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The Raven Chronicles is a 501(c)(3) Seattle-based nonprofit literary arts organization, founded in 1991. Our mission is to publish and promote artistic work that embodies the cultural diversity and multitude of viewpoints of writers and artists living in the Pacific Northwest and other regions. We publish 2 issues / magazines each year and produce readings and community events. In 2015, we established Raven Chronicles Press to publish future Raven books and anthologies.

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BRIDGES Not Walls – sponsored by Los Norteños, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, and The Raven Chronicles. February 28, 5-7 pm, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez Gallery, 306 S. Washington St,. #104, Seattle.

In the interest of building bridges, not walls, in the current climate of distrust, fear, and uncertainty, we invite you to participate in a modest cultural experiment. Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, visual artist and gallery owner, has invited us to present a literary evening in his Front Room Gallery on February 28, 5 – 7 pm.

Writers will work mostly in pairs. Given ten minutes, they can split the time and each read original work for five minutes, collaborate on a new creation that uses all ten minutes, or choose a third person or party to use their time. Song, poetry, prose, and theater are invited.
 How well do you share?  Who’s voice are you displacing by insisting on your own? Who should be in Juan’s front room who is, for some reason, denied access?

Readings/Performances by:

M.C. Kathleen Alcalá

Elena Camarillo / Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

José Carrillo / Carmelo Gonzalez

Jim Cantu / Marta Sanchez

Anita Endrezze / Maiah Merino

Break: Jacque Larrainzar, music presentation

Catalina Marie Cantú / Robert Frances Flor

Raul Sanchez / Kathleen Alcalá

Phoebe Bosché / Anna Bálint

Donna Miscolta / Carletta Carrington Wilson

Elliott Bay Book Company,
1521 10th Ave,
Seattle, Sunday, March 5, 3-5 pm.

Join us for another great reading from Anna Bálint‘s class at the Recovery Cafe. Cohosted by Tod Marshall, current Washington State Poet Laureate.

WORDS FROM THE CAFÉ, An Anthology (Raven Chronicles Press) edited by Anna Bálint. A group reading, co-presented by Tod Marshall, Washington State Poet Laureate, 3pm, Sunday, March 5th.Every Friday at Seattle’s Recovery Café, people struggling with addiction or mental illness or homelessness come together in Anna Bálint’s Safe Place Writing Circle to write and share writing. Here they discover their own unique voices and ways of shaping language to write stories and poems as part of reclaiming their lives. Words from the Café, a book/cd compilation, introduces us to voices from some of the most marginalized members of society.

“Gritty details are, perhaps, to be expected in an anthology of poems gathered from a group of writers who come together in recovery. What’s so astonishing about this collection is the range of emotions and the quality of the writing: joy and grief, exuberance and ennui, as well as a host of other emotions, all dwell together in this compelling book…Words From the Café reminds us that every day is a challenge to find our best selves and that art—poetry, story, song—can connect us.” –Tod Marshal

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).

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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.

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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.

 

Cover photo: Ginny Banks
Cover photo: Ginny Banks

RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS & JACK STRAW CULTURAL CENTER
present

A Reading & Reception, Celebrating a new book & CD:

Words From the Café

with MC/Host Anna Bálint

October 7, 2016, Friday, 7:00pm., Free

Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. University District, Seattle

Readings by:

• Johnnie Powell

• Taumstar

• Angel Ybarra

• Bang Nguyen

• Megan McInnis

• Tamar Hirsch

• Donald W. Butler

• Steve Torres

• Esmeralda Hernandez

• Mary Jo El-Wattar

Every Friday at Seattle’s Recovery Café, people struggling with addiction or mental illness or homelessness come together in Anna Bálint’s Safe Place Writing Circle to write and share writing. Here they discover their own unique voices and ways of shaping language to write stories and poems as part of reclaiming their lives. Anna’s 2015 residency with the Artist Support Program at Jack Straw, and funding from 4Culture, made it possible to capture some of the magic that takes place each week in Words From the Café, a book/CD compilation. These are voices that need to be heard. Their literary diversity and range of human experience fly in the face of prevailing stereotypes of some of the most marginalized members of our society.

