Auburn Days

Auburn Days Poets on Parade and other Literary Adventures

As part of the Auburn Days festival (www.auburndays.com) every August, SWP hosts FREE literature events and all day poetry events located in the Auburn Avenue Theater (10 Auburn Ave. Auburn, WA).


Sunday, August 16 2015

Sunday August 16 schedule:

 

10:00 – 12:00:               Workshop: Organizing Your Manuscript from Start to Finish   Matthew Brouwer

12:00 – 12:40:               Lunch Break

12:40 – 12:45:               Auburn Poet Laureate   Marjorie Rommel   On the Importance of Poetry and Community

                                    Featured Poets:

12:45    1:00:               Emilie Rommel Shimkus

                                    www.emilierommelshimkus.com

1:00      1:15:               David D. Horowitz

                                    www.rosealleypress.com 

1:15      1:30:               Connie Walle

                                    www.pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org/

1:30      1:45:               Lorraine Healy

                                    www.lorrainehealy.com

1:45      2:00:               Joann C. Roberts

                                    www.meetparadigm.com

2:00      2:15:               Shannon P. Laws

                                    http://shannonplawswriter.com 

2:15      2:30:               Natasha Moni

                                    www.natashamoni.com

2:30      2:45:               Matthew Brouwer

                                    www.matthewbrouwerpoet.com

2:45      3:00:               Break

3:00      5:00:               Open Mic Poetry Contest! (six prizes awarded)

*4:00    5:00:                the NON-contest open mic is held while the contest judges deliberate * (time listed is approximate)

Afterward:                      join us at Trotters Restaurant for dinner and conversation


Host/Emcee:                 Christopher J. Jarmick

Contest Judges:            Matthew Brouwer, Shannon P. Laws, Lorraine Healy


Organizing Your Manuscript from Start to Finish a Poetry Workshop

So you want to publish a book of poems. Sounds simple enough, but when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, inevitably there are countless details to attend to and dozens of questions that need to be answered. How do I know when my manuscript is complete? Which poems should I include and which should I leave out? Where should I try to have it published? We'll talk through each step of this lengthy journey starting with the creative process for writing a strong collection of poems all the way through marketing your book once it has been published. The intent is you'll come away with some new ideas and inspiration for completing your manuscript and moving it forward as a full collection of poems.

Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA.  His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound.  He has performed throughout the US and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases and a smattering of print and online journals.  Matthew leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions.  Stories We Must Tell, his first full collection of poems, was released spring, 2015. www.matthewbrouwerpoet.com

Emilie Rommel Shimkus is a Tacoma poet-singer-actress, her poems have appeared in King County Metro's Poetry on the Buses program; Northwest Renaissance Poets at the Kent Canterbury Faire chapbook anthologies; Pacific Lutheran University's creative arts journal Saxifrage; and the 2009 Tacoma Poetry Anthology, In Tahoma's Shadow. She was a judge for the 2009 "Poetry Out Loud" finals and a featured reader in "Mouths & Mics: Poetry in the 253."

Emilie has been seen on several South Sound stages, playing Patsy Cline in the musical review Always, Patsy Cline; Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire; Octavia in Antony & Cleopatra; The Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show; Martha Jefferson in 1776; as a Bardic graduate student in the web comedy, JourneyQuest; in Breathing in Wartime, and roles many other area stage productions, staged readings, and playwrights' festivals. She is emcee of the monthly poetry open mic series, Poetry at the Station Bistro, every first Monday at the Station Bistro in Auburn. By day she writes technical and markety things for the software industry.

She a member of The Northwest Renaissance Poets, Performers & Publishers Board of Directors, and lives in Tacoma's Stadium district with her actor husband Matt and their daughters Robin and Regina. www.emilierommelshimkus.com

David D. Horowitz founded and manages Rose Alley Press. He earned B.A. degrees in philosophy and English from the University of Washington and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Lyric, Candelabrum, Exterminating Angel, ArtWord Quarterly, Quill & Parchment, and The Sporting News. His books published by Rose Alley include Strength & Sympathy, From Notebook to Bookshelf, and six poetry collections: Streetlamp, Treetop, Star; Resin from the Rain; Wildfire, Candleflame;Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke; Sky Above the Temple; and his most recent, Cathedral and Highrise. He also edited the Rose Alley anthologies: Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range and Many Trails to the Summit. David lives in Seattle. www.rosealleypress.com

