Matthew Eiford-Schroeder Reads from Consistently East at Grief Rites Readers Series on Monday, November 5

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce that Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, the author of our most recent release, Consistently East, will be one of the featured readers at Grief Rites Readers Series on Monday, November 5.

The series, which is hosted by Melissa Lynne and Marialicia Gonzalez, takes place at Post 134 in Portland (2104 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211). The community will celebrate the three-year anniversary of this remarkable series that night.

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Matthew Eiford-Schroeder reads to the crowd at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on August 9, 2018. The reading served as the book launch for his debut volume of poetry, Consistently East.

Here is Melissa’s announcement about the event:

Grief Rites Writers Series

Hosted by Melissa Lynne and Marialicia Gonzalez

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Featuring Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, Daniel Dagris, Nicole Smith,

Meg Weber, Sean Davis, Marybeth Bonfiglio, & Jen Violi

7 pm
Monday
November 5, 2018
Post 134
2104 NE Alberta St
Portland, Oregon 97211
(503) 284-7272

 

A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others.

*Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic. Mature audience.

*Venue is accessible; gender-neutral restrooms on premises

Doors at 6:30pm. Readings begin at 7pm.

Come early, grab a drink (full bar) and find your seat.

Please consider bringing canned goods or cold weather clothing/blankets to donate to the Post 134 food & clothing pantry, which serves local veterans, houseless and anyone in need.

Guess what? November is the 3 year anniversary of the lit series!!

Some highlights:
– 35 readings
– 210 readers
– named one of the top 3 lit series in the July 2016 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine Best of the City (massive gratitude to Kate Carroll De Gutes!!!!)
– participated in LitCrawl 2016

What started out as just a little FB page to share connection over grief has grown into this amazing community of storytellers and heart-sleeve-wearers. Thank you for all of you and your words and stories and hearts and souls and messy brokenness and imperfect perfectness. Thank you for support and for your willingness to share the deepest most raw vulnerable parts of yourself.

Leora Marialicia Gonzalez and I could not have grown this lit series into what it is today without any of you.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Judith Arcana April 12, 2018

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Judith Arcana

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, April 12

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar:

LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Photo by Friderike Heuer

Judith Arcana writes poems, stories, essays and books, publishing online and on paper. Her work has, naturally, been influenced by the times and places of her life: A high school English teacher in the 1960’s, Judith was fired, as many were in those years, considered dangerously radical by the school board. She’s written poems and stories rooted in her commitment to reproductive justice, which began with her work in the pre-Roe abortion underground in Chicago.

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Judith’s new poetry collection, Announcements from the Planetarium, was published by Flowstone Press in 2017; its poems examine memory, consider the nature of wisdom, and reflect on the experience of aging into new consciousness. Judith hosts a poetry show on KBOO community radio in Oregon and online.

The Woman Who Hands You A Gun

Don’t think because I’m old

I’m not learning anymore. No.

That’s not how it goes. Right

now I’m on my way, leaving

town to be a carny, a barker

at the tattooed lady’s tent flap

or the woman who hands you a gun

at the shooting gallery or hoops

to toss over baby dolls. It’s got

to be something I don’t have

to study or practice, something

I can slip right into, on-the-job

training. Because I don’t have

that kind of time anymore.

I’m saying I’ll be an intern

an apprentice – not a student.

I don’t have time for that.

…….. Judith Arcana  (First published in CIRQUE – Winter Solstice issue, 2012)

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

Christopher Luna’s Spring 2018 Creative Writing Workshops [LINKS UPDATED MARCH 6]

Christopher Luna’s Creative Writing Classes Spring 2018

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Christopher Luna photographed by Julian Nelson

Follow your bliss this Spring. Take a writing workshop with Christopher Luna. Christopher has an MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he received training in literary community outreach from Jack Collom, and two decades of teaching experience. He served as the Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. In 2004 he founded the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which he co-hosts with his wife Toni Partington. Christopher and Toni co-founded Printed Matter Vancouver, which publishes local poetry and provides coaching and editing services to Northwest writers.

