Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ghost Town Flyer September 8 2016


Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

 7 pm

Thursday, September 8

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

 Food and libation provided by

Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar:


Featuring Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger

 Tiffany Reads

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She began writing in 2009 as a way to process a very painful relationship. She found that writing was the one way to express all emotions and be completely vulnerable while healing the pain of heartbreak. She is a photographer who likes to capture sunsets, sunflowers, and the New York skyline. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one.

Meet Me Where I Left You, (Printed Matter Vancouver, August 2016) is her first full-length volume of poetry. Tiffany’s work has also appeared in Ghost Town Poetry, Volume Two (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014); in the windows of local businesses for Poetry in the Shops in Vancouver, WA; The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie? (The Poetry Box, 2016); and on C-Tran buses from January – June 2015 for Poetry Moves. Tiffany is a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner who believes in the body’s ability to heal itself. She loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with poets, musicians, and people who enjoy life.

 Lori at mic

Lori Loranger is a native Washingtonian who practices mediation, tai chi, permaculture and civil disobedience on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, where she’s lived for 35 years. Lori’s poetry appears in both Ghost Town Poetry anthologies (edited by Toni Lumbrazo Luna and Christopher Luna), Visions of Light by Raymond Klein, and The Poeming Pigeon.

me by Luna
Sketch of Lori Loranger by Christopher Luna

Life is Like a Butterfly by Lori Loranger

Life unfolds

like butterfly wings

opening, closing

with unseen impact

So delicate and beautiful

Birth and death in every moment

tenderly tasting what

sweetness can be found


than it appears

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Joyce Colson March 13

Cover to Cover Flyer March 13 2014


Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington


March 13, 2014

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B (St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA 98663

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

 Featuring Joyce Colson:

Joyce Colson

Joyce Fiona Colson was born in 1948 and has spent most of her life writing. She started writing at age 12 and hasn’t stopped since. She writes mostly poetry, short stories and satire, although she has also written non-fiction, four novels and one radio play. Joyce owns her own publishing company, Eclectic Publishing, and is otherwise semi-retired.

Joyce Colson’s poetry is featured in Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two, and anthology of poems from the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic published in January by Printed Matter Vancouver. Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two is available locally at Cover to Cover Books:

The book can also be ordered through CreateSpace ( and (

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.

Printed Matter Vancouver presents Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer

Printed Matter Vancouver editors Toni Partington and Christopher Luna are proud to announce the publication of Jenney Pauer’s first book of poetry, Serenity in the Brutal Garden. This book of finely crafted, poignant poetry packs the same emotional punch that Vancouver, WA has come to expect from her spoken word performances.  As Northwest spoken word legend Jack McCarthy comments, ” If George Eliot were alive today and writing poetry, she would sound a lot like Jenney Pauer. There is an unforced elegance in virtually every line she writes. My immediate response is to stand back and salute.”

Printed Matter Vancouver nominated Jenney Pauer’s poem “Relational Aggression,” which appears in the Ghost Town Poetry anthology (, for the 2012 Pushcart Prize.


with a book launch party for Jenney Pauer’s


Edited by Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

for Printed Matter Vancouver

Book cover photo: Anni Becker

Book cover design: Toni Partington

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
all ages and uncensored since 2004

7pm Thursday, April 12, 2012
and every second Thursday

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA

Jenney Pauer

Photo by Anna Shogren

Jenney Pauer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied theater and English literature. After serving four years in the United States Army as a Korean linguist, she obtained a Secondary English Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest with her dog and cat in 2008, she taught high school English along the border of Arizona and Mexico. Recently, Jenney co-wrote a short film, Nico’s Sampaguita, accepted into the 27th Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, and soon to be released by Sacred Fire Films in San Francisco, California. This is her first book.