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Sweet Science

ROUND 1

A flurry of rhythmic punches.
Right. Right. Right. A snappy left. Right. Right,
sets up a left faint – followed by a right uppercut
that seems to rise from the ring floor
connecting squarely upon his opponents jaw
that elongates the chin and neck into a vertical arch
that remained me of a feeding giraffe.

The crowds cheers rides upon the backs
of the ahs and ohs of fans who emphatically cringe, feeling the impact of each landing punch.

The fighter stagers back,
regains equilibrium and firers off a powerful left
then clenches with his opponent – buying time
to catch his breath – too reach the bell –
too clear the cobwebs from his mind.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

One boxer dances back to his corner.
The other, walks with pride and a faint wobble — to his.

Corner men infuse their fighters with bravado:
“Your kicking his mother fucking ass”
Corner men waive smelling salts beneath the nose.
Corner men dabs away blood.
Corner men wipes sweat from glistening forehead.
Corner men reminds their fight maintain their rhythm.
Corner men claps shoulder.
Corner men barks, “Go own his ass!”

ROUND 2

Ding. Ding.
Bell sounds. Referee drops his arm.

The underdog throws a blur of punches in the two minute
most jabs and punches find air
where a weaving head had just been.
The announcer informs
“He’s only connected on 9 of 52”

Season champ shows predatory patience…
waiting…
for younger arms to tire,
for his opponent over stride
for a moment of doubt…

Snap – patience pays off
a right slices between raised gloves
lands square on jaw… staggers the defender.
Champ strides in.
Right. Left. Left, left. Right. Right. Left.
Each punch lands – driving his opponent into the ropes.

Lunging forward in calculated desperation
rummy fighter manages another clench.
Ref steps in…

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

ROUND 10

Corner men are doing their thing.
Crowd is roaring. Pounding chests. Cheering on their fighter.
Commentator says the fight is close.
Commentator thinks the champ his ahead on point.
Stat man says he has the champ ahead 6 round to 4.
Stat man says the judges might have it different.
Cameraman pans the crowd:
Lingering on sexy women.
Lingering on rappers and their possess.
Lingering again on sexy women
whose curves say they are anything but cheep.
Lingering on Jack Nicholson
who is wearing dark shades
and flashing his money smile.

Ding. Ding.

Calls the fighters to center ring.
Reminding everyone their is a fight gong on.
Referee drops his hand.
Challenger release a quick storm of punches
that lack the snap and pop of earlier rounds.

The champ shows a faint smile.
The champ shows shark eyes.
The champ closes with a series of pounding body shots
stagger his opponent.
The champ is calm and vicious
his gloves move with the precision of sharped teeth
eating away his opponents resolve.
The champs punches still carry leverage.
Right jab, left cross, faint,
two more lefts into the rib cage.

Challenger takes hard hits that corner him.
Challenger taunt the champion.
Challenger clowns and mugs – the crowd cheers.
Challenger plays wounded.
Challenger dares the chap to finish him.
Challenger knows he has only one chance.
Chap does not take bait.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

ROUND 11

Corner man tells his fighter:
“Stop fucking playing. Stop the bull shit.”
Corner man lies to his fight:
“You even. Keep doing what you are doing.”
Corner man squeeze his fighters green glove:
“If we are going down, go down punching.”

Ding! Ding!

Champ strolls to center ring,
his seasoned muscles are coiled cobras.

Challenger dances for show.
The crowd erupts, emitting euphoric screams.
The crowd falls into a state of rapture chanting is name.
The crowd devolves into a fevered madness.

Referee drops his hand.

Challengers hands hang hip high with misplaced arrogance
as he dances flat footed
welcoming an attack.

Champ faints a series of punches
appearing closer to the challenger then he is.

Challenger throws a looping hook
believing his bait has been swallowed whole.
Challenger over strides, connecting with air
thick with the sour scent of the crowd.
Challenger is twisting through the air.
Challengers brown eyes slip into a state of confusion.
Unsure how he became air born.
Unsure if he needs a pilots license.
Unsure if his feet remain cat like.

The crowd is as silent as a stone before entering water.

The champ strides forward,
supporting his launching-pad right
with a manic pounding of rights and lefts
to body and face.

Challengers nose evaporates from sight,
a red plume blossoming in its place.
Challengers knees fail to function,
caving inward with the precision of wall
giving way upon destination.

Champ throws a final hook from his hip
connects with challenges cheek.

