Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver November 9, 2017/ Poeming Health Workshop November 10

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Julene Tripp Weaver

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, November 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/

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Julene Tripp Weaver lives in Seattle where she is a psychotherapist and a writer; she worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, was published this spring by Finishing Line Press. Two prior books are No Father Can Save Her, and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. She is widely published in journals and anthologies including: Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at http://www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Julene will also be leading a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30pm on Friday, November 10 entitled Poeming Health: Are you or is someone you love living with a chronic illness? Are you a caregiver? This workshop will provide a clearing space to crystallize what is necessary for your survival, no matter the challenges. We will explore our personal experience through writing to our illness, to our loved one, to our pain. Bring a notebook and pens you are comfortable with. Cost: $25.

To register for the workshop, please attend Julene Tripp Weaver’s reading on November 9 or contact Christopher Luna via christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066 before Friday, November 10.

 

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HIV Today

By Julene Tripp Weaver

We long term survivors

got a lifetime, came through the hard

years still strong. Smart not to trust early.

The only answer at the beginning, AZT,

we found our own box of hope

filled a whole book with reasons

to live, made art, wrote stories, poems,

created family.

 

We felt love for our dying

brothers and sisters, wanted them

to fall well, we held community

created an embrace: Act Up meetings,

coalitions, die-ins. We made history.

Moved science up a notch

like that last lover in our belt,

that quilt panel we’ve all made.

 

Those of us still here with

our endless days to live

take pills daily to hold steady.

Victory survivors

welding a healing path

with our scrapbooks we created, Hope,

it’s title, and for some of us

our hearts melded to welcome this virus

make it feel at home. Give it a long life.

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Luna’s Summer 2017 Creative Writing Classes

Christopher Luna’s Summer Writing Classes

Looking for inspiration this summer? Why not spend some time with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, a graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and a creative writing workshop leader with nearly two decades in the classroom. He would love to share his passion for poetry and storytelling with you.

If you are interested in taking one of these workshops, do not wait. Such classes will be canceled within 3-5 days of their beginning if the minimum enrollment numbers are not met.

Luna also facilitates a writing workshop from 11:30-2:30 on the second Saturday of every month at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street, next door to Angst Gallery and the Kiggins Theatre).

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Christopher Luna photographed by Julian Nelson

1. LIFTED Lit Writing Workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

$20 suggested donation / 21+

Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Green House

1920 Broadway St.

Vancouver, WA 98663-3325

Tickets Available:     www.eventbrite.com

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Get LIFTED and join us for a very unique writing workshop with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna! Christopher spent his late teens and early twenties working in a head shop on Long Island. He believes that mindful use of marijuana can be a powerful tool for consciousness expansion. Christopher is completely turned on by poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead a person to fight for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

Christopher Luna is also the Clark County Poet Laureate, and he and his wife, Toni Partington, founded Printed Matter Vancouver, and co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular reading series Luna established in 2004. Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978. Recent publications include WA 129, The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie, Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, and It’s Animal But Merciful.

Pens and Pencils will be provided. Please bring something to write on or a laptop.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today to #getLIFTED! Tickets are a $20 suggested donation. Online reservation is required to attend the class.

21+, non-refundable/ non-transferable. If attendance requirements are not met the class will be canceled 24 hours before the class begins. Tickets will be refunded at that time.

Bring Your Own Cannabis

Valid Photo ID is required for entrance to the event.

2. Poetry Mini Class with Christopher Luna

Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am – 01:00pm

FEE: $39.00

LOCATION: CCE 214 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)

http://ecd.clark.edu/classes/class.php?SKU=R209

Want to do some writing but don’t have a lot of spare time? Come to a one-session mini course at Clark College’s downtown campus for beginners and experienced writers alike who want to generate new work and engage in dialogue. Read, listen to, and briefly write poetry together. Whet your appetite for poetry with a workshop that touches on how to discover, write, and rewrite a poem. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Ages 16 and over.

