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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, June 21, 2023

Photos and Video from Everett Poetry Night June 19, 2023


I had a great time at the Everett Poetry Night on June 19. Many thanks to Duane Kirby Jensen​ for inviting me to feature and to all of the poets and listeners for their time, energy, and beautiful words. It was great to see Robinson Bolkum​ again and to make some new friends. Archie and the entire staff of the Sisters Restaurant were so kind and generous and welcoming, and the food was delicious. Definitely worth the drive. I also want to thank my wife Toni Lumbrazo Luna​ for accompanying me on the road trip and for taking this video of my set. Enjoy:

Video by Toni Lumbrazo Luna.

Note: In honor of Juneteenth, Christopher began his reading with the poem "Inheritance" by Camille Rankine. This is the first piece that you hear in the video. You can read the poem here:

Everett Poetry Night
Featuring Christopher Luna

5-8pm Monday, June 19 and every Monday The Sister's Restaurant 2804 Grand Avenue Everett, WA 98201 Christopher Luna is a poet, editor, teacher, writing coach, and artist who served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. He and Morgan Paige co-host the LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages and uncensored Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA, founded by Christopher in 2004. Christopher Luna’s books include Exchanging Wisdom: A Guide for Parents of the Autonomous (The Poetry Box, 2021 with Angelo Luna), Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018), Brutal Glints of Moonlight, and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978 (Big Bridge).
Read the EPN Story on the Everett Poetry Night website

Christopher Luna
Photgo by Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Toni Lumbrazo Luna reads from Wind Wing

Toni Lumbrazo Luna reads from Wind Wing


Christopher Luna reads from Voracity (Lightship Press, 2022)
Photo by Duane

The list of open mic readers

Robinson Bolkum reads altered greeting cards to the crowd

Photo by Duane

Christopher reads from Message from the Vessel in a Dream (Flowstone Press, 2018)
Photo by Duane

Christopher Luna by Duane Kirby Jensen

Christopher Luna reads from Message from the Vessel in a Dream
Photo by Duane 

Christopher Luna reads from Voracity
Photo by Duane

Everett Poetry Night emcee Duane Kirby Jensen reads his poetry

I took seeing this on the car parked next to us when we arrived
as a good sign that I would have a good Juneteenth reading in Everett.

Everett Poetry Night host Duane Kirby Jensen with Featured Reader Christopher Luna

Christopher Luna with The Sisters Restaurant owner Archie after the reading

After the featured reading, Duane Kirby Jensen passed around the Bag of Giving. I am very grateful to all those who contributed to a modest stipend for this traveling poet.

I was also thrilled to receive one of my magical friend Robinson Bolkum's Poetry Dollars: