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.

 

Book Launch Celebration for Matthew Eiford-Schroeder’s Consistently East at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic August 9, 2018

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

Featuring Matthew Eiford-Schroeder

Poet and author of Consistently East, the new book by Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, August 9

Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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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

Join us as we celebrate the release of the latest book from Printed Matter Vancouver, poet Matthew Eiford-Schroder’s debut Consistently East.

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“What is adventure in the time of Google Maps? If hardship is what separates an adventure from a vacation, how does one reconcile the ease of travel with the challenges one faces?” Matthew Eiford-Schroeder wrote the poems in Consistently East as he emerged from the fog of a brain injury he suffered as a result of a violent attack. Join the poet on his global travels from Brooklyn, New York to London, across Mongolia via a charity rally, then on to Seoul, Korea. After returning to the West Coast of the United States to visit his family, Matthew worked the oil fields of North Dakota before finally returning to Brooklyn, where he was assaulted. “I wrote these poems when the world stopped shaking enough for me to collect and organize words again. I had to rebuild myself, take an inventory of memories, then create. To begin to live in a world that had changed in a self that was no longer the same, but both not completely severed from the trauma and beauty of the past.”

Advance praise for Consistently East

“Traveling roads in between two stages of apocalypse, here is a friend’s diary written on a hostel wall. Through poetry, we relax into the same curiosity and fear of the wanderer, his flashbacks becoming ours. Love, insight, and invitation command this collection. And the revelation that our memoir is safest in the hands of a madman.”

– Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven is All Goodbyes (City Lights), winner of the 2018 California Book Award for Poetry.

About the Author

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Matthew Eiford-Schroeder was raised in Camas, Washington, where he spent a sizable portion of his time working and playing on his grandparents’ cattle farm. He moved around America, working retail and lifting heavy things, before eventually landing in New York, where he snuck into an art school and became a bouncer.  He currently lives in Bellingham, where he is studying political science at Western Washington University.

About Printed Matter Vancouver

Printed Matter Vancouver is a small press and editing service for Northwest writers co-founded by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna. Consistently East is our fifth publication, following two anthologies of poetry from the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic reading series (est. 2004) and debut volumes of poetry by Vancouver, WA poets Jenney Pauer (Serenity in the Brutal Garden, 2012) and Tiffany Burba (Meet Me Where I Left You, 2016).

We love to work with writers to develop their skills, bring an idea to a reality, provide writing, editing, and coaching services, assist with a book concept, prepare for a book launch or a featured reading, or provide a critique of a manuscript. We work on small and large projects: from broadsides and chapbooks, to collections and anthologies. We work with writers in several genre areas: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, news and public interest articles, and literary reviews. We assist writers with content, format, arrangement, and promotional strategies.

Our fees are reasonable and our initial consultation is offered at no charge. We are formally trained and have been published broadly. Let us help you launch yourself and make your writing goals a reality. For more information visit our website at printedmattervancouver.com or contact printedmattervancouver@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Gwendolyn Morgan and the Book Release Party for Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA February 13, 2014

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

 

7pm

February 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

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Gwendolyn MorganPhoto by Kim Salgado

Winner of the 2013 Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Gwendolyn Morgan’s first collection, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea ($14), offers richly textured poetic renderings of natural landscapes and emotional nuances in response to those landscapes. She weaves concerns for global warming, social inequities, and health care together with images of birds, plants, animals, breath, evoking our interconnectedness with all sentient beings and the spiritual universe. There is in these poems a deep sense of care for and rootedness in the natural world. Gwendolyn Morgan learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paint brushes and boxes from her grandmothers. With a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, she has been a recipient of writing residencies at Artsmith, Caldera and Soapstone. Morgan’s poems appear in Calyx, Dakotah, Kalliope, Kinesis, Manzanita Quarterly, Mudfish, Tributaries: a Journal of Nature Writing, VoiceCatcher, Written River among other anthologies and literary journals. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries and is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She serves as the manager of interfaith Spiritual Care at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Gwendolyn and Judy A. Rose, her partner, share their home with Abbey Skye, a rescued Pembroke Corgi. Judy, who is a musician, will be offering Native American flute during the reading. For more information: http://hiraethpress.com/crow-feathers-red-ochre-green-tea-now-available/

