Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Mountain Writers Series presents a reading and book launch featuring Lucia Perillo reading from her latest book of poetry Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214)

MacArthur Genius Award winner Lucia Perillo is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015). Other books of poetry include Dangerous Life (1989), winner of the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Body Mutinies (1996), which won the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University; The Oldest Map with the Name America (1999); Luck is Luck (2005), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University; and Inseminating the Elephant (2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. She has published a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2005), and a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012). She has taught at institutions such as Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University, and St. Martin’s College, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. Perillo lives in Olympia, Washington.


Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

We’ve made some changes to the guidelines for study group grants. Go to our website for more details and to see a list of programs funded thus far:

The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2016.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Arkansas-based poet Jo McDougall reads from her latest collection, The Undiscovered Room (

Thursday, May 5th, 7pm Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR 97214

Free. Open to the public. Books for sale. Facebook event:

In her signature economical style, Jo McDougall invites readers into the small towns of the rural South and Midwest and the dramas of their inhabitants. Through her spare, stoic, and at times spectral form of storytelling, she depicts lives limited by privation yet buoyed by dreams. Grief, resignation, awe, death, and joy abide in her work. McDougall is wed to realism, but obliged to invent; it’s these inventions that lend her portraits a singular sensitivity and clear-eyed register.

Jo McDougall was born in 1935 and raised on a rice farm near DeWitt, Arkansas. She is the author of Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family (University of Arkansas Press, 2011). Her collected poems, In the Home of the Famous Dead (2015), gathers together her previous seven collections of poetry, including Women Who Marry Houses (1983), Towns Facing Railroads (1991), and Dirt (2006). She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.



On May 5 at Headwaters Theater in Portland, Sound of Late new music ensemble will present a night of shimmering chamber music alongside the music and poetry of local marine biologists and commercial fishers. See for event details.

FISHER POETS (7:30pm–8:15pm)

Lara Merrersmith Glavin Joel Miller Lauren Sheehan Sean Talbot

CHAMBER MUSIC (8:30pm–9:30pm)

Social Sounds of Whales at Night by Emily Doolittle Buoys on the Water by Nicole Portley The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu

Sound of Late is a quintet composed of Sarah Pyle (flute), Rebecca Olason (horn), Bryce C. Caster (violin), Andrew Stiefel (viola), and Milo Fultz (double bass). Guest artists Emma Lynn (soprano) and Satchel Henneman (guitar) will also appear at this concert.


Join Write Around Portland for Prompt, a 10-week workshop devoted to generative writing and the transformative power of writing in community. Based on the successful Write Around Portland model, this dynamic workshop incorporates many of our favorite exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including free-writing; group discussion; imagery, character, plot and poetry development; and early-draft revision.

All proceeds from Prompt go directly toward funding Write Around Portland workshops and programs in hospitals, prisons, schools, treatment centers, low-income housing facilities and more.

Prompt meets weekly for 10 weeks Ten Wednesdays, May 11 – Jul 13 6:30 – 8:30pm Powell’s City of Books, 10th and W. Burnside $300 (Payment plans available. Includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powells.”)

Registration limited to 12 adults. For more information or to register, please contact Write Around Portland at 503.796.9224


On Tuesday, May 3rd, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers welcomes Jocelyn Mozak, WordPress web designer and founder of Mozak Design, who will speak about her favorite author web platform — WordPress.

In this engaging presentation, Jocelyn will walk us through why WordPress is the most viable option, what writers should include in the design of their site, which writer-friendly WordPress plug-ins are best to use (and what plug-ins are!), and share some exciting upgrades and ideas for the more experienced user. You will walk away with the motivation and tools to successfully launch your own WordPress website. Visit to learn more about Jocelyn.

We hope you can join us at the Old Church, SW 11th & Clay, in downtown Portland. As always, the doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00. The meeting is free to member of WW and full time students under 25, $5 for guests of members, and $10 for non-members.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a book from….France?!

Debut novelist Julie Christine Johnson will be reading from her book In Another Life and signing copies ($14.99, trade paperback) at Annie Bloom’s Books on May 5th. Julie is coming all the way from Port Townsend, Washington to share with you her novel steeped in the rich history of rural Languedoc, where time is liquid and love and loss fight for a woman’s heart. In Another Life went to a second printing only three days after it’s February 2016 release. Local author Val Mallinson conspired to bring Julie to PDX because her book is that good; come see for yourself.

In Another Life Annie Bloom’s Books 7834 SW Capitol Highway Multnomah Village Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 - 8 pm


The Indigo Editing & Publications office has an extra desk to rent out. It's perfect for a writer or designer. If you've been paying membership in a coworking space and want to trim your expenses, or if you've outgrown your home office, this is a great option!

We're asking $150/month, and you get:

Permanent, private desk with cabinet and drawer Ergonomic and adjustable chair High-speed internet Use of laser printer, fridge, microwave, and coffee pot 24/7 access Access to conference room Access to bike locker Secure location (locked office, building locks in evenings and on weekends) ADA-accessible office and building Great location downtown, four blocks from the MAX, across the street from Powell's, and a block from a food cart pod Office sharing with other writers, editors, translators, and designers.

