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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, July 21, 2010

Whidbey Island Poet Sheryl Clough and open mic at Cover to Cover Books Thursday, August 12

Open Mic Poetry
hosted by Christopher Luna
7:00pm Thursday, August 12, 2010
& every second Thursday
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

Sheryl Clough is a poet, essayist, editor, and aspiring publisher. She lives on Whidbey Island, where she finds a rich supply of writing material in the native plants, animals and wild weather.

Sheryl received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she designed and taught UAF’s first writing course linked to environmental literature. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in Spindrift, Explorations, Storyboard, Sierra, Travelers Tales, Soundings Review and others. Sheryl won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Spirit of Writing competition for her poem “Upon Hearing That the Last Native Eyak Speaker Has Died.” Sheryl’s sea kayaking adventure story “Icebergs in My Dreams” was published in the Seal Press anthology Solo: On Her Own Adventure ($15), now in its third printing.

Recent travels in Ireland have inspired the creation of Sheryl’s chapbook-in-progress, In the Hollow of the Millstone; she will read selections from this book as well as other works from her travels and meditations on nature. Sheryl will also have copies of Soundings Review for sale ($6.50 current issue; $5.00 past issues).

Kauai Flora


Petals pale as moonlight floating on surf --
Lavender throats funnel your fragrance.
Under trade winds lifting palm fringes high,
Marled bark scales your winter limbs.
Essence of royals, blooms woven as leis.
Ringed round your throat, gold creeps
Inward, a circle of sun beating time
Against an ever-crashing tide.


How does it happen, this
Insane riot of color, this orange
Blaze flung face forward
Into a world pale as washed sand?

So little time; such a strong story
Can only be conveyed by this:
Understanding Orange, the rebel
Statement shouted toward the sun.

- Sheryl Clough

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Statements from current students, Anne Waldman, and Lisa Birman regarding recent events at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

Friends and fellow poets. I post the following to help keep the community informed. The Kerouac School changed my life, and solidified my path as a community organizer and ambassadior for poetry. In two years, I learned what it might have taken 5 or more years to pick up on the outside. Naropa, The Kerouac School, its visiting and year-round faculty and students have kept "outrider" and experimental poetry in the public consciousness since 1974. It would be a shame to see it go. Please do what you can to stay informed (see the links at the end of this post) and suppoort the students and faculty as they go through this difficult time.

The work of activity demons like Anne Waldman, Lisa Birman, and the late Allen Ginsberg have provided an inspirational model for poetry as a way of living and an important element of spiritual practice. Thanks to Bill Brown and Akilah Oliver for their efforts as these events have come to light. The students, faculty, and staff have my complete support. Let me know if there is anything I can do.

Christopher Luna
Vancouver, WA
MFA Writing and Poetics
The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics


Dear Beloved Community,

In the last year, students have watched the legacy of Naropa deteriorate. As of June 15, twenty-three beloved staff, who have devoted several years to Naropa University, were laid off. Included in these layoffs were administrative directors for each department as well as the sole diversity coordinator at the University.

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics fears for the heart and soul of our beloved institution. The school was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Its mission as a private, non-sectarian liberal arts college is inspired by a unique heritage which honors contemplative thought, critical and creative practice and freedom, and academic integrity. Naropa is more than a school; it is a community that has always been a place of honesty and visionary leadership. Unfortunately, we, the current students of the Jack Kerouac School, fear the current administration may not be aligned with the core values of Naropa.

Naropa is in dire straits. As a result of the recent review of the University by the accreditation board, we are now required to fulfill the following directives within the next two years:

First, the entire school is going through a budget reduction and academic reorganization. A committee called the Faculty Executive Working Group (FEWG) has been formed for the purpose of creating plans to restructure the University in order to accommodate the budget cuts. The five model plan, which would likely be the least compromising for the Jack Kerouac School and the Writing and Poetics Department, would incorporate The Jack Kerouac School as part of the Writing and Poetics Department. The four model plan would dissolve the Writing and Poetics Department into an overarching creative arts program. This would mean that the Jack Kerouac School would no longer have its own budget and as a result would be subject to complete control by a “general” dean of the entire arts department.

Students have not being informed of the above changes or consulted as to what would best serve the student body and sustain the vibrant legacy of Naropa University. We have the right to transparency. We have the right to be involved. Why is Naropa leaving us in the dark? Without answers from the University, we are left with rumors and questions. Those who do not know what truly makes Naropa the place we love are flagrantly dismissing and excluding us from the information and decision-making processes.

