Poetry in Seattle!
from Christopher J. Jarmick

There’s Poetry in Columbia City at Lottie Motts.

7:15 to 9:30 (open mic list opens at 6:45)

Our featured readers are: THE DAUGHTERS OF DEMENTIA

IRENE DRENNAN was born in NY city, began to write and read in Greenwich village coffee houses & saloons during the Beat Period. Later moved to Bremerton, WA, founded & led the Sons & Daughters of Dementia Workshop; author of Grass Stained Gold, Acid Rain & Other Voices; awarded the Louisa Kern Foundation grant; directed/produced radio show, Zounds (poetry & sound); she has two videos, Irene Drennan, City Poet & a video in the Evergreen College Archives. Two books of poetry, There Ain’t No Music on the A Train & A Longer Look is Needed Now, poetry on aging &dying; published in The Duckabush Journals, Raven Chronicles, Vermont Free Press, N.O.W., the Gray Panthers, and others

DENISE CALVETTI MICHAELS writes poetry and memoir. Her poems are published in Crosscurrents,Paterson Literary Review, and King County Poetry on Buses. Polenta, a memoir that tells the story of growing up Italian American in Salinas, is included in a new anthology, The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Woman on Food and Culture published by the Feminist Press. Mother to three daughters and grandmother to Holden, Maizie and Calder, Denise teaches psychology at Cascadia Community College and works as a child care licensor. For the past year she’s been writing, Opus Reticulatum, A Work of Webbing, a collection of poetry that explores the architectural of remembering.

PESHA GERTLER teaches English and Creative Writing at North Seattle Community College. She was the founder and coordinator of the long-running After Long Silence Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including the Poems for Peace Project Anthology, Crab Creek Review’s Anthology: Bread For This Hunger; 2002 Poetry Bus Competition; Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Their Friends and Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature By Women; Her poem Ballad of A Welfare Mother is featured in singer Linda Allen’s Women’s History Album, Mama Wanted To Be A Rainbow Dancer.

NANCY PEACOCK was born and raised in southern Indiana, spent ten years in the San Francisco area, and has lived the past 20 years in Seattle. She earned degrees in environmental studies at Butler in Indianapolis, in creative writing at San Francisco State, and in comparative literature at the UW. Nancy is fascinated by what haunts literature, photography, architecture, and landscape, and has an essay underway on the poetics of concealment in medieval crypts and grottoes. In her prose and poetry, Nancy reaches back into her own genealogy to give voice to the brave disadvantaged people who engendered her and to her own life's journey that has taken her so far away and yet so near to them.

DIANE WESTERGAARD received a BA in anthropology from the University of Washington and later studied theology at Northwest Theological Union. Her work has appeared in many literary publications including Fine Madness, Raven Chronicles, Prairie Schooner and Pontoon, Number 2. With guitarist Garylee Johnson she co-produced and co-wrote Ghost in the Garden, a chapbook and audiotape of poetry, music and song. In 1997 she received a GAP grant from Artist Trust. She was one of the poets in the 1999 Jack Straw Writers Program and is on the board of Red Sky Poetry Theater.

ESTHER ALTSHUL HELFGOTT is a Writing Process Specialist and poet who works one-on-one with writers to help them bring their authentic writing voices to the page. Esther coordinates the It’s About Time Writers Reading Series and is author of The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices (KotaPress, 2000). She has been published in numerous journals including Mentress Moon, Dakota House Journal, Switched-on-Gutenberg,
Moondance: Celebrating Creative Women; The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review and, most recently, The Evergreen State College’s poetry anthology Under a Silver Sky. Esther is from Baltimore, Md. and is currently working on a biography of the Viennese-born Seattle child psychoanalyst Edith Buxbaum. Esther She can be reached at eahelfgott2@comcast.net or at her Writing Works, www.writingworks.homestead.com .

Please pass the word to everyone you know and be sure and join us on Friday October 24, 2003 for the TAKE A POEM INTO YOUR HEART evening of poetry at LOTTIE MOTTS COFFEE SHOP (4900 Rainier Ave in Columbia City) Hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick .Open mic signup is at 6:45 p.m.
Phone: 206-725-8199



Friday November 28th
M. Anne Sweet & Christopher J. Jarmick & Priscilla Long & Paul Nelson

(I will be setting up next year’s schedule shortly (January through June plus) If you're a practicing poet, with or without a license and are interested in being a featured poet in the future or have questions, please email:



Northwest Bookfest 2003
October 18 & 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sand Point Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle


This literary celebration is a street fair for readers, writers and words. Our ninth annual festival will be held on the beautiful waterfront of Sand Point Magnuson Park inside the the picturesque 1930’s airplane hangar. More than 200 authors and presenters leading more than 90 compelling discussions with writers on seven stages Two more reasons for going:

Spoken Words From the Heart
Denise Levertov Poetry Stage
Saturday, October 18: 1:00 – 2:15 pm
With J. Glenn Evans, Esther Altshul Helfgot, David Horowitz, Paul Nelson M. Anne Sweet, David Thornbrugh moderated by Christopher Jarmick

Romantic! Ribald! Rude! Bold! Outrageous! Humorous! Political! Historical! Satirical! Compassionate! Exciting! Essential! Words from the heart stomach and head. Our words, your words -- join us. Meet the passionate poets who have organized some of Puget Sound’s most successful ongoing poetry readings and open mics events in bookstores, cafes, bars, and coffee shops, on the steps of the Capitol, at Seattle City Council meetings. Listen to the poets; but if you want, bring a poem to share; up to 10 people from the audience can read their very own under-three-minute poem. This visceral presentation is moderated by writer and poet Christopher J. Jarmick (PEN-Washington). Panelist
include: Paul Nelson (SPLAB), J. Glenn Evans (Poets West), M. Anne Sweet (Washington Poets Association), David Horowitz (Rose Alley Press), David Thornbrugh (Dappin Butoh) and Esther Altshul Helfgot (It's About Time Reading Series).

Relationship at the Core of Fiction – Hartinger, Brady and Sandor Raymond Carver Stage Sunday, October 19: 2:00 - 3:00 pm


On Tuesday, October 21

PEN Washington Hosts a Writers Workshop: “Suspense & Mystery—conversations and readings from SKYE KATHLEEN MOODY & CURT COLBERT” Tuesday, October 21, 2003 Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle (206-322-7030) at 7:30 p.m.

SEATTLE--PEN-Washington, the state chapter of PEN USA (www.penwa.org) and Richard Hugo House, hosts a writers workshop conversation with two critically acclaimed authors, SKYE KATHLEEN MOODY (‘Medusa’) & CURT COLBERT (‘Sayonaraville’). They will discuss their writing life, read from their latest books and answer questions.

Skye Moody is the author of six Venus Diamond mystery-suspense novels, her latest: MEDUSA has been getting critical raves an exciting page-turner. For the last 10 years Moody has lived in the United States working as a novelist, short story writer, photographer and newspaper columnist. Previously she traveled around the world as a freelance journalist, photographer and East African bush guide specializing in writing about social conditions in Kenya, China, Russia and Central Asia. Her two award winning non-fiction books written under the name Kathy Kahn are Hillbilly Women (1973) and Fruits of Our Labor: Soviet and American Workers Talk About Making a Living (1982) RAIN DANCE, the first novel in her endangered species mystery series with Fish and Game agent Venus Diamond was nominated for the Spotted Owl award. Her latest are K FALLS and the just published MEDUSA. Moody is a member (& previous national board member) of PEN, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Washington.

Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter (and Miss Jenkins) mystery series set in Seattle during the 1940s. His first novel RAT CITY was nominated for a Shamus Award as the Best first private eye novel of 2001. His second book SAYONARAVILLE has just been released and received critical acclaim including a rave in a September 2003 Seattle Times column by Adam Woog. Colbert is a Seattle native, Vietnam vet and history buff who enjoys boxing, and a good cigar. He’s also an accomplished and published poet.

On the third Tuesdays of the month (except July, August and December)
PEN- Washington and co-sponsor Richard Hugo House (http://www.hugohouse.org/events/ ), hosts events, talks, and workshops of interest to writers and open to the public. They are FREE. For directions and further information contact Richard Hugo House, 1634 Eleventh Avenue, Seattle (206-322-7030)

PEN-WA is a nonprofit organization of writers, which was formed (in June 2002) to provide support; encourage and recognize creative literary excellence. As part of PEN-USA and PEN INTERNATIONAL, PEN-WA works to protect writers’ freedom of expression throughout the state, country and world. PEN Washington, the state chapter of PEN USA, is part of an international organization of professional writers founded in 1921 by Catherine Amy Dawson Scott. Early members included: D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. Today, PEN is composed of 130 centers in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas with a total membership of approximately 15,000.



Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market, Seattle (Market &15th in Ballard) PoetsWest features Chris Jarmick, Priscilla Long, Murray Gordon. Open
mike. Contact: J. Glenn Evans 206.682.1268.



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