Friday, May 15, 2015

Registration Open for Willamette Writers Conference

Registration for the Willamette Writers conference August 7-9th in Portland is now open. Dozens of workshops, opportunities to meet agents, editors, and Hollywood producers, and Larry Brooks of StoryFix.


The Willamette Writers Conference starts the first Friday in August each year. Events begin on the Thursday evening prior to the official start. For 2015, the conference runs Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, Oregon. The first Willamette Writers Conference, held in 1969, was little more than a day of workshops. It has grown to three days of workshops, panels, and lectures, as well as pitching opportunities and a number of special events. Attendance has grown rapidly in recent years and reached over 800 in 2008, with 150 staff and volunteers. Most attendees are from Oregon and Washington, but some come from as far away as Europe, Canada and Mexico. For more demographics and to advertise in our brochure and program, check out how to Advertise With Us.

The Willamette Writers Conference offers over 80 workshops, panels and speeches presented by some of the best–and best-known–professionals in the business. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from writing instructors teaching offerings that range from introductory and advanced craft, to the business of writing and responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies.

Each year the conference attracts about 50 well-known agents, editors, managers, producers and consultants primarily from the film and literary centers of Los Angeles and New York City looking for the next hot property from among our conference attendees. The result? Usually about 15 people acquire an agent to represent them, and three to six get published or have a script optioned at each conference. (See “Success Stories” for some recent tales of good fortune resulting from Willamette Writers Conferences.) NETWORKING Concurrent with learning and marketing, writers also have the opportunity to network and share creative energy with 600-800 fellow writers and industry professionals, all under one roof and in the heart of “Portlandia,” one of the most scenic and creatively forward-thinking cities in the country.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements May 1st, 2015

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Mountain Writers Series

presents a book launch for The Conversation, a new book of poems by


Saturday, May 2, 2015

3:00 PM - book-signing reception

Reading at 4:00 PM

George R. White Library and Learning Center Lobby

Concordia University • 2800 NE Liberty Street • Portland

Co-sponsored by Concordia Unversity's Art & Culture Program & open to the public.

Judith Barrington is the author of four collections of poetry. The title poem of this new collection was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is also the author of the best-selling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art. She has been a faculty member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s MFA Program and has taught workshops around the U.S. as well as in Britain and Spain.


The New 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.

All events and study groups will be open to the public and offered at no charge.

Go to our website for more details:


The Shore Ode: Writing at the Edge of the World

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, August 1/2 for more information and registration (Sitka fee: $230)

(This workshop description is on p. 25 of the online catalog.)

Walking the rim of the ocean, standing at a lakeshore, or pondering the coming-and-going sameness of a river: this familiar moment of meditation has generated some of the world’s best poems and lyric essays. It’s a kind of secret genre, full of tradition – and undiscovered potential.

We will have two days to explore this immensely attractive kind of writing. I will share inspiring “Shore Odes” both traditional and contemporary. We will take time to walk the nearby river-edge and beach, practicing observational and verbal techniques that sharpen the eye and ear. We will shape our notes into finished poems and essays, ready to astonish the world. Walking, ruminating, reading, writing... how could it not be an amazing time?

Workshop Leader David Oates has published five books of poetry and nonfiction, including Peace in Exile: Poems (Oyster River Press), winning awards including the Badonnah Award from New York's Bitterroot Poetry Journal, and the recent nonfiction prize from Northern Colorado Writers. He teaches the Wild Writers Seminars in Portland, and occasional workshops and graduate courses elsewhere in the US and Europe. The German literary journal Wortschau is featuring his poetry and prose (in English and German) in a series beginning September 2014 and continuing currently. Contact me:


St. Johns Booksellers Saturday May 9th, 2015, 3-4pm

When the parade is over and the party is on, drop by St Johns Booksellers for poetry from the Bards Deluxe. The current issue of The Bear Deluxe celebrates Poetry of Place. To that end, The Bear held a poetry contest and the nine winners have been published in issue #36. Each winner of the contest became a Bard Deluxe. Five of the "Bards" Deluxe (Laura Dunn, Megan Freshley, Heidi Greenwald, Marj Hogan, and Ross Robbins ) will read on St Johns Parade and Bizarre day, May 9, 3 p.m.- 4 p.m., at the St Johns Booksellers, 8622 N Lombard Street in the heart of St Johns.

The St. Johns Booksellers is a long time promoter of local poetry and has large collection of used and new books.


350PDX presents Kathleen Dean Moore and Rachelle McCabe performing “In a Time of Extinctions, a Call to Life,” a program interweaving Moore’s evocative words with McCabe’s expressive piano interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.”

An empowering call to action in extraordinary times, the performance is Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland, 97212. Tickets ($8-$20) are available at the door and online at

The performance is a benefit for 350PDX, the local branch of a diverse national grassroots movement to address the challenge of climate change.

In this weaving of music and words, concert pianist Rachelle McCabe plays Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme from Corelli,” with its outpouring of descending chords and quiet passages giving voice to both grief and hope. Writer Kathleen Dean Moore weaves words into the silences between variations and into the music itself, exploring Earth’s sixth period of extinctions and offering a path toward saving those things we love too much to lose. Convinced of the power of music and the need for action, Moore speaks of the performance as, “art that allows us to tell the terrible truths about global warming and mass extinction in a way that enters into people’s hearts rather than breaks them.”

Performances have been met with enthusiastic ovations, as audiences are treated to a unique artistic experience that empowers them to participate in a community of caring.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher, environmental advocate and award-winning writer who speaks across the country about the moral urgency of stopping a global carbon catastrophe. Rachelle McCabe enjoys an international career as an artist-teacher and as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.


