Christopher Luna and Toni Partington’s Honeymoon Reading Tour of California (August 26, 27, 30)

Toni hand on Chris bw by Colin

Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Photo by Colin Poellot

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA and co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, are celebrating their recent marriage with a honeymoon road trip and reading tour of California that will bring them to Monterey, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Christopher and Toni are very grateful to each of the event organizers for hosting them. They look forward to reading for old friends and making some new friends as they pass through. Each will have copies of their books and chapbooks for sale at the readings listed below.


Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Featuring Newlyweds
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
& Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington
On their Honeymoon Tour of California

7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 26
East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940

Hosted by Garland Thompson Jr.

East Village Coffee Lounge

Facebook Event Page for Monterey Reading

San Francisco

Bird and Beckett four shot

Two-Tone Poetry & Jazz

David Meltzer & Julie Rogers
with Zan Stewart on Saxophone
and Clark County, Washington Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
& Printed Matter Vancouver Publisher Toni Partington

CD’s & books will be available!

Thurs., August 27 2015
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

653 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA in the Glen Park area

Bird & Beckett Books and Records

Facebook Event Page for San Francisco Reading

MELTZER & ROGERS PR PHOTODavid Meltzer, celebrated SF Renaissance/Beat poet is a teacher & has published over forty books of poetry, fiction, and anthologies. This is his second poetry CD in 58 years. Meltzerville

Julie Rogers, northwest poet, is a writing coach & has published several chapbooks, a hospice manual & a selected, ‘House of the Unexpected’. This is her first poetry CD. Julie Rogers

Zan Stewart, tenor saxophonist & teacher, won the celebrated ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award. His band’s debut CD, ‘The Street Is Making Music’, is on Mobo Dog Records. Zan Stewart

Christopher Luna by Julian Nelson 2 November 2013

Christopher Luna is Clark County’s Poet Laureate, a teacher, co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, and co-hosts Vancouver’s Ghost Town Poetry series. Poetry: Christopher Luna in Ghost Town, USA


Toni Partington is co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, co-host of Ghost Town Poetry, and is an author, editor, writing coach, and artist.


California poets Neeli Cherkovski and Richard Loranger
join Christopher Luna and Toni Partington for their Honeymoon Reading Tour

Neeli Cherkovski
Richard Loranger
Christopher Luna
Toni Partington
+ a brief open mic

Hosted by Richard Loranger

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA are celebrating their recent marriage with a honeymoon road trip and reading tour of California that will bring them to Berkeley, Monterey, and San Francisco.

The late spoken word legend Jack McCarthy called Ghost Town Poetry “the best open mic between Tacoma and Berkeley.”

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Art House Gallery
2905 Shattuck Ave.
(one block north of Ashby, and close to Ashby BART)
Berkeley, CA

signup 5 pm
start 5:15
$5-10 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
Neeli Cherkovski’s Facebook Page
Richard Loranger

Facebook Event Page for Berkeley Reading



Neeli Cherkovski has written biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bob Kaufman, and Charles Bukowski, with whom he co-edited the Los Angeles zine Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. Cherkovski produced the first San Francisco Poetry Festival, and in the early-1990s helped to found Café Arts Month, a yearly event celebrating San Francisco’s cafe culture. Cherkovski is the author of Whitman’s Wild Children, a collection of essays about twelve poets he has known: Michael McClure, Charles Bukowski, John Wieners, James Broughton, Philip Lamantia, Bob Kaufman, Allen Ginsberg, William Everson, Gregory Corso, Harold Norse, Jack Micheline, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Cherkovski was a writer-in-residence at the New College of California in San Francisco. He taught literature and philosophy there until the school closed in 2008. His body of poetry includes Animal, Elegy for Bob Kaufman and Leaning Against Time, for which he was awarded the 15th Annual PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2005. Cherkovski’s papers are housed at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Loranger and Christopher Luna by Jane Ormerod November 17 2012

Richard Loranger and Christopher Luna in November 2012

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in Out of Our #17, in the anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA), and in the online journals London Grip New Poetry ( and The Marsh Hawk Review ( You can find more about his work and scandals at

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers. Together Luna and Partington edited Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that 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 Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Take Out, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review. To learn more about Christopher Luna, please visit

Toni Partington lives and works as a poet, editor, publisher, visual artist, and writing coach in Vancouver, Washington. Toni has a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Humanities with a focus on literature and literary editing. She is the author of two books of poetry, Jesus Is A Gas (2009), and Wind Wing (2010). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including The Cascade Journal, VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4),, and Perceptions. She was Co-Editor for the 2011/2012 VoiceCatcher anthology of Pacific NW women writers. Toni is co-founder and editor of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing and small press imprint ( Toni co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, a popular poetry reading series in Vancouver, WA founded by her husband Christopher Luna.