Thus, We Who Love Naropa demand the following:

1) That the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics retains all ideals and values that the student body wishes to preserve, many of which appear on the official website.

“Our programs emphasize traditional and experimental approaches to creative writing in Poetry, Prose and Translation within a variety of genres. Literature courses and the thesis requirement of a final manuscript also emphasize the development of critical writing.

All classes are taught by active, published writers, giving a practitioner's insight into literary art. Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to learn how to teach their craft, exercise performance skills, and develop as practicing writers in the world.

The Kerouac School educates students as skilled practitioners of the literary arts. Its objectives include embracing a disciplined practice of writing, and cultivating a historical and cultural awareness of literary studies.

The Kerouac School is distinct among academic writing programs because of the lively and diverse community of writers who trace their genesis and inspiration from a wide range of aesthetic and social movements, including postmodernism, Buddhist and contemplative teachings, the l-a-n-g-u-a-g-e school of poetry, the New York schools of poetry, the Black Mountain school of poetry, the Berkeley and San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, the Beat movement, Surrealism, Dada and the Harlem Renaissance. One tradition that is emphasized is the Outrider lineage—a heritage of counter-poetics operating outside the academic mainstream.”


If budget constraints require a consolidation of the Writing and Poetics department and the Jack Kerouac School, the legacy and spirit of the Jack Kerouac School (which was an important part of the Foundation of Naropa University) must be retained without changes.

2) Increased transparency of school finances, including but not limited to the following documents:

a) Budgetary plans for recent, past, and future goals.

b) The FEWG Faculty Committee Report detailing what changes would be the least drastic alternatives.

3) Access to all ideological restructuring plans. (For instance, are Stuart Lord, Naropa President, and all other administrators aligned with the mission and spiritual values of Naropa?)

4) A voice in all decisions surrounding the restructuring process.

5) That the Diversity Advocate position to be reinstated.

6) Increased student participation in the University’s operation, including but not limited to the presence of a student-run committee at all faculty and administrative meetings pertaining to any major departmental, university, administrative, faculty, financial and academic decisions. Included in this demand is the formation of a Student Finance Board.

As we descend into a realm of Transformation, from language to social and environmental structures, Naropa has been iconic in the metamorphosis of some of the most brilliant and cultivating minds in academic history. The Jack Kerouac School has molded and trained many successful writers in a close-knit community retaining a love for language and the written word. We owe this school our support and love and it is our duty to see it stand, strong and stoic, for our school’s future. We refuse to continue being pushed to the sidelines, forced to watch this deterioration unfold.

Our Voices will be heard on Friday!

Stay tuned...

The Committee

Message from Anne Waldman and Lisa Birman

Dear Community & Friends of the Jack Kerouac School:

Lisa Birman and I are writing to you from the Summer Writing Program Office. We know that the Naropa environment has suffered because of the recent downsizing of Naropa staff at large. 23 staff members, though no one from Summer Writing Program or Writing & Poetics, were laid off in June. The community has suffered tremendously as these individuals were part of our world and community. We all have questions and concerns. Our hearts and support go out to those individuals.

However, there are some clearer answers now, and we are more than willing to address your grievances as much as we can. Students are gathering these days to address and protest their concerns, which center on issues of transparency, student involvement in university-wide decisions, diversity issues, and the well being of the campus and all who are engaged here. We are all going through this process together and we support this deep engagement on the part of the students. We acknowledge the financial sacrifice and contributions our students make to this environment. They have prepared a respectful statement of concerns. We are urging them to be accurate and to check facts and details.

We know that the Higher Learning Commission (which grants accreditation) in a visit to the University has made strong critiques and recommendations concerning the way Naropa works with its budget. The situation as it has been is not sustainable for a school this size. A group of university-wide faculty (FEWG) has been working to make proposals concerning a re-structuring of the school that would not go into effect most likely until the fall of 2012. One of the proposed models is that the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics would hold all its wings together (MFA, Low-residency MFA, BA, Summer Writing Program and Writing Center, Print Shop). We think that is likely. We have been told in a meeting with the Office of Academic Affairs yesterday (July 1) that the Summer Writing Program 2011 will retain its current structure, although there will be some budget cuts.

There also appears to be some misunderstandings about the current structure of the Kerouac School. In its current incarnation, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics consists of two departments: The Department of Writing and Poetics (which houses the MFA in W&P, the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, and the BA in Writing and Literature) and the Department of the Summer Writing Program. The Kerouac School also has various other responsibilities and interests, such as the Kavyayantra Printshop (primarily under the purview of W&P), and the Audio Archive (the content of which is primarily SWP events and classes). Under the proposed new structure, both W&P would stay under the umbrella of the Kerouac School, possibly joined by the Naropa Writing Center.

