Ghost Town Poetry & “Poeming Health” Workshop

Enjoy a warming evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

November’s featured poet is Seattle-based psychotherapist and writer Julene Tripp Weaver, who worked in AIDS services for over 21 years. Her third poetry book, “truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS,” was published this past spring. Earlier books include “No Father Can Save Her,” and “Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues.” She is widely published in journals and anthologies including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology (creative nonfiction). Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Weaver will also lead a workshop at Angst Gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, entitled “Poeming Health.” If you are living with chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone living with chronic illness—or if someone you love has a chronic illness—this workshop is designed for you. The class will provide a clearing space to crystallize thoughts and feelings and clarify what is important to preserve during this time…and what can be let go. Weaver will help attendees explore personal experience through writing that is addressed to the illness, to loved ones, to pain. Writers should bring notebooks and pens. The cost is $25 per person. Register for the workshop at Weaver’s reading on Nov. 9 or by contacting Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

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