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Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

3rd Anniversary Potluck, "Wind Wing" Book Launch, and Open Mic Poetry Tomorrow Night at Cover to Cover Books

Please join us tomorrow night for the book launch for Toni Partington’s new book, “Wind Wing.”

We will also be celebrating three years of open mic poetry at Cover to Cover Books with a special reading and potluck. Please bring a dish and some poems to share.

Open Mic Poetry
hosted by Christopher Luna
6:30pm Thursday, January 14, 2010
Cover to Cover Books
1817 Main Street, Vancouver
McLoughlin Blvd. & Main Street
“always all ages and uncensored”
For more info call 360-514-0358 or 360-910-1066

With music by Alisha Judge

And our featured reader, Toni Partington:

Toni Partington is a poet, editor, collage artist, life/career coach, and grant writer. Her new book, Wind Wing, a collection of poems dedicated to the women who transformed her life, will be available for $10. The author of a poetry chapbook, Jesus Is A Gas (2009). Toni serves as an associate editor for VoiceCatcher, an annual Pacific Northwest anthology of women writers. Toni is a regular columnist for Writing The Life Poetic, an online Zine that complements the print version of the book by Sage Cohen,

Toni holds a BA degree in Social Work from Chapman University and an MA in Humanities with a focus in Literature and Literary Editing from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. She spent over ten years teaching and advising women in transition returning to college. Toni is involved in promoting poetry, writing and art in Vancouver, Washington with a lively group of friends and peers. She facilitates Life In The Moment, Poetry & Other Riches, which can be found on the web at

WIND WING is a collection of poetry inspired by the lives of women. The poems provide a glimpse into life on the edge of mental illness, transition and discovery. In three chapters, the poems expose the life of an only child with a mentally ill mother, the transitions of life, love and loss, and the societal and personal observations that lead to self discovery. Partington wrote the book over ten years as a way to reveal the stigma associated with mental illness and its impact on families.

Christopher Luna and Toni Partington would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for helping us to make the 2009 season a success: Mel Sanders and Cover to Cover Books, Angst Gallery, Urban Eccentric, Mermaid Music, Mint Tea, Coffee Lounge, The Catalyst, The North Bank, the Wiener Wagon, and Moe’s Barber Shop.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our featured readers for 2009, who generously donated their time, poetry, and energy to this community: Catherine Warner, Lorraine Healey, David Abel, David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Jeff Lair, Judith Arcana, Jim Martin, Eileen Elliott, Sage Cohen, Neeli Cherkovski, Melissa Beal, and Casey Bush.

Finally, thank you to all those who attended a reading in 2009. Without your love, support, and positive energy, this series would not exist.

Christopher Luna

Toni Partington

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