Saturday, July 23, 2016

Judith Arcana Hosts Poetry Show on KBOO

Starting this month, Judith Arcana will be hosting a monthly poetry show on KBOO community radio (90.7FM in Portland, 104.3FM in Corvallis/Albany, 91.9FM in Hood River - and everywhere else on this poetry-loving planet by clicks to the station’s website).

The show, POETRY AND EVERYTHING, will air on the 4th Monday of every month, 10-11pm Pacific time.

Guests will be Portland poets, nearby poets, faraway poets, pairs of poets, groups of poets, maybe even some folks who are not poets, all reading and talking about poetry - and everything.

The first show is: Monday, July 25, 10-11pm.

Harold Johnson, Portland poet/novelist/musician/artist/teacher, whose two recent books are CITIZENSHIP and THE FORT SHOWALTER BLUES, will be the guest on this first show.

Tune in, listen up, join us ... Harold and I will be reading and talking about poetry - and everything.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Willa Schneberg Hosts Poetry Workshop at Willamette Writers Conference

On Sun. August 14th, from 3 - 4pm, Willa Schneberg will be discussing "How to Publish the Full Length Poetry Manuscript" at the Williamette Writers Conference at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. If you can't attend the whole conference, you can sign-up for Sunday only. Here is the link to her presentation:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chelsea Cain and Jane Friedman Keynotes at 2016 Willamette Writers Conference

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and the former publisher of Writer's Digest. In addition to being a professor with The Great Courses and the University of Virginia, she maintains an award-winning blog for writers at, which receives more than 180,000 visits each month.

Chelsea is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thriller series (Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go), and the Kick Lannigan series (One Kick, and the upcoming Kick Back). Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as "steamy and perverse," have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on The Today Show, and appeared in episodes of HBO's True Blood and ABC's Castle.

Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year, and NPR named Heartsick one of the best 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, "Popular entertainment just doesn't get much better than this." Both of Chelsea's series are in development for television.

Willamette Writers conference is August 12-14th at the Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel. For information about the cost to attend and registration, visit

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Want to Get Published? How To! (And How Not To!)

Want to Get Published? How To! (And How Not To!)

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, July 5th, join the Portland member meeting at The Old Church, in downtown Portland and learn from Tod Davies, editorial director of indie Exterminating Angel Press and author herself, to discover the FIVE ways to avoid rejection…and the FIVE ways to make sure you are rejected!

Want to Get Published? How To! (And How Not To!)

Want to get published? Want to create good relationships with publishers? Of course you do! Join Tod Davies, editorial director of indie Exterminating Angel Press and author herself, to discover the FIVE ways to avoid rejection…and the FIVE ways to make sure you are rejected!

In a highly interactive, lively (even, we hope, raucous) talk about reaching out to publishers, Tod will spell out those ways to get the advantage in your court. And the ways you can lose the whole game before you even start playing. About Our Speaker – Tod Davies

Since 2008, Tod Davies has helmed indie Exterminating Angel Press, a proud member of the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance (SOLA), and the Cascadia Publishers group. EAP publishes books that question dominant cultural stories in entertaining and accessible ways, including Mike Madrid’s The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, and her own The History of Arcadia series: Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent, and The Lizard Princess. As well as publisher, she’s been just about everything you can be as a writer (and everything you need to be to support being a writer): screenwriter, indie film producer, radio host, and author. She wrote the film Three Businessmen, co-wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, produced Revengers Tragedy, starring Eddie Izzard and Chris Eccleston, and documentaries for the UK’s Channel 4. She’s spoken about, and taught, writing and producing at many venues over the years. If there’s one thing she knows, it’s how to build relationships in creative communities. And she’ll share that knowledge on July 5th.

For more information on Tod Davies and Exterminating Angel Press, please visit

As always, the doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

David Levine Fan Guest of Honor at Westercon69

David D. Levine attended his first SF convention in 1977. It was X-Con 1, the first con in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the next year, at X-Con 2, David found himself co-head of Gaming. Since then he's attended over 120 conventions and has worked at many of them in some capacity, most often Publications but also Tech, Programming, Fanzine Lounge, and even Chair. Many people know him for his fannish theatrics, including as a member of the Not Ready for Sidereal Time Players and Whose Line Is It Anyway.

He created the 1990 Portland Westercon's pioneering website, set up and ran the websites for OryCons 17 through 26 and Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., and still maintains (including the Sue Petrey Fund and Jo Clayton Fund pages) and the OryCon and OSFCI mailing lists. In recognition for all of this work he received an OSFCI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In addition to running conventions, David has co-edited a long-running paper fanzine, spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in Utah, made and worn costumes, served as officer and board member of several fan organizations, gamed, filked, created fan art, and even sat behind a dealer's table a time or two. He's also a Hugo-winning SF author. Learn more at his author site and fannish activities site.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016



Featuring some of the top writers in the country

(FOREST GROVE, OR) The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day residency on the Forest Grove campus.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings take place at 7:30 p.m. from Friday, June 17, through Friday, June 24, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, which is located on campus at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include fiction writer Chris Abani, recipient of the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award; and poet Eduardo Corral, recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


6/17 Judy Blunt, Claire Davis & Dorianne Laux

6/18 Kwame Dawes, Jack Driscoll & Laura Hendrie

6/19 Sandra Alcosser, Pete Fromm & Craig Lesley

6/20 Valerie Laken, Mike Magnuson & Joseph Millar

6/21 No Public Reading

6/22 Marvin Bell, Mary Helen Stefaniak & Kellie Wells

6/23 Steve Amick, Eduardo Corral & Scott Korb

6/24 Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Debra Gwartney

The authors in the reading series also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the guided study that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice.

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or go to:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Willamette Writers Conference Early Reg Deadline June 15th

From August 12-14, 2016, Willamette Writers will host their annual conference, which gathers writers from all over the United States.

Writers will come to the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel to build their community, develop their craft and advance their careers.

Regardless of the type of writer an attendee is, she or he will find top tier instruction at the conference. More than 100 workshops, lectures and speeches from an extremely diverse group of professional writers, coaches, consultants and teachers will be presented.

Instructors like Portland’s Lidia Yuknavitch will take writers on a journey of self-discovery. Other instructors from across the U.S. will provide specialized instruction only available at special events like this conference. Tom Willett (Austin, Tex.) will provide insight into screenplay structure. Jane Friedman (Virginia) will help writers understand the business side of writing. Robert Vivian (Michigan) will teach new forms of essay and poetry. Hallie Ephron (New York) will share insights into writing great fiction. Larry Brooks (Arizona) will challenge writer to dig deep into process. Luke Ryan (Los Angeles) will help screenwriters better understand the rapidly changing landscape in film and television.

Opportunities are available to meet and pitch to Literary agents and Hollywood agents, managers, and producers.

The early registration deadline is June 15th, but registrations are accepted through to and at the conference.

For more information, visit