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National Unpublished Writers Day Conference

Sunday, Jan. 29 marks a nationally recognized observance that ‘Couvies can be proud of: National Unpublished Writers Day. Founded by Washington State University Vancouver Professor John F. Barber and inspired by the life and work of novelist, poet, and short story writer Richard Brautigan, National Unpublished Writers Day is an annual gathering of writers to discuss strategies for getting their work out into the world. In 2015, Professor Barber passed responsibility for the event to Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, who will serve as the master of ceremonies for the afternoon’s activities.

This event is free and open to the public, and happening in that architecturally stunning temple of books, the Vancouver Community Library, located at 901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver. Attendees will meet in the Columbia Room downstairs from 1 to 5 p.m. The gathering will feature presentations from local authors with plenty of time for speakers and guests to mingle and chat. During the entire conference, guests can take advantage of a Local Resources Open House designed to connect aspiring writers with people and programs that can help them get…well, less unpublished. For more information, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066, or check out the Fort Vancouver Regional Library events page.

The speaker schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m.—So You’re Ready to Write with Other People, Now What? Finding Your Tribe with Celeste Gurevich
  • 2 p.m.—Open Mic 101: Etiquette and Performance Tips from Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic emcees Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
  • 3 p.m.—Beauty and Surprise: Writing Workshop with Penelope Scambly Schott
  • 4 p.m.— Publishing Panel with Nancy Flynn, Tracy Manaster, and A. Molotkov

Poetry Moves Launch Party

Poetry moves us in mysterious ways…and the poems on C-TRAN buses literally move around Clark County, while uplifting, inspiring and provoking travelers to think deeply. The poems are a result of the innovative Poetry Moves program, a joint project among C-TRAN, the Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Here’s the story:

Several years ago, Luna launched a program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County, which approached C-TRAN about putting poems on its buses. Now entering its third year, the program is a roaring success. The first batch of poems are ready to get moving on a whole fleet of C-TRAN buses. Passengers will see those poems from January through June of 2017—and then a second batch will be chosen to appear from June through December.

You’re invited to the family-friendly Poetry Moves Launch Party, happening at the Vancouver Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. While you nibble on complimentary light refreshments, you can hear the poems read aloud by their authors—as well as readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Poem bus cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program. For more information about this program, visit the Poetry Moves Facebook page or check out Printed Matter Vancouver.

Poetry Moves Launch Party

Poetry moves us in mysterious ways…and the poems on C-TRAN buses literally move around Clark County, while uplifting, inspiring and provoking travelers to think deeply. The poems are a result of the innovative Poetry Moves program, a joint project among C-TRAN, the Arts of Clark County, Printed Matter Vancouver and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Here’s the story:

Several years ago, Luna launched a program that sends local writers into Clark County schools to lead poetry workshops aimed at showing children that poetry can be meaningful, magical, and fun. The program received grant support from Humanities Washington and the Arts of Clark County, which approached C-TRAN about putting poems on its buses. Now entering its third year, the program is a roaring success. The first batch of poems are ready to get moving on a whole fleet of C-TRAN buses. Passengers will see those poems from January through June of 2017—and then a second batch will be chosen to appear from June through December.

You’re invited to the family-friendly Poetry Moves Launch Party, happening at the Vancouver Community Library from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. While you nibble on complimentary light refreshments, you can hear the poems read aloud by their authors—as well as readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. Poem bus cards from all three seasons of Poetry Moves will be available for sale for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward funding the program. For more information about this program, visit the Poetry Moves Facebook page or check out Printed Matter Vancouver.

Above image: a preview of “Joy,” by Cherish DesRochers-Vafeados

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.