Dec 6, 2009

It's About time Writers

Please see the It's About Time Writers facebook group for schedule.



Nov 25, 2009

Final Drash Reading for 2009

DRASH Northwest Mosaic Journal: Final Reading for 2009

Place: Fremont Place Books
Date: Thursday, December 3rd at 7 pm
Featuring: Julene Tripp Weaver, Diane Brement, Marilyn Smith and Wendy Marcus

Please come and support this local journal. Also, they are taking submissions for the next issue, Volume IV, to be mailed and postmarked by December 15th. Or, you can bring your submission to the reading and hand it to Wendy! See the website at, click on Music and Arts to go to the page for Drash.

Nov 12, 2009

Nov 12th reading

Please note that if you don't find the About Time announcement here, we are always on facebook. Join It's About Time Writers on facebook to receive a direct mailing.

Thanks and hope to see you tonight,

Thurs. Nov 12, 2009 #243 Jeremy Halinen, Carol Guess, Elizabeth J. Colen
+ Kim-An Lieberman on The Writer's Craft

Kim-An Lieberman holds a Ph.D. in Vietnamese American literature from the University of California, Berkeley and teaches English at Seattle’s Lakeside School. Her work appears in Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, CALYX, and other journals. Her first collection of poems, Breaking the Map, was published in 2008 by Blue Begonia Press.

Elizabeth J. Colen’s poetry has recently appeared in The Normal School, Exquisite Corpse, Rhino, and other venues. Her first book of poetry, Money for Sunsets will be released by Steel Toe Books in September 2010. Find out more at

Jeremy Halinen is a coeditor and cofounder of Knockout Literary Magazine. Some of his recent poems appear in Best Gay Poetry 2008, Ganymede, New Mexico Poetry Review, Poems Against War, and White Crane. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University.

Carol Guess is the author of five books of poetry and prose, most recently Tinderbox Lawn (Rose Metal Press, 2008). She is Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches Creative Writing and Queer Studies

Nov 6, 2009

Nectar Lounge Performance: Stephanie Lee, Kathleen Yearwood & our very own Noel Franklin

Kathleen Yearwood, Canadian innovator of "folk - concrete" music, will make a rare Seattle appearance at Nectar Lounge Wednesday, November 11th.

She will be joined by local Seattle band, Stephanie Lee & the Northern Lights. Performance poet Noel Franklin will open the show.

Kathleen really is amazing, and I am personally enamored with Stephanie Lee & the Northern Lights--who evoke, at times, The Cowboy Junkies and Natalie Merchant. Kathleen is in a class of her own, and will be performing everything from 15th century french songs to her heart-rending ballad to Steven Jessie Bernstein.

Noel Franklin is coming out of retirement to read some poetry to kick off the set.

Come early! Nectar has great food and drinks. Doors are at 8:00. $3 cover.

Here's links to learn more about these great artists:

Oct 23, 2009

Poetry Marathon at King's Bookstore in Tacoma

Reading: King's Bookstore, Third Annual Open House and Poetry Marathon
When: Saturday, Nov 14th
Place: 218 St. Helens
Tacoma, WA

Schedule for Marathon
10:55-11:00 Welcome, MC: Maggie Kelly
11:00 -11:20 J. Glenn Evans
11:25 -11:45 Gonya Klein
11:45-12:05 Lin Swanson vocals in memory of Al Kamerzell (one of the founders)
12:10 -12:30 Open Mic - Gerald McBreen hosts
12:35-12:55 Jeanne Lohmann
1:00-1:20 Thomas Hubbard
1:25-1:45 Suma Subramaniam
1:50-2:10 Brendan McBreen
2:15-2:35 Lorraine Healy
2:40-3:00 Julene Tripp Weaver
3:05-3:25 Tammy Rohbacker
3:30-3:50 Open Mic - Tammy Rohbacker hosts
3:55-4:15 Michael Dylan Welch
4:20-4:40 Jim Bertolino
4:45-5:05 Marjorie Rommel
5:10-5:30 Josie Emmons Turner
5:35-6:00 Connie Walle and Maggie Kelly
Refreshments will be available

Oct 5, 2009

It's About Time Writers Reading Series #242

Thurs. Oct. 8, 2009

Ballard Library
6 pm - 7:45 pm
for more info visit It's About Time

Terry Grabstein,Julene Weaver, Susan Starbuck + Jane Alynn on The Writer's Craft

Jane Alynn’s chapbook, Threads & Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Calyx, Floating Bridge Review, The Pacific Review, Quercus Review, and StringTown, as well as in many anthologies. In 2004 she won a William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association. The title of Jane's craft talk is "Bright Smoke: Contradiction in Poetry"

Terry Grabstein earned a Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and a Certificate in Literary Fiction Writing from the University of Washington. She has contributed work to Writers in Performance Anthology, Mercer Island Reporter, The Leaflet, and Between the Lines. Silken Water, (Finishing Line Press, 2009), is her first poetry collection.

Julene Tripp Weaver moved to Seattle from NYC in 1989. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails her Blues, with poems inspired by her work during the past 18 years in HIV Services. Her poems are published in many journals on and off line.

Susan Starbuck, Ph.D., M.F.A., published a biography in 2002, Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment. Then she turned her back on history and converted to fiction. She currently teaches writing and literature at Antioch University Seattle, and she grew two 12-inch diameter pumpkins in her garden.

Sep 12, 2009

Key West Literary Seminar Awards

Passing along this invitation from Arlo Haskell:

I wanted to let you know about three awards for emerging writers offered by the Key West Literary Seminar. I thought you or someone you know might like to apply.

Our Johnson, Russo, and Merrill awards recognize excellence in a manuscript submission from an emerging writer. Each will provide full tuition to our Seminar and Writers' Workshop Program this January 7-14, as well as support for travel expenses to Key West and lodging and living expenses while here. Winners also have an opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar and present their work to an influential audience of publishers, agents, and other literary professionals.

