Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night Features WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall & “WA 129,” Poems About Washington

Enjoy an 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 hearty, soul-warming poetry stew. (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.)

October’s featured poet is Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices. These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

Marshall’s latest project is WA 129, a compilation of work featuring 129 poets, some published for the first time, honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood. Each poem beautifully describes a deeply felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

Poetry Night Features “WA 129,” Poems About Washington

Enjoy an 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 hearty, soul-warming poetry stew. (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.)

October’s featured poet is Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices. These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

Marshall’s latest project is WA 129, a compilation of work featuring 129 poets, some published for the first time, honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood. Each poem beautifully describes a deeply felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

Above image: Mount Rainier

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy an 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.)

September’s featured poet is Coleman Stevenson, the author of two collections of poems, “Breakfast,” and “The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology “Motionless from the Iron Bridge.” She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business, The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy an 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.)

September’s featured poet is Coleman Stevenson, the author of two collections of poems, “Breakfast,” and “The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology “Motionless from the Iron Bridge.” She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business, The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

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.

Above image: Coleman Stevenson

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to 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.)

August’s featured poet is native Portlander Sean Aaron Bowers. His first collection of poetry, We Were Warriors, was published under the pseudonym Johnny No Bueno. His upcoming book, Concrete & Juniper, is due to be released in late 2017 to mid-2018. His work has appeared in Criminal Class Review, Present Tense, and Nailed Magazine.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to 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.)

August’s featured poet is native Portlander Sean Aaron Bowers. His first collection of poetry, We Were Warriors, was published under the pseudonym Johnny No Bueno. His upcoming book, Concrete & Juniper, is due to be released in late 2017 to mid-2018. His work has appeared in Criminal Class Review, Present Tense, and Nailed Magazine.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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.

Above image: juniper berries.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, “someone’s dead already,” and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His next book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, will be the 61st Pocket Poets book published by City Lights.

Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher. He completed a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing a doctorate in education. His research interests include youth justice, youth participatory action research, decolonizing methodologies, and art-centered learning. He co-founded Bootstrap Press (http://www.bootstrappress.org/) in 2000, which has published over 40 books. His latest book of poems is “Hermeticities & Others,” published in 2016.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Don’t get your darling buds of May in a dither! Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear poet Robert Lashley perform some of his work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Don’t get your darling buds of May in a dither! Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear poet Robert Lashley perform some of his work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 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.

Book Launch Party with Herb Stokes

cover_2Angst Gallery is hosting a book launch party for A Chorus of One: Selected Poetry and Prose by Herb Stokes, edited by Annie Davern. This event—starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22—is presented by Printed Matter Vancouver founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna. Partington and Luna also co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular monthly poetry series in which Stokes has been a regular participant for many years. Come congratulate Stokes, hear him read, and pick up a copy of the book.

Stokes grew up in the town of Glen Cove on the Long Island Sound in New York. He spent his boyhood climbing trees, fishing ponds, and exploring the waterways of the North Shore in his small boat. Upon early retirement from Swissair Airlines, he and his artist wife, Marianne, relocated to the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. They did the boat and beach scene for a few years, but after a summer visit to Portland, decided the Pacific Northwest would be their home. Soon after, Herb enrolled in the creative writing program for seniors at Clark College, where he developed his writing style—a balanced commentary on the humor and poignancy of life.

If you are unable to attend the book launch, you can order A Chorus of One here: http://www.blurb.com/b/7384900-a-chorus-of-one. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: detail from the cover of “A Chorus of One,” by Herb Stokes

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

April’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night highlights the work of April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

Bullard lives with her husband aboard their houseboat, Great Ambition, on the Columbia River. She is an artist, author, photographer and musician, playing electric bass with the marina band, Mal Ideé. She is a Navy veteran, mother of three, and grandmother of four. Her passion for history, historic re-enactment, genealogy, and observation of nature fuel her craft. Bullard’s written work and cover art can be found in numerous small press anthologies and magazines. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and businesses throughout the Vancouver area, including Angst Gallery, Cover to Cover Books, Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, Gallery 360, The Brickhouse, Duck Tales Kitchen, and Stonehenge Gallery. She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: The Sock Thief and Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales. April’s new book, Shortcuts Through the Shadows, is a first collection of previously published work, including poetry, short stories, and a novella.

Ian Frederick Caton was born in Berkeley, California in 1974. His parents lived right next door to Sonny Barger, and just across the street from Huey P. Newton. He was raised on MTV and was shocked by early music videos such as Alice Cooper beheaded on a guillotine. He then started his first rock band in East San Jose at the age of 12. He now lives and writes in Vancouver with his wife and their two children. He holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree from Concordia University in Portland. His work has appeared in Tule Review, Reed Magazine, Shadow Boxing, and Perfume River Poetry Review, among others. He is the owner and occasional contributor to the blog Analog Verse.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

April’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night highlights the work of April Bullard and Ian Frederick Caton—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

Bullard lives with her husband aboard their houseboat, Great Ambition, on the Columbia River. She is an artist, author, photographer and musician, playing electric bass with the marina band, Mal Ideé. She is a Navy veteran, mother of three, and grandmother of four. Her passion for history, historic re-enactment, genealogy, and observation of nature fuel her craft. Bullard’s written work and cover art can be found in numerous small press anthologies and magazines. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and businesses throughout the Vancouver area, including Angst Gallery, Cover to Cover Books, Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, Gallery 360, The Brickhouse, Duck Tales Kitchen, and Stonehenge Gallery. She is the author and illustrator of two children’s books: The Sock Thief and Goody Hepzibah’s Harvest Tales. April’s new book, Shortcuts Through the Shadows, is a first collection of previously published work, including poetry, short stories, and a novella.