If you're interested, please email Ali at and we can set up a time for you to come look at the space.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Former Oregon Senator and State Treasurer Jim Hill will be launching his new book at Annie Bloom's in Portland on May 25!

“The New “N” Word: The White Middle Class” and is a searing indictment of national efforts to suppress racial, gender, and voting equality, as well as an inspiring story of everything we can accomplish when we work as a community. Given our current political climate, Hill’s vision for America has never been more relevant.

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Speculative fiction writer in Gresham is seeking a critique group on the eastside for novels (and the occasional short story). I'm an experienced critiquer/editor with 3 books self-published and more on the way looking for a group that meets regularly and where members submit work in advance for feedback at the group. Open to critiquing all genres but erotica. And open to other group formats as long as they involve being able to run whole novels through the group without it taking a year; happy to crit as much as I get critted: unchangeling [at] gmail [dot] c o m.


The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist begin the First Friday poetry series readings for 2016 on Friday, May 6.

6:00 to 7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

‪The Featured readers will be from the staff and students of the North Clackamas School‬ District and the Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee. They will be reading their favorite poems or their own work. The featured readers will read for approximately 35 Minutes

An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read their own work, or some of their favorite poems. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. There will also be poetry books and light refreshments available.


Stephanie Lenox is the featured poet on May 31, 2016, in the friendly open mic held 7-8.30pm on each month's last Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain).

She'll read from her collection The Business. It transforms office politics and paper clips into a funny and critical examination of the mortal rat race. It's been called "the strangest, wildest, and most precise of poetry" - Laura Kasischke, "a look at office life as unflinching as Dilbert" - Charles Harper Webb, and "tragically funny, a wonderful new voice in contemporary poetry" - Victoria Chang.


From Almost Everywhere

an exhibition of paintings & books by Franco Beltrametti & Stefan Hyner May 3–28, 2016

Opening reception, reading, & book launch: Tuesday, May 3, 6:00–9:00 pm reading at 7:30 pm

Passages Bookshop 1223 NE ML King Blvd.

Passages Bookshop celebrates the publication of Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965–1995, edited by Stefan Hyner, with an exhibition of paintings and books by both poet-artists, up through the month of May.

For the opening of the exhibition, we are extremely fortunate to catch Stefan Hyner on a rare U.S. visit, as he makes his way from San Francisco to Port Townsend. Stefan will read from the selected Beltrametti, just out from Blackberry Books, as well as from his own poems and translations.

"Swiss-Italian poet, painter, and architect Franco Beltrametti (1937–1995) published more than thirty books and pamphlets of poetry, prose, collaborations, and translations, in several languages and countries, and had a similar number of solo and group exhibitions of his paintings and graphic works. Those will last however long words and objects do; but his existence as catalyst, connector and correspondent is gone for ever. He was a personal link between such disparate traditions as American beat — and New York school — poetry; the Fluxus group of artists; the European avant-garde; the music of Steve Lacy, Joelle Leandre, and Nino Locatelli; the Italian revolutionary left; and Japanese Zen Buddhism . . ." (read the rest of Tom Raworth's obituary for Franco).

Brought up in Schwetzingen, in the Rhine Valley, Stefan Hyner experienced the "anthropological change" (Nanni Balestrini) that some people went thru growing up in the ’70s in the West, when utopia became reality in some "institutions" for a short time. After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, he studied Chinese and East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University. In 1978 and 1979 he took part in the One World Poetry Festivals in Amsterdam, where he made the acquaintance of many US-American poets who he eventually translated into German. From 1981 to 1990 he traveled extensively in Asia and the Americas. Since then he's been living close to his family home in the small hamlet of Rohrhof on the banks of the river Rhine. His work has been translated into English, Italian, French, Swedish, and Chinese.

Stefan Hyner's books include 10 000 Journeys: Selected Poems, Here Before Again, In Stead of a Bullet, Both Gone, and "This Other World Not Civilized": Lao Tzu, T’ao Yüan Ming, Li T’ai Po (essay and translations). He edited Home Among the Swinging Stars: Collected Poems of Jaime de Angulo, and Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965–1995, and has translated a number of US-American poets into German. A recent interview with Stefan was published at Galatea Resurrects.


The Tuesday Writers of Waldport invite you to their annual reading from this year’s anthology of their work. Please join them on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. in Room 8 of the Yachats Commons. Each writer will read an excerpt from their section of the book.

Members of the group include well-known area poet Ruth F. Harrison, who founded the group in 1990. Ruth is a life-time honorary member of the Oregon Poetry Association and will read some her poems. Shirley A. Plummer, who has recently released her debut collection of poems, will participate also with selections of poetry; Sandra Mason with portions of her memoirs; Brenda Croghan with short short fiction; Stanley Buck with both prose and poetry; Brian Hanna with selections from his memory of his father’s last days; and Dan Taber with an excerpt from his science fiction novel in progress. Writings include wisdom and experience, humor and truth—all with clear attention to the artistry of expression.

In anticipation of the live reading, you can also hear the Tuesday Writers read from their works on KYAQ, 91.7 FM, on Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

At the live reading on May 14 the book will be for sale at a special price, and all authors will be happy to sign their work for you. Light refreshments will be served.


VoiceCatcher is a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area. We are seeking submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art through May 15.