The deadline for applications is September 30. Our application guidelines can be found at the link below. To stay connected with the Seminar, check out Littoral, our online journal, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Arlo Haskell
media director
Key West Literary Seminar
718 Love Lane
Key West, FL, 33040
office: 305-293-9291

Sep 6, 2009

It's About Time Writers Reading Series #241

Thurs. Sept. 10, 2009
Ballard Library
6 pm - 7:45 pm
for more info visit It's About Time

Sarah Vap, Todd Fredson, Susan Rich + Jeff Encke on The Writer's Craft

Jeff Encke taught writing and criticism at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his PhD in English in 2002. He now teaches literature at Richard Hugo House. His poems have appeared in or forthcoming from American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Kenyon Review Online, Salt Hill, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a series of love poems addressed to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals printed on a deck of playing cards. Jeff will be reading from his essay Unwinding the Given: On Linda Bierds originally published in Octopus magazine.

Sarah Vap is the author of Dummy Fire, which won the 2006 Saturnalia Poetry Prize, and American Spikenard, which won the 2006 Iowa Poetry Prize. She is co-editor of poetry for the online journal 42 Opus, and lives with her husband and their two sons on the Olympic Peninsula. Her next book, Faulkner’s Rosary, is forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in 2010.

Todd Fredson's poems have appeared in Poetry International, Blackbird, Court Green, 42 Opus, Gulf Coast, First Intensity, Pistola, Puerto del Sol, RUNES, Slush Pile and other journals. He has received several awards in support of his work. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 2007. He is the director of programming at the McReavy House Museum of Hood Canal and a writer for Read Right Systems in Shelton, WA. Todd lives in the Skokomish Valley, with his wife, Sarah Vap, and their two sons.

Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World, Cures Include Travel, and The Alchemist’s Kitchen. She has received awards from PEN USA, The Times (of London) Literary Supplement, and Peace Corps Writers. Recent poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and Poetry Ireland Review. Susan Rich grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and now makes her home in Seattle.

Aug 21, 2009

Chrysanthemum Literary Society Presents: A Poetry Reading

Free & open to the public!

Dana Guthrie Martin
Noel Franklin
Elizabeth Myhr
Kristen McHenry
Cathy (Cat) Ruiz

with host Koon Woon and special guest Martin Ingerson!

This event is the Inaugaural Poetry Reading of the Chrysanthemum Literary Society Society.
Please join us for poetry, refreshments, and great company!

Saturday, September 19th
10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

The Beacon Hill branch of
the Seattle Public Library:
2821 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684 - 4711

The location is on bus routes #36 and #60 and the light rail depot, and there is plenty of parking in the library parking lot or on the street.

For further information contact: Koon Woon at 206 - 723 - 6854 or email

Aug 19, 2009

Call for Submissions: 100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

Deadline: October 20, 2009

This is our third contest, our third opportunity to receive inspiring short fiction. We are celebrating with two prizes for a total of five. An innovation is the posting, on our website, of our checkmark evaluation grid. Now entrants will see what the "grid" is all about.

The theme is open--We welcome whimsy, allegory, mystery, romance, fable, humor, love, fantasy, even horror.

Awards: $400 (first), $200 (second), $100 (third) $50 (fourth) and $50 (fifth).

Winning stories are published on the website and ten Honorable Mentions listed by name of author and name of story.

Entry Fee: $15; with Scored checkmark evaluation: $18. A critique is $12, or with entry and checkmark, $30.

Please look into our website for guidelines, plus past winning stories and examples of critiques.

Jul 30, 2009

Call for Submissions: Reginald Shepherd Memorial Prize

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER): The 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize. Final judge: Carl Phillips. Deadline: 8/1/09. Prizes include $300, $50, and $25 gift certificates to Powell's Books and publication of winning poems in Knockout. Guidelines:

Jul 10, 2009

Note: Change of Venue

Last weekend, the few of us who met at Grey Gallery found the cafe closed -- open to install art, but closed to people wanting beer, wine, and crepes. Apparently they weren't getting much afternoon business.

For the time being, we're relocating the Capitol Hill meetings to the Elysian Brewing Company a couple blocks away.

We're meeting at Brouwer's July 19. The Elysian August 2.

Jul 4, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009 #239

Authur Tulee, Jeff Encke, Jane Alynn + Laura McKee on The Writer's Craft

Laura McKee holds a B.A. in French and English from the University of Utah, and an M.F.A from the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in Rhino, Mid-American Review, Campbell’s Corner, Identity Theory, Konundrum, Cutbank, and Denver Quarterly. Her book, Uttermost Paradise Place, was chosen this year by Claudia Keelan for the APR Honickman 1st Book Prize and will be published in the fall. She works at Cornish College of the Arts.

Arthur Tulee was born and raised on the Yakama Indian Reservation and graduated from Washington State University in 1990, receiving a B.A. in English. He is currently living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. He is excited to read all brand new material for this It's About Time.

Jane Alynn is a poet and fine-art photographer. Alynn’s first collection of poems, Threads & Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, such as Calyx, Floating Bridge Review, The Pacific Review, Quercus Review, Manorborn, Snowy Egret, StringTown, and Switched-on Gutenberg, as well as in many anthologies. In 2004 she was awarded a William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and currently lives in Anacortes.

Jeff Encke taught writing and criticism at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his PhD in English in 2002. He now teaches literature at Richard Hugo House. His poems have appeared in or forthcoming from American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Kenyon Review Online, Salt Hill, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a series of love poems addressed to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals printed on a deck of playing cards.

Jul 2, 2009

Wave Books Poetry Weekend, Aug 14-16

Here's a note Matt Zapruder posted on Facebook. They're offering an amazing lineup of readers, including my friends Rachel Zucker and Maggie Nelson. Not to be missed.

