Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
Printed Matter Vancouver and Angst Gallery Present
100 Thousand Poets for Change William Stafford Centennial Reading
Featuring George Thomas and local authors from the anthology World of Change
Eileen Elliott, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington
Plus open mic
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1015 Main Street
Contact: Christopher Luna
2014 is William Stafford’s Centennial year. Around the Pacific Northwest, readings have been held in his honor. Because Stafford was a conscientious objector, interned in Arkansas and California during World War II, who wrote and spoke passionately for peace and social justice, this year-long celebration is a perfect way to contribute to 100 Thousand Poets for Change, the global movement founded by poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion of Guerneville, CA. World of Change, edited by David Madgalene and published by New Way Media, is a 100TPC-inspired anthology that includes poets from around the world as well as local authors Eileen Elliott, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington. William Stafford’s writing will also be honored by Vancouver poet George Thomas. Community members who would like to read one of William Stafford’s poems, or a poem of their own concerning progressive social change, are invited to participate in an open mic.
Eileen Davis Elliott writes her poetry and prose in Vancouver, WA. She is the author of two books of poetry: Prodigal Cowgirl and Miles of Pies. Her work reflects long-held interests in multicultural themes about conflict and tolerance, appreciation and bewilderment. Humankind continues to fascinate and challenge her attempts to represent situations and solutions in written and visual forms. She thinks she asks more questions than she can ever answer.
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that serves Northwest writers. Together Luna and Partington edited Ghost Town Poetry volumes one and two, featuring poems from the popular open mic poetry reading series that Luna established in 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. Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Unshod Quills, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Take Out, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review.
Toni Partington lives and works as a poet, editor, visual artist, and writing coach in Vancouver, Washington. She is the author of two books of poetry: Jesus Is A Gas and Wind Wing. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including The Cascade Journal, VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4), and Perceptions. She was Co-Editor for the 2011/2012 VoiceCatcher anthology of Pacific Northwest women writers. Toni is co-founder and editor of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing and small press imprint.
George Thomas earned an MFA at Eastern Washington University. He has founded and edited two magazines and a microzine. One of those is Eastern’s Willow Springs. His books include Tenderfoot and Gray House by Cold Mountain. His work has appeared in publications in England and the U.S., most recently in Ghost Town Poetry Volume Two.