Share a Poem May 12, 6-8 p.m. Central Library, US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave. downtown Portland

A new, open, Share a Poem Series for reciters, readers, and listeners will continue on the 2nd Tuesday in May (5/12 6-8p.m.) at the Central Library in the US Bank Room (first room on the right). Please share why the poem you’ve chosen appeals to you; add a poem of your own if you’d like and there’s time.

Please email John at with questions, intentions, & to receive updates.


The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program promotes, support and celebrates Oregon's writers.

Guidelines and applications for the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowships, including the newly established Writers of Color Fellowship, are now online at

As part of the application for an Oregon Literary Fellowship, writers can also choose to be considered for the Writers of Color Fellowship. The goal of the Writers of Color Fellowship is to promote perspectives from a variety of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and encourage diverse writers to apply for fellowships.

Deadline for applications:

All applications are due in the Literary Arts office by June 26, 2015. Fellowship recipients will be announced in January 2016.

Application process:

Writers who apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship who wish to have their application considered for the Writers of Color Fellowship will indicate this on an addendum to the application form. All fellowship applicants submit an application form and a writing sample. Complete guidelines are on our website at: Applicants who would like guidelines and applications emailed or mailed to them can contact Susan Denning at or 503.227.2583 ex 107. There is no charge to apply.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of out-of-state judges, except for young readers literature and drama, which each have a single judge. The judges are instructed to use the writing sample as the basis of their decisions for the selection of fellowship recipients. The judges change each year, and Literary Arts strives to select judges that represent diverse communities.

Oregon Literary Fellowships for Publishers

Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses. They are awarded to presses or magazines that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing. The deadline for submission is June 26, 2015. Application guidelines and entry form are located at


Daedalus Books presents an evening with poets

Matthew Dickman Timmy Straw Zosia Wiatr James Yeary

Thursday, May 7th 7:00 pm Daedalus Books 2074 NW Flanders



Szybist and Hartigan to read new work at ‘Readings at the Nick’

Acclaimed authors Mary Szybist and Endi Bogue Hartigan will read from their works of poetry on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Szybist is the author of “Incarnadine,” winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. According to publisher Graywolf Press, Szybist “describes the confusion and even terror of moments in which our longing for the spiritual may also be a longing for what is most fundamentally alien to us.” She is also the author of “Granted,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Virginia Quarterly Review and more. Szybist teaches English at Lewis and Clark College.

“Pool [5 choruses],” currently a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in poetry and winner of the 2012 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize. Hartigan’s work is “acrobatic and playful,” according to Publishers Weekly, “daring readers to consider intention and arbitrariness at once.” Hartigan is also the author of “One Sun Storm,” selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, VOLT, Verse, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Tinfish and others. She is a graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,

This reading is the final event in the “Readings at the Nick” series for this academic year. The events will continue in the fall.


Franck André Jamme

A reading, in French, by the renowned French poet, with English recitation by Samiya Bashir, poet and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Reed College

Monday, May 4 6:30 p.m.

Reed College Chapel (Eliot Hall) 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Free and open to the public

The Cooley Gallery will be open from 5:30 to 6:20 pm prior to the reading

Franck André Jamme travels to the U.S. on the occasion of his new book of poetry, To the Secret, published by La Presse books, with translations by Norma Cole. The book will be available at the reading.

Franck André Jamme has published numerous volumes of both lyric and concrete poetry as well as collaborative works with contemporary artists such as Léonie Guyer, Jaume Plensa, James Brown, Jan Voss, and Suzan Frecon. He was awarded the 2005 Grand Prix de Poésie de la Société des Gens de Lettres, and is the editor of the Pléiade edition of the complete works of René Char.

Jamme is a specialist in contemporary Indian Tantric, Brut, and tribal arts, and has curated exhibitions in Paris, San Francisco, and New York at venues including the Centre Pompidou and the Drawing Center. Siglio Press published his Tantra Song in 2012. His books translated into English include Moon Wood (Selavy Press, 2000), The Recitation of Forgetting (Black Square, 2003), Another Silent Attack (Black Square/Brooklyn Rail, 2006), and New Exercises (Wave Books, 2008). Jamme is the translator of John Ashbery's Three Poems and Ashbery is the translator of Jamme's La Récitation de l'oubli. He divides his time between Paris and Burgundy. For more information about Jamme's work please visit Siglio Press and La Presse.


Loggernaut Reading Series' 10th birthday celebration. In honor of our ten year existence, we've asked handfuls of former readers to write and read ten sentences (or lines). Readers include Justin Hocking, Pete Rock, Emily Kendal Frey, Jamalieh Haley, Michael Heald, Scott Nadelson, Sarah Bartlett, Jay Ponteri, Dan DeWeese, Robin Romm, Don Waters, Rodney Koeneke, Mary Rechner, and Nancy Rommelman. We'll have beer, wine, snacks, and a super secret musical guest!

Loggernaut's 10th Birthday Celebration
May 15th at 7pm
Independent Publishing Resource Center

1001 SE Division, Portland, Oregon


The 29th Street Writers gather in Portland, Oregon on most Saturday mornings to study writing, critique each other’s writing, and, above all, write. The group has been meeting in various configurations for over two decades.

The 29th Street Writers are a collective of diverse women writers, united in a common love for the pleasure and power of language. Writing authentically demands exposure, risk and honesty. Yet when the words land on paper, a new vision begins to emerge…one that enlightens the writer’s life and informs the larger world.

