Ghost Town Poetry

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate

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 of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work in stages, from 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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, will be floating into Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. This month’s featured poet is Alex Dang.

Dang is a member of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Portland Poetry Slam Team competing at the National Poetry Slam and the youngest representative from Portland in the slam’s history. Alex is the Eugene Grand Slam Champion of 2014 and 2015. Videos of his performances have amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube. He has been a speaker at two TEDx events, TEDxReno and TEDxUOregon. A nationally touring poet, Alex has performed in over 35 cities, 20 states, and is a world-renowned burger expert. His chapbook You Can Do Better will be available for purchase at the reading.

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 & Art Bar, which generously provides the food and libation for this uncensored poetry gathering.

Ghost Town Poetry

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington, will be floating into Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. This month’s featured poet is Alex Dang.

Dang is a member of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Portland Poetry Slam Team competing at the National Poetry Slam and the youngest representative from Portland in the slam’s history. Alex is the Eugene Grand Slam Champion of 2014 and 2015. Videos of his performances have amassed over 1.5 million views on YouTube. He has been a speaker at two TEDx events, TEDxReno and TEDxUOregon. A nationally touring poet, Alex has performed in over 35 cities, 20 states, and is a world-renowned burger expert. His chapbook You Can Do Better will be available for purchase at the reading.

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 & Art Bar, which generously provides the food and libation for this uncensored poetry gathering.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic comes in on little cat feet, pausing to clean its whiskers at Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. May’s featured poet is Herb Stokes, who, upon retirement from Swissair New York, moved with his wife to North Carolina’s intracoastal waterway. After a wonderful summer trip to Portland, they decided the Northwest would be their home. Stokes took a creative writing course at Clark College, and hasn’t stopped writing since.

For more details, contact either of Ghost Town’s hosts: Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com or Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington at printedmattervancouver.com. Angst Gallery is located adjacent to Niche Wine & Art Bar, and Niche’s owner Leah Jackson invites you to combine wine and poetry (naturally!) by purchasing a glass or a bottle to sip as you enjoy the beauties of the spoken word.

Ghost Town Poetry

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic comes in on little cat feet, pausing to clean its whiskers at Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. May’s featured poet is Herb Stokes, who, upon retirement from Swissair New York, moved with his wife to North Carolina’s intracoastal waterway. After a wonderful summer trip to Portland, they decided the Northwest would be their home. Stokes took a creative writing course at Clark College, and hasn’t stopped writing since.

For more details, contact either of Ghost Town’s hosts: Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com or Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington at printedmattervancouver.com. Angst Gallery is located adjacent to Niche Wine & Art Bar, and Niche’s owner Leah Jackson invites you to combine wine and poetry (naturally!) by purchasing a glass or a bottle to sip as you enjoy the beauties of the spoken word.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Angst Gallery celebrates National Poetry Month with a bilingual reading featuring Cindy Williams Gutiérrez at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night is a monthly poetry reading that’s open to everyone, hosted by Clark County poet laureate Christopher Luna and Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington. Angst Gallery (1015 Main Street in Vancouver) is adjacent to Niche Wine & Art Bar, where you can get fine wine and small plates before and after (or during!) the Open Mic Night. For more information, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night is floating into town like a cherry blossom on the warm spring breeze, welcoming local poets to the mic for an evening of poetry in the ‘Couve. Come to new venue Angst Gallery at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, to hear Kentucky-born poet Tommy Gaffney, author of two collections of poetry and prose, “Three Beers from Oblivion” and “Whiskey Days,” which was nominated for the Oregon Book Award. His newest collection is due out in spring 2015.

For more details, contact either of Ghost Town’s hosts: Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com or Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington at printedmattervancouver.com. Angst Gallery is located adjacent to Niche Wine & Art Bar, and Niche’s owner Leah Jackson invites you to combine wine and poetry (naturally!) by purchasing a glass or a bottle to sip as you enjoy the beauties of the spoken word.

Ghost Town Poetry at Angst

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.

And now, a word about Ghost Town’s featured poet: Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Northeast Portland. She attended Oberlin College in the 1970s, Cornell University in the 1980s, and got her MA in English/Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton in 1994. A former university administrator, her writing has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. Recent poems have appeared in Gold Man Review, PANK, Posit, and Raven Chronicles; her latest chapbook is Eternity a Coal’s Throw. A complete list of her publications is available at www.nancyflynn.com.

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.

Happy Anniversary, Ghost Town!

The Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Eighth Anniversary Potluck (Whew! What a mouthful!) will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Cover to Cover Books. This will be the last time the Ghost Town Open Mic will be held at Cover to Cover Books & Espresso; the monthly event will be held at a new location—Angst Gallery, next door to Niche Wine & Art Bar—beginning in February. Mel Sanders, the proprietor of Cover to Cover, has been keeping the store open late since 2007 for Ghost Town Open Mic Night; sadly, Cover to Cover will be closing at the end of this month.

Join poetry aficionados from across the North Bank to thank Sanders and to bid a fond farewell to Smedley the Bookstore Cat. Bring a dish to share and open ears to hear lots of great live poetry. Ghost Town founders and hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Partington (publisher of www.printedmattervancouver.com) invite you to celebrate eight years of poetry in the ‘Couve and to maybe buy a few excellent books as Cover to Cover clears out its inventory.

