Monday, December 14, 2015


Bill Johnson's charming All Engines Great and Small is available on Amazon for .99 Inspired by All Creatures Great and Small, the science fiction novel is about a mechanic working on mechanical animals that ingest ore and smelt metal in the asteroid belt. Available on Amazon http://amzn.to/1jYFKwy

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Secret In Their Eyes Review


The Secret in Their Eyes is a film with a dual time line and some powerful acting, but it never quite becomes fully compelling. Why this happens speaks to the difficulty of telling a story with a dual time line.

The film starts with the murder of a teenage girl, who is the daughter of counter-terrorism officer in LA just after 9/11 working with a partner. Both are devastated by the murder. 13 years later, he feels he's tracked down the main suspect.

The story issue for having a dual time line is there needs to be dramatic tension and a clarity of purpose combining story and plot on both time lines. There needs to be an underlying, single story line.

The plot line and plot question is always clear, will the main character track down the murderer after 13 years. But the story is more complicated and that underlying story question that connects both plot line and both story lines felt diffuse. The film is about loss and obsession and not being able to let go of the 'what if' moments in life that define the characters. But the issue of 'what if' moment around a romantic attraction never quite connects to a story line.

A complicated plot like this creates what I call a traffic cop effect, with scenes organized around what needs to happen for the plots on both time lines to work and build to that big reveal. The director and actors pull off the plot and I admire how the characters are portrayed, but a deeper level of psychological depth never developed on the story line. Without that, scenes felt superficial, typical Hollywood-thriller scenes.

Interesting film, an attempt to get at something deeper. That requires a clear vision of the story and a sense of purpose from everyone involved.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Story Line/Plot Line


The basic idea of a story line is that it sets out a story's core issue of human need, speaks to that issues advancing toward fulfillment, and speaks of what that fulfillment creates. For example, a simple story line for Romeo and Juliet would be that...

Romeo and Juliet begins by introducing a young man and woman who are in love with the idea of love. When they fall in love, to be together these young characters must act in spite of the escalating mutual hatred of their families. By being willing to die to prove their love, they act out the power of great -- if tragic -- love.

Beginning, middle, end.

The plot line of Romeo and Juliet could be described as follows...

A young man falls in love with a girl who belongs to a clan his family has been feuding with for generations. They both must resort to increasing acts of defiance to be together in spite of the hatred of their families. In the end, each chooses death rather than to be apart from their beloved, acting out that great love cannot be denied.

Beginning, middle, end.

I came onto the idea of story line/plot line while teaching an on-line class. The structure of the class was that I would meet 3-4 people as a group in a chat-type environment, then the following week I would meet with people individually.

During a private session, I described to each writer a story line for his story. I then asked each writer to repeat back that simple story line. Each repeated back to me a plot line, even though the description of a story line was still on the screen.

I then asked each writer to send me the first page of their novels.

Not one of them wrote anything that suggested in the slightest the beginning of a story. It was all plot details and descriptions of things.

That was a great AHA! moment for me. This is the most common failure in weak writing, no clear sense of purpose or drama from the beginning of a story.

To understand the connection between story line/plot line is to see into the foundation of a story, to see whether every element is advancing the story in a purposeful way. If you understand story line/plot line, you can tell a story with multiple time lines or multiple narrators.

For more reviews, visit http://www.storyispromise.com

To order a copy of A Story is a Promise & Spirit of Storytelling.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Soapstone Literary Anouncements 10/31/2015


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: https://tinyletter.com/soapstone For more information about receiving the announcements or sending your own announcement to this list, go to http://soapstone.org/announcements.html We never lend or sell our mailing list. If you no longer wish to be on this list, you can unsubscribe by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the end. ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ON AN EVERY OTHER WEEK SCHEDULE.