Challenger becomes horizon
as he spins face down into the mat.

Chap dances without flair towards his corner.

Referee kneel. Begins the count of 10.

The crowd erupts with transferred loyalty.
The commentator swear the results were never in doubt.
Referee lifts the Champs right hand into air.
Jack Nicholson leaves with three fine-dressed women,
each wearing shades.

The challenger, motionless, could be living or dead.

Copyright © 2016 by Duane Kirby Jensen

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Marci Ameluxen Features – October 1, 2015

LeanHouse

Marci’s Lean House interrogates the relationships in a woman’s life, especially between mother and daughter, and the way these connections ravel and unravel one’s sense of being. Her stark landscapes and poignant portraits of loved ones demonstrate the thoughtful, attentive nature of the writer.
    –Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of Becoming the Villainess & She Returns to the Floating World

Musical Guest:  Tanner…. bringing a touch of Irish discontent to the stage.

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Featured Poet: Dobbie Reese Norris

Musical Guest: “Frankie the Milkman’s Song.” Featuring Michael Daley and Brad Killian.

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Featured Poet: Rachel Rosenberg

Rachel Rosenberg is like a super hero; mild mannered lawyer by day, kickass poet by night. She swoops down onto stages throwing words of razor sharp wit, screaming her battle cry of “more pretzels, please!” Her utility belt is full of funny, sexy, and sometimes awkward. Meet Rachel Rosenberg; meet…Poetic Justice!

P.J. (as she is known in all circles anywhere ever) has been writing poetry for 17 years and performing it for the last two. Her poems have been published in a number of online and print journals, most recently in The Leaning House Press and The Sparrow Ghost Collective Anthology of Poetry: Vol.’s 1 and 2. Her love of words is intriguingly electrifying.

Musical Guest:  David Johnson

“Music has been a constant part of David’s life since childhood. After completing six years of piano lessons, he picked up guitar at age 19 and began to write. Deeply personal lyrics and a folk-driven alternative pop sound make listening to his music a unique experience.”

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Featured Poet: Elizabeth Vignali

Musical Guest: TBA

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9/3:  Featured Poet: Cynthia French

Cynthia French’s lease is up at the end of September. She’s looking for cheaper rent. And possibly help moving. You should come see the show if you know a place or like carrying boxes of books. Cynthia will be fresh back from the National Poetry Slam when she comes to Everett Poetry Nite. She is a member of the 2015 Seattle Poetry Slam Team. Her new chapbook, Rough Drafts and Rejects is a collection of newer work and a 20 page writing sample she submitted for a teaching job in Michigan that she obviously didn’t get. She encourages feedback, just not in the middle of a performance. Cynthia is also a painter and avid crafter and will probably have some handmade journals and other artsy things with her at the feature. She hopes to eventually find a way to have a workshop where she can make and sell all the things in her head. I guess what she’s saying, and by “she,” she means “I” since she’s writing this bio herself, is that she needs a lot of help. With her poetry, her living situation, her career choices, retirement portfolio, etc. Luckily she doesn’t let that get in the way of her good sense of humor and amazing poetry. If you read this bio looking for professional credentials, here are a few: Cynthia has her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, is a two time recipient of the VERVE grant for spoken word, won the 2013 Story Fest MN Story Slam, and has performed at over 20 national and international poetry slam competitions.

Musical Guest:  Tanner…. bringing a touch of Irish discontent to the stage.

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8/27 Featured Poet: Jamie Marlow

Jamie Marlow is a gaylien/human hybrid hailing from an ammonia tank stockyard train track nestled into the corn country of central Illinois. She believes her vivid imagination and extreme paranoia, which fuel her writing, are a result of adolescent ammonia induced hallucinations and the blunt force trauma of being knocked out by too many expectations. She is all allergy AND histamine blocker; can lift your spirits, but not your heavy boxes because the only thing she’ working out is her heart. Her attempts at humor are endearing at most, because she is not funny or clever. But she is real and she tries hard. One year ago she moved to Seattle, Washington and is currently suffering from culture shock and over stimulation; this has elevated her poetry status from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship”. Most notably, she is the reigning Seattle Poetry Slam Iron Poet and has qualified to compete in Women of the World Finals Slam where she will compete against the most badass of Seattle’s female identified poets for a chance to represent our fine city in Albuquerque, NM for WOWPS 2015! In her down time or between slam rounds she recruits heads of hair to cut so that she can pay her bills because she’ s not romantic enough to write by candle light.