Learn more and submit at



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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Soapstone Literary Announcements 4/2/2016

These announcements of events and opportunities of interest to the writing community have been sent to you by Soapstone. Feel free to send them on to your friends and colleagues or to invite them to join the list by signing up at:

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Donald Levering was born in Kansas City and grew up there and in Oceanside, New York. In addition to being awarded a NEA Fellowship, Levering won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets Forum, the Ad Astra Poetry Project, and the Duende Reading Series. His latest book, Coltrane’s God was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He now lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator and world traveler. Released last year, The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the West of Ireland is Reyes most recent work. His previous poetry works were published by Lost Horse Press. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Boll Fellow (Ireland), An Island Institute Fellow (Alaska), Camac Centre of the Arts (France) as well as a poet-in-residence at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument.


Judith Barrington is the featured poet on April 26, 2016, in the friendly open mic held 7-8.30pm on each month's last Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain).

She'll read from her fourth collection, The Conversation. “This is a brilliant technical achievement; it reminds us all that great poetry is both fine thinking and achieved style” - Thomas McCarthy. “She has a subtle style that gathers force like an undertow and sometimes the illuminating prose-style of some poems surfaces in a blast of creative bubbles or a beautiful moment beneath a sky of possibilities” - Liam Murphy.

A great way to support poetry, and the store that hosts us, is to buy the book at least ten days before the event. That way, you can bring your copy to the event for the poet to sign.

You can also buy the book online here: … and if you have already read it, please consider posting a review on that page!

Here’s the event link:


Tavern Books Visiting Translators presented in partnership with Marylhurst University's English Department

Join Tavern Books for readings and a conversation about translation, featuring Piotr Florczyk (Los Angeles), Sonia P. Ticas (McMinnville, Oregon), and Keith Ekiss (San Francisco).

Tuesday, April 19th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Free, open to the public, all ages. Contact: Natalie Garyet (720) 771-4078

Old Library Marylhurst University 17600 Pacific Highway Marylhurst, OR 97036 map

Piotr Florczyk is the translator of Anna Świrszczyńska’s Building the Barricade (Tavern Books, 2016), in addition to several other books of Polish poetry. He is the author of East & West, Barefoot, and Los Angeles Sketchbook. Florczyk currently studies in the PhD in Literature and Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

Sonia P. Ticas is a co-translator of Eunice Odio’s The Fire’s Journey, a four-volume poetry collection published in stages by Tavern Books. Ticas, a native of El Salvador, received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Spanish and the Co-chair of Latin American Studies at Linfield College.

Keith Ekiss is a co-translator, with Ticas, of Eunice Odio’s The Fire’s Journey. He is a former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University and the author of Pima Road Notebook. The past recipient of several scholarships and residencies, he received the Witter Bynner Translators Residency from the Santa Fe Art Institute for his work on Eunice Odio.


Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

We’ve made some changes to the guidelines for study group grants. Go to our website for more details and to see a list of programs funded thus far:

The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2016.


Story Seekers: A Creative Writing Retreat at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

The poet Mary Oliver writes, “Let me keep my mind on what matters… which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” In this creative writing retreat, we will immerse ourselves in the wild landscape of Opal Creek so that we, too, may become astonished. We will explore the ancient forest with our senses wide open, allowing objects of intrigue to awaken the stories inside us. With the help of experiential prompts, we will generate pieces of writing that are as wild and alive as the woods and rushing waters that inspired them. By the end of the weekend, we will each have a creatively rendered record of our discoveries and a variety of story seeds to take home. This retreat is a great opportunity for writers, artists, teachers, and anybody else who wants to break through blocks and access the wild and creative force howling inside us all.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 28th-29th Price: $185 includes food, lodging, and materials

To Register:


“Writing a Novel in a Month: How to Get Started” Presented by Maren Bradley Anderson

Monday, April 18, 2016 6:30–8:30 PM First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall Corvallis, OR Use 9th Street parking lot entrance

Join us in an interactive presentation about how to succeed at the challenge of writing a 50,000-word first draft in 30 days. Bring something to write with, and an idea to get you started.

Our guest speaker, Maren Bradley Anderson, is a writer, teacher, and alpaca rancher who lives in Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in The Timberline Review, and her novel, Fuzzy Logic, was released in 2015 by Black Opal Books. She adapted A Midsummer Night’s Dream for children in July 2015.

Willamette Writers on the River ( is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This event is free to members and full-time students. Guests of members pay $5; visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.


Airlie Press has begun its annual manuscript submission period. One or two manuscripts will be selected for publication. Please visit for details.

We look forward to reading your work, The Editors


Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème presents reading & book launch featuring

Joe Wilkins

reading from his latest book of poetry

When We Were Birds 2016 Finalist Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214) Suggested donation $5

Joe Wilkins has published three poetry books, most recently, When We Were Birds, a Miller Williams Poetry Prize finalist (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), as well as Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award, and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. He is also the author of the memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), which was named a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book, as well as a 2013 Orion Book Award finalist. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies. Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana, graduated from Gonzaga University and earned an MFA from the University of Idaho, where he worked with the poet Robert Wrigley and memoirist Kim Barnes. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.



