Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

April 2018 PoetryBridge at C&P

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Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including The Remains of River Names and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award.

The Italian edition of The Remains of River Names was released last year by ad est dell’ equator (Napoli), and a new collection of prose is forthcoming from Dr. Cicero Books. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, BULL, Opium Magazine, ZYZYYVA, and elsewhere.

He’s online at: http://www.suburgian.com .He lives in Des Moines, WA.

Click to read some of his poems


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Willie Smith just learned that the rowan tree, sometimes known in England as the quickbeam, usually known in the USA as the mountain ash, is proof against the evil effects of both witches and fairies. An epiphyte rowan, growing out of a crotch in an oak, a maple or whatever, and known as a "flying rowan," is especially effective against these prowlers of the night. Willie is deeply ashamed of being human. His work celebrates this horror. 

He is the author of Oedipus Cadet (Black Heron) and Nothing Doing (Honest Publishing). His work was a staple of Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse, and has appeared in mags such as Thieves Jargon, The American Drivel Review, Cherry Bleeds, Bewildering Stories, Litvision, The Ragged Edge, Lost and Found Times, The Raven Chronicles, Word Riot, and Zygote in my Coffee.

Click to read some of his poems.


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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

March 2018 PoetryBridge at C&P

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Paul Nelson is the founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival.

He wrote American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013).

His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos

Interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others 

Paul is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course - Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. 

CLICK HERE for a couple of Paul's poems

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John Olson is the author of numerous books of poetry, novels, and essays.

Dada Budapest, his most recent collection of prose poetry, was published in June, 2017. Other collections include Larynx Galaxy (2012) and Backscatter: New and Selected Poetry (2010).

Olson’s first novel, Souls of Wind, about the exploits of poet Arthur Rimbaud in the American West, was shortlisted for a Believer Book Award. Other novels include In Advance of the Broken Justy, The Seeing Machine, and The Nothing That Is.

Olson received the genius award for literature in 2004 from Seattle’s popular weekly The Stranger, and was one of eight finalists for Washington State’s Arts Innovator Award in 2012. 

CLICK HERE for a couple of John's poems.


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Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

February 2018 PoetryBridge at C&P

We are celebrating our 8th year of PoetryBridge with special prices on drinks and PIE1 Yes you heard it right. PIE! If you like pie, C&P will be the place to be.

Mike Hickey will be one of our featured readers. Mike has been a PoetryBridge favorite over the years and he is bringing as the second featured reader, one of his former students, Michael Butz. 

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MICHAEL G. HICKEY was born in southern Illinois and is the oldest of eleven children. He received a BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, 1987, and an MFA from the University of Washington, 1992. He has written a poetry chapbook, IN DEFENSE OF EVE, and in 2012 published his first novel, COUNTERCLOCKWISE as well as a full-length book of poetry, A DRESS WALKED BY WITH A WOMAN INSIDE. He is a tenured writing professor at South Seattle College where he has been teaching since 1991, and he was elected as Seattle's eighth "Poet Populist" in 2009. He lives in West Seattle with his wife and two sons. His motto is to "work hard and have fun." His life goal is to take over the world 25 students at a time.  Read some of his POEMS


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Michael Butz was born on Vashon Island in 1991 and has one older brother. He recently finished his AA degree at South Seattle College and is currently pursuing and Arts, Media and Culture degree at UW Tacoma. While at South Seattle, Michael studied with Mike Hickey on the ways of poetry and a fresh mountain spring of writing, reading, and enjoying poetry was successfully cracked open. While painting has always been Michael's most passioned stream of art, it is now dawning on him that the mysterious, vibrant universe of poetry cannot be left unexplored. Read some of his POEMS.

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Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

January 2018 PoetryBridge at C&P

I am excited to start off the New Year with two very interesting featured readers. Judith Camann had read frequently at Community Mic and this will be her first time reading as a featured reader. Thomas Hubbard has just completed a long trek from Arkansas to Seattle and was recommended by Koon Woon. I am looking forward to hearing both of them read plus our amazing community Micers.

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Judith Camann is an MFA candidate at Ashland University in Ashland Ohio.  She has just completed her thesis semester and flew to Ohio for the last time this summer  to defend it before a panel of poets. Here in Seattle she has co-founded 2 writing groups, Parents Are Writer’s Too and Overcoming Oranges. Her poetry has been featured by Eyedrum PeriodicallyMain Street Rag, Weasel Press, and The Wild Word among other places.