3. Poetry Writing at Multnomah Arts Center

http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/about-mac/classes/

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Poetry Writing     Ages 16 & Up

Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision.

1072273  Mon.  10 am – 12:30 pm   Jun. 19 – Aug. 14   $190 [8 classes] No class July 3

4. Summer Classes at Clark College (Registration Begins May 22)

https://ecd.clark.edu/

Christopher Luna

Memoir Writing

Everyone has a story to tell. Each person’s life is filled with adventure, mystery, trouble, and triumph. Memoirs are 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. Documenting your life is a wonderful gift for your family as well as a profoundly fulfilling experience for the writer.

Item number: 9100
7/12/2017- 8/16/2017 Wednesdays
1:00PM – 3:20PM
$159
CCE 208 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry

Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Ages 16 and over.

Item: K154
7/10/2017- 8/14/2017 Mondays
6:00PM – 8:30PM
$129
CCE 208 (Clark College’s downtown campus, 500 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98660 on the second floor of the Columbia Bank building)

 

 

Summer Poetry Classes with Christopher Luna at Clark College and Multnomah Arts Center

Are you looking for inspiration? Would you like to write in a safe and supportive environment aimed at moving everyone’s work forward? Are you interested in learning more about how to revise your poetry and how to get published? Then join Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna this summer for one of three fun writing workshops.
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Christopher Luna by Toni Lumbrazo Luna
Clark College
Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry
Beginners and experienced writers alike will generate new works and discuss the poet’s role in the community. Read, listen to, and write poetry together in a supportive class focused on providing gentle, constructive feedback. Discuss how to construct a manuscript and ready it for publication. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Bring paper & pen or laptop. Age 16+.
Class Information
Item Number: K455
Date: 07/11 – 08/15 M
Location: CCE 208
Time: 06:00pm – 08:30pm
Fee: $134.00
To register for Poetry Matters (Mondays 6-8:30 7/11 – 8/15) at Clark College, visit: Clark College Community Education Class Information

Multnomah Arts Center
Poetry Writing Ages 18 & Up
Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to
everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published
poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in
this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision.
1055295 Mon. 10 am – 12:30 pm Jun. 20 – Aug. 22 $180 [9 classes]
Christopher Luna
Poetry—Revising & Publishing Ages 18 & Up
What should you do after writing a first draft of a poem? How do you shape and
develop a poem into a publishable piece of work? How do you decide if and when
to publish your work? Discuss strategies for revising and editing your poetry,
followed by an overview of how to find outlets that might publish your words.
Explore the importance of chapbooks and whether or not entering poetry contests
is a good idea.  Please bring 3-5 typed, unfinished poems and a lunch to class.
1055296 Sat. 10 am – 4 pm Jul. 30 $60 [1 class] Christopher Luna
If you’d like to register for Poetry Writing or the one-day workshop on Revising and Publishing at Multnomah Arts Center,  visit:  http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/summer2016/macSummer16_colorWeb.pdf

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall to Visit Vancouver in May

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic and a Free Workshop

Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

at Angst Gallery May 12

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 GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Workshop with

Washington State Poet Laureate and

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna

3-5pm

Thursday, May 12

Workshop is limited to 28 people; pre-registration is recommended.

Pre-register by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com

Open Mic

7 pm

Thursday, May 12

Both events located at

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by

Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY. He earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005). These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle (Canarium, 2014), was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

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Workshop Description

If You Ain’t No Place You Can’t Go Nowhere

My title is from Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town. In his book, Hugo reminds poets of the importance of identifying the “where” of a poem and how rooting creativity to place can allow the imagination to grow in unexpected ways. In this workshop, we will explore ways to connect our imagination to the real and imagined landscapes of Washington.