APRIL 20th, 7 pm

from his award winning book The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernals, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History.

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them.

Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an independent conservation biologist based in the San Juan Islands. Hanson's many media appearances have included NPR's Fresh Air, PRI's Science Friday and The World. The Triumph of Seeds won a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award in 2016. He is also the author of Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, The Impenetrable Forest and the illustrated children's favorite Bartholomew Quill. His articles and essays have appeared in dozens of popular and scientific publications, including Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Orion, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, Bioscience, Conservation Biology, and The Huffington Post .



APRIL 26th, 7 pm

In Here Among Strangers, travelers find and lose themselves in unexpected places. Crawford's characters teeter on the edge of sanity as they reconcile who they were with who they have become, confronting their truest selves in the most unfamiliar places. Emotional integrity runs deep in these dark and compelling stories that chronicle what it is to feel alien at home amidst the heartbreak of everyday life.

Crawford has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Epoch, Ascent, Beloit Fiction Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Florida Review. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and teaches for the Writers in the Schools program. She lives in Portland. This event is open to the public.


Willamette Writers on the River Spring Workshop Saturday, April 30, 2016 10am-5pm Comfort Suites, 1730 NW 9th Street, Corvallis, OR

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories Why write short stories, flash fiction and novellas? Come to this fast paced workshop to find out. Learn how to sell short fiction, where to find markets, what you need to include in a cover letter for short stories and more. We will practice dissecting markets and magazines to find the right ones for you. Sarina Dorie will share the secrets to her success so that you can write short stories and make money selling them. Bring pencil and paper to experiment with short story techniques.

Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to magazines and anthologies in the last six years. She has published in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, humor, and non-fiction, has won numerous awards and has several published novels. Sarina has worked as an English, art and dance teacher, a copy editor at an advertising agency, and a writer. She joined her first critique group when she was sixteen, and has given workshops at the Willamette Writers, Romance Writers of America, Wordcrafters and various science fiction conventions like Worldcon and Gearcon.

Student Rate = $25

$45 WW members $55 Non-members

Registration closes April 22nd (a minimum of 10 participants are needed) T

o register directly go to


New Performance and Conversation Series Interfaith Muse Engages Writers and Artists with Spiritual Questions

In a time of oversimplified and suspect spirituality, Interfaith Muse offers events to explore religious differences through creative arts. The inaugural conversation features poets Alicia Jo Rabins and Shadab Zeest Hashmi, on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Their conversation takes place at Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, Ore. and is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. The poets will read from their work and share a hosted dialogue. Their books will be available for purchase from bookseller partner, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Bookstore.

Alicia Jo Rabins’s collection, “Divinity School,” won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2015. A wide-ranging exploration of spirituality, sex, travel, food, holy texts, and coming of age, “Divinity School” is a fearless investigation of how we learn to live in a human body. Alicia teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is the author of “Kohl & Chalk” and “Baker of Tarifa,” which won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her essays on eastern poetic forms such as the Ghazal and Qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature and 3 Quarks Daily. Currently a resident of San Diego, Shadab graduated from Reed College in southeast Portland.

Interfaith Muse host Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet and educator who has created extensive curricula on religion and intercultural competency. She served for nine years as an Episcopal school chaplain. Elizabeth’s poetry has been published in many journals including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and VoiceCatcher.

Interfaith Muse: Artists in Conversation Alicia Jo Rabins and Shadab Zeest Hashmi Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Cerimon House 5131 NE 23rd Ave., Portland, 97211


Another Read Through Bookstore

April 10 @1:30 Authors Michael Mirolla (from Toronto) and Sam Roxas-Chua (local, from Eugene) will read, answer questions, sign books. Michael will be reading from his book that came out last fall, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, and Sam will be reading from Fawn Language. Info here:

April 14 @7pm Group of Authors from VoiceCatcher: VoiceCatcher's collection is out, and we'll have a handful of the authors from the book here to read and sign. Info here:

April 16 @1:30pm Strong Female Characters: Our first in the series of local female authors and female characters and the issues they face. Discussion panel with the Ellen Urbani, Rene Denfeld, and Karen Karbo. No reading, but signing to follow. Info here:


Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 pm at Grass Roots Books, in Corvallis, author Rick Attig and poets Henry Hughes, Jeanne Krinsley, and Keli Osborne read from the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of The Timberline Review.

All are welcome!

Grass Roots Books, 227 SW 2nd Street, in Corvallis.


Willamette Writers Coast Chapter Presents: Author Tom Towslee April 17th at 2:00 pm

Tom Towslee will present a two-hour workshop titled People, Places and Events: Techniques to Keep Your Story Moving. This free workshop will be held at the Newport Public Library in the McEntee Room.

Tom Towslee was born in Los Angeles and raised in Tillamook, Oregon. He went to the University of Oregon and graduated from Linfield College. He is a former newspaper and wire service reporter in Washington, D.C. and Oregon. He left journalism for a career in communications, working for a number of Oregon state agencies as well as communications director for an Oregon governor and a United States senator. His novel "Paradise Girls" was published last November. Tom and Dinah Adkins live in Portland.


The Third Annual Poetry Contest to benefit KVGD-LP Goldendale Community Radio raises much needed funds for radio station operation costs. Contest entry period ends on April 15. Poetry Contest Entry Form and Submission Guidelines are available online at: .