One of the problems, as we see it, has been a silence around the layoffs, although there have been some “healing circles” and meditation sessions. It seems there are legal issues of confidentiality. And we are trying to understand those implications ourselves. The uncertainly of Naropa’s future has also been a huge issue, we are both feeling more confident now as we ourselves seek answers from the NU Administration. The school has always been a ground of struggle and sacrifice. I have been here every summer since 1974, and Lisa — an MFA graduate — has been in her role 10 years! We can certainly attest to the upheavals of the past.

But we want you to know that The Kerouac School community has been sharing a terrific pedagogical and creative summer together; every panel, lecture, reading, and discussion has been of the highest quality — all of us have been present. The caliber of student work — readings, panels, and discourse — is excellent. The guest faculty have been stellar, their engagement, as well, is incredibly inspiring. We have a week to go, which will highlight themes of performance, collaboration, and small press publishing. Our protest is part of our practice.

We want you to know that we are here, that we support and acknowledge our students, that we are up and running, and that the SWP staff, Reed Bye, interim Chair of the W&P Department, and Naropa administrative staff and trustees are willing to meet with students to clarify and listen to concerns. We are part of a larger world and culture that is going through tremendous change, paradigm shifts of all kinds. We will all have to do with less and continue to cultivate our empathy and compassion and our artistic paths. We exist amidst huge waves of suffering as the oil spill continues to gush and harm many sentient beings and the vegetal world, as war rages, as financial cuts are made that affect everyone. It is our duty to stay awake and to provide feedback in our own communities. The writing community here at Naropa has always been an activist one, and a spiritual one. We honor this lineage.

“And while I’m here I’ll do the work. And what’s the work? To ease the pain of living — everything else, drunken dumbshow” - Allen Ginsberg

“The ground of imagination is fearless” -Diane di Prima

With gratitude and respect,
Anne Waldman Lisa Birman
Co-founder, KSDP Director, SWP
Chair, Artistic Dir, SWP Faculty, Low-Res MFA
Core Faculty, W&P





Friday, July 2, 2010

THE WORK JULY 2010: David Madgalene returns to the 'Couve for a series of readings from "To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License"

Poets and poetry boosters,

The day has finally arrived for David Madgalene to return to the ‘Couve. David is simply one of the greatest performers, poets, and novelists I know. We met as students at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and have maintained a friendship and correspondence since then. David is the one person who really gets the big picture of what I am trying to do with my work. He and his wife, Judy, are here for a series of readings to celebrate our new book, “To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License,” a limited edition art book which we created in collaboration with Toni Partington. I hope that you will join us for one or all of these special events, the first of which is TONIGHT.

To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License
by David Madgalene, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington

To Be Named is a one-of-a-kind, limited edition art book created collaboratively by poets David Madgalene, Toni Partington, and Christopher Luna. The text is a series of poetic travelogues written during Christopher Luna’s yearly visits to California from 2005 to 2009. Each poem was written in collaboration with other people he visited or with whom he traveled. The cover of each book is an album cover that has been altered, painted, and/or collaged upon by all three artists. Other poets and artists who appear as characters or voices in the book include Michael McClure, Michael Rothenberg, Eric Padget, Eileen Elliott, Judy Irwin, Ed Coletti, and Mark Eckert. Christopher, Toni, and David will be giving a series of readings from the book in July, and the covers will be on display at Angst Gallery throughout the month. David’s wife, Judy Irwin will accompany him on keyboards. Please join us at one of the following events to celebrate the release of To Be Named:

5-9pm July 2, 2010
First Friday Opening Reception for
To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License
Poetry and art by
David Madgalene, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington
with musical guest Judy Irwin
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA
Poetry and music sets at 5:30, 6:30. and 7:30
Book covers to be displayed throughout the month of July

7pm Thursday July 8, 2010
Open Mic Poetry hosted by Christopher Luna
Featuring David Madgalene (with music by Judy Irwin)
Cover to Cover Books
1817 Main Street, Vancouver
McLoughlin Blvd. & Main Street
“always all ages and uncensored”
For more info call or 360-910-1066

David Madgalene and Judy Irwin
7 pm Saturday July 10, 2010
St. Johns Booksellers
8622 N. Lombard, Portland

For examples of the book covers and information about how to purchase a copy of To Be Named, visit:

Here is a short story by David Madgalene that was recently published in Jack magazine:

Christopher Luna reading from his old copy
of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Photo by Anni Becker 

The amazing Anni Becker recently took head shots of both me and Toni. You can check it out at:

The set also includes shots of our dog, Teak, Local painter and gallery owner Olin Unterwegner, and my studio.

