Poets who have taken the EPN stage

Jared Paul: Writer, Performance Artist, and Community organizer at Everett Poetry Nite 4.9.15

4/9  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: Jared Paul

Jared Paul is writer, performance artist, and community organizer from Providence, RI. He is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and an eight time coach of the Providence National Youth Slam Team, which placed second in the nation at Brave New Voices 2007. Having toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, playing alongside acclaimed poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, and Atmosphere, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere performance poets in the world. His work appears in poetry collections and alternative teaching guides such as Write Bloody’s forthcoming Learn Then Burn anthology, and, UnCommon Core, on Red Beard Press, as well as in the Providence Journal, Socialist Worker, The Agenda, and more. In January 2014 Jared was part of the largest protest related class action settlement in U.S. history, Schiller v. City of New York, whereby after a decade of fighting, plaintiffs and the New York Civil Liberties Union defeated the NYPD and set precedent in Federal Court against the constitutionality of “Group” Probable Cause.

www.JaredPaul.org

Tara Hardy Presented by Everett Poetry Nite April 2, 2015

4/2

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

3/26

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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Thom Davis 2.26.15

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: Thom Davis

Thom Davis, from Tacoma, lives in Bellingham, WA now. Thom is an avid photographer and all around outdoorsy guy. He is educated in the arts of Geology and Geography, and makes his career as an Environmental Consultant – cleaning up the Earth, one dirty hole at a time.

Thom sits on the Board of Directors for poetrynight and often hosts the weekly Monday night reading. His interest in poetry began while Thom was in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and took a poetry class at his local community college. Thom was convinced he could write a Norse Saga in the form of a Shakespearean Sonnet. Well, he tried. Recently, Thom discovered the haven of poetrynight in Bellingham. He began attending and sharing Haiku written about the world he saw while hiking and roaming the woods of WA State. That soon turned into a Monday night ritual for Thom, and his words started to become more diverse in form and resonance. The community of poets at poetrynight helped encourage him to grow. This is the first of what will likely be many chapbooks. Look for a Sonnet and Haiku book soon.

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Featured Poet: Thomas Hubbard ~ 2.19.15

2/19

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: Thomas Hubbard

Thomas Hubbard

Thomas is a poet who wanders the country, passing through the northwest a few times a year. His words carry the  power of truth. He has been featured on KSER’s program Poets West.. He has two books of poetry out: Nail and other hardworking poems 3rd edition ( the first edition came out in 1994) and Injunz released 2007/2008.

Thomas returns to us, this time reading poems from his new book: Poems In A Foreign Language.

He recently said, “It’s an honor for me to announce publication of my chapbook, Poems In A Foreign Language, published by Foothills Press as one of the Re-Matriation Series of indigenous poetry, edited by Susan Deer Cloud, a Catskill Métis Indian of Mohawk, Blackfoot and some Seneca lineage. This collection of my work addresses the reality of eastern mixed-bloods (like myself). It is available from Foothills ~ …  My thanks to Susan, and to Barbara Alice Mann, professor at the University of Toledo and writer of many scholarly works about the eastern tribes.”

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February 12 – Denny Sorentino

Musical Guest: Farrah Nuff

Featured Poet: Denny Sorentino

Everett Poetry Nites answer to Jim Morrison – our poet.musician who loves love will bare his soul and a little more

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February 5th: Spike Daeley AKA The Return of Professor Cream Puff. Need we say more?

Musical Guest: Tanner B.

2013 Photo by Gary Wade

Featured Poet: Spike Daeley

AKA The Return of  Professor Cream Puff.

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Featured Poet: Kevin Griffing 1.29.15 at Everett Poetry Nite.

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: Kevin Griffing

Kevin Griffing is what scientists refer to as a human. He writes poetry, fiction, as well as an occasional absurd philosophical treatise that would get laughed out of any academic philosophy publication. He attended  Bellevue College when it was still just a community college, and then when he ran through all the fun writing/art/art history/philosophy classes they had to offer there, he transferred to Western Washington University to pursue a double major in English and Philosophy. For a short while in Bellingham, he performed at various open mics and produced a few issues of the adolescently titled, very short-lived literary magazine, “Diarrhea Digest,” that relied heavily on Satire and solely upon the work of himself and his co-creator, Hans Stroo. The notion of open submissions was rejected due to the fact that every issue was treated as if it were one continuous piece of writing and art, much like the three chapbooks Kevin has self-published since then.

Kevin believes that all art should have some sort of meaning or message behind it; that the artist should always have something to say, or something to teach their prospective audience. While he is a poet, and performs his work as much as his “real” job allows, Kevin has always considered himself an artist first and foremost. The poetry has brought him the most attention so far, but along with his writing, he occasionally creates pieces of visual art that usually end up on the front and back covers of his chapbooks as one singular piece of art. He has also experimented, with the help of Scott Rickey’s aptly named “Sweat Shop,” located in Bellingham, with silk screen printing. The covers of his chapbooks were printed into hand-made, one of a kind posters, and he would like to continue to utilize this process of mass production in the future with a screen printing shop of his own. As a side note, he also has aspirations for the creation of films, both shorts and feature-length, but it takes a lot more money, and reliance on the commitment of people, to create that form of art than the ones he is already engaged in.

Although it has brought him the least amount of attention and success, Griffing’s true passion is music. Initially a drummer, he soon discovered programs such as Fruity Loops and Ableton in his teen years, and soon began composing a sort of electronic music that still defies any real genre. This project became titled ‘wrechno,’ and has been co-creating and re-making songs for over ten years with his musical partner in crime, Adam Gerhard.

Kevin Griffing has been published in a couple literary journals (besides his own). Among his credits are Red Sky Literary Journal, and Poetry Quarterly. He’s also had a short story accepted for publication only to find the literary magazine crumble just before the issue he was to be featured in. He has been the featured poet at a few different venues, including Laura Wach’s “He/art” series at Cafe Racer, Garret Lee Rutledge’s short-running open mic at the Bookend Coffeehouse at the Everett Public Library, and will now be featured for the second time at Everett Poetry Night at Cafe Zippy’s.

Kevin’s approach to a Poetry Reading is, much like every one of his other artistic endeavors, not the conventional approach. He prefers the work to speak for itself, so rarely will you get an explanation of when, how and why he wrote this or that piece. Just like every chapbook he has released, as well as every album wrechno has put out since 2006, and even the few issues of Diarrhea Digest, he likes to take what he calls “the dark side of the moon” approach to his readings. From start to finish, the reading should be one continuous piece of art, much like the album by Pink Floyd. And more recently, his readings have begun to transform into a mixture of sound and spoken word. On Thursday, January 29th, the feature will not only be a poetry reading, but wrechno will be joining the stage to create a multi-media, multi-faceted experience for the audience, given there are no technical difficulties with the musical equipment…Come expecting a poetry reading that is neither poetry nor a concert, but a complete experience from beginning to end, using works from all three of his chapbooks.

At the end of the show, there will be books for sale. If you have attended any of his readings in the past and purchased one of his books, the chapbooks here have been edited to the point that it might be worth it for you to pick up the revised editions. After all, the three chapbooks together are also part of one, larger piece of work that has yet to be completed, and quite possibly might not ever be.

People like to over-use the phrase “everything is connected,” but in the case of Kevin Griffing’s body of work, this is just a brute fact. This fact will become clearer as time presses on and pieces are added to the project spanning forms of artistic expression.

To preview some of his visual art: https://www.facebook.com/kevin.griffing.3

To preview wrechno: https://soundcloud.com/wrechnology

Chapbooks will be $5 dollars, or whatever you can afford/feel comfortable paying for a cheaply printed booklet of poetry and, in some cases, short fiction. If you only have a quarter in your pocket, consider it yours. If you’re as broke as Kevin has been at many open mics himself, then a copy is still available to you.

Posters will be 2$ (we are running very low on posters so there might not be enough for everybody.)

Copies of the wrechno album, “stranger” will be for sale as well. Same price as the chapbooks

 

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Jamie Marlow Features at Everett Poetry Nite 1.22.15

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Eden is a  singer songwriter who has opened for us once a month at Everett Poetry Nite through 2014.

From her web bio:
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.”

I’ve done everything from competitive ice skating to modern dance. But 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.

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.

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Toronto based Spoken Word Artist Vanessa McGowan Presented by Everett Poetry Nite ~ January 15, 2015.

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: Vanessa McCowan

 
Vanessa McGowan is a Toronto based Spoken Word Artist and Singer/Songwriter steeped in social justice, advocacy, counselling and workshop facilitation with 13 years experience in social services. She was the 2012 Grand Champion and 2013 member of Toronto’s Bill Brown 1 2 3 Poetry Slam team. She is one of the founders of “Wordspell” Toronto’s only on-going female spoken word series @ The Free Times Cafe. Her first chapbook “Divine Cockeyed Genius” was published by bojit Press in October 2012. Vanessa is proud to be alumna of the 2014 Spoken Word residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.
“Raw power wrapped in polished performance; Vanessa caresses your heart and knocks you in the guts. Makes you feel and makes you feel like feeling.Confrontational, comforting – a consummate poet and performer” – Ian Hanna

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2015 – Let Your Words Soar. Let Them Have Weight. Let Them Matter.

Can you believe it. Everett Poetry Nite is beginning its 10th year of bring local, national and internationally recognized poets to our stage. We believe it is important to showcase a wide range of talented poets, with the hope that they will inspire all in attendance to become better writers encompassing a wider range of subjects.

For those whose intent is purely to listen, and there have been many of you – by exposing you to a wide range of voices, we trust the experience deepens your appreciation of the written word. That words are given added life through their oral presentation.

That being said, what makes Everett Poetry Nite hum, what makes it feel like family, is our core poets who share their work during the open mic segments every Thursday throughout the year (except Thanksgiving – damn that bird). You share your heart and soul with us. You make us laugh and cry. You make us think and feel deeply.

Part of what makes Everett Poetry Nite what it is, is its venue. Cafe Zippy’s has been a fine home for us since 2006 and we look forward to continuing this relationship for many more years. Remember, by supporting Cafe Zippys you keep the doors open, which keeps the mic turned on and the words flowing.

It has been thrilling to see some of our core members: Emma Biachi, ‎Lauri Langston, and Renee Roman Nose put chapbooks together and feature on our home stage. It was great to see Emma take the next step and feature up at Bellingham’s PoetryNight. When this happens, we, this family of raggedy poets, are thrilled to see one of our own spread their wings.