Connie Walle, residing in Tacoma, Washington, is President and founder of Puget Sound Poetry Connection where she hosts the “Distinguished Writer Series” now in its 24th year. Connie also founded Our Own Words, a teen writing contest.  Her awards include: 1998 Margaret K Williams Award in support of the arts; Washington Poets Association Faith Beamer Cooks Award. She is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and currently retired. A few of her publications include Floating Bridge Press, Raven Chronicle, Tahoma’s Shadow, and Cradle Song.

www.pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org/

Lorraine Healy is a poet, writer, and photographer living on Whidbey Island, Washington. The winner of several national awards, including the Hackney Prize, she has been published extensively both in the U.S. and her native Argentina. Her poem “An Artifact of Light” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 soon after it appeared in her first chapbook, The Farthest South, published by New American Press in 2003.

Her first full-length manuscript, “ The Habit of Buenos Aires ”, has won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award and was published by Tebot Bach Press in 2010.

Introducing "Abraham's Voices", Lorraine's newest chapbook.

Lorraine's eBook on the Holga camera, "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder", is now available on Amazon.com. www.lorrainehealy.com

A native of the Universe, Joann Cathleen Roberts, known as simply “Jo” or by her recent stage alias “Paradigm”, grew up in the Chicago area. A poet/MC, musician, and producer; she discovered a love for playing instruments, such as drums, bass, and guitar at the age of 10 and by 13 was writing her own poetry and songs.

Jo’s focus is the promotion of reflection, growth, healing, and awareness through art. She is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerful words and has had featured shows from Japan and Las Vegas, to Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta. Jo has also performed poetry on stage with Reggae artist Pato Banton and has opened for Dr. Cornel West at Everett College in Washington. Her work has been featured on many LGBT websites, blog talk radio stations, and promoted by many other organizations such as Butch Voices, The Quare Square Collective, and The Spitfire Poetry Group. She is the Savannah Slam champion for years 2013 and 2014, and continues to release a number of albums and poetry books since first taking her art on the road in 2012.

If not gracing the stage, one can catch Jo traveling, hosting poetry workshops, tutoring math, dwelling in nature, staring off into the night sky, and volunteering with various clubs and organizations. Her passions include astronomy, physics, spiritual (r)evolution, and having a positive impact on the world through artistic expression. Jo studied Philosophy and Aviation Flight in college, and is a licensed private pilot. www.meetparadigm.com

Shannon P. Laws, Bellingham WA, is a 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award (Bellingham) and 2015 Community Champion Award (Writer's International Network, Richmond, B.C.) recipient.  Her poetry appeared in Clover-A Literary Rag, From Bellingham With Love, and Through the Eyes of Islanders. She has performed in Western Washington University's "Erotic Poetry Night", the "West Coast Tagore Festival",  Writers International Network Canada, Village Books "Literature LIVE" and worked as a contributing poet for the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company "Phrasings" collaboration.

Shannon is a co-founding member of World Peace Poets Bellingham, who promote harmony through words for local and international writers at various public readings, including the annual "Read-in! Write-On!" event. www.shannonplawswriter.com

Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student, she has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Tufts University, she is the author of The Cardiologist's Daughter (Two Sylvias Press, 2014).

Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in over fifty journals including: DIAGRAM, [PANK], Indiana Review, Rattle, Luna Luna, and The Pedestal Magazine.

Natasha's poetry was a finalist for Best of the Net (2009) and nominated for Best of the Web. While acting as Editor of Crab Creek Review, she received a Puffin Foundation Grant. www.natashamoni.com

Emcee Bio:

Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated/hosted regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the Northwest since 2001. His newest collection of poetry, Not Aloud, is due out  September 2015 from MoonPath Press. His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010.  His frequently updates his blog: PoetryIsEverything (google it as one word) and publicizes dozens of readings occurring primarily in the Western Washington State region. http://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com


Contest Information:

There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the other is a NON-contest open mic.

When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage in the order that they are signed up.

Each contestant will have three minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are allowed to read one poem or several as long as it is their original poetry.

There is no fee to participate.

When the Contest begins, the sign up period is over, NO additional entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.

When the Contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby to discuss and decide the winners.