Printed Matter Vancouver will soon begin taking submissions for a new anthology of poems from the open mic at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver. See details below.

Congratulations to my pal Sean Patrick Hill on this review of “The Imagined Field,” his first book of poetry:

Here is another review of Sean’s book from Elimae:

Here’s to a great month filled with poetry and art,
Christopher Luna



1. Walt Curtis Benefit and Birthday Events July 1-6 (Portland, OR)
2. The Studio Series: Poetry Reading with Penelope Scambly Schott and Constance Hall and Open Mic July 11 at Stonehenge Studios/Ross Island Café (Portland, OR)
3. Pushcart Party and Open Mic at Barnes and Noble Vancouver July 13
4. Eileen Elliott at Paper Tiger open mic July 15 (Vancouver, WA)
5. Portland Poetry Slam with featured reader Jack McCarthy July 25 at Backspace (Portland, OR)


Birthday Benefit for Walt Curtis July 2-6, 2010

A proclamation being released by Portland Mayor Sam Adams states, “civic-minded friends are uniting to stage benefit performances, film screenings, and an auction of fine-art and literature to launch the Curtis Legacy Initiative to reestablish his personal studio and residence, and consolidate his regional and international reputation.”

July 2 Walt Curtis Birthday Bash — 8 pm til 1 am Dante’sFri Viva Las Vegas & her band 1 SW Third Avenue Body Vox—dancers downtown Portland Uprising—OBT dancers 503 226 6630

Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein 21+—$10 Brush Prairie—country rock (with Zia McCabe of the Dandy Warhols)

Courtney Taylor Taylor—(of the Dandy Warhols)

More acts TBA Freaky Outy—dj

July 6 Mala Noche in 35 mm — 9 pm screening Cinema 21
Tues 616 NW 21st Avenue
regular admission

Mayor Sam Adams is declaring
July 1-7, 2010 Walt Curtis Week

Sponsors: Gus Van Sant, Paulann Petersen, Brian Booth, Mark & Angelina Woolley, Chris Monlux, Penny Allen, Viva Las Vegas, David Milholland, James Honzik, Chantelle Hylton, Brian Lindstrom, Tom Cramer, George Touhouliotis, Phil Wikelund, Tres Shannon (Voodoo Doughnut), Chris Haberman

Coming Sept or Oct: Auction of donated art, books, travel et al…location and date TBA

Out of the Ashes: Walt Curtis Revisited
David Milholland © 2010

Portland’s unofficial Poet Laureate Walt Curtis, born in Olympia, Washington (July 4, 1941) and raised in Oregon City, popped into the public eye during his years at Portland State University. This ofttimes shy bard channeled a dramatic élan vital, outspoken against the Vietnam War and fully in tune with the raw-boned humanity and remarkable natural world that make this place unique.

During that era, PSU rebirthed dozens of individuals who have long sustained creative careers— filmmakers, musicians, artists, actors [Storefront Theatre and many iterations], and authors galore—the very roots of Portland’s style nonpareil. Reed and Lewis and Clark Colleges contributed talent to the mix. As today, folks came from near and far to share the vibe and expand it.

Walt is a declaiming poet, on his best days mesmerizing an audience, be that in smoky bars, concert halls, or the great outdoors. Through the decades he crafted a personal mythos through The Talking Earth, his 40-year-running KBOO spoken word show, appearances alongside Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Ken Kesey and such, and as host of poetic hoo-has in dozens of venues, many long-gone.

Reed dropout Norman Solomon joined Walt in creating Out of the Ashes Press, a venture each used to move very distinctive personal work into print. Walt’s poetry flowed from him like honey from the hive. His publications range from the newsprint The Roses of Portland, deemed subversive by Oregon Journal columnist Doug Baker, through Mad Bomber’s Notebook and The Erotic Flying Machine, to his near-breakthrough Rhymes for Alice Blue Light from Lynx House Press of Amherst, Massachusetts.

His explosion onto a larger stage is the novella Mala Noche, first a special issue of Mississippi Mud, now in French and Italian translations. Filmmaker Gus Van Sant drew on its tangled tale of gay love to launch his career with the low-budget feature Mala Noche, progenitor of several quirky masterworks. Walt’s seize-the-day persona dramatica appears in the film, as he had earlier in Penny Allen’s Property and Paydirt, and has more recently in Bill Plympton’s Peckerneck Poet and Sabrina Guitart’s Salmon Poet.

Over the decades, Walt amassed deep information about the region’s literature and creative culture, writing major stories on Hazel Hall, John Reed, Charles Erskine Scott Wood, Joaquin Miller, and Homer Davenport in Clinton St. Quarterly and Multnomah Monthly, along with cultural observations, splashy revelations, and poetic flagellations in dozens of periodicals of every stripe.

Walt co-founded Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission with Brian Booth and David Milholland, itself now a legacy in its 3rd decade. His high-profile career in letters was honored by Literary Arts in 1991 with its 5th Stewart A. Holbrook Award for “significant contributions to Oregon’s literary arts.”

On the side, he has forged a major métier on canvas and wood, wielding a paintbrush in the same bold fashion he’s written verse and prose—bright, uninhibited, egregious. Represented for years by Mark Woolley, Walt’s paintings are highlights in dozens of prestigious collections throughout the region.

Now this generous man needs our help—it’s time to give back to a true Oregon original.

As Great NW Bookstore on SW 1st Avenue went up in smoke on Sunday, May 2, 2010, Walt was there. He had recently moved into the venerable building, its wing designed by iconic architect A.E. Doyle. The blaze, which toasted the life business of his host Phil Wikelund, destroyed much of Walt’s creative work.

But his spirit is beyond incineration. As a proclamation being released by Portland Mayor Sam Adams states, “civic-minded friends are uniting to stage benefit performances, film screenings, and an auction of fine-art and literature to launch the Curtis Legacy Initiative to reestablish his personal studio and residence, and consolidate his regional and international reputation.”

Envision Walt Curtis as a phoenix, as foretold by Out of the Ashes Press or this 40-year-old poem recreated immediately following the near pyre. Walt was singed but all escaped unscathed.

The Dream Burns Away
by Walt Curtis—1970, 2010

At the edge of the dream
there’s a curl of smoke and flame.
It’s a love letter sent
long ago. The lovers
are lost in the phantom of time.
Nothing remains,
except ashes and the rain.

Please join a stellar cast for Literary Extravaganza and Moore, Thursday, July 1 at Berbati’s Pan (8 pm – 1 am); Walt Curtis Birthday Bash, Friday, July 2 at Dante’s (8 pm – 1 am); and a Mala Noche screening from a prime 35mm print, Tuesday, July 6 at Cinema 21 (9 pm). Your ticket purchases and generous donations will put Walt back on his feet as he scours the “ashes and the rain” while his career is reborn.

Your presence will be sincerely appreciated and you will be entertained. Look for the auction this fall. ∞

ɤ ɕ ɚ ɝ ɤ ɕ ɚ ɝ ɤ

At a distance, tied up, or travelling—tax-exempt donations of any size are appreciated. Either:
take in a check or cash to any Wells Fargo Branch and deposit it in the Walt Curtis Fund; or
mail your check made out to Walt Curtis Fund to:
Rose City Branch, Wells Fargo, 4233 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Penelope Scambly Schott and Constance Hall on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Stonehenge Studios/Ross Island Café, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Penelope Scambly Schott has worked as a college professor and has given readings and taught workshops all over the country. She has published a novel, five chapbooks, and seven books of poetry. The verse biography A Is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry 2008. Her most recent books are Six Lips and a chapbook Under Taos Mountain: The Terrible Quarrel of Magpie and Tia.

Penelope has been awarded fellowships by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, The Fine Arts Workcenter in Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Her newest manuscript Crow Mercies won the Sarah Lantz memorial prize and will be out this fall from Calyx Press.

Constance Hall (penname: M) has served for over a decade as an Associate Poetry Editor for the online journal, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and as an Administrator of the online poetry critique website, Wild Poetry Forum. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Rattle and Harpur Palate. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Portland Unit of the Oregon State Poetry Association, and as Managing Editor/Board of Directors member for VoiceCatcher, a non-profit collective that publishes an annual anthology of Portland area women’s poetry and prose.

Free and open to the public, The Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For more information, please contact organizer and host Leah Stenson at

Victorious Viewer of Verse,

If you're a fan of poetry at any level, you've probably heard of the Pushcart Prize. For the most part, it's very difficult to get nominated, and much, much harder to win. The victorious ones make it into one of the most important, highest quality publications this nation has to offer - the Pushcart Anthology.

