Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night: Naomi Fast’s “Portland Light”

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night eases into autumn’s darker days with Naomi Fast, author of “Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography,” at its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13. 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).

Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Fast earned her MA in writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies, including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in “Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography” provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period. Portland Light can be purchased by visiting https://www.createspace.com/5573607.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night starts at 7 p.m. at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Ghost Town Poetry: Portland Light

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night eases into autumn’s darker days with Naomi Fast, author of “Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography,” at its next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13. 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).

Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Fast earned her MA in writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies, including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in “Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography” provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period. Portland Light can be purchased by visiting https://www.createspace.com/5573607.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night starts at 7 p.m. at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. 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

Poet, publisher, educator and activist Tessara Dudley will be featured poet at this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine will be 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!)

Dudley writes poetry and essays about topics ranging from the working class to being black and gay to living with disability. Her hobbies include studying history, fighting oppression, building safer communities, and knitting. She’s the author of Fallen/Forever Rising, a 2015 tribute to victims of police violence.

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

Poet, publisher, educator and activist Tessara Dudley will be featured poet at this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine will be 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!)

Dudley writes poetry and essays about topics ranging from the working class to being black and gay to living with disability. Her hobbies include studying history, fighting oppression, building safer communities, and knitting. She’s the author of Fallen/Forever Rising, a 2015 tribute to victims of police violence.

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.

Camas Poet, Artist John Kay at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

John Kay will be featured poet at this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine will be 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!)

Kay is a widely published poet and visual artist who lives in Camas. (In fact, you can see some of his art hanging on the walls at 360 Kitchen and Bar.) He grew up in Los Angeles, where he got to know Charles Bukowski, whose poetry continues to be an influence on Kay’s own work. Kay has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He taught writing courses for the University of Maryland for 20 years, and lived in Germany for 31 years. His most recent book, “This Particular Kiss,” was published this year by Pearl Editions. Kay was also recently profiled in The Columbian; to read the article, click on this link: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/feb/26/in-death-camas-poet-finds-new-life/.

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.

Camas Poet, Artist John Kay at Ghost Town

John Kay will be featured poet at this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine will be 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!)

Kay is a widely published poet and visual artist who lives in Camas. (In fact, you can see some of his art hanging on the walls at 360 Kitchen and Bar.) He grew up in Los Angeles, where he got to know Charles Bukowski, whose poetry continues to be an influence on Kay’s own work. Kay has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He taught writing courses for the University of Maryland for 20 years, and lived in Germany for 31 years. His most recent book, “This Particular Kiss,” was published this year by Pearl Editions. Kay was also recently profiled in The Columbian; to read the article, click on this link: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/feb/26/in-death-camas-poet-finds-new-life/.

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.

Above photograph: Detail from “Portland” by John Kay.

Free Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Ghost Town Poetry is hosting a special Poetry Workshop during its regular Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The Poetry Workshop features Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will be in town with hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna to teach aspiring poets how to make the words go together more better. Marshall, a creative writing and literature teacher at Gonzaga University, is the winner of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award and 2009 finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

The workshop, titled “If You Ain’t No Place, You Can’t Go Nowhere” (See what I mean? Pure poetry), is limited to the first 28 people who sign up by emailing Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com. Attendees will explore ways to connect their imaginations to the landscapes—both real and imagined—of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work through stages freewriting to drafting a poem that will reveal more about where they’ve been, who they are, and where they might go in the future.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is, as always, 100% free, and so is the workshop. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main Street. For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver at printedmattervancouver.com.

“Poetry Matters” at Angst Gallery

Students from Poetry Matters, a Clark College Community Education class taught by noted Clark County poet Christopher Luna, will be sharing their poetry during the next installment of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at Angst Gallery. Current and former students will read aloud from their original poems. Presenters include Roxanne Bash, Holly Black, Bruce Hall, Morgan Hutchinson, Livia Montana, Darcy Scholts, and Tiffany Burba-Schramm.

