Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, & Claudia F. Savage read at Another Read Through April 25, 2019

Poetry Reading with
Christopher Luna, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, & Claudia F. Savage

7-8 pm
Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Another Read Through
3932 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227

Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Vancouver, WA reading series Luna founded in 2004. Luna and Partington are also the co-founders of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press and editing/coaching service serving Northwest writers. Printed Matter Vancouver has published two anthologies from the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic as well as debut books of poetry by Clark County, WA poets Tiffany Burba, Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, and Jenney Pauer.

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Toni Lumbrazo Luna is the author of Wind Wing and the chapbook Jesus is a Gas.

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Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018) featuring poetry and collage art by Christopher Luna

Christopher Luna is the author of Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018) and the chapbooks GHOST TOWN, USA and Brutal Glints of Moonlight.

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Claudia F. Saleeby Savage is part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and co-runs a parent-artist podcast of the same name. Her most recent book of poetry is Bruising Continents. Other recent work appears in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute Fellow, a progressive think tank. Her collaboration, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in 2020. She teaches privately and as a Writer in the Schools and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland.

 

Photographs from Poetry on the Piazza, Director Park (Portland) July 9, 2012

David Abel and Christopher Luna chat before the show by Richard Schemmerer

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Vancouver poetry and art at the first Poetry on the Piazza of the year. We were so happy to see: Josh Raveling, Kyle David Congdon, Alex Birkett, Anni Becker, Jada, Erin Kluka, Darlene Costello, Amy Harper, David Matthews, and Rick J., among others. We had beautiful weather, and a large group of folks who were really into the proceedings, as well as all the kids and others who were just enjoying the park. We are grateful to David Abel for inviting us to curate a Vancouver showcase for this year’s series, and to Peter and Jenny, park employees who attended to all of our needs. Finally, Printed Matter Vancouver co-founders Christopher Luna and Toni Partington would like to thank our fellow poets Kori Sayer and Jenney Pauer for their outstanding performances, Tyler Morgan for his music, and DaBat for his poetry and art.

Poetry on the Piazza at Director Park, Portland, OR July 9, 2012 by Anni Becker

This was a well-documented event. Richard Schemmerer posted photos and video. We are especially grateful for the YouTube clip, which features a slide show of images as well as some video clips.

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Photo by Richard Schemmerer

http://pdxart.blogspot.com/2012/07/pdx-art-david-abel-presents-christopher.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ4Xa_6B9to&feature=youtu.be

Also check out rick j’s observations: http://spokensongpdx.blogspot.com/2012/07/poetry-found-living-room.html?spref=fb and Kori Sayer’s poem “Carousel,” which he posted on his blog: http://spokensongpdx.blogspot.com/2012/07/carousel-by-kori-sayer-from-chapbook-dr.html

Rick J’s notebook by Richard Schemmerer

Here are some photos by Toni Partington:

Tyler Morgan and Christopher Luna by Toni Partington

DaBat by Toni Partington

Christopher Luna by Toni Partington

Kori Sayer and DaBat by Toni Partington

Kori Sayer by Toni Partington

Toni Partington and DaBat by Christopher Luna

Toni Partington reads from Wind Wing by Christopher Luna

DaBat by Toni Partington

DaBat’s paintings by Toni Partington

Tyler Morgan by Toni Partington

Jenney Pauer by Toni Partington

Here are some photos by Anni Becker, whose work can also be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kermitlover/

http://www.annibecker.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anni-Becker-Photography/274729801765?re:

Poetry on the Piazza organizer David Abel welcomes the crowd to Director Park

by Anni Becker

Tyler Morgan by Anni Becker

Tyler Morgan by Anni Becker

Christopher Luna by Anni Becker

Christopher Luna by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat by Anni Becker

DaBat’s paint by Anni Becker

Four by DaBat by Anni Becker

Eight by DaBat by Anni Becker

Kids by Anni Becker

Kids run and play in Director Park by Anni Becker

Kori Sayer by Anni Becker

The view from behind the mic by Anni Becker   

Toni Partington by Anni Becker

Toni Partington and DaBat by Anni Becker

Lovebirds in the park by Anni Becker

A lovely evening in Director Park by Anni Becker

The crowd at Director Park Listens to Tyler Morgan’s music by Anni Becker

Jenney Pauer by Anni Becker

Jenney Pauer by Anni Becker

Toni Partington’s Wind Wing is now available as an eBook

Printed Matter Vancouver co-founder Toni Partington’s Wind Wing, which is one of the bestselling books by a Vancouver, WA poet,  is now available as an eBook on Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/shop/toni-partington/wind-wing/paperback/product-6186780.html) and Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-wing-toni-partington/1105805665?ean=9781257542642). You can also order a copy of the book from Cover to Cover Books (http://covertocoverbooks.net) or St. Johns Booksellers (http://www.stjohnsbooks.com/).