Purchase tix here:


Hello to you all. We are writing to you with an update about the Wave Books three-day poetry event, this coming August. We've received enthusiastic responses, both from people who have confirmed their attendance, and also from some of you who are excited to attend, but are finding yourselves unable to afford the current price. We want to make it possible for as many of our readers and supporters to attend, so we are reducing the price, and have added an additional option for attending:

Festival tickets grant you access to:

READINGS -- in the Henry Auditorium, with smaller, exclusive readings in the James Turrell Skyspace -- featuring Joshua Beckman, Noelle Kocot, Dorothea Lasky, Anthony McCann, Richard Meier, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Geoffrey Nutter, Matthew Rohrer, Mary Ruefle, Dara Wier, Jon Woodward, Matthew Zapruder and Rachel Zucker;

SCREENINGS OF FILMS starring John Ashbery, Robin Blaser, Jane Freilicher, Denise Levertov, Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler, John Wieners, and others;

poetry book DISCOUNTS at fourteen participating local, independent bookstores (a map will be provided);

a BOOK ARTS PRESENTATION by Sandra Kroupa, the Book Arts and Rare Book Curator in Special Collections at the University of Washington;

the Henry Art Gallery and EXHIBITIONS, including exhibitions of work by Chio Aoshima, Jasper Johns, Ann Lislegaard, Jeffrey Mitchell & Tivon Rice; new video from China; and photographic work by Imogen Cunningham, Nan Goldin, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Andy Warhol, and others, from the Henry's permanent collection;

and more, to be discovered...

We are REDUCING THE PRICE OF THE EVENT PASSES to $75 ($50 students). The passes will get you into all of the readings, the film screenings, book arts presentation, with access to the Henry Art Gallery and exhibitions. The pass also grants you local bookstore discounts, and includes a welcome packet with additional information and materials.

We are also offering a FULL SCHOLARSHIP to 10 people who would be otherwise unable to attend, and who can confirm they will be in attendance for all three days. Through the generosity of a donor, we are able to offer 10 Full Scholarships, which include all of the benefits and materials for a regular Event Pass. We are hoping that these Scholarships will make it possible for those who cannot otherwise attend to be there for the entire weekend. Please email us at, and let us know a little bit about yourselves. Act soon, as this offer will disappear quickly.

Please let us know if you have any questions at all. You can reach us at, or visit the Wave website at We greatly appreciate your interest, and we look forward to seeing you here in Seattle this August!

Wave Books

1938 Fairview Avenue East, Suite 201
Seattle, Washington 98102

Jun 12, 2009

Pongo Press looking for volunteers

Pongo is doing wonderfully and looking for volunteers for the fall. Pongo volunteers will make a six-month commitment (once a week for three hours plus), and they will learn our techniques for helping abused, neglected, and other traumatized youth to express themselves therapeutically through poetry. More information is included below.

[PLEASE FORWARD this email to individuals and organizations who might be interested!]

WHAT IS PONGO? Since 1992, the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project has worked with teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. We help young people express themselves through poetry, and the teens often write about traumatic life experiences. Through creative writing, Pongo helps its authors communicate feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives. Each summer we publish chapbook compilations of the teens’ work. The chapbooks are distributed free to incarcerated youth and others. You can find out more about us at

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND FREE TRAINING: Are you interested in learning how to use creative writing therapeutically with incarcerated, homeless, and other distressed youth? The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project is offering volunteer opportunities and trainings at several sites this fall, to run mid-September 2006 to mid-April 2007. The sites and possible schedules include:
King County Juvenile Detention, Seattle, Tuesdays, noon-3:15 PM
Child Study and Treatment Center (state psychiatric hospital), Tacoma, Mondays, noon-3:15 PM

(Please feel free to contact us if you will not be available on these schedules but would like to be informed about schedule changes or other volunteer opportunities.)

People who join the Pongo program will be well-trained and well-supervised, and they will work as part of a close-knit team of four to six people, under the direction of a Pongo project leader. Every weekly session includes one hour of training (with discussion about poetry, traumatized youth, and writing activities).

We are looking for mature individuals who have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and an ability to adapt to institutional rules. Ideal candidates will write poetry, have education as teachers or counselors, and have experience working with distressed youth. Candidates must make a commitment to attending the weekly Pongo sessions, being on time, and staying with the program until its completion in

If you are interested in becoming a Pongo volunteer, please contact us soon. Spaces are limited, and the application and interview process must be completed in early August. You can begin this process by emailing us a copy of your resume and samples of your poetry. Our address is We welcome your questions, too.


Richard Gold

Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project


The Pongo Teen Writing Project was the subject of a recent radio story and several newspaper articles, and these are available at

Jun 8, 2009

It's About Time Writers Reading Series #238

Beginning & Experienced Writers & Poets Read Their Work

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107

Thurs. June 11, 2009 #238
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Wheelchair accessible. Free

open mike before and in between scheduled readers
open mike readers have 3 minutes to read

scheduled writers read 15 minutes
writer's craft talk 20 min

Thurs. June 11, 2009 #238 Deborah Woodard, Michael Daley, Priscilla Long + Bethany Reid on The Writer's Craft

Bethany Reid is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Coyotes and My Mom (1990), and the co-author, with Thomas M. Gaskin, of Everett and Snohomish County (Wyndham Press, 2005). Her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous small presses and literary journals, including Calyx, Santa Clara Review, Cairn, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and Twins. Bethany earned her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington where she was a poetry editor and later interview and essay editor of The Seattle Review.

Michael Daley published The Straits (Empty Bowl, Port Townsend) in 1983, Way Out There, essays (Pleasure Boat Studio, New York), in 2007, and To Curve (Word, Cincinnati) in 2008. Moonlight In The Redemptive Forest, including an Artist Trust sponsored cd, is due from Pleasure Boat in 2009.

Priscilla Long's work appears widely in journals, including Passages North and The American Scholar. Her honors include a National Magazine Award. She is author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. She serves as Senior Editor of, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.

Deborah Woodard’s first full-length collection is Plato’s Bad Horse (Bear Star, 2006). Her chapbook Hunter Mnemonics (hemel press, 2008) was illustrated by artist Heide Hinrichs. Her co-translation from the Italian of Amelia Rosselli in conjunction with Giuseppe Leporace, The Dragonfly: A Selection of Poems 1953-1981, was recently published by Chelsea Editions (2009). Deborah teaches at the Richard Hugo House, a community literary center in Capitol Hill.