She has been an educator with Seattle Public Schools since 2001 teaching from kindergarten through the age of 21, including poetry, language arts, social skills, and career development.  She currently supports young adults here in West Seattle at South Seattle Community College and The Georgetown Campus. She holds undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education & Elementary Education as well as an M.Ed. in counseling.  

One of her poetry instructors said of her, "She has an ability to create word portraits of people too seldom acknowledged in mainstream culture (I began to call her "the Diane Arbus of poetry)"

Click Here to Read her Poetry

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After co-editing an underground newspaper in the midwest during the late sixties, Thomas Hubbard raised a family and worked at various endeavors.  He is currently a retired writing instructor and freelance feature writer who became active in Seattle's Slam and other venues in 1993, winning Seattle's Grand Slam in 1995. 

He has been published in various poetry anthologies and literary journals, including Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Footsteps,  and others. His first chapbook, Nail and other hardworking poems, was published in 1995 by Year of the Dragon Press.  He has since published Children Remember Their Fathers, an anthology of mostly performance poets from across the country, followed by Junkyard Dogs, and Injunz

His most recent collection is Poems for our Peoples, published by Foothills Press. His book reviews have appeared in Square Lake, New Pages, Cartier Street Review and Raven Chronicles, a Pacific Northwest journal for literature and the arts, which has also published several of his essays and articles. The current issue of Raven includes his poem, “The Real Uncle Sam,” and a review of Lenora Good’s historic novel about a tribal woman, Madam Dorion, Her Journey to the Oregon Country.

He runs gazoobi tales publishing, a very small imprint currently offering work by John Kulm, M. Anne Sweet, Dave Caserio, Tiffany Midge, Mary Elizabeth Crane, Margaret Lemberg and Sheryl Sirotnik.  He has served on the board of Washington Poetry Association. 

Click Here to Read His Poetry

 

 

 

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

October 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

The October Community Mic featured Hamish Todd, Dave Fewster, Cheryl Latif, Koon Woon, Pam Carter, Heidi Denkers, Gaylloyd, Jill Hardin and Paul Nelson plus our two featured readers below. Videos of them reading are available here.

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Margaret Roncone was born in Rochester, New York. In May 2015 she moved to Vashon Island to ponder and better understand nature's beauty.

She's read her work for the Seattle City Council's Wordsworth Program and had poetry performed as part of the Pierce College 10-minute play festival; published in Chysanthemum, Barnwood Poetry Journal and on-line at Writergirrls, Poets Against War Journal and Rapoetics.

She curated a poetry group at Chief Seattle Club and currently hosts a community poetry reading on Vashon Island.

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Sam Roxas-Chua  (Yao) is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been described as a man who can seemingly take any kind of physical materials and transform them into art, his writings have been called tidal and full of magical realism. Poet Dorianne Laux says, Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.

His publications include Fawn Language (Tebot Bach, 2013), Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Lithic Press, 2017), and Echolalia In Script – A Collection of Asemic Writing (Orison Books, 2017). His poems and visual art folios have appeared in various journals including Narrative, december Magazine, Cream City Review, and basalt Magazine; his collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the  first-place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Sam has received four Pushcart nominations and has been invited to read at local government events and for the Oregon State Legislature. In early 2017 he appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writeourdemocracy/ #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

September 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

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Sherri Levine is a poet and short fiction writer.  She lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches English as a Second Language to adult immigrants and refugees at Portland Community College.

Her work has been published in the Timberline Review, the Hartskill Review, Voice Catcher, and Sun Magazine. She was invited as Poetry Editor of Voice Catcher magazine. She escaped the long harsh winters of upstate New York and has ever since been happily soaking in the Oregon rain.

 


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Helen Puciloski - As soon as I learned to write in the first grade, I did. And I still do. I like the way William Stafford puts it, "Everyone is born a poet - a person discovering the way words sound and work, caring and delighting in words. I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is: Why did other people stop?"

 

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Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

August 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

Cindy M Hutchings, poet and author of Tree Talk


Cindy Hutchings wrote her first poetry chapbook, Tree Talk, to the tall Cedar that lives across the street from her. Each day for a month, she arrived home after work, sat down in the old family rocker, looked out her front window, and wrote poems in the form of letters to the tree. MoonPath Press published them in Tree Talk as they were written day by day. Tree Talk is dedicated to her father, who first listened to the poems as she read them to him. The book was released on his birthday.