Below you will find several creative writing workshops throughout the region sponsored by Clark College, Multnomah Arts Center, Niche Wine Bar, Angst Gallery, and High End Market Place. Hope you can join us.

Contact printedmattervancouver@gmail.com or christopherjluna@gmail.com for more information.

Clark College

Downtown Campus

500 Broadway Street, Suite 200

Vancouver, WA 98660

Registration Opens on Monday, March 5

Memoir Writing

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 will empower you to begin to see yourself as a part of history, and to discover the value in documenting the story of your life.

Tuesdays

Register here

ITEM #: 9456

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (T)

DATE: 4/10/2018- 6/12/2018

FEE: $215

LOCATION: CCE 208

Thursdays

Register here

ITEM #: 9457

TIME: 01:00pm – 03:20pm (Th)

DATE: 4/12/2018- 6/14/2018Th

FEE: $215

LOCATION: CCE 208

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. No class on 04/28.

Register here

ITEM #: R074

TIME: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

DATES: 4/21/2018- 5/5/2018 (Saturday)

FEE: $59

LOCATION: CCE 208

Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy 

Portland, OR 97219

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Poetry Writing   

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. Ages 16 & Up.

Mondays 10 am – 12:30 pm

April 2 – June 4 [10 classes]

$249

Register online https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.

Niche Wine Bar

1013 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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The Work: Saturday Afternoon Edition

Join us on Saturday, March 10 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Niche Wine Bar led by former Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna.

Christopher is completely convinced of poetry’s ability to encourage empathy and compassion, and to spark the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. He would love to share his passion for poetry with you.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 11:30 until 2:30.

$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.

Niche is located at 1013 Main Street, right next door to The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District.

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Note: The Work Saturday Edition will take place on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming workshops will take place on the following dates: April 14, May 12, and June 9.

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

The Work: Monday Evening Edition

Join us on Monday, March 26 for The Work, a monthly poetry writing workshop at Angst Gallery led by former Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna.

We will read and discuss poetry, and write several new poems together from 6:00 until 8:30.

$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. (Niche Wine Bar is currently closed on Mondays.)

The Work 2017 Stein

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street, two doors to the North of The Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver’s landmark movie house in the Vancouver Arts District.

Note: The Work will take place at Angst Gallery on the last Monday evening of each month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming Monday workshops will take place on April 30, May 28, and June 25.

The Green House

1920 Broadway

Vancouver, WA 98663

Lifted Lit

Brought to you by Lifted Events

1-3pm

Saturday, March 24

The Green House

Lifted Lit with Christopher Luna

LIFTED Lit Writing class

Join us for a cannabis friendly and cannabis inspired poetry workshop with former Clark County Poet Laureate (2013-2017) Christopher Luna! Light snacks and coffee will be provided, but please BYOC. Must be 21+ to attend.

Register

A bit about 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.

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. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but please pre-register as this is a private event.

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.

BYOC

Valid Photo ID is required for entrance to the event.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Neil Aitken January 11, 2018

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic January 11 2018

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Featuring Neil Aitken
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
of Printed Matter Vancouver
7 pm
Thursday, January 11
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

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Neil Aitken, author of Babbage’s Dream

Neil Aitken is the author of Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which received the Philip Levine Prize, as well as the poetry chapbook, Leviathan. His work has been published in American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Dialogist, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, The Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. A former computer programmer and a past Kundiman Poetry Fellow, he is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, and co-director of De-Canon: A Visibility Project. He also hosts The Lit Fantastic, a podcast about writers and their obsessions, and works as a creative writing coach and mentor. Visit him online at www.neil-aitken.com

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Float
—a fundamental type used to define numbers with fractional parts

Like a bell, or rather the sound of it opening,
a silence that having tolled speaks again

suspended between states of incompleteness—
a point traversing a numbered landscape.

This country of small infinities is what we do
with what remains: bits of window panes,

refracted light, what gathers in the torn leaves
from the dimming edge of the red fields

grown dark. Say what you will, the body is no more
than the moon, a white trouser button in a pool
of gasoline, a halo of ash and flame
ascending the ladder of night.

