August 7, 2019: Kathy Paul
Kathy Paul is a survivor of many things, including cancer and downsizing. Her poems have appeared in Ekphrasis; Lunch Ticket; The Ekphrastic Review; Hospital Drive; Words Dance; The Fem; Stirring; and the Poetry on Buses Writing Home collection. In 2017, her poem Instructions for Daughters was nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets. She lives in Mukilteo, Washington.
Emcee: Pamela Denchfield
September 4, 2019: Daniel Edward Moore
Daniel lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His poems have been in Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Columbia Journal, Under A Warm Green Linden and others.
His poems are forthcoming in West Trade Review, Duende Literary Journal,
The Inflectionist Review, Magnolia Review, Isthmus Review, Glass Mountain Magazine, Columbia College Literary Review, January Review, Yemassee, Cumberland River Review, Burningword Literary Journal and The Meadow.
His books, “This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians” an Anthology, and "Confessions of a Pentecostal Buddhist," can be found on Amazon. His first book, 'Waxing the Dents,' was a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Book Prize and will be released in April 2020. Visit Daniel at DanielEdwardMoore.com.
October 2, 2019: Rose Alley Press
Rose Alley Press was founded by David D. Horowitz in November 1995. It was named for the London street where, on December 18th, 1679, poet and playwright John Dryden was brutally beaten by three thugs. Apparently they were hired by an aristocrat who mistakenly attributed a satire's authorship to Dryden. Undaunted, Dryden continued writing. Inspired by such perseverance, Mr. Horowitz established Rose Alley Press to publish formal poetry, cultural commentary, and pamphlets about writing and publication.
In 2019, Rose Alley Press published Footbridge Above the Falls: Poems by Forty-Eight Northwest Poets, edited by David D. Horowitz. At this event. we will hear from several poets whose work appear in this book. Some advance praise of the book:
Ranging from introspective to political, from philosophical to ecological, the poems of Footbridge Above the Falls delight the ear and mind. Enjoy these lyrical performances as you “Listen to the thunder of the sweet, old rhymes” —and these new ones.
—Jennifer Bullis, author of Impossible Lessons
Rose Alley Press has done it again! This bold collection of contemporary Pacific Northwest poetry holds a clear sense of voice. The reader is constantly reminded of how the sound of a poem informs the meaning. Alliteration, assonance, rhythm and rhyme, in new forms and old, help to express wisdom and wonder.
—Griffith Williams, publisher, East Point West Press
Emcee: Mary Crane
November 6, 2019: C.W. Buckley
A fourth-generation West Coast native, C.W. Buckley lives and works in Seattle with his family. Corporate by day, Catholic by faith, he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology before earning an M.A. in Religion after spending two years as a chaplain resident at the Stanford and Packard Children’s Hospitals. His writing explores geek culture, conscience, faith, and fatherhood. Reading regularly at Easy Speak Seattle in that city’s northeast, his work is forthcoming in Catamaran and Image Journal and appears in Timberline Review, Raven Chronicles Journal, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, Rock & Sling | a journal of witness, Lummox Journal, POESY Magazine, and the Bay Area Poets Coalition Anthology 23. He is the author of BLUING, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press. You can follow him as @chris_buckley on Twitter.
Emcee: Mary Crane
December 4, 2019: Jillian Ingram
Jillian Ingram is a singer/songwriter, poet and activist from Albuquerque New Mexico. She earned her degrees from UW in mass media communications and sociology of law, politics and social policy in 2003 on the Marty Wilson memorial scholarship. Jillian worked in television and radio production and script development, and was an assistant producer on the Emmy nominated documentary film "Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family." Frequently asked if she regrets choosing her music and poetry over "using her degrees" at this point in her life, she states that sociologists are people who study the world and document their findings, which is exactly what good poets do. She has published two books of poetry, and has been featured in books such as "Everett's Finest Poetry Anthology" as well as the literary magazine "Labor of Love" out of Toronto. Her band, Rare Birds and Rosemary, has created two demo albums followed by their first professionally produced record "Dollar Store Unicorn", which was released in 2017. She has been a featured poet at Everett Poetry Night, and is currently working on a project to draw attention to and end stigmatization and the abuse of mental health patients by hospitals in Washington State, using poetry as a tool to create that change. Jillian is much more skilled at the art of self-expression than she is at staying silent in the face of prejudice and ableism. Poetry for her is about shared humanity. It is impossible to write and consume large amounts of poetry and stay ignorant about ourselves or others. Poetry is an act of compassion for her.