By submitting an entry, poets are agreeing to have their poems recorded for terrestrial broadcast and/or internet podcast.

The contest includes two divisions: Youths (18 years and under) and Adults. Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Winners will be announced by Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 22, 2016.

Entry fee is $2 per poem. There is no limit on the number of poems each writer may enter. A prolific poet entering ten poems will have to pay a total of $20 in entry fees. Poems will not be accepted without the entry fee paid in full.

Recipients of First Prize in each division will split an amount equal to 25% of the entry fees collected for the poetry contest. Second Prize in each division will split 10%, and Third Prize in each division will split 5% of the collected entry fees. Sixty percent of receipts to go towards supporting Goldendale Community Radio.

A completed permission form, signed by parent or guardian, is required for every student (age 18 and under) who enters the contest. In addition to the poem and its $2 entry fee, poets will need to include a 40 to 100 word biography.

Submit entries by mail to:

KVGD-LP Poetry Contest 514 S. Columbus, Ste. 7 Goldendale, WA 98620


Comma, A Monthly Reading Series at Broadway Books

The popular author reading series Comma returns! After a hiatus, Comma resumes for 2016. The third Thursday of each month Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway) hosts a unique regional authors series beginning at 7 pm. Hosted and curated by writer Kirsten Rian, the readings combine voices from different literary genres, and writers have the freedom to read from new projects, established pieces, or ongoing works in progress. Selected authors read for 15-20 minutes each, and following is a conversation between the two writers and/or the audience. Free and open to the public.

On April 21, 7 pm, Kim Stafford and Floyd Skloot will read.

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems. His most recent books are 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast. In 2016 the 30th anniversary edition of his collections of essays, Having Everything Right, will come out from Pharos editions. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.

Floyd Skloot's most recent books include Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), the poetry collection Approaching Winter (LSU Press, 2015), and the forthcoming novel The Phantom of Thomas Hardy (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2016). He has won the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, two Pushcart Prizes for essays and one for poetry, Oregon Book Awards in both poetry and creative nonfiction, and two Pacific NW Book Awards for poetry. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing anthologies.



Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm Thursday, April 14 Angst Gallery 1015 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Featuring Writers From Poetry Matters, Christopher Luna’s Monday evening class

Roxanne Bash Holly Black Bruce Hall Morgan Hutchinson Livia Montana Darcy Scholts Tiffany Burba-Schramm


Shawn Aveningo

Sunday, April 24 1:00-4:00pm

High End Market Place 1906 Broadway St. Vancouver, WA 98663

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1pm Poeming Pigeon Book Launch Doobie or Not Doobie?

The Poetry Box is proud to announce our third Issue: The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie? A Journal of Poetry and Prose -- The Cannabis Issue. The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is a hot topic facing America and other countries across the globe. Homer examines this controversial issue through an international curated collection of poems and stories. You’ll enjoy tales of hilarious first encounters with the herb, gratitude for the escape from physical pain, fellowship in passing the spliff and learn why some prefer not to partake in the "madness." So, light up (or not) and enjoy!

This special Vancouver book launch will feature Southwest Washington contributors Lori Loranger, Christopher Luna, Tiffany Burba-Schramm, and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, as well as Portland contributors Nathan Tompkins and Casey Bush. Poeming Pigeon Publisher and Editor Shawn Aveningo will also read from the book. Copies of the new issue will be available for sale at the event.

2pm Poetry with High End Market Place Featured Artists Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

2:30-4:00 A Performance by River Twain


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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Soapstone Literary Announcements 3/6/2016

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A reading by Marilyn Stablein

7 PM, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison Adjacent to the Ledding Library

Marilyn Stablein is the award-winning author of thirteen collections of poetry, essays and fiction. Splitting Hard Ground: Poems won the New Mexico Book Award and the National Federation of Press Women Book Award. Other books include: Sleeping in Caves: A Himalayan Memoir, and a collection of environmental essays set in the Northwest,Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination

She is also an award-winning visual artist working in collage, assemblage and artist books. She has exhibited her work internationally in journals and books including Lark's 1000 Artist Books and 500 Artist Books, Vol. II. A catalog of her artists books, Bind, Alter, Fold: Artist Books was recently published.

A former book critic for the Seattle Times, she teaches memoir, poetry, fiction and an introduction to artist books. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Making the Impossible Happen: Magic in Memoir & Fiction

Humans have told each other stories for millennia and written stories for at least 6,000 years, starting with oracle bones and glyphs. What truly makes a story magical?

It seems to begin when we carry a sense of whimsy and absurdity in our lives, and we see the impossible happening around us. Magic is a particular feeling, an atmosphere shifting just before the narrative rises to a new level and transforms the story. It could be something deeply longed for by a character or the author of a memoir (a single mother of three meets the ostensibly perfect second husband, Abigail Thomas’s Safekeeping); a change in realistic fiction (time bends into a dream sequence at the end of A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki); an almost inconceivable, rendered believable moment (a starving, thirsty shaman and student in a boat discover an entire village living on the sea, the lengthened Earthsea trilogy, Ursula K. Le Guin), or something that arises from the story because it must (Arthur finally pulls the long-buried sword from the stone, Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy).