{ Emma will be Featuring at Everett Poetry Nite again this July, when she unveils her second chapbook.}

Edit Tuesdays

In late 2014 we saw the launch of Edit Tuesdays. A gathering of writers interested in editing their poetry and short stories. For those new to editing, it was and is, a brutal birth process, but one well worth taking. It has continued to grow and find interested participants. It has also become more than simply editing. People are coming to write and discuss poetry short stories and novels. They are sharing the beauty of language they have come across. It is an environment of creativity, inspiration and making ones work the best it can be. To loosely  steal from Faulkner – it is the place babies are killed. Or to put it another way, a rose growing where it does not belong is simply a weed.

Welcome to 2015 – I trust it will be another amazing year.

 

Our first show of 2015 takes place January 8, 2015

Our scheduled feature, Jennifer Haggerty, has had to cancel due to illness. She will be replaced by Heather Osborn, a poet who runs the gamut from being hilarious to serious. She is moving to the east coast in a month, so catch her before she departs.

Mark your calendars now….


1/8

Musical Guest: Tanner B.

Featured Poet: Heather Osborn

Heather Osborn is pinch-hitting for our previously scheduled feature – Jennifer Haggerty – who is ill.

Heather Osborn, a poet who runs the gamut from being hilarious to serious. She is moving to the east coast in a month, so catch her before she departs.

 

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Eden Amy ( Canceled due to illness) The Show will go – is our featured Guest December 18, 2014

2014 ~ Schedule of Featured Poets

12/18

Musical Guest: Alex + Monkie

Featured Musician: Eden Amy – Canceled due to illness.

Eden is a  singer songwriter who has opened for us once a month at Everett Poetry Nite through 2014. We are thrilled to be hosting here CD Release Party and having her be our main feature for our last poetry event of 2014.

From her web bio:
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.”

I’ve done everything from competitive ice skating to modern dance. But 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.

 

www.edenamymusic.com

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12/25/14
Christmas Closed

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1/1/15

Closed New Years Day

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Cynthia French & Wonder Dave – December 11, 2014

12/11: Musical Guest: Raj

Featured Poet:  Cynthia French

Cynthia French is an award winning spoken word artist from Minneapolis.  She received an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, is a 2-time recipient of the VERVE Grant for Spoken Word, and a  past participant in Intermedia Arts emerging writer’s program.    Heavily involved with the poetry slam community, Cynthia served as the Slam Master for SlamMN! for 6 years, has been a part of 9 national poetry slam teams, and has represented Minnesota at 3 Individual World Poetry Slam and 5 Women of the World Poetry Slam Competitions.  She has also competed internationally at the Swindon Festival of Literature and Ontario International Poetry Slam.

Cynthia  teaches creative writing, poetry and performance in schools, universities and community centers.  In partnership with ArtiCulture, she developed a youth program called Art Slam that integrates spoken word and visual arts.  Cynthia served as the Executive Director of the Great River Arts Association, a multidisciplinary arts organization  in Little Falls, MN.  She created the cabaret-style showcase, That’s What She Said, which features female artists from a broad range of disciplines.  Two years ago, That’s What She Said, San Francisco was launched.  Cynthia would like to see the program expand to additional markets to promote women in the arts.

Cynthia is the current Minneapolis Women’s Poetry Slam Champion.

http://cynthiafrench.com/

Wonder Dave is a writer and performer from Minneapolis MN. He’s toured the country performing at poetry venues, schools, cabarets, science fiction conventions, burlesque shows and bowling alleys. He was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Verve grant for spoken word artists in 2007. In 2010 Dave, as part of the Minneapolis Slam Team, appeared on the Group Piece Finals stage at the National Poetry Slam. In 2011 he was part of the top 20 semi-finalist Berkeley California slam team. Past acting credits include “The Awesome 80’s Prom” at Hennepin Stages, “Verbatim Verboten” directed by Michael Martin and “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” at The Mendocino Theatre Company. Dave’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in the Legendary, Orange Room Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Pedestal, Shit Creek Review and Assaracus Magazine. A full performance resume is included below.

 

“Wonder Dave combines sarcasm and sincerity with the touch of a painter mixing colors, as he tackles topics from queer issues to the joys of nerd sex.”   the Minneapolis/ St. Paul City Pages

“Wonder Dave Crady is a firecracker – a joyous, take-no-prisoners, reveling in his geekdom, won’t back down from a fight against intolerance firecracker. I think I’m a little in love with Wonder Dave after this show.” -Matthew Everett- fringefestival.org review of “Two Queers and a Chubby”

“Dave Crady and Stephanie Cordell are cat fighting masters of high camp…” John Townsend in his Lavender Magazine review of “The Awesome 80’s Prom”

“He has an appealing way about him. This is Dave’s first appearance at MTC; hopefully, there will be more.” – The Mendocino Beacon review of “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”

“I must speak on our spotlight Wonder Dave of the Minneapolis Slam. He is by far one of my favorite gays. Killing it with his Dr Jekyll Mr. Homophobia piece.” Lucky 7 in the NorCal Slam Update.

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Donte Johnson Features December 4, 2014 at Everett Poetry Nite

12/4: 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: Donte Johnson

 Donte’ is a poet, community organizer, workshop coordinator and writing circle facilitator known by his beloved community as “Da Queen”. ‘Da Queen’ writes about surviving, loving, breathing, and learning. They write of ancestors and their home in the moons heart beat. They have released their Self Published chapbook ‘Steps to the Throne’ in the summer of 2013. This QPOC Queen has been making a name for their selves in Seattle, working with Youth Speaks Seattle for years running the slam series, open mics, writing circles. Donte has been on the Youth Speaks Seattle slam team in the year 2012 and was an assistant teaching artist for the Winter and Spring of 2013 at Madrona K-8 in Seattle WA for Arts Corps, he’s also just made it on the Rain City Poetry Slam Team. Hosting shows for the University of Washington, Teaching workshops at places like Central Washington University, and the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth Program in Olympia, WA. Donte has also featured at a number of top venues and events all over Seattle From the Moore Theater to the Triple Door, to the Neptune Theater to opening for Andrea Gibson at Bumbershoot and The Fremont Abbey. Donte’ shares Youth Speaks Seattle’s Mantra of being un-apologetically infinite and is bringing the Queendom to a poetry event, city bus, open mic, school, or performance space near you.

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Featured Poet: Carolyne Wright ~ November 20th, 2014

11/20

Musical Guest: David Johnson

Carolyne Wright

Featured Poet:  Carolyne Wright

Mania Klepto: The Book of Eulene, Poems by Carolyne Wright

Eulene, the unforgettable protagonist of Carolyne Wright’s Mania Klepto, takes us on an energetic romp through her vision. These brisk poems are never dull, often funny, and always illuminating.

Sample Poems by Carolyne Wright

“Of all the descendants of Berryman’s Henry Pussy-cat, Carolyne Wright’s Eulene has got to be the most, to use the poet’s own term, bodacious. This ‘gregarious loner’ weaves her formidable presence from Puyallup to Calcutta, from childhood memories to apocalyptic myth. Narrative, satire, and lyric meditation come together in an intricate, vivid portrait. In Mania Klepto,Eulene demands her say— and she says a lot.”—Don Bogen, The Cincinnati Review

“Eulene’s deft satire cuts two ways, at Indian folkways and at Eulene’s American expectations and needs, and all in fresh, vivid language. . . . Wright has created a complex character in Eulene, and the collected work about her is certain to attract the attention it deserves.”—Laurence Goldstein, Michigan Quarterly Review

“Carolyne Wright’s Mania Klepto: The Book of Eulene is a masterful, imaginative collection focusing on Eulene, one of the most memorable characters to ever grace the pages of a book of poems. Nothing keeps Eulene down, and nothing keeps these poems from soaring. This inspired collection of funny, audacious poems will leave you reeling with delight and wonder.”—Jim Daniels, author of Revenge of the Crash-Test Dummies

“Eulene, star of a tour-de-force in which an alter-ego is brought to life, knows whoshe is and generously tells us.” —Mark Jarman, author ofUnholy SonnetsandBone Fires: New and Selected Poems

“Eulene promises to be a compelling, disquieting figure.” —W. D. Snodgrass, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

“Carolyne and Eulene rule.” —David Wagoner, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Carolyne Wright has published eight books and chapbooks of poetry. Her most recent collection, A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), was nominated for the LA Times Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Idaho Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. It won the 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Award for Poetry, and was reviewed in The Iowa Review 38/1, and in The Cortland Review:http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/08/spring/rigsbee_r.htmlWright’s other recent collection, Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire(Eastern Washington UP/Lynx House Books, 2nd edition 2005), won the Blue Lynx Prize, Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry, and American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Other books includePremonitions of an Uneasy Guest(AWP Award Series), Stealing the Children (Ahsahta Press), an invitational chapbook,Carolyne Wright: Greatest Hits 1975-2001 (Pudding House); a collection of essays, A Choice of Fidelities: Lectures and Readings from a Writer’s Life(Ashland Poetry Press); and volumes of poetry translated from Spanish and Bengali. Just published is the anthology Majestic Nights: Love Poems of Bengali Women (White Pine Press, 2008).

ISBN 978-1936370412, 106 pages, $19.00

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Featured Poet: Ela Barton — November 13, 2014

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Featured Poet: Ela Barton

Ela Barton is a queer poet and artist living in Seattle, Washington. She is the 2007 Bainbridge Island Poetry Slam Champion, a four-time finalist of the Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam (2009,2010, 2011, 2012) and the first woman to win Jack McCarthy’s Evergreen Invitational (2011). In 2008, Barton placed 23 out of 72 at Women of the World Poetry Slam and in 2013, placed 16 out of 72 at Individual World Poetry Slam. Barton has taught Creative Writing and Performance Poetry at Bent: A Queer Writing Institute. Ela has been featured on National Public Radio and CITR 101.9 (A Canadian Radio Show hosted by JC Peters), SeattleGayScene.com and King 5 News. Her work has been featured on fortyouncebachelors.com and Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women by Sibling Rivalry Press. She is the current co-slammaster & founder of the Rain City Poetry Slam and adapted the concept of Vancouver’s “Mashed Poetics” to create a similar monthly, music inspired, poetry show, Liner Notes. Barton was described in Seattle Gay News as, “unapologetic, smart and sharp-tongued-nothing seemed immune to her poignant observations.” Author, poet and activist, Tara Hardy said, “Ela Barton is the queer echo to the first whisper of revolution. Backlash to cynicism, she’ll have you believing in yourself again.”

http://elabarton.wordpress.com

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Everett Poetry Nite Presents: Maya Hersh, one of the leading voices in the Seattle poetry scene.