Cindy was born in Seattle, grew up in the Shoreline area, and now lives in Auburn, WA. She graduated from Green River Community College with an AA degree and High Honors, and University of Washington with a BA degree in English and Women Studies, and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Society.

She is a member of both Northwest Renaissance and Striped Water Poets, and helps organize poetry events in her community. She writes passionately about current events, and local and world-wide social causes. She finds inspiration in the outdoors.

Auburn's Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel (2015 -2017)
 

Marjorie was appointed as Auburn's Poet Laureate in January 2015, and in this honorary role she represents the poetic heart of our community. She has deep connections with Auburn and is an active participant in many literary groups and non-profit organizations. She supports and mentors local poets and reaches out to student groups.

Marjorie co-founded The Northwest Renaissance coalition of poets in 1975, which is dedicated to promoting the writing and performance of poetry and encouraging an audience for poetry. She is currently the NWR President, and actively guides and encourages new members in the art of organizing community poetry events.

Marjorie is a graduate from Pacific Lutheran University (2007) with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing/Poetry, and she has taught at the college and university level. Her work has appeared in more than a hundred commercial and literary publications.

Selected poems of Marjorie’s are on the City of Auburn Poet Laureate page, at this link: http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/arts_entertainment/poet_laureate.htm

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

July 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

James Bertolino and Dorothy Lemoult were our featured readers in July along with the amazing Community Micers including Hamish Todd, Laura Allen, David Fewster, Maja Peirce, Cheryl Latif, Moreah Vestan and Hank Hinnant.

James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets.

He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, as well as numerous chapbooks. Recent volumes include Every Wound Has A Rhythm, 2012, published by World Enough Writers, and Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from MoonPath Press. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his MFA from Cornell University. Since 1965, he has had his poetry reprinted in 57 anthologies, including the WA129 anthology recently published by Sage Hill Press, and edited by Tod Marshall, Washington Poet Laureate.

He taught creative writing for 36 years at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, in 2006, retired from a position as Writer-in-Residence at Willamette University in Oregon. He and his wife, poet and artist Anita Boyle, live on five acres near Bellingham, Washington.

Click Here to read several of James's poems

Dorothy Lemoult is a French American multi-disciplinary artist living in West Seattle. She came to poetry through the theatre. She has a BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts and an MA in  Drama Therapy from CIIS in San Francisco.

When not writing, she is a poetry therapist in training at the Institute for Poetic Medicine and works as an expressive arts psychotherapist at Shepherd's Counseling Services.

She is also the mother of a 4.5 year-old free spirit named Elliott (after the bay). Her poem, Emergent, was selected for the Poetry on Buses: Body of Water program. 

Click Here to read some of Dorothy's poems.

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Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

June 2017 PoetryBridge At C&P

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Katherine Grace Bonds poetry collections include The Sudden Drown of Knowing, Yielding to Calliope, and Considering Flight. She has been a poet for SAM Word at the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle City Council’s Word’s Worth Program, Poets Against Hate at the Seattle Public Library, and her work has been performed by That Uppity Theatre in St. Louis.

Katherine’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Arabesques, Five Willows Poetry, Beyond Magazine, Margin: An Online Journal of Magical Realism, Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God (Hourglass Books), and Here, There, and Everywhere (Redmond Association of Spokenword). She is also the author of the YA books The Summer of No Regrets (Sourcebooks), and Luke’s Journal, and of the children’s book The Legend of the Valentine (Zondervan), a story of the Civil Rights Movement.

She is the founder of EpicWrite, a “live action writing” community where participants come as their characters. She’s looking forward to an upcoming writing residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, France.

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People who would chance to hear me read poetry can expect lyrical verse with modern day word play.  I like to use wordy narratives that just seem to show up, sometimes they resolve, sometimes not. 

In post bachelor school my concentration was on advanced philosophy, art and literature. I am a musician/songwriter who loves to free associate with academia, writing styles w/ Romanticism as a backdrop.

My favorite poets are Dylan Thomas, Shelley, Poe, e.e. cummings, Yeats and the early 20th century war poets.

I was chosen to be the graduate leader for a Dylan Thomas seminar in 2008 @ PSU, Honorary Mention Award - Alabama Poetry Society/Romantic poems-2001, Best Poems of 1990 Stanza Magazine Portland Oregon

I shared the stage and opened for Michael McClure/(Ray Manzerak on keys) and Michael  C. Ford (I played guitar -he read)-(Both poets friends of Jim Morrison.)


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May 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

May 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

May 24th Coming up!