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, next door to Niche Wine Bar and the landmark Kiggins Theatre. There will be fine wine and delicious small plates available for purchase from Niche. These evenings of poetry and community connection happen on the second Thursday of every month, and have been a fixture of the Vancouver arts scene for many years. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is hosted by Luna (Clark County’s Poet Laureate) and his wife, writer and poet Toni Lumbrazo Luna, publisher of Printed Matter Vancouver. The evening is open to everyone and entirely uncensored, as it has been since 2004.

For more details, check the Facebook event page. To learn more about Luna’s next Poetry Matters class, which will be offered for the spring 2016 quarter, click here.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

The poetry of Joseph Green—and, in fact, Joseph Green himself—will be featured at this month’s Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Small plates and wine will be 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.

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

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, will be drifting like a snowflake into downtown Vancouver at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. This celebration of the poets, by the poets, and for the poets and everyone else will be held at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. December’s special guests are Airlie Press authors Karen McPherson and Tim Shane.

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

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, will be drifting like a snowflake into downtown Vancouver at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. This celebration of the poets, by the poets, and for the poets and everyone else will be held at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. December’s special guests are Airlie Press authors Karen McPherson and Tim Shane.

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

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

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 Night will feature the poet and photographer Peggy Barnett at its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver.

Barnett is a native of Queens, a Baby Boomer who worked as a New York City photographer for 45 years before moving to Washington and beginning her second career as a poet. Her poetry draws on haunting memories of the past: the Holocaust, growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, and the atomic bomb. The present on the West Coast is always interrupted by the past of the East Coast. Her poetic memoir “On Your Left!” dwells on the specifics of unending change.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar. For more information, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or visit the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Facebook page. For lots more Vancouver-side literary happenings, visit printedmattervancouver.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night will feature the poet and photographer Peggy Barnett at its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver.

Barnett is a native of Queens, a Baby Boomer who worked as a New York City photographer for 45 years before moving to Washington and beginning her second career as a poet. Her poetry draws on haunting memories of the past: the Holocaust, growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, and the atomic bomb. The present on the West Coast is always interrupted by the past of the East Coast. Her poetic memoir “On Your Left!” dwells on the specifics of unending change.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar. For more information, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or visit the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Facebook page. For lots more Vancouver-side literary happenings, visit printedmattervancouver.com.

Above image: getting ready for the photograph, circa 1950 in Queens, New York.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night will feature the poet and musician Dusty Santamaria at its next meeting on Thursday, June 11, at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Santamaria is a Portland-based songwriter, performer, poet, and painter. He is the author of the poetry collection “Time and Other Thieves” as well as the composer of the albums “Getting Back to God Knows Where,” “Existential Detective Rock and Roll,” and “Now That I’ve Stopped Killing.” (Cheery, no?) His writing features a “distinctly American surrealism” and his visual art has been described by The Rearguard as “Primitivism at its finest.” Santamaria has also toured nationally and internationally with the bands Deadhorse Hwy and the Singing Knives.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar. For more information, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or visit the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Facebook page. For lots more Vancouver-side literary happenings, visit printedmattervancouver.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night will feature the poet and musician Dusty Santamaria at its next meeting on Thursday, June 11, at Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver. Santamaria is a Portland-based songwriter, performer, poet, and painter. He is the author of the poetry collection “Time and Other Thieves” as well as the composer of the albums “Getting Back to God Knows Where,” “Existential Detective Rock and Roll,” and “Now That I’ve Stopped Killing.” (Cheery, no?) His writing features a “distinctly American surrealism” and his visual art has been described by The Rearguard as “Primitivism at its finest.” Santamaria has also toured nationally and internationally with the bands Deadhorse Hwy and the Singing Knives.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with food and libation provided by Niche Wine and Art Bar. For more information, contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or visit the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Facebook page. For lots more Vancouver-side literary happenings, visit printedmattervancouver.com.