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Brouwer, Sanchez to visit Auburn's Poetry at The Station Bistro

Matthew Brouwer - Courtesy photo
Matthew Brouwer
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Poetry at The Station Bistro presents the works of Matthew Brouwer and Raul Sanchez on Monday.

The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, No. 125, one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.

Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.

Brouwer is a performance poet, peer mentor, teaching artist and organizational consultant from Bellingham. He is a board member of Young Writers Studio, a nonprofit providing writing instruction and mentorship to students and lead poetry workshops in the schools.

"In my writing, I try to bridge the worlds of performance and literary poetry in order to create a style that is enlivening both at the mic and on the page," Brouwer said.

Brouwer was featured at venues such as "poetrynight" in Bellingham and Zippy's Café in Everett, and performed at events throughout the Pacific Northwest, including readings at Village Books in Bellingham and the Everett Green Festival. He has been published in local journals and has two self-published chapbooks, "Cannonball Island", and "Men Who Walk with Canes", and another chapbook manuscript ("The Gospel According to Matthew") recently accepted by Finishing Line Press

"Poetry to me is a vehicle for personal exploration and means to express one's unique way of being in the world," Brouwer said. "I believe poetry should play a powerful role in transforming individuals and enriching communities."

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Sanchez, (, is a Seattle bio-tech technician, eschatologist, colletic, prosody enthusiast, hamartiologist, translator, DJ and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead in Tieton.

He was featured in the program for the 2011 Burning Word Poetry Festival in Leavenworth. He is a board member of the Washington Poets Association, Los Norteños writers group and recently a moderator for the Poets Responding to SB 1070 Facebook page.

Sánchez's work appeared in the second Anthology by The Miracle Theatre Viva la Word!, in several Latino Newspapers, on the Latino Northwest Magazine, Latino Cultural Magazine, on bookmarks by the Seattle Public Library 2007 Poetic Art Project.

His work has appeared online in the Sylvan Echo, Flurry, Gazoobitales, Pirene's Fountain and several times in the La Bloga.

His most recent work is the translation of John Burgess' "Graffito" released by Ravenna Press. He also appears in the Occupy San Francisco Anthology by Jambu Press, in the Anthology Speaking Desde las Heridas (Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). His newest book: All Our Brown Skinned Angels was recently released from Moonpath Press.


LINKS: Presented by The Station Bistro:

Northwest Renaissance, and Auburn Striped Water Poets.

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