Each year they have a reading to share their work. In 2004, the group recorded a CD, titled This is the Welcome, that was born from their reading at Broadway Books that year and is a celebration of current and former.

Come and listen to readings by Amy Schutzer, Kathleen Saadat, Ila Suzanne Gray, Kathleen Haley, Elizabeth Simson Durant, Sharon Wood Wortman, Ellen Goldberg and Rudy Hansen Murray.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, 503-238-3904. Free admission.


Broadway Books is pleased to announce that Seattle writer Megan Kruse will read from her much-lauded debut novel Call Me Home on Thursday, May 28th, at 7 pm. Call Me Home is published by Portland-based Hawthorne Books.

Call Me Home has an epic scope, braiding the stories of a family in three distinct voices: Amy and her children; Jackson, who is gay and coming of age; and younger sister Lydia. At its heart, this is a story about family, our choices and how we come to live with them, what it means to be queer in the rural West, and the changing idea of home.

Megan Kruse is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer from the Pacific Northwest. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana, where she was awarded a Bertha Morton scholarship. Her creative writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Witness Magazine, Thumbnail Magazine, Bellingham Review, and Phoebe, among others. She lives in Seattle. This event is free and open to the public


The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist are delighted to begin the First Friday poetry series readings for 2015 on Friday, May 1.

The reading will be part of the May 1 First Friday festivities, and will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

Featured readers will be members of the Silverton Poetry Association. Their mission "is to‬ celebrate and further the art of poetry by sponsoring poetry readings, poetry classes and workshops, open mic readings, poetry publication and other poetry events and initiatives in our community." We have been talking about doing some collaborative efforts and this is a wonderful opportunity. Kelly Morehouse, the President, and several ‪members of the Association will be there reading their ‬own work or their favorite poems.

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


David Abel at the Chinese Garden, postponed due to illness, has now been rescheduled.

Peach Blossom Poetry Series at the Chinese Garden

Saturday, May 9 3:30 pm Lan Su Chinese Garden -- Scholar's Hall 239 NW Everett

Free with Garden membership or regular admission Copies of a new broadside produced by the garden will be available gratis at the reading. I hope that you can make it!


Literary Agent Chip MacGregor and Author Leslie Gould Speak at Willamette Writers May Membership Meeting

On Tuesday May 5th at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers presents a special program with literary agent Chip MacGregor and best-selling author Leslie Gould.

The topic of the meeting is Why You Still Need An Agent (and Why An Agent Still Needs You). Chip and Leslie plan to share their insights on what makes for a great professional relationship between author and agent.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with time for Chip and Leslie to answer questions informally; the meeting presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. Attendance is free to members of Willamette Writers and full time students under 25; non-members pay $10.


Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box® is proud to announce the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds, and we invite all of you to join us for our Portland book launch celebration featuring: Annie Lighthart, Brenda Taulbee, Carolyn Martin, Christa Kaainoa, Douglas Spangle, Eileen McGurn, Irene Bloom, Jennifer Kemnitz, Lynn Knapp, 'M', M.F. McAuliffe, Matt Amott, Michael Shay, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, Steve Williams and Tricia Knoll.

Poeming Pigeons Book Launch Celebration
Monday, May 4th, 2015

Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave (at Division)
Portland, Oregon 97202

Poeming Pigeons is a curated collection of poetry from around the world (104 Poets Representing 5 Continents, 11 Countries and 22 States) -- over 100 poems expressing our fascination, fear, frustration and undeniable connection to our fine, feathered friends. Between the pages of this anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire -- all through poems about birds. For more information, and to order your copy, go to


Each year Gertrude Press publishes two chapbooks: one fiction and one poetry. These beautiful, perfect bound books include a unique cover in a limited press run. The winners of our annual contest will also receive $250, 50 copies of the printed book, and 2 e-book files (MOBI and EPUB). Submit your work for consideration!

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

• Submit 25-30 pages of poetry, either online or via surface mail.
• Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.
• Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
• Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. Sorry, we do not return manuscripts.
• Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
• Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.
• Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press; online submissions are $17 to cover printing, ink, etc.
• Submissions accepted beginning September 15, 2014 until May 15, 2015 (postmark deadline).

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines:

• Submit 25-30 pages of short fiction or a self-contained novel excerpt, either online or via surface mail.
• Submissions should be set in 12pt font and double-spaced.
• Indicate which selections have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.
• Fiction may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.
• Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. Sorry, we do not return manuscripts.
• Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.
• Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.
• Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press; online submissions are $17 to cover printing, ink, etc.
• Submissions accepted beginning September 15, 2014 until May 15, 2015 (postmark deadline).

Writer Compensation:

$250 cash award

50 complimentary copies of the chapbook

Your chapbook will also be published in EPUB and MOBI format for distribution as an electronic publication through our web site. Chapbooks will be distributed to subscribers, libraries, and bookstores carrying Gertrude, the Press’ annual literary journal.

You can purchase past chapbooks online.


Portland State University's graduate program in Book Publishing is excited to announce the next installment of its Transmit Culture lecture series. Please join us for a conversation with Georgia Frances King, editor of Kinfolk, facilitated by Julie Falk, executive director of Bitch Media.

With a circulation of 75,000, Kinfolk has grown into a global brand with a distinct aesthetic. Based in Portland, the quarterly lifestyle magazine produces international editions in Japan, China, Korea, and Russia, and organizes monthly community gathering events that take place around the world. Julie Falk of Bitch Media will interview Kinfolk editor Georgia Frances King about the magazine's success since its inaugural 2011 issue.

