Christopher Luna-Vancouver, Washington 2013

ORGANIZER: Christopher Luna

CONTACT: christopherjluna@gmail.com

Saturday, September 28, 2013
12:00pm until 8:30pm


Vancouver Organization of Contemporary Art, Vancouver WA

Be part of a global movement represented by 550 events in 100 countries (and counting).

Spend the day at the Vancouver Organization of Contemporary Art (VOCA) with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna as he leads a collage party, a poetry workshop, and an open mic to encourage progressive social change in Vancouver and beyond.

From noon until three, participants will create collages using materials provided. Bringing newspapers, magazines, books and other materials to exchange is also encouraged.

From 3:30 until 5:30, Luna will lead a talk and writing workshop on the poet as an engaged citizen, using the life and work of Allen Ginsberg as a model for using one’s art to transform society.

At 5:30 participants will have the opportunity to chat with Luna and other poets and artists.

The day concludes at 6:30 with an open mic on the subject of change emceed by Luna and featuring the poets who participated in the workshop.

All of the day’s events are free.

Donations to VOCA and Arts of Clark County accepted. This event is sponsored by the Arts of Clark County, the Clark County Arts Commission, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

12-3: Collage party
3:30-5:30: Poet as Engaged Citizen Writing Workshop
5:30-6:30: Social Hour
6:30: Open Mic Poetry

Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art
906 Harney
Vancouver, WA
Saturday, September 28
12-8:30pm
FREE

Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art is an evolving idea that began in 2008 among a handful of artists who saw a need for affordable spaces for (primarily) noncommercial art exhibitions, small performances, readings, lectures and arts seminars. VOCA is an independent effort launched by artists K.C. Madsen and Anne John. VOCA is located at 906 Harney Street in Vancouver, Washington’s industrial west end. For more information, see http://www.artvoca.org/

Christopher Luna is Clark County’s first Poet Laureate and the host of the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2014. His books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, available on Big Bridge.org. Recent publications include The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Take Out, Chiron Review, and Soundings Review. Luna is also a visual artist whose collage art has been shown locally at Angst Gallery, North Bank Artists Gallery, Art in the Heart, Sixth Street Gallery, and L. Alan Arts in Portland. He has designed several book covers and recently curated an exhibit of collaborations between writers and artists at Angst Gallery. For more information about Christopher Luna’s art, poetry, and community activities, visit:
http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com/ or http://www.clarkcountyartscommission.org/Poet_Laureate.html

About 100 Thousand Poets for Change (from the event’s official website, http://100tpc.org/): 100 Thousand Poets for Change began in Sonoma County, Calif. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on. The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity.

Immediately following September 28th, all documentation on the 100TPC.org website, which will include specific event pages with photos, video and other documentation compiled by each city coordinator, will be preserved by Stanford University in California. Stanford recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011 as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will continue to archive the complete contents of 100TPC.org, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg (walterblue@bigbridge.org) is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine Bigbridge.org and an environmental activist based in Northern California. Terri Carrion is a poet, translator, photographer, and editor and visual designer for BigBridge.org.

100 Thousand Poets for Change
P.O. Box 870
Guerneville, Ca 95446
Phone: 305-753-4569
www.100TPC.org

For Immediate Release: 100 Thousand Poets for Change at Vancouver
Organization of Contemporary Art with Clark County Poet Laureate
Christopher Luna Saturday, September 28

Spend the day at the Vancouver Organization of Contemporary Art (VOCA)
with Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna as he leads a collage
party, a poetry workshop, and an open mic to encourage progressive
social change in Vancouver and beyond. From noon until three,
participants will create collages using materials provided. Bringing
newspapers, magazines, books and other materials to exchange is also
encouraged. From 3:30 until 5:30, Luna will lead a talk and writing
workshop on the poet as an engaged citizen, using the life and work of
Allen Ginsberg as a model for using one’s art to transform society. At
5:30 participants will have the opportunity to chat with Luna and
other poets and artists. The day concludes at 6:30 with an open mic on
the subject of change emceed by Luna and featuring the poets who
participated in the workshop. All of the day’s events are free.
Donations to VOCA and Arts of Clark County accepted. This event is
sponsored by the Arts of Clark County, the Clark County Arts
Commission, and Printed Matter Vancouver.

12-3: Collage party

3:30-5:30: Poet as Engaged Citizen Writing Workshop

5:30-6:30: Social Hour

6:30: Open Mic Poetry

Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art

906 Harney

Vancouver, WA

Saturday, September 28

12-8:30pm

FREE

Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art is an evolving idea that
began in 2008 among a handful of artists who saw a need for affordable
spaces for (primarily) noncommercial art exhibitions, small
performances, readings, lectures and arts seminars. VOCA is an
independent effort launched by artists K.C. Madsen and Anne John. VOCA
is located at 906 Harney Street in Vancouver, Washington’s industrial
west end. For more information, see http://www.artvoca.org/

Christopher Luna is Clark County’s first Poet Laureate and the host of
the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic at Cover to Cover Books in
Vancouver, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2014. His
books include GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of
Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, available on Big
Bridge.org. Recent publications include The Understanding Between
Foxes and Light, It’s Animal But Merciful, gape-seed, Take Out, Chiron
Review, and Soundings Review. Luna is also a visual artist whose
collage art has been shown locally at Angst Gallery, North Bank
Artists Gallery, Art in the Heart, Sixth Street Gallery, and L. Alan
Arts in Portland. He has designed several book covers and recently
curated an exhibit of collaborations between writers and artists at
Angst Gallery. For more information about Christopher Luna’s art,
poetry, and community activities, visit:

http://christopherluna-poetry.blogspot.com or
http://www.clarkcountyartscommission.org/Poet_Laureate.html

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One Response to Christopher Luna-Vancouver, Washington 2013

  1. Contact: Christopher Luna
    christopherjluna@gmail.com
    360-910-1066

    Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
    Printed Matter Vancouver and Angst Gallery Present

    100 Thousand Poets for Change William Stafford Centenary Reading
    Featuring George Thomas and local authors from the anthology World of Change
    Eileen Elliott, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington
    Plus open mic

    7pm
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Angst Gallery
    1015 Main Street
    Vancouver, WA
    98660

    https://www.facebook.com/events/704149609664001/

    2014 is William Stafford’s Centenary 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.

    http://nichewinebar.com/
    http://www.williamstafford.org/
    http://100tpc.org/
    http://www.printedmattervancouver.com

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