While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin in the theater.

Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up, the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.

The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality of the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as well as the skill of the performance. The winners should exhibit a good balance of quality poetics and skilled performance.

Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn Days volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.

Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged (but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead of the Contest, in order to allow up-and-comers a better chance to show off their stuff.

When the judges have decided, they will return to their seats in the theater. When the open mic is finished, the Host/Emcee will invite the 3 Judges to the stage. A list of the Three Winners and Honorable Mentions will be given to the Host/Emcee. Then each judge will announce his or her choice for the Honorable Mention award and make a brief comment to explain why they chose to give the poet an Honorable Mention. Then the Judges will let the Host/Emcee announce the winners beginning with Second Runner Up, First Runner Up and Grand Prize winner. As they are announced, the three Honorable Mentions and Three Winners will be invited to the stage to be presented with their prizes.


Book Fair Small Press Fair participants:


Presses & Journals:


Adventure Books:                 www.adventurebooksofseattle.com

Rose Alley Press:                 www.rosealleypress.com

Seven Circle Press:              www.sevencirclepress.com

String Town:                         www.stringtown.org

Tahoma Literary Review:       www.tahomaliteraryreview.com


Poets & Authors:


Matthew Brouwer:

Stories We Must Tell

The Gospel According to Matthew I, II & III

Men Who Walk with Canes

Cannonball Island

www.matthewbrouwerpoet.com


T. M. Franklin:

More

The Guardians

Twelve

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You

www.TMFranklin.com


Lorraine Healy:

The Habit of Buenos Aires

Abraham’s Voices

The Farthest South

Archipelago

www.lorrainehealy.com


Cindy M. Hutchings:

Tree Talk

Twitter: @cHUTCH_poet

http://littlecindypoems.wordpress.com

www.linkedin.com/pub/cindy-hutchings/67/9bb/425


Christopher J. Jarmick:

The Glass Cocoon (novel co-written with Serena Holder)

Poems for the Working Class

Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares

Not Aloud (MoonPath Press September 2015)

Spoken Word CD

Radio Pictures; Aural Anxieties (featuring Michael C. Ford)

http://chrisjarmick.wordpress.com


Shannon P. Laws:

Madrona Grove

Odd Little Things

http://shannonplawswriter.com


Jolene Loraine:

Night Hawk

Night Hawk: Battle Cries

White Horse

www.nighthawkseries.com


Natasha Moni:

The Cardiologist's Daughter (Two Sylvias Press)

www.natashamoni.com


Joann C. Roberts:

Books:

Parallels

The Pen Helps

Albums:

Heart Chakras and Astronauts

Redshifts

[r]Evolutionary Suicide

Solar Systems

www.meetparadigm.com


Robin Russell:

Those Roys on Planet Earth

The Summer Island Series:

A Tiara for the Taking

A Karst in Kweilin

A Jail for Justice

A Prince in Peril

www.robinrussell.net





SUNDAY, August 10 2014 Participants and Schedule:

Clark County, WA Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is co-founder with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers.  Together Luna and partington edited Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna founded in 2004.  Luna’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, Ghost Town,USA and The Flame is Ours:  The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.  Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, It’s Animal But Merciful, grape seed, Take Out, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review.

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna "Poet as Engaged Citizen"

“In this writing workshop,” Luna says.  “  we will discuss Allen
 Ginsberg’s work as an engaged citizen and use prompts derived from his
 life and work.  Both Ginsberg and Walt Whitman, Allen’s poetic elder, saw
 American democratic principles as a precious philosophy worthy of
 defense and were willing to criticize the nation’s failure to live up to its 
 promise.  Their journalistic poems delivered the news through soaring
 bardic prophecy and unflinching images of human suffering and joy.  
 Their dedication to these tasks improved our political, social, and spiritual
 lives.”
Ginsberg saw “the work” as a calling “To ease the pain of living.”

 

Auburn Poet Laureate “Wicked” Richard Brugger is a former Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic priest.  For nearly 30 years he was the executive director of Auburn Youth Resources, a nonprofit dedicated to helping at risk youth and their families.  His poetry appears monthly in the Auburn Reporter and is placed in concrete as part of the walking trail at Les Gove Park.  He is a regular featured reader in the greater Puget Sound area.  He is a founding member of the Plateau Area Writers Association and the Striped Water Poets of Auburn.  He is the author of Do Something & Other Poems.