Bitch Media is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that has been publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture since 2006. Julie Falk was hired as Bitch Media's first Executive Director in June 2009.

Scheduled for May 14, 2015, “Transmit Culture: A Conversation with Georgia Frances King” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Shattuck Hall Annex at 1914 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201. You can RSVP at the Facebook event (, though it's not required.

Transmit Culture: A Series of Conversations about Publishing is hosted by the graduate program in Book Publishing at PSU and Ooligan Press, a nonprofit trade publishing house staffed by students in the graduate program. The lecture series features professionals from all areas of the publishing industry. Lectures are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5–10.


Broadway Books is pleased to announce that Kirsten Rian will read from her new book of poems, Life Expectancy, on Thursday, May 21st.

Rian has spent twenty-five years as a writer and multidisciplinary artist. She is widely published internationally as an essayist and poet and is the author of two books. Rian is the poetry editor at The Oregonian, a writing and literature professor, and the recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and project grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Also active in photography for twenty-five years, Rian’s other career is as an independent curator and picture editor working with some of the world’s most accomplished photographers, publishers, and institutions. She has coordinated more than 375 exhibitions, and picture-edited or written for more than eighty books and catalogs. She recently completed curating an exhibition of images from the vast William Stafford archives for the 2014 William Stafford centennial celebration at Lewis and Clark College, and a digital storytelling project for Notre Dame.

This event is free and open to the public.


Rebecca Lawton Named Winner of Inaugural Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Her winning submission, “The Oasis This Time,” was chosen by the judges for its quality of writing and meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature. Lawton will be honored at a June reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend. She will also receive a $1,000 cash award and a four-week fellowship at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.

Lawton’s submission focused on California palm oases and their role as barometers of the effects of falling groundwater in communities around the American West. The cash award will help to support her continuing field work on the subject. “We were delighted to receive such a strong response to our call for submissions in this inaugural year of the Prize. The judges were challenged to choose from the diverse range of subject matter and proposals, as well as excellent writing,” said Ellen Waterston, president of the board of directors of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize.

Underscoring the quality of submissions, three applicants were named finalists: Nathaniel Brodie, Oregon, “Entangled in the Land;” Maya Kapoor, Arizona, “The Familiar and Wild;” and Caroline Treadway, Colorado, “Step On This: Desert Ants.” The finalists are invited to attend the June reception and offer a brief reading.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize was established to honor creative and literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, as well as to position the desert not only as setting, but also as subject. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative.

The prize is funded from an endowment managed by the Oregon Community Foundation, with the impetus for the creation of the endowment provided by actor Sam Waterston, after whom the prize is named. As the endowment for the prize grows, so will the annual prize amount. Tax deductible donations to the Waterston Desert Writing Prize can be mailed to PO Box 640, Bend, OR 97709.

Submissions for the 2016 Waterston Desert Writing Prize will be accepted starting January 1, 2016. For more information about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, visit


The “Compose” Creative Writing Conference, May 2, 2015

The Clackamas Community College English Department presents its annual writing conference, Compose, on May 2, 2015, featuring workshops for writers in all genres — from fiction and poetry, to songwriting, digital storytelling, and more. Presenters and special guests include screenwriters Gill Dennis (Walk the Line) and Rafael Alvarez (The Wire); National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist; Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics; Jeff Baker, film and literary critic for The Oregonian; and award-winning authors Willy Vlautin and Kevin Sampsell. Workshops are $5 each, with lunch and keynote address available for $10.

Storytelling Now is a free evening seminar that will follow the Compose workshops. It features Mr. Alvarez, Diana Schutz, Gill Dennis (Screenwriter for Walk the Line), and J. Bills and Damon Redmond (both videogame designers) in a discussion of the art and craft of storytelling in the digital age.

See the complete schedule and sign up for both events on the CCC Compose Eventbrite page or the CCC English Department website,


Meg McHutchison Woven: New Monotypes

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 7th
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibition runs May 4-30

margareta waterman


Saturday, May 16th
2:00 pm

Glyph Cafe & Arts Space
804 NW Couch St. - corner of NW Park
Portland, OR 97209

Free, open to the public, all ages.

Meg McHutchison is an interdisciplinary artist and narrative designer. Her visual work in monotype is a meditative practice based in energy and flow. Her current exhibition, Woven, features dynamic prints whose markings whorl and spin out from the page. The work is alive, and like flames of fire or crystalline ice the pieces lick and flicker, mesmerize and beckon.

margareta waterman, a grande dame of Pacific Northwest poetry, celebrates her new book, denouement (nine muses books, 2015). The collection features monotypes by Meg McHutchison and JC Schlechter and its nine sections weave together the themes of a lifetime's passionate visions, face death and life both, recognize the pain and the glory, honor the tenderness and whisper the secrets.

Native Oregonian, interdisciplinary artist JC Schlechter's work is primarily focused on the conversation that evolves from considering the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest.

On view in the cafe’s shadow box tables:

McHutchison’s & Schlechter’s original monotypes for denouement, excerpt broadsides and ephemera from the creative process. Vitrine installation runs all month.


If Not For Kidnap presents

Michael Morse, Tod Marshall, Kimberly Burwick, Andrew Michael Roberts, & Broc Rosell

Friday, May 1
7:30 pm

Ristretto Roasters

555 NE Couch Street



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Literary Arts proudly announces the 31st season of Portland Arts & Lectures

Literary Arts proudly announces the 31st season of Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series. Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought the world's most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to Oregon.