How do we make the incredible credible? Come learn some techniques and write your kind of magic during the weekend of Eostre, Easter, when we celebrate spring, the descent and return, and the women, keepers of magic, roll away the tombstone to make the impossible happen.

Workshop includes writing exercises and discussions of concepts about magic from authors Jessica Roeder, Gabriel García Márquez, Edwidge Danticat, Lindsay Moore and others.

Time & cost: 12-6 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Fabulous GF lunch (with Otis Café molasses bread for those who cannot resist). $75. Limited to eight on a space-available basis.

Place: 4924 NE 34th Avenue, Portland, 97211, just north of Wilshire Park.

For more information, or to register, please write

Former Portlander Sandra Dorr is currently working on her fourth book, a novel set on the Oregon Coast, at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (see bio at, where the impossible -- living among the giant trees, with the sound and smell of the sea, not measuring the hours, just writing more deeply, letting the days pass – keeps happening.


Another Read Through Bookstore events:

Local Author Steve Theme: Thurs Mar 10 7pm. Reading + harmonica playing.

Historical Fiction Panel (Fictitious History) with 5 local authors: Sat Mar 12 1:30-3 Maryka Biaggio, Lori Lake, BJ Scott, Chris Gniewosz, and Lars Hedbor.

Local Author Joyce Cresswell: Thurs Mar 17 7pm. Reading, Q&A, signing.

Local Poets Willa Schneberg, Paul Lapier, and Patricia Bollin: Thurs Mar 31. Reading and signing.


The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Judith Barrington and Lex Runciman on March 13 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact

Judith Barrington has published four poetry collections, most recently The Conversation, the title poem of which was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Judith gave a guest reading from this book at the International Poetry Festival in Cork, Ireland. The Conversation was published in 2015 by Salmon Poetry (Ireland).

One of her recent chapbooks: Lost Lands was the winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award. Lifesaving: A Memoir won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN Martha Albrand Award and Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art is a best-selling book in college classes and writing groups. Her poems have appeared in many journals.

Lex Runciman taught for eleven years at Oregon State University and is now Professor of English at Linfield College, where he has twice received the Edith Green Award for teaching excellence.

His fifth book of poems, One Hour That Morning & Other Poems was published in 2014 by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) and won the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Award for Creative Achievement. Recent work has appeared in Ploughshares, Nimrod, Crannog (Ireland), Stand (UK), Valparaiso Poetry Review and Terrain. A new and selected volume is due in 2017. Runciman is also the author of Luck (1981), The Admirations (1989) which won the Oregon Book Award, Out of Town (2004), and Starting from Anywhere (2009).


MONICA DRAKE and RIOS DE LA LUZ TO READ AT BROADWAY BOOKS MARCH 23rd Broadway Books is pleased to announce that Monica Drake and Rios De La Luz will read and discuss their newest works on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 pm.

The Folly of Loving Life is a new collection of linked stories from novelist Monica Drake. Future Tense, the book’s publisher, calls this collection “the best of what we love about Monica’s writing – the sly laugh-out-loud humor, the sharp observations, the flawed but strong characters, and the shadowy Van Sant-ish Portland settings.” Drake’s previous novels are Clown Girl (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for Fiction) and The Stud Book.

According to Rios De La Luz, “The Pulse between Dimensions and the Desert is a mixture of stories from the perspectives of raw women, inquiring teenage minds, and children still enchanted by the environments around them.” Her stories incorporate magical realism and a bit of science fiction, including one about a grandmother who travels in a time machine! This is her first published collection.

This event is free and open to the public.


Need a haven for your project? The Rice Place (author Clyde Rice's homestead on the Clackamas River) is available as a retreat for artists, writers, musicians, naturalists, (or groups) who would like a serene place in which to create. For more information


“Sappho and her Sisters: Greek and Roman Women Poets”

A Soapstone Study Group led by Paul Merchant

The Greek poet Sappho and the Roman poet Sulpicia are the only women poets of the classical period whose work survives in any appreciable quantity. Sappho and Sulpicia are interesting to compare, since they are both writers of startling inventiveness and vivid personality. They are also, for modern readers and writers, valuable reminders of a lost world of women's writing that now has to be reimagined, and in their different ways can be an inspiration for courage and honesty in our own writing lives.

We will meet for three sessions June 11, June 25 and July 9 from 9:30 to 2:30, with a break for lunch. There will be opportunities for writing, especially between the sessions, but this is a study group, not a writing workshop. The first session will be an introduction to the women poets of Greece and Rome, with a discussion of what they represent, and the reasons for their survival or otherwise. The second session will be devoted to Sappho, and the third to the first of the two Sulpicias.

The study group will meet in the ArtSpace room at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) where there is ample parking and a bus that stops right outside the front door.

To register, send an email to and a check for the fee to Soapstone, 622 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. Scholarships are readily available.

The fee is $82 and includes the text, I. M. Plant's Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome (University of Oklahoma Press), a carefully researched, comprehensive anthology of all the surviving poems, prose, and fragments written by women in antiquity. The book can be picked up in SE Portland by arrangement once you have registered.