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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Featured Poet: Annette Kluth

She writes from a place of deep darkness, having witnessed and been a part of much tragedy… but her words are tempered with the fire of hope, the joy of embraces the good moments that come her way – especially the release music and dancing to the hard beats of rock and roll have given her – moments of blissful sanctuary.

She has been part of the poetic community of thirty years. Participating in groups from the legendary Red Sky Poetry reading series, Blue moon, Seattle Poetry Slam to Everett Poetry Nite. She has rubbed shoulders and been influenced by such poets as Steven Jessie Bernstein, Tara Hardy, Morris Stegosaurus, Karen Finneyfrock and Jack McCarthy

She is a poet who writes from her gut. Her words are raw – meaning unguarded. She tells her tales – blemishes and all.

Musical Guest: David Johnson

David was born in Everett, Washington and was adopted by Duane and Marlene Johnson within 24 hours of his arrival. Though he has never met his birth mother, he was told that her grandfather was involved in a symphony orchestra. Perhaps one day he will find her and inquire more about the musical history in the family.
He has been involved in music since a very young age. In elementary school he often had solos in musical programs and plays, as well as taking choir for a year. Starting piano lessons in third grade, David continued learning for six years. Due to his frustration with mathematics and a seeming predisposition to playing intuitively by ear, he quit taking lessons by freshmen year of high school.
In 2003 while doing some housecleaning, he found his father’s guitar tucked in the extra bedroom closet. His dad agreed to let him have it if he would play it. It was then that he started songwriting; his journey of self-discovery has since been mapped out and preserved through his songs.

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Featured Poet: David Arthur

David Arthur is an emerging poet from Everett, WA. He is actively involved in Everett Poetry Night and hosts a weekly workshop which leaves its participants both emotionally and creatively bloodied. When taking the microphone, his words create an electric charge within his audience’s hearts, due to his innovation in the art of performance as well as his enigmatic presence. He is a writer who takes the randomly beautiful and terrifying experiences of living then translates them into poetry that is at the same time both relatable and within an intoxicating unreachable realm. He is known for taking a single moment and expanding it across the page to form a world of its own. His first book showcases his remarkable ability to capture grief and self with notes of humor to lighten the cynical nature of his words. This is only the beginning for David, so look for so much more to come in the future and hope his wanderlust will bring him to your town.

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

My passion lies in music. I began playing the guitar at the age of 9. Although I’ve had some formal training I am mostly self taught. I also play the piano and had a brief affair with the violin.

Like many young women these days I suffer media induced poor self image. My songs are a reflection of the me I see and who I want to be.

My mom tells me I first started composing songs at the age of 3. When I didn’t’ get my way, I would burst into mournful song. In my family this became known as “Eden’s Lament.”

“Eden’s Lament.” is also the name of her first CD, which was released in July of 2015.

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Featured Poet: Emma B.

Emma B. gives her wondrous insight into the dark side of light. Seeing through the eyes of science and nature with the burden of society’s status quo and totalitarianism, she trains the mind to appreciate what is natural and unveil the mask of society, forcing us to skew our perspective.

Emma’s love for Robert Frost combined with her experiences growing up in Washington State gave her a deep appreciation for nature; a degree in psychological science gave her an interesting outlook to society and her love of stage poetry gave her the edge to combine all of this perspective to deliver it with passionate life changing words that will make any audience tremble.

Emma can normally be found hiking the Cascade Mountains. Reading at Everett Poetry Nite or Co-Hosting The Writer’s Workshop. She has a great empathy for words and life which shows every time she puts pen to paper or steps behind the microphone.
Written by David Arthur

Musical Guest:  Tanner…. bringing a touch of Irish discontent to the stage.

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Featured Poet: Wil Gibson

Wil Gibson was born from a good idea and a bottle of bourbon. He was raised in some of the poorest communities northern Illinois and eastern Arkansas have to offer. He now lives in Portland (the one in Maine) and likes it a lot there (you probably would too). He writes too many love poems and not nearly enough of his novel. A proud (mistake prone) father of four who tries real hard and is still growing up.
He has performed with or opened for; Regie Gibson (no relation), Charlie Neville, Brother Ali, mybrightestdiamond, Toki Wright, Patricia Smith, and Kurtis Blow (among others) in dive bars, high schools, colleges, poetry slams, libraries, living rooms, restaurants, prisons, coffee houses, and churches from Bellingham, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts and beyond.
He was runner up at the 2010 and 2011 Arkansas Grand Slam, audience favorite 2010 Arkansas Grand Slam, three time (2008-2010) Portland, Maine/Port Veritas Grand Slam Champion, 2010 New Hampshire/Slam Free or Die Grand Slam Champion, has represented Portland, Maine six times (2008-2012, 2014) at the National Poetry Slam, including the 2011 team that made semifinals.