The potluck starts at 6 p.m. and poetry readings begin at 7 p.m. Cover to Cover is located at 6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B, near the corner of St. James and Minnehaha. For more information, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Above photograph: Ghost Town Poetry, Vol. 1, with Smedley the Bookstore Cat

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is floating into town like a snowflake this month, featuring Airlie Press authors Annie Lighthart and Dawn Diez Willis at Cover to Cover Books on Thursday, Dec. 11. This popular open mic poetry night is hosted by Clark County’s Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington. Join them and a host of other poets and poetry lovers at 7 p.m. at 6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B (at the intersection of St. James & Minnehaha) and say hello to Smedley the Bookstore Cat. Here’s a bit about the poets you’ll hear from that evening:

Portlander Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection, “Iron String,” with Oregon’s Airlie Press and earned an MFA in poetry from Vermont College. Annie has taught at Boston College, taught poetry in public schools, and now teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers.

Dawn Diez Willis’s first book of poetry, “Still Life with Judas & Lightning,” was released this year by Airlie Press. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Dogwood, Poet Lore, the Oregonian, and elsewhere. She offers poetry residencies through Salem Art Association and serves as the one-woman staff of the monthly Oregon State Police Officers’ Association Trooper News.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is LGBTQ-friendly and is proudly uncensored (so maybe let your wee ones browse with a parent or partner in Cover to Cover’s kids’ section while you enjoy the poetry). For more information, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic: 10 Year Celebration

In November 2004, at Ice Cream Renaissance, Christopher Luna founded what later came to be known as Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. At the time, there were very few poetry events on the North Bank and, when the café was packed on the night of the event, Luna understood that people were hungry for poetry. Today, Ghost Town Poetry provides a friendly venue where emerging writers can share their work with a supportive audience. This month, the organizers of Ghost Town Poetry—Luna and Toni Partington, founder of Printed Matter Vancouver—invite you to join them in celebrating ten years of open mic poetry in Vancouver at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B (near Minnehaha Rd.).

November’s featured poet is Peggy Barnett, born in 1945 and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from The Cooper Union with a degree in Fine Art and, in 1968, opened a photography studio and became a successful corporate still-life and portrait photographer. She sold the studio in 2006 and moved north of Seattle to the green fields of Maltby, Washington. In her poetry as in her life, memories of the past haunt her: growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, and a childhood overshadowed by the Holocaust and the atomic bomb. Barnett’s West Coast present is continually interrupted by the past of the East Coast. To learn more about Barnett’s work, visit www.prbarnett.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is open to everyone, uncensored, and LGBTQ-friendly. For more information, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Turns 10 (rescheduled)

Editor’s Note: Due to the dreadful winter weather, the 10-year celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m.

In November 2004, at Ice Cream Renaissance, Christopher Luna founded what later came to be known as Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. At the time, there were very few poetry events on the North Bank and, when the café was packed on the night of the event, Luna understood that people were hungry for poetry. Today, Ghost Town Poetry provides a friendly venue where emerging writers can share their work with a supportive audience. This month, the organizers of Ghost Town Poetry—Luna and Toni Partington, founder of Printed Matter Vancouver—invite you to join them in celebrating ten years of open mic poetry in Vancouver at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B (near Minnehaha Rd.).

November’s featured poet is Peggy Barnett, born in 1945 and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from The Cooper Union with a degree in Fine Art and, in 1968, opened a photography studio and became a successful corporate still-life and portrait photographer. She sold the studio in 2006 and moved north of Seattle to the green fields of Maltby, Washington. In her poetry as in her life, memories of the past haunt her: growing up Jewish in an Italian and Irish neighborhood, and a childhood overshadowed by the Holocaust and the atomic bomb. Barnett’s West Coast present is continually interrupted by the past of the East Coast. To learn more about Barnett’s work, visit www.prbarnett.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic is open to everyone, uncensored, and LGBTQ-friendly. For more information, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or christopherjluna@gmail.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is swooshing into town with featured poet Risa Denenberg at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. This poetically legendary evening, hosted by Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna and Printed Matter Vancouver publisher Toni Partington, is traditionally held at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 N.E. St. James Rd., Suite 104B. If you go, be sure to say “Hello!” to Smedly, Cover to Cover’s friendly cat-in-residence.

Denenberg is—not to put too fine a point on it and besides, I’m just quoting Ghost Town’s promotional material—an aging hippie living a solitary life in Sequim, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. She earns her keep as a nurse practitioner, having worked for many years in end-of-life care and more recently in chronic pain management. She’s a moderator at The Gazebo, an online poetry board, reviews poetry for the American Journal of Nursing, and is an editor at Headmistress Press. She has three chapbooks—”what we owe each other,” “In My Exam Room,” and “blinded by clouds”—and a full-length book, “Mean Distance from the Sun.”

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic nights are LGBTQ-friendly, open to all ages, and uncensored (so maybe bring earplugs for your toddler). For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver or contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.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” Jazz & Poetry

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. 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 is a Portland-based contemporary-classic music series and Niche Wine & Art Bar is its only North Bank venue. Niche Wine & Art Bar is also adjacent to one of Vancouver's edgiest art galleries, Angst Gallery, which will be open during the event.

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.