David Meltzer and Julie Rogers visit Vancouver for an Evening of Poetry and a Talk based on Meltzer’s newly re-issued Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook April 23 and 25

David Meltzer and Julie Rogers visit Vancouver
for an Evening of Poetry and a Talk based on Meltzer’s newly re-issued Two Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook
April 23 and 25

Note: Printed Matter Vancouver is looking for sponsors for the events in Vancouver. If you would like to donate any amount to make this visit possible, please write a check payable to “Angst Gallery” with “Meltzer” on the Memo line, and send it to or deliver it to the gallery (address below).

The information for the events in Vancouver are followed by a short message from Julie and their full reading schedule for 2015. More info about David Meltzer and the forthcoming re-release of Two Way Mirror is also available here:

David Meltzer & Julie Rogers. Oakland 9/2014Julie Rogers and David Meltzer


A Couple of Poets
David Meltzer and Julie Rogers
Thursday, April 23
Angst Gallery
Vancouver, WA

A Couple of Poets, David Meltzer and Julie Rogers, have been performing their work together since 2010. Each will read solo and they’ll cap the evening with a back and forth poetry improv, referred to as “Fours” in the jazz world.

David Meltzer began his literary career during the Beat heyday and is considered a prominent figure in the San Francisco/Beat Renaissance. At the age of 20 he recorded his poetry with jazz in Los Angeles. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as “one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians.” He is the author of many volumes of poetry including Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957 – 1992, No Eyes: Lester Young, Beat Thing, and David’s Copy. He has also published fiction and essays including Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews such as The Secret Garden: An Anthology in the Kabbalah, Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz, and San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets. His most recent book of poetry, When I Was A Poet, is # 60 in the Pocket Poet’s Series published by City Lights. For decades, David Meltzer has read his work and taught at countless venues in the United States and Europe and he continues to give talks and readings in the SF Bay Area and elsewhere. In 2011 he and poet Julie Rogers married; they live in Oakland and now perform their work together. David was given the Bay Area Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and in 2012 was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. This year, City Lights reissued a special edition of Two-Way Mirror with an updated addendum. Diane di Prima, former SF Poet Laureate says of him, “David Meltzer is a hidden adept, one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.” See his website at

Julie Rogers entered the San Francisco poetry scene during the 1970’s. Her poems were first included in a San Francisco anthology in 1980, and she later published six chapbooks. She has read her work on public radio and television and at many venues in California and Oregon. Decades of involvement in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism have influenced her writings, and in 2007, Vimala published her Buddhist hospice manual, Instructions for the Transitional State, with which she will soon begin a training program. Her poetry has been featured in various journals and anthologies such as Beatitude – Golden Anniversary 1959 – 2009, Poetry Flash, Sparring with Beatnik Poets, Big Scream, The Cafe Review, World of Change, and others. In 2012, Wild Ocean Press published her first selected collection of poetry spanning thirty years of work, House Of The Unexpected. Omerta Publications released her chapbook Street Warp in 2013. Penguin/Random House is currently considering another book-length volume of her poetry. Julie teaches creative writing for kids and adults, and performs solo, and with her husband, David Meltzer. Beat poet Michael McClure has said of her work, “Few poems are written as close to the heart — no extra words, just soul meanings…” See her website at


Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and
Printed Matter Vancouver Present:

BASIC MYSTERIES – An Afternoon with David Meltzer
An educational talk designed for teachers, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in and enjoy reading, writing, and/or teaching poetry.

April 25, 2015
Angst Gallery
Cost: $20 Students & Seniors; $25 Teachers, $30 Adults

David Meltzer, Beat & SF Renaissance Poet, will offer a talk and open conversation with participants to explore some of the basic mysteries of poetry & poetics. Some material covered will come from his book, Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook (published by Berkeley’s Oyez Press in 1977, and reprinted in an amended edition by City Lights in March 2015).

Topics will range from:
1. poetry’s roots in oral culture, 2. the invention/mythologies of writing systems, 3. the book and the page, to 4. its present tense return to orality & the wired realms of reading/receiving texts.

Other material utilized will be from lectures given in the graduate Poetics Program at New College of California exploring divination, the prophetic, Kabbalah, & the possibility & impossibility of language.

This educational talk is designed for teachers, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in and enjoy reading, writing, and/or teaching poetry.

Meltzer’s book, Two-Way Mirror will be available for purchase by the participants.