His mentors have included Jason Carney, Ryk McIntyre, Mike Macklin, Nick Fox, Billy Tuggle and Jay Davis, but you shouldn’t hold that against him.
He has toured nationally solo and as part of:
Uncomfortable Laughter (w/ Beau Williams, Kait Rokowski, and Ryan McLellan)
guyslikeyou (w/ Beau Williams and Ryan McLellan)
is an honorary member of Chicago 4 Star Poetry(w/ Billy Tuggle, Andi Kauth, Rik Vazquez, Melanie “George” Decelles, Ashley Hart, and Patricia Smith)
and is a founding member of the Port Veritas artist collective.
He has had collections published with Moon Pie Press, Sargent Press, and Red Bench Press, and has been published several times online and in print.
He likes people and dogs a lot. He would like to pet your dog, talk to you a few minutes, and possibly give you a hug if that’s ok.

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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Featured Poet: Rebecca Shay

Rebecca Shay is a dragon who frequently masquerades as a poet, a girl, or an adult. Sometimes she masquerades as all three at once! Her favorite phrase when she was sixteen was “Adulthood is a myth; grownups are obsolete.” At 26, she doesn’t really know what this means, and she is unsure whether her younger self would be proud of her or not. Her favorite food is burritos. She think she is pretty good at writing poems, but bios still baffle her. She hopes to have her second chapbook out for this feature. It doesn’t have a title yet, but she is pretty sure it will be amazing.

Musical Guest: David Johnson

David was born in Everett, Washington and was adopted by Duane and Marlene Johnson within 24 hours of his arrival. Though he has never met his birth mother, he was told that her grandfather was involved in a symphony orchestra. Perhaps one day he will find her and inquire more about the musical history in the family.
He has been involved in music since a very young age. In elementary school he often had solos in musical programs and plays, as well as taking choir for a year. Starting piano lessons in third grade, David continued learning for six years. Due to his frustration with mathematics and a seeming predisposition to playing intuitively by ear, he quit taking lessons by freshmen year of high school.
In 2003 while doing some housecleaning, he found his father’s guitar tucked in the extra bedroom closet. His dad agreed to let him have it if he would play it. It was then that he started songwriting; his journey of self-discovery has since been mapped out and preserved through his songs.

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Featured Poet: Lauren Gilmore

“Lauren Gilmore lives in Spokane, WA. Her work has appeared in Riverlit, The Wire Harp, and is forthcoming in Seattle’s Floating Bridge Review #7. In 2013, she became the youngest poet to win Spokane Poetry Slam’s yearly Grand Slam, qualifying her for both the national and world poetry slams. Though sidelined due to age restrictions, she traveled with the team to nationals, acting as a coach, and was a spotlighted performer on the Individual World Poetry Slam finals stage later that year. She is the 2014 recipient of the Richard Baldasty Award for poetry. She also writes stories, love letters to insects, and an excessive amount of question marks.”

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7/9 Featured Poet: Michael Hodges

Michael Hodges. A recent addition to the Seattle poetry scene. He is a regular at The Rain City Slam. His is one of the new and dynamic voice pushing the evolution of Seattle poetry towards the future. His first chapbook entitled “A Scientific Method” was released in November, 2013.

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

My passion lies in music. I began playing the guitar at the age of 9. Although I’ve had some formal training I am mostly self taught. I also play the piano and had a brief affair with the violin.

Like many young women these days I suffer media induced poor self image. My songs are a reflection of the me I see and who I want to be.

My mom tells me I first started composing songs at the age of 3. When I didn’t’ get my way, I would burst into mournful song. In my family this became known as “Eden’s Lament.”

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Featured Poet: EXTENDED OPEN MIC

No Feature Scheduled
for 4th of July Weekend…

Musical Guest: Tanner

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Shannon P. Laws, Bellingham WA., is a 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award “Poet” recipient.  Her poetry has appeared in Clover, and Through the Eyes of Islanders. She has performed in Western Washington University’s “Erotic Poetry Night”, the West Coast Tagore Festival, Writers International Network Canada and was a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company “Phrasings” collaboration.