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar
LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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

Printed Matter Vancouver Books Available at Another Read Through in Portland, OR

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Tiffany Burba reads from Meet Me Where I Left You at Another Read Through Books in Portland, OR on February 23, 2017

It is more important than ever to support local, independently-owned bookstores. One of our personal favorites is Another Read Through at 3932 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland. Owner Elisa Saphier is delightful, personable, and knowledgeable. She allows authors and publishers to hold readings and book launch events in her beautiful second-floor loft, and hosts regular events such as Lesbian Lit Book Group. A generous amount of shelf space is devoted to Northwest authors in all genres.

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You can find Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, Tiffany Burba’s Meet Me Where I Left You, and Christopher Luna’s Pulitzer Remix chapbook Brutal Glints of Moonlight at Another Read Through.

Printed Matter Vancouver is grateful to Elisa for her service to the literary community, and for carrying our books at her bookstore. We are very proud to be associated with Another Read Through. Show your support by dropping by the store today!

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Recap (June 8, 2017): Jan Stewart & Lori Loranger

Our thanks to Multnomah Arts Center writer Jan Stewart, who shared her impressions of her first time at Ghost Town and her time in Christopher Luna’s Multnomah Arts Center poetry writing class:

“My hat is off to you.  A bright and multicolored hat of deep significance is lifted to you for your work in building a vibrant, inspiring, and supportive community of poets. At one point last night you said something like, ‘you guys are cracking my head wide open.’ Mine too. Along with the assembly of poets, a group diverse in race, experience, sexual orientation, gender, and perspective, I was impressed by the core values palpably present. Everyone felt safe to let their voice be heard. The power of that mix cracked my head wide open and knocked my socks off. I have been impressed by what you do for us at MAC and last night saw it is a drop in the bucket in what you do for poets, and even more importantly for the community, for the world, for life on this plane. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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Featured Reader Dan Raphael performs at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on June 8, 2017

Recently, Portland poet Micah David-Cole Fletcher was the only survivor among three heroes who were stabbed while defending a Muslim woman and her friend from a racist terrorist on the MAX in Portland. In gratitude for their bravery and their willingness to stand up to hate, we dedicated this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic to Micah, Ricky Best, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche.

I was moved to tears by Ghost Town regular Lori Loranger, who has been attending the series since it was founded in November 2004, when she shared the following poem:

“Tell everyone on this train that I love them”

remembering Rick Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche

 

So many ways to propagate hate

speak it and spout it and live it

until you believe it’s true

you can teach it to your children,

feed it with your angry thoughts

and stories

keep it on the fire

where it simmers and steams

until it explodes in violence.

 

So many ways to propagate hate,

while those of us who don’t believe,

who won’t give energy to hating,

pour reason and truth and love on the heat of it

with just the one way to not hate:

to NOT HATE

To not hate people who aren’t like us

or don’t think the same

To not hate even the haters

to just not hate.

 

It’s the duty of those of us who can

to speak up, when hate is spoken

taught, displayed

acted on

It’s our privilege to do the right thing,

a privilege not everyone can afford.

We’re all on this train

traveling together, to wherever we’re going,

going our own ways, we’re on this train together

packed in tight

with no room for hate

Tell everyone on this train that I love them.

-Lori Loranger

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Micah Fletcher: “It’s the duty of those who can – Being able to do the right thing is a privilege some people can’t afford”

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Rob Katsuno & Dan Raphael Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Rob Katsuno and Dan Raphael

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, June 8

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

angstgallery.com

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

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Rob Katsuno has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi Joint Venture Broker, a Morgan Stanley Investment Banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise Financial Advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about rob, visit robkatsuno.com

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Dan Raphael performs at the Ford Building in Portland Photo by Robert Sanders

Everyone in This Movie Gets Paid, dan raphael’s 19th book, came out last June. Some of his newer poems appear in Caliban, Curly Mind, The Poeming Pigeon, In Between Hangovers and Otoliths. Every Wednesday he writes and records a news poem, as well as writing stories for the news anchors on KBOO Radio. He hosts Fo Po Poetry, a monthly reading series in Portland, and is the prose editor for Unlikely Stories, an e-zine based in New Orleans.