“David Meltzer had set out, when he was very young, to write a long poem called The History of Everything, an ambition that his later poetry brought ever closer to fulfillment. Here, in Two Way Mirror, he shows us the underpinnings for such an enterprise: a brilliant & wise work as rich in insights & discoveries today as when it was first published in 1977. I know of no better amalgam of poetry & poetics & no better introduction to the ways in which poetry can emerge for us & lead us beyond ourselves & toward our own fulfillments. Meltzer’s grace of mind & the life of poetry that surrounds it make the case complete.” – Jerome Rothenberg, poet, translator and anthologist

David Meltzer’s Bio:

One of the key Beat poets of the San Francisco Renaissance period, David Meltzer came to prominence as the youngest poet to have his work included in the anthology, The New American Poetry 1945 – 1960, edited By Donald Allen. He is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and prose including Arrows, No Eyes: Lester Young, Beat Thing, and David’s Copy. He has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews such as Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz, The Secret Garden-An Anthology in the Kabbalah, Birth, Death, and San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets.

He also edited and published Tree Magazine and Tree Books. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as “one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets.” A recent book, When I Was A Poet, is # 60 in the Pocket Poets Series published by legendary City Lights of San Francisco City, who this year reissued his book, Two-Way Mirror. In 2011 Meltzer was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. David Meltzer taught at SF State, The Urban School of San Francisco, Vacaville Correctional Facility and in the Humanities and graduate Poetics programs at New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years. He is known for his inspiring and witty teaching style. Visit his website:

David Meltzer by JR '14

Here is a recent message from Julie Rogers, followed by their full schedule of events:

MELTZER & ROGERS’ UPDATE & SCHEDULE 2015 winter/spring and onward!

Hello and Happy 2015! Hope it’s going well so far… we’re happy to say that David is feeling good after last year’s health storm AND today’s post-op ultra sound was normal! We’re so happy and relieved! David says he’s ready to get out there, so here’s our current schedule – check back for updates… We hope to see you down the line!

David’s upcoming hit, ‘Two-Way Mirror-A Poetry Notebook’, will be released by City Lights in just a few weeks. Now almost forty years after its first issue, he’s added an addendum and has taken what was already an inspiring, one-of-a-kind poetry guidebook and sent it into a new realm. His book release at City Lights is April 8. Hope you can make it!

As well, our CD, Two Tone Poetry & Jazz, a playful swingin’ improv of our poems with sounds by saxophonist Zan Stewart, should be coming right up… recorded right in our living room by Pureland Audio.

To check us out, our websites are &

Take care, be well, and enjoy! Julie and David

Meltzer and Rogers 2015 Reading Tour Schedule
Sat., Feb. 28 – Time TBA
Readings by Beat poet David Meltzer & Julie Rogers
highlighting the Wallace Berman exhibit
at Jack Tilton Gallery
8 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021
(212) 737-2221

Wed. April 8 – 7 p.m.
City Lights Presents the book launch of
David Meltzer’s ‘TWO-WAY MIRROR–A Poetry Notebook’
at City Lights Bookstore – Free Admission
261 Columbus Ave. (at Broadway)
North Beach, San Francisco
A book signing by the author will follow.
For more about the book:

Columbia Writer's Series David Meltzer and 
Michael Rothenberg

Michael Rothenberg, David Meltzer, and Christopher Luna at Clark College in 2009


“A Couple of Poets”
David Meltzer and Julie Rogers

Thursday, April 23
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA

“Basic Mysteries—An Afternoon with David Meltzer”
An educational talk for teachers, students, and enthusiasts who are interested in and enjoy reading, writing, and/or teaching poetry

Saturday, April 25
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA


“A Couple of Poets”
David Meltzer and Julie Rogers
7 pm
Wednesday, April 29
Bloomsbury Books
290 East Main St.
Ashland, OR

“Two-Way Mirror with David Meltzer”
1:30 – 4:30
Saturday, May 2nd
Ashland Library
Guanajuato Room (lower level room #007)
410 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 774-6980

$40 for adults / $30 for seniors & students.

Columbia Writer's Series David Meltzer and 
Michael Rothenberg

Michael Rothenberg, Jim Finley, David Meltzer, and Christopher Luna

at Clark College in Vancouver, WA in 2009

Thurs., July 2, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series
David Meltzer & Sharon Doubiago
Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason
Building C
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 94123

Thurs., July 16, 2015 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Readers Poetry Series
Julie Rogers & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux
Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason
Building C
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 94123

Kevin Killian’s five-star review of Ghost Town Poetry

Printed Matter Vancouver is very grateful to Kevin Killian for this five-star review of our Ghost Town Poetry anthology:

Poetic Cries from the Other Vancouver

August 30, 2012

By Kevin Killian

Ghost Town Poetry: Cover To Cover Books 2004-2010: An Anthology of Poems from the Ghost Town Open Mic Series (Paperback)

Everything’s up to date in Vancouver (Washington) and this anthology of poetry is made up of poetry read in the town’s hippest reading series from 2004 through 2010. I’m happy to say the series is still going, attracting poets from every part of the Northwest and beyond.