Paul Merchant graduated in Classics from Cambridge and taught for fifteen years at Warwick University, at the University of Tennessee, and finally at Lewis & Clark College, where he was also William Stafford Archivist for many years. Among his books of poetry and of translation from Modern Greek the collection Bone from a Stag's Heart was a British Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and Some Business of Affinity was shortlisted for an Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His Yannis Ritsos translations (Monochords and Twelve Poems about Cavafy) were published by Trask House and Tavern Books.


The Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop ( is now accepting registrations for its next conference, July 11 - 15, 2016. The course is held directly beside the ocean in the exquisite town of Oceanside, Oregon. There will be eight instructors total, five experienced authors (YA, MG, nonfiction, picture book, poetry), two children's book editors (from major NY houses), and one children's book agent (from Writers House, NYC). A number of our students have been published. We'd like you to be the next.

Please go to our website -- -- for much more information. Or contact us at


Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

We’ve made some changes to the guidelines for study group grants. Go to our website for more details and to see a list of programs funded thus far:

The next deadline for applications is March 15, 2016.


Mountain Writers Series at Concordia University

Concordia University Libraries' Arts & Culture Program and Mountain Writers Series present a reading featuring Barbara Drake & Brian Doyle

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM George R. White Library & Learning Center - GRW 108 Concordia Univeristy, 2900 NE Liberty Street, Portland OR 97211

Free and open to the public. Author bios and photo below. See flyer

Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème presents a reading featuring Barbara Drake & Brian Doyle

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Vie de Bohème SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row 1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214

Suggested donation $5

Barbara Drake is the author of both nonfiction and poetry. Her newest book, Morning Light (Oregon State University Press, 2014), is a finalist for this year’s Oregon Book Award in nonfiction. Her earlier memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, was an OBA finalist in 1999. Drake is also a poet, with numerous collections, most recently Driving One Hundredfrom Windfall Press (2009). She is the author of Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook, in print since 1983. Her prose and poetry appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. After teaching at Michigan State University, she joined the faculty at Linfield College in 1983, retiring as Professor of English Emerita in 2007. Drake lives with her husband in rural Yamhill County Oregon.

Brian Doyle is an Oregon Book Award finalist for two of his books: Children and Other Wild Animals (OSU Press) and Martin Marten (St. Martin’s Press). His published work includes collections of essays, nonfiction books, collections of “proems,” a short story collection, a novella and the novel Mink River. Widely published in newspapers and magazines around the world, he is editor of several anthologies, most recently HO`OLAULE`A. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, Foreword Reviews' Novel of the Year award in 2011, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon.


Join Write Around for Prompt, a 10-week workshop devoted to generative writing and the transformative power of writing in community. Based on the successful Write Around Portland model, this dynamic workshop incorporates many of our favorite exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including free-writing; group discussion; imagery, character, plot and poetry development; and early-draft revision. This workshop will meet for ten Tuesdays from March 29th to May 31st. For more information visit

All proceeds from Prompt go directly toward funding Write Around Portland workshops and programs in hospitals, prisons, schools, treatment centers, low-income housing facilities and more.


Community Announcements from Soapstone by soapstone

622 SE 29th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 USA

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Notion of Audience, with Playwright Kira Obolensky

On Tuesday, April 5th, renowned playwright Kira Obolensky visits the Willamette Writers Portland membership meeting to talk about the notion of audience. In this presentation, Kira will talk about her work with the theater and share her observations on how letting the audience into her imagination as she writes has dramatically changed her work.

You don’t have to be a playwright to benefit from this conversation; thinking about your audience during the creative process informs every writer’s work. Whether you are a poet, a fiction writer, an essayist, or a memoirist, your audience is listening to or reading your words. Kira explains that you have to write with the idea that everyone is going to be in the audience: from CEOs to convicts to teachers.

The core of Kira’s presentation is arts access for everyone. Kira is currently in residence at Ten Thousand Things, the renowned theater company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded 25 years ago by visionary Michelle Hensley, Ten Thousand Things presents work to EVERYONE, believing that theater is a wealth everyone should have access to, and that we become better artists when everyone is in the audience.

Kira knows how to appeal to broad audiences, too. A recipient of a Mellon Foundation grant, the Guggenheim Fellowship, a McKnight Advancement Grant, Bush Artist Fellowship and the Kesslring Prize, Kira has authored numerous award-winning plays. Her current playbill includes Raskol, Vasa Lisa and Dirt Sticks.

Willamette Writers invites you to join their membership on April 5th for this special evening with Kira Obolensky at the Old Church in downtown Portland. The meeting starts at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30. Willamette Writers meetings are free to WW members and full time students. Guests of members are asked for a $5 donation, and non-members are asked to pay $10.

This will be an evening that will challenge you to consider your words and how you can invite everyone to enjoy the show. With that in mind, we are inviting you.

More meeting info

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Portland Story Theater Offers Workshops

We humans tell stories to remember, to understand, to connect with each other. Everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. To meet the demand for participation in our work with story, Portland Story Theater now offers three different workshops: Storytelling Starter (1.5-2 hours), Storytelling Bootcamp (1 day), and the Art of Personal Narrative (5 weeks).

