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.

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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 www.pongopublishing.org.

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 info@pongopublishing.org. 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 www.historylink.org http://www.historylink.org/, 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 thefieldseattle@gmail.com. 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