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

Christopher_Luna_Free_Poetry_Workshop_WSUV_Writing_Center by Louise WynnChristopher Luna at Washington State University Vancouver’s Writing Center

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.

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: http://www.blogcitylights.com/2015/02/19/when-i-was-a-poet-life-and-work-of-david-meltzer/

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

INFO FOR VANCOUVER EVENTS

A Couple of Poets
David Meltzer and Julie Rogers
8pm
Thursday, April 23
Angst Gallery
Vancouver, WA
Free

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
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 http://www.meltzerville.com.

JULIE ROGERS
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 http://www.julrogers.com.

MELTZER & ROGERS PR PHOTO

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.

2-5pm
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: http://www.meltzerville.com.

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 http://www.melterville.com & http://www.julrogers.com.

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

Meltzer and Rogers 2015 Reading Tour Schedule
NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sat., Feb. 28 – Time TBA
‘A COUPLE OF POETS’
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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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: http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=2270

Columbia Writer's Series David Meltzer and 
Michael Rothenberg

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

VANCOUVER, WA

“A Couple of Poets”
David Meltzer and Julie Rogers

8pm
Thursday, April 23
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA
98660
Free

“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

2-5pm
Saturday, April 25
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA
98660

ASHLAND, OR:

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

“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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic relocates to Angst Gallery with featured reader Nancy Flynn Thursday, February 12

Ghost Town Flyer February 12 2015

Printed Matter Vancouver and Leah Jackson Present
GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
In a new location
Downtown in the Vancouver Arts District
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Delicacies and libations provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar

LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

christopherjluna@gmail.com

With our Featured Reader Nancy Flynn:

Nancy Flynn

Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Northeast Portland. She attended Oberlin College in the 1970s, Cornell University in the 1980s, and got her MA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton in 1994. A former university administrator, her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Recent poems have appeared in Gold Man Review, PANK, Posit, and Raven Chronicles; her latest chapbook is Eternity a Coal’s Throw. A complete list of her publications is available at www.nancyflynn.com.

Tide Table

Leadbetter Point, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

beyond the edge of words a fading line
surrendered into silence syntax moved
directing where to stalk or pantomime
in semaphores the byways unimproved
beyond the edge of worlds a falling dream
that seeks to beach the tidal rising fast
past current rush through estuary sea
runs eeling too a salted push of grass
for refuge snowy plovers poised to lift
from mudflat nests gone boggy skyward hail
upended wintering down a calling cliff
beyond the edge of worth what loss unveils
inscription on the fly leaf constant no
ellipses still how much I do not know

March Music Moderne Presents Ghost Town Poetry and Jazz with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musicians Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton at Niche Wine and Art Bar in Vancouver, WA March 22, 2014

Please join me on Saturday afternoon in Ghost Town, USA for poetry and music at Niche- a wine & art bar. This will be the only event in the March Music Moderne festival that happens on the Vancouver side of the river. My thanks to MMM organizer Bob Priest for making this exception when we lost access to our original venue. I am very excited about the once-in-a-lifetime lineup I have assembled for your enjoyment. Don’t miss it!

2014 logo.aiMarch Music Moderne Presents Ghost Town Poetry and Jazz with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musicians Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton at Niche Wine and Art Bar in Vancouver, WA March 22, 2014

 2 pm

Saturday, March 22

Niche Wine and Art Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

 Sponsored by Leah Jackson, Printed Matter Vancouver, and March Music Moderne

Double bassist, educator, techie, and coffee shop loiterer Julio Appling lives in Vancouver, WA, and serves as the primary bassist for Portland-based jamgrass group The Student Loan, and fusion group Trio Flux. Growing up in Tacoma, Washington, his upbringing included classical piano and guitar, gospel guitar and bass, a little bit of trombone, an Amiga computer, comics, and a lot of Legos. Julio earned his B.A. in Music (Bass Performance) from the University of Redlands and an M.M. in Musicology from Bowling Green State University. As an educator Julio has served as an instructor of both music and technology courses at BGSU Firelands, Tiffin University, and Clark College. For more info, please visit: http://julioappling.com/