Through a generous grant from the Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO), we have two Storytelling Starter workshops coming up that are free and open to anyone 18+. The first happens this Saturday at the Community Center in Cascade Locks from10 am-noon. The second takes place in Hood River on Saturday, March 5 from 2-4 pm. Join us for one of these lively, interactive two-hour workshops on the contemporary art of personal storytelling. As participants, you will learn how to identify your stories and what it takes to share them with an audience. We will explore the necessity of vulnerability in storytelling, as well as techniques for bringing your stories alive. No performance.

Portland Story Theater’s Storytelling Bootcamp is a one-day (7.5 hour) intensive, where you will create new story material, learn about narrative structure and intentional storytelling techniques, and have a chance to share your stories while getting individual feedback. No performance. The next session takes place on Sunday, March 20 from 10:30 am-6 pm in Portland at the Home Studio of Portland Story Theater. Cost $150. Preregistration required. Click here to register online.

Portland Story Theater’s Art of Personal Narrative workshop gives participants an opportunity to discover and craft a personal story and deliver it in its true form: naked, fresh, revealing. This workshop does include a performance and every participant is required to perform a 10-12 minute story before a live audience at an Urban Tellers show. This is a modern take on an ancient tradition: personal narrative, spoken straight from the heart. Only six adults (18+) are eligible to participate in each workshop. The 3:1 teacher-student ratio allows for a great deal of individual attention and is a reflection of our commitment to your success. Call 503-284-2226 to find out more. Check our website for dates and prerequisites.

May The Narrative Be With You!®

Lawrence and Lynne
Portland Story Theater

office: (503) 284 2226
web: mailing: 3333 NE 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Capsule Movie Reviews by Bill Johnson for 2016

These capsule reviews of current movies offer a basic overview of what these stories did (or didn't do) to engage an audience. They are not meant to convey a full review of the movie, or a scene by scene breakdown. All reviews by Bill Johnson, copyright 2016.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

posted 2/6/16

The conceit in this movie is that it's the same characters from Jane Austen's novel, with the addition of a zombie plague. What makes for a great horror film, however, is that it says something about the human condition. Alien with its issue of male rape and the corporation being the real alien killing the crew. Zombies in this film are just a plot device, and could have been changed to a different plot device (alien invasion, demons rising, birds attacking humans) without changing anything. Which means half the movie carries no dramatic weight connected to what the story is about and what the characters are reacting to.

Early in the film, a character encounters a young mother and baby zombie. The moment seems about to suggest something deeper about life in that situation, but the moment is just another plot device conveying nothing more than a plot question, how will this play out?

The mixture of horror and literary fiction is amusing, but not really that amusing until Parson Collins shows up.

In the end, there are no universal truths in this movie, although for a moment it seemed someone had an idea about zombie servants rising up against their masters, and another scene tosses in the four horsemen of the apocalypse, but to what story purpose, who knows.

The Fifth Wave

posted 1/30/16

The Fifth Wave begins with waves of exposition that explain the first four waves. The underlying problem with the movie is that its impulses all seem to come from TV production, so it looks like a pilot for a tv series created about 2008. So it doesn't look as good as what's on tv now. It's not bad, so much as it's like watching an episode from an old tv series. This is movie studios pushing product through metro plexes to fill screen slots.


posted 1/3/16

This film demonstrates the problems with being realistic. Joy the main character is a single mother in a dysfunctional environment. It takes a good twenty five minutes to set out all those characters and their many issues and get to a significant turning point, Joy inventing a mop and then getting onto one of the early cable TV sales channels to promote it into a huge success. By the end of the film, still surrounded by dysfuctional family members trying to sabotage her, Joy has created and manages a business empire.

That's all plot, but what's the story about? That remains buried under the ruble composed of all those dysfuctional relationships and events. It's probably something to do with Joy overcoming all her disadvantages to make something of herself, encouraged by her grandmother. But I'm not sure. And, based on the reviews and audience reactions, I don't think others were sure, either.

There's not enough else going on to make up for that.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Writing Critiques Offered at Write on the River Conference

Bill Johnson will be offering manuscript critiques as part of the Write on the River conference. Bob Dugoni is the featured speaker and Rachel Letofsky is a featured Literary Agent.

Write On The River is North Central Washington’s only writing conference. Two days of content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers, Write On The River is the best way to hone your craft, build your dream and move your writing forward. Whether your goal is to be a published author, write articles for a local magazine, develop your poetry, or simply write for your own enjoyment, Write On The River has something for you. Held every May on the beautiful Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, Write On The River is a writing conference not to be missed!

The conference gives you a unique opportunity to learn from the best in a casual, intimate atmosphere. There are plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with publishing professionals, get one-on-one writing advice from successful authors, bond with fellow writers, and pitch your project to a literary agent or publishing editor. Write On The River can really move your writing life forward in an inspiring way!

The 2016 Conference is May 13, 14 & 15. With a world-class faculty and renowned writing instructors from all over the world, it promises to be a highlight of your writing year. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a literary agent and a book publisher. Click HERE to learn about 2016’s exciting line-up of workshops, and HERE to meet our esteemed 2016 Conference faculty.


For reviews of popular novels that explore principles of storytelling, check out A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, available on Amazon's Kindle and available on Barnes and Noble's Nook and on Apple via Smashwords.