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.


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.

GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC August 9, 2012 Featuring A. Molotkov, accompanied by musician Ragon Linde, plus Chris Martin’s documentary about Ghost Town Poetry founder Christopher Luna

Featuring A. Molotkov, accompanied by musician Ragon Linde

Plus the premiere screening of Chris Martin’s documentary about Ghost Town Poetry founder Christopher Luna, the latest in Martin’s ongoing series of short films on Innovators of Vancouver  


hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
LGBTQ-friendly, all ages, and uncensored since 2004

7pm Thursday, August 9, 2012
and every second Thursday

Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
(St. James & Minnehaha)
Vancouver, WA


Featuring A. Molotkov, accompanied by musician Ragon Linde:

Born in St. Petersburg, A. Molotkov arrived in the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993.  He is the winner of various fiction and poetry awards, including Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future.  Molotkov’s work was selected for a floor theme in the upcoming Kaiser Permanente building in Hillsboro and for Portland’s Orange Lining public poetry project. The End of Mythology, a collaborative chapbook co-written with John Sibley Williams, is due later this year from Virgogray Press.  Visit him at AMolotkov.com.

The following items will be available for purchase at the reading: True Stories From the Future (poetry chapbook, $12), everything (novel, $8), Can You Stay Forever? (CD, $8), and Look at My Screen (DVD, $8)

Ragon Linde is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and audio visionary based in Portland, OR. Ragon has played in a wide range of musical groups over the last 35 years whose styles included big band, psychedelic jazz, heavy metal, acoustic folk, classical, western swing, marching band, and percussion ensemble. Since 2008, Ragon has been a performing member and musical director of the Moonlit Guttery Poetry Team which has staged performances of “Love Outlives Us,” “Chasing the Sun Over the Horizon,” “Raining Back Up,” and “Time and Absence.”  In 2012 Ragon co-produced and performed in a Percussion/Narrative performance called “Only Ghosts” (https://sites.google.com/site/seeonlyghosts/). Ragon is the founder and leader of the Portland Eclectic Music Society. His 2011 debut album, which will be available for purchase at the open mic, is a double CD entitled Both Sides of the Story ($12) The recording is also available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby and in hard copy at Portland’s Millennium Music.

Unfalling the Stars

by A. Molotkov

sorry door

if I must bother you
why don’t you open wider and admit friends

sorry song

my mouth is not fit to sing you

sorry distance

my steps are not wide enough to cover you

so many stars fall

your last words hang over the threshold
in an endless conversation with my past

as I hang myself on a hat hook

in someone else’s childhood

while you laugh like you always do

so many stars shine

sorry life

my words are not wide enough to honor you


Chris Martin runs Chris Martin Studios, a creative studio focused on provoking thought, initiating change, and unveiling the unique story of businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Learn more at http://www.chrismartinstudios.com.

 Innovators of Vancouver is an online documentary video series telling the story of Vancouver’s leaders of vision, passion and action. The first seven episodes focused on seven unique characters of Vancouver: Dale Chumbley, a realtor using social media to bring awareness to the community; Dave Scott, a professional photographer giving back to a local high school’s sports program; Noland Hoshino, a passionate social media expert utilizing social networks for good; Bruce and Gayle Elgort, enterprise software business owners and global community builders; Carol Doane, a writer and content strategist; Zachary Gray, former owner of Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters; and Anni Becker, community art-ivist (http://www.innovatorsofvancouver.com/episodes/anni-becker/).

Beginning with poet Christopher Luna, the next seven episodes of Innovators of Vancouver will focus on art, literacy, film and comics, as well as the history of Vancouver through the stories of amazing people. Innovators of Vancouver is available online at http://www.innovatorsofvancouver.com or http://www.youtube.com/innovatethecouv/.