April 4, 2018: Chris Jarmick
Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet and the owner of Kirkland, Washington’s only independent full service new and gently used bookstore – BookTree (website: http://www.booktreekirkland.com/). He has curated and hosted regularly scheduled poetry nights and special events in the Puget Sound area since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, was published in September 2015 by MoonPath Press; other books include IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010), The Glass Cocoon – a mystery thriller he cowrote with Serena F. Holder, & Poems for the Middle Class (out of print). When he has time he still updates his POETRYisEverything blog (google it as one word). His poetry, articles, reviews and interviews have appeared in a wide variety of online and print journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies.
Born on the East Coast he migrated to Los Angeles in 1975 to co-write and contribute to several screenplays and worked in several capacities including editor, producer, writer and director at PBS, Paramount and Fox contributing to award winning documentaries and television shows and creating segments for programs like Hard Copy and Entertainment Tonight. He relocated to Seattle in 1994 and co-produced a radio talk show and then became a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley (later Waddell and Reed) before freelancing as a consultant and technical writer. Then he decided to open a bookstore! He now lives in Kirkland, Washington.
Emcee: Von Thompson-Wynn
May 2, 2018: Cynthia Neely
Cynthia Neely is the 2016 winner of the Bright Hill Press chapbook contest for Passing Through Blue Earth and the 2011 winner of the Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment chapbook contest for Broken Water. Her essay work has appeared in The Writers’ Chronicle and her poems in numerous journals including Pontoon, Bellevue Literary Review (runner up for the Jan and Marica Vilcek poetry prize as judged by Marie Ponsot), Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, Terrain.org and in several anthologies. Her full-length book, Flight Path, was published in 2014 as a finalist in the Aldrich Press book contest. Her chapbook Hopewell Bay which consists of one long hybrid poem is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. She is the recent co winner - shared with Joseph Powell - of the 2016 Paula Jones Gardiner Memorial Award from Floating Bridge Press.
June 6, 2018: WA 129 authors
Joining us in June:
Tod Marshall (Spokane) tentative
Joanna Thomas ( Ellensburg)
Penny Johnson (Ellensburg)
Paul Nelson (Seattle)
Lynne Ellis (Seattle)
Mary Eliza Crane (Duvall)
Other featured poets to be announced.
Selected from thousands of submissions by Washington poets, WA129 boasts the overwhelming talent of its artists. Honoring Washington’s 129 years, this work features 129 notable authors, some published for the first time in this collection, currently living in Washington. Every author has a tie to Washington, whether born and raised in the state or those who have come to find a home here.
Each poem beautifully describes a deep felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wonderous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. This is an expansive and memorable collection of voices.
Notable authors include Elizabeth Austen (Washington Poet Laureate 2014-2016), Sherman Alexie, Linda Bierds, Kathleen Flenniken (Washington Poet Laureate 2012-2014), Tess Gallagher, Samuel Green (Inaugural Washington Poet Laureate), Christopher Howell, Richard Kenney, Heather McHugh, Laura Read, Tom Robbins, Katrina Roberts, Derek Sheffield, Martha Silano, Nance Van Winckel, Katharine Whitcomb, and Maya Jewell Zeller.
The independent and poet-owned BookTree is the vendor for WA129 this evening.
Emcee: Mary Crane
((no meeting in July))
August 1, 2018: T. Clear
A founder of Floating Bridge Press, T. Clear’s poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently in Terrain.org, Scoundrel Time, UCity Review, Raven Chronicles, The Rise Up Review, and 56 Days of August/Poetry Postcards. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Award and Independent Best American Poetry Award. She is a lifelong resident of Seattle, and has the good fortune to spend her days inventing new color combinations to paint on sandblasted glass, allowing her to make her living as an artist.
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