Christopher Luna

Workshop: Publishing Your Chapbook

Do you have a slew of unpublished poems or stories that are longing to see the light of day, and the permanence of print? Find out how to get your work out there with “Publishing Your Chapbook,” a workshop with award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams, presented by Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. The workshop, which is being offered in honor of National Poetry Month, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The cost is just $15 per student. To sign up, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or Jackson at leah.angstgallery@gmail.com.

There are countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision. But how best to organize and structure your chapbook? How to make it read cohesively? And what publishing path is the right fit? Join Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, this workshop will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and marketing director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” A seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, Williams has an MA in creative writing from Rivier College and an MA in book publishing from Portland State University. To learn more, visit www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com.

Poetry & Music at Niche

Get ready for CouvFestNW with a little poetry and jazz at Niche Wine & Art Bar on Saturday, Aug. 23. Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Five Guys Playing Jazz will be at this downtown Vancouver hotspot with…well, with poetry and jazz…starting at 7 p.m. This evening of wine, words, and wonderful sounds—sponsored by Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver—features a youthful spin on an age-old genre. Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Luna at an upcoming Poetry and Music event should e-mail him at christopherjluna@gmail.com. To learn more, visit Luna’s blog or see www.printedmattervancouver.com.

Poetry and Music at Niche

It's bound to be a poetically musical and mellow evening at Niche Wine & Art Bar, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Downtown Vancouver's premiere wine bar will be hosting "Poetry and Music" featuring Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musician Matt Brislawn, who has been performing live acoustic creations since 1989. This series is sponsored by Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver. Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Luna at an upcoming event should contact him at christopherjluna@gmail.com or check out Luna's blog. Luna is the cofounder, along with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, and the founder of the long-running Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic series.

Niche Wine & Art Bar has recently added a selection of sophisticated rosé wines to its wine list—which offers at least 160 wine selections by the bottle and more than 30 selections by the glass and half-glassand its cheese plate now features a new, deliciously fruity and bitter-hops-flavored Vieux Chimay, a traditional cow cheese from the monks of the Chimay region. To learn more about Niche, visit www.nichewinebar.com.

Poetry and Music at Niche

Poetry and music are a natural mix—and, let's face it, wine is a natural mix with anything—so it's bound to be a poetically musical and mellow evening at Niche Wine & Art Bar, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Downtown Vancouver's premiere wine bar will be hosting "Poetry and Music" featuring Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and musician Matt Brislawn, who has been performing live acoustic creations since 1989. Sponsored by Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson and Printed Matter Vancouver, the "Poetry and Music" series has previously featured Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Beth Karp, Julio Appling, Tyler Burba, Jim Templeton, Eric Padget, and Rich Halley. Musicians who are interested in collaborating with Luna at an upcoming event should contact him at christopherjluna@gmail.com or check out Luna's blog.

For more than two decades, Luna has collaborated with musicians both well-known and not-so-well-known (but equally talented). Luna can be heard on recordings by various musicians and bands, and in one song which was aired on the famously strange radio show, "Dr. Demento." More Recently, Luna has appeared on the air on KBOO FM’s Talking Earth and Radio Lost and Found. Luna is the cofounder, along with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, and the founder of the long-running Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic series.

Niche Wine & Art Bar has recently added a selection of sophisticated rosé wines to its wine list—which offers at least 160 wine selections by the bottle and more than 30 selections by the glass and half-glassand its cheese plate now features a new, deliciously fruity and bitter-hops-flavored Vieux Chimay, a traditional cow cheese from the monks of the Chimay region. To learn more about Niche, visit www.nichewinebar.com.

 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Let us point you to the place where all (or at least most) of your poetry needs can be readily filled: at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Cover to Cover Books (6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B, in Vancouver).

This monthly gathering of poets and poetry lovers is co-hosted by Clark County's Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and the publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver, Toni Partington. April's Open Mic Night will feature M. (yes, that's right, just "M."), whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and is anthologized in "The Widow's Handbook." Her chapbook, "To That Mythic Country Called Closure," was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.

The material discussed at Open Mic Night sometimes includes mature topics, and poems are uncensored, so it's best to leave the little ones at home. Come prepared to hob-nob with Smedley the Bookstore Cat. For more information about other poetry-related goings-on in Clark County, visit the Poetry in Clark County website.

Ghost Town Poetry

Have you ever thought to yourself, during a quiet moment, "You know what? I don't have enough poetry in my life. I simply must have more poetry. Where can I get poetry on the North Bank?" Let us point you to the place where all (or at least most) of your poetry needs can be readily filled: at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Cover to Cover Books (6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B, in Vancouver).

This monthly gathering of poets and poetry lovers is co-hosted by Clark County's Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and the publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver, Toni Partington. April's Open Mic Night will feature M. (yes, that's right, just "M."), whose work has appeared in a variety of journals and is anthologized in "The Widow's Handbook." Her chapbook, "To That Mythic Country Called Closure," was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.

The material discussed at Open Mic Night sometimes includes mature topics, and poems are uncensored, so it's best to leave the little ones at home. Come prepared to hob-nob with Smedley the Bookstore Cat. For more information about other poetry-related goings-on in Clark County, visit the Poetry in Clark County website.

March Music Moderne at Niche

What goes best with jazz (besides wine)? Poetry, of course! During "March Music Moderne" at Niche Wine & Art Bar, you can have all three at once. It's where all the cool cats will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. You'll hear poetry from Clark County's first Poet Laureate, Christopher Luna, and the smooth sounds of jazz from local musicians Beth Carp, Julio Appling, Rich Halley, Eric Padget, and Jim Templeton. This is part of poetry journal Printed Matter Vancouver's Ghost Town Poetry series, which presents live poetry readings at open mic nights in locations around Vancouver.
 
March Music Moderne ("Listening to the Here of the Now"—how hep is that slogan?) is a Portland-based contemporary-classic music series founded by self-styled "avant-impresario" Bob Priest, and Niche Wine & Art Bar is its only North Bank venue. So why drive across the river when you can get all your music-and-poetry needs met here? But wait, there's more: Niche Wine & Art Bar is immediately adjacent—and connected via an open door—to one of Vancouver's edgiest art galleries, Angst Gallery. The gallery will be open during the event, and happy listeners (and sippers) are invited to stroll next door and see original art by some of the North Bank's most provocative artists.
 
Niche Wine & Art Bar is located at 1013 Main St., just north of the Kiggins Theatre.