 

Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two commemorates ten years of open mic poetry in Vancouver, WA. Christopher Luna founded the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic reading series at Ice Cream Renaissance in November 2004. In 2007 the series moved to Cover to Cover Books, and Toni Partington joined Luna as a co-host. In 2011 Luna and Partington co-founded Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press which previously published Ghost Town Poetry, which includes poets from the first six years of the series, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. Like its namesake, Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two is “all ages and uncensored.” The anthology includes poems from the following local and national authors, each of whom has read at the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic: Judith Arcana, Elizabeth Archers, Lana Ayers, Melinda Bell, Kristin Berger, April Bullard, Tiffany Burba-Schramm, Sheryl Clough, Ed Coletti, Joyce Colson, Brittney Corrigan, Michael Daley, Eileen Davis Elliott, Kathleen Flenniken, Daniel Gilchrist, Rob Gourley, Johnna Gurgel, Miles Hewitt, David Hill, Rainy Knight, Christi Krug, Jake Loranger, Lori Loranger, Zoe Loranger, Jack Lorts, Peter Ludwin, Christopher Luna, M, David Madgalene, Dryas Martin, Jim Martin, Doug Marx, David Matthews, Dennis McBride, Jack McCarthy, Mike G, A. Molotkov, Russell Monroe, Angeline Nguyen, Maggie O’Mara, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Sidra Grace Quinn, Dan Raphael, Carlos Reyes, Kristin Roedell, Michael Rothenberg, Ralph Salisbury, Katharine Salzmann, Raul Sanchez, Mary Slocum, Gerald Donnelly Smith, Leah Stenson, Meredith Stewart, George Thomas, Nathan Tompkins, Grace Valentine, Ric Vrana, Julene Weaver, Ingrid Wendt, Steve Williams, John Sibley Williams, Sally Wong, Carolyne Wright, and Louise Wynn.  

CELEBRATE SIX YEARS OF GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC AT COVER TO COVER BOOKS with Miles of Pies author Eileen Elliott and songwriter Matt Meighan

Cover to cover flyer January 2013

Printed Matter Vancouver would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making 2012 another great year for poetry in the ‘Couve: The Catalyst, Everybody’s Music, Leah Jackson (Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar), Mint Tea, Moe’s, One World Merchants, Pop Culture, and Urban Eccentric.

We would also like to thank the featured readers and musicians who shared their work with our community in 2012: Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Bret Jorgensen, Lincoln’s Beard, John Sibley Williams, John Burgess, Raul Sanchez, Jenney Pauer, David Matthews, Leah Stenson, Patrick Bocarde, Melissa Sillitoe, A. Molotkov, Ragon Linde, Julene Tripp Weaver, Kristin Roedell, Traci Schatz, Ric Vrana, Jane Ormerod of great weather for MEDIA, Gina Williams, Dan Raphael, Richard Loranger, and Mary Slocum.

In addition, we owe a debt of gratitude to the many poets who have moved and entertained us at the open mic—without your continued participation and support, we would have nothing to celebrate.

Finally, our thanks to Mel Sanders for staying open late once a month and for her undying commitment to local writers.

Bios:

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Eileen Davis Elliott works as a poet and visual artist after retiring from a career in mental health and education. She has consistently focused on themes of struggle and redemption of the human spirit in whatever state it finds itself; trying to find personal meaning or while interacting with other souls. She has two books of poetry: Prodigal Cowgirl and the newly released Miles of Pies. Her most current writings have focused on how autism affects families. She is also doing a series of prose poems about life in Mexico, for a chapbook with the draft title Pobrecitos. Her art quilts tell stories about the people who receive them and she hopes they give warmth and comfort. She also likes to feed people and have long, lingering conversations while the dirty dishes wait for later.

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“Though the way ahead never did get clear, I guess we made it after all” sings Portland songwriter Matt Meighan, and the experience of miles traveled is easy to hear in his music. Drawing on his years as an activist, journalist, parent and poet, Matt writes tradition-steeped, thought-provoking songs that are at turns personal, political, poignant and funny, infused with a philosophical bent and an audible love of language.

