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2024 Poetry Night!

We will welcome 5 local poets to the 2024 edition of our Annual Poetry Night!
Hosted once again by our friend David Horowitz
Each of the poets has work in the new anthology, "Purr and Yowl," the cat- themed anthology recently edited by David Horowitz, for World Enough Writers, a literary press based in Oregon:

Rick Clark
David D. Horowitz
Holly J. Hughes
Christopher J. Jarmick
Joannie Stangeland

More information:

Smiling widely, David is wearing a blue/gray button down shirt and is standing in front of a pine tree, shown from shoulders up.



David Horowitz is the founder and publisher of Rose Alley Press; a poet; and a host extraordinaire!
Our Annual Poetry Night is always a great celebration of the spoken word due in large part to him. 

More information about Rose Alley Press is here.



Rick is smiling in the photo, head + shoulders, he is wearing a blue + white striped collared shirt. Smaller images of 2 of his books are on the right overlapping and at a 45 degree angle.


from his blog: Rick Clark has been a student, sailor, bartender, musician, house painter, ESL teacher in Japan, college English instructor, house builder, yoga practitioner, freelance writer, filmmaker, editor, and writing coach (more or less in that order) but prefers to think of himself as a poet. Rick and his wife Fran split their time between Seattle and travels near and far.

So much more on his blog, here.



Author Holly J. Hughes and 2 of her poetry collections. The book covers are on the right at an angle.

Holly J. Hughes is the author of "Hold Fast," "Passings," and "Sailing by Ravens." Her fine-art chapbook "Passings" received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, were featured in An American Life in Poetry, have appeared in many anthologies—most recently, "Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems"—and have been set to music by Minneapolis composer Edie Hill.  

She’s a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, Rainier Writing Workshop, and served on the staff for 13 years.
She lives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington State, dividing her time between three acres in the Chimacum valley, and a 1930’s log cabin in Indianola, where she directs Flying Squirrel Studio Retreats and consults as an editor and writing coach. 

So much more on her website here.



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Christopher J. Jarmick is well known throughout Western Washington as a tireless organizer and host of poetry readings, events, and festivals. He is the owner of BookTree bookstore in Kirkland, Wa (on Market St. since 2016). He's one of the organizers of the . His most recent collection is "Not Aloud" (MoonPath Press), with poems in the recent anthologies: Purr and Yowl; Poeming Pigeon 13, Spread and others. Since 2000 he has encouraged scores of up and coming writers and poets and curated poetry readings for the Seattle City Council, for Seattle Park and Recreation at Pike Place Market; for PEN, for Poetry Festivals and in collaboration he's created performances blending acrobatics, dance, music and poetry. His poetry has been published by newspapers, magazines, literary journals, in anthologies, and on the internet, appearing in publications including Poetry Quarterly, Rattle, Pedestal, Cambridge Book Review,Seattle Weekly, South District Journal, Kirkland Reporter, Pontoon, Real Change Raven Chronicles, Reader, Rain Taxi, Brutarian and others.  

Visit his blog, here, for even more!


A lovely photo of Joannie wearing a cozy gray sweater, she is smiling and leaning forward on her elbows with her hands up around her chin/neck. An smaller image of her book cover is to the right at an angle.

Joannie Stangeland is the author of several collections, including "The Scene You See" (Ravenna Press). Her 

poems have been published by Rose Alley Press in the chapbook "Weathered Steps" and in three anthologies. Joannie’s poetry has also appeared in Crab Creek Review, Meridian, The Pedestal Magazine, and other journals. Joannie holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop.  

Visit her website for all the info.

Date: 04/18/2024
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. South
Edmonds, WA 98020