[JANUARY 19: New Date for] Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Jen Coleman & Mike G

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to icy conditions, this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic has been postponed until January 19. Please help us share this news, and stay safe.]

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

Featuring Jen Coleman and Mike G

 7 pm

Thursday, January 19

 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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Jen Coleman is the author of Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier, and We Denizens from Furniture Press in 2016. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York, where she co-edited the journal POM2. She now lives in Portland, OR. Coleman’s set will include one poem accompanied by drummer and songwriter Cat Minor.

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Let’s Be Tarsiers by Jen Coleman

It’s too cruel to be a bloody human.

Let’s be a boom-slang, viper or hippo.

Let’s be tarsiers born with fur and eyeballs

big as our brains. Let’s have the long, long feet.

Let me call you tarsier like the long long

bones in your feet. Let me be a tarsier

and balance eye with eye and stay silent.

Take your third tarsier finger and touch my

third finger as long as your upper arm.

Touch your two tarsier toes to my two toes.

Eat bugs and lizards and know me, tarsier

As I know you, tarsier, feasting on bats.

Be awake in the night with me, tarsier,

and leap, and be quite quiet and quite shy.

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Mike G: I’ve been writing for my sanity for quite some time now. It’s the most fun, and the most serious thing I do. For me, performing is the public celebration of this sanity. Now and then I’ve read my poems on KBOO radio. Now and then my poems get published. To say it another way: I oozed from the womb in Michigan with hardly more life than a manikin, then the Muse infused me with madness, inspired my wordplay of  rage and sadness, or sometimes funny, so it’s said; I’ll clown and rant until i’m dead.

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Mike G reads at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic (photo by Tiffany Burba)

After the plague of boils Job scalded his secret patience formula upon my soul. That’s me lounging on the rotting log spitting a protest melody into the unwashed harmonica. The cold sun is a kind of food. I watch the leaves eat. Eyes fierce and blue in the whiteout blizzard. That’s me, the keeper of memory, not buried yet, heart still beating.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Naomi Fast October 13, 2016

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

7 pm
Thursday, October 13
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: http://briz.us/

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
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Featuring Naomi Fast, author of

Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography

Naomi Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ms. Fast earned her MA in Writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in Fast’s Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography, provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period.

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Fantasy by Naomi Fast

According to Naomi, “I consider my Portland Light poems to be ‘light’ in language, length, mood and tone—they are, if you will, ‘language snapshots.’ My hope is that they also reveal bits of a city that aren’t readily seen unless we shine a light on them.”

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Awning of Stars by Naomi Fast

Eclipse
by Naomi Fast

We photograph the bronze moon
in increments.
Planets collaborate
enlightening our address
with sun and moon’s embrace.

We’ve lived rivers and oceans of years
but it only takes one
cloudless September night
to eclipse them all,
to reveal with a flash
this naked moment
of our sameness.

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Burnside Love by Naomi Fast

Latitude #1, edited by Rob Gourley, features writing by Printed Matter Vancouver Publishers Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Latitude #1

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Latitude # 1, edited by Rob Gourley, photo by Chris Gourley

FEATURING Natosha Natoaster Snider, Melissa Sillitoe-Bocarde, Dan Raphael, Robert Rahula, Joshua Baker, Toni Partington (aka Lumbrazo-Luna), Christopher Luna, & more.

LATITUDE, in its first issue published this week, spotlights several emerging poets along with new texts offered by some leading poets who curate spoken word events in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.

Objective was to produce a journal focused on expressive arts, what my professor, Nicholas Crome, used to refer to as “small literary magazines” back in the early 70s. Method involved gathering material from all sorts of contacts, without offering a preconceived theme for the issue, nor excessive guidelines, because I was hoping to be able to present both topical and stylistic variety. As for selection, I fortunately was able to accept something from each contributor. Results are initially appealing, although ultimately this is in the hands of the readers.

