Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night welcomes the change of season with two notable poets at its next meeting, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Food and adult-type libations will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor and partner in wine, Niche Wine Bar. This monthly event is the cornerstone of the Couve’s vibrant poetry scene, and is hosted by Clark County’s Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna, publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver. All ages are welcome (although parental guidance is heartily recommended, due to the unedited and unabridged nature of the poems to be shared, some of which cover more mature themes).

September’s special guests are Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger. Burba is a Pacific Northwest poet and photographer who captures everything from sunsets to sunflowers to the New York skyline. She’s the author of “Meet Me Where I Left You,” a full-length volume of poetry published just last month, and her poems were also seen on C-Tran buses as part of last year’s “Poetry Moves” project. She’s also a mother, a grandmother, a massage therapist and a practitioner of Reiki who loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with others who have a zest for life.

Loranger is a native Washingtonian who practices mediation, tai chi, permaculture and civil disobedience on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge, where she’s lived for 35 years. Lori’s poetry has appeared in both Ghost Town Poetry anthologies, “Visions of Light,” a compilation of photography and poetry edited by Raymond Klein, and The Poeming Pigeon.

For more information about Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night welcomes the change of season with two notable poets at its next meeting, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Food and adult-type libations will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor and partner in wine, Niche Wine Bar. This monthly event is the cornerstone of the Couve’s vibrant poetry scene, and is hosted by Clark County’s Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna, publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver. All ages are welcome (although parental guidance is heartily recommended, due to the unedited and unabridged nature of the poems to be shared, some of which cover more mature themes).

September’s special guests are Tiffany Burba and Lori Loranger. Burba is a Pacific Northwest poet and photographer who captures everything from sunsets to sunflowers to the New York skyline. She’s the author of “Meet Me Where I Left You,” a full-length volume of poetry published just last month, and her poems were also seen on C-Tran buses as part of last year’s “Poetry Moves” project. She’s also a mother, a grandmother, a massage therapist and a practitioner of Reiki who loves to dance, drink whiskey, and spend time with others who have a zest for life.

Loranger is a native Washingtonian who practices mediation, tai chi, permaculture and civil disobedience on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge, where she’s lived for 35 years. Lori’s poetry has appeared in both Ghost Town Poetry anthologies, “Visions of Light,” a compilation of photography and poetry edited by Raymond Klein, and The Poeming Pigeon.

For more information about Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night makes a splash on the local arts scene at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, when the monthly poetry meet-up’s featured poet will be Oregon Coast native Celeste Gurevich. Her work has been published in “Perceptions: A Magazine for the Arts,” the Manifest-Station, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak,” and “The International Journal of Gender, Nature, and Transformation.” She is currently a member of the Dangerous Writers Workshop and is working on her first book. She is a mother and grandmother, grower of extravagant flowers and self-styled Crazy Bird Lady. To learn more, you can follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CelesteDesmaraisGurevich.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night happens on the second Thursday of every month at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine are provided by Niche Wine Bar. The evening, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver, is open to everyone and entirely uncensored, as it has been since 2004. (Hey, with a room full of poets, you never know WHAT could happen!) For more information about this and other poetry-related events and projects in Clark County, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Green’s most recent collection of poems is “What Water Does at a Time Like This,” following “That Thread Still Connecting Us,” “The End of Forgiveness,” “Greatest Hits: 1975-2000,” “Deluxe Motel,” and “His Inadequate Vocabulary.” (In short, the man is prolific!) Through Peasandcues Press, Green and his wife, Marquita, produce limited-edition, letterpress-printed poetry broadsides using hand-set metal type. Green works at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry & Museum of Metal Typography, preserving the craft of casting the type itself. Below you’ll find a poetic appetizer, one of Green’s recent poems and a taste of what you can expect to hear Thursday night:

What You Can Say to Me When I’m Dead
by Joseph Green

I won’t want to talk about the war,
so don’t start. I won’t say anything at all
about politics. I’ve already had it

up to here with gossip.
And God is no good, either,
as a conversational topic. I’ll be finished,

too, with gnawing on the dry bones
of art, of accomplishment.
You can put them into your own

soup if you feel like it. I’ll be lying
down for a while. Just fill me in
on what you’ve been up to.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

The next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna, will be leaping into Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. This month’s featured poet is Steve Williams, a Portland poet who is the author of a new chapbook, Thirteen.