A song collector as well as writer, Matt mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters as well as older songs from the folk and blues traditions. His commitments to good writing and “truth-telling” are clear in the songs he chooses and the songs he writes, many of which are performed by other songwriters. He is currently recording his second CD, Long Way ‘Round.

Matt’s engaging, relaxed performance style and fingerstyle acoustic guitar make him an ideal performer for house concerts and similar listening venues. He also performs as a duo, with Sherry Pendarvis on upright bass, and adds a fiddle or mandolin player to perform as a trio.

After earning an MFA in poetry at the Jack Keruoac school of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University) in Boulder, Colorado, Matt turned his hand to songwriting and became a signifcant part of the Boulder acoustic music scene, organizing monthly songwriter gatherings and hosting numerous songwriter showcases. In 2003 moved to Portland, where he performs regularly, teaches a popular “Songwriting as Truth Telling” class, and hosts the weekly Songwriter Roundup show at Artichoke Music.

Matt began playing songs while still in high school in Chicago in the 1960s. His musical education began at the Old Town School of Folk Music and haunting the blues and jazz clubs of 1960s Chicago. He has since traveled the world with his music, performing in venues and on street corners across the U.S., Australia and Italy, and has regularly brought his songs to the pubs of Ireland over the last 20 years. He and his wife Nancy met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville Texas, which they attend every year. Since moving to Portland Matt has become both a popular performer and an ardent supporter of the Portland-area acoustic music community.

Printed Matter Vancouver Nominates Jenney Pauer for the 2012 Pushcart Prize

Pushcart Nominee Jenney Pauer

Photo by Anni Becker

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to nominate the following poems from Jenney Pauer’s debut collection, Serenity in the Brutal Garden (ISBN-10: 1470132591; ISBN-13: 978-1470132590), for the 2012 Pushcart Prize:  “Ruben” (p. 5); “A White Bed Sheet” (p. 8); “Dreamer” (p. 34); “What You Meant By It” (p. 37); “Chairs” (p. 43); and “Mrs. Donahue” (p. 46)

When we founded the press, Jenney Pauer was at the top of the list of authors who we considered publishing. Since arriving in Vancouver, Jenney has touched the hearts of many in the community with her powerful command of the craft, and astounded us with her breathtaking spoken word performances. Jenney Pauer is a Vancouver treasure, a gracious and humble master of the art of poetry. We are honored to have been able to present the public with her debut.

If you do not yet have a copy of Serenity in the Brutal Garden, please contact Printed Matter Vancouver or visit Cover to Cover Books (http://covertocoverbooks.net) or Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Serenity-Brutal-Garden-Poetry-Jenney/dp/1470132591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354085384&sr=8-1&keywords=Jenney+Pauer

For more information on the Pushcart Prize, go to: http://www.pushcartprize.com/

Christopher Luna

Toni Partington

Co-Editors

Printed Matter Vancouver

Photographs from Poetry on the Piazza, Director Park (Portland) July 9, 2012

David Abel and Christopher Luna chat before the show by Richard Schemmerer

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Vancouver poetry and art at the first Poetry on the Piazza of the year. We were so happy to see: Josh Raveling, Kyle David Congdon, Alex Birkett, Anni Becker, Jada, Erin Kluka, Darlene Costello, Amy Harper, David Matthews, and Rick J., among others. We had beautiful weather, and a large group of folks who were really into the proceedings, as well as all the kids and others who were just enjoying the park. We are grateful to David Abel for inviting us to curate a Vancouver showcase for this year’s series, and to Peter and Jenny, park employees who attended to all of our needs. Finally, Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders Christopher Luna and Toni Partington would like to thank our fellow poets Kori Sayer and Jenney Pauer for their outstanding performances, Tyler Morgan for his music, and DaBat for his poetry and art.

Poetry on the Piazza at Director Park, Portland, OR July 9, 2012 by Anni Becker

This was a well-documented event. Richard Schemmerer posted photos and video. We are especially grateful for the YouTube clip, which features a slide show of images as well as some video clips.

