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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-910-1066.