We'll be talking about, reading from and celebrating at least two anthologies: The 2010 Pushcart Prize, which features poetry and short stories, and The Pushcart Book of Poetry: The Best Poems from Thirty Years of The Pushcart Prize (2009), which features poetry from dozens of lesser known and also famous voices, like Denis Johnson, Robert Pinsky, Jean Valentine (my favorite poet), Lucille Clifton and Vern Rutsala. We'll also feature some of the great lit journals and magazines that nominate for the Pushcart.

Join us on our new 2nd-Tuesdays date - July 13th - at 7 pm. We'll have authors read from and comment on the Pushcart, an open mic at 7:45, and always feature the area's largest selection of poetry titles and free coffee & tea.

Got something to say or enjoy about the Pushcart? Come on by.

For Poetry,

Click on this to view the anthologies:

Shawn Sorensen
Community Relations Manager
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Vancouver Plaza
7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98662
tel: (360) 260-3854
fax: (360) 253-5414

From Dan Nelson:

Howdy folks,

Many thanks to everyone who helped make June's reading our best yet. There was a fantastic range of poetic styles and moods displayed for a large and enthusiastic crowd. Everyone from newcomers to oldtimers seemed to bring their A-game, unlike the Celtics, a debacle I'm glad to have missed. Special heartfelt gratitude to Christi Krug for sharing her difficult memories with such pathos and humor. Rare talent that, to invoke laughter and tears in the same sentence.

For Poetry Night at Paper Tiger's 3rd Thursday in July I'm delighted to have Eileen Elliott. For the few folks who haven't had the privilege of knowing Eileen and her fine work, Eileen Davis Elliott was born to the Great Plains, polished by the winds of the world and continues to be fine-tuned by daily experience. She writes of seeking and sometimes finding, of sinning and sometimes redemption. Her book Prodigal Cowgirl reflects journeys and partial resolutions. Her second book Miles of Pies is well under way. She is a mixed media artist and continues to travel since her recent retirement as a psychologist.

Book available: Prodigal Cowgirl, $15.

Again, muchas gracias to all who attended or promoted our event and I hope to see all of you Thursday, July 15 at 7pm at Paper Tiger, 703 Grand Blvd, (between Evergreen and Millplain, big sign on the east side of the street) in Vancouver, Wa. Here's a slice from Eileen's miles of pies sure to whet your appetite.

Dan Nelson

Poem excerpt:


A full pack of timberwolves
howling over winter snow
was only a whisper
by comparison

My grandmother dropped to her knees
in the three-day-old snow
pulled her apron over her head
and let loose a scream
the lump of dread and fear
she'd swallowed back for months

when she saw the war-time chaplain
come up to the kitchen door
before he could ask her to sit down


Portland Poetry Slam
with featured reader Jack McCarthy
July 25th @ 730pm
Backspace 115 NW 5th Ave in downtown PDX.


Call For Submissions

Printed Matter Vancouver is proud to announce the submission period for a poetry anthology of previous and current participants in the second Thursday open mic at Cover to Cover Books ( in Vancouver, WA. This collection is scheduled for release in January 2011.

Submission Guidelines:
The Stuff You Need To Know:

 Poems will be accepted beginning July 15 through August 31, 2010. Submissions will close at midnight, August 31st.

 To be considered for the anthology you will have read your work at the poetry series held the second Thursday of each month at Cover To Cover Books in Vancouver, WA.

 Submissions will be accepted via Email only.

 Please submit a maximum of three (3) poems.

 Simultaneous submissions are permitted. We ask that you email us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere.

 If we accept your poem(s) for publication, the editors may have suggestions for edits or format changes to prepare the work for publication. Whenever possible the editors will work with the author to review suggested changes. Authors will have the final decision on the edits. The editors are unable to guarantee publication of your work if they feel the edits are necessary and the author disapproves of the changes.

 Authors whose work appears in the anthology will receive one copy of the book. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

 Printed Matter Vancouver retains first American rights to all pieces published in the collection. From there, rights revert back to the authors.

Poem Format:

 Poem(s) must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font with one-inch margins.

 Include your name at the top left of each page.

 Poems should be single-spaced.

 Poems should not exceed 4 pages each.

 Poems should be saved as a Microsoft Word Document.

 Save each poem as a separate document.

What To Email:

 Type “Printed Matter Submission” in the subject line of the Email.

 Include in the body of the Email:

-The title(s) of your poems.

-Contact information: name, address, email, and phone (home and cell).

-Include each poem(s) as a separate attachment.

-Include all attachments in one email.