11/6: 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: Maya Hersh

Maya Hersh – an east coast transplant who now makes Seattle, WA her home is one of the leading voices in the Seattle poetry scene.

She is a poet whose power and control of words have given her great success on the slam stage and the quieter stages of page poets. She is a poet whose ability with words will allow you to feel her every line. She is a cofounder of The Rain City Slam.

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Featured Poet: Renee Roman Nose – October 30 ~ 2014

10/30:

Musical Guest: Raj

Featured Poet:  Renee Roman Nose

Renée Ametané ‘e Roman Nose
Enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Renée is an professional performer with many years of experience on stage and in front of the camera. Renee is a mother, poet, actress, comedian, community activist, lecturer, and an anthropologist.
Completed work:  Sweet Grass Talking, a book focusing on historical events from a Native perspective, available via this website or through Designs by Melodye at http://www.designsbymelodye.com.
Work in progress:  Have War Paint, Will Travel, a book of poetry which explores the range of relationships utilizing Native humor.
 
Renee recently appeared in the independent film “Some Days Are Better Than Others,” written and directed by Matt McCormick,  where she played the part of Camille.  This film was produced by David Cress and Neil Kopp and additional information about  the film can be found at www.somedaysthemovie.com.

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10.23.14: Featured poet: Elizabeth Steininger

10.23.14

Musical Guest: Alex + Monkie

Featured poet: Elizabeth Steininger

Born and raised in the far islands of Seattle, Elizabeth Steininger found her passion for spoken word poetry in high school. Mentored by Roma Raye, Elizabeth has taken her poetry with her from high school to some classrooms during university inHawaii and back home again. Although her degree is in graphic Design, she loves biology, theatre, surf photography and sending postcards. Poets such as Sarah Kay and Andrea Gibson have inspired her to own everyday like there is no tomorrow; that living is for the moment; and opportunities are for taking and making the most of it.

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Join us for a double feature: Lauren Gilmore & Jennifer Faylor

10/16:
Musical Guest: Nathaniel Manuel & David Johnson

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.”

Bonus – Mini Feature by Jennifer Faylor
Edison’s Ghost Machine

Jennifer Faylor is a poet from New York City and has her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of a choose-your-own-adventure poetry chapbook, “The Case of the Missing Lover” (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), and a full-length book of poetry, “Edison’s Ghost Machine” (Aldrich Press, 2014).

Below is a review from Cleaver Magazine (Review by Nodar Kipshidze)

Edison's Ghost Machine

EDISON’S GHOST MACHINE
by Jennifer Faylor
Aldrich Press, 86 pages

reviewed by Nodar Kipshidze

It may be useful to discuss the inevitable. The unavoidable. Ancient mythology has done this well. After all, it is the myth of Prometheus told time and time again of perpetual trauma—of the unavoidable eagle descending down upon him from the heavens, pecking at his liver, or heart (as scholars contest between the two organs). But perhaps it is important to distinguish between the morphologies of the inevitable. That discussing this sort of inevitable fate is no different from the dogma of theunavoidable, only complicated by contemporary sophisms. The sort of: it was in his nature, the, he was going to fall back in with the bad crowd no matter what. The sort of unavoidable I discuss here, tonight, is the sort of act we ourselves commit, knowingly going into something we know will fail us. Perhaps is it a gambling of sorts. If we return to the myth, Prometheus steals from the gods, knowing nothing good comes from stealing from the divine, as having gone against their word once already. It is this sort of inevitable nature that we arrive to the work of Jennifer Faylor, in her first full-length collection, Edison’s Ghost Machine.

The collection at the superficial level discusses loss, but in its discussion reveals the perpetual nature of loss: we seem to deny the loss of another, trying to recreate, re-envision the loss of a loved one. How peculiar though? To re-envision loss. But it’s not too far away from past poetic movements. It was Sylvia Plath who revealed this reconstructive nature of loss, in her obsessive poems surrounding her father. But Faylor doesn’t fall into this neo-confessional mode, by which I mean that poets today who try to “confess” forget what it is that makes confessional poetry so captivating—the relevancy of the work to greater society. And, in this sense, Faylor doesn’t try to confess anything.

Jennifer Faylor

It is Faylor’s telegrams that prologue each section that strike me the most. They reveal the humanity of the speaker. The speaker of these telegrams aren’t perfect, they don’t hold too much authority. Rather, they make rather simple mistakes: “I try to pre-order a telegram with Western Union,” says one poem, “but as always the manager reminds me / that they no longer send telegrams.” It’s that haunting, “as always,” that the mind seems to gloss over an otherwise simple and trivial fact. The speaker obsesses over this need to send a telegram, and in doing so distances him or herself from her own tribe, her own time period. But Faylor doesn’t quit there. The speaker of “Telegram I” evolves with the turn of another stanza. “I am pre-ordering one to be sent / to myself in 50 years, I explain. […] I don’t want to forget Alice,”says the speaker, revealing his or her forward-thinking mindset. I don’t think it was common for men and women of the past to often think so far ahead, to feel the need to be reminded of the past, in the future. Though perhaps saying so is bit of an assumption. Yet, there’s a truly queer thought. One that’s steeped in the scents and odors of the unavoidable. That perhaps, if this speaker does forget about Alice, and one day receives this telegram telling him or her about Alice, that the loss of Alice is reopened. Or rather, perhaps revealing that loss is never truly mended. That closure is a fallacy.

It’s in the last section, opening with “Telegram IV,” that remind us that loss is loss, unavoidably so—no pun intended. And that perhaps loss is often a hard subject to write about. Not simply for the tragedy of human loss, but rather that as writers we are often scolded to avoid sentimentality. To avoid something that make the reader feel something rather apparently so. Faylor writes about loss in a rather innovative, yet familiar way. She reveals the nature of death: response. It is in this telegram that the speaker knows the ultimate, rather lackluster end to an action of burying a telegram. But does so anyways:

I know the earth hurts in its own way.
I know it is haunted by everything
that has been given over to it
for centuries. And I know it is tired
of holding on to so much. I know.
Still, I place my telegram inside the pit
and stamp the soil down flat again.

Having mentioned earlier that the speaker of Faylor’s pieces lacks authority, we arrive now to a place where that seems rather contradictory. After all, the speaker now reveals his or her knowings: sophisms of the world. But it is this inevitable need of stomping the telegram into the ground, knowing of its future failure that perhaps deconstructs the authority of the speaker. (She/he knows this will go nowhere, but does so anyways). “It has not disappeared,” continues the speaker, revealing yet another turn, “only taken out of me / and placed somewhere else.” It is important to note that the it the speaker is discussing is that of pain. And so we return to this earlier notion of loss, revealed to us in the use of a sonnet–like turn. That it never really is closed and sealed. Perhaps we like to think so with modern television. Those specifically of crime shows (those fictional ones), that seek to end decades long unsolved crimes in the span of forty-five minutes, in hoping to bring justice to the poor individual and to bring closure for the family. But it seems the closure is rather a mask. And perhaps Alice didn’t die of murder, in fact her cause of death is never truly revealed. Yet, I think this inevitable nature of reconstructing the past history surrounding death does not discriminate against the cause of the death, but rather the death itself.

It is the questions throughout the collection that reveal Faylor’s strength as a poet. After all, the poet must be inquisitive, mustn’t he or she? It’s Louise Glück who describes the poet as an individual before an oracle, shedding light on the otherwise simple fact: one does not await a response but rather must ask the oracle a question first and foremost. And perhaps it is my duty to report these questions, but rather I invite you to find them yourself. I invite you to read Edison’s Ghost Machine. Perhaps it lacks the lyrical form I myself am fond of, or imaginative diction we all seem to like. But it is the meditative quality of the works that I think deserve this collection a proper reading. This perhaps unintended meditation on the unavoidable actions, the unavoidable ways we all deal with loss. Rather, the likelihood that no one truly overcomes the loss of human life. It was Donne, after all, who cites the loss of one human life as all human life, that we are all part of a continent that is mankind. I think it wouldn’t be too bold of a statement to say that Faylor’s work doesn’t stray too far from such dogma. We are all human. We all feel loss. Therefore loss is never truly terminal or definitive. Rather it is infinitesimal, but in an exciting and new way: “Then I know the way home,” concludes the final poem of the collection, “I know how to get to her.” And so loss isn’t simply loss anymore, but rather unavoidably different and individual.

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April Ranger ~ poet, playwright and performer ~ Performs October 9, 2014

10/9: Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Featured Poet: April Ranger

Finals Stage, National Poetry Slam, Madison, WI 2008 Photo credit: Michelle Campbell Barry

April Ranger is a poet, playwright and performer. She believes in personal responsibility to fellow humans and the earth.  She grew up in central Maine and currently lives and writes in Boston. April is also a passionate teacher of both writing and performance.

A long-time member of Boston’s poetry slam community, April represented Boston Cantab at the National Poetry Slam in 2008, 2010 and 2011.  She competed at two Individual World Poetry Slams as the Boston representative, and has toured extensively across the United States. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, apt, and Off The Coast. She is the author of three chapbooks: We Are Not As Strong, The Sacred Heartbeat of Consent, and Blood Oranges, Top Bunk.

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October 2, 2014: Featured poet, Stephanie Barbé Hammer, brings her words to the Everett Poetry Nite

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: Stephanie Barbé Hammer

Descended from Norwegian plumbers on one side, and bohemian Russian aristocrats on the other, Stephanie Barbé Hammer has published short fiction, nonfiction and poetry in The Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, East Jasmine Review, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review among other places., Stephanie’s prose poem chapbook Sex with Buildings, appeared with Dancing Girl Press in 2012 and her full length collection, How Formal? appeared in Spring 2014 with Spout Hill Press. A 4-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and a recovering academic, Stephanie teaches at conferences and community colleges, dividing her time between Los Angeles CA and Coupeville WA.

stephaniebarbehammer.net – cyberhome of author Stephanie Barbe Hammer

 

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Balin Lusby Presented by Everett Poetry Nite

9/25:

Musical Guest: Alex + Monkie

Featured poet: Balin Lusby

Balin Lusby is well-known to many people for his many different talents. He is a magician, an actor, writer, instructor, programmer, and poet. Balin was a proud member of Decatur Varsity Poets and learned the art of Spoken Word from his teacher and mentor Roma Raye. His works as both an author and a poet have been published in Highline Community College’s Arcturus.