Carson Halley Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park August 1 2011 by Toni Partington (2)Christopher Luna and Rich Halley at Shemanski Park, Portland, August 2011

Rich Halley is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He has released 15 recordings as a leader and is known for his asymmetrical and rhythmic compositions and his fiery playing. Halley emphasizes the importance what he calls compositional group improvisation. This is the spontaneous development of musical structures by the group as it improvises, creating a varied musical story which provides a foundation for the drama and emotion in the music. Rich Halley has worked with poets and dancers over the years and in 2011 he released Children of the Blue Supermarket with poet Dan Raphael and drummer Carson Halley. This CD was picked as one of the best recordings of the year by Tom Hull in the Rhapsody jazz poll. In 2011, the Rich Halley 4 released Requiem for a Pit Viper, which was picked by Francis Davis in the Village Voice as one of the best recordings of the year. Davis recognized Halley as one of the top up and coming saxophonists in jazz. In 2012, the Rich Halley 4 released Back From Beyond, which was listed in DownBeat as one of the best CD’s of the year. Halley has performed with Obo Addy, Michael Bisio, Rob Blakeslee, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, David Friesen, Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Oliver Lake, Tony Malaby and Michael Vlatkovich. For more info, please visit: http://richhalley.com

Eric Padget has been tootin’ around Seattle for about seven years. In that time he has collaborated (on trumpet) with the likes of the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Andrew Joslyn, Mark Lanegan, Steve Fisk, Jason Webley, Pezzner, Sean Nelson (Long Winters, Harvey Danger), Orkestar Zirkonium and countless others. He has since performed at nearly every major music festival and performance hall in the NW. Besides the trumpet racket, he is the song-writer for FUTURE FRIDAYS (a duo with his partner Sari), teaches kids, teaches adults, arranges, composes, and generally enjoys himself. Prior to Seattle, Eric attended the Crane School of Music in NY, where he learned how to fix a bassoon and how to hold a drumstick. He is currently performing in “Seattle VICE”, a new musical based on the life and times of infamous Seattle pimp and racketeer Frank Colacurcio.

Jim Templeton is a pianist and composer.

For more than two decades, Christopher Luna has collaborated with musicians including Jason Levis (Heftpistole Chamber Ensemble, Joseph’s Bones), Rob Ewing (Disappear Incompletely), Tyler Burba, Matt Meighan, Totter, Liquid Logic, Steven Taylor (the Fugs, Allen Ginsberg), and local favorites Rich and Carson Halley, Eric Padget (Future Fridays, Sigourney Reverb, Orkestar Zirconium), Julio Appling (Trio Flux, the Student Loan), Five Guys Playing Jazz, Beth Karp, Lincoln’s Beard, headshapes, and Aram Arslanian. He has appeared on recordings by Pimpcore and Dystopia One. “Steve Buscemi,” an ode to actor and director that Luna recorded with Dystopia One, appeared on Dr. Demento and Vin Scelsa’s “Idiot’s Delight.” More Recently, Luna has appeared on the air on KBOO FM’s Talking Earth (hosted by Walt Curtis and Barbara LaMorticella) and Radio Lost and Found (hosted by Rich Lindsay).

Before being named the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Niche and Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson named Christopher Luna, the poet laureate of those two venues. 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. Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review.

Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Christopher Luna at an upcoming event are asked to contact him at christopherjluna@gmail.com

http://nichewinebar.com/

http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com

http://www.printedmattervancouver.com

http://www.clarkcountyartscommission.org/Poet_Laureate.html

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic with Stephanie Lenox and Miles Hewitt at Angst Gallery for one night only August 8, 2013

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Note: The Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which has taken place at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver since 2007, will take place at Angst Gallery on August 8 because the bookstore is unavailable that night. The series will return to Cover to Cover Books on September 12.

Cover to Cover Flyer August 8 2013

Contact: Christopher Luna

360-910-1066

christopherjluna@gmail.com

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Printed Matter Vancouver

& Leah Jackson present

 GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

August 8, 2013

7pm

in a special location!

