March 11th , 2016 7:00 p.m.
Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, Tacoma WA
Featured Reader: Shannon P. Laws
“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
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!
Organizing Your Manuscript from Start to Finish, Workshop by Matthew Brouwer
Importance of Poetry and Community Lecture by Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel
Emilie Rommel Shimkus, David D. Horowitz, Cathy Nguyen (Tacoma Poet Laureate), Lorraine Healy, Joann C. Roberts, Shannon P. Laws, Natasha Moni, Matthew Brouwer
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.
**To learn more about Auburn Days:
Striped Water Poets is organizing the poet events. Please visit their website:
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
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.
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/
He touched me
He touched me
I wanted him to
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