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Reading the Poetry of Maxine Kumin A Study Group led by Andrea Hollander and Judith Barrington

Maxine Kumin (1925 - 2014) is one of the great poets of our time. Winner of the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes among many others, and Poet Laureate of the United States, she produced a large body of work which was very important to both Andrea Hollander and Judith Barrington, both of whom also knew her personally.

Each session will focus on a few poems, all of which can be found in Where I Live: New and Selected Poems. You will be expected to read the poems ahead of time and participate in discussion about them. It will be a relaxed atmosphere, with participants encouraged to bring their lunch, to make it easier to fit in on a Saturday.

The study group welcomes both readers and writers, those who already know Kumin’s work well, those who would like to become better acquainted with it, and those for whom the study group will be an introduction to her work. It is not a writing workshop.

The study group will meet for four Saturdays in January of 2016: January 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10 to 1 at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont. Participants are limited to 15. There will be a $40 fee for the series, payable in advance to secure a place. To register or for scholarship information contact info@soapstone.org.

This study group is full but we are taking names for the waiting list.

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Authors Bruce Barton, David D. Levine, Alicia Jo Rabins, Willa Schneberg, Amy Schutzer and Debra Zaslow will read for the 16th Annual Reading of Oregon Jewish Writers. It usually sells out, so please purchase tickets early.

Nov. 3 Jewish Voices Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education 1953 NW Kearney, Portland Tues., 7:30PM

Ticket info: General Public: $10; OJMCHE Members: $8; Students: $5 http://www.ojmche.org/experience/talk-2015-11-03-jewish-voices-2015

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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: www.soapstone.org.

The next deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.

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Readings from Of Course, I’m A Feminist! and Open Mic

On March 8, 2015 – International Women’s Day – eighteen sister poets gathered in Portland, OR to share their voices and celebrate their foremothers. Led by Ellen Goldberg, these voices ranged in age from 15 to 73. Shawn Aveningo lent her talents and her publishing company, The Poetry Box, to preserve these voices in print. On November 4, 2015, the Milwaukie Poetry Series is privileged to sponsor a sampling of these voices and offer Of Course, I’m A Feminist for purchase. An Open Mic extending the feminist theme will follow.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 7-8:30 PM

2215 SE Harrison The Pond House in Milwaukie, Adjacent to the Ledding Library

Contact: Tom Hogan Poetry Series Coordinator 503-819-8367 tomhogan2@comcast.net

Sign-up ahead with Tom Hogan or add you name to the sign-up sheet there. Plan on 5-7 minutes to share your own or other people’s poems. If time allows, we’ll welcome more. Refreshments provided.

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The Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop (www.occbww.com) 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 -- www.occbww.com -- for much more information. Or contact us at authilus@teleport.com

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VoiceCatcher is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art for the Winter 2016 journal. DEADLINE: November 15 https://voicecatcher.submittable.com/submit

Available now for pre-sale: She Holds the Face of the World: Ten Years of VoiceCatcher Tenth anniversary anthology featuring 80+ women from the Portland metro region. http://www.voicecatcher.org/archives/6478

Upcoming events with VoiceCatcher

November 6, 2015 6-7 p.m. Bread and Roses radio program Tune into KBOO radio (90.7) for an interview with the editors and authors of She Holds the Face of the World: Ten Years of VoiceCatcher

November 8, 2015 7 p.m. Studio Series reading at Stonehenge Studios Featuring Cathy Cain, Juleen Johnson, Darla Mottram, Jennifer Kemnitz and Tricia Knoll

December 1, 2015 7-10 p.m. (readings begin at 7:30 p.m.) Anniversary celebration and book launch Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

RSVP at http://www.voicecatcher.org/10th-anniversary-celebration-book-launch-2

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The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature readers from VoiceCatcher—Cathy Cain, Juleen Johnson, Darla Mottram, Jennifer Kemnitz and Tisha Knoll--on November 8, 2015 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information please contact host Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.