The series begins on October 5 with author Jane Smiley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. Random House will publish Early Warning, the second novel in Smiley's trilogy about an Iowa family, this April. Anthony Doerr, whose novel All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015 and was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, will appear on November 19. Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Paris to the Moon, will join us on January 21. Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine, best known for her collection of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric, which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, will speak on February 25. The season concludes on April 28 with Pakistani-born writer Mohsin Hamid, whose writing has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and the PEN/Hemingway Award (Moth Smoke).

Subscriptions for the 2015/2016 Portland Arts & Lectures series start at just $75 and include five memorable nights with some of the world's most creative and dynamic authors. Click here to purchase subscriptions online, or call our box office at 503-227-2583.

Founded in 1984, Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary organization located in downtown Portland. This year we're celebrating 30 years of serving Oregon's readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon's writers and independent publishers; Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland's public high schools; and Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements April 4th, 2015

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The New 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.

All events and study groups will be open to the public and offered at no charge.

Go to our website for more details:


Spring Workshops with PDX Writers

Saturday, April 11: Marketing your Writing. Inkwater Press’ John Sibley-Williams will answer that looming question of what an author should do after completing his or her manuscript in this interactive workshop.

Sundays, April 19 & May 3: Hammer & Nails- the structure of your novel. Using James Scott Bell’s book “Write Your Novel from the Middle” to hammer out the guideposts of your book.

Saturday, May 9: Day Long Writing Retreat at Edgefield Sunday, May 17: Deep Editing, hands-on craft workshop Sunday, June 14: Writing in Response to MORE Mary Oliver Poetry. Back by popular demand!

Saturday mornings at TaborSpace: each Saturday through June from 10am to noon. Drop in!

To learn more and to register, please visit our website: or email us at


Call for Papers (Paid/up to $125) - Moss, an online journal of Northwest writing

Moss is an online journal of Northwest writing. We are now accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions for our third issue, to be published this Spring. To learn more about the publication, you can read our first two issues online now at

Moss pays up to $125 for each accepted piece, and there is no fee to submit. Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions of at least 1,800 words; shorter pieces may be paid at a reduced rate. We are not accepting poetry at this time.

Submissions are limited to current residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia and those with a substantial connection to the region. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, with the condition that you notify us immediately if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere. Please send only one submission, attached as a Word document, to mosslit [at] gmail [dot] com.


A reading by Harold Johnson

7 PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison

A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Harold Johnson has been an army musician, played in an opera company orchestra, edited a small literary journal, taught school, traveled in Europe, and played lots of tennis. His poems have appeared in Hubbub, The Portland Review, Oregon Literary Journal, and the anthologies From Here We Speak (Oregon State University Press), How to Be This Man ( Swan Scythe Press), New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press), among others.

During a long teaching career (English, art) in Portland he has been active in music,sports, visual arts, and writing.. For two years he co-edited Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon. He has published two chapbooks. Citizenship (Many Voices Press, 2014) is his first full-length volume of poetry. He is also the author of a novel, The Fort Showalter Blues, which is forthcoming in the next year.

Retired from teaching since 1995, Harold is a between-wars veteran of the US Army where he served as a bandsman in the 62nd Army Band at Fort Bliss, Texas. He, his wife Anne, and son Miles are longtime residents of Portland’s Irvington neighborhood.


Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnville, April 18

Join us for a day of workshops, talks and readings at the 6th annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnville on Saturday, April 18. Topics include the craft of writing poetry, fiction (including YA and children’s lit), and creative nonfiction; how to get published (including self-publishing and writing book proposals); how to make a book with your own hands; and an inky, hands-on session on letterpress printing.

Oregon’s Poet Laureate Peter Sears will open the program. Award-winning novelist Rene Denfeld (author of Enchanted: A Novel) is the featured after-lunch speaker. Also presenting are Harold Johnson, Stephanie Lenox, John Sibley Williams & Sean Jones (of Inkwater Press), Barbara Drake, Adam Gallardo, Paulann Petersen, Samuel Snoek-Brown, Emily Grosvenor, Lisa Ohlen Harris, Stephanie Shaw, Marilyn Worrix, and Juniper White. The day will conclude with an open-mic reading session. For the complete schedule, visit the festival website.

Third Street Books of McMinnville will serve as the festival bookstore, offering books by speakers and others, with signing tables and opportunities to visit with the authors. The festival will take place at the Yamhill Valley Branch of Chemeketa Community College.

Registration fees are $50 for students and seniors 65+, and $60 for all others ($10 discount for registrations received by April 10). Download the registration form at Box lunches can be pre-ordered (see registration form for details) or bring a sack lunch.

Although this is a one-day event, if you’re in the mood to stay over and visit Yamhill County, you will find comfortable accommodations, world-class wine tasting rooms, rural scenery, and an old-fashioned downtown atmosphere. Third Street in McMinnville was recently recognized as one of America’s best main streets by Parade magazine.

Information, festival news, and updates also can be found on the Terroir Creative Writing Festival Facebook page. If you have questions or requests, send an email to


Reading and Book Launch for David Biespiel's A LONG HIGH WHISTLE: SELECTED COLUMNS ON POETRY at Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 4pm

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne 3723 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry by David Biespiel

Every month over a period of 10 years, poet and critic David Biespiel published a brief essay on poetry in the Oregonian in what became the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the U.S. Collected here for the first time, these popular essays, many of which have been revised and expanded, offer a fresh and refreshing approach to the reading and writing of poetry. With passion, wit, and common sense, they articulate a profound and entertaining statement about the mysteries of poetry and about poetry's essential role in our civic and cultural lives. A Long High Whistle (Antilever Press) discusses the work of nearly 100 poets from ancient times to the present.