 
Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate, applies the spoken word to social conditions.  He is the creator of a new touring show for youth, Eleven Days in the Life of Dr. King which integrates twelve original works of spoken word with contemporary dance and music.  Lucas presented over 100 commissioned works for social and cultural institutions including Washing State History Museum,  He is a teaching artist and has worked in over thirty schools.

 
Ann Spiers is Vashon Island’s inaugural Poet Laureate.  She has a Masters degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Washington.  She assists in poetry events such as the biennial Vashon Poetry-Fest, Poetry Post in the Park and Highway Haiku, which are placards on the road shoulder leading to the ferry.  Ann is the author of six chapbooks.  Bunker Trail is her newest.

 
Josie Emmons Turner was the 2011-2013 Poet Laureate of Tacoma.  Her work has been published in national journals and Floating Bridge Review, In Tahoma’s Shadow, California Quarterly and Backstreet Review.  She has founded and/or managed a variety of cultural organizations and is currently teaching senior and sophomore writing classes at Clover Park High School.  She received he Masters of fine Arts in Creative Writing through the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

 
Michael Dylan Welch, Poet Laureate of Redmond 2013 - 2015, is passionate about poetry, especially haiku.  He has won first place in numerous poetry contest.  He is published in at least sixteen languages in hundreds of journals and anthologies.  In 1996 he co-founded the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library in Sacramento, the world’s largest public haiku archives outside Japan.  In March 2012 the United States Postal Service printed 150,000,000 cherry blossom stamps featuring one of his waka (tanka) translations on the back.  In 2013 he was keynote speaker in Tokyo, Japan for the annual convention of the Haiku Interntional Association.

 
Poet Laureate of Vashon Island Ina Whitlock (2013-2015)  She has published, Easting the Chinese Pear, a travelogue-memoir - a booklet of poems, Of Love and Loss - Sketches from Paraguana Venezuela - Stories of a Midwest Childhood, 1930s-40s - and Origins-Endings, poems.  Ina does poetry and book readings on the island.  Her latest The Poets Magic of Memory.

 
Jeannie Hall Gailey the 2nd Poet Laureate of Redmond:  Author of three books of poetry, Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World and Unexplained Fevers.  She was awarded a 2007 and 2011 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant. Her work has appeared in the Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review and The Iowa Review.  Jeannie volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and teaches the MFA program at National University.

Len Elliott: Author of Auburn Days Poets on Parade Crossword Puzzle

Gerald A. McBreen, coordinator Striped Water Poets has held three Poet Laureate positions simultaneously.  Senior Poet Laureate Washington State 2012, Poet Laureate Pacific 2009 - 2015 and Poet Laureate Auburn Morning Toastmasters  2010 - 2015.

       SPONSORED BY JIM AND RUTH FLETCHER

       SUPPORTED BY STRIPED WATER POETS

       SUPPORTED BY ADVENTURE BOOKS OF SEATTLE

       See the author's work coming soon on the WEBSITE provided by www.valley-gazette.com

Valley Gazette

 

 

SUNDAY, August 10 Schedule

in the air-conditioned Auburn Avenue Theater (10 Auburn Ave.)

Contact Gerald McBreen at  mcbreenpost@aol.com for more information.

Schedule:

10:00 – 12:00  FREE POETRY WORKSHOP

Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna "Poet as Engaged Citizen"

12:00 – 12:30   Lunch, visit car show, enjoy festival.

12:30 – 12:45   Richard Brugger, Auburn Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

12:45 – 1:00    Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate (2013-2015)

1:00 – 1:15      Ann Spiers, Vashon Island inaugural Poet Laureate.

1:15 – 1:30      Josie Turner, past Poet Laureate Tacoma (2011 - 2013)

1:30 – 1:45      Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond Poet Laureate (2014 - 2015)

1:45 – 2:00      Ina Whitlock, Vashon Island Poet Laureate (2013 - 2015)

2:00 – 2:15     Jeannine Hall Gaily past Poet Laureate Redmond (2012 - 2013)

2:15 – 2:30      Christopher Luna Poet Laureate Clark County

 

2:30 – 3:00     PANEL DISCUSSION:

What does a Poet Laureate do?

How does one become a Poet Laureate?