There are many ways, of course, that we can think about “place.” Perhaps specific flora and fauna conjure up place for us (salmon and Arrowleaf Balsamroot, delicious huckleberries). Perhaps titles of towns or geological phenomena do the same (Anacortes, Mt. Rainier, and Twisp; The Columbia, The Palouse, and sharp columns of basalt, to name only a few). Perhaps people—individuals or groups—make a “where” vivid in our minds (Chief Seattle or Ken Griffey Junior, Kurt Cobain and Colonel George Wright, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp or Bing Crosby and Cathy McMorris Rodgers).

Using a controlled range of diction, we will work from freewriting to drafting a poem that might reveal something about where we are and where we’ve been, and perhaps such knowledge will tell us a little bit about who we are, were, and might be.

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen/ Free Poetry Workshop at Vancouver Community Library September 10, 2015

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

7pm
Thursday, September 10
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main Street

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
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With our featured reader, Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Photo by John Ulman
Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Photo by John Ulman

Elizabeth Austen is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16. Her collection Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work is also available on the CD Skin Prayers and in two chapbooks. Elizabeth spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre and writing poems. A six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America led her to focus exclusively on poetry. She earned an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the poetry commentator for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9. She makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and reflective writing workshops for the staff. For more information please visit http://wapoetlaureate.org/

Elizabeth Austen will also be teaching a generative writing workshop at the Vancouver Library the same afternoon:

Poetry for All
Thursday, September 10, 2015
2 – 4pm
Vancouver Community Library
Klickitat Room, Level 4

901 C St
Vancouver, WA 98660

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed.

Library events and programs are free and although everyone is welcome, space is limited. Preregistration is required and closes Sept 9 at 5pm. Maximum 25 participants.

Poetry for All Workshop

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

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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.

Printed Matter Vancouver Publisher Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Class Schedule for Winter 2015

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Photo by Louise Wynn

Below are the classes that Christopher Luna will be teaching at Multnomah Arts Center and Clark College Corporate & Continuing Education this winter, including a new creative writing workshop for teens. Please share this message with your friends and contacts.

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes at Multnomah Arts Center
http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/classes/winter2015/macWinter15_colorWeb.pdf

Winter 2015 catalog, page 22

Writing Poetry That Pops
Ages 16 & up

Poetry as a means of expression, exploration, and experience is available to everyone. Write poetry in response to prompts and read a variety of published poems that you can use as inspiration. Read and respond to one another’s work in this supportive setting, paying close attention to revision. All levels.

Christopher Luna
1019150 Mon. 1 – 2:30 pm
Jan. 12 – Mar. 9 $98 [7 classes]
No class January 19, February 16

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes at Clark College

Poetry Matters: Writing Poetry and Other Things Poets Need to Know
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/Course/Course.aspx?c=3237

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+. Monday nights 6-8:30 1/12-3/23 (no class 1/19)

The Art of Memoir
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/Course/Course.aspx?c=3601

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. Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30 1/28-3/4

Memoir Writing for Mature Learners (55+)
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/Course/Course.aspx?c=3260

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. Thursday afternoons 1/8-3/12 1:00-2:50pm

Poetry Mini Class NEW!
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/Course/Course.aspx?c=3676

Come to a one session mini course for beginners and experienced writers alike who wish to generate new work and engage in dialogue. Read, listen to, and briefly write poetry together. Whet your appetite for poetry – a deeply moving expression of feelings. Understand the components of style. Bring paper and pen or laptop. Age 16+. Saturday, January 24 9:00am – 1:00pm

Teen Writers NEW!
http://www.campusce.net/Clark/Course/Course.aspx?c=3675
Writers ages 13 to 17 — do you wish to learn the basics of writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction? Through writing exercises and discussion, we will begin to see the power in self-expression as we discover and develop our own style. Talk about writing with others in a supportive community environment with gentle feedback. Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is a published author and the founder of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic reading series. Bring paper and pen or laptop and a sample of your writing to share. Saturday, February 7 and 21 9:00am – 1:00pm