David Biespiel is the author or editor of ten books. His most recent collections of poems are Charming Gardeners and The Book of Men Women, which received the Oregon Book Award, as well as the Everyman's Library anthology, Poems of the American South. His books of prose include Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. He writes the Poetry Wire column for The Rumpus and is president of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters.


Susan Griffin will be speaking on “Sustainability and the Soul”

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, 1211 SW Main St., Portland.

Tickets $20-$5 sliding scale, available at the door or on-line under Adult Programs.

Addressing this complex threat of climate change, Susan Griffin will explore the false divisions our culture makes between body and soul, masculine and feminine, self and other that allow us to hide from our own knowledge. No matter how unique each of us may be, we are all born and sustained within natural and social eco-systems, and we all live, body and soul, in a network of relationships. Our efforts to avert even worse effects of climate change will be far more effective when we gain a deeper understanding of the reciprocity and interdependence that define and sustain every aspect of existence.


On Sunday, April 19 at 7 PM, David Rutiezer and Joseph A. Soldati read their work in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Free and open to the public, with canned goods or cash donations for the Food Bank. Books available for purchase and autographing.

Venue: Holy Names Heritage Center

Ample, accessible parking.

17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego [2 miles south of George Rogers Park on Hwy 43.


We are closing our brick and mortar used bookstore, Anthology Booksellers, at 3941 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, next to the Linus Pauling House on April 15th! All of our 15,000 used books are 50% off including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, art criticism and more!

Shop early for the best selection.

Bookshelves will also be for sale.

Browse online at After the sale our inventory of books will be available through our online shop.

Many thanks to all our friends and customers who share our love of books! Stop in and say hello.

Gary Wilkie and Marilyn Stablein

Anthology Booksellers 3941 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97220 503-232-1119


Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème

presents a book launch celebration & reading featuring

Kathleen Halme

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM Vie de Bohème SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row 1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214

Suggested donation $5

Kathleen Halme’s fourth book of poetry, My Multiverse, was named winner of the 2014 Green Rose Prize at New Issues Press at Western Michigan University. Her first book of poetry, Every Substance Clothed, was winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Equipoise, was published by Sarabande Books, and her third, Drift and Pulse, by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, including Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, and Anthropological Quarterly. Halme is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship in Anthropology, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. She is a native of Michigan's upper peninsula and lives in Portland.


Mountain Writers Series at TaborSpace

presents a reading & musical performance featuring

Daniel Wolff & Alicia Jo Rabins

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Copeland Commons • TaborSpace • 5441 SE Belmont • Portland

Suggested admission $5 to benefit Mountain Writers programs & writers

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. Her manuscript, Divinity School, won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from APR/Copper Canyon in September 2015. Her poems appear in the Boston Review, 6×6, and Ploughshares. As a musician, Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble—an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women—with whom she has released three albums. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance, was named one of Portland’s five best theater performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week. She has played bluegrass fiddle across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department and toured for eight years as the violinist in Brooklyn-based klezmer-punk band, Golem. Alicia lives in Portland with her husband and their two small children.

Daniel Wolff is an accomplished author, poet and filmmaker whose collection of poetry, The Names of Birds, was just published by Four Ways Books (2015). His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and Threepenny Review; and his prose has appeared in diverse publications, ranging from Vogue to Education Weekly. Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Award for the best music book in 1985, Wolff is the author of You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke and 4th of July, Asbury Park, among others. He's also received credits on such documentaries asThe Agronomist, about slain Haitian civil rights leader Jean Dominique, and several projects on post-Katrina New Orleans, including I'm Carolyn Parker—the catalyst for his look at the lives of everyday American heroes in his text, The Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back (Bloomsbury, 2012).



>From his new novel Martin Marten on April 21st at 7 pm. An intertwined coming of age story of two energetic, sinewy, muddled, brilliant, creative animals, one human and one mustelid.

Dave is fourteen years old, eager, and headlong. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrilling. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend.

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland and the author of seventeen books of essays, fiction, poems, and nonfiction, among them the novels Mink River, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and The Plover. Honors for his work include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

This event is free and open to the public.


A Couple of Poets

David Meltzer and Julie Rogers
8pm Thursday, April 23

Angst Gallery Vancouver, WA 98660

A Couple of Poets, David Meltzer and Julie Rogers, have been performing their work together since 2010. Each will read solo and they’ll cap the evening with a back and forth poetry improv, referred to as “Fours” in the jazz world.


David Meltzer began his literary career during the Beat heyday and is considered a prominent figure in the San Francisco/Beat Renaissance. At the age of 20 he recorded his poetry with jazz in Los Angeles. Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described him as "one of the greats of post-World-War-Two San Francisco poets and musicians.” He is the author of many volumes of poetry including Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957 – 1992, No Eyes: Lester Young, Beat Thing, and David’s Copy. He has also published fiction and essays including Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews such as The Secret Garden: An Anthology in the Kabbalah, Reading Jazz, Writing Jazz, and San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets. His most recent book of poetry, When I Was A Poet, is # 60 in the Pocket Poet’s Series published by City Lights. For decades, David Meltzer has read his work and taught at countless venues in the United States and Europe and he continues to give talks and readings in the SF Bay Area and elsewhere. In 2011 he and poet Julie Rogers married; they live in Oakland and now perform their work together. David was given the Bay Area Guardian's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and in 2012 was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. This year, City Lights reissued a special edition of Two-Way Mirror with an updated addendum. Diane di Prima, former SF Poet Laureate says of him, “David Meltzer is a hidden adept, one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.”