Jun 6, 2009

An Impasse of Poets @ SAM

Live installation with 100 poets
SAM Downtown | Seattle Art Museum
8-9PM Thursday 11 June 2009

Line drawing by Richard C. Allin after Matisse

Event Details

Experience guerilla poetry at The Seattle Art Museum this summer. At 8pm on Thursday June 11, artist and poet A. K. “Mimi” Allin will present her first of three events at SAM Downtown – An Impasse of Poets.

The above list of local poets will move through the museum, gather around specific works and drape themselves over The Grand Staircase while reciting poetry from memory and in response to the artwork. The poet will physically and verbally embody SAM's galleries and artworks. Their voices will come together to form whispering walls—impasses—of poetry here and there.

Do Ho Suh’s artwork, “Some/One,” currently on display in SAM’s Ebsworth Gallery, is one of the works the group will address. The group hopes to bring this and other works to life through their words. “Some/One” takes the shape of an emperor’s jacket made of stainless steel military dog-tags. The parts symbolize the individuals that came together to make the larger whole. They also signify loss, but the result it a glorious jacket, larger and grander than its parts.

Come to the SAM on June 11th. Experience "An Impasse" first-hand in the galleries or hang out in the lobby and listen for free. Wireless microphones will broadcast the group’s poetic output, in live time, to the main lobby (Brotman Forum). As you listen, imagine the above mass of poets enveloping your favorite work, zigzagging down the halls and infusing the art you love with their words. An Impasse of Poets will perform 6 times over the course of an hour, creating impasses with their bodies and words on all 4 levels of the SAM.

Event Schedule

8:00pm – ESCALATORS b/w Level 2 & 3 (behind ticket booth in lobby)
8:15pm – 3 groups simultaneously address 3 areas
* Group #1 – TACK & JIBE EXHIBIT – hallway NE corner – Level 3
* Group #2 – THE PORCELAIN ROOM – Level 4
* Group #3 – THE ITALIAN ROOM – NE corner – Level 4
8:30pm – SOME/ONE by DO HO SUH – Ebsworth Gallery – Level 3
8:45pm – THE GRAND STAIRCASE inside 1st Ave & University St.

Why an Impasse?
It is a mission of Allin’s to bring poetry to unexpected places. She uses performance, visual art and participation as ways of inviting the public to think, act and create. Allin is looking not only for ways to interject poetry into our public and social spaces, but into our culture and daily lives.

Thank you
The poets of Seattle dedicate this performance to the Seattle Art Museum, to its permanent and special collections and to Mimi Gates.

THE FIELD 2009 Summer Sessions

The Field | Seattle

The Field is the most liberating thing an artist, poet or performer can do for themselves. It's a way of owning your work. It keeps us from asking others to fix our work and begins with the assumption that our work is as we intend it to be. Then, we can begin to dialog about the affect it is having on others and determine where next to take our art. The cost of a Field Session certainly won't be what inhibits you. Sessions are facilitated by working artists who show and give feedback right along with the other participants.

Mostly Poets Session
Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m.
July 12 to August 30 2009
Facilitated by A. K. Mimi Allin

This is our first mostly for poets session. Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Mimi is an accomplished poet, as well as a performance artist and organizer of extraordinary events.

Mixed Disciplines
Wednesdays 7 to 9:30 p.m.
July 8 to August 26 6
Co-facilitated by Karen Kinch and Karl Thunemann

Mixed disciplines is a summer tradition at The Field - Seattle. Come and do the work that you love,
or explore the work that you would love to try.

THE FIELD is a place for artists to learn more about their work, develop their ability to give feedback, and to join a community of artistic peers. The goal of The Field is to provide structure and support for an artist’s process. It is a place where artists develop their own craft at their own pace. The Field is open to artists at all levels and disciples, Field Sessions are aesthetically diverse.

The Details
To enroll or ask questions, email Sessions are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Fees for participating in an 8-week session are $60 if it's your first, and $50 if you have participated before. If you enroll in two sessions, the fees are $100 and $80, respectively.

All sessions are held at
Studio Current
1417 10th Ave,
btwn E. Pike & E. Union,
Go through door to Sweatbox Yoga and follow hallways to back

May 30, 2009

Request for collaboration with photographers in Los Angeles


Hello ! My name is Jerome, and I help organize a new, small photography group here in Los Angeles. I have an idea for a project involving poetry. Maybe we could collaborate? Basically we could take poems written or selected by your member artists and attempt to expose photographs that capture what the essence of the poem means to us, or a message given directly by the poet/writer? And vice versa! We expose photographs, be they abstract, macro, street or any other genre, and your group attempts to expose them through words?

Photographs narrated by the master poets?

What's do you think ?! These clubs are great, but lets collaborate !

Jerome 'Ro'
The Lens Society

May 28, 2009

Call for submissions: Villanelle anthology

Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali re co-editing an anthology of villanelles. Previously published, experimental use of the form, variations, and recommendations for villanelles from any era all welcome. Please send no more than three to Marie Elizabeth at with contact info on each page and publication credit, if previously published, by June 1st.

May 25, 2009

Summer Readings: Julene Tripp Weaver & others

Julene Tripp Weaver is pleased to announce her poem, "Over Here, Over There," has been published in Drash! This poem was written in a variation of a 12th Century Arabic form, Zajal, a call and response form traditionally sang. Come hear me read it at a series of Drash publication readings, coming near you soon!

The First Drash Northwest Mosaic Journal, Publication Reading is this Sunday:

May 31, 3 - 4 pm, Ravenna 3rd Place Books, 6504 – 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Additional Drash publication readings where Julene will read:

Saturday, June 6, 7-8:45 pm

Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave SE, Olympia, WA

Saturday, July 25, 4-5:15 pm

Fremont Library, 731 N. 35th St, Seattle, WA

Also coming up, Ginsberg's Birthday Party reading! Come and celebrate Ginsberg & hear some smoking hot poetry!

