Event: Redmond Poets in the Park

You’re invited…

 
Anderson Park    |    7802 168th Ave NE    |    Redmond, Washington

Featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and many other guests!
 
Poets in the Park in 2017 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. Readings for 2017 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, and more—and its all free! Visit the website to see the schedule. 
Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!
See the Facebook invite. Tweet to #poetsinthepark.

I will be reading on the Main Stage, 3:00 p.m., with the Clover: A Literary Rag group
AND I will have copies of “Fallen”
on hand to sell.

This is a great poetry packed day.  See you there!

Event: King’s Book Feature

You’re invited~

The City of Tacoma and Puget Sound Poetry Presents
“The Distinguished Writer Series”

March 11th , 2016  7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA

Featured Reader: Shannon P. Laws

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“To date, this event in Tacoma is the farthest I’ve traveled to feature. Thank you Connie Walle, pugetsoundpoetryconnection.org , for organizing this gathering.  I look forward to meeting you and new poets at the open mic. What a treat!” -SPL

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Event: Auburn Days

You’re invited~

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I’m proud to be apart of

2015 Auburn Days celebration

August 14, 15 & 16

Weekend full of events including a poetry contest on Sunday at the Auburn Avenue Theater!  Growing up in Federal Way I have many memories of all the summer fun the valley has to offer.  I’m coming home South Kind County!

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Crowds at the Auburn Festival
Crowds at the Auburn Festival

 

 

Poets on Parade  |  Sunday August 16th

 

Poetry event at the
Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-5678

Includes

Organizing Your Manuscript from Start to Finish, Workshop by Matthew Brouwer

Importance of Poetry and Community Lecture by Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel

 

Featured Poets

Emilie Rommel Shimkus, David D. Horowitz, Cathy Nguyen (Tacoma Poet Laureate), Lorraine Healy, Joann C. Roberts, Shannon P. Laws, Natasha Moni, Matthew Brouwer

 

Open Mic Poetry Contest

hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick.

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

(six prizes awarded)  and a NON-contest open mic is held while the contest judges deliberate.

 

Parade

 

**To learn more about Auburn Days:

http://www.auburndays.com/

Striped Water Poets is organizing the poet events.  Please visit their website:

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/

Event: Poetry Night

Click HERE to listen 

You’re invited~

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Last December I was on the Poetry Night calendar as a featured poet, but out-of-town family stuff spirited me away at the last moment.  Poetry Night, in all it’s grace, has allowed me a “make-up” event.  
Hope to see you all there!
Thank you Poetry Night staff,
SPL

Details

Mon, June 22, 8pm – 10pm

Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Doors and sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! Bring poetry and feel free to sign up to read it! (3 min readings)

Event host is Danny Canham

Featured poet is Shannon P. Laws Free to the public, but we do pass a jar around to collect donations to help pay for things like visiting poets and the occasional publication.

Learn more about tonight’s feature and our other projects at: http://poetrynight.org

Event: Poetry Reading

You are invited~

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Everett Poetry Night at Café Zippy

6/25/2015, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA

This event kicks off my summer tour.  (More dates to follow) If you’re in the area please consider stopping by for some words and really good soup at the hosting cafe.  Thank you emcee Duane Kirby Jensen.  

Event: WWU Erotic Poetry Night

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You are invited to Erotic Poetry Night

April 16th 7-9 p.m.

@ The Underground Coffeehouse, WWU, Bellingham, WA

 

What is Erotic Poetry Night?  The Associated Students Sexual Awareness Center on the campus of Western Washington University hosts this popular event.  Basically it is a poetry reading laced  with “safe sex” PSA’s.  I had the opportunity to share some poems at the event about two years ago and it was standing room only, with students hovering in the hallways listening to every syllable.  If you want an attentive audience, then work your way onto this stage!

Why I’m going this year:  a few weeks ago I was at an afternoon party and a guy who looked like he may be in his 50’s stated, “Kids these days just don’t have sex. Not like WE had back then.  AIDS scares them into staying virgins.”  Say what? It’s important to point out that this person also has two daughters in college.

As parents we can  keep our heads in the sand or realize that WHEN our children do have sex, perhaps during their first time away from home, places like the Sexual Awareness Center “empowers students to make safe and informed choices about sexuality and sexual health by providing a safe space for all students”

I’m excited to be back.  Below is one of the poems I’ll be sharing.  Come on down and support the effort—but get there early if you want a seat.

To learn more: http://as.wwu.edu/sac/

 

Discovery

He touched me
He touched me
The way
I wanted him to
The way
I wished he would
He read my mind
And he touched me

His fingers moved along the ridges
Of my galaxy in search of the ignition:

old crate of dynamite
hidden in the shed
sweats with glycerin
delicate to movement
so my love is for you

drop that box! start a bang!
kick start a star to life

use all fingers to read
me as a mystery novel
written in Braille
every bump, knob and dip
a conjunction closer to knowing
the riddle of Eve

you are a book
that must be read.
you are a question
that must be answered

 

-SPL

 

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