Thanks to Recovery Café, 4Culture, Jack Straw Cultural Center and Raven Chronicles for making this program possible. Contact Information: ravenchronicles.org

206.941.2955, editors@ravenchronicles.org, Mailing address: 15528 12th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Ludwin coverRaven Chronicles is hosting a coming-out, publication party for Peter Ludwin’s new book, Gone to Gold Mountain, MoonPath Press. Join us Saturday, September 17th, 3-7 p.m., 15528 12th Avenue NE, Shoreline, 98155. Peter will read from his new book, which will be for sale, along with several of his earlier works. Raven’s new issue, “Celebration, Vol. 22,” will also be on sale.

Bring a musical instrument; bring a dish or drink to share: potluck dinner.

RSVP Publication Party: Sept. 17th, 2016, 3-7 pm.
15528 12TH Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155
Potluck dinner
Reply: editors@ravenchronicles.org; 206-941-2955


Peter Ludwin about his book:  The focus of Gone to Gold Mountain, my new book from MoonPath Press, is the massacre of over thirty Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon on May 25, 1887, by a gang of horse thieves based in Oregon’s Wallowa County. A fair number of the poems are of the persona variety in voices as disparate as a Chinese prostitute, the gang leader, a wife left behind in China, and the clerk of Wallowa County, who, along with many local residents, didn’t want the story told. A sub-theme is the degree to which the Chinese presence in the 19th century American West has largely been forgotten.

Blurbs for Gone to Gold Mountain:

“In Gone to Gold Mountain, poet Peter Ludwin brings to life the little-known story of Chea Po and his fellow Chinese gold miners, massacred in 1887, by Eastern Oregon pioneers. Ludwin embodies Chea Po and his experiences of breathtaking racism, homesickness, and dislocation. He imbues these persona poems, letters, and laments, with the finely-drawn landscapes of Hells Canyon and China, glowing lanterns, and an eagle circling the canyon rim. Chea Po seems to have haunted Ludwin until finally, here, his life and death are told justly. We are the richer for it.”—Kathleen Flenniken

“Peter Ludwin is a writer who knows there are poems no one asks for, but everyone needs—so he sets out to write them. In this book, he travels to a place of massacre, then enhances the story of trauma with longing, devotion, hope, and the unfurling tendril of life that reaches generations beyond a tragedy. The poems speak as letters, news items, memories, secret notes of lover to lost soul. Ludwin’s lens of imagination pierces a hidden past at a remote place, and his lyric archive invents what might otherwise be forgotten, what he calls ‘the speckled rhythms’ of change. Read this book for insight into a hidden chapter of international history, and to break a code of silence across cultures. You will recognize more poems need rich research, and history needs to sing.”—Kim Stafford

“Ludwin’s haunting poems resurrect an era of vehement anti-Chinese sentiment and the U.S. by focusing on the Hells Canyon massacre in 1887—a segment of U.S. history conveniently omitted from the textbooks. To a great extent, the work’s strength lies in its understated eloquence, riveting imagery, and frequent use of persona poems in different voices. With great insight, skill and compassion, Ludwin has produced a fine collection that succeeds in fleshing out this nightmare episode from our past.”—Diana Anhalt, author of because there is no return.


Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. His first book, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker press. His second collection, Rumors of Fallible Gods, a two-time finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award, was published in 2013, by Presa Press. Gone to Gold Mountain is forthcoming from MoonPath press. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a poetry finalist for the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, Ludwin’s work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Raven Chronicles and Prairie Schooner. He works for the Kent Parks Department.

Marion Kimes Memorial Open Mic AwardOn July 1, 2016, Larry Crist was awarded the first Marion Kimes Memorial Open Mic Award for his dedication to/and support of the spirit of Open Mic readings. He received a cash award of $100.00.

I was surprised, shocked, flabbergasted to be the first recipient of the Marion Kimes Open Mic Award.

I met Ms. Kimes, in 1992, at Red Sky Poetry Theatre, one of the first people to welcome me to Seattle. I had moved here for theatre with a handful of poems and stories. I had taken a few writing classes, though I had never read my own out loud, nor had sent much out.

