The Poet’s Toolkit Part 3: Sense – Kate Gray

During poetry month, honor your tender and fierce heart. Add tools to your poetry toolkit. You’ll start with sound, how your words can change your reader’s body. No experience necessary. You’ll write and share in a tremendously safe environment, using the Gateless Method. This workshop will give you practical ways to distinguish this writing form from others, practice in applying the tool, and the light to show you how brilliantly you shine.

Part 1 of 3: Sound (Monday, April 15th, 6-8pm)

Part 2 of 3: Shape (Tuesday, April 23, 6-8pm)

Part 3 of 3: Sense

All sessions will be held in the loft at Another Read Through. Register for each part a la carte on a sliding scale ($60-80), or for all three at a discounted rate of $150. Limited to 12 participants. For more information and sign-up, please contact Kate Gray at dangpoet@gmail.com.

Poetry – Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Christopher Luna, Claudia F. Savage

Toni Lumbrazo Luna’s Wind Wing is a poetry collection inspired by the lives of women. These poems provide a glimpse into life on the edge of mental illness, courage, transition, and discovery. The women inside this book have faced the impossible.

Message from the Vessel in a Dream is the first full-length volume of poetry by Christopher Luna, Clark County, WA’s first poet laureate (2013-2017) and the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. The book contains work spanning 20 years, and favors prose poetry and collage poems assembled and arranged using found material. The book is dedicated to Carlos Santana, the guitar virtuoso and eponymous “vessel” who gifted Luna with the only line of poetry he has ever received from a dream.

Claudia F. Savage’s Bruising Continents is “the love story lurking deep inside the drama of these poems reveals that eros properly seen is a force as monumental as continental drift” (Dan Beachy-Quick).

Toni Lumbrazo Luna (formerly Partington) is a poet, editor, visual artist and the author of two poetry books: Jesus Is a Gas and Wind Wing. She’s co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver providing editing and small press publishing. Originally from central New York, she’s made the Pacific Northwest her home for thirty years. She co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA and serves on the Clark County Arts Commission. Toni is currently working on her third collection of poetry tentatively titled “Driven by Hope” and on her first memoir, titled “Life in View of the Crazy House”.

Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, WA from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. Luna has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and is the co-founder, with Toni Lumbrazo Luna, of Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press for Northwest writers which also provides writing coaching, editing, and manuscript review. He has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, WA since 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.

Claudia F. Savage is part of the performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Her latest collection of poetry is Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil) with recent work in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute Fellow and her collaboration, reductions, with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in 2020. Her poetics are influenced by rabid reading, Alice Coltrane, and long hikes in drippy forests. She teaches privately, through Literary Arts, and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, OR. www.claudiafsavage.com

The Poet’s Toolkit Part 2: Shape – Kate Gray

During poetry month, honor your tender and fierce heart. Add tools to your poetry toolkit. You’ll start with sound, how your words can change your reader’s body. No experience necessary. You’ll write and share in a tremendously safe environment, using the Gateless Method. This workshop will give you practical ways to distinguish this writing form from others, practice in applying the tool, and the light to show you how brilliantly you shine.

Part 1 of 3: Sound (Monday, April 15th, 6-8pm)

Part 2 of 3: Shape

Part 3 of 3: Sense (Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm)

All sessions will be held in the loft at Another Read Through. Register for each part a la carte on a sliding scale ($60-80), or for all three at a discounted rate of $150. Limited to 12 participants. For more information and sign-up, please contact Kate Gray at dangpoet@gmail.com.

Poem-a-Day: How to Write a Connected Series

A Chapbook in a Month – POEM-A-DAY: HOW TO WRITE A CONNECTED SERIES with Penelope Scambly Schott

In this workshop we will discuss how to create an extended body of work that goes together, whether by topic or tone or sequence.  Poet Penelope Scambly Schott (author of NOVEMBER QUILT and other books) will briefly describe her process and results. Then we as a group will brainstorm topics and approaches. We will each experiment with an organizing idea and make notes toward a first poem in our own possible new series.

If participants are interested, we can plan to meet again in about a month to see what we’ve done.

Group limit: 15. Cost: $28. Prerequisites: none.

To sign up email Penelope: penelopeschott@comcast.net

The Poet’s Toolkit Part 1: Sound – Kate Gray

During poetry month, honor your tender and fierce heart. Add tools to your poetry toolkit. You’ll start with sound, how your words can change your reader’s body. No experience necessary. You’ll write and share in a tremendously safe environment, using the Gateless Method. This workshop will give you practical ways to distinguish this writing form from others, practice in applying the tool, and the light to show you how brilliantly you shine.

Part 1 of 3: Sound

Part 2 of 3: Shape (Tuesday, April 23, 6-8pm)

Part 3 of 3: Sense (Wednesday, May 1, 6-8pm)

All sessions will be held in the loft at Another Read Through. Register for each part a la carte on a sliding scale ($60-80), or for all three at a discounted rate of $150. Limited to 12 participants. For more information and sign-up, please contact Kate Gray at dangpoet@gmail.com.