 

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Stephen Michael Meads Brings his intensity to Everett Poetry Nite 9.18.2014

September 18 ~ 2014

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Featured poet: Stephen Michael Meads

Stephen Meads has been an ever present force in the U.S. poetry slam community and competitions for ten years, having represented Bay Area venues on five poetry slam teams at the National Poetry Slam, as well as a recent solo turn at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

Ever the music and literary connoisseur, Meads now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His writing has appeared in Aim For The Head (Write Bloody), The Chinatown Newspaper, and Nailed Magazine, and other anthologies. He is a contributing editor at Nailed, and has toured all over the country. He enjoys socks and milkshakes, but not sock milkshakes.

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September 11, 2014
Musical Guest: Claudia Furmanczyk

Featured poet: Roma Raye + a special guest

Roma back on the Everett stage – and with a new chapbook.

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Morgan Sagdahl ~ Making her Feature Debut

9/4: Musical Guest: Spencer Carlson

 

Featured poet: Morgan Sagdahl

Morgan Sagdahl is a poet from Tacoma, Washington who’s best known for being a former character at Disney World and the smallest firefightress (female firefighter) you’ve probably ever met. Her burning passion feeds a love for equal rights and her hobbies include taking hundreds of pictures of her cocker spaniel and pretending to be Queen Elsa. She owns a business making dreams come true by performing as princesses for kid’s parties and is currently finishing her degree in visual communications. But for poetry, of course, verbal communication will prove to be the best instrument.

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August 28, 2014: A mild mannered lawyer by day, kickass poet by night… ~ Rachel Rosenberg

8/28: Musical Guest: David Johnson

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.

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Featured poet: Elisa Chavez – August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014
Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield
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.

Photo: Elisa Chavez - will feature August 21, 2014

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Mark Anderson – Presented by Everett Poetry Nite

8/14: Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Featured poet: Mark Anderson

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WRITER’S BLOC

Rebuilding itself around an unlikely leader, Spokane’s spoken-word scene grows into a community.

ARK ANDERSON

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By a quarter to 7 pm, it’s hard to get in the door. People slump in booths and perch atop stools. Bodies block the soda fountain and lean against the ordering counter. People hoot, snap, shout titles.

At the front, only slightly less skinny than the microphone stand he clutches, Mark Anderson commands the room. With a smirk, he bows his head and shakes it gently, as though the Holy Ghost is upon him. He gestures with his hands. Settle down. People more or less comply.

“This place,” he says, voice rising, “is a place of hugs, everyone.” Sound rushes back in. They’re screaming now. “Take off your shirt!” Neato Burrito is the scene of many rowdy, sweaty, drunken nights. Tonight, though, the downtown Spokane bar and burrito shop serves more soft drinks than beer.

“I want your babies, Mark!” one patron yells. “He wants my babies,” Anderson relays, matter-of-factly, back to the audience.

“We all want your babies,” shouts someone else. The smirk grows into a smile. “Welcome to Broken Mic,” Anderson says, “home of the Truth Bomb.”

At 23, Anderson — who grew up in the farmland near Freeman and was, in his words, “the most awkward little kid” — is the leader of a movement.

He didn’t start Spokane’s spoken-word scene, but the people here have come to think of him as its savior, steering it, in the last year and a half, through two separate relocations and a merger with a second reading series.

Step inside a Broken Mic night at Neato Burrito

In six weeks at Neato Burrito, crowds have grown from 20 to 40 to what now regularly tops 60.

Allen Duffy, a comic artist and writer, came out of curiosity and found community. “It’s a lot of beautiful, young, attractive artists who are really interested in being around each other,” he says, “Mark really provides that environment.”

Four years ago, no one would have seen this coming. In September of 2006, at Empyrean Coffee House, a poet named Daniel Harrington started hosting monthly slam poetry competitions. Among the poets who competed was Chrisy Riddle, a creative writing teacher at Central Valley High School.

Empyrean closed within three months. When Riddle bought and reopened the coffee shop and club with her sister, Michelle, in early 2007, she did so largely because she wanted to keep the community Harrington had started alive. Empyrean began to host spoken-word open mics before slam events, Riddle says, “for people who wanted to read poetry, but not that style of poetry.” Those free-form opening events soon became standalone readings for anything-goes writing, forming the framework for what eventually become known as Broken Mic.

In mid-2007, Anderson started showing up. His impact was immediate.

“Michelle and I wanted to shoot him with a BB gun or something,” Riddle says. Anderson would take the stage, reading just awful stuff.

“I could barely speak English,” Anderson says. Worse, though, was Anderson’s boundless enthusiasm. He’d take the stage “over and over,” Riddle says. “We couldn’t take it.”

His artistic breakthrough finally came in summer of 2008. He left Spokane and went to stay with a friend in Portland, busking with his saxophone at public markets for coffee money. He set writing aside, only finishing one poem the entire summer.

“I let it come to me,” Anderson says. The result was “We All Have Our Ghosts,” his first poem as a mature writer. “I still read that and I still feel OK reading that, if that makes sense,” he says.

Anderson returned to Spokane and grew along with the scene, becoming a member of Spokane’s first National Poetry Slam team and taking a leadership role in the organization of the events. In early 2009, he took organizational duties over completely.

Riddle says Anderson’s transformation has been incredible. “I feel like he bleeds poetry,” Riddle says. “He can always silence a room.”

Watch Mark Anderson read his poem, “For Connor”

Mark Anderson’s best poem is “For Connor,” a piece about eavesdropping on a conversation between a mother and her friend about her daughter’s troubled boyfriend. It speaks of loss and the need for connection. The way Anderson connects, though, is key to understanding why poetry is perhaps the perfect form for him.

He says he only really understands himself after emptying himself out from the inside, picking through the viscera, and rebuilding himself.

“I get inarticulate when trying to talk about abstract things,” he says, and there’s nothing quite as abstract as a being’s quest to find itself in words.

For his part, Anderson ensures Broken Mic is an accepting environment. Even beginning poets reading outright bad work get enthusiastic praise — this is a rule of his. As writers progress, though, and if they want it, Anderson begins offering criticism.

Tim Johnson, now 19, started reading in high school as a way to get out of the drudgery of his rural Loon Lake upbringing, but he says it wasn’t until he started to ask Anderson for feedback, that he began to improve.

Johnson says Anderson told him something akin to what Bob Dylan told the Beatles after they released Hard Day’s Night: “Everything you do is really catchy, but there’s no meaning.”

“I rely on Mark to be so honest,” Johnson says, “that his criticism will tear me apart.”

Since graduating from EWU (psychology, “which I’ll probably never use”), Anderson has devoted himself wholly to poetry, and to this scene. He has no other job than this, and this doesn’t, at present, pay. He lives with his parents in a rancher off Regal, on the upper South Hill. His car is a crappy 1985 Chevy Citation that is all but undriveable, so he bums rides everywhere.

Anderson is fond of saying that the poets of ancient Persia were either worshipped or killed. It’s his way of underscoring how low the stakes are now. “We must find a way to write with the feeling of significance,” he says.

He has a poem about how poets were once paid their weight in gold. Now it’s, “We’ll give you your weight in air / don’t breathe it up too quick.”

But look closely while Anderson is performing a poem, and you’ll see the air’s been sucked out of the room. People stand, and sit, and lean, rapt.

Then look at the others reading. Tyler Evans, an MFA candidate in EWU’s creative writing program, reads a piece of flash fiction about the practical problems surrounding the end of civilization. Allen Duffy, 21, reads “The Nine Commandments I Know,” a profanity-riddled half-rap written through the mouth of John Proctor, the everyman adulterer-farmer from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Ryan Weech, 19, reads a densely assonant, rhythmic poem about trading the shrill pitch of television for the warmth of vinyl. “Thick paper cutout pupils / follow her sexy aesthetic,” she recites, swaying, “meteor and morning glory / lysergic, lovely, kinetic.”

Like the vast majority of those in attendance, Weech is out of high school and able to go anywhere. But she’s not, partially because of the work it takes to create something as compelling as Broken Mic.

“It’s a lot harder to get things going here [than other places],” she says, and hard to keep people enthusiastic. In scenes like Seattle, building community isn’t as essential, she believes, because there’s an endless supply of excited young people. Creating something this cool here, she says, “ends up being more thrilling and exciting.”

Anderson is right: This poetry isn’t about riches or death. But ours is a town that routinely loses its brightest young minds to grander cities with healthier scenes. That makes the stakes pretty high.

“We must find ways to make our words actually matter,” Anderson says, perhaps not realizing the blueprint he’s already created with Broken Mic.

BUILDING COMMUNITY IS THE FIRST WAY. LEADING THAT COMMUNITY BY EXAMPLE, THE SECOND.

 

Story from: Inlander – AMERICA’S BEST READ URBAN WEEKLY – March 23, 2011

http://www.inlander.com/spokane/writers-bloc/Content?oid=2134504

 

 

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Everett’s own – Lauri Langston (by way of Louisiana) Reads from her new book: Ready for the Storm

8/7: Musical Guest: Nathaniel Manuel

Featured poet: Lauri Langston

Lauri Langston is a self-deprecating poet who brings her Louisiana roots into each line, lines that are a reflection of the sticky-heat and sultry mood of the mystic Bayou which seasons all levels of Louisiana society. Her work also reflects her 40-years in the medical field – giving care to those confronting their mortality.

She searches deep inside – then willingly exposes her humanity in all of its many shades. By doing so, she infuses her work with an authenticity that often brings tears to the eyes of her audience – or deep throated laughter. Either way as a poet – or truth be told – as a good-old fashioned storyteller – she will take you on a journey.

She has resided in Washington State for over 20 years.
She has been sharing her work in the Puget Sound area since 2010, after accidentally walking into a poetry reading.

This is her first book.

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Sean Aaron Bowers at Everett Poetry Nite 7.31.14

Musical Guest: Spencer Carlson

Featured poet: Sean Aaron Bowers

(Formerly known as Johnny No Bueno)

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7/24: Poets With A Purpose – Four Teens Sharing Their Voice

Musical Guest: David Johnson

Featured poets: Poets With A Purpose

We are a Spoken Word Poetry organization that holds Writing circles, Workshops, Open Mics, Poetry slams to empower the youth and help them find their voice.