Thursday, June 4, 7:30- 9 pm

Celebrate Ginsberg's Birthday at “Zen & Poetry”

Featuring: Matt Watts, Deborah Woodard, Julene Tripp Weaver, Dana Guthrie Martin & Brian McGuigan

Richard Hugo House,1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA

Sunday, June 28, 2009, 1-5 pm

Celebrate the third anniversary of the SoulFood Poetry Night with a special party and performances of music and poetry, featuring music and poetry by Band of Poets plus past featured poets!

Complete info at Address and directions at

May 20, 2009

Call for submissions: Bone Bouquet

Bone Bouquet is a biannual online journal of women's poetry. We seek to publish the best new writing by female poets, from artists both established and emerging. We are especially interested in work that is unpredictable, poems that have both sass and authority.

We are currently seeking submissions for our first issue, which will appear as a downloadable .pdf at in January 2010.

Please send up to five pages of your best work to Your work should appear as an .rtf attachment or in the body of the email. Also include a short (50 word) biographical note. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as we are notified when work is accepted elsewhere. The reading period will remain open through October 15, 2009.

Some female poets we admire include Catherine Bowman, Mary Ruefle, Eula Biss, and Denise Duhamel.

Krystal Languell
Editor, Bone Bouquet

Call for submissions: Packingtown Review

The editors of Packingtown Review, a journal of the University of Illinois at Chicago, published by the University of Illinois Press, invite submissions for its second issue to be released in 2010. The journal publishes creative work including: drama, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary translation.

We also seek submission of scholarly papers, including interdisciplinary scholarship, literary criticism, comparative literature, critical theory, rhetorical studies, cultural studies, and political theory.

We also accept for consideration interviews; critical reviews of books, films and the arts in general; genre-bending work that explores or challenges form; and graphic art and photographs.

Whether scholarly or literary, we welcome edgy, fresh writing that may be experimental or that explores boundary crossings of/between genre(s) and form(s). What does it mean when poetry and prose are indistinguishable? What is lost (or found) in translation? When literary form is fluid, what happens to the relationship between art and criticism? Between the creative and the scholarly?

Please send up to 8,000 words (excerpts of longer works are acceptable) of prose (or genre-bending pieces), 40 pages of drama, or 3 to 5 poems (no more than 10 pages) to:

Packingtown Review
UH 2027 M/C 162
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607

Deadline: Review of submissions for the second issue continues through September 1. Response time is approximately three months. For more information, visit or email us at:

To order Issue 1, visit

Apr 27, 2009

Reading: Frye Museum - Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease

Sunday May 3, 2009
2 pm

Beyond Forgetting is a unique collection of poetry and short prose about Alzheimer’s disease written by 100 contemporary writers—doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, family members —whose lives have been touched by this tragic disease. Through the transformative power of writing, their words enable the reader to move “beyond forgetting,” beyond the stereotypical portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease to honor the dignity of those afflicted. Published in spring 2009 by Kent State University Press as part of their Literature and Medicine series and with a foreword by poet Tess Gallagher, this anthology forms a richly textured, literary portrait encompassing the full range of the experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Frye is honored to host the first public reading from Beyond Forgetting. Readers are poet Tess Gallagher, editor/poet Holly Hughes, and contributors Jane Alynn, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Joanne Clarkson, Nancy Dahlberg, John Davis, Alice Derry, Arthur Ginsberg, Joseph Green, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Denise Calvetti Michaels, and Kay Mullen. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

Alzheimer's & Poetry through the Ages

My blog today is the result of Poetry through the Ages
If you haven't seen it, give a click, especially the node section.

Apr 22, 2009

A Translation Experiment

Designed by aka for the WPA

Saturday 25 April 7P
$8 advance ticket sales


Can you dance a poem? Can you arrange a poem in flowers? Can you move a poem from language to language without losing its message? I want to know.

7pm - "Translation Panel" includes guests Lyn Coffin (poet & translator), Vanessa DeWolf (performance artist & writer), Andrea Lingenfelter (literary translator), Zachary Schomberg (poet and literary translator) and Debby Watt (experimental musician, vocalist, performer).

8pm - “Around the World in Poetry.” An hour of multi-lingual readers in the Hugo House theatre, non-poets from other cultures will share a favorite poem.Hebrew, Romanaccio, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.

9pm - “A Translation Experiment.” Five artists will present one secret source poem (hidden from the public until the end) in their various "languages." After you see/hear/watch the poem performed multiple times in various genres, you will be asked to write the poem and contribute it to a visual art piece. On your way out, you will be given a sealed envelop with the source poem in it. It is up to you when you open this (straight away or much later in the comfort of your own home).

This day-long festival also includes a morning translation workshop by local literary translator Andrea Lingenfelter, who will work from Chinese (cost $60), and an afternoon workshop with WA State Poet Laureate Sam Green who will work with poetry as a translation of the life experience (cost $80). Register for a workshop. Just before the evening experiment, there is a panel discussion on translation moderated by literary journalist Dave Jarecki of Portland, OR. This is included in your ticket price. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10 starting at 6:30pm.

Apr 21, 2009

It's About Time Writers, Thurs. May 14, '09

Thurs. May 14, 2009 #237 features Rochelle Kochin, Carmen Germain, Josh Isaac + Emily Warn on The Writer's Craft.

Emily Warn is the author of The Leaf Path, The Novice Insomniac, and Shadow Architect all from Copper Canyon Press in 2008. Her poems and essays appear in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Blackbird, BookForum, The Bloomsbury Review, and The Writer’s Almanac. She has taught creative writing for Lynchburg College in Virginia, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and most recently served as the founding editor of She will be speaking on Poetry and Personal Identity.

Rochelle Kochin and her husband Levis Kochin live in Seattle where they raised their four children. Since retiring from Boeing, Rochelle spends her time writing, traveling and telling stories to her American and Israeli grandchildren. Her short story Angel of Death appeared in the second volume of Drash.

