Raven in Kirkland

September 7, 2018

Join emcee Paul Hunter and poets Barbara Bloom, Loren Lilyn Lee, Jack Remick, Sherry Rind, Mary Eliza Crane, and Christopher J. Jarmick, at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal, Vol. 26: LAST CALL. Hosted by BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, the reading will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree. There will also be a limited open mic.

After 27 years, this is the last regular issue of Raven Chronicles. Please come honor one of Cascadia’s most influential publications.

Today in Kirkland!

July 21, 2018

There’s still time to get on over to BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, for today’s highly recommended workshop, reading, open mic, and music featuring poet/musician/psychiatrist Jed Myers.

The free workshop, “Putting Your Heart on the Line,” 4:30 to 6:00pm, will integrate some talk, some writing, and possibly some reading of what participants write. Then from 6:15 to 8:18pm the poetry reading and open mic will feature Jed Myers and the Band of Poets — Ted McMahon (percussion), Rosanne Olson (harmonica, guitar), Anna Jenkins (harp), John Burgess (various effects), and Jed Myers (guitar).

You’ll have a chance to see (and purchase?) a copy of the gorgeous, brand new book by Myers, Between Dreams and Flesh, published and handmade by Egress Studio Press.


poetry in Kirkland

April 15, 2018

In what is now a legendary commitment to poetry, Christopher Jarmick, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, is scheduling monthly workshop/reading/open mic sessions that are free and lively.

For National Poetry Month, the featured poets will be Anita K. Boyle and James Bertolino. The program, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, will begin at 4:30pm with a workshop on Collaboration (Boyle and Bertolino have collaborated on a number of chapbooks, among other projects), to be followed at 6:15pm by a reading and open mic. See further details and poet bios on the BookTree event page and on Facebook.

Raven lands in Kirkland

February 9, 2018

You’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS
and BookTree, an Independent Bookstore,
at a free reading and reception for
Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm

Paul Hunter will emcee and readers include Luther Allen, Ed Harkness, Alicia Hokanson, Thomas Hubbard, Jill McCabe Johnson, Jed Myers, and Mary Ellen Talley. An open mic will follow the reading.

In this issue of Raven Chronicles, edited by: Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, writers and artists examine the theme “Balancing Acts” — how we live our lives fully, and maintain our relationship with the earth/planet and the diversity of life on it.

. . . . .
cover art by Jeannie Grisham

Raven landing in Kirkland

February 8, 2018

The latest edition is out and you’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS and BookTree at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree in Kirkland, Washington.

Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, Volume 25 features the work of 77 writers and 23 artists/illustrators from 17 states and 10 countries. To celebrating Seattle’s 2017 designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Raven 25 also features writers from Seattle’s Sister City, Christchurch, New Zealand: Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Erik Kennedy, Nic Low, Frankie McMillan, and Heather McQuillan. Cover artwork is by Bainbridge Island artist Jeannie Grisham.

Featured readers on the 17th are Paul Hunter, emcee (Seattle); Luther Allen (Bellingham); Ed Harkness (Shoreline); Alicia Hokanson (Seattle); Thomas Hubbard (Kirkland); Jill McCabe Johnson (Orcas Island); Jed Myers (Seattle); and Mary Ellen Talley (Seattle). An Open Mic will follow the reading, from 7:30-8:20pm.

NOTE: Prior to the reading, 4:30-6:00pm, poet/editor/emcee Paul Hunter will offer a free workshop, also at BookTree: Storytelling for Poets, Essayists & Fiction Writers. See the details here.

poetry in Kirkland

March 17, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 18, 2017, would be a good time to go to Kirkland. Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will lead a FREE workshop at BookTree from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and then be a featured reader in the 3rd Saturday Poetry Is Everything Reading and Open Mic, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m., along with co-feature poet Raul Sanchez. Tod’s workshop is “Three Notes on a Silver Flute: Making Metaphors.”

Details on the BookTree website and on Facebook.

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.

Last minute!

May 14, 2014

May 14If you’re looking for something to do on this beautiful summery spring evening, here are two events that came to light at the last moment:

6:30pm in Redmond
The first of this summer’s FREE monthly poetry walks, led by Redmond poet laureate Michael Dylan Welch, takes place this evening, Wednesday, May 14, starting at 6:30pm at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park, 19545 Redmond Road in Redmond. Look for the white poetry tent! “We’ll have a writing exercise, have a leisurely walk to find inspiration in nature, and then share what we’ve written (optional). Please join us!” Event info on Facebook and further details on 2014 Redmond Summer Poetry Walks.

8:30pm in Kirkland
Tonight’s special MoonPath Press Reading at Parkplace Books in Kirkland runs 7 to 8:30pm. Featured readers are Joseph Green (from Longview, WA), Terry Persun (from Port Townsend) and spotlight readings from Tacoma’s Tim Sherry and Seattle’s Raul Sanchez plus OPEN MIC. Free! Parkplace Books is located in the Parkplace Mall off 85th Street in Kirkland at 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland.

Northwest Bookfest!

October 29, 2013

Northwest Bookfest 2013

The Northwest Bookfest literary festival is coming up this weekend at Northwest University, south of downtown Kirkland, Washington. This year’s focus is on the benefits and challenges of digital publishing and will include workshops, panels, exhibits and readings.

Some of the programs, panels and exhibits are free and open to the public. For $99, participants can attend two days of workshops on topics ranging from e-books and digital distribution to social networking and online marketing. On Saturday evening, November 2, several Kirkland restaurants and wine shops will team with writers for author presentations called “Wine and Words.”

Additional details and registration information on the Northwest Bookfest website and on Facebook.