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The Hats are a third grade class from an independent school in Bellevue who read some of their very own poetry! They have spent time taking in ideas from professionals and through the workshop model, created their own poems.

 

 

Our other featured reader was Lola E. Peters, a West Seattle resident who writes poetry to cleanse her soul and essays to clear her mind. Her commitment to creating a just and equitable world forms the underpinning to her writing. Her poems have been published in multiple anthologies as well as her own two collections. In addition to her published poems, she has written commentary and edited for several online journals and newsletters, such as SouthSeattleEmerald.com, SeattleStar.net, and Crosscut.com. She also served as managing editor of a national newsletter for social justice activists.

Her first book of essays, The Truth About White People and her two volumes of poetry, Taboos and The Book of David: A Coming of Age Tale, are available in Seattle at Elliott Bay Book Co. and Third Place Books in Seward Park, as well as from online retailers lulu.combarnesandnoble.com, and amazon.com.

The community mic readers included The Hats, Lola Peters, Catherine Sutthoff Slaton,
Cheryl Latif, Judy Camann, Kevin J. O'Conner and David Fewster. 


 
 
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April 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

April 2017 PoetryBridge at C&P

In addition to the featured readers, below, Community Mic also featured Koon Woon, Margaret Roncone, Hunter Davis, Judith Camann, Cheryl Latif, Chris, Catherine Slaton, Claire Jackson, Georgie Kinkel, Stacy Lawson and Randy Hale. Listen to their readings at Videos .

Arleen Williams is a novelist, memoirist, and co-author of a dozen short novels in easy English for adults. She enjoys writing about cross-cultural friendships, family, and redemption while setting her stories in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When not putting pen to paper, Arleen teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College where she has worked with immigrants and refugees for three decades. To learn more, please visit www.arleenwilliams.com and www.notalkingdogspress.com/.

 


 

Sierra Golden
is a poet and writer living in Seattle. Her chapbook Aristotle's Lantern won the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, and her poems appear in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. Although she calls Ballard home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She was a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House Fellow and works in communications at Casa Latina, a nonprofit organization empowering Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing

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March 2017 Poetrybridge At C&P
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

March 2017 Poetrybridge At C&P

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist in Seattle, Washington. Her three poetry books are, Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDSNo Father Can Save Her, and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. Herpoems can be found online at: Anti-Heroin ChicRiverbabbleRiver & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, The Unprecedented Review, the HIV Here & Now Project, and a creative nonfiction piece published by Yellow Chair Press, In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology. Find more of her work at www.julenetrippweaver.com.


Cheryl Latif was raised by a mother who was busy acquiring a PhD in English, so Cheryl attended her own kind of university. Prompted by her mom, Cheryl’s poetry was first published in Between Sheets, a Cal State Stanislaus literary magazine (1978). It was her first submission, and she swears it was simply beginner’s luck.

She has subsequently been published in a variety of local, regional and national publications. She curated/hosted a popular poetry reading in San Diego and has served as a judge for several poetry contests. Her poetry manuscript reached semi-finalist status in The Word Works annual contest and continues to be a work in progress.

 

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February 2017 Poetrybridge At C&P
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

February 2017 Poetrybridge At C&P

Featured Readers: Carrie Gilstrap-Nettle and Jonathan Shipley.

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Jonathan Shipley is a writer whose work has appeared in such varied publications as the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Magazine, Gather Journal, and ParentMap.

His poetry has been included in Ribbons, Toasted Cheese, and an anthology of creative writing dedicated to wrestling. 

 

 

 

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Carrie Gilstrap-Nettle lives in Olympia. She uses a pen to write and regrets not trying paste at least once as a child.

Carrie writes continuously and publishes sparsely. She taught poetry, non-fiction, and fiction classes in local public schools near her home; her students ranged from kindergarten to high school age. Oddly enough that led to a life translating tech and geek for talented groups of hackers.

She finished up her dual BA and BS degrees at Evergreen State College where she studied things like picking locks, breaking into electronic systems, how not to be an easy mark (or moron) in a connected world, and the difference between privacy and security. She also learned how to write about those and other topics with greater skill, and she loves to flex those muscles especially with MS destroying her other ones. 

She self-published her first book of poems, Common Measure, in 2011, and that year the volume received an honorable mention for the Cathlamet Poetry Prize.


Community Mic Readers included Koon Woon, Heidi Fosner, Georgie Kunkel, Cheryl Latif and Leopoldo Seguel.

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