Mark your calendar and grab your mask: the Greater Gig Harbor Poetry Series starts this Saturday and will run for three consecutive Saturdays at 3:00pm, in-person at the Harbor History Museum. The featured poets are:

Saturday, October 9, 2021, Chris Jarmick
Saturday, October 16, 2021, Jennifer Preston Chuschoff
Saturday, October 23, 2021, Robert Lashley

On Sunday, November 7, 2021, 2:00-5:00pm, Christina Vega will lead a free, all-ages Poetry Collaboration workshop at Ocean5 in Gig Harbor. Space is limited and registration is required.

Find out more about the poets on the GGHPS website.

tonight! Seattle!

November 3, 2018

Come hear a rollicking collection of voices at a MoonPath Press reading curated by Risa Denenberg, tonight, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 7:00pm, at Open Books in Seattle. The stellar lineup features MoonPath poets Ronda Piszk Broatch, Glenna Cook, Alice Derry, Lorraine Ferra, Christopher J. Jarmick, Carol Levin, Rena Priest, Raul Sanchez, and Connie K Walle. See the poets’ bios here, then join them in person.

summer fun in Auburn

August 2, 2017

August in Auburn, Washington, means AuburnFest and this year’s all-ages event will include two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, craft and specialty vendors, community and non-profit vendors, a car show, a literary showcase & small press fair, as well as several free activities including bocce, face painting, two Artrageous hands-on art activities, an indoor playground, the discovery playground, a spray playground, and much more.

The Literary Showcase lineup includes:

  • 11:00am to 1:00pm Poetry Workshop: Write what you want, when you want to, and how you want to write it presented by Jack Straw Fellow and Artist Trust Fellow Robert Lashley
  • 1:05 to 2:10 Novelist Dennis Brooke presents: Storytelling Techniques to Influence the World — 3 Powerful Tools for Writing, Speaking, and Presenting
  • 3 to 4:55 Open Mic Poetry Contest with emcee Christopher J. Jarmick (non-contest open mic as time allows, contest winners announced at 6:00pm)
  • 5 to 5:55 Featured poets: Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel; fisher poet Patrick Dixon; story-teller Sharon Nyree Williams
  • 6 to 6:55 Prize presentation for the Open Mic Poetry Contest winners, followed by featured poets haiku guru and photographer Michael Dylan Welch; photographer and poet Lorraine Healy; Stranger Genius Award nominee Robert Lashley
  • 7 to 8 Q&A: Discussion on the Writing Craft with panel: Robert Lashley, Dennis Brooke, Marjorie Rommel, Patrick Dixon, Sharon Nyree Williams, Lorraine Healy, and Michael Dylan Welch

It’s all happening at Les Gove Park, in Auburn, 11:00am to 8:00pm, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. See more, including book fair participants, poets and bios on the Striped Water Poets page.

the making of a bookstore

October 26, 2016

Book Tree

It takes nerve, ambition, energy, cash, time, and plenty of other resources to open a brand new independent bookstore. So we’d like to be among the first to acknowledge and congratulate Christopher J. Jarmick and Mary Harris, who are putting the finishing touches on BookTree, at 609 Market Street in Kirkland.

Mary is the former owner of Parkplace Books, which closed in December after nearly 30 years. Chris is a prolific poet and organizer of readings throughout Cascadia. They are both “passionate about the inherent value of books, reading, writing, listening and sharing diverse ideas, and viewpoints.”

Their new store is emerging from a remodeled beauty salon and, we are assured, will host a new poetry series as well as a lot of exciting readings, workshops, and special events.

BookTree will celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Watch the BookTree website and the brand new BookTree Facebook page for details and additional photos of the bookstore-in-progress.

changes afoot…

November 30, 2015

Parkplace Books

Perhaps you’ve heard the rumors. Alas, they’re true. Parkplace Books, Kirkland, Washington’s community bookstore since 1986 and the home of the “Take a Poem From Your Heart” second-Wednesday poetry series for nine years, will be closing their doors at the end of 2015.

As the Kirkland Parkplace Mall is being redeveloped, many local businesses will be closed or displaced. The future of Parkplace Books is uncertain. Owners Mary and Rebecca have either worked in or owned the store for over 20 years. Mary hopes to open a new bookstore, location as yet unknown; Rebecca will retire.

Christopher Jarmick, who coordinates the Parkplace poetry series, says, “Mary and Rebecca are among the most generous, dedicated bookstore owners you’ll ever know. It’s a big bookstore. They’ve made room for over 300 people in the past, and also made it feel full and welcoming when a dozen people show up.”

To honor Mary and Rebecca and to mark the closing of this treasured community resource, Take a Poem From Your Heart invites you to attend the final poetry gathering on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

Richard Widerkehr* will offer a somewhat abbreviated feature reading, plus there will be an additional 15 spotlight readers, for about four minutes each, and then a wide-open mic (under three minutes each) for as many as want to read and time will allow.

Christopher Jarmick says, “Let’s pack the place with poets and have a poetic toast to Mary and Rebecca. Please spread the word. While you’re there, I’d also encourage you to buy some presents, for others or yourself. Hope to see you on December 9th.”

*Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan and earned his M.A. from Columbia University. He has two collections of poems, The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press), two chapbooks, and a novel, Sedimental Journey (Tarragon Books) about a geologist in love with a fictional character. In the last year, his poems have been published in Rattle, Soundings, Floating Bridge Review, Jewish Literary Journal, Grey Sparrow, Nomad’s Choir Poetry Review, Pennine Ink, Cirque, Penumbra, Clay Bird Review, and Crack The Spine.

NorthWest Poetry Read-a-Thon

Christopher J. Jarmick, whose name will be familiar for his role in a number of long-running Cascadia-region poetry enterprises (including PEN & Take a Poem From Your Heart, second Wednesdays at Park Place Books, and his POETRYisEVERYTHING newsletter), is at it again! He has just announced, via his website and Facebook, the NorthWest Poetry Read-A-Thon.

The idea is to support poets and small press poetry publishing by reading a selection of recent poetry books and posting reviews. Chris offers a list of 24 books and suggests that readers pick six to read between now and November 1, 2015. See his list and ideas for posting on his website. To get involved, pick your books and leave comments on the website and the Facebook page.

There’s some fine reading here. Enjoy!

what have you found?

April 16, 2014

The Found Poetry ReviewHow’s your daily poetry output for National Poetry Month? There’s no shortage of prompts (for this month and any month), but one of our favorite offerings comes from The Found Poetry Review. Each day’s blog post is a mind-bending prompt from the OuLiPo writing movement. For example, here’s today’s prompt (day 16):

“The chimera of Homeric legend — lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail — has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.”

Give it a try! Or…if OuLiPo doesn’t inspire you, have a look at NaPoWriMo, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog (where she has pre-posted a month’s worth of prompts), Christopher Jarmick’s Poetry is Everything or some of our previous posts on poetry prompts.

Happy writing!

poetry on ice

January 6, 2014

Lawren Harris - Isolation Peak

Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:00pm, when poet Christopher Jarmick will lead a poetry writing workshop in response to the art of Vanishing Ice.

AHA! Responding to Art : Reading and Poetry Workshop with Chris Jarmick will offer an opportunity to view the artworks in this important exhibit and respond to them with poetry. The workshop, which will be held at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building in Bellingham, is $5; Museum admission is free to members; advance registration is not required.
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image: Lawren Harris; Isolation Peak, Rocky Mountains, 1930

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