Julie Rogers entered the San Francisco poetry scene during the 1970’s. Her poems were first included in a San Francisco anthology in 1980, and she later published six chapbooks. She has read her work on public radio and television and at many venues in California and Oregon. Decades of involvement in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism have influenced her writings, and in 2007, Vimala published her Buddhist hospice manual, Instructions for the Transitional State, with which she will soon begin a training program. Her poetry has been featured in various journals and anthologies such as Beatitude – Golden Anniversary 1959 – 2009, Poetry Flash, Sparring with Beatnik Poets, Big Scream, The Cafe Review, World of Change, and others. In 2012, Wild Ocean Press published her first selected collection of poetry spanning thirty years of work, House Of The Unexpected. Omerta Publications released her chapbook Street Warp in 2013. Penguin/Random House is currently considering another book-length volume of her poetry. Julie teaches creative writing for kids and adults, and performs solo, and with her husband, David Meltzer. Beat poet Michael McClure has said of her work, “Few poems are written as close to the heart -- no extra words, just soul meanings…”


Friday, April 10th, at 7pm, authors Andy Valentine, Eric Benick, and Benjamin M. Ficklin will perform a literary reading at Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St.

Valentine and Ficklin (members of Eugene-based literary collective The StoneCutters Union) will read original works of fiction. Benick will read excerpts from his forthcoming poetry chapbook, "Fox Hunts." Valentines short story "The End of The Night" was recently featured in The Shrug, and early last year he was published in Old Growth Northwest's Poplorish Magazine. He will read an all new story. The evening also celebrates Ficklins release of a two-story broadside, designed and illustrated by KC Englander. The readers will toast their own rejections and encourage heckling of all varieties. Please come, and give them hell. Wine will be served.

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The Knotted Bond – Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters is the featured book at Last Tuesdays Poetry on April 28, when several contributing poets will read their work from the anthology. Our events run from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662.

Conceived and edited by Liz Nakazawa, the book contains over 30 local poets' unique and compelling perspectives on sisters and sisterhood. The poets who have said they will be present at this event to present the book are Quinton Hallett, Laura LeHew, Dorothy Blackcrow Mack, Amanda Powell, Ann Staley and Ingrid Wendt.

As usual, there will be open mic slots that can be claimed on the night. If you want to do one, please rehearse a 2-3 minute presentation.


Why We Connect - The Poetry of Mary Oliver

Saturday, April 18, 2PM-4
No charge

Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro

Mary Oliver is the most published modern American poet. On April 18th, at the Hillsboro Library Main Branch, we will celebrate National Poetry Month with a presentation on Mary Oliver’s poetry and what it reveals about her as a person.

Margaret Chula lived in Japan for twelve years where she taught English and creative writing at universities in Kyoto. Her books include Grinding my ink (Haiku Society of America Book Award); Always Filling, Always Full; and The Smell of Rust. As a prize-winning haiku writer, Maggie Chula will talk from her unique and useful perspective on the relationship of nature themes as they are used in haiku and in Oliver’s poems.

Fred Melden is a past editor of Shakespeare's Monkey Revue, and is co-director of Conversations With Writers, a Hillsboro Library monthly event. His work has been published in Seeds of . . . A Tawk Press Anthology. He is also author of Education Goals and American Values, from Publish America. He will explore the details of Oliver’s famous poem, “The Summer Day” and how she artfully constructed its flow.

Leslea Smith, born in Alaska, is an MFA graduate from U. of Alaska, Anchorage. Her poems have appeared in Verseweavers and Cirque, and she has presented at Conversations With Writers in Hillsboro. She is an attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and has a reputation as the Cat Lady of her neighborhood. Leslea will discuss the theme of spirituality as it is found in nature and conveyed in Oliver’s poetry.

Michelle Winter describes herself as moving through life, leaving in her wake little bits of paper covered with word-paintings. Poem-notes travel in the margins of her planner, are scribbled on handouts and fliers, on napkins and the backs of receipts. A poet, artist, educator and art director, she lives in the Oregon Coast Range with her husband and three children. Michelle will explore the concept of identity revealed in Mary Oliver's work.


portland readings of two new books

All Fire All Water by Judith Roche

denoument by margareta waterman

sunday afternoon, april 12 3:00 pm

RollUp, 1715 se spokane

a reception/reading to introduce Judith Roche to our literary community, and us to her hosted by Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis Meg McHutchison and margareta waterman

Judith, margareta and Meg will perform

Anna's and Kerry's work will be on the walls of this new wonderful gallery in sellwood RollUp, 1715 se spokane


tuesday evening, april 14 7:00 pm

Judith Roche, margareta waterman and dan raphael

Mother Foucault's Bookstore 523 se morrison


saturday afternoon, may 16 2:00 - 5:00 pm

margareta waterman

Glyph Cafe and Art Space

804 NW Couch (North Park Blocks

with the walls full of the visual magic of Meg McHutchison

Judith Roche has won two American Book Awards; her fourth collection of poetry, All Fire All Water, will appear early in 2015. She has taught at all levels from elementary to university. She has poems installed in several Seattle area public art installations and is widely published in magazines and journals. She is a Fellow in the Black Earth Institute, an organization dedicated to social justice, environmental issues and spiritual awareness.

Meg McHutchison's visual work is featured at Glyph Cafe and Art Space in may. after many influential years in seattle, Meg now lives in portland

margareta waterman and dan raphael are no strangers to portland poetry audiences.