Angst Gallery

(1013 Main St., Vancouver)

 

With your hosts

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

and Printed Matter Vancouver founder Toni Partington

 

Experience the power & magic of words

Performed with unbridled enthusiasm

All ages and uncensored

Food and drink available for purchase

from Niche Wine and Art Bar

Featuring Stephanie Lenox and Miles Hewitt

Lenox

Information about Stephanie Lenox from Airlie Press.org: Stephanie Lenox’s inventive debut collection Congress of Strange People entices readers into a “federation of freaks” with voice-driven poems that sing a collective ode to our common strangeness. Employing humor, mystery, and a bold yet generous gaze, this book keeps company with a snake handler and conspiracy theorist, record-holders from The Guinness Book, Miss Manners, human cannonballs, Nancy Drew, and other characters from a family of outcasts.

The poet lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters. She teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the online literary journal Blood Orange Review. She is the author of The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, an award-winning poetry chapbook published by Slapering Hol Press. Her work has appeared widely in literary journals and has been honored with fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission as well as numerous nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

For more information, please visit her website at http://www.stephanielenox.com.

Miles Hewitt is an eighteen-year-old writer of many mediums from Vancouver, Washington. He spends his days crafting poems, songs, and status messages, recording albums in dimly-lit basements, and ruminating. His self-recorded album Empire will be released on August 10th, 2013, at Niche Wine and Art Bar. Recently, he was selected as one of five National Student Poets for the 2012-2013 year by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, won a National Silver Medal for poetry at the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and serves as a poetry reader for the Adroit Journal, a writing and art magazine managed exclusively by high schoolers and college undergraduates. Miles is considering a career in political communications or speechwriting if the “rock-and-roll-poet” line of business doesn’t pan out. He will attend Harvard University in the fall.

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images at Angst Gallery April 2013

Toni Partington and I would like to thank everyone who participated in or supported The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images, our first art show as curators. We are especially grateful to Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson for entrusting the space to us for National Poetry Month. We encourage the community to send any photos they may have taken of the event so that we can add them to this page or the Facebook photo album:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4790349569206.1073741826.1609878790&type=3 . In addition, if any of the writers whose work is featured in the show would like for us to post their pieces here, please send them to christopherjluna@gmail.com.

Marriage 38 gallery

 The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images at Angst Gallery

Marriage 2Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, Jim Martin, and DaBat

Marriage 1Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, Jim Martin, and DaBat

Marriage 6Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, and Jim Martin

Marriage 7 Work by Jolyn Wolfe, Toni Partington, and Jim Martin

Here is the announcement for the show:

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images

April 5-30 2013

Angst Gallery, Vancouver, WA

1015 Main Street

Curated by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Sponsored by Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver

Opening Reception: 5-9 pm April 5, Angst Gallery

Poetry Reading: 6pm April 27, Niche Wine and Art Bar

Many creative people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to present the unique impact of language and image when melded together in visual art. This will take the form of photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work will be inspired by poetry, while other pieces will be visual art that includes text. The show will also include poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors will be utilizing both language and visual art. The majority of the artists live in Vancouver; however, we will also feature work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR.  

The show will also feature two poetry readings: throughout the evening of First Friday’s opening reception on April 5, and at Niche Wine and Art Bar (1013 Main Street) on Saturday, April 27. The reading on April 27 will also feature live music and a Q&A with the artists and writers.

The artists and writers who are featured in this show include: Anni Becker, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, April Bullard, DaBat, Erin Dengerink, Eileen Davis Elliott, John Furniss, Jeremy Gaulke, Leah Jackson, Kelly Keigwin, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Michael Smith, Michele Venclik, and Jolyn Wolfe.

Poets Christopher Luna and Toni Partington are the co-hosts of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic and co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, a local small press and editing service. Their visual art has appeared in Angst Gallery, North Bank Artists Gallery, Gallery 360, Art in the Heart, Multnomah Arts Center, and the Vancouver Community Library.

Visual artist Leah Jackson is the owner of Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar.

Marriage 8 Jim MartinWork by Jim Martin

Marriage 5 DaBatWork by DaBat

Marriage 4 Kelly and JenneyArt by Kelly Keigwin, text by Jenney Pauer

Marriage 37 DaBat and KellyWork by DaBat, Kelly Keigwin and Jenney Pauer

Here is our curator’s statement, which was posted in the gallery:

We are very fortunate to be a part of Vancouver’s growing, vibrant arts community. One of the qualities we have noticed about this particular community is that many people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to convey the unique impact that language and image have when presented together in visual art.