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Photo by Richard Schemmerer

http://pdxart.blogspot.com/2012/07/pdx-art-david-abel-presents-christopher.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ4Xa_6B9to&feature=youtu.be

Also check out rick j’s observations: http://spokensongpdx.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-found-living-room.html?spref=fb and Kori Sayer’s poem “Carousel,” which he posted on his blog: http://spokensongpdx.blogspot.com/2012/07/carousel-by-kori-sayer-from-chapbook-dr.html

Rick J’s notebook by Richard Schemmerer

Here are some photos by Toni Partington:

Tyler Morgan and Christopher Luna by Toni Partington

DaBat by Toni Partington

Christopher Luna by Toni Partington

Kori Sayer and DaBat by Toni Partington

Kori Sayer by Toni Partington

Toni Partington and DaBat by Christopher Luna

Toni Partington reads from Wind Wing by Christopher Luna

DaBat by Toni Partington

DaBat’s paintings by Toni Partington

Tyler Morgan by Toni Partington

Jenney Pauer by Toni Partington

Here are some photos by Anni Becker, whose work can also be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kermitlover/

http://www.annibecker.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anni-Becker-Photography/274729801765?re:

Poetry on the Piazza organizer David Abel welcomes the crowd to Director Park

by Anni Becker

Tyler Morgan by Anni Becker

Tyler Morgan by Anni Becker

Christopher Luna by Anni Becker

Christopher Luna by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat’s paint by Anni Becker

Four by DaBat by Anni Becker

Eight by DaBat by Anni Becker

Kids by Anni Becker

Kids run and play in Director Park by Anni Becker

Kori Sayer by Anni Becker

The view from behind the mic by Anni Becker   

Toni Partington by Anni Becker

Toni Partington and DaBat by Anni Becker

Lovebirds in the park by Anni Becker

A lovely evening in Director Park by Anni Becker

The crowd at Director Park Listens to Tyler Morgan’s music by Anni Becker

Jenney Pauer by Anni Becker

Jenney Pauer by Anni Becker

Vancouver Poets open the 2012 Poetry on the Piazza Series at Director Park (Portland, OR) Monday, July 9

6:30-8:30pm

Monday, July 9

Director Park

SW Park & Yamhill

Portland, OR

David Abel presents

Poetry on the Piazza

Featuring poetry by Christopher Luna, Toni Partington,

Jenney Pauer, and Kori Sayer

Live painting by DaBat

Music by Tyler Morgan

This outdoor poetry public reading series provides a glimpse into some of the fertile and diverse literary communities that contribute to Portland’s reputation as a literary mecca. Coordinated by PP&R’s Multnomah Arts Center.

For more info: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=52454

Christopher Luna reads at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA

Photo by Jim Martin

Christopher Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, whose books include Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poems from the popular Vancouver, WA open mic reading he founded in 2004, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. His books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of film and literary history that Luna edited at Brakhage’s request, available on Michael Rothenberg’s Big Bridge.org.

Toni Partington at Cover to Cover by Jim Martin

Toni Partington: I’m a poet intrigued by the investigative process. I work with the narrative form to explore social commentary. I’m always looking for the “sweet” spot between poetry and art where collaborations find a common voice. Vancouver, Washington is my town and visual, literary, musical, and performance arts are my mission.

Jenney Pauer 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. Serenity in the Brutal Garden (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2012) is her first book.

Kori Sayer and her daughter, Blu

Kori Sayer is a northwest native and a lover of words, wine, friends, kids, art and social justice. She’s worked on a few self-published collaborations with friends and has been featured at a few local readings here and there including at the Cover to Cover series, which is the birth place of her imagination and the place that serves her soul’s favorite comfort food. Her most recent chapbook, Dr. Turpentine, was published all the way back in 2009, she’s been working on small projects and raising her daughter since then, but hopes to have a new book out this fall.

DaBat’s notions of the universe are wildly abstract and difficult to envision. His nature is to show the viewer that within the darkside of light, there is always hope. His influences can be found in the indirect light of love, rage, randomness, the need for non-conformity, the dream of a different reality.

For the last six years Tyler Morgan has jammed with Lincoln’s Beard, playing several instruments. Right now he is taking a sabbatical working on a few new things and recharging his batteries.  Feel free to check out a few of his ideas at www.jvvawa.com . He is mostly playing acoustic covers with a smattering of originals.