Marion was a dynamo of energy, good cheer, and selfless enthusiasm for everybody’s writing and participation. She was especially welcoming to newcomers. As an actor, I was wary of another cliquish caste system, one very much evident in the poetry scene.

I felt in awe of the many new voices I was experiencing, commanding the room’s attention. And with Marion as everyone’s advocate, respect was always widely generated around the room.

As I attended other open mics, while auditioning around town, I wasn’t sure whether I was a writer wanting to act, or an actor wanting to write. Both required endless homework and, hopefully, an audience. With theatre you are continually selling oneself; with writing, however, you are selling something far more personal and unique, intangible perhaps, certainly not an obvious commodity as in theatre.

When performing a show, I’d get nervous about everything—external things beyond my control—whereas with writing, all that mattered really were the words themselves. Performance was a matter of presentation. To be clear, be yourself, and communicate to those listening to what you had placed upon the page.

From open mics, I discovered the most effective time to edit was about an hour before you were going to read. Like a lot of younger poets, my reading and listening to poetry, not my own, was minimal. I was resistant to the idea of “poetry,” which, at the time, I would have said seemed precious, manipulative, and unduly clever.

My enthusiasms began to shift and open mic became my drug-of-choice, and poems—such as I wrote them—weren’t ready or finished until, like a tired actor, they had made the rounds through a series of venues, tweaking them along the way.

Marion was always amicable and a generous resource, welcoming to all poetic fledglings, eager to encourage or reinforce whatever positive experiences therein gleaned. She might stop someone who was nervous and have them begin again, only, “take it a tad slower this time,” said in her soft Texan twang and a calming smile all the while.

Something I recall regarding a utopian society—put everyone first and be kind and respectful to all, and while I didn’t necessarily ever hear Marion say this, this is what I observed from her in my formative years reading in Seattle’s open mic scene.

—Larry Crist


Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from California, specifically Humboldt County. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and Philadelphia, where he attended Temple University, receiving an MFA in Theatre. He’s been widely published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection, published by ATOM Press, in 2014.

by Pat Kristofferson
by Pat Kristofferson

Inside the magazine:

Cover Artwork: Untitled, watercolor by Pat Kristoferson, from The Artist Within, The Art of Alzheimer’s. Pat’s artwork was created at Elderwise, a Seattle-based 501 (c)3 organization, that serves those with memory loss and their families. (http://www.elderwise.org)

Reviews of books authored by:
Michael Daley, John Morgan, Christopher Jarmick, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Ed. Sherman Alexie, Rajaa Gharbi, Gloria Anzaldua, Eds. Ann Fisher-Wirth & Laura-Gray Street.

The work of Artists:
Pat Kristoferson, Jenny Hover, Steve Cartwright, Sue Clancy, Allen Forrest, Mare Hake, Constance Mears, Marilyn Stablein, Theodore Van Alst, Jr., Sheri Wright.

Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Nonfiction, Reviews by:
Richard Linker, Peter Ludwin, Andrew McBride, Frank Rossini, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Jesse Minkert, Karen Lee White, Donald Butler, Mary-Jo El-Wattar, Taumstar, Angel Ybarra, Robert Francis Flor, Elizabeth Alexander, John Enright, Jim Bodeen, Susan J. Erickson, Thomas Hubbard, Paul Hunter, Michael Hureaux, Susan Platt, Bill Yake, Larry Crist, Krikor Der Hohannesian, Michael Konik, Constance Mears, John Olson, Adam Phillips, Barbara Ruth, Mary Waters, Paula Marie Coomer, Levi Fuller, Aria Riding, Luther Allen, Crisosto Apache, Linda Beeman, Letitia Cain, Catalina Cantu, Nancy Canyon, Christine Clarke, Chris Dahl, Nancy Flynn, Cate Gable, Rob Jacques, Dawn Karima, Catherine McGuire, Terry Martin, Kevin Miller, Vivian Faith Prescott, Barbara Jane Reyes, David Stallings, Billie Swift, Armin Tolentino, Diana Woodcock.

by Pat Kristoferson
by Pat Kristoferson

Raven Chronicles presents

A Reading & Reception, for our new publication,  Celebration, Vol. 22, of  Raven ChroniclesA Seattle-based Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word.