EPU (Exquisite Poets Union) reading & UPE (Unnamed Photography Ensemble) artists' reception

Saturday, April 18th | 2-5pm

UPE exhibition runs April 2nd to May 2nd

Glyph Cafe & Arts Space
804 NW Couch St. - corner of NW Park
Portland, OR 97209 (503) 719-5481

Free, open to the public, all ages.

EPU is a one-time exquisite corpse project by unidentified writers. The resulting iterative work will be on display in the cafe’s shadow box tables and a randomized group reading will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2-4 pm. Writers from out of town may send a proxy in their stead, and the order of readers will be determined through a chance operation rather than by authorship. Join the literary mayhem as writers meet one another and swap texts.

UPE is an ad hoc collaboration between six anonymous artists, unnamed even to each other. Each participant was invited to submit an abstract, photo-based image along with six alterations for the curator to perform on designated parts of the composite grid. Chance operations were used to determine image selection, placement and/or alterations. The exhibition is timed for April in conjunction with Photolucida and Portland Photography Month. Please join us on the 18th to meet the artists, who are meeting each other for the first time as well.


Haibun: Doing the Light Fandango
Workshop with Margaret Chula

Sunday, April 12 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Deschutes Public Library, Library Admin Conference Room
510 NW Wall, Bend OR (541) 617-7050

Haibun is a dance between haiku (“hai”) and prose (“bun”). In a haibun, the prose sets the scene and mood while the haiku shift us in a new direction. Haibun was made famous by seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho in his travel diaries. This is a natural form for storytellers. We’ll begin the workshop with an introduction to haiku and haibun, then read and discuss a variety of haibun from contemporary poets. The last hour of the class is devoted to writing and sharing your own stories through haibun. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. Register at

Poetry Reading with Margaret Chula and Haibun Workshop Participants
Sunday, April 12 • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Deschutes Public Library, Brooks Room, Bend OR


Handcrafted: Sharpen Your Tools, Shape Your Writing.

April's theme: In Focus & Out of Focus Facilitated by Mary Kibbe

Often thought of in relation to sight or a mental ability to focus, this experience of focus can be applied to all of the senses as well as to our writing. What's at the center of our story or poem? What lives at the periphery? What happens when we write the lines that are still out of focus?

This is a guided, exploratory, and supportive workshop space that encourages engagement with your writing practice in particular ways. We experiment. We create. We play.

Monday, April 13, 1:00-3:00 PM

At Shout House, 210 SE Madison St., Suite 11, Portland, OR 97214

$15-$25 sliding scale

Advanced registration is appreciated, but not required. Drop-in folks should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early.


David Abel will be reading in the Peach Blossom Poetry Series at the Chinese Garden.

Copies of a new broadside produced by the garden will be available gratis at the reading; I hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 11 3:00 pm

Lan Su Chinese Garden -- Scholar's Hall 239 NW Everett

Free with Garden membership or regular admission


Spare Room presents

Jan Clausen

Kit Robinson

Sunday, April 12 7:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison

$5 suggested donation

Jan Clausen's books include novels, the memoir Apples and Oranges, and six volumes of poetry including, most recently, Veiled Spill: A Sequence. Individual poems and stories have appeared widely in periodicals and in the anthologies Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century and Poems from the Women's Movement. In 1976, Clausen co-founded Conditions magazine, and later extended her involvement with the feminist small press movement as publisher of Long Haul Press. She teaches in the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program and at NYU. Oregon-born, she moved to New York City in 1973.

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry), and twenty other books of poetry. His collaboration with Ted Greenwald, A Mammal of Style (Roof) was named among "the best poetry of 2014" by the Chicago Tribune. Recent work can be found online at Mary, The Recluse and Prelude. Kit lives in Berkeley and works as a freelance writer. In a statement online at Elective Affinities, he writes: "Poetry is language on a holiday. Free to go where it will. But it is not jobless. The job of poetry is to continue, despite everything that is pitted against it."


Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine. There will be refreshments—including cake!


Community Announcements from Soapstone by soapstone

622 SE 29th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 USA

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Authors Road Interview Daniel Handler (and Lemony Snicket)

Daniel Handler

(and Lemony Snicket)

Novelist and story writer for both children and adults

When Salli says this is the interview that kept her laughing most, you can count on the fact that you’re in for a good time watching this clever chat with our 47th writer.

And, not only that, this is a 2-fer: one interview with two remarkable writers (although it should be said that Lemony Snicket only shows up for brief, whimsical moments during this film).

Handler is a writer. A prolific writer. And in this interview he explains why: he never learned how to do anything else besides write books, stories, movies, poems and musicals. Writing and telling stories is the thing he loves to do most, and in this animated and spirited interview you’ll see him share some of his insights, as well as tell a few zappers that Lemony Snicket would likely share if Lemony Snicket had been there.

Handler was first published after our daughters were in high school, so we didn’t get to read his stories to them at bedtime. But that’s not true for our granddaughter, and we’ve loved sharing his wonderfully twisted tales with her. The Dark is one of her favorite books, and she never seems to get enough hearing us read it to her.

This was a rare interview, and one that was difficult to arrange given Handler’s kinetic schedule and many demands. His latest novel, We Are Pirates, had been released only a few days before we caught up with him at his home in San Francisco. So, as you watch this interview keep in mind, he’s a busy and very creative mind. He’s active in politics, the arts, and the community. He sings, plays accordion, hosts literary events and so much more. Daniel Handler is an example of the Renaissance artist with interests as wide and rich as the human mind can stretch.

We’re honored he took the time to meet and talk with us, and pleased we can share his story with you.

George & Salli
The Authors Road

Thanks for . . .

. . . joining us . . .

. . . on the road!