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.
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.
Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (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.
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.
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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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
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.
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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.
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Katherine Grace Bond’s 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.
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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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.com, barnesandnoble.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.
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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Poet Julene Tripp Weaver will celebrate the release of her third collection of poetry, Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS at Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., Seattle, WA 98104 on April 9th, from 4 to 6 pm.
Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist in Seattle, Washington. Her three poetry books are, Truth Be Bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, No Father Can Save Her, and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. Herpoems can be found online at: Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & 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.
Featured Readers: Carrie Gilstrap-Nettle and Jonathan Shipley.
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.
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.