Christopher LUna, Michael Dylan Welch, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Ann Spiers

3:00 -  4:00    POETS ON PARADE!  OPEN MIC POETRY CONTEST

                     MASTER OF CEREMONIES: CHRISTOPHER LUNA

4:00 – 5:00     Non judged Open Mic during judging

                     Presentation of POETS ON PARADE! winners

 

Host/Emcee: Pacific Poet Laureate Gerald A. McBreen (2009 - 2014)

 

Contest Judges: Josie Turner, Ina Whitlock, Lucas Smiraldo

 

Contest info:


There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the other is a NON-contest open mic.


When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage in the order that they are signed up. Each contestant will have four minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are allowed to read one poem or several as long as it is their original poetry.
When the contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby to discuss and decide the winners.


While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin in the theater.

 

Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up, the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.

 

No fee is required to participate.

 

The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality or the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as well as the skill of the performance.

 

Material should be suited for families and youth. Decision of acceptability is at the discretion of Auburn Days, its representatives and judges.

 

Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn Days volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.

 

Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged (but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead of the Contest, in order to allow up-and-comers a better chance to show off their stuff.

 

Contact Gerald McBreen at  mcbreenpost@aol.com for more information.



August 11 2013 Features and Participants:

Small Press Fair Publishers and Book Fair Authors:
Erik Korhel, Piecemeal Publishing www.piecemealpublishing.com
Lana Ayers, MoonPath Press & Concrete Wolf Press & World Enough Writers
www.moonpathpress.com & www.concretewolf.com & www.worldenoughwriters.com
David Horowitz, Rose Alley Press www.rosealleypress.com
David Ash, Basho Press www.bashopress.com
Robert Blevins, Adventure Books www.adventurebooksofseattle.com
Debra Di Blasi, Jaded Ibis Productions www.jadedibisproductions.com
Laura LeHew, Uttered Chaos Publications www.utteredchaos.org
Amber Nelson, Alice Blue Review www.alicebluereview.org
Peggy Barnett, Photographer & Poet On Your Left www.prbarnett.com
Mary Eliza Crane, What I Can Hold in my Hands & At First Light
Carol McCarthy, Books by the late Jack McCarthy
Gerry Bradley, KLAY 1180 AM Radio Personality Chit-Chat Cafe: Yarns from the Heart & Birds from the Thicket
Featured Poets:
Laura LeHew Willingly Would I Burn
Jennifer Bullis
Impossible Lessons

Marci Ameluxen Lean House
Jill McCabe Johnson Diary of the One Swelling Sea
Elizabeth Colen Waiting Up for the End of the World
Malorie Spreen The Underneath and In Between
Host/Emcee:
Christopher J. Jarmick Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares

In the lobby of the theater we hold our book/small press fair and our Free Book Swap!
9-12 poetry workshop with Laura LeHew
12-12:30 lunch break
12:30-1 panel discussion on the changing publishing industry
1 p.m. Benediction Poem from Auburn Poet Laureate “Wicked” Dick Brugger
1-3 featured poets
3-3:30 Jack McCarthy memorial readings
3:30-5 open mic poetry contest with prizes!

Contest info:

There will be 2 sign up sheets. One is for the Open Mic Contest and the other is a NON-contest open mic.
When the Contest begins, participants will be called to the stage in the order that they are signed up. Each contestant will have four minutes to read/perform their poetry. Participants are allowed to read one poem or several as long as it is their original poetry.
When the Contest begins, the sign up period is over, no additional entrees will be allowed once the Contest begins.
When the Contest ends, the judges will adjourn to the lobby to discuss and decide the winners.
While the Judges deliberate, the NON-contest open mic will begin in the theater.
Prizes will be awarded to six contest winners, two runners up, the grand prize winner, and three honorable mentions.
The selection of contest winners will be based on the perceived quality or the poem(s) presented, poetic construction and craft, as well as the skill of the performance.
Current featured poets, past grand prize winners, and Auburn Days volunteers will not be allowed to participate in the contest.
Experienced performers and widely published poets are encouraged (but not required) to sign up for the NON-contest open mic instead of the Contest, in order to allow up-and-comers a better chance to show off their stuff.

Its All FREE!
All are Welcome!
And it only happens once a year!
see www.auburndays.com for more information