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

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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.

The Work ART 4 ART 2016

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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 Peter Ludwin March 8, 2018

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic flyer March 8 2018

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Featuring Peter Ludwin

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, March 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/

LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

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Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry.  His first book, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press.  His second collection is Rumors of Fallible Gods, a two-time finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award that was published in 2013 by Presa Press.

His new book, Gone to Gold Mountain, was published in 2016 by MoonPath Press and subsequently nominated for a Washington State Book Award.  In May, 2017 the Before Columbus Foundation nominated it for an American Book Award.

A fourteen-year participant in Mexico’s San Miguel Poetry Week, where he has studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Stroud and Robert Wrigley, Ludwin was the Second Prize winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards.  In 2010 Soundings Review named him its Reader’s Choice winner in the spring/summer issue.

Most recently, he was the 2016 First Prize winner of The Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, the Second Place winner of the 2016 Paulann Petersen Poetry Award, and a finalist in poetry for both the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and the Pangaea Poetry Prize.   A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, he received nominations in 2016 from MoonPath Press and Connecticut River Review.

His work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, North American Review and Prairie Schooner, to name a few.  A world traveler who has journeyed by canoe to visit remote Indian families in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, hiked in the Peruvian Andes, thumbed for rides in Greece, bargained for goods in the markets of Marrakech and Istanbul and survived debilitating illness in China and Tibet, he is also accomplished on acoustic guitar and autoharp.  He lives in Kent, Washington, where he works for the Parks Department.

 

 

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Coleman Stevenson September 14, 2017

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic flyer September 14 2017

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic featuring Coleman Stevenson

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm

Thursday, September 14

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

Angst Gallery

1015 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

angstgallery.com

Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

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

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

LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY, ANTI-FASCIST, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004

Listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/state-of-wonder/article/ghost-town-poetry-vancouver-washington-open-mic/

Poetry Moves Season Four Launches on July 15 in Esther Short Park

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Poetry Moves Season Four Launch Celebration

11:30-12:30

Sunday, July 15, 2017

Farmers Market Music Stage

Esther Short Park

Vancouver, WA

This event is a public reading of student poems selected for the fourth season of Poetry Moves, featuring poems written by students in Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna’s Poets in the Schools program whose work has been selected to appear on C-Tran buses from July–December 2017

Congratulations to all of our student poets:

James B., 4th grade, Hearthwood Elementary

Gavin B., 4th grade, Hearthwood Elementary

Brooklyn C., 2nd grade, Hough Elementary

Ellie G., 8th grade, Amboy Middle School

Allison K., 5th Grade, Union Ridge Elementary School

Kaylee K., 5th grade, Union Ridge Elementary School

Berenice L-P., 6th grade, Discovery Middle School

Jacob R., 8th grade, Amboy Middle School

Johanny S., 6th grade, Discovery Middle School

Christina S., 11th grade, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

JOIN US FOR THIS WONDERFUL CELEBRATION OF LOCAL STUDENT POETS

Season Four of Poetry Moves will once again feature ten young poets from the schools visited by the poets in Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna’s Poets in the Schools Program. The workshops were led by April Bullard, Christopher Luna, Jim Martin, and Morgan Hutchinson. Christopher Luna supervised the instructors, and Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington managed and supported the team.

On July 15, we will celebrate the students whose poems were chosen with a special reading at the Vancouver Farmers Market Music Stage in Esther Short Park. Each student’s poem will be read aloud. Those students who cannot be present will be acknowledged by one of the instructors from the Poets in Schools Program. Arts of Clark County will have channel cards from previous seasons of Poetry Moves for sale to benefit the program.

The student poems will appear on C-Tran buses through December 2017.

When Christopher Luna was named Poet Laureate for Clark County in 2013, he launched a poets in the schools program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program has received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County.

Arts of Clark County Chair Karen Madsen made contact with C-Tran and laid the groundwork for the Poetry Moves program. Her husband Cameron Suttles designed the channel cards for the buses. The first and third season of the program featured poems from ten Clark County poets, eight of whom were selected by Luna and his wife and Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington as judges of a countywide contest. Season Two featured students from the Poets in the Schools Program.

POETRY MOVES is a project of C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna.

Please visit our Facebook page: Poetry Moves

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Tiffany Burba Reads from Meet Me Where I Left You at Backstory Books in Portland on May 18, 2017

Fo Po Poetry

Featuring Brittney Corrigan and Tiffany Burba

Hosted by Dan Raphael
Thursday, May 18 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Backstory Books
6010 SE Foster Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97206

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The latest publication from Printed Matter Vancouver.

Fo Po Poetry for May will feature Brittney Corrigan and Tiffany Burba. We also have spots for 6 open podium readers.

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collection Navigation (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, 2012) and the chapbook 40 Weeks (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and she is the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the autism spectrum. Brittney lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is both an alumna and employee of Reed College.

Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer living in Vancouver, Washington. Her first full length book of poetry Meet Me Where I Left You was published by Printed Matter Vancouver last Fall. Tiffany has been published in Ghost Town Poetry Anthology Volume 2 and the Poeming Pigeon anthologies Doobie or Not Doobie? and Poems About Music.

