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The Ghosts of Events and Projects Past

Auburn AugustFest


AugustFest, formerly Auburn Days, is a community festival held every August. Striped Water Poets is involved in organizing various poetry and literature events including a book fair and small press fair, featured poets, a poetry workshop, a poetry open mic contest, and a poetry slideshow displayed in the book fair.


The 2020 events were canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

In 2019 Auburn Poet Laureate Susan Landgraf presented Salish Sea, a poetry writing workshop and Rose Alley Press founder David D. Horowitz presented a workshop on Rhyme. We had various featured readers including Susan Landgraf, Raul Sanchez, Cindy Hutchings, Connie Walle, Carl Palmer, and Brendan McBreen along with Poetry Trivia hosted by David d. Horowitz.

The 2018 features included, Thomas Hubbard, Sharon Cumberland, Chad Sololovsky, Lisa Schmidt, Katelyn Durst, Christopher J. Jarmick, Emilie Rommel Shimkus, and Allen Braden, as well as our take-a-book leave-a-book book exchange table and other activities.

2017 included Jack Straw Fellow and Artist Trust Fellow Robert Lashley, Novelist Dennis Brooke, Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel, fisher poet Patrick Dixon, story-teller Sharon Nyree Williams, and other activities.

The 2016 events were held in the Community and Events Center in Les Gove park in Auburn. The schedule included a Christopher Howell workshop and featured readings by Polly Buckingham of Stringtown Press, Robert McNamara, David Axelrod, Steve Cleveland, Sibyl James, Bethany Reid, James Rodgers, Christopher J. Jarmick, and Christopher Howell.

Below are fliers from earlier years.

Prompts! A Workshop


In September of 2015 Striped Water organized a workshop held in the Kent Senior Center to help promote the release of Chris Jarmick's new book, Not Aloud from MoonPath Press.


Poetry and Collage Workshop


I run an occasional workshop series combining poetry writing and the creation of collage artwork.


This is from 2014:

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In November 2013 Striped Water and NWR invited Raul Sanchez to present a Reading and Discussion on the Day of the Dead at Finally Found Books in Auburn.

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In 2013 Striped Water in association with Auburn Valley Creative Arts presented a display of Ekphrastic poetry and artwork.


Jazz and Poetry/Poetry and Jazz


In June of 2013 Striped Water presented an evening of music and poetry at the Station Bistro featuring Michael Schien and the Killer Poet Jazz Band.


Poets on the Meditation Trail


Striped Water used to host a yearly poetry writing exercise along the Dave Kirkland meditation trail in Kent.


The Poets Laureate Reading


In 2012 Striped Water and NWR organized a reading featuring the Auburn Poet Laureate and the Washington State Poet Laureate.

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Contrary Impulses: A Poetry Writing Workshop


In 2012 Striped Water and NWR invited Jim Bertolino to present a workshop at the White River Valley Museum.

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Uniquely Auburn


Uniquely Auburn was a free community-sponsored celebration of cultural diversity recognizing people, places, and events that make Auburn unique. Uniquely Auburn reflected the Auburn community of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We gathered to tell and listen to stories of family and community and to celebrate what we have been and how we dream to be as friends and neighbors.

Uniquely Auburn used to happen every January in the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

SWP was responsible for creating the art and poetry display in the lobby. Our members have been features in the show as well.

The poetry posters we create for Uniquely Auburn, after the event, are still distributed throughout the area in restaurants, Pacific city hall, and other public spaces.

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