Seattle-Saginaw: The Reach of Theodore Roethke
Defiance Street
CIRQUE - Book Fair Signing - AWP
Blue Moon for Poets Reading
Poetry Parley
Poets in Winter - The Series
Alaska Poets in Winter ~ 2013
Alaska Poets in Winter ~ 2013 - Morgan
Alaska Poets in Winter ~ 2013 - Emily Wall
Live & Moving, 2012
Amazing M-P
Spenard Jazz Festival
Kleven as poet
Creative Process
Fremont Show
"Like This" -- in production
HeartWorks Press
HeartWorks Press Catalog
Mike's Vita
Aniak dances
Poems on the Fly 2010
Poem at Christmas - 2009
"To the Moon" - Roethke
Roethke Score
Roethke - Running commentary
Roethke Poetry
Roethke film - Raw footage
"To the Moon! Credits
Poster - The Making of Roethke tribute
T-Shirts and more for Roethke
Production Stills
"Plotting" Midnight Sun Cafe
Naked Seattle - Fremont Solstice
BHS Class of '63



Actor Michael Brill
Photo - Michael Kleven

Voice of Roethke - 
Michael Brill

"To the Moon!" was completed on May 11, 2010 and review copies were sent to various individuals.  


"I just have to say that "To the Moon!" is a most gorgeous film, full of life and words, and, oh what language! The cinematography is a language all its own, and the music, the actors. It makes me very happy to know you, the creator. And I'm happy that your vision came true. Congratulations to all who helped you on this project. Applause....Applause. "

"It is so beautiful. Oh, the work that must have gone into this. It's such a joy to see your artistic spirit at play. I have a feeling this little movie is going to get around."

Production Stills

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Next film project: "Native Justice."  

A story of crime and punishment in Alaska.

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This low budget independent poem is made possible by your support. Donors will be named in the credits and those who donate $100 or more will receive a project shirt. Thanks!

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The Celebration Foundation -- Portland, Oregon 
Graduate Student Organization -- University of Alaska, Anchorage
Velda Miller
Vivian Prescott
Kathleen Tarr
Linda Bryant
Ken Cory 



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Gus Hellthaler - owner of the Blue Moon 2010 (Photo - Mike Kleven)


This page supports the short film we are making in Seattle from December, through January of 2010, as part of my colloquium for the MFA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  As I get bios and such from the cast, I will add them here.   As filming begins the page will be a source for progress reports, reviews, and process.   See the notes below under Running Commentary for the first entries.   

Roethke died when I was eighteen.  My older friends were his friends.  Friends of the Blue Moon Tavern. I was too young to get in, so I did not meet him.  However, I retain the ability to pronounce Roethke.  I am trying to find the friends of 45 years ago.  These older friends may be elderly depending on a number of things (See mysticism, below).

Seattle-based actor Michael Brill has agreed to read Roethke poems in what I am imagining to be “voice-over.” Film maker Michael Kleven will produce, I will direct my motley crew in discovering Ted Roethke.

Search is on for others: Stan Iverson, Lee Johnson, Ingerann Haig, Tom Robbins, James McLean, Barbara Tomlinson, Joel Jensen, William Cumming.  

The film may cover mysticism. The northwest. Love. Or "a woman lovely in her bones."

It will be a short film.   


Video Clip -- Creating 'First Class', a play about Theodore Roethke

Behind the scenes creation of the world premiere play First Class, poet David Wagoner's unique, insightful portrait of his friend and mentor, legendary poet Theodore Roethke. Master actor John Aylward (also seen on The West Wing and ER) gives a bravura performance as the charismatic poet in this voyage into the passionate heart-and art-of a genius. The play is directed by Kurt Beattie.

Notes from a former student

Drunk Diver: A Trip to the swimming pool that killed Ted Roethke. [excellent article by Brendan Kiley]


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The film below is a 2005 documentary about Seattle's Blue Moon tavern and those who drink there.  

Vimeo - Michael Kleven, collection

Click for (below) for Sandra Kleven's "Devils of Poetry" an exhibition of paintings

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Stan Iverson
Link to Stan Iverson Memorial Library



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