The show includes photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work is inspired by poetry, while other pieces are visual art that incorporates text in some way. Some pieces feature poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors utilize both text and visual art.

The essence of combining poetic language with visual image is meant to challenge the brain of the viewer/reader. The brain processes language and visual images differently. The work in this show asks you to integrate the two and by doing so, make them come alive. It is our intentional to provide you with an opportunity that allows you to experience the work emotionally and cognitively at nearly the same time.

The majority of the artists who have contributed to this show live in Vancouver, WA; however, the show also features work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR. Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson has been a great supporter of art, poetry, and music in downtown Vancouver for many years, and has supported us as we have evolved as poets, visual artists, and community organizers. Therefore, her gallery is the perfect location for such a show.

Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
Writers/Artists
Editors and Publishers, Printed Matter Vancouver

Marriage 23 Erin and ChristopherArt by Erin Dengerink and Christopher Luna, poem by Christopher Luna

Marriage 24 Erin and ChristopherArt by Erin Dengerink and Christopher Luna, poem by Christopher Luna

Marriage 34 Christopher with Erin triptychChristopher Luna poses in front of his collaboration with Erin Dengerink

Here is the text of the poem that formed the basis of the work seen above:

The Tarot Facilitates a Long-Overdue Goodbye

by Christopher Luna, March 2008

I.

three become one

envision bounty

loose robes fall

among grapes, squash, tomato

there are oranges behind you

and a volcano

connects your genitalia

dig in

and don’t tell me

who my elders ought to be

outdated though my ways may be

they still have potential to bring peace to the valley

rove naked

bang on the wall

between you

and the other half

you are already there

upside down, The Butterfly Queen

disappears into the clouds

you will remember neither

the pattern of her garment

nor the curl of her hair

II.

Bend eternally. Raise a sword. Accept the tongue of the lion you once were. It’s alright to dream of the butterfly you may become. Heart open. Head aflame. The avenging angel spreads its hands, sending six rays of light which pierce the soldiers’ armor. And the hills run red with blood. Raise the glasses you were given. Celebrate the bounty assembled before your feet. Tired—nay, exhausted.

After completion

begin again.

Marriage 25 Michael and EileenMichael Smith’s drawing based on Christopher Luna’s “pavement pastoral”

Art and poetry by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 26 EileenArt and poetry by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 27 AprilArt and poetry by April Bullard

Marriage 28 April“River God” by April Bullard

Marriage 29Work by Jolyn Wolfe, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin,

Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, and Eileen Elliott

Marriage 30 GregWork by Greg Bee

Marriage 31 JolynArt by Jolyn Wolfe, poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelly

Marriage 32Bust of Christopher Luna by Olinka Broadfoot, bird sculpture by Toni Partington

Marriage 33Bust of Christopher Luna by Olinka Broadfoot, bird sculpture by Toni Partington

Marriage 36

Marriage 9Work by Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin, Eileen Elliott, Toni Partington, Christopher Luna and Jeremy Gaulke,

Leah Jackson, Anni Becker and John Furniss, and Toni Partington

Marriage 18 Michele and KellyWork by Michele Venclik and Kelly Keigwin

Marriage 19 Michele heartArt and text by Michele Venclik

Marriage 20 Michele and KellyWork by Michele Venclik, Kelly Keigwin, and Eileen Elliott

Marriage 21 Michele and Kelly

Work by Michele Venclik and Kelly Keigwin

Marriage 22

Marriage 13

Marriage 12 EileenPoetry and fabric art by Eileen Elliott

Marriage 11 Anni and JohnArt by Anni Becker and John Furniss

Marriage 14 Leah“What I Tried to Say” by Leah Jackson

Marriage 15 JeremyJeremy Gaulke’s illustration of Christopher Luna’s poem “full text hallucination 102”

fulltexthulJeremy Gaulke’s illustration of Christopher Luna’s poem “full text hallucination 102”