Shannon encourages new poets by hosting the bi-monthly public group Village Books Poetry Group, and is a founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham, who promotes harmony through words for international writers at various public readings, including the annual “Read-in! Write-on!” event.

Her publications include:

Madrona Grove (poetry)

Odd Little Things (poetry)

Colony Zero (Sci-Fi, E-Novel)

http://shannonplawswriter.com/

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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6/18 – Just moved from 7.9.15

Featured Poet: Elisa Chavez

Elisa Chavez is a writer, nonprofit foot soldier, and pen-for-hire living in Seattle. She is a member of the 2014 Rain City Poetry Slam team, in the midst of revisions on her first novel, and producing a flurry of chapbooks. She likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Musical Guest: Tamas Tokaensemble

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6/11

Featured Poet: Sean Aaron Bowers

Sean Aaron Bowers aka Johnny No Bueno – No Bueno takes us to the front lines with his weaponized words. We travel to every dark place he’s been; places that most of us will never go. He is both vulnerable and vitriolic, and although the stories may be different, it is the sameness that is most striking, the humanness that connects us. We see ourselves through his distorted lens. We relate to his struggle to become more than the sum of his parts. We cheer, we cringe, we are at times collateral damage. We bear witness. We are moved. We are changed.

Sean Aaron Bowers is best known for his book: We Were Warriors, published 2012 by University of Hell Press.

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

My passion lies in music. I began playing the guitar at the age of 9. Although I’ve had some formal training I am mostly self taught. I also play the piano and had a brief affair with the violin.

Like many young women these days I suffer media induced poor self image. My songs are a reflection of the me I see and who I want to be.

My mom tells me I first started composing songs at the age of 3. When I didn’t’ get my way, I would burst into mournful song. In my family this became known as “Eden’s Lament.”

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Featured Poet: Robert Lashley

Poet. Playwright. Critic. Essayist. All Around Fly Brother From The Block. · Bellingham, Washington · 1987 to present
Robert Lashley is a semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Lashley has had poems published in such Journals as Feminete, NAILED, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth. His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. To quote James Baldwin, he wants to be an honest man and a good writer.
This tour he will be showcasing works from his new Chapbook: Up South.
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Featured Poet: Lennée Reid – May 28, 2015

5/28: Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Featured Poet: Lennée Reid

Lennée Reid is a geeky unitarian witch doctor poet activist survivor trying to make sense if it all and find peace Her work is published in Works In Progress often She has featured all over Cascadia Lennée has been heard on the KAOS 89.3 literary show “Tell It Slant” She has performed at: The Rachel Corrie Foundation, The WA state Capital, Seattle Poetry Slam, Rain City Slam, The Duwamish Long House, B Sharp, The Round-Portland, Rainingman, Kalefest, and The Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle. With her poetry she speaks for the trees, shines a light on darkness and advocates for spiritual harmony. She can be found smudging people at the artesian well at noon on tuesdays Lennée loves organic fair trade anything road trips and karaoke. She dislikes patriarchy and uses punctuation when she damn well pleases smile emoticon

She can also be found on YouTube, Facebook, her blog mamamystic.wordpress.com and Twitter @lenneereid

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Musical Guest: Tanner

Featured Poet: Matthew Brouwer

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA. His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound. He has performed throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque,Phrasings, and Strands. Matthew leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer’s website is matthewbrouwerpoet.com.

“I believe each one of us has a poetic spark, and whether it be at a senior center or a juvenile detention facility, I love to bring my work to places where people often do not have a chance to share their own unique voices. My school of poetry is one of both spontaneity and surrender. I look to uncover the unusual, contradictory, and sometimes embarrassing parts of myself because I believe each one possesses value and wisdom. Few things to me are more exciting than bringing a hot, living piece of the imagination into the world and then having the opportunity to share it with others.”  -Matthew Brouwer

“The best feature poet we’ve ever had.” 
 –RJ Walker, Greenhouse Effect, Salt Lake City
“Electrifying…”
 –Shelley Tucker, Seattle, author of Writing Poetry

http://matthewbrouwerpoet.com/

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Featured Poet: Tim Johnson – May 14, 2015

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is a beautiful and unique snowflake who mistakes love for co-dependency all the time. He was the 2010 IWPS representative and 2011 Grand Slam winner for Spokane Poetry Slam, and currently writes and performs in Seattle, Washington, where he lives in a dungeon with three other poets, gimp Bob Ross, and several gallons of marinara sauce. His dibs-partner calls him the queerest straight person she knows. He is the second-ranked sister husband and designated honeypot in the Seattle Mohawkfia.