Joshua Isaac, 36, has been expressing himself creatively since childhood with several published pieces of poetry, prose and an award winning documentary film. But his work has been defined by his ongoing eleven year battle with cancer. This Seattle native finds that his greatest gifts are his wife and three children. Josh's film "My Left Hand" is at

Carmen Germain is a co-director of the Foothills Writers Series, Peninsula College, Port Angeles. Pathwise Press published Living Room, Earth, in 2002, and Cherry Grove published These Things I Will Take with Me in 2008. On academic sabbatical in 2007-2008, Carmen was a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, working on a manuscript and researching the work of the Italian post-war writer Elsa Morante. She and her husband live in northern British Columbia in the summer.

Apr 10, 2009

THE LENIN POEMS– Our First Strut

First public reading of THE LENIN POEMS
Friday 17 April at 6:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association

THE LENIN POEM judges are happy to announce that we received over 50 beautiful Lenin poems – poems both small and light, large and serious, in English and Russian, and in rhyming and free verse. We want to thank the poets of Fremont, and of the world, for taking on this challenge. Someone from Austria submitted work! And we think all of their hard work is worth celebrating and want to begin by sharing some of the submissions at The Phinney Center on Friday 17 April 2009. We welcome you to join us. The reading will be 30 minutes long.

THE LENIN POEMS will strut their stuff on Friday 17 April at 6:30pm at “Art On The Ridge,” an event organized by Nicole Stremlow-Monahan at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. A Lenin Poem contest winner has not been chosen. This reading offers a sneak peek into the submissions that sit now on the desks of comrades & judges Vanessa DeWolf, Gregory Crosby and A. K. Allin.

THE LENIN POEMS was conceived of by poet/artist A. K. “Mimi” Allin(aka "The Poetess at Green Lake"). There is a statue of Vladimir Lenin outside of the Space Building in downtown Fremont where the artist has a studio. As do many Fremont residents, the artist passes the statue everyday. She knows its history, where it was cut to be disassembled for transport, the name of its artist, buyer and seller, and its current cost. She even knows the dates it was made, discarded, re-found and shipped to the U.S. She knows that those bronze chunks behind the figure are meant to be the flames of revolution and that the statue stands 16 feet tall while Vladimir himself stood 5.5 feet tall. But what the artist DOES NOT KNOW is how the people of Fremont feel about this statue and how Lenin feels about the people of Fremont and what that all might mean to the people who live here and visit. I asked the poets to begin to explain. And they have.

April 1st 2009 was our contest deadline. Submissions are now being compiled and sent to the judges. Judges will take two months to consider a winner. Once a winner is chosen, that one poem will be cast in bronze and placed with the statue. The judges will then choose the best of the rest to be included in a print publication called "The Lenin Poems," to be “publicly poured” over the statue on 4 July 2009. This "pouring" will read as both performance and publication date. The hope is that these poems will be seen, taken, read and remembered.

17 April 2009
Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave N Room #1
Art On The Ridge

Apr 9, 2009

Untitled [Intersection] - Friday 24 April 2009

The Formula Is Back!


Friday 27 April 2009
7PM at The Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N (Seattle)
$5 -10 includes wine reception

POETRY. Shin Yu Pai is the author or seven books of poetry, including most recently, Sightings: Selected Works (2000 - 2005) and Works on Paper. She is the recipient of grants from 4Culture and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. She has collaborated with theatre and dance companies, composers and visual artists. For more information, visit

PERFORMANCE ART. Kris Wheeler has been making for over 20 years. Kris Wheeler came to Seattle to study Skinner Releasing Technique in 1974. She soon became a member of the dance company Joan Skinner directed (American Contemporary Dance Company, re-named Skinner Releasing Dance Company) and performed in collaboration with fabulous musicians, locally and on tour, for the next decade. Having danced with Danny Lepkoff for a year in the early 70's, she introduced contact improvisation to the Seattle community and hosted regular contact jams. Aerial dance became her passion from the mid-80's to mid-90's, flying over stages around the country with Robert Davidson Dance Company. She taught in the Skinner Releasing Summer Intensives for 13+ years, at the University of Washington for 6 years and one summer at Naropa Institute. She is a psychotherapist with 23 years of private practice, and continues to dance and perform locally.


Apr 2, 2009

May, June 2009 readings + sign-up time

There is no It's About Time reading in April due to Passover

Here are the May and June line-ups.

Thurs. May 14, 2009 #237 Rochelle Kochin, Carmen Germain, Josh Isaac + Emily Warn on The Writer's Craft

Thurs. June 11, 2009 #238 Deborah Woodard, Michael Daley, Priscilla Long + Bethany Reid on The Writer's Craft

To sign up for a reading, check the About Time site and email me your date preferences



Mar 21, 2009

Finishing Line Press Group Reading

Happy Spring Solstice Happy Poetry Month

Please join us at a Finishing Line Press Group Reading

When: Saturday, April 4, 2009,
Time: 2—3 PM
Who: Julene Tripp Weaver, Betsy Aoki, Jane Alynn, and Lana Ayers
Where: Elliott Bay Books, 101 South Main Street, Seattle, WA

Mar 17, 2009

The Poetry Playground - Weekly Classes (Tuesdays 7-9pm)

From the crazies who brought you THE POETRY POLAR BEAR CLUB, now offering ongoing, weekly, drop-in classes at The Fremont Abbey Art Center, Tuesday nights from 7-9pm, starting Tuesday, 24 March, 2009. THE POETRY PLAYGROUND is facilitated by A. K. “Mimi” Allin.

A place to stretch your poet and play with words. A place to practice physical poetry. A place to test your tools. This is not a poetry reading, critiquing circle, performance or acting class. This is a playground. We’ll use games, exercises and prompts to free our poet. Intended for artists of all genders, genres and levels, who work (or wish to work) from poetry. Be prepared to move, talk and play, alone and in groups, to create on the page and in the round. We will not sit in seats at tables.

Ongoing, drop-in, weekly sessions, 7-9 pm, Tuesdays. Classes meet at The Fremont Abbey starting on Tuesday, 24 March, 2009. 2 hrs on the playground, pay-as-you-go, $10/session. No stress. Generative play. Just show up. Pay in person, cash or check.