Marriage 16 Toni“Into the Muir Woods” by Toni Partington

Marriage 17 Chris and ToniChristopher Luna’s sketch of poet Dan Raphael in action

and “Into the Muir Woods” by Toni Partington

Marriage 10 BirdSculpture by Toni Partington, based on and featuring text from her poem “Implication”

Marriage 3 Bird ReflectionSculpture by Toni Partington, based on and featuring text from her poem “Implication”

Marriage 39Work by Olinka Broadfoot, Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, Jolyn Wolfe, Jim Martin, and DaBat

I was very moved by the enormous work that Olinka Broadfoot created that was inspired by my poem “sometimes the latticework of the veil”:

Marriage 35 Christopher with Olinka paintingChristopher Luna poses next to Olinka Broadfoot’s work based on “sometimes the latticework of the veil”

sometimes the latticework of the veil

is so perfectly constructed

that it has the appearance of reality

flesh and blood, rather than

a sorry excuse for truth

pastiche of fortune cookie wisdom

ad copy & lines from old movies

stand in for the darkness

which is not evil after all

but the residue of a broken heart

throbbing, sweating

flooding blood-soaked tears

in a melodramatic gush

not to be contained by the

gauzy barrier of our skin

eventually

all

is revealed

we

are

hopelessly

(beautifully)

human

after all

On April 27, some of the artists and writers who participated in the show held a poetry reading at Niche Wine and Art Bar. Here is the announcement for that event, followed by some photos from that night:

6pm

Saturday, April 27

Niche Wine and Art Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

 

A Poetry Reading and Q&A

With artists and writers from

The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images

An art exhibit at Angst Gallery (1015 Main)

Curated by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Music by Five Guys Playing Jazz

Exhibit closes Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sponsored by Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver

Join us for a reading and Q&A at Niche Wine and Art Bar featuring some of the writers and artists featured in The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images, an exhibit curated by Printed Matter Vancouver founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna to commemorate National Poetry Month. Confirmed to be in attendance as of this writing: Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Jenney Pauer, Toni Partington, and Michele Venclik.

Saturday night’s event will be dedicated to our friend Greg Bee, who assists Leah Jackson in numerous ways, has work in the show, and is currently in the ICU. Because flowers are not allowed in the ICU, Leah has set up a station where people can create flowers to be taken to Greg. This will be available until closing time on Saturday. Here is more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/182822975204920/

Many creative people work in more than one medium. The Marriage of Poetic Words and Images aims to present the unique impact of language and image when melded together in visual art. This will take the form of photographs, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Some of the work will be inspired by poetry, while other pieces will be visual art that includes text. The show will also include poetry that is presented in a particularly visual way, or is inspired by art. While many of the pieces in the show are the result of collaborations between artists and writers, many of our contributors will be utilizing both language and visual art. The majority of the artists live in Vancouver; however, we will also feature work from artists and writers from Yakima, WA and Portland, OR. 

The artists and writers who are featured in this show include: Anni Becker, Greg Bee, Olinka Broadfoot, April Bullard, DaBat, Erin Dengerink, Eileen Davis Elliott, Jeremy Gaulke, Leah Jackson, Kelly Keigwin, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, Toni Partington, Jenney Pauer, Michael Smith, Michele Venclik, and Jolyn Wolfe.

Christopher at Niche April 27 2013Christopher Luna reads at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

 DaBat at Niche April 27 2013 1  DaBat reads his poetry at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

DaBat at Niche April 27 2013 2DaBat reads his poetry at Niche Wine and Art Bar on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 1Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 2Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Jim Martin at Niche April 27 2013 3Jim Martin reads his poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Toni at Niche April 27 2013 1Toni Partington reads her poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

Toni aty Niche April 27 2013 2Toni Partington reads her poetry at Niche on April 27, 2013

We are also very grateful to Jenney Pauer for reading from her work that evening, and to Leah Jackson, Erin Dengerink, and Michele Venclik for attending the reading. Finally, Toni and Christopher would like to say a big thank you to Leah Jackson for her leadership, and for all that she does for the arts in Vancouver. Thank you for trusting us to curate a show at your gallery, and for supporting our work.

Leah Heidi and Erin at Niche April 27 2013Artist, Angst Gallery Director, and Niche Proprietor Leah Jackson with artists Heidi Morkert and Erin Dengerink

at Niche April 27, 2013

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.