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May 7, 2015

Musical Guest: David Johnson

Featured Poet: William Lindberg

William James Lindberg is more of a word musician than a page poet. The experience of words oscillating through his bones is the kindling that feeds the blazing frenzy of his pen. He learned the meaning of the word, poet by living on Capitol Hill in Seattle from 2003 to 2011. There he performed poetry at nearly every venue in the city. He also busked his word for a stint on street corners at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.

William believes that writing is best produced in community with others. He team-taught a workshop with Ahmed Teleb (Verbal Expression Lab in 2011) at Seattle Central Community College, coordinated a writers’ circle (2010 – 2011), co-organized a critique group with Carrie Albert (2006 – 2011), emceed a spoken word open mic in McMinnville & Newberg, and produced a cable access TV show that featured writers & artists (2001 – 2003).

William currently lives a Henry David Thoreau fantasy in rural Grand Ronde, Oregon. In the solitude of a hidden valley he gardens words, publishes a zine called Randomly Accessed Poetics, publishes a chapbook series, and tends his websites rapoetics.com & penhead-press.com.

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Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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Featured Poet: Nathan Tompkins

Nathan Tompkins is a poet and photographer living in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to his pro-active, literary mother,  by the age of 9 Nathan was reading Frost, Noyes, Coleridge, and Poe. At 14, Nathan realized he could write, too, and wrote horror and fantasy. He began writing poetry at 15.  Nathan’s poems and photos have been published in the Bellwether Review, NonBinary Review, Alchemy, Ghost Town Anthology II, as well as other literary and art publications. He currently has two chapbooks out, “Junk Mail of the Heart” and “The Dog Stops Here”, with possibly one or two more showing their white sails over the Pacific’s curves.
Here are some video links, one just to my youtube page, and the rest to other shows I’ve done.

Musical Guest: Jillian

Featured Poet: Malcolm H. Kenyon

Retired. Now teaches English as a Second Language for Whatcom Literacy Council. Chapbooks: If I Were a Cat, Recapitulation, Nakedness, Swallows, US66, The Goat Island Battery, Pictures of the Dead, Expeditions to the Golden Triangle, Zen Birds, Basic Persian, Love:Yvonne. Published in Jeopardy 2007, Manzanita Quarterly, Padilla Bay Poets Anthology, Bicycling Magazine, Research Center for the Arts Review. Hangs out with the Poetrynight crowd in Bellingham, the best people ever!

Commissioned Officer, United States Navy. Combat service in Vietnam in minesweepers. Assistant Damage Control Officer in USS Constellation (CVA-64). Chief Engineer, USS Haynsworth (DD-700).

Marine Mechanical Technician for Todd Shipyards Corporation Nuclear Division, Galveston, Texas. Technical report writing, wrote test procedures for destructive testing of nuclear reactor control-rod-drive-mechanisms.

Graduate studies, University of New Mexico, research in military and naval archives at Madrid, Spain and in the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City. Master’s thesis Naval Construction and Repair at San Blas, Mexico. MA, Latin American History.

Secondary-teaching certification, Industrial Arts Education, University of New Mexico. BSIE. Vocationally certified.

Lecturer in the Industrial Education Department at the University of New Mexico. Taught hot metals processes and technical mathematics.

Vocational Instructor at Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington. Taught machine shop, welding, blueprint reading, technical report writing.

Assistant Professor of Technology at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington. Taught machine shop, welding, tool design, metal fabrication, industrial maintenance. Founded the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program.

Manufacturing Engineer, Seattle, Washington.

Toolmaker, Lopez Island, Washington.Materials and Processes Engineer, Seattle, Washington.

Owner of The Rendezvous Gunshop, Nooksack, Washington. Gunsmith.

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Photo by Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Musical Guest: Matt Price

“Matt is a really fine poet, but also a terrific singer and guitarist – his style is hard to pidgeon-hole – his songs are like mini-movies, beautifully crafted, like Cheryl Wheeler’s, with appeal that crosses all genres.”

