PoetsWest Seattle

Saturday      Mar. 9th      4-5:30 pm

Tara Hardy

Mike Hickey

Kendra Steel

Green Lake Branch Public Library, Seattle Washington

Open Mic too     5-5:30pm                                               

Host Rayn Roberts

 

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6 Poems by Rayn Roberts @ the Seattle Star

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6 Poems by Rayn Roberts / The Seattle Star

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The Seattle Star is a Neutron Bomb

 

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“Look deeply at the big picture beyond revenge to compassion /  We are broken or someday will be, but still beautiful, broken / Kintsugi, it all depends on we put the pieces back together.” ~ from “These boys, These Men” by Rayn Roberts

African American Writers Alliance Readings: Seattle Washington 2018

 

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Readings Worth Witnessing by the African American’s Writers Alliance Seattle, Washington 2018.                                               (Click Above)

 

  1. Sunday, June 10th Columbia City Library 2:00 p. m.
    4864 Rainier Avenue South
    “Getting Close and Personal with Kibibi Monie”
    Open Mic
  2. ​Monday   June 11th 7:00 p. m. Third Place Books
    5041 Wilson Avenue S 98118
    Open Mic
  3. Friday     June 15th 7:00 p. m.
    Humble Vine Wine Gifts
    824 SW 152nd St. Burien, WA 98166
    Open Mic 
  4. Sunday     July 8th Columbia City Library 2:00 p. m.
    4864 Rainier Avenue South
    Open Mic
  5. Monday, July 9th Third Place Books 7:00 p. m.
    5041 Wilson Avenue S 98118
    Open Mic
  6. Friday July 20th Humble Vine Wine Gifts 7:00 p. m.
  7. Open Mic 
    NO READING AT COLUMBIA CITY LIBRARY IN AUGUST
  8. Monday, August 13th Third Place Books 7:00 p. m.
    Open Mic
  9. Friday August 17th Humble Vine Wine Gifts 7:00 p. m.
    Open Mic

MORE COMING UP. Posting those when I know.

Get the latest AAWA Anthology–Voices That Matter, at most any reading . $15.00.

African American’s Writers Alliance

 

Seattle Green Lake Public Library PoetsWest Reading 2019 Schedule

The 2018 readings were awesome with  Sierra Golden & Shankar Narayan starting off the year.  Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, read in October and many of the new features amazed us with fine work.  Poets Chris Buckley, who has been a regular at the reading will feature with Lola Peters from the AAWA.  Chris has a new book out.  Chad Sokolovsky (new book), Tara Hardy (new book), Ben Schmitt (new book), Bill Carty will all be featured and Sierra Golden, with her new book, will return!  In July, two San Diego poets, Jimmy Jazz and Micheal Klam will travel to Seattle to delight and enlighten us!  These two are not to be missed.  They will be something new for Seattle. 

All the featured poets for 2019 are excellent, exciting and entertaining.  There is always and open mic.  If you are interested in a feature, please send samples of your poetry, mention where you’ve read and if you have books in print:  Inquire via email @  raynroberts66@gmail.com or J. Glenn Evans @ https://www.poetswest.com/contact.php 

Here’s the latest featured Poets coming to Green Lake

All Readings start at 4pm and run until 5:30pm.  Get there early for a good seat! 

 2019

Sat Jan 12, 2019—Chris Buckley—Lola Peters

Sat Feb 09, 2019—Canceled due to Snow Storm

Sat Mar 09, 2019—Tara Hardy—Mike Hickey– Kendra Steel

Sat Apr 13, 2019—Cathy Ross—Chad Sokolovsky

Sat May 11, 2019—Melanie Reed— Benjamin Schmitt

Sat Jun 08, 2019—David Post—Terry Busch

Sat Jul 13, 2019—- ALL OPEN  MIC!!  No Features.

Sat Aug 10, 2019—Sierra Golden  &  Gaylloyd Sisson

Sat Sep 14, 2019—Cat Kigerl & Joe Greer 

Sat Oct 2019 12th — David Horowitz &  Francine Wall

Sat Nov 9, 2019 — All PONGO Poetry (Supporting At Risk Youth & Allies)

Sat Dec 11, 2019  —  Bill Carty —  Michael Magee

 

2020  

Sat Jan 11, 2020—Filled—Griffith Williams—

Sat Feb 08, 2020—Filled—Rajaa Gharbi—Bruce Taylor

Sat Mar 14, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Susan Landgraf

Sat Apr 11, 2020—Filled—Rayn Roberts—Kevin O’Conner

Sat May 09, 2020— Filled—Michael Dylan Welch— Jayne Merek

Sat Jun 16, 2020—Open

Sat Jul 11, 2020—Open

Sat Aug 08, 2020— —Sally Hedges-Blanquez – TBA

Sat Sep 12, 2020— —Sandy Yannone —  TBA

 

 

 

imagesGreen Lake is wonderful any time of the year!

 

 

 

Climbing Mountains

Out of breath but not energy, I tire on the upward path
Stop to see where I am. The summit’s not far, but I need water.

It is the taste of spring, taste of April I take, the icy-sweet clean
Can-anything-be-so-pure-snowmelt rushing right out of the earth.

This is how I want to be, clean and clear, no phone TV house or car
No worn-out concept, dead-end dogma, news of the dead or war–

Merton had his seven story mountain, but was a monk. I aspire
Only to know myself & poetry. That too is a mountain worth a climb.

To long for, wander out and look for the miracle in the mundane
The unexpected blessing in contradictions, the calm fox napping

A hare hopping by unharmed, the globe spinning from light to dark
In a field of floating stars, sparks rising from a camp-fire

The echo of a waterfall
That is what I want, not to get away
But get closer to what I need most and love, a place
Where the many faces of the mountain are one, where I sit
Allow the toil and grief of life to flow out of my mind, out of my body

Drain into the earth like water, a leave me for good.

 

 

“Climbing Mountains” first appeared in Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience by Mark L. Tompkins (Editor), Jennifer McMahon (Editor)

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Cover photo for the poem by Rayn Roberts: View of Mts. near Hoh Rain Forest Washington

Readings 2019-2020

More to come…

Feature readings:

1. April 1, 2020.   Duvall Poetry Group, Duvall Public Library:

2. April 13, 2020. Green Lake Branch Public Library 4pm Rayn Roberts featuring with Seattle Poet Kevin O’Conner.  Info & Map @ The Stranger

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Political Theater

PoetsWest #202

Political Theater

(29.04 minutes)

Thursday 6:30 p.m. Dec 15 2016

KSER 90.7 FM on The Road Home from Everett, WA.
Broadcast available via streaming @ http://www.kser.org/
 

Poems

Free Will & Instant Replay 2.52 Jack McCarthy
Nanopolitics 0.43 Jim Lutz
The Big Show 4.42 Natasha Priester
Lamentation 0.32 Tomás Gayton
A Single Man 0.47 Tomás Gayton
Savants 1.54 Jack McCarthy
Recycled 1.38 Scott Galasso
Averages 0.37 Charles Henderson
Turtle Mt. Elk 1.38 Dharma Mitra
Why I Believe in the Human Mind 1.52 Rayn Roberts
Wake Up, Congress! 0.42 J. Glenn Evans

Music

Robb Johnson We All Said Stop the War Tk 16
Robb Johnson Picking Up the Pieces Tk 5
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