Ian Frederick Caton was born in Berkeley, California in 1974. His parents lived right next door to Sonny Barger, and just across the street from Huey P. Newton. He was raised on MTV and was shocked by early music videos such as Alice Cooper beheaded on a guillotine. He then started his first rock band in East San Jose at the age of 12. He now lives and writes in Vancouver with his wife and their two children. He holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree from Concordia University in Portland. His work has appeared in Tule Review, Reed Magazine, Shadow Boxing, and Perfume River Poetry Review, among others. He is the owner and occasional contributor to the blog Analog Verse.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night with Sam Roxas-Chua

March’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night features Sam Roxas-Chua, a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. His poetry has been described as “tidal,” and he has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art.” According to poet Dorianne Laux, “Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.” His first book, Fawn Language, was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, is forthcoming from Lithic Press. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative Magazine, december magazine, and Cream City Review. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Most recently he appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night with Sam Roxas-Chua

March’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night features Sam Roxas-Chua, a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. His poetry has been described as “tidal,” and he has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art.” According to poet Dorianne Laux, “Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.” His first book, Fawn Language, was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, is forthcoming from Lithic Press. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative Magazine, december magazine, and Cream City Review. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Most recently he appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writersresist. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 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.

Above image: detail from “Your Spine, My Ladder,” original art by Sam Roxas-Chua. To see more of Roxas-Chua’s art and poems, visit www.samroderick.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night gives voice to the words on the page at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Laura LeHew and R.R. Seitz. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar.

LeHew’s collections include Becoming, Willingly Would I Burn, It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, and Beauty. Laura received her MFA from CCA. She edits a small press called Uttered Chaos. LeHew always thought she’d be an astronaut, but life is funny that way, and now, instead of exploring the space between worlds, she’s exploring the space between words. To learn more interesting facts about LeHew, visit lauralehew.com.

R.R. Seitz writes from the place of decisions made by an eighteen-year-old that carry forward, day-by-day, to the present. (But then, who doesn’t?) His 2006 book about a sniper in Vietnam, Right Here Right Now, is in its third printing and has made its way to many places outside the U.S. He has been featured at various readings throughout the Northwest for 15 years.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night gives voice to the words on the page at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Laura LeHew and R.R. Seitz. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar.

LeHew’s collections include Becoming, Willingly Would I Burn, It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, and Beauty. Laura received her MFA from CCA. She edits a small press called Uttered Chaos. LeHew always thought she’d be an astronaut, but life is funny that way, and now, instead of exploring the space between worlds, she’s exploring the space between words. To learn more interesting facts about LeHew, visit lauralehew.com.

R.R. Seitz writes from the place of decisions made by an eighteen-year-old that carry forward, day-by-day, to the present. (But then, who doesn’t?) His 2006 book about a sniper in Vietnam, Right Here Right Now, is in its third printing and has made its way to many places outside the U.S. He has been featured at various readings throughout the Northwest for 15 years.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night offers a bright light on a dark winter’s night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 (postponed from Jan. 12 due to sow), at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Michael C. Guimond and Jen Coleman. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar, and Briz Loan & Guitar is donating their expertise and equipment to make sure everyone’s mic is turned on and you can hear what the Couve’s best poets are laying down.

Guimond has been writing, in fun and in earnest, for quite some time, and performing publicly is a celebration of the sanity he maintains through the process. He’s read some poems on KBOO, and has had some poems published. He vows to “clown and rant” until he’s dead, which we hope won’t be for a long time now.

Coleman is author of Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier, and We Denizens from Furniture Press in 2016. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York, where she co-edited the journal POM2. She now lives in Portland.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Editor’s note: due to the snow, this event has been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 19.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night offers a bright light on a dark winter’s night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Michael C. Guimond and Jen Coleman. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar, and Briz Loan & Guitar is donating their expertise and equipment to make sure everyone’s mic is turned on and you can hear what the Couve’s best poets are laying down.

Guimond has been writing, in fun and in earnest, for quite some time, and performing publicly is a celebration of the sanity he maintains through the process. He’s read some poems on KBOO, and has had some poems published. He vows to “clown and rant” until he’s dead, which we hope won’t be for a long time now.

Coleman is author of Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers from Trembling Pillow Press, winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by poet Dara Wier, and We Denizens from Furniture Press in 2016. Originally from Minnesota, Jen received her BA from Beloit College and MFA from George Mason University in Virginia. She spent eight years in New York, where she co-edited the journal POM2. She now lives in Portland.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night with Mike G. & Rob Katsuno

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night is prancing into town on tiny deer feet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Mike G and Rob Katsuno. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar, and Briz Loan & Guitar is donating their expertise and equipment to make sure everyone’s mic is turned on and you can hear what the Couve’s best poets are laying down.

Mike G has been writing, in fun and in earnest, for quite some time, and performing publicly is a celebration of the sanity he maintains through the process. He’s read some poems on KBOO, and has had some poems published. He vows to “clown and rant” until he’s dead, which we hope won’t be for a long time now.

Katsuno—something of a local legend in the Couve—has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi joint venture broker, a Morgan Stanley investment banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise financial advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about Rob, visit robkatsuno.com

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.