For more information, visit the Ghost Town Poetry Facebook page, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or visit printedmattervancouver.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street it downtown Vancouver, right next door to Niche Wine Bar, which generously provides the food and libation for this uncensored poetry gathering.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night has been meeting monthly since 2004. If you can’t make it to the Thursday evening meeting, visit the Vancouver City Hall building on 6th St. to see the Poetry Moves exhibit, showcasing poems—all penned by local poets—displayed on Clark County’s C-Tran buses (or you could just ride the bus!). Finally, if you just can’t get enough poetry (and who can?) come to Niche Wine Bar on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the monthly Poetry & Music Jam.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

On a frosty, moonlit winter night, nothing stirs the soul like poetry—except for maybe wine and good company. You’ll find all three at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, happening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Angst Gallery. This month’s Ghost Town features local poet of note David Nelson, whose work can be read in the recently published chapbook come/down. Ghost Town’s additional but no less illustrious guest is the poète savant Nathan Tompkins, whose writings have been featured in NonBinary Review, Yellow Chair Review, and Crab Fat Magazine. He is also the author of four chapbooks: Junk Mail of the Heart, The Dog Stops Here, A Song of Chaos, and Lullabies to a Whiskey Bottle.

The evening will feature small plates and libations (yup, the fun kind) from Niche Wine & Art Bar, right next door to Angst at 1013 Main Street. Ghost Town Poetry is LGBTQ-friendly, uncensored, and open to all ages (with parental discretion advised). Ghost Town has been meeting monthly to read and discuss contemporary poetry since 2004. For more information, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Luna directly at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

On a frosty, moonlit winter night, nothing stirs the soul like poetry—except for maybe wine and good company. You’ll find all three at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, happening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Angst Gallery. This month’s Ghost Town features local poet of note David Nelson, whose work can be read in the recently published chapbook come/down. Ghost Town’s additional but no less illustrious guest is the poète savant Nathan Tompkins, whose writings have been featured in NonBinary Review, Yellow Chair Review, and Crab Fat Magazine. Tompkins is also the author of four chapbooks: Junk Mail of the Heart, The Dog Stops Here, A Song of Chaos, and Lullabies to a Whiskey Bottle.

The evening will feature small plates and libations (yup, the fun kind) from Niche Wine & Art Bar, right next door to Angst at 1013 Main Street. Ghost Town Poetry is LGBTQ-friendly, uncensored, and open to all ages (with parental discretion advised). Ghost Town has been meeting monthly to read and discuss contemporary poetry since 2004. For more information, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Luna directly at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry is a natural response to the complexities and nuances of human existence…to take our individual, idiosyncratic experience and set it to words, and to hang those words upon a structure that makes it comprehensible and compelling to everyone. That’s why we need poetry and poets, as well as places to connect poetry with the audiences who want to hear it. Fortunately for the North Bank, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery beautifully fulfills this role.

The next Open Mic Night will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. This month’s poetry gathering features Kristin Roedell, a Northwest poet and retired attorney. Her work has appeared in over 50 journals and anthologies, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Switched On Gutenberg, and CHEST. She is the author of Girls with Gardenias and Down River, as well as a finalist for the Quercus Review Press poetry prize. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Web and once for the Pushcart Prize. She was the 2013 winner of NISA’s 11th Annual Brainstorm Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2013 Crab Creek Review poetry contest.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is open to all ages (although parents be warned, because the material is uncensored) and LGBTQ-friendly. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar, located next door to the gallery. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. For more information about Ghost Town Poetry, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, will be rattling its chains at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. This month’s special guest is ‘Couve native Sarah Webb, who now lives in Texas Hill Country with her hound dog, Rex, and gives frequent readings in Oklahoma and Texas. Her poetry collection, Black, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Oklahoma Book Award and the 2014 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award. Webb served as poetry editor for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s interdisciplinary journal Crosstimbers for many years, and is currently a member of the editorial committee for All Roads Will Lead You Home and a co-editor of Just This, a magazine of the Zen arts.

This evening of poetry-out-loud will feature small plates and libations (yup, the fun kind) from Niche Wine & Art Bar, right next door to Angst at 1013 Main Street. Ghost Town Poetry is LGBTQ-friendly, uncensored, and open to all ages (with parental discretion advised). Ghost Town has been meeting to read and discuss contemporary poetry since 2004. For more information, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Luna directly at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic relocates to Angst Gallery with featured reader Nancy Flynn at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. Hosts Christopher Luna, Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver, and Leah Jackson of Angst are teaming up to host this inaugural meeting of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery, appropriately located in downtown Vancouver’s Arts District.

For more information about this monthly gathering of the region’s best poets, contact Christopher Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com, or you can learn more at www.printedmattervancouver.com. To find out more about Angst Gallery, including directions and current exhibits, visit www.angstgallery.com or “like” the gallery on Facebook.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night will unleash its barbaric yawp on the North Bank at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Vancouver’s Cover to Cover Books. This month’s reading, hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver, features Brittany Baldwin and Leah Noble Davidson.

Baldwin lives by a creek in rural Oregon with a dog, a cat, and some chickens. She has cooked professionally for 20 years and written poems since she was a child. She prefers the woods to anything else. Noble Davidson’s debut book, “Poetic Scientifica” (published through University of Hell Press) was Powell’s third bestselling small press book of last year, and she currently produces Portland’s Moth StorySLAM.

To learn more about Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night—LGBTQ-friendly and uncensored since 2004—visit www.printedmattervancouver.com or contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.