They are currently comprised of Travis Thompson, Keoki Lau, Beth B and Koha Farr.
Follow us on twitter and instagram: @voicesofburien

Tumblr: www.poetswithapurpose.tumblr.com

Website: Voicesofburien.com

 

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Michael Hodges ~ Poet of “B Scientific Method: A Zombie Manifesto”

7/17:

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Featured poet: Michael Hodges

Mike Hodges returns, (yes, he was just here in January – but he is so very good) with his newest book fresh off the presses: “B Scientific Method: A Zombie Manifesto”

Mike Hodges is a teaching assistant and doctoral student in the English Department of the University of Washington in Seattle, where he has lived since 2009. He also serves on the board of directors for CascadiaNow, a Pacific Northwest bioregionalist organization, and competes as a slam poet in Seattle and national competitions, including a victory in the 2013 Rain City Slam championship. His writing has been published in Lamplit Underground, Touchstone, and Drunken Boat.

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Let Adriana E Ramirez Words Take You Places – July 10, 2014

7/10:

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Eden Amy is a singer/songwriter with a soulful voice and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Her songs are easily relatable to many of life’s situations.

Featured poet: Adriana E Ramirez

Adriana E. Ramirez is a nonfiction writer, storyteller, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh and Houston, where she is writing a book about her death fantasies, Colombia, and the way we tell stories around violence. She roots for El Tricolor in the World Cup, loves the Oxford comma, and sometimes teaches in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Rice University (B.A., 2005) and the University of Pittsburgh (MFA, 2009); her intellectual interests include violence, code-switching, digital literature, remix culture, video games, confessional poetry, and testimonio. Once ranked the 26th slam poet in the world (Individual World Poetry Slam, 2006), she used to co-host the Latino/Indigenous Showcase at the National Poetry Slam and now runs the Steel City Slam in Pittsburgh, while continuing to perform on stages around the country. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Convolution, HEArt, and Nerve.com. Her first collection of poetry, Trusting in Imaginary Spaces, is forthcoming from Tired Hearts Press.

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Ian Bage Presented by Everett Poetry Nite – July 3rd, 2014

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: Ian Bage

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First & Third 
Thursday 
Impromptu – Give It A Try

NOW ON the first and third Thursday of each month, the third  set of open mic will feature poets who want to try their hand at impromptu poetry.

The audience will give each poet a handful of evocative words. The poet then has thirty seconds to start rolling with what comes into their minds. Poems might be twenty seconds long, 90-seconds or 3 minutes and beyond. The poets mission is to just allow the words to flow till they flow no more.

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6/26: Featured poet: Nikkita Oliver

Musical Guest: Nathaniel Manuel

Featured poet: Nikkita Oliver

Biography
I am a human turned poet who loves people and believes in the unifying power of ONE LOVE.I started writing and performing music and poetry at a young age. The Arts have encouraged me to discover the beauty in all places. As a teen, the Arts kept me interested in school, gave me an outlet for expression, and empowered me to use my voice. Every child should have the opportunity to explore the Arts alongside receiving a wholistic multifaceted education (Science, Math, Reading, Writing, Arts, Health, Physical Education, Spirituality, etc.)Today I view the Arts my modus and vehicle to enact change, to spark the fires of revolution!I am using my artist craft to share a message of LOVE, justice, unity, and community activism.My politics and my faith run hand in hand. Be love, act justly, show mercy, walk humbly, seek unity. GOD is LOVE. LOVE is GOD. Show LOVE and you show GOD.I am currently a law student at the University of Washington. A former youth service provider and teacher, I have grown tired of seeing the youth that I serve, our families, and our communities held down by a system that we do not understand and that does not seem to understand us. I am striving to become the solution to a massive problem. My end goal is to share all that I gain in this time of formal schooling to empower people to advocate on behalf their selves, their families and their communities. I strongly believe that we, the people, are the solution to all of the problems that plague our communities. We just have to be willing to step into places of power, to use our voices, to share our stories, and to commit to doing this revolutionary change work as one unified body.
Stage Bio:
Nikkita Oliver, according to a poll she took on Facebook, is awesome. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and started doing slam in 2012. She thinks complex metaphor is complex hence why she prefers to keep it simple. She says, “I can take limited credit for my art and give all praise to an interesting life and the occasional jerk who makes for a great poem.”She is a two-time Women of the World rep for the Seattle Poetry Slam (2013, 2014), a member of the 2013 Seattle Poetry Slam National Team, a member of the 2013 UW College and University Poetry Team, and took 19 of 72 poets at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2013. She has performed at the Nuyorican, Seattle Poetry Slam, Rain City Slam, and other venues across the United States. In her free time she is a co-Slam Master at the Seattle Poetry Slam, a law student, teaching artist, singer/song writer, and god mama to the world’s most beautiful twin gals!

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6/19} Featured poet: Cj Lince

Opening Act: Scenic Detour Improv Comedy Troupe

We are changing things up a bit. Instead of a musician opening for us, this time we are turning things on there heads and having an improv group come in to entertain. They are the same group who teaches improv Sunday nights at Cafe Zippy. One of their improve skits will be based on a one-minute poem by Duane Kirby Jensen – but they don’t know which poem that might be.

Featured Poet: Cj Lince

C.J. is a writer, social worker, and mythopoetic rambler currently living in Portland, OR. They aim to magnify your sense of awe and wonder, and have a number of dubious tricks up their sleeve to achieve these ends. They wish to thank you for existing, though you may not have had much of a say in it.

Third
Thursday
Impromptu – Give It A Try

On the third Thursday of each month, the third open mic set will feature poets who want to try their hand at impromptu poetry.

The audience will give each poet a handful of evocative words. The poet then has thirty seconds to start rolling with what comes into their minds. Poems might be twenty seconds long, 90-seconds or 3 minutes and beyond. The poets mission is to just allow the words to flow till they flow no more.

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6/12: Featured Poet: Reagan E. J. Jackson

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

Featured Poet: Reagan E. J. Jackson

Reagan Jackson grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and escaped as soon as legally possible. Seattle is her adopted home and the base of her many travels. She is a writer, visual artist, international educator, community organizer, karaoke enthusiast, shit talking, rum and coke drinking, shimmy expert. Her hobbies include getting lost in foreign countries, making waffles, urban hiking (read going out in heels in San Francisco), and midwifing books. If you are pregnant with a book and would like some help with delivery let her know. To read more of Reagan’s work, check her out on the Seattle Globalist and the Black Girl Nerds Blog. She has also self-published three collections of poetry God, Hair, Love, and America, Love and Guatemala, and Summoning Unicorns and two children’s book Coco LaSwish A Fish From A Different Rainbow and Coco LaSwish: When Rainbows Go Blue.

http://youtu.be/Ftg2TNoF2CI

 

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June 5th: It is a Musical Night – Featuring David Johnson and his CD release

Musical Guest: Eden Amy

Eden Amy is a singer/songwriter with a soulful voice and hauntingly beautiful lyrics. Her songs are easily relatable to many of life’s situations.

Featured Musician: 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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May 29: 

Musical Guest: Nathaniel Manuel

Matthew Brouwer (poet)

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 in cities throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque, Phrasings, and Strands.  Matthew teaches creative writing in Bellingham public schools and the Whatcom County juvenile justice system, leads workshops and retreats for adults, and facilitates Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  He is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Cannonball IslandMen Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I & II).

“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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May 22: Featured Poet Emma Bianchi

Musical Guest:  Raj.

Featured poet: Emma Bianchi

Emma Bianchi reading at Everett Poetry Nite
Photo © 2014 by Duane Kirby Jensen.

A fringe science enthusiast who bleeds on paper in spare time, Emma hopes her insanity inspires other beings to think
scientifically, socially, and emotionally in order to save and survive the world. Her usual inspirations include the struggles
of mental illness and abandonment, as well as the occasional rant against societal constructs.

Emma started her poetic career spitting neuro rhymes as “Emma Gangsta Swag” in the land of Bellingham at Poetrynight. Now she currently frequents Everett Poetry Nite as Emma B., furthering her voice to a welcoming audience.

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May 15: Spokane Poet Travis Laurence Naught

May 15:

Opening Act: Scenic Detour Improv Comedy.

We are changing things up a bit. Instead of a musician opening for us, this time we are turning things on there heads and having an improv group come in to entertain. They are the same group who teaches improv Sunday nights at Cafe Zippy.

Featured poet:

Travis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught is a poet from the Spokane area who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Writing is something that has always been second nature for him, but it took Jim Morrison’s lines to make him realize poetry was the genre in which he was working. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) & Still Journaling (e-book, 2013) are full-length volumes written by Travis.
Travis entered the world of slam poetry in May, 2012 and earned enough points during his first year to qualify for the Spokane Grand Slam, just missing out on making the team to nationals. His expository nature and willingness to tackle uncomfortable personal issues in his slam poems keep audiences on edge about what will be coming out of his mouth next!
Follow Travis on his Facebook page (facebook.com/TravisLaurenceNaught), his blog (http://naughtapoet.blogspot.com) or his twitter account (@NaughtaPoet).

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May 8: Featured poet: Gary Wade

Musical Guest: Spencer Anomic Carlson

The Bellingham poet will be making his fourth feature at Everett Poetry Nite. He will be showing up with a new chapbook: Iowa Pentimento.

2014 Photo by Erica Reed – taken at Bellingham’s Poetrynight.

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May 1st 2014: Featured Poet ~ Robert Lashley

Musical Guest: Eden Amis

Come hear her amazing voice, listen to her moving lyrics.

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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.
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April 24 ~ Kris Hall will be in the house!

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: Kris Hall

Kris Hall writes and lives in Seattle, WA. He is the curator and co- founder of Da’daedal; a bi-monthly venue hopping event that consists of free-form spoken word over improvisational noise, featuring interpretive dance and art. He has nine siblings, three middle names, two cats, and one girlfriend.

https://kmwgh.wordpress.com/

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April 17 ~ Featured Poet: Jennifer Bullis

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: Jennifer Bullis

Jennifer Bullis

Jennifer Bullis grew up in Reno, Nevada, and attended college and graduate school in California. While finishing a PhD in English at UC Davis, she and her husband, seeking a green place to live, moved to western Washington. She taught writing and literature at Whatcom Community College for fourteen years before sneaking away to write, hike, and chase after their son.