Emcee: Von Thompson-Wynn
January 8, 2020: B.B. Ullman
B.B. Ullman was born in Seattle where Dad was an electrician for Boeing and Mom was a secretary in the fire department. She had four brothers and one sister, and they were a scrappy lot. Despite hardship, conflict, and time, they remain her people.
B.B. graduated from WSU where she studied art. She married Jim Ullman, raised two girls, painted pictures, took care of Grandma, and, in 2006, published The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, a Book Sense pick that received a star on Book List. Ullman was nominated to state awards for children's literature in Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Whistle Bright Magic followed—another mid-grade novel that was a standalone sequel to Nutfolk Wood, mixing real kids and real concerns with a dash of enchantment.
Now it’s Bad Order, an MG Sci-fi that’s a story of four working-class kids, three holograph aliens, and two men in black who must work together to find out why the aliens have suddenly come knocking—and figure out how to stop an interdimensional catastrophe on the brink. Paranormal meets action with a heartfelt twist. When negative thoughts threaten humanity, the biggest gun and smartest computers are useless. Hope lies in the strength and kindness of love.
Feb. to March 2020: To Be Announced
Watch this space!
April 1, 2020: Rayn Roberts
Rayn Roberts studied American and British Poetry under legendary poet and professor Dr. Lee Gerlach and Dr. Betsy Walsh at the University of San Diego. He is published in Anthologies: Illuminations, Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience (Celestial Arts an imprint of Ten Speed Pres, 2006), The Book of Hope (Beyond Borders Press, 2002), The World Healing Book (Beyond Borders Press, 2002) -- Journals: City Works, Rattle, Retort Magazine, The Seattle Star, San Diego Poetry Annual, The Pedestal Magazine, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Thunder Sandwich, Void Magazine and many others. He has traveled extensively and taught English in Japan, S. Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, Hawaii, Spain, Canada and the U.S. He is heard on Radio KSER 90.7 Everett in Washington State; has read all over the nation and the west coast. In 2003, he toured various libraries, coffee houses, art centers and bars in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York and Brockton, Massachusetts. Currently, he hosts a well-established reading at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle for PoetsWest featuring some of the best poets in Washington, Oregon and California along with an open mic. Find books and poems online or at his blog, “Poetry, Etc.” & Poets & Writers. He did a reading tour in the fall of 2018 of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales where he was invited to read by Geoff Haden at the birthplace of Dylan Thomas on the poet's birthday October 27th. He has two books in print and is currently in the final stages of a third which will be out this year 2019.
May 6, 2020: To Be Announced
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June 3, 2020: Sibyl James
Sibyl James is the author of twelve books--poetry, fiction and travel memoirs--including In China with Harpo and Karl (Calyx Books), The Adventures of Stout Mama (Papier-Mache Press), China Beats (Egress Studio Press), The Grand Piano Range (Black Heron Press) and, most recently, Hard Goods & Hot Platters (Last Word Press). She has taught at colleges in the U.S., China, Mexico, and--as Fulbright professor--Tunisia and Cote d'Ivoire. Her writing has received awards from Artist Trust and the Seattle, King County and Washington State arts commissions.
July 1, 2020: To Be Announced
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August 5, 2020: Savannah Slone
Savannah Slone is a writer, editor, and English professor who currently dwells in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in or will soon appear in Glass: A Poetry Journal, Crab Creek Review, FIVE:2:ONE, Pidgeonholes, decomP magazinE, Crab Fat Magazine, Pithead Chapel, Hobart Pulp, and elsewhere. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Homology Lit and the author of Hearing the Underwater (Finishing Line Press, 2019). She enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and discussing intersectional feminism. You can read more of her work at www.savannahslonewriter.com.