Cathy Cain is a writer, painter and printmaker whose work appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She was a 2014-15 Atheneum Fellow in Poetry at the Attic Institute, as well as a Poet’s Studio member there from 2012-14. She has also benefited from numerous Mountain Writers’ workshops. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher and Poeming Pigeons. Cathy is finalizing her book-length poetry collection tentatively titled Alive All At Once and is a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher. She has enjoyed being part of Portland’s writing community.

Juleen Johnson was published in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. She is also a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher. She is co-founder of Soundings: An Evening of Word and Sound. She is in the critique group The Moonlit Poetry Caravan. Juleen has been invited to read at BuzzPoems, Ink Noise Review, Open Door Enjambment and Cirque in Portland, Oregon. In California, she has read at the Steinbeck Museum, Hartnell College, Steinbeck Library and CSU Monterey Bay. Juleen attended the Wassaic Residency in Wassaic, New York. Her poems have appeared in print publications, including Cirque: A Literary Journal, Ink Noise Review, Symmetry, Nervous Breakdown, The Rio Grand Review and Buried Letter Press. Juleen currently writes and creates art in Portland.

Darla Mottram’s work appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher. She is a soon-to-be graduate of Marylhurst University. Her work has recently been featured in NAILED Magazine, among others, and is forthcoming at The Birds We Piled Loosely. She is a co-founder of the social practice project Put-Pockets (put-pockets.tumblr.com), a blog that documents creative ways of putting poetry into the world.

Jennifer Kemnitz lives and writes in Portland. She is a great defender of plant life and can be roused at any moment to an impassioned discussion of its innate intelligence. Her work has appeared in the Kerf, VoiceCatcher and We’Moon, and has been anthologized by Poetry on the Lake and The Poetry Box. She is a reader for We’Moon, and is proud to serve as a poetry co-editor for the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Jennifer’s work appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher.

Tricia Knoll is a Portland poet. Her work appears in numerous journals. A chapbook Urban Wild is out from Finishing Line Press. Ocean's Laughter, poetry about Manzanita, Oregon, will be published by Aldrich Press in early 2016. Her work is forthcoming in the Winter 2016 issue of VoiceCatcher.

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Come celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology "Before Passing" with an amazing lineup of Oregon poets and spoken word artists.

Featuring contributors and special guests: WIL GIBSON, RICHARD LORANGER, JANE ORMEROD, DAN RAPHAEL, GINA WILLIAMS, JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS, plus ALLEN ISAACSON with young Portland writers SAM BESEN and HAYLI KLATT

"Before Passing" is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with the legendary Anne Waldman. http://greatweatherformedia.com/before-passing/

Submisssions for our next collection open October 15 so this a terrific opportunity to meet editors and learn more about great weather for MEDIA.

Free admission

http://greatweatherformedia.com/

http://www.literary-arts.org/event/great-weather-for-media/

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Joseph Green is the featured poet on November 24, 2015, in the friendly open mic held 7-8.30pm on each month's final Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain).

He will read from his collection What Water Does at a Time Like This. "If Green does anything better than making routine seem magical, it is making the extraordinary appear commonplace ... a wise and beautiful book."-- Knute Skinner

http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061724895-0

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Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm T. Geronimo Johnson, OSU Visiting Writer series OSU Valley Library

T. Geronimo Johnson’s first novel, Hold it ‘til it Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award. Welcome to Braggsville, his second novel, follows four UC Berkeley students who stage a protest during a Civil War reenactment in the heart of Georgia. Welcome to Braggsville was long-listed for the National Book Award, long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, named one of the ten books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and recommended by UC Berkeley as summer reading for incoming undergraduates. Johnson teaches for the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades. FMI: Visiting Writers Series _

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Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème presents a reading featuring Joe Wilkins

Wednesday, November 18, 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

Joe Wilkins is 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. He has also published two poetry books: 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. 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.

Mountain Writers Series at Concordia University Concordia University Libraries' Arts & Culture Program and Mountain Writers Series present a reading featuring Joe Wilkins

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM George R. White Library