AWP Offsite event with Armenian-American Poets

AWP offsite events are free and open to the public, so join us in welcoming this group of Armenian-American poets to Portland!

Arminé Iknadossian’s debut poetry collection, All That Wasted Fruit, addresses the sacred feminine. Cofounder of Outside the Lines: A Creative Collaborative for Women, Arminé also leads Poetry in the Labyrinth at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles and performs her poems for The Poetry Brothel.

Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak, a poetry/performance collection, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir. Her novel, The Fear of Large and Small Nations, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. She teaches writing at NYU.

Lory Bedikian’s The Book of Lamenting won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She has an MFA from the University of Oregon. Her work was a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and for the AROHO’s Orlando Prize. She received a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial fund.

Shahé Mankerian’s poetry collection, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist for the Bibby First Book Award, the Crab Orchard Series, the Quercus Award, and the White Pine Press Competition. He is the co-director of the L.A. Writing Project and the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School.

Lola Koundakjian has authored two poetry books and read in four international poetry festivals in Quebec, Peru, Colombia and West Bank. She co-curates the Zohrab Center’s poetry reading series in midtown Manhattan, and runs the Armenian Poetry Project in multiple languages and audio.

Veronica Pamoukaghlian has written, edited, and translated a variety of literary works, including New York Times bestsellers. She has contributed to anthologies and print journals, and has her own book of poetry, The Beauty of Disaster.

For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems – Kate Gray

Join us for the launch and celebration of Kate Grey’s new collection, For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems.

“[For Every Girl is] a collection dissimilar to most new and selected books. These poems, from a life of writing, come together in an arc that pulls us like ‘a rope across her palm’ into girlhood, adolescence into adulthood where the illusions of family become broken and truth reigns. We love hard and deeply in this book—cousins, aunts, uncles, mother, lovers. And even in the deepest betrayals Ms. Gray makes us hold in one hand pain and the other compassion, in one hand loss the other hope.” – Jeff Knorr

Kate Gray’s first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (Cedar House Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. Over the years she’s been awarded residencies at Hedgbrook, Norcroft, and Soapstone, and a fellowship from the Oregon Literary Arts. Her poetry and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In Any More, Black Shoe, Kate Gray’s novel-in-progress, she narrates, in Sylvia Plath’s voice, what led to The Bell Jar and her suicide attempt in 1953. Kate’s passion comes as a teacher, writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates.

Naked – Nastashia Minto

In this poetic memoir, Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked. Exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity, Minto’s words dig up rootbound emotions in need of better soil. This collection welcomes difficult conversations and allows space for unboxing uncertainties. By making herself transparent on the page, Minto inspires readers to become naked too.
 
Nastashia Minto is an African American woman who was born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents. She grew up in poverty and around drugs, alcohol, and family violence. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been writing since she was nine years old and has found that her writing offers her another way to help people. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, she has been a featured reader at many popular local reading series, including Unchaste Readers, Grief Rites, and Incite. Her writing has been published in SUSAN and in the Unchaste Anthology, volume III. Naked is her first book.

Poetry Night with Sean Cumming

For this month’s poetry reading, Scottish-born, Portland-based poet Sean Cumming will be reading selections from his own work in conjunction with the poetry and music of Robert Burns, discussing the life and times of ‘Scotland’s national bard’, and drinking some whisky. Cumming’s Leave to Remain is a collection of poems about, love, migration, and alienation.

Sean Cumming is a writer, musician and educator originally from Prestwick, a small town on the West coast of Scotland. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their plant collection.

Laura Read, Dresses from the Old Country

Join us in welcoming Laura Read, who will share her new poetry collection, Dresses from the Old Country.

Dresses from the Old Country jumps back and forth in time to illuminate the identities of a life in progress: lost child, lonely adolescent, teacher, daughter, friend, wife, mother—a woman continuously shaped and reshaped by memory and experience. With an eye on gender issues, Read looks back at her childhood in the ’70s and ’80s as she observes how popular culture is shaping her sons’ lives today.

“Laura Read is one of the great love poets of our age – her love is wide and searching, generous and demanding. She offers the fullness, complexity, and yearning of a daughter’s, wife’s, mother’s, and lover’s feelings. Fully human and deeply nuanced, Read’s poems propose a vision of love that is generous, abundant, and self-sacrificing, but also these speakers will be damned if a woman offering so much of herself will be ignored or erased. This is a beautiful collection that envisions the end of muses and imagines what reciprocal and empowered devotion might make possible.” —Kathryn Nuernberger

Laura Read’s chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You won the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award in 2010, and her first full-length collection, Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, was chosen as the winner of the AWP/Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by Dorianne Laux in 2011 and published in 2012 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her second collection, Dresses from the Old Country, will be published by BOA in October of 2018. Her individual poems have received awards from The Florida Review, Dogwood, and Crab Creek Review and have been published in many different journals, including most recently, Radar, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blood Orange Review, and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches English Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at Spokane Falls Community College and serves as the poetry editor for Crab Creek Review.