THIS SMALL JOURNAL focused on expressive arts is available in the following independent shops:

BACKSTORY BOOKS attn: Amanda

6010 SE Foster Rd. (971) 282-3332

Portland, OR 97206

MOTHER FOUCAULT’S BOOKSHOP

523 SE Morrison St. (503) 236-2665

Portland, OR 97214 opens ~ 11 am Pacific time

JUPITER’S BOOKS attn: Watt

P.O. Box 1096 (503) 436-0549

Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Celeste Gurevich August 11, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

 7 pm

Thursday, August 11

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

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

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 Featuring Celeste Gurevich

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Celeste Gurevich is a Portland writer who grew up on the Oregon Coast. Her work has been published in Perceptions: A Magazine for the Arts, the Manifest-Station, and elsewhere. She is a proud mother and grandmother, flower tender and Crazy Bird Lady. If you need regular doses of her words, you can hit Celeste up on all the usual social medias.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Tessara Dudley July 14, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

 7 pm

Thursday, July 14

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 Tessara Dudley

 Tessara Dudley is a poet-publisher-educator-activist living in Portland, OR, where she crafts poetry and personal essay from the intersection of working class Black queer femme disabled life. Her hobbies include studying history, fighting oppression, building safer communities, and knitting. She’s the author of Fallen/Forever Rising (2015), a tribute to victims of police violence. Tessara Dudley

 

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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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

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery celebrates National Poetry Month with a bilingual reading featuring Los Portenos founding member Cindy Williams Gutierrez Thursday, April 9

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

7pm
April 9, 2015
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

With our Featured Reader Cindy Williams Gutierrez:

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Cindy Williams Gutierrez

Photo by Russell J. Young

Selected by Poets and Writers Magazine as one of the top ten 2014 Debut Poets, poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones, was published by Arizona State University’s Bilingual Press. Poems and reviews have appeared in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Periódico de poesía, Portland Review, Quiddity, Rain Taxi, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA. Plays include Words That Burn, which premiered in Milagro’s 2014 La Luna Nueva festival to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and the William Stafford Centennial, and A Dialogue of Flower & Song featured in the 2012 GEMELA (Spanish and Latin American Women’s Studies) Conference co-sponsored by the University of Portland and Portland State University.

Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program with concentrations in Mesoamerican poetics and creative collaboration. Cindy is a founding member of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers’ collective, and the founder of Grupo de ’08, a Northwest collaborative-artists’ salon inspired by Lorca’s Generación de ’27.

Los Porteños is committed to making Latino and Latin American literature an integral part of the Portland community. We are dedicated to raising our voices and raising awareness of our diverse languages, canons, stories and cultures. We develop and nurture each unique voice into a collective of writers honoring this diverse heritage. Founded in 2006 with the steadfast support of Milagro Theatre, we have presented annual literary readings for Day of the Dead as well as participated in Milagro’s La Luna Nueva festival. In 2011, we began hosting a William Stafford Birthday Reading featuring original, multilingual poetry and prose written in response to Stafford poems.

2014 marked Los Porteños’ foray into community-building projects, including a Noche de Neruda reading at Literary Arts, a staged reading of Marrano Justice in collaboration with Congregation Ahavath Achim, and the production of Words That Burn in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the William Stafford Centennial, and the rescindment of Executive Order 9066. A dramatization of the World War II experiences of conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and Chicano Marine Guy Gabaldón, Words That Burn was supported by 20 community sponsors, including arts and humanities funders; Asian-American, Latino, and peace organizations; as well as universities and libraries. Recent collaborations featured Echoes Cabaret—in memory of “the disappeared”—with the Jewish Theatre Collaborative and Mujeres—in celebration of International Women’s Day—with Milagro.

Upcoming readings include Letters in Exile: William Stafford and Miguel Hernández at Literary Arts on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm.

If I Were a Nahua Poet

Make my body a cuicoyan, this house of song.
Garland my bones with those who have gone before, colli,
And the ones who have gone before them, colli. Return,
Return. Let the sweet wind be their breath on my shoulder,
Their tug on my tunic. Let my voice join the ancients
To swell the sky with a thousand plumes of light. Ehua!

And when the moon moves between sun and earth,
Let us remember to beat our deerskin drums and dance.
To pound our bare feet and chests until this holy earth
Splits in two, and volcanoes rise up in song. Only then
Will this life be worthy: to make the dark earth rumble,
And the heart fiercely tremble. Yolhuihuiyocaz, tremble.

By Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
From the small claim of bones, Bilingual Press, 2014.