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.

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“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.

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes for Spring 2015

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes for Spring 2015
Multnomah Arts Center, Clark College and Niche Wine and Art Bar

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Photo by Louise Wynn

Multnomah Arts Center, Portland

Poetry Collage
http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/2010/08/06/spring15catalog/

Spring 2015 Catalog, page 23

Poets and artists have always used allusion and reference to create something new. Explore strategies for assembling borrowed words and images into art and poetry. Create visual collages that incorporate text or poems that include visual aids. The first class we will discuss materials—newspapers, photos, found text, natural items—that you can bring in as well as some materials that you didn’t even know you could collage with. Scissors, glue, and collage paper will be provided.

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Mondays 1-2:30
April 13 to Monday May 18 (six weeks)

$84.00

Clark College
Community Education Classes

Poetry Matters
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/course/course.aspx?catId=24

This poetry workshop is for beginners and experienced writers who would like to generate new work and engage in discussions about the poet’s role in the community. You will read, listen to, and write poetry together in a safe environment focused on providing constructive feedback based on the poet’s needs rather than the listener’s personal taste. Class will also discuss how to construct a manuscript and get it ready for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper & pen or laptop. Age 16+.

Class Information
Item Number: R038
Date: 04/06 – 06/15 Mondays
No class 5/25.
Location: Scarpelli Hall SHL 103
Time: 06:00pm – 08:30pm
Fee: $139.00

The Art of Memoir
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/course/course.aspx?C=3601&pc=1&mc=24&sc=0

Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Documenting this process can be a wonderful gift for your family and friends. Memoir is also 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. Whether you are interested in publishing a book or simply leaving a legacy for your family, this course is an opportunity to explore the creative process of this genre while learning the craft of storytelling. Includes writing exercises, examples of published memoirs, and class discussion. Designed for writers both beginner and those who possess more experience. Includes exercises and class discussion.

Class Information
Item Number: R043
Date: Wednesdays 04/08 – 06/10
Location: Joan Stout Hall JSH 115
Time: 06:30pm – 08:30pm
Fee: $149.00

Mature Learning

Memoir Writing
http://ecd.clark.edu/course/class.php?ClassID=14605&CategoryID=122

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. This course, facilitated by the Poet Laureate of Clark County, will encourage you to begin to see yourself as a part of history. There is a value to documenting the story of your life.

Class Information
Item Number: 9408
Date: Thursdays 04/09 – 06/11
Location: CCE 208
Time: 01:00pm – 03:20pm
Fee: $101.00

Niche Wine and Art Bar
http://nichewinebar.com/

Join Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna for The Work, a monthly poetry workshop at Niche Wine & Art Bar. From noon until 3:00 on the second Saturday of every month, we will listen to spoken word recordings, read and discuss poetry, and write four or five new poems together. Niche is located at 1013 Main Street, right next door to the historic Kiggins Theatre, in downtown Vancouver’s Arts District. Cost: $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.