Her poems appear in journals and anthologies including Iron Horse Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Conversations Across Borders, The Comstock Review, Floating Bridge Review/Pontoon, Cascadia Review, Clover, and Umbrella . She won The Pitch contest at Poetry Northwest and received Honorable Mention in the Tupelo Press Poetry Project. She served on the Board of the Whatcom Poetry Series and blogs about “Poetry at the Intersection of Mythology and Hiking” at http://jenniferbullis.wordpress.com.

She lives in Bellingham with her family, which, by her current reckoning, includes a horse, two cats, and too many feathered, furry, and leafy creatures to count.

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April 10: The Poets from Randomly Accessed Poetics Magazine

Opening Act: Scenic Detour Improv Comedy.

We are changing things up a bit. Instead of a musician opening for us, this time we are turning things on there heads and having an improv group come in to entertain. They are the same group who teaches improv Sunday nights at Cafe Zippy. One of their improve skits will be based on a one-minute poem by Duane Kirby Jensen – but they don’t know which poem that might be.

Featured poets:

The Poets of Issue 4: Heart Splatters Into Significance published by Randomly Accessed Poetics Magazine

April 10, 2014. Is the debut of the first hard copy of version of the magazine from Randomly Accessed Poetics.

Issue # 4 is entitled: Heart Splatters Into Significance.

Poets to read include: Annette Kluth, Andy Wilson, Larry Crist, Carla Blaschka, Liz Fountain, Duane Kirby Jensen, Mark Wirth, Chris Jarmick, Brandon Pitts, PurpleMark, Raul Sanchez, Christine Marie Clarke and publisher/editor William Lindberg. Other reader may be added to the line up.

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April 3: Featured Poet ~ Raul Sanchez

April 3

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: Raul Sanchez

Mexican-American Raúl Sánchez raises his poetic voice in languages twice removed from the indigenous language of his ancestors, but with well more than double the fervor. Language is embodied in the essence of personal and political struggle, as evidenced in these lines from the poem “My Father Was a Bracero”: “He didn’t want me to live / by my strong back, strong arms / but by my words”. This ardent inaugural collection by Sánchez is filled with poems of identity—cultural, familial and personal. All Our Brown-Skinned Angels is part civil protest, part personal celebration, completely impassioned.

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March 27: Featured poet – Thomas Hubbard

Musical Guest: TBA

Thomas Hubbard

Thomas is a poet who wanders the country, passing through the northwest a few times a year. His words carry the  power of truth. He has been featured on KSER’s program Poets West.. He has two books of poetry out: Nail and other hardworking poems 3rd edition ( the first edition came out in 1994) and Injunz released 2007/2008.

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“Mighty” Mike McGee – March 20

March 20

Musical Guest: TBA

Sunny #selfie time! #Bellingham

Featured Poet: Mike McGee

“Mighty” Mike McGee is a well-traveled funny hobo-poet from San Jos’e9, California. He has been a force in Bay Area spoken word since 1999. His reach expanded internationally after winning the 2003 National Poetry Slam Grand Championship. McGee soon after embarked on an international poetry and comedy tour, which has taken him to venues and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the U.S. He has since become a favorite performer to many schools around the U.S. and was one of the first Americans to perform at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne) and Glastonbury, the largest music festival in the world. McGee travels roughly 100,000 miles a year to make people laugh, think and cry with his brand of “stand-up poetry.”

McGee is a co-founder of the live spoken word groups Tons of Fun University (TOFU), The Whirlwind Company and Electric Whale/Junkyard Ghost Revivals.

Mike has a mighty appetite, an uncanny relationship with ladybugs, several tattoos and siblings, and a passable Scottish accent. He breathes somewhere between Silicon Valley, California and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible. Mike thoroughly enjoys weather, beverages, the number 3, and the scent of mock orange blossoms in the spring.

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March  13

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfild

Featured poet: Kevin Griffing

Kevin Griffing is a northwest writer who doesn’t really write about nature. He is not a writer first, though. He is also a musician and visual artist. Any art medium he can afford to get his hands on, would suffice for him to do what he does, so you could call him a renaissance man, and he probably does occasionally, but only from his inner monologue. He’s been published in Red Sky Literary Journal and Poetry Quarterly, but in in his eyes that’s not really relevant. He has self-published three “chapbooks,” mostly containing poetry, but this newest book, titled “down” has three short stories in it. He also has a novel coming soon, and was the head editor/writer/graphic artist for a short-lived literary magazine in Bellingham, WA.
Kevin Griffing hates the word “chapbook,” because when he makes a chapbook, he likes to think of it more as a “concept album,” like one coherent piece of art, like say “dark side of the moon,” or “srgnt. Pepper’s.” Kevin Griffing is going to incorporate this approach in his feature tonight, which is really more of a production of wrechno(pronounced: wreck – no), the electronic music project he and Adam Gerhard have been releasing material under for 10 years or so.

One of Kevin’s side projects:

Wrechno (soundcloud.com/wrechnology), (soundclick.com/wrechno), totally just found out our myspace was still up too lol, so if you wanna plug that too, (myspace.com/wrechno):
Wrechno is an electronic music project, self proclaimed as some kind of mutant, existing somewhere between the artists Dr. Dre and Tool, started 10 years ago by long time friends and bandmates, Kevin Griffing and Adam Gerhard. They have released too many albums to count, but officially it’s somewhere around four or five.

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Featured Poet: Brandon Pitts – March 6 ~ 2014

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: Brandon Pitts

Prolific novelist, poet, lyricist, and playwright, BRANDON PITTS is the author of the poetry collection, Pressure to Sing (IOWI), the novel, Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press) and the play, Killcreek (IOWI – 2013 Toronto Fringe). He served as editor and contributor to the anthology The Courtney Park Connection (IOWI). In 2011, he was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an Emerging Voice and has been widely anthologized.

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Featured Poet: Amber Flame – February 27, 2014

February 27

Musical Guest: Last of the RedHot Mamas

Last of the RedHot Mamas is a collaborative band created by poet and singer Amber Flame. this ensemble is truly malleable; able to stretch from a one woman show to a group of up to ten musicians, Last of the RedHot Mamas weaves lyrical poetry and soul based blues with instrumental and vocal grooves. Like Last of the RedHot Mamas on facebook for more information about upcoming events and projects or find Amber Flame on Sound Cloud to listen to more original work!

Amber Flame is a poet and musician and tonight she will be wearing both hats.

Featured Poet: Amber Flame

Amber Flame is an award-winning writer, teacher, and performer, as well as a singer and composer for her band, Last of the RedHot Mamas. A member of Seattle Poetry Slam’s 2012 and 2013 national slam team, and their 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam representative, Amber Flame recently moved to the Bay Area and competed to become Oakland Slam’s 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative. Flame’s original writing and music is performed regularly, from slam and literary to a diverse number of theatrical, cabaret, queer and POC stages. Her work speaks on issues ranging from racial, gender and sexual identity to elements of fairytale, fantasy, spirituality and belief. You can buy her new chapbook, “intelli-pop: the slam poetry of Amber Flame”, hot off the presses.

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Featured Poet: Larry Crist – February 20, 2014

February 20

Musical Guest: Spencer Carlson

Featured Poet:  Larry Crist

One page biography

I’m an only child. My parents were as well

Both lost their mothers early, their fathers too

I was raised on a goat farm in the California

wine country. I learned to read before kindergarten

That first year of school was okay

I’m sorry i didn’t go out for football in high school

I did a lot of drugs and spent a year in jail instead

I earned an MFA in theatre from Temple U.

as well as a useless BA at HSU, Humboldt County, California

I studied English & History, attended an acting academy

in my early 20s, and never graduated high school

I don’t have a tv. I have a cell phone, but can barely use it

My particular form of ADD prevents

me from reading directions. Whenever

i read something, telling me how to do something

i invariably focus on how bad the writing is

I love baseball. I ache for it and the kind of weather

it accompanies. I love tigers and cats and crows

I find cooking therapeutic and have always had a fear of

starving to death. I prefer pie to cake but have no taste

for either unless i smoke weed. I love to walk

especially around Green Lake when it is sunny

I would love to do this while walking a tiger. I would

probably have a beer, because no one is going to bother

you about drinking when you’re out walking a tiger

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Larry Crist has lived in Seattle for the past 20 years and is originally from California, specifically Humboldt County. He has lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and Philadelphia where he attended Temple U receiving an MFA in theatre. He’s been widely published. Some of his favorites are Pearl, Rattle, Slipstream, Evening Street Review, Dos Passos Review, Alimentum, Floating Bridge Press and Clover.

Undertow Overtures is a new poetry collection covering the past twenty years. Larry also writes short stories and is at work on a novel, and was pleased to have been included in The Jack Straw Writer’s Program in 2013. He has three Pushcart nominations.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear, see, and experience our featured poet: Tara Hardy – February 13, 2014

February 13

Musical Guest: Keylin Mayfield

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.

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February 6, 2014 – Rachel Rosenberg (Will be rescheduled due to Portland Snow)

February 6, 2014

Musical Guest: TBA

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.

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Benjamin Ari Beelman – Thursday January 30, 2014

January 30:

Musical Guest: Ken Roberts

Featured Poet: Benjamin Ari Beelman

Benjamin Beelman aka Ben B the Truth is a Spoken-Word Poet from Tampa, FL. He started writing and performing in 2010. He was a member of the 2011 Sacred Sounds Slam team that finished 2nd place (out of 36) at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Atlanta, GA and also the 2013 Misfits Slam Team that finished 2nd at Southern Fried in New Orleans, LA. His biggest priority is youth poetry (ages 19 & under). He started a poetry club at his alma mater – Dixie Hollins High School – and served as the poetry coach & mentor there for 2 years before leaving for California and South Dakota. He has won poetry slams in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, California and Illinois (Green Mill) and also taught youth workshops across Florida and in South Dakota. He toured with Giddy on the “It’s Your World, Dream Peace” tour the Summer of 2012 that featured shows in 36 cities from Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA.

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Michael Hodges – January 23rd, 2014

Musical Guest: TBA

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.

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Bellingham Poet: Boris D. Schleinkofer – January 16

Musical Guest: Farrah Nuff

Featured Poet: Boris D. Schleinkofer

Boris D. Schleinkofer has been writing in earnest for a little over 20 years. He is currently the acting President of poetrynight in Bellingham, WA, He refuses to submit a bio and has only this to say about himself: “He is a fictional character in the Horror-Play “The Greatest Practical Joke Ever”, by Shaytan Komp’ü’tor. He has never made love to a beautiful woman, never wallowed in fresh kill, never found a briefcase full of hundred-dollar bills. In fact, he doesn’t even exist at all. So there.”