Toni Partington & Christopher Luna on KBOO Radio’s Poetry and Everything, hosted by Judith Arcana April 24, 2017

Chris and Toni at KBOO with Judith
Christopher Luna and Toni Partington in the KBOO studios in Portland, OR

Poet and activist Judith Arcana recently interviewed Printed Matter Vancouver founders Christopher Luna and Toni Partington for her radio program, Poetry and Everything

http://kboo.org/media/57359-poetry-and-everything

We’d like to thank Judith for her hospitality and her thoughtful questions. We are also grateful to our friend and fellow poet, Patrick Bocarde, for engineering the program.

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Poetry And Everything
Air date:  Mon, 04/24/2017 -10:00pm to 11:00pm

Interview with Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Chris and Toni co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the series he established in 2004. Together they founded Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press and editing service.  Not only are there two of them, working together on those projects, but each of them does (notably) more than two things.

 

Submissions Now Open for Poetry Moves Phase Three: DEADLINE September 14, 2016

PRINTED MATTER VANCOUVER

 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO RESIDENTS OF CLARK COUNTY, WA

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce the submission period for POETRY MOVES, poetry by Clark County residents to be showcased on C-Tran Buses beginning January 2017.

Submission Guidelines:

What You Need To Know:

·         Deadline: Poems will be accepted until September 14, 2016 at 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time.

·         Submissions: By email only.

·         Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of Clark County, Washington.

·         What to Submit: a maximum of two (2) poems. Poems can be no longer than seven (7) lines. The poem can be a complete poem or an excerpt from a longer poem. If the poem is an excerpt, please indicate this and give the poem title. Previously published poems may be accepted subject to the discretion of the editors. Indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and publication rights in the body of the submission email. Only one poem per poet will be selected and a total of ten poems will be chosen for this phase of the project.

·         If accepted: If your poem is accepted for use in this project, the editors may have suggestions for edits or format changes to prepare the work for display. Whenever possible the editors will work with the author to review suggested changes. Authors will have the final decision on the edits. The editors are unable to guarantee publication of your work if they feel the edits are necessary and the author disapproves of the changes.

·         Author agreements: Authors agree to public use of their poem and photo. The Poetry Moves project and C-Tran retain first rights to use and display the poems. From there, rights revert back to the author. Authors agree to have their work and photo appear online or in other publicity/promotions by Poetry Moves, C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poem Format:

§  Poem(s) must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font with one-inch margins.

§  Include your name, address, phone, and email at the top left of each page.

§  Include the poem’s title one line above the body of the poem, in bolded font.

§  Poems should be single-spaced with one blank space between stanzas.

§  Poems should not exceed seven (7) lines on 1 page, and be your original work.

§  Seven (7) lines may be excerpted from a longer poem, if indicated as such.

§  Poems should be saved as a separate document in Microsoft Word with the extension: your last   name+poem title. Example: Luna+Sunset Dream

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How to Submit:

§  Type “Poetry Moves Submission” in the subject line of the Email.

§  Include in the body of the Email:

o   The title(s) of your poem(s).

o   Contact information: name, address, email, and phone (home/work/cell).

o   For previously published poems, indicate the publication name, date, poem title, and whether you own the publication rights.

§  Include each poem(s) as a separate attachment.

§  Include all attachments in one email.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 AT 11:59PM, PST TO: printedmattervancouver@gmail.com

Sponsored by C-Tran, Arts of Clark County, and Printed Matter Vancouver

Printed Matter Vancouver is a small press that provides editing and coaching services to Northwest writers of all genres founded by Toni Lumbrazo Luna and Christopher Luna.

 

The Columbian acknowledges Printed Matter Vancouver’s Christopher Luna and the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in “Clark’s Growing Literary Community”

Had a great time at the Gallery 360 Book Fair. I used my New York voice to coax people onto the porch. So fun to be shouting in Vancouver, WA. You should try it some time, it’s good for the soul. Thank you to Peggy Bird for organizing this event and inviting me to participate. I really enjoyed hanging out on the porch of the Slocum House with authors Victoria Lindstrom and Kriston Johnson and gabbing with the people of Ghost Town about poetry and literature. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and/or buy a few books: Lori Loranger, Bruce Hall, Karen Goysich Read, Rainy Knight, Christi Krug, Maureen Andrade, Jim Martin, Shawn Morrill, Erica Marchbank, Erin Dengerink, Angie Lindquist, and Ian Caton. We had perfect weather and an enormous crowd at the park. I hope that Gallery 360 decides to host more events like this in the future.

Peggy and Christopher at Gallery 360 Book Fair by Maureen Andrade
Gallery 360 Book Fair organizer and author Peggy Bird with Christopher Luna. Photo by Maureen Andrade for the Columbian

Many thanks to Maureen Andrade of North Bank Artists Gallery and the Columbian for this account of the event:

Clark County’s Growing Literary Community

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

Ghost Town Flyer April 9 2015

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:

Cindy WIlliams Gutierrez poet

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.