A. K. “Mimi” Allin, The Poetess at Green Lake, spends her time developing interactive poetry performances. An instigator of social dialog, Allin teaches poetry guerilla poetry to youth and adults. She has been performing, projecting, installing and instigating poetry since 1997. Allin, who earned her MA in Poetry from City University of New York and founded the monthly poetry & performance series Untitled [Intersection], will moderate all playground sessions and performances. Special guest co-instructors will be announced.


Mar 16, 2009

Call for Submissions: Court Green

Dossier: The 1970s

Each issue of COURT GREEN features a dossier on a special topic or theme. For our seventh issue, we will feature a dossier on The 1970s.

We would like to see poems on all that decade entailed, as well as the legacy thereof. We are as interested in poems that invoke the icons of and engage with the stereotypes of the 1970s as we are in poems that explore more tangential or atypical aspects of the decade. Poems of all styles and modes -- historical, personal, political, confessional, formal, experimental, regional, global, nostalgic, critical, hybrid, and especially those styles and modes the editors have not yet foreseen -- are welcome. We are not looking for critical/academic works at this time.

Submissions for dossier and regular sections of the magazine are welcome.

If you would like to submit poems for either or both sections, our submission period is March 1-June 30 of each year.

We do not accept more than one submission per poet during our submission/reading period. Please note that we do not accept more than five pages of poetry.

Email submissions are not accepted. Please supply a SASE for notification only. Submissions will not be returned. Poems submitted outside our reading period will be returned unread.

We will respond by August 31.

Submit to:

English Department
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Please note: Poems sent through submissions services are discouraged and may be returned unread. We strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting to COURT GREEN to read a recent issue of the magazine before submitting. For information about ordering copies of Court Green, please see our contact page:

Mar 14, 2009

Raven Chronicles: Food Culture Reading (April 25)

We are inviting all the writers who have work at our Raven Chronicles online magazine ( in the Food & Culture section, to read On April 25th, and other poets who might have work that would contribute to this discussion on the conjunction of food and our different cultures. Our latest writer and addition to the site, Susan J. Erickson, is going to join us from Bellingham. We would love to have you join us. And we will have an open mic at the end for anyone who might like to read a poem. This is in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

We would also like to honor all the editors who have chosen work for this site:

Jeannine Hall Gailey, who is recovering from broken bones!

Elizabeth Myhr, who now edits the Nature Writing section (and we have added a new wonderful photo to the site)

Anne Fraser

If you would like to read poems and can join us, please let us know.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Poets read works celebrating Food & Culture.
In conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Invited readers and open mic.

April 25, 2009, Saturday, 4:00-5:45 p.m.
University Branch Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

Mar 12, 2009

Translation with Andrea Lingenfelter

As part of the WPA Spring Poetry Festival in late April, Andrea Lingenfelter will offer a 2-hour translation class at Hugo House. Ondi is a Seattle Poet Gathering regular. Support a friend, sign up for her class. Class size limited to 20. SIgn up online at Brown Paper Tickets: Here's the info.

2-hr Translation Workshop
Andrea Lingenfelter
Meet at Hugo House 9:45am
Pre-Registration required / Register now
$60 workshop

There are at least as many ways to translate a poem as there are readers of that poem. Work through a poem from the source language (Chinese) to English with an experienced translator of Chinese poetry. We will look at different aspects of the poem and the discuss some of the problems, both practical and theoretical, that translators encounter in the course of the translation process. No knowledge of a foreign language required. Instructor will bring materials. Supplies: students should bring paper and something to write with. This class will meet at Hugo House at 9:45am on Saturday 25 April. It is the first event of the Spring Poetry Festival. Afterwards, students are welcome return to Hugo House for a welcome message and a social with Sam Green, David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg.

Andrea Lingenfelter is a poet and translator of contemporary Chinese poetry, fiction and (on occasion) film subtitles. She has lived and worked in China and travels there regularly to meet with writers and buy books. Her translations of contemporary Chinese poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She is also the translator of the novels Candy, by Mian Mian (Back Bay Books), and Farewell My Concubine by Lilian Lee (William Morrow and Company). In the spring of 2008 she received a Pen Translation Fund Grant to translate Annie Baobei's 2006 novel, Padma. She is currently working on a collection of translations of poetry by Zhai Yongming for Zephyr Press. Future projects include Wang Anyi's novel Qimeng shidai (The Age of Enlightenment) and a volume of translations of work by Shanghai poet Wang Yin.

Here's a link to an interview I did with Zhai Yongming, China's leading feminist poet, about a year ago, with a few poems: The interview is in Issue #3, but I also have work in Issue #1, and I'm planning to have an interview with my friend Wang Yin in Issue #5.

Mar 7, 2009

aka reading | performances

A. K. Allin & Vanessa Dewolf perform/read together on Thursday 19 March, 7pm, at Soul Food Books in Redmond. This will be Allin's first long reading since "Soviet Poetry" at Soho20 in NYC, a slide show of epigrammatic poems over Modern Soviet Art with percussion by Greg Stare of Rare Bird Rumba Ranch. Expect the off kilter.

The very next night, Friday 20 March, 7pm, Allin will perform at Fremont Place Books with the dapper Aaron Silverberg and the therapeutic Laurie Scullin. In typical Allin fashion, this will not be a reading so much as a happening. Bring your witness.

A. K. “MIMI” ALLIN produces poetry on the page and off, by way of public installation, urban maneuver, and collaborative and solo performance. “AKA” has whispered poetry through a 300-pound block of ice, painted it on umbrellas, and put it in the middle of a labyrinth cut into a lawn with hand shears. Allin formed close ties to the Green Lake area of Seattle by sitting at a desk there every Sunday from 9–5 for one full year. Her efforts were quickly returned by an enthusiastic and supportive public. Documentation of “The Poetess at Green Lake” and more recent “aka instigations” can be found online at

VANESSA DEWOLF creates interdisciplinary poetic works of text-based performance. Her work often combines narrative & poetic language with visual & movement processes. Her training: figure skating, Playwriting at Boston University under Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott, somatic practices, alternative dance, improvisation, printmaking, and more. She grew up in the mountains and is currently a valley dweller. She runs an artist residency program at Studio Current for performance artists, a unique opportunity to support artists in process & practice via rigorous dialogue with each other. She is a facilitator of Field sessions and has bee the director of The Field-Seattle, an artist driven peer review organization that cultivates reflective feedback with artists from all disciplines. Her work has been seen in Alaska, Boston, Germany, Tacoma and various venues throughout Seattle including: Untitled Intersection, Ten Tiny Dances, Fisher Ensemble, Velocity Dance Center, Freehold Studio Lab Theater, and many more.

