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Herb Stokes Book Launch Celebration
April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch Celebration for
A Chorus of One: Selected Poetry and Prose
by Herb Stokes
Presented by Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson
Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna
And Printed Matter Vancouver
In honor of National Poetry Month
Saturday, April 22
Join us as we celebrate the publication of A Chorus of One: Selected Poetry and Prose by Herb Stokes, edited by Annie Davern. This event is proudly presented by Printed Matter Vancouver founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna. Partington and Luna also co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular monthly poetry series in which Herb has been a regular participant for many years. Come congratulate Herb, hear him read, and pick up a copy of the book.
According to Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, “Herb Stokes is an essential member of the Vancouver, WA poetry community. His sharp wit and ability to get to the heart of the matter while remaining compassionate is a marvel to behold. He is a brilliant thinker and a devastating puncturer of pretension who has no tolerance for the egotistical self-importance that can afflict poets like a social disease. When Herb steps to the mic, the entire room lights up, and everyone knows that they’re about to witness something special. I can’t imagine the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic without him.”
Herb Stokes grew up in the town of Glen Cove on the Long Island Sound in New York. He spent his boyhood climbing trees, fishing ponds, and exploring the waterways of the North Shore in his small boat. Upon early retirement from Swissair Airlines, he and his artist wife, Marianne, relocated to the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. They did the boat and beach scene for a few years, but after a summer visit to Portland, decided the Pacific Northwest would be their home. Soon after, Herb enrolled in the Creative Writing program for seniors at Clark College under the guidance of teacher and friend, Debbie Guyol. With her help over thirteen years (and amid a few too many lawyer jokes), Herb developed his writing style — a balanced commentary on the humor and poignancy of life. Herb is a regular reader at the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic poetry series in Vancouver, WA.
If you are unable to be with us, you can order Herb’s book here:http://www.blurb.com/b/