Art at the Hopvine Pub, Winter, 2017-2018

Join Raven Chronicles January 6 to March 4, 2018, celebrating 2 local artists: Irene Akio, and Chris Crites; @ Hopvine Pub, 507 15th Avenue East, Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle. Curated by Les Morely, co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles.


Irene Akio, “Ordinary People”
January 6-February 3, 2018. 
With this body of work Akio chose to explore portraits of ordinary people, both friends and strangers she has come across in her everyday life. She used bright pastels to emphasize the radiance in each of us.

Chris Crites, “Bag Paintings”
February 4-March 4, 2018. Artist reception Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm. 
For over 18 years, Crites has used the brown paper bag as his canvas to examine criminal portraits from the past, as well as crime scenes and accidents from history.


“I Feel Both Ways,” Drawings & Paintings by Clare Johnson

November 18, 2017—January 6, 2018
Artist Reception: Thursday Dec. 7, 7p.m.
Hopvine Pub, Capitol Hill
507 15th Avenue East, Seattle

Questions/Contact Information:
Scott Martin 206-898-5460
Hopvine 206-328-3120;

Exhibition Statement: In life, opposing truths, experiences, and feelings often exist together. Our usual forms of communication are unequipped to express this, however, without one reality becoming the dominant or right one, or both negating each other. I Feel Both Ways celebrates a large-scale drawing of the same name that was two years in the making, but also speaks to how Johnson uses art to say multiple things at once. Her work is inspired by the idea of a band-aid, a profoundly ordinary object that means two things at the same time—healing attention, and a wound. The acrylic paintings are both a way of traveling back to specific past moments, and an expression of the impossibility of really doing so. Likewise, she draws to find comfort; each ink drawing comes from a feeling of unease but is also the thing that soothed it. Clare Johnson is a writer and visual artist. Honors include a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize, Jack Straw Writing Fellowship, Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects (to expand her series of drawings based on favorite books), 4Culture funding (to make art to be used as giant interactive digital backdrops for the play Our Town), and the Grand Prize in Allied Arts Foundation’s 2017 Emerging Artist Grant Awards. Her ongoing “Post-it Note Project” (drawing/writing on a post-it each night to remember something from the day) was featured in Real Change, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, and Seattle Review of Books.

Co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles and Hopvine Pub. Curated by Les Morely. Thanks to 4Culture/King County lodging tax, Office of Arts & Culture: Seattle, and ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission with NEA funding, for partial funding of our 2017 programs.

2018 Raven Chronicles Pushcart Prize Nominations

The editors of Raven Chronicles, A Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word, are pleased to announce our nominations for the 2018 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, the prize chosen by Pushcart Press that anthologizes the best of the small presses publishing this year. The editors of Raven Chronicles nominate the following writers for their work published in Vol. 24 and Vol. 25, in 2017.

From Vol. 25, November, 2017: Balancing Acts—

1. Fiona Farrell, “Decline and Fall on Savage Street”— Novel Excerpt, pgs. 57-68. Novel excerpt from Decline and Fall on Savage Street, Penguin Random House, New Zealand, 2017.

2. Edward Harkness “Neighborhood Crows”— poem, pgs. 22-23.

3. Nic Low, “Ear to the Ground”— essay, pgs 77-90. “Ear to the Ground,” first published in longer form in Griffith Review 35: Surviving, January, 2012 (

From Vol. 24, June, 2017: HOME—

4. Diane Glancy, “It Is Over There by That Place, A Remix of English Influenced by the Loss of the Native Language”— essay, pg. 120-122.

5. Tom Hunley, “Tom Tripped On A Loose Stair And An Angelic Choir Sounded Like Falling Rain”— poem, pg. 130.

6. John Olson, “Yesterday’s Rain”— essay, pgs. 165-168.

Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles, Vol. 25: Balancing Acts

A Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25, Balancing Acts
December 15, 2017, Friday, 7:00pm., Free
Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., University District, Seattle

MC Anna Bálint
Readings by: Avis Adams, Kathleen Alcalá,
Deborrah Corr, Anne Frantilla, Ed Harkness, Thomas Hubbard, Paul Hunter, Jed Myers, Heidi Seaborn, Willie Smith. & Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle readers: vivan linder levi, Dana Nelson Dudley.

Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: writers and artists examine the theme “Balancing Acts,” how we live our life, fully, and maintain our relationship with the earth/planet and the diversity of life on it. Biodiversity is balance in the dance of nature. Edited by: Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, Doug Johnson. The U.S. contributors in this Balancing Acts-themed Journal live in seventeen states—Washington, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey, , Virginia, Idaho, New York, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, Florida, Washington, D.C.; and 52% are from Washington State. Contributors, particularly visual artists, also hail from ten countries—U.S., Germany, Colombia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Canada, Chile, Singapore. There are 58 illustrations/artworks in Vol. 25. We are pleased to present the work of a selection of established and emerging writers from New Zealand as part of the Sister Cities Program, a collaboration between Seattle and Christchurch, New Zealand.

Raven Chronicles is indebted to our 2017 co-sponsors for partial funding of our programs: Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture; 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax; ARTSWA/Washington State Arts Commission with NEA Project Support; and Jack Straw Cultural Center/Joan Rabinowitz, for co-sponsoring Raven readings, and for unflagging support for writers, literary groups, and music artists. And all Raven subscribers and donors.

Contact Information:; 206.941.2955;,
Mailing address: 15528 12th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155


Reading/Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal, Vol. 24


A Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 24: HOME
July 7, 2017
Friday, 7:00pm., Free
Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., University District, Seattle

What is there in history but a shape of being? A language structure that is place with its multiple meanings of places within place. —Diane Glancy

The place where I truly feel at home is in a book. This is where the real panoramas are. The landscapes of the human imagination. Oceans, raging rivers, philosophies, forests. Language is a wilderness and books are their reserves. —John Olson

After all, home changes, but stories—be they the stories of former occupants or the stories of travelers visiting a darkened chimney—live forever. —Nyri A. Bakkalian

MC Paul Hunter
Readings by:

Dianne Aprile, Anna Bálint, Jim Cantú, T. Clear, Mary E. Crane, Clare Johnson, Shankar Narayan, Linda Packard, Joannie Stangeland, Carolyne Wright; Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle readers.

Is home a place or a dream of sanctuary? A tarp, bedroll or car parked on the side of the freeway? A ranch you inherited? People you love? A state of mind? An elusive definition of space or location that only the privileged can afford to claim? Describe your home (whatever and wherever it may be) and the things that make it home for you. In Aleppo, “Abu Hussein, a man in his 50s, was remarkably cheerful as he stood with his wife Umm Hussein and looked down from their balcony on to the rubble that makes his street impassable for any vehicle. ‘Nothing is better or more beautiful than our home,’ he said. ‘It’s the place to be in good times or in bad.’ ”

Raven Chronicles is indebted to our 2017 co-sponsors for partial funding of our programs: Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture; 4Culture / King County Lodging Tax; ARTSWA/Washington State Arts Commission with NEA project support; and Jack Straw Cultural Center / Joan Rabinowitz, for co-sponsoring Raven readings, and for unflagging support for writers, literary groups, and music artists. And all Raven subscribers and donors.

Contact Information:
Mailing address: 15528 12th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Jamey Rahm: Art at the Hopvine Pub on Capitol Hill

Jamey Rahn, Upon Arrival, Charcoal on Paper/Oil on Paper.

July 30-September 2, 2017
Opening Reception August 10, Thursday, 7pm; Hopvine Pub, 507 15th Ave. East, Capitol Hill.

Since transplanting to Seattle from Brooklyn in 2014, Rahm began exploring Seattle and its surrounding areas working from direct observation.

2017 Art shows at the Hopvine Pub on Capitol Hill. Curated by Les Morely; Co-sponsored by the Raven Chronicles.

Listening to Stories for a Change

Join us for this exciting event. Thursday, April 27th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Walker-Ames Room, #225, Kane Hall, UW Campus. Followed by Q&A’s.