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Thursday January 9th – 7:00-9:30pm

Experience the Dynamic Voice of the Reigning
Poetry Slam Champion of Portland, OR.

David Doc Luben

at Café Zippy * 2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Photo By Jill Greenseth

I witnessed his performance at Rain City Slam on 8.14.13. Get ready to be rolled off your sets.

Doc Luben is the reigning Poetry Slam Champion in Portland, Oregon. He was formerly the Poetry Grand Slam Champ in Tucson, Arizona, and has fired up stages from Florida to St. Paul to Hollywood. His peculiar, magical, locomotive work has appeared in The Legendary, Smalldoggies Magazine, Housefire Books, and he has been a featured performer at the Phoenix ComicCon. His 2nd collection of poems is The Diesel Powered Rag Doll.

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December 26/January 2

December 26

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: TBA

Everett Poetry Nite will be up and running. But due to the nature of the season, we will not be hosting a featured poet. Please Join us and share a poem – the open mic is waiting to convey your words.

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2014 January 2

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: TBA

Everett Poetry Nite will be up and running. But due to the nature of the season, we will not be hosting a featured poet. Please Join us and share a poem – the open mic is waiting to convey your words.

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Featured Poet: Laura Wachs – December 19, 2013

Featured Poet: Laura Wachs

Laura returns to Everett Poetry Nite with her new chapbook: Be Love(d), which will feature her poem Circus. A poem that blew me away when I read it in early August. Her words are fishhooks that always find flesh and are refuse to be released.

Laura Wachs is a Seattle based poet/ performer but above all person. She stumbled into the poetry community a few years ago and found healing in the braveness and honesty of people so willing to share their truths.

She began stepping on stage in hopes of offering the same. She has featured in Everett, Bellingham and numerous readings in Seattle including Claustrophobia, Da’Daede, the Vera Project, a benefit for Seattle’s Young People’s Project put on by Breadline as well as founding/curatoring a short lived reading series called Hea/art at Cafe Racer.

She believes that love is important as well as hugs, community, puppies, two buck chuck, gummy bears and friends.

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Featured Poets: Casey Tonnelly & Anis Gisele – 12-12-13

December 12, 2013

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poets: Casey Tonnelly & Anis Gisele

Casey Tonnelly:

Casey believes that even serious topics can be discussed in passionate and fun ways. Casey really honed the skill of sarcasm by working with the public and observing behavior and attitudes. Casey began performing in fall of 2010. They debuted in the 2010 BENT Mentor Showcase. The continued performing in 2011: 10 poets/10 chapbooks, Sanctuary Arts Center-Poetry for a Cause, Seattle Liner Notes, Folklife Festival, Fremont Arts Abbey-Across the River, featured at Seattle SPIT, Allyship LGBTQ and BENT Mentor Showcase. In 2012: Vashon Island Night of Poetry, BOOST: Give Tara’s Platelets a boost and the latest Jack McCarthy Book Release, Seattle SPIT and teamed up with Oscar McNary for the West Coast Illustrious Tour which in included shows in Santa Cruz, CA, Oceanside, CA, Chico, CA San Jose, CA Los Angeles, CA, Pamona, CA, San Francisco, CA Berkerly, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacremento, CA, Eugene, OR and Portland, OR. In 2013: Rain City Slam’s Liner Notes, BOOST: Tara Hardy and BOOST: Fran Varian. Upcoming: September: Twilight Gallery and Rain City Slam Feature. October: Fremont Arts Abbey The Round and Amber Flame’s Why Don’t You Love Me. It is in the day-to-day experiences that Casey finds humor as a way to interact with the world and hopes to share it with you.

Anis Gisele

Anis Gisele is a puddle-jumpin’, boot-swingin’ candy-swapper. She lives in Seattle, by way of Manila, Philippines. As a poet, she has been called “grace, punch, and honor” by the inimitable Tara Hardy. Her writing has been featured on spoken word stages such as the Hugo House, Electric Tea Garden, Ladies First, Makeda Presents, and the Bent Mentor Showcase. She has worked in arts outreach all over the West Coast, from improv camps in San Jose to group homes in Anchorage. She is alive and writing because of chosen family, radical artists, and strong queers.

 

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Lauren Banka ~ Featured Poet ~ December 5, 2013

December 5

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet: Lauren Banka
Lauren Banka is a nationally recognized performance poet and visual artist who has performed and competed across the country. She has exhibited in juried shows in Ann Arbor, MI; Kansas City, MO;and St. Louis, MO,including running an alternative art space in her basement and exhibiting in the 2011 St. Louis Art Fair. She is published in Blast Furnace, Qarrtsiluni, Conclave: a Journal of Character, and So To Speak, among others. She is a finalist for the 2012 Rhysling Award and the 2013 Write Bloody Open Book Competition.

http://www.laurenbanka.com/home

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Featured Poet: Dobbie Reese Norris – November 21, 2014 with

Musical Guest: Raj

Featured Poet: Dobbie Reese Norris

Dobbie Reese Norris is a poet, writer and raconteur. He is a former Wordsworth curator, for the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee of the Seattle City Council

His works have been published in various anthologies including Within Walking Distance, a collection of University District writers, poets and visual artists, The Little Red Studio Anthology of Poets -2009, and in the fall 2010 release of Many Trails to the Summit, a Rose Alley Publication of Seattle area poets.
In May of 2005, Dobbie, was the cover story of Las Cruces Poets and Writers Magazine. His chatbook is Pralines and Cream, a collaborative effort, with Bellevue poet Brenda Givens.

Dobbie’s latest CD is Eclectic Out Loud.

He is also the founding member of the FloatingMountainPoets, a performing troupe of poets which also include dancers, aerialists, singers, percussionists and burlesque stylists in their shows. In 2011, FMP was selected by Theater Puget Sound for their ARTS CRUSH EVENT writing and performing at several venues around the Sound. http://www.floatingmountain.com

Dobbie has been a juror for the literary arts and ekphrastic poet performer for the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival(SEAF). He continues his high level of involvement with this year’s festival

However, Dobbie is best known for being the originator, host of and contributor to one the longest running reading series in Seattle; THIRD TUESDAYS POETS & WRITERS in the Bitter Lake community.You can contact Dobbie directly at dobbiesankh@gmail.com.

The above description concerns the passions of Dobbie’s life. However, he attended the University of California at Irvine where he majored in Social Ecology/Human Development.

In the 1980s he was Director of Residence Halls at the University of Washington and the at- home parent for two offspring. He has taught Creative Writing at Monroe State Reformatory/Special Offenders Unit. Dobbie is a Certified Pharmacy Assistant and a Certified Phlebotomist. He has tutored Basic Math and Algebra. DRN

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Featured Poet: Matt Gano – November 14

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured Poet:  Matt Gano 

Matt Gano  ​​is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, and has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004.  In 2011 he was invited to lecture as a guest speaker for The Juilliard School in NYC and performed as a featured poet for “Page Meets Stage,” at the Bowery Poetry Club. He was Writer-in-Residence at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong in 2009, and led creative writing workshops the previous year for the Youth Creativity Summit in Seoul, Korea. He has represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years and is the 2008 Seattle Grand-Slam champion. Matt is currently an Artist-in-Residence with Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools.

Matt’s poetry has appeared in Drawn To The Light, an anthology for the Skagit River Poetry Festival, and Bestiary Magazine. Other published work includes chapbooks: Up From the Mine, Bones For The Builder, Music Maker, Welcome Home, I Eight the Infinite and Art Barker, a poetry LP entitled “Music Maker,” and a live recording entitled “A Giant’s Pulse.

http://www.mattgano.com/

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Featured Poet: Cecily Schuler / November 7, 2013

November 7

Musical Guest: Tanner Patrick

Featured Poet: Cecily Schuler 

Tulsa-born, Miami-raised, Boston schooled Seattle transplant since 2005, Cecily maintains a quivering crush on ceder trees, hemp matcha and the vastness of the human experience.

Cecily’s work has been published in Fire Stories: Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness (2012). As a 2013 Bread Loaf contributor in non-fiction, Cecily continues to explore creativity, spirituality, neurodiversity and the current mental health paradigm.

When not at their day job as a naturopathic physician and spiritual mentor, Cecily can be found performing on stage across the United States, facilitating writing workshops for teens and adults and making a ruckus about all of the awesome and all of the change.

The Weight of Lies and Water (July 2013) is their third chapbook of poetry, with a memoir on the way.

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October 31 ~ Happy Halloween ~ come hear Featured Poet/ Storyteller: Carla Blaschka

October 31 ~ Happy Halloween ~

Musical Guest: Ken Roberts

Featured Poet/

Storyteller: Carla Blaschka

Carla Blaschka’s particular genius is the ability to take a perfectly ordinary day, give it a twist and make it horrible. One of the greatest compliments as a writer she ever received was being asked what if felt like to find that severed foot (for more on that, come to Café Zippy on Halloween). Carla writes by hand, the stories flowing invisibly like ghosts down her arm and onto the paper, her brain only a bowl of cold spaghetti nibbled on by zombies. She lives in Seattle with her imagination and cats past, present and future. She mainly writes flash fiction; poems tumble out of those stories.

Carla’s 100-word story ‘The Answer’ was just published in RiverLithttp://riverlit.clymergallery.com/read/100words.php?postid=The-Answer&aind=
She has been twice published in Randomly Accessed Poetics e-zine Issues 1 & 2, and on their web site at http://rapoetics.com/. She has four stories forthcoming in Danse Macabre and another in RAP in Issue 4 and will be soon publishing a novel called “Into the Dragon’s Mouth” under the pseudonym Carmen Spencer.
At Café Zippy
By Carla Blaschka
Holding onto reality with both hands
His social life in a cup of coffee as he waits
Swamped sinking lifeboats
No longer accepting applications
For jobs that have sailed away
Buried alive, a napkin waiting its turn
To be plucked out and used
Then thrown out
Lucky if recycled and repurposed
To a younger man’s vision
Torn apart, his skills repackaged, Frankensteined for each resume
The boring job of cutting checks means he was
A bookkeeper, an accountant, detail oriented,
Friendly to external and internal users or customer service driven
Or any combination of above.
Leaving his car at home, he walks,
afraid of running out of money for gas and repairs
Wondering what pieces he will put together today
Reducing his years of experience to a tweet
Comprehensible to the child in charge of his future.