– Christine Lavin

More on Matt Price can be found at:http://www.notechoice.com/

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Featured Poet: Natasha Moni

Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Cardiologist’s Daughter, was just released from Two Sylvias Press in Fall 2014. Natasha’s poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in around 50 journals, magazines, and anthologies including: Verse, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, The Pedestal Magazine, and Rattle. Please visitwww.natashamoni.com to read samples of her work.

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Tara Hardy Presented by Everett Poetry Nite April 2, 2015

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Musical Guest: Tanner B.

Featured Poet: Tara Hardy

Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, WA. She is the author of “Bring Down the Chandeliers,” published by Write Bloody Press in 2011, and is the current writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House. Tara is the 2011 recipient of the Washington Poets Association Burning Word Award and was elected Seattle Poet Populist in 2002. Tara has performed on seven final stages during various National Poetry Slam competitions and has been the Seattle Grand Slam Champion three times. Currently, Tara tours the U.S. as a poet, performer, keynote speaker and teaching artist. A daughter of the United Auto Workers and activist in anti-violence movements, Tara views art as a tool for social change. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.

http://www.tarahardy.net/

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Join us for John Burgess who reads from his new book – “By Land,” on 3.26.15

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Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Well, I make rhythmic, melodic sounds that kind of resemble songs with a guitar shaped box and strings. And I play anywhere I can, mostly around Snohomish and King county. You can find my sounds on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Featured Poet: John Burgess

John, whose new book “by Land…” a riff on the Journals of Lewis & Clark, releases Feb. 28 from Ravenna Press. Copies will be available for $10 that evening.

Ravenna is excited to announce, a bit belatedly, John Burgess’ new book, “by Land…”, his fourth collection from Ravenna Press, a multi-voiced re-experiencing of the land voyage of Lewis & Clark. The book follows a narrative arc based on his intersections with the historic trail they forged. The work is a collage of poems, handwritten lists, typewriter poems, cartoons (aka graphic poems), a memoir in 10 fragments, maps and reassembled texts that riff on the Journals.

John Burgess first intersected with the Lewis & Clark Trail at Three Forks in 1978 when working as the third man on a three-man survey crew in the Gallatin Valley of Montana. Since then, he has explored major sites along the trail from St. Louis to Fort Mandan and from Fort Clatsop to Lolo Pass, and has read the complete Journals of Lewis & Clark.

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Featured Poet: Robinson Bolkum w/ Vanessa Pepoy

Robinson Bolkum

…. and next week we will continue our tale with ….
Our favorite storytelling poet and Semi-regular Everett Poetry Nite participate.  Robinson has one of the most unique poetic voice in the NW – or poetry anywhere.

He asked if he could share the stage with a friend whose poetic voice he admire. We said sure.

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Vanessa Pepoy

Friend of Robinson Bolkum (from when the two
of them were selected as poets for a Frye Art Museum
reading, a decade ago) Vanessa Pepoy is a discerning observer
of humans & other contradictions. Her own work speaks
for itself, & her strength of presentation speaks
well for poetical colleagues she’s kindly
representing here tonight. There
are honors & accolades one
could mention, but they
wouldn’t make you
like her less
or more.

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3/12

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

My passion lies in music. I began playing the guitar at the age of 9. Although I’ve had some formal training I am mostly self taught. I also play the piano and had a brief affair with the violin.

Like many young women these days I suffer media induced poor self image. My songs are a reflection of the me I see and who I want to be.

My mom tells me I first started composing songs at the age of 3. When I didn’t’ get my way, I would burst into mournful song. In my family this became known as “Eden’s Lament.”

Featured Poet: NO One This Week. We will have an extended open mic.  

Our featured poet was suppose to be Lex Cross, unfortunately life has required him to be in another state the night of hos feature. We will try and reschedule.

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Bellingham’s Dee Dee Chapman performs 3.5.15

Musical Guest: Tanner

Featured Poet: Dee Dee Chapman 

Dee Dee Chapman is a Pacific Northwest transplant who studies Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington has been her home for six years, the longest time she’s stayed in one place. She is a cinephile and her favorite animal is the Megalodon shark of prehistoric times.

 

“Dee Dee Chapman strips herself to show us ourselves–she writes nakedly to teach us how to bare our own innards, and when she re-opens her wounds, we bleed with her. We give her our wrists with pleasure.”

– Erica Reed

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