Words From the Cafe, An Anthology, edited by Anna Bálint: Raven Chronicles Press. Anna will discuss her work at the Recovery Café, and some of her students will read their work in the book.

Josephine Ensign will discuss her book,  Catching Homelessness.

Books will be on sale from UW Bookstore.

Sponsored by UW Health Sciences Schools and Health Equity Circle. Supported by Humanities Washington, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Raven Chronicles Press.



Ingri (Rachel) Quon: Art at the Hopvine Pub on Capitol Hill

Ingri (Rachel) Quon, “Color Vacation,” prints on canvas from original watercolors.

April 3-May 6, 2017
Opening Reception April 6, 7pm; Closing Reception May 5, 7pm, Hopvine Pub, 507 15th Avenue East, Capitol Hill.

Quon lets inspiration flow through water and color to explore her environment and play with organic inspired shapes. Her vibrant watercolors are a catalyst for appreciating nature more deeply and seeing beauty in color and form.

2017 Art shows at the Hopvine Pub on Capitol Hill. Curated by Les Morely; Co-sponsored by the Raven Chronicles.

SoulFood Coffee House: March 16, 2017 — Raven Chronicles

Raven Chronicles is a Seattle-based literary organization established in 1991. It publishes and promotes work that embodies the cultural diversity of writers and artists living in the Pacific Northwest and other regions. It publishes two print magazines each year (summer and winter), and original work on its website. This reading features prose and poetry, and maybe a surprise or two.

Reading for Raven Chronicles are Anna Bálint (poetry), Robert Francis Flor (poetry), David Halpern (stories), Paul Hunter (poetry), and Maliha Masood (fiction).

Anna Bálint is the author of Horse Thief, a collection of fiction that was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She has taught at El Centro de la Raza, Antioch University, and Hugo House. She is a teaching artist with Path With Art and Recovery Café in Seattle.

Robert Francis Flor was raised in Seattle’s Central Area/Rainier Valley. Several of his poems were published in anthologies: Voices of the Asian American Experience, from the University of Santa Cruz, and Where Are You From?, Thymos Book Project, Oregon. His chapbook, Alaskero Memories, was published by Carayan Press (2016).

David Halpern completed his Master’s degree at Brown University, and worked as a political writer and screenwriter for a decade before switching to a career making comic and wildlife flipbooks. He works as a Washington State Park Ranger, and writes with humor about the not-always-funny act of aging.

Paul Hunter’s work has been published in seven books and three chapbooks. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in the New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. He has been a featured poet on The News Hour.

Maliha Masood was born and raised in Pakistan. She is the author of travel memoirs Zaatar Days, Henna Nights: Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East (Seal Press, 2006) and Dizzy in Karachi: A Journey to Pakistan (Booktrope Editions, 2013). Her work has been featured on NPR and PBS.

Art at the Hopvine Pub, Nov. 1-Nov. 27. Reception Nov. 3rd.


Curated by Les Morely;
Co-sponsored by Raven Chronicles.

Hopvine Pub, Capitol Hill Neighborhood,
507 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112


John Dlouhy, “Lost Time,” Digital Prints. 11/1-11/27/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 11/3 at 7:00 pm

Dlouhy sifts through art historical references for images that resonate and then processed these images with digital tools to achieve a layering that speaks to memory, distortion, pattern and color.

And (this is a double exhibit):

Maggie Murphy, “Sea Knots,” Linocut Relief and Reduction Prints. 11/1-11/27/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 11/3 at 7:00 pm

Murphy’s process involves developing personally-charged, symbolic images, or, sometimes, images that provide spiritual refuge. These intricate prints are created using a multi-layered, multi-plate process and reductive printing methods.

Daniel Michael Viox, “On Nature, Time and Patience,” Acrylic on Wood. 12/1-12/31/16. Artist Reception: Thursday 12/8 at 7:00 pm

Viox is inspired by patterns of nature, geological formations, precious stones, topographical maps, and satellite imagery of the earth. He believes in the transformative power of art, myth, and metaphor.