Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Daniel Skach-Mills May 8, 2014

Cover to Cover Flyer May 8 2014

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

7pm
Thursday, May 8
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
printedmattervancouver.com

Featuring Daniel Skach-Mills:

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Daniel Skach-Mills is an award-winning poet, author, and a former Trappist monk. His poetry has been published in journals and anthologies ranging from Sufi magazine and The Journal of Daoist Philosophy and Practice to The Christian Science Monitor and Sojourners. Daniel’s books include: The Tao of Now (listed as one of the “150 outstanding Oregon poetry books” for Oregon’s 2009 sesquicentennial); The Hut Beneath the Pine: Tea Poems (a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Award); and In This Forest of Monks (a double finalist in both the Poetry and Spirituality categories of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and lauded as “a powerful work that touches, delights, and amazes” by the judge of the 21st annual Writer’s Digest Book Awards). Manzou (a Chinese farewell that literally means: walk slowly) was published in January 2014. A docent for Lan Su Chinese Garden since 2005, Daniel lives with his partner of 21 years in Portland, Oregon.

Listening To The Waterfall
I Remember The Abbey Bell

Where in the waterfall’s cascading cadence
can you detect past or future?
Where in an ocean wave’s ebb and flow
can you glimpse a single mistake?
Snow embraces everything it touches.
Plum blossoms fall wherever wind decides.
Slowing down, you catch up to what I’m saying.
Speeding up, you fall behind.
The human world can drive you crazy
if you let it.  Be like a bell,
that fills the air with clarity
by emptying itself
of its own sound.

—from Manzou
by Daniel Skach-Mills

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Joyce Colson March 13

Cover to Cover Flyer March 13 2014

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted By Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

And Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington

7pm

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: mail@covertocoverbooks.net.

The book can also be ordered through CreateSpace (https://www.createspace.com/4559411) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Town-Poetry-Volume-Two/dp/0615938892/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390333629&sr=8-1&keywords=ghost+town+poetry+volume+two).

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Maggie Chula Thursday, November 14, 2013

Flyer November 14 2013

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

 

November 14, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

98663

 christopherjluna@gmail.com

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

 With our featured reader, Maggie Chula:

Maggie Chula has been writing and teaching haiku, tanka, and haibun for more than thirty years. She has published seven full-length poetry collections as well as a musical CD of Grinding my ink. Called the ‘Haiku Queen of Portland’ by the Willamette Week, her haiku have appeared in journals worldwide, on Tokyo train station billboards, at a construction site for the Orange Line in Portland, and on cans of Itoen tea sold in vending machines in Japan. Her latest book, Just This, is her second collection of tanka. Maggie has just finished a three-year appointment as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music, composing poems while listening to concerts. She currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America. Living in Kyoto for twelve years, she now makes her home in Portland where she hikes, gardens, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.

TANKA

you sign your letters

‘affectionately’

I write ‘loving you’

picking a scab in my cleavage

I watch it bleed

Maggie Chula

Books available at the reading:

Just This                                                                      $16.00

Just This translation                                                  $12.00

What Remains:

Japanese Americans in Internment Camps             $20.00 (discounted from $25)

Grinding my ink                                                         $15.00 (discounted from $16.95)

The Smell of Rust                                                      $12.00 (discounted from $14.95)

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Cover to Cover Books featuring Rob Gourley and klipschutz Thursday October 10, 2013

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

October 10, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

christopherjluna@gmail.com

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

With our featured readers, Rob Gourley and klipschutz:

 Rob Gourley APR '13 copy

Rob Gourley taught language arts, human relations, and career development in Washington schools (1974-90) and has had Teamster employment for 19 years in the intermodal transportation facilities for automobiles (import/export) at Portland’s Terminal 6 and the Port of Vancouver. His development as a writer grows out of years of reading and a motivation to learn to write documents well via journal & letter writing, storytelling, writing grant proposals, monitoring reports & psychological abstracts, etc. – also travel, immersion in moments. Recently, he realized his admiration of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales may be a significant influence on his longer narrative stories in verse. These last 30 years, Rob’s geographic range has been along the Columbia Gorge and out to the Pacific Coast, following his interests in swimming, hiking, canoeing, photography, music, skiing, bicycling, ecology, and so forth.  He will have three chapbooks available for sale at the reading: Degrees of Freedom ($4), Four Drafts from Skinflint’s HP Pavilion ($2), and Directions ($4).