Here is what some of Toni’s fellow poets had to say about the book:

Poetry Lovers Rejoice! Lyricism is reborn in Wind Wing. A true daughter of Sappho rises in our midst, and her name is Toni Partington. Whether in deeply confessional poems, such as the title poem, written for her mother, or sororal anthems such as “Mermaids,” or pungent observations on the general culture such as “Fat Straws,” Partington has created a women’s poetry for all people. I can think of no more apt acclaim than that which Edmund Wilson once rendered onto Edna St. Vincent Millay: “In giving supreme expression to profoundly felt personal experience, she was able to identify herself with more general experience and stand forth as a spokesman for the human spirit.” David Madgalene, Windsor, CA

“Have you ever considered trading your life for that of a crow’s? Toni Partington has in her poem, “It Matters To Notice These Things,”just one of many highly imaginative and often brutally honest looks into the lives of women who have stared into the face of mental illness and other traumas. Ms. Partington will take you on a ride in an Impala, telling you what it’s really like ricocheting between two worlds with the wind-wing open. Her poems refuse to hide behind shame, embarrassment, or judgments. You will know by the end of this book that “silence is the great intoxicant / seduces you while it burns / a gaping hole in your throat.” Her book is a lesson about “boxes within boxes,” and will leave you with the knowledge that “cardboard castles / can’t survive in the rain.” In valiantly opening the Wind Wing, she gives us all the courage to conquer our greatest fears.” M, Portland, Oregon

“Toni Partington’s Wind Wing is a deeply moving & compassionately observed collection of poems. Its lucid voice is deeply resonant & ultimately heartwarming.” David Meltzer, San Francisco, CA

“Toni Partington shows us the underbelly of women in the midst of challenges incomprehensible to some: mental illness, domestic violence, mothering broken children. Dignity, understanding and courage abound in this volume of tough yet lyrical poems.” Eileen Elliott, Vancouver, WA

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

At Frenchman’s Bar

by Toni Partington

 Egrets assemble

levitate in slow motion

perfectly

above the Columbia’s glass top

framed by fifty-foot twigs

upright to the sky

 

in silhouette

 

parked barges resemble a life

stopped abruptly 

await permission to dock

unload the steerage of this long journey

 

when will it be time for you

to sail toward unknown ports

where women gather in flocks

lean into each other and

beckon you to land

Vancouver Poets open the 2012 Poetry on the Piazza Series at Director Park (Portland, OR) Monday, July 9

6:30-8:30pm

Monday, July 9

Director Park

SW Park & Yamhill

Portland, OR

David Abel presents

Poetry on the Piazza

Featuring poetry by Christopher Luna, Toni Partington,

Jenney Pauer, and Kori Sayer

Live painting by DaBat

Music by Tyler Morgan

This outdoor poetry public reading series provides a glimpse into some of the fertile and diverse literary communities that contribute to Portland’s reputation as a literary mecca. Coordinated by PP&R’s Multnomah Arts Center.

For more info: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=52454

Christopher Luna reads at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA

Photo by Jim Martin

Christopher Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, whose books include Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poems from the popular Vancouver, WA open mic reading he founded in 2004, and Serenity in the Brutal Garden, the debut collection by Vancouver poet Jenney Pauer. His books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of film and literary history that Luna edited at Brakhage’s request, available on Michael Rothenberg’s Big Bridge.org.

Toni Partington at Cover to Cover by Jim Martin

Toni Partington: I’m a poet intrigued by the investigative process. I work with the narrative form to explore social commentary. I’m always looking for the “sweet” spot between poetry and art where collaborations find a common voice. Vancouver, Washington is my town and visual, literary, musical, and performance arts are my mission.

Jenney Pauer by Anna Shogren

Jenney Pauer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied theater and English literature. After serving four years in the United States Army as a Korean linguist, she obtained a Secondary English Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest with her dog and cat in 2008, she taught high school English along the border of Arizona and Mexico. Recently, Jenney co-wrote a short film, Nico’s Sampaguita, accepted into the 27th Annual Asian Pacific Film Festival in Los Angeles, and soon to be released by Sacred Fire Films in San Francisco, California. Serenity in the Brutal Garden (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2012) is her first book.

Kori Sayer and her daughter, Blu

Kori Sayer is a northwest native and a lover of words, wine, friends, kids, art and social justice. She’s worked on a few self-published collaborations with friends and has been featured at a few local readings here and there including at the Cover to Cover series, which is the birth place of her imagination and the place that serves her soul’s favorite comfort food. Her most recent chapbook, Dr. Turpentine, was published all the way back in 2009, she’s been working on small projects and raising her daughter since then, but hopes to have a new book out this fall.

DaBat’s notions of the universe are wildly abstract and difficult to envision. His nature is to show the viewer that within the darkside of light, there is always hope. His influences can be found in the indirect light of love, rage, randomness, the need for non-conformity, the dream of a different reality.

For the last six years Tyler Morgan has jammed with Lincoln’s Beard, playing several instruments. Right now he is taking a sabbatical working on a few new things and recharging his batteries.  Feel free to check out a few of his ideas at www.jvvawa.com . He is mostly playing acoustic covers with a smattering of originals.