July 1, 2016, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Free Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. University District, Seattle

Readings by: MC Anna Bálint

Cultural Geography: Jesse Minkert

Food & Culture: Karen Lee White (from Vancouver Island, BC)

Words from The Cafe: Introduced by Anna Bálint

Mary-Jo El-Wattar and Angel Ybarra

Nature Writing: Robert Francis Flor

Spoken Word: Larry Crist

Rants, Raves & Reviews: Rajaa Gharbi, from her book …From Songs of a Grasshopper

Theme: Celebration Catalina Cantu, Christine Clarke, Kevin Miller, Terry Martin, and Billie Swift (welcome to new owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium!)


Artwork: Untitled, watercolor by Pat Kristoferson, from The Artist Within, The Art of Alzheimer’s. Pat’s artwork was created at Elderwise, a Seattle-based 501 (c)3 organization, that serves those with memory loss and their families. (http://www.elderwise.org)


This event is co-sponsored by the JACK STRAW CULTURAL CENTER. Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, & ArtsWA, The Washington State Arts Commission (with NEA funding), for partial funding of our 2015-16 programs. 

Contact Information: www.ravenchronicles.org 206.941.2955, <editors@ravenchronicles.org>, 15528 12th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

poppies doveRaven Chronicles and It’s About Time Writers Reading Series present: “Poets Against Hate Reading,” June 25th, 2016, 3:30 pm, at “Poets in the Park 2016,” Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond, Washington.

Readers, in order of appearance:

Jacqueline Ware (5 minutes)

Angelica Guillen (Spanish/English) (5 minutes)

Zalia Cook & Bridget Yule (5 minutes together)

Mitra Lofi Shemirani (Farsi/English) (5 minutes)

Larry Crist (5 minutes)

Bios:

Zalia Cook is seventeen years old and a junior at Roosevelt High School. Her past works include an essay called “My Favorite Things” in Adventures In Reading, a book compiling works from students of the non-profit organization 826 Seattle. Currently she volunteers with non-profits including Mary’s Place and Friendship Adventures, plays softball, and enjoys jazz dance in her free time.

Larry Crist lives in Seattle and is originally from California, specifically Humboldt County. He has also lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and Philadelphia, where he attended Temple University, receiving an MFA in Theatre. He’s been widely published. Undertow Overtures is Larry’s first poetry collection, published by ATOM Press, in 2014.

Angelica Guillen (Spanish/English), Xicana, born in Mexico; retired Maestra of Composition and Literature, Skagit Valley College; mother of two intelligent, independent women, Candelaria and Rocio, and the grandmother of Baron.

Mitra Lotfi Shemirani (Farsi/English) is an Iranian-American poet, writer and journalist. She was born in 1969 in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. She received her bachelor degree in German language and literature from Tehran University and later her Master degree in Art history from TMU in Tehran. She started her career as a journalist in Iran in 1999, and worked for various independent newspapers and magazines. She also translated various literary works and poems from German to Farsi and English, including works of Ingeburg Bachmann and Ilse Aishinger, Imre Kertesz and Guenter Grass . She has also been working on translation of works of different Farsi modern poets into English. In 2009, she and her family emigrated to US and became permanent residents in Seattle. She is currently an art educator in the Bellevue School District and a professional editor.

Jacqueline Ware is a member of the African American Writers’ Alliance. A former stage performance artist, she recently begin writing poetry and participating in Spoken Word at the urging of a dear friend. Her material reflects experiences in her life and the changing world around her. She strives to breathe into her works the breath of life. The listener is drawn into the material, in a way that is moving and meaningful. Short List of Venues she reads at: El Centro De La Raza, Garfield H.S. MLK program, Elliott Bay Bookstore, African American Museum, Columbia City Library, Columbia City Art Gallery, and Lake Union Art Walk.

Bridget Yule is seventeen years old and a junior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She enjoys traveling the world, and exploring Cambodia, Vietnam, China, and Cuba, have been some of her favorite trips. She volunteers with various non-profits, for example: Mary’s Place, Friendship Adventures, and The Ronald McDonald House. She plays softball, loves to try new foods, and spends a lot of time with family, friends, and her golden retriever Daisy.