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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Peter Ludwin

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic
Featuring Peter Ludwin

Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington
of Printed Matter Vancouver

7 pm
Thursday, March 8
Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street
Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/
printedmattervancouver.com/ christopherjluna@gmail.com

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 is Rumors of Fallible Gods, a two-time finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award that was published in 2013 by Presa Press.

His new book, Gone to Gold Mountain, was published in 2016 by MoonPath Press and subsequently nominated for a Washington State Book Award. In May, 2017 the Before Columbus Foundation nominated it for an American Book Award.

A fourteen-year participant in Mexico’s San Miguel Poetry Week, where he has studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Stroud and Robert Wrigley, Ludwin was the Second Prize winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards. In 2010 Soundings Review named him its Reader’s Choice winner in the spring/summer issue.

Most recently, he was the 2016 First Prize winner of The Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, the Second Place winner of the 2016 Paulann Petersen Poetry Award, and a finalist in poetry for both the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and the Pangaea Poetry Prize. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, he received nominations in 2016 from MoonPath Press and Connecticut River Review.

His work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, North American Review and Prairie Schooner, to name a few. A world traveler who has journeyed by canoe to visit remote Indian families in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, hiked in the Peruvian Andes, thumbed for rides in Greece, bargained for goods in the markets of Marrakech and Istanbul and survived debilitating illness in China and Tibet, he is also accomplished on acoustic guitar and autoharp. He lives in Kent, Washington, where he works for the Parks Department.

Poem from Gone To Gold Mountain
Letter from a Chinese Miner in the Snake River Country, 1880s

Wife, the words I write
from this rough
mining camp are too poor
an offering for one

who still fires my gnarled, aching body.
Forgive this fool’s gold
an old man sends you. Years
among barbarians

have stripped from me the hope
I will feel again
your face between my hands,
or see our son grow

to marry. Tell me, do you yet
tend the mulberry trees?
Boil silkworm cocoons to spin
your delicate threads?

Tonight, at rest by a nameless
creek, I contemplate
the familiar fields of our village,
see with the moon’s

unerring eye the mat where you sleep.
Despised by gweilo
who once sought our labor,
we linger like dogs

on the edge of camp, desperate
for a scrap. Scrape
from stream, from wretched
gravel a bare, crab-

knuckled existence. Even the air
we breathe seems metallic.
Each morning when I wake it flares
my nostrils like the long

cold barrel of a gun. Pray for me,
wife. Pray to our
Taoist gods that I may prosper
so you will not starve.

Nor open your door to find
a friend returned
from Gum Shan, my crumbling
bones his message.



March 8
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Christopher Luna


Angst Gallery
1015 Main St
Vancouver, WA 98660
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