The reading series curators, Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, have made a bargain with the public, and one of their tenets is to let nothing second rate appear in their book. Thus we get the best work from each poet, even the ones famous on a national level, like Michael Rothenberg or David Meltzer (Meltzer, after all, was one of the original New American Poets anointed by Donald M Allen in an influential 1960 anthology, so he knows first hand how a good anthology can change a person’s life). I was awed to think that a single book could give me an in-the-round picture of a single American city, like the old modernist classics such as Spoon River Anthology, but here it goes again. Rob Gourley’s “US 250” describes, in broken, dynamic rhythms, a favorite “cruise,” in which, through the magic of memory, once again “we jump across the creek/ to reach the pumphouse and roam the slanting cowpaths.”

Another Vancouverite, Bernadette Barrio opens up the world of children inching closer to adulthood and the pains of the mother as she prides themselves on their growth, while at risk of losing “that child-like charm they possess.” Reading lines like this make me wonder if sometimes I overthink things and in doing so, I miss out on some of the more poignant experiences of life. “I am a rich man, and I am surrounded by beauty,” writes co-editor Luna in a stirring preface. Other Vancouverites include Rainy Knight, who speaks of the long ago decade in which Elvis Presley visited Washington State, and she met and dated him, and another fine writer, Christi Krug, who recalls dealing with an infirm mother and coping with dementia. “Now I make beds for Mother’s words/ Pulling sterile folds tight/ Smoothing edges around her complexes/ Snug and out of harm’s way.”

The mind of the poet is frequently topsy-turvy, perhaps that is why we turn to poetry in times of economic and cultural challenge, such as today. Luna and Partington have done a sterling job gathering together the best work of many poets I’ve never heard of and sending their wisdom all across the world like a “coastal spirit courier, a rain-free olive branch.”

Kevin Killian lives in San Francisco where he is celebrating Kylie Minogue’s 25th anniversary in show business in his own way.  He has a new novel Spreadeagle (Publication Studio, and a new artist book with NYC-based sculptor Ugo Rondinone.  Next up, Tagged, a collection of Killian’s intimate photographs of poets, artists, musicians and filmmakers naked, or near enough. Previous publications include Impossible Princess, Little Men, and The Argento Series. He is also the co-author (with Lewis Ellingham) of Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance and the co-editor (with Peter Gizzi) of My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer.

Toni Partington’s Wind Wing is now available as an eBook

Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington’s Wind Wing, which is one of the bestselling books by a Vancouver, WA poet,  is now available as an eBook on Lulu ( and Barnes and Noble ( You can also order a copy of the book from Cover to Cover Books ( or St. Johns Booksellers (

Here is what some of Toni’s fellow poets had to say about the book:

Poetry Lovers Rejoice! Lyricism is reborn in Wind Wing. A true daughter of Sappho rises in our midst, and her name is Toni Partington. Whether in deeply confessional poems, such as the title poem, written for her mother, or sororal anthems such as “Mermaids,” or pungent observations on the general culture such as “Fat Straws,” Partington has created a women’s poetry for all people. I can think of no more apt acclaim than that which Edmund Wilson once rendered onto Edna St. Vincent Millay: “In giving supreme expression to profoundly felt personal experience, she was able to identify herself with more general experience and stand forth as a spokesman for the human spirit.” David Madgalene, Windsor, CA

“Have you ever considered trading your life for that of a crow’s? Toni Partington has in her poem, “It Matters To Notice These Things,”just one of many highly imaginative and often brutally honest looks into the lives of women who have stared into the face of mental illness and other traumas. Ms. Partington will take you on a ride in an Impala, telling you what it’s really like ricocheting between two worlds with the wind-wing open. Her poems refuse to hide behind shame, embarrassment, or judgments. You will know by the end of this book that “silence is the great intoxicant / seduces you while it burns / a gaping hole in your throat.” Her book is a lesson about “boxes within boxes,” and will leave you with the knowledge that “cardboard castles / can’t survive in the rain.” In valiantly opening the Wind Wing, she gives us all the courage to conquer our greatest fears.” M, Portland, Oregon

“Toni Partington’s Wind Wing is a deeply moving & compassionately observed collection of poems. Its lucid voice is deeply resonant & ultimately heartwarming.” David Meltzer, San Francisco, CA

“Toni Partington shows us the underbelly of women in the midst of challenges incomprehensible to some: mental illness, domestic violence, mothering broken children. Dignity, understanding and courage abound in this volume of tough yet lyrical poems.” Eileen Elliott, Vancouver, WA

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

At Frenchman’s Bar

by Toni Partington

 Egrets assemble

levitate in slow motion


above the Columbia’s glass top

framed by fifty-foot twigs

upright to the sky


in silhouette


parked barges resemble a life

stopped abruptly 

await permission to dock

unload the steerage of this long journey


when will it be time for you

to sail toward unknown ports

where women gather in flocks

lean into each other and

beckon you to land