Dan Raphael book release party featuring the music of Rich and Carson Halley/ Free poetry workshop with Dan Raphael at Niche Wine and Art Bar Saturday, March 31

Niche Wine and Art and Printed Matter Vancouver Present  

Book release party for Dan Raphael and Free Workshop

Dan Raphael photo by Toni Partington

Featuring Dan Raphael and the music of Rich and Carson Halley

Hosted by Niche Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

Niche

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA

2-4pm

Reading in the Rain

A free poetry workshop with Dan Raphael

Do you wish that you could read your poems with less fear and mumbling, more energy and applause? Poets tend to be quiet observers, but the words you write can show you how to say them. This free workshop will focus on strategies for performing your work, providing tools, tricks, and perspectives. We’ll explore several presentation styles, and consider ways to use your “outside” voice, engage the audience, and work in a variety of environments. Bring another poet’s poem you like, and a couple of your own; be ready to move around a little, and to use a pen or pencil.

 6pm

Book launch for The State I’m In

Featuring the poetry of Dan Raphael and

The music of Rich and Carson Halley

The State I’m In (nine muses books, Winston OR) is a collection of 47 poems, divided up into 3 sections:  The City in Me (urban poems), Rain is My Favorite Color (rain and ocean) and One Among Many (other poems). Poems have appeared in 20 different publications/website, including Rattapallax, Portland Review, Otoliths, 5 trope Heavy Bear and Pemmican.

dan raphael has been active on the Portland poetry scene for over 3 decades as poet, performer, editor and reading arranger (including a monthly series that ran 13 years downtown.)  The State I’m In is his 18th & newest book, while last September’s Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems, includes work from his first 13 collections. Children of the Blue Supermarket, a CD of performances with jazz saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley, was released in February. Current poems appear in Rattapallax, Otoliths, Raft, Heavy Bear and Caliban. He has performed at places like Bumbershoot, Wordstock, Powell’s Books, Red Sky Poetry Theatre, Eastern Oregon U and the Portland Jazz Festival.

Rich Halley is a saxophonist and composer who has released more than a dozen critically acclaimed recordings. He performs in settings that range from solo to large groups and most frequently in trio and quartet formats.

Rich was the leader of the Lizard Brothers, a sextet whose performances were both exploratory and rooted in jazz tradition, and Multnomah Rhythm Ensemble, a group that combined new jazz with multi-media. He is the leader of the Outside Music Ensemble, a group that does site specific performances in outdoor settings. For the last decade The Outside Music Ensemble has performed annual hike-in concerts in Powell Butte Nature Park.

Rich has performed throughout the US and in Canada and the Middle East. He has performed with Bobby Bradford, Andrew Hill, Michael Bisio, Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, Obo Addy, Tony Malaby, Oliver Lake, Michael Vlatkovich and Rob Blakeslee. Rich is a founder of Oregon’s Creative Music Guild.

Rich Halley was educated as a field biologist. His lifelong interest in nature and his love of adventure has informed his music and led him on many trips into wilderness regions around the world. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Carson Halley is a drummer and percussionist based in Oregon. Carson studied with Bobby Bradford at Pomona College and later began playing with his father. He has eclectic musical tastes and brings contemporary musical sensibilities to the music. Carson has performed with a variety of musicians in jazz and rock groups including Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Shakespeak, The Wayward Trio and Ruby Starfruit.

Other March events featuring Dan Raphael

3/l3 Reading at Milepost 5 850 NE 81st at 7 in the monthly series organized by Duane Poncy and Patricia McLean. Another featured reader or two, plus some open mike time. If you haven’t been to Milepost 5 yet it’s worth checking out, and not just for poetry.

3/24-25 is the fledgling Cascadia Poetry festival organized by Paul Nelson & SPLAB. I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to perform your own poetry and reading on Saturday, as well as joining in on the morning discussions on Saturday and Sunday. Other readers include Sam Hamill, Judith Roche. Tim McNulty and Kim Goldberg. For a full list of activities (readings, panels, workshops and a nature walk) and participants, see http://splab.org/cascadia/