

this poem was published

in a different form on Facebook

this poem is part of my

Facebook security download

this poem was emailed to the

publisher of this Print on Demand book

yet this poem exists most securely

in the Cloud

Jefferson Hansen

Channel Z (circa 1989)

suddenly static in my own time in your own time beware a tear can
appear a rip a slash through the static in a moment and suddenly too
suddenly you are not wherever you are but then again and there may
be no reason why but there you are in the lavender shorts the garment
that stuck around not wanting to miss a moment of this crisis this chaos
this crisis of faith this fundamental fissure in the unseen scripture you
rarely regarded as worth your time that time static that age static in my
attic laughs in a darkened kitchen and you did not then and you do not
now believe do not believe do not believe in anything but love

Christopher Luna, from Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018)

Also on view during the reading:

COLLAGES by KEITH WALDROP
March 26 – May 4

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00–9:00 pm

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Collage by Keith Waldrop

Seventy-two exquisite & vivid minuscule works by the acclaimed poet, translator, and copublisher of Burning Deck Press.

In a “Statement on Collage” from 1994, Keith Waldrop distinguishes two primary directions, typified by Max Ernst and Kurt Schwitters. Waldrop tends generally toward the latter’s approach, in which “the debris that [Schwitters] has assembled fills the frame — there is no additional space, no container.”

For Keith, collage is “a way to explore, not necessarily the thing that I am tearing up, but the thing that I am contriving to build out of torn pieces.”

For a related exhibition and reading hosted by Wave Books and the Pacific NW College of Art in association with AWP, see the FB page Burning Deck Exhibit and Tribute to the Waldrops.

Painter/Poet Scott Carstensen Honors Christopher Luna, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, Angst Gallery and the Vancouver Arts District at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Nastashia Minto March 14, 2019

Ghost Town Angst Luna Tribute Painting by Scotty Carstensen
Painting by Scott Carstensen

We were very honored to receive this tribute painting from our dear friend and Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic regular Scott Carstensen. Scott explained that he was inspired by “magic taken seriously,” a poem which appears in reading series founder Christopher Luna’s Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018). The painting features a few lines from the poem as well as meanings Scott found for “Luna.” It also pays tribute to Angst Gallery, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, co-host Toni Lumbrazo Luna, and the downtown Vancouver arts scene. Scott even threw in a nod to Christopher’s love for the Wu-Tang Clan.

Thank you, Scott.

Printed Matter Vancouver would also like to thank everyone who attended the event, those who shared their beautiful poems with us, and especially featured reader Nastashia Minto, who blew us away with her powerful set featuring poems from her brand new book, Naked: The Rhythm and Groove of It. The Depth and Length to It..

Please join us next month when our featured reader will be Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Please note special time and location.

 

Where to Find Message from the Vessel in a Dream in Portland and Southwest Washington

I am very grateful to the following businesses for carrying Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018):

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Another Read Through
3932 N Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Like Nobody's Business

Like Nobody’s Business
904 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97210

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Ghost Town Poetry Volumes One and Two, Edited by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna for Printed Matter Vancouver, and Christopher Luna’s Message from the Vessel in a Dream on display at Multnomah Arts Center

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

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Christopher Luna reads from Message from the Vessel in a Dream at Vintage Books on February 2, 2019

Vintage Books
6613 E Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Flowstone Press announces the release of Message from the Vessel in a Dream, the first full-length volume of poetry by Christopher Luna, Clark County, WA’s first poet laureate (2013-2017) and the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. The book contains work spanning 20 years, and favors prose poetry and collage poems assembled and arranged using found material. The book is dedicated to Carlos Santana, the guitar virtuoso and eponymous “vessel” who gifted Luna with the only line of poetry he has ever received from a dream.

Order Message from the Vessel in a Dream.

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

How many Christopher Lunas are there? The bard, the community dynamo, the scholar, the compassionate one, the jazz quartet, the father & lover, the world of a man: all and more are speaking in this book. So many perspectives to experience here, so much to learn about literature, attitude, action and beauty. The maestro of Ghost Town has created a bustling, radiant and necessary environment. — Dan Raphael

Christopher Luna served as Clark County, WA’s first Poet Laureate 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. He and Lumbrazo Luna co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular Vancouver, WA reading series he founded 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.

message from the vessel in a dream

completely still
seemingly emotion-
less yet blowing
notes to charm
succeeding ages
it matters little
whether one studies
flow or counterpoint
so long as eventually
the instrument is raised to the lips

you make your appearance
known through some creator
neither Duke nor Trane
ever revealed the source
a wisdom too precious
to put a name to
something not unlike the sound of the heart
beating in the chest of your firstborn

listen to the wind
as interpreted
remember how his hips’
involuntary Poughkeepsie shimmy
show’d you how it was done
never forget promises made
in the quiet of the early morning
priorities set straight
a brick wall stared down till dawn
experience cool breeze adrenaline release
and never forget you learned to listen
don’t forget to breathe