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Klipschutz (pen name of Kurt Lipschutz) is a poet and songwriter. His new book is This Drawn & Quartered Moon. Born in Indio, California, he has lived in San Francisco for thirty years, where he shares an apartment with his wife, Colette Jappy, and two cats. His work has appeared in periodicals in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and France, and numerous anthologies, and in previous collections including Twilight of the Male Ego, The Good Neighbor Policy, and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder. He has co-penned over a hundred songs, chiefly with Chuck Prophet, including the internationally acclaimed 2012 release Temple Beautiful. Beyond high school, he is an autodidact. The following books will be available for sale at the reading: This Drawn & Quartered Moon ($18), Twilight of the Male Ego ($12), and The Good Neighbor Policy ($8).

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Raul Sanchez June 13, 2013

Cover to Cover Flyer June 13 2013

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

June 13, 2013

7pm

Cover to Cover Books

6300 NE St. James Rd.,

Suite 104B

(St. James & Minnehaha)

Vancouver, WA

 christopherjluna@gmail.com

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages,

and uncensored since 2004

 

With our featured reader, Raul Sanchez:

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Raúl Sánchez conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead. He was a featured in the 2011 Burning Word Poetry Festival. An avid collector of poetry books and self-proclaimed “thrift store junkie,” Sanchez volunteers as a DJ for KBCS 91.3 FM on the Saturday music shows Sabor! and Al Lado Latino. His most recent work is the translation of John Burgess’ Punk Poems in his book Graffito and his ardent inaugural collection All Our Brown-Skinned Angels, published by MoonPath Press in Kingston, WA. Filled with poems of cultural identity, familial and personal, civil protest, personal celebration, and passion, his book has been nominated for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry for 2013.

Raul Sanchez Book Cover

Breath

By Raul Sanchez

At day’s end we try to remain bright

speak colorfully, for words

are like the clothes we wear

we wear them on our tongues

Raul Sanchez Teotihuacan 2012Raul Sanchez at Teotihuacan 2012 

Christopher Luna named Clark County’s first Poet Laureate

I am pleased to announce that the Clark County Arts Commission has named me Clark County’s first Poet Laureate. I am very grateful to the commission for this honor, and look forward to this opportunity to share my passion for poetry with even more members of our community. I have a lot of ideas about how to do this, which I will share at the public meeting mentioned in the press release below, as well as a public address which I have been asked to give at the Vancouver Community Library on Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm. I encourage everyone who values poetry and its ability to transform our lives to join us in celebrating this great step forward for the county. I am very grateful for Vancouver’s poetry community, and for the love and support of three amazing women: Toni Partington, Mel Sanders, and Leah Jackson. Without their belief in me, and their own work for the arts community, none of this would have been possible.

Christopher Luna

Clark County Arts Commission news release logo

February 15, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Madrigal, Clark County Arts Commission, (360) 281-1615,

emadrigal@clarkcountyartscommission.org, Elizabeth.madrigal@gmail.com

Patricia LaCroix, Clark County Arts Commission, (360) 606-7104,

placroix@clarkcountyartscommission.org

Vancouver resident selected first Clark County Poet Laureate

Vancouver, WA – Christopher Luna, a Vancouver poet, visual artist and editor, has been named Clark County’s first Poet Laureate by the Clark County Arts Commission.

As Poet Laureate, Luna may act as a cultural ambassador, composing poems for special events and occasions. His main duty is to promote poetry and literature, nurturing public knowledge and appreciation of the power of words. His work will reflect diverse experiences in Clark County and the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

The public can meet Luna when he is officially installed as Poet Laureate during the commission’s 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Luna earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Boulder, Colo. He serves as a writing consultant and poetry event coordinator for WSU Vancouver’s Writing Center, where he teaches a weekly workshop.

His work has appeared in New York Journal of Books, Poetry Project Newsletter, The Columbian, The Oregonian and Willamette Week. He co-edited Ghost Town Poetry, a collection of poems from a popular open microphone poetry reading series he established in 2004. Luna frequently is a featured reader at bookstores, night clubs, libraries and coffee shops.

For information about the Poet Laureate position, contact Pat LaCroix, chair of the arts commission, at (360) 606-7104. For more information on the arts commission visit www.clarkcountyartscommission.org.

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:

Eileen Elliott head shot 2012

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.

Matt Meighan bw with guitar

“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.