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Featured Poet/ Short Story Author: Mende Smith October 24, 2013

October 24

Musical Guest: Raj

Featured Poet/ Short Story Author: Mende Smith

Mende will be reading from her new chapbook, Veritas Cabaret, a collection of eight poems and two short-stories. Her previous chapbook was Hollywood Land, published in 2010. Four of Mende’s poems: Manhattan Madonna, Linda Lee, Little Cab Birds, and Bete Noire, were included in How Dirty Girls Get Clean: An An Anthology of Wicked Women Writes, Art, and Subversive Scholarship (2011).

(The following is from her “How Dirty Girls Get Clean… bio).

Mende Smith writes poetry from the Emerald city of Seattle and the lower flat of an 80-year-old Hollywood apartment house. In (40) years she has established a penchant for writing things down. In the tradition of many a dirtygirl, Ms. Smith has left two marriage beds behind and a series of unful-filled relationships in between. What can be said of her work is that it bleeds with raw marrow of oganic bliss while stirring the roots of motherhood and womanhood and girlhood gone bad to the thin ribbon of salt in your coffee.

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Featured poet: John Akins 10.17.13

October 17

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: John Akins

John’s Vietnam War books and writings. John has written a number of works including collections of short stories, vignettes and poems. His major work is found under the title: Nam Au Go Go: Falling for the Vietnamese Goddess of War [Hard Copy Edition] US $15.


Other works include: On the Way to Khe Sanh: War Poems  US $13 , and Drowning Out The Drums: A Marine Comes Home [ Hard Copy Edition ] US $10

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Featured Poet: Mary Pauline Diaz – October 10, 2013

October 10

Musical Guest: McKenna Haley

McKenna Haley’s acoustic singer-songwriter tunes will draw you in with a smart, haunting chime and careful melodies, a nice disguise to make people think she’s not awkward in real-life. She left San Diego to study graphic design in Seattle and likes to stress that she is not crazy for leaving the sunshine. She is often petting puppies, struggling to find the right time to leave a conversation, fussing over her houseplant Arnold, and going on accidental dates. Some of her songs are about these things but they are mostly about boys breaking her heart. She may forget her own lyrics. If that’s the case- just smile and bob your head like that is not the case at all…

Featured Poet: Mary Pauline Diaz

Her first Chapbook: Collapsible Bodies was published in August. She is a past weekly winner at Rain City Slam.

Mary Pauline Diaz perceives in semicolons, writes in ellipses, and performs in exclamation points. Although relatively new to the slam scene, she’s been a past weekly winner at Seattle’s Rain City Slam and learned to be a poet by teaching (“teaching”) poetry courses with formerly homeless men in addiction recovery. Her first chapbook, Collapsible Bodies, was released in August at an otherwise all-music show and featured one-of-a-kind covers drawn by friends and acquaintances—a testament that poetry belongs to everyone, and beauty is best shared and made in (odd) communities. Inside and outside of her writing, mary pauline is a transplanted Coloradan from an immigrant family; a once theology student with her fair share of God issues; a good ol’ fashioned young, idealistic social worker; and never really sure. She is hoping for Good things.

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The following is taken from her blog:

Once I was asked: 
What do you see yourself doing in five years?

And I responded: 
Sitting at a table across from someone, preferably by a window
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I am a young lass living in Seattle, and whoever I am I am very much so. Mostly I write when I’m unsure and write what I’m unsure about. Maybe it all doesn’t always come out too well as prose goes, but however it comes out I hope it comes out Good.

http://humbleoverthrow.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/gasoline/

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Featured poet: Thom Davis — 10.03.13

October 3

Musical Guest: TBA

Featured poet: Thom Davis

Thom Davis, from Tacoma, lives in Bellingham, WA now. Thom is an avid photographer and all around outdoorsy guy. He is educated in the arts of Geology and Geography, and makes his career as an Environmental Consultant – cleaning up the Earth, one dirty hole at a time.

Thom sits on the Board of Directors for poetrynight and often hosts the weekly Monday night reading. His interest in poetry began while Thom was in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and took a poetry class at his local community college. Thom was convinced he could write a Norse Saga in the form of a Shakespearean Sonnet. Well, he tried. Recently, Thom discovered the haven of poetrynight in Bellingham. He began attending and sharing Haiku written about the world he saw while hiking and roaming the woods of WA State. That soon turned into a Monday night ritual for Thom, and his words started to become more diverse in form and resonance. The community of poets at poetrynight helped encourage him to grow. This is the first of what will likely be many chapbooks. Look for a Sonnet and Haiku book soon.

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Featured Poet: Chris Jarmick September 26

September 26

Musical Guest: Jessica Sorensen

Featured Poet: Chris Jarmick 

Christopher J. Jarmick – Featured Poet

Christopher J. Jarmick’s poems have appeared in newspapers, literary journals and online including: Seattle Weekly, Cambridge Book Review, Chrysanthemum,  Raven Chronicles, Real Change, Pedestal, South District Journal, in anthologies including Many Trails of the Summit, and 2013’s RASP Anthology.  His essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in Rattle, Rain Taxi, Reader, Brutarian, Los Angeles Times, Film Journal, World of Entertainment, Military Times and elsewhere.  His latest collection of poetry is Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010), and the limited edition CD: Radio Mysteries: Aural Anxieties (produced by Kevin Gershan and featuring Los Angeles poet Michael C. Ford;) was released in 2009. For more than 12 years he has curated and hosted  regularly scheduled poetry readings throughout the Seattle/Puget Sound region including the 2nd Wednesdays Take a Poem From Your Heart Series at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington (September through June). His blog is PoetryIsEverything  (google it). He’s a former board member of PEN USA, president of PEN-WA and former executive vice president of the Washington Poets Association. His blog is called Poetry is Everything (Google it). Chris was born on the East Coast, moved to Los Angeles and for nearly 20 years wrote screenplays and did script doctor work for several films.  He also produced award winning PBS documentaries, segments for programs like Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy and others.  He re-located to the Seattle area in 1994, continued writing, and became a financial advisor working at Morgan Stanley, then Waddell and Reed. He has 3 daughters, and five step-children and is married to Teresa. He can be contacted at: emeraldchris@yahoo.com.
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POEM STARTER 99
By Christopher J. Jarmick
LESS
this time,
MORE
the next.
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POEM STARTER  16
By Christopher J. Jarmick
Prolific poet ponders
page
of plentiful space.
Pen      pauses.
(From IGNITION:
Poem Starters. . . 2010)
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The Parakeets of Seward Park
By Christopher J. Jarmick
The parakeets of Seward park
perhaps from Peru
chapman mitered conures
feasting on the big leaf maple flowers
of Pinoy Hill;
wild, free, watching for red tail hawks
raiding nearby suburban bird feeders
for gourmet sunflower seeds;
dancing on telephone wires
with barn swallows, crows,
then back into Seward Park
amongst Anna’s hummingbirds,
woodpeckers, song wrens,
chickadees, screech owls
and occasional curious poets
scratching marks onto tree products
about Peruvian transplants
giddy in green, green forest.
(Originally published in Chrysanthemum)
Christopher J. Jarmick Writer, Poet, Author: Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares (2010); Blog: http://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com/

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September 19: Raj

September 19

Musical Guest: Isaac Melum

Musical Feature: Raj

Raj, under the guise of Psydcar, has been pushing the boundaries of acoustic music since 2006, when he embarked on the adventure of his creative vision. His avant-garde guitar method which fuses post-hardcore and soft rock combined with an appreciation for the lyrical and musical compositions of progressive rock, adult contemporary, and emo creates a unique sound … not for the faint of heart. Vocal versatility and cryptic free-verse poetry round out the unorthodox stylings of Psydcar, leading to a two month run as #1 singer-songwriter in Everett on Reverbnation. On the heels of his most recent release, “The Black Box Ep” Raj continues to tell the real life stories of his generation from a very personal and heartfelt point of view …

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September 12th Featured Poet: Rose McAleese

 

Musical Guest: Ken Roberts

Feature Poet: Rose McAleese

Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life.

Rose began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, she was a member of the Seattle team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She joined the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational where she was nominated Best Female Poet. A member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team, she was named“Rookie of the Year,”. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

http://rosemcaleese.com/

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September 5th Featured Poet: Michael Schein

September 5

Musical Guest: Claudia Furmanczk 

Featured Poet: Michael Schein

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Michael Schin reading at Everett Poetry Nite May 12, 2011

Michael Schein in Carnation may be the author of two historical novels, one hysterical novel and a slew of poems. His confirmed novels are Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011), and Just Deceits (2008). Despite slanderous innuendo to the contrary, Michael allegorically decries authorship of The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by “AB Bard” (2012). Michael has taught poetry and fiction at Port Townsend WC, PNWA, PNBA, and WTF is this sentence about? More importantly, he knows Duane & Garrett. He is a speaker for Humanities Washington and Founder / Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. He ran Burning Word at Icicle Creek. He is 1/3 of the Killer Poet Jazz Band. His poetry is supported by a grant from 4Culture; it has been nominated for the Pushcart twice, and stuck to refrigerators by magnets.

http://youtu.be/HFv4qYfCRbc

www.abbard.com

www.killerpoet.net

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September 12: Feature Poet: Rose McAleese – she will rock you out of your comfort zone.

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Third Thursday Impromptu.

 Third Thursday Impromptu.

On the third Thursday of each month, the second half of the open mic will be set aside for poets who want to try their hand at the art of impromptu poetry.

The audience will give the poet a handful of evocative words. The poet then has thirty seconds to start rolling with what comes into to mind. Poems might be thirty seconds long or 3 minutes. The poet just lets the words flow till they flow no more.

Impromptu sharpens the poetic mind, lets the poet trust to instinct and just react to their flow of consciousness.

Impromptu poetry is something I did often with the Mill Town Poetry Festivalback in the 1990’s. People on the whole loved it.As its popularity grew,  a number of the participants  were invited to parties so they could put on a show.

I know it might sound frightening, but it is a blast.

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~ Experience Spoken Word ~

Everett Poetry Night, located in Everett, Washington, has been giving people an opportunity to experience poetry and spoken word  since 2006. We meet every Thursday Night (except thanksgiving) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Sign-up begins at 7:00pm).
Everett Poetry Nite is held at
Café Zippy 2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201
 
Come – share your words with us.
Poetry * Short Story * Song
3 Minute time limit * All songs must be original
Hosted by Duane Kirby Jensen
FMI Visit facebook.com/everett.poetrynite
or email duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com

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