AARON SILVERBERG has written 2 books, "Thoreau's Chair" & Diamonds Only Water Can Wear."

LAURIE SCULLIN is a local therapist, who writes because its in his Irish blood and writing is a relatively cheap addiction.

Mar 6, 2009

Untitled [Intersection], 27 March 2009

Friday 27 March 2009 @ 7P
The Phinney Center in Greenwood
$5-10 donation

Featuring the incredible, the wonderful, the wildly popular

No podium. No page turning. No hands stabbing the air. Just 4 terrific poets offering 15-minute workshops. And in between classes, you're invited to partake in TRAVELING HEARTBEATS. Let performance artist, Danae' Clark, listen to your heart. Watch her translate your unique beat into a watercolor painting.

All hail podium-free poetry!!!

Feb 26, 2009

Red Sky celebrates Irene Drennan

Sunday night's Red Sky reading celebrates the late Irene Drennan, active in It's About Time since its beginnings, 1989

Please join us
Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Tribute to Irene Drennan with Esther Altshul Helfgott, Priscilla Long, Denise Calvetti-Michaels, Anne Sweet and Diane Westergaard

PLUS Open Mic!
Sign up at 6:30
Reading starts at 7:00

Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Street

It's About Time Writers - March 12, 2009

Please join us for our 235th reading
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.Seattle , WA 98107

Darby Ringer, Moreah Vestan, Anne Sweet and Roberta Feins on the Writer's Craft

Roberta Feins lives in Seattle, and works as a computer consultant. She received her MFA in poetry from New England College in 2007. Her poems have been published in Tea Party, Floating Bridge Review, and The Lyric, and are forthcoming in Five AM and Antioch Review. She edits the e-zine Switched On Gutenberg

Moreah Vestan is a Life Coach, a Compassionate Communication trainer, a landlady, and a grandma. She’s author of Pleasures and Ponderings: From Nun to Nudist to Now, a book of 77 essays, and Diving Right In: Reflecting on Life's Adventures, a book of poetry and vignettes.

Darby Ringer’s poems have appeared in Pontoon #1,, Poetry and Art on the Buses, 2001, among others. She has received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in French and Landscape Architecture. She is a landscape designer and lives in Seattle, Washington.

M. Anne Sweet is a poet and artist. She has a full length poetry collection entitled Nailed to the Sky. Her poetry has appeared in many print and online literary journals. She reads and performs throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a past winner of the Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance Award. Please visit

Feb 5, 2009

Next meeting, new venue

The next gathering takes place at 2pm on Sunday, February 15 at Grey Gallery & Lounge ( down the street from Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill.

We've decided to discontinue use of Feierabend as a meeting place, but we will continue to alternate meetings at Brouwer's. Come check out Grey and let me know what you think -- and thanks to Noel for the suggestion!

Date/time: February 15, 2009, 2:00pm
Place: Grey Gallery & Lounge (1512 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA)

Jan 27, 2009

It's About Time Writers Feb 12 '09

Please join us!

Thurs. Feb 12, 2009 # 234 Sherry Reniker, Jack Remick, Elizabeth Austin + Joannie Stangeland on The Writer's Craft
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107

Elizabeth Austen was the Washington state “roadshow” poet for 2007. She provides weekly poetry commentary on KUOW, 94.9, public radio, and has poems forthcoming in Bellingham Review and Crab Creek Review. Her audio CD, skin prayers, is available at She makes her living as a communications specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Sherry Reniker is a poet, editor, and college instructor of writing. She spent 15 years in Tokyo where she edited World's Edge, an anthology of poetry and photography, and published her first short collection, Geo Frictions. As a poet, she has been compared to Mina Loy.

Joannie Kervran Stangeland’s chapbook Weathered Steps was published by Rose Alley Press. A Steady Longing for Flight won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. In 2003, Joannie was a Jack Straw artist-in-residence. More recently, her work has appeared in Illya’s Honey, Pinyon, and Pontoon.

JACK REMICK is a writer, teacher, and editor. His publications include Terminal Weird, short stories; The Stolen House, a novel, and The Seattle Five Plus One, an anthology of poetry. Fction includes three California novels: Pacific Coast Highway; The Deification of Jack Kerouac; and Berkeley ‘71: Book of the Dead.

Jan 4, 2009

Canon fodder for thought

You don't like being pigeon-holed as a gay man, Greg? Weird! :P

Can't say I agree with the gist of the article that printed poetry's a dead art form (obviously), but I do agree with your own sentiment that people misconstrue performed poetry as dumbed-down.

It's funny. In academia, literature PhD profs/students (critics) often make the same claim of MFA profs/students -- that they're writing, but it's not the "real thing" like Shakespeare, Keats, Dickinson, etc. -- while MFA profs/students make the corresponding claim -- that literature PhD students are muddling around with dead language. Hell, Socrates (through Plato) was the first to make that claim.

The truth is, we're all in bed together, and the "real" poets know it. I remember meeting Bob Holman at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the mid-1990s, back when he used to MC. Bob asked me where I was studying at the time; I told him Columbia. He'd spent his undergrad years at Columbia, which is notorious for its bootcamp core courses on classical western topics. His response: "Oh, yeah? I was shot out of that canon!"

Thanks for sharing, Greg!

Jan 1, 2009

Spoken Word Poetry article in the Weekly

Hey all,
There’s an article in the Seattle Weekly this week about Spoken Word poetry that I thought I’d share. Two things I’m not wild about in the article:
· Instead of “a 43 year old gay man”, why couldn’t I have been a “43 year old poet”?
· I’m SURE I said “…excluding people from my work” instead of “…secluding people from my work”.