From J. Glenn Evans:

KENNETH REXROTH – The Signature of All Things
The occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth

A new DVD released by Hen House Studios in Venice, California. Curated by Michael C. Ford, the DVD is a feast of memories of poets, their friends and two members of the Rexroth family who also read from the works of Kenneth Rexroth. The passion and feelings of the poet are mirrored through the voices of the participants. Several of them gave credit to Kenneth as a personal mentor. His widow, Carol Tinker, and his daughter, Mariana Rexroth, a spark of fire off the old genius in her performance, were there. Michael C. Ford did a marvelous job hosting this fast-moving, entertaining and engaging program. The program is a panorama of a passing scene of poets and memories that would have been lost had this wonderful high quality DVD not been produced. Our thanks to Hen House Studios and to Michael C. Ford for its production.

The DVD features Morgan Gibson, Kerry Tomlinson, Lewis MacAdams, Philomene Long, Eloise Klein Healy, Aram Saroyan, Bonnie Tamblyn, Sprague Grayden, Bob Brandts, James Cushing, Doren Robbins, Uri Hertz, Ruben Guevara, Carol Tinker, Brad Dourif, Mariana Rexroth, and Michael C. Ford

Hen House Rexroth – The Signature of all ThingsDVD $21.99

from Victory Lee Schouten/RS Gallery

Hi All,

If you caught the first two Brave New Word's 2010 events: Poetry & Music of Ancient Mexico with
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez & Gerardo Calderón in March and this past Saturday's launch party & reading for Nashira Priester's new book Mystic Glyphs from Onyx Larynx, which also featured jazz artist Julian Priester and Cuban poet Jorge Enrique González-Pacheco, you know these are "do not miss" events.

Below is the schedule for the rest of 2010. However we may well add a few more as the spirit moves us and the funds appear! We all loved Jorge Enrique González-Pacheco's poems so much we may need to fit him into this year's schedule too! We'll keep you posted.

If you would like to support BNW checks can be made out to: "BNW / Greenbank Farm". Mail donations to:
765 Wonn Road, Bld. C - #103
Greenbank, WA 98253

Brave New Words 2010

July 17
"Finding Water, Holding Stone"
James Bertolino & Anita K. Boyle

James Bertolino¹s poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines and anthologies for over 40 years. Bertolino¹s poetry has been recognized nationally by the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a Hart Crane publication award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book awards and, the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. Ten volumes and fifteen chapbooks of his poetry and prose have been published. He holds an MFA from Cornell University and taught creative writing at Cornell, Washington State, University of Cincinnati and Western Washington University. He has since retired and lives on five rural acres with Anita K. Boyle near Bellingham, Washington.

Anita K. Boyle graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Art (graphic design, illustration) and English (creative writing). She is a director of the Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet As Art, and the publisher/editor of Egress Studio Press. She was a winner of the 2004 Red Sky Poetry Theatre statewide competition, and is included in the anthology Red Sky Morning. Boyle received a Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation residency in Oysterville, WA during October 2003. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications. Her chapbook, Bamboo Equals Loon, was published in 2001. She also writes collaborative poetry with James Bertolino. Their poems have been published in literary magazines, as well as the collaborative poetry anthology, Saints of Hysteria (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and in two chapbooks, Pub Proceedings and Bar Exams.


July 24/25 Loganberry Festival
Interactive Art/Poetry Installation
A. K. Mimi Allin

A.K. Mimi Allin has produced numerous installations for groups such as LitFuse, Studio-Current, The Urban Wilderness Project. In 2006 she gave a year-long public performance, "The Poetess at Green Lake", for which she sat outside for 9 hours every Sunday, at a small wooden desk, offering intimate poetry exchanges. She¹s produced magazines in matchbooks and has read poetry through a hole she melted in a 300-pound block of ice. Allin fuses poetry with visual and performance art.


September 18
"Music Maker"
Matt Gano

Matt Gano is a nationally known poet, writer, and performance artist residing in Seattle, Wash. He was a member of the National Poetry Slam team for Seattle in 2004 and 2005, and remains one of the top performing artists in the national and international poetry circuit.

Matt works as a full-time teaching artist with local arts organizations such as Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools and Arts Corps. In addition, he is the arts-in-education facilitator and a writing mentor for Youth Speaks, Seattle¹s nationally renowned youth poetry program. His published work includes chapbooks "Art Barker" and "Welcome Home," as well as "I Eight The Infinite," a self-titled poetry LP and a live recording entitled "A Giant¹s Pulse." Matt Gano returns to Seattle in 2010 after teaching Spoken Word poetry and Creative Writing as Artist in Residence at Lee Shau Kee, Hong Kong School of Creativity.


