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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.

Workshop: Publishing Your Chapbook

There are countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision. But how best to organize and structure your chapbook? How to make it read cohesively? And what publishing path is the right fit? Join Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, this workshop will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and marketing director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” A seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, Williams has an MA in creative writing from Rivier College and an MA in book publishing from Portland State University. To learn more, visit www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com.

Open Mic Night for Writers & Poets

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is setting the stage for local writers and poets to share their stories aloud during an Open Mic Night created especially for poetry and short stories. All ages are welcome to attend, and anyone—published, self-published, and as-yet-unpublished writers! Kids, too!—is welcome to sign up starting at 5:30 p.m. The mic will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Open Mic Night is free and there’s no need to eat dinner elsewhere because Latte Da offers a full food menu, along with small plates and delicious drinks from wine to beer to expertly brewed coffee to tea and Italian soda. Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar is located at 205 E. 39th Street, just off north Main Street in the Lincoln neighborhood of downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

William Stafford Birthday Poetry Reading (with Harps!)

Happy birthday, William Stafford, wherever you may be! Stafford is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous poet, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna will host a William Stafford Birthday Reading in his honor featuring poet and harpist Jennifer Pratt-Walter from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Vancouver Community Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The party is jointly sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford and Printed Matter Vancouver, and Pratt-Walter will read Stafford’s poetry, as well as some of her own poems written in the spirit of Stafford’s work. She will also accompany Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna on her beautiful Celtic harp as he reads a selection of Stafford’s poetry. Audience members are also invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems.

Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about this event, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or e-mail christopherjluna@gmail.com. Pratt-Walter is one-half of the popular Celtic harp duo Celtic Muse. You can learn more about Pratt-Walter and purchase CDs by clicking here or visiting the Celtic Muse Facebook page.

Poetry, Harps & William Stafford

Happy birthday, William Stafford, wherever you may be! Stafford is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous poet, and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna will host a William Stafford Birthday Reading in Stafford’s honor, featuring poet and harpist Jennifer Pratt-Walter from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Vancouver Community Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The party is jointly sponsored by the Friends of William Stafford and Printed Matter Vancouver, and Pratt-Walter will read Stafford’s poetry, as well as some of her own poems written in the spirit of Stafford’s work. She will accompany Luna on her beautiful Celtic harp as he reads a selection of Stafford’s poetry. Audience members are also invited to read one of their favorite Stafford poems.

Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information about this event, contact Luna at 360-910-1066 or e-mail christopherjluna@gmail.com. Pratt-Walter is one-half of the popular Celtic harp duo Celtic Muse. You can learn more about Pratt-Walter and purchase CDs by clicking here or visiting the Celtic Muse Facebook page.

“Art for Poetry” Sale & Reception

The Clark County Arts Commission invites you to “Connections: Visual Art for the Benefit of the Written Word,” featuring artists Rebecca Anstine and Barbara AW Wright, at the Sixth Floor Gallery of the Public Service Center. Learn about poetry programs such as classes, workshops, lectures, and readings, open mic nights, Poetry Moves, and Poetry in the Shops.

The event begins with an art sale starting at 3 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 4, followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 with live music, light refreshments, and discussions about poetry-inspired projects. Christopher Luna will formally accept the Arts Commission’s invitation to extend his post as Clark County’s Poet Laureate through 2016.

Proceeds from gallery art sales and art objects crafted by local artists will go to support literary arts programs across the county. Entertainment will be provided by public school arts students, courtesy of the Arts Commission’s Spotlight on Young Performing Artists program. Art will be on display throughout the month of December at the Sixth Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin in downtown Vancouver.

Art for Poetry Sale & Reception

The Clark County Arts Commission invites you to “Connections: Visual Art for the Benefit of the Written Word,” featuring artists Rebecca Anstine and Barbara AW Wright, at the Sixth Floor Gallery of the Public Service Center. Learn about poetry programs such as classes, workshops, lectures, and readings, open mic nights, Poetry Moves, and Poetry in the Shops.

The event begins with an art sale starting at 3 p.m. on First Friday, Dec. 4, followed by a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 with live music, light refreshments, and discussions about poetry-inspired projects. Christopher Luna will formally accept the Arts Commission’s invitation to extend his post as Clark County’s Poet Laureate through 2016.

Proceeds from gallery art sales and art objects crafted by local artists will go to support literary arts programs across the county. Entertainment will be provided by public school arts students, courtesy of the Arts Commission’s Spotlight on Young Performing Artists program. Art will be on display throughout the month of December at the Sixth Floor Gallery in the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin in downtown Vancouver.

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Last Tuesdays Poetry at Barnes & Noble

Perhaps you attended the most recent Ghost Town Poetry night at Cover to Cover Books, but you left feeling hungry for even more poetry. That's as it should be, because we have another poetry-packed event for you: Last Tuesdays Poetry at the Vancouver Barnes & Noble. Here's what you can expect: 

Carlos Reyes will read from his latest book: "Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart," and from his book of translated poetry, "Poems of Love and Madness." (That sounds promising, doesn't it?) Reyes has served as poet-in-residence at Main's Acadia National Park and at The Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. (We bet you didn't know that parks and monuments even had poets! Neither did we, but we're certain it's a good thing.) In addition to his original writing, Reyes translates poetry from Spanish to English.

But wait, there's more! Cecelia Hagen will read from "Entering," her first full-length collection. Her poems, essays, and reviews have been widely published. Hagen teaches poetry and memoir-writing in Eugene, as well as studying tango.

Computer Poems & Electric Books

Do modern readers delight in digital words? (…or, as Philip K. Dick famously asked, "Do androids dream of electric sheep?") If the phrase "computational poetry" intrigues you, and if electronic literature is something you want to know more about, then you ought to drive your electric car straight over to the Vancouver Community Library (901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver) on Wednesday, April 23, for a double-whammy lecture and exhibit on those very topics.

From 7 to 8 p.m. in the library's Columbia Room, Dr. Dene Grigar of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program will present a lecture on poetry created specifically for the computer medium and the singular aesthetics associated with this poetic form. On the same night, the library will open a new exhibit, "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms," where guests can read and interact with works of electronic literature spanning the past three decades of literary history. The exhibit will be on display until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, also in the Columbia Room. For more details, call 360-906-5106 or click here.

Last Tuesdays Poetry at Barnes & Noble

Perhaps you attended the most recent Ghost Town Poetry night at Cover to Cover Books, but you left feeling hungry for even more poetry. That's as it should be, because we have another poetry-packed event for you: Last Tuesdays Poetry at the Vancouver Barnes & Noble bookstore on 7700 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver. This month's poetry gathering will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Here's what you can expect: 

Carlos Reyes will read from his latest book: "Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart," and from his book of translated poetry, "Poems of Love and Madness." (That sounds promising, doesn't it?) Reyes has served as poet-in-residence at Main's Acadia National Park and at The Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. (We bet you didn't know that parks and monuments even had poets! Neither did we, but we're certain it's a good thing.) In addition to his original writing, Reyes translates poetry from Spanish to English.

But wait, there's more! Cecelia Hagen will read from "Entering," her first full-length collection. Her poems, essays, and reviews have been widely published. Hagen teaches poetry and memoir-writing in Eugene, as well as studying tango.

“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.