October 16
"Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest"
Michael Daley & Felicia Gonzalez

Felicia Gonzalez was born and raised in Cuba. An alumna of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat, she is a recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2006, she was awarded an individual artists grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the chapbook, Recollection Graffiti.

Michael Daley was born in Boston, and is a graduate of UMass with an MFA from the University of Washington. He¹s worked as a laborer, taxi driver, waiter, tree-planter, editor, Poet-in-the-schools, and high school English teacher. The author of three books of poems, a book of essays and several chapbooks, his work has appeared in numerous literary journals , and on Garrison Keilor¹s Writer¹s Almanac. In 2001 he received a Fulbright grant to live in Hungary for a year. Twice the National Endowment of the Humanities has awarded his work, as has the Seattle Arts Commission, Bumbershoot, and the Fessenden Foundation. This year Pleasure Boat Studio published Michael's newest collection of poetry Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest He received a grant from Artists Trust to produce the book¹s accompanying CD, Frankie the Milkman¹s Song & Other Poems.


November 20
Native American Violinist & Storyteller
Swil Kanim

Swil Kanim is a world class virtuoso violinist who advocates self-expression to create stronger community. He intertwines his music with storytelling, poetry, and audience interaction. His original compositions are mesmerizing and inspiring to all ages alike. While quickly becoming the most popular Native American Violinist, Swil Kanim is also a key-note speaker and notable actor; he starred as "Mouse" in Sherman Alexie¹s highly acclaimed movie The Business of FancyDancing. A Lummi tribal member Swil Kanim lives in Mt. Vernon, WA.


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Call For Submissions: Worldwide Hippoetry
2010 June 25

We’re looking for essays, poetry, possibly fiction and photography for a collection to be published in a book entitled Worldwide Hippoetry 2010.

We’re looking for essays, poems, photographs and other cool stuff from those not afraid to think outside the box or question authority and the status quo.

We’re looking for writing that reflects the values of love, peace, worldwide and personal, and searches for solutions to the problems that plague our world and provide answers and reflections on the state of our world. One good way to see what we are looking for is to review the writing on the site at

In short your submissions should reflect the values, or somehow relate to the world views expressed on, which has been stated as follows:

Changing the world, one mind at a time.

Worldwide Hippies is your most trusted network of independent news and views on the web.

Our goal is to create a dialogue between as diverse a group of people as possible to promote peace, civility and understanding. Our enemies are ignorance and intolerance. Our weapon is information.

We want to expose the tomfoolery of human civilization for what it is, and celebrate the individuals who make the world a better place.

We encourage positive activism. We do not condone any illegal activity, nor do we take any responsibility for the statements or actions of contributors to this website.

We retain the right to call foul whenever we want. And have some fun along the way. – Cowboy Dre.

All submissions should be sent to lead editor Diana May Waldman.

Deadline for submissions is July 30, 2010. Publication date is Fall 2010.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Please take a look at the message below from fellow Kerouac School alum Bill Brown. We must stand together to ensure that the school continues to be a center for forward thinking writing and speech.

"I'm with you in Rockland." - Allen Ginsberg, HOWL

We have our Mind-slogan!! If you are in solidarity for the continued support and plan of The Kerouac School, please repost this as your status update.

We do not know the details, but evidently budget cuts have made 23 long time Naropa support staff fired without notice and program cuts are happening across the board.

Without details we can only wait and watch from afar.

I spoke to Lisa today and Akilah yesterday, while a meeting en-masse with current KS students was happening. Whatever is, is by all indications - student led. In our day, it was the same - we ran the initiatives to make a Naropa Student Union, Student Union

The Kerouac School is Naropa's FLAGSHIP program, not Buddhist Studies, not Transpersonal Psych, nothing compares to it in the WORLD-AT-LARGE. This can be seen as a time of change, but The FUTURE students and CURRENT students need help and support from us, the people that this school has effected and nurtured into who we are in the real world.

Economics is a real world effect, and decisions are tough. Without negativity we can stand firm that we have benefited from our education at The Kerouac School and continue to benefit. That the 100 year project is intact and should remain so. That this is the 21st century, and there are technological means to create extended opportunities for the school's principle means and execute this means in the world.

That we are here as potential faculty, mentors, go-tos - that we are FAMILY in the Duncan sense of Rites of Participation. The Kerouac school is in some way our home, Anne and Allen our parental body in spirit and we will not stand down to see anything extinguish the torch we have been given to carry.

WE are with you in Rockland, Kerouac School, we are WITH YOU!

Bil Brown
Alum, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, 1994
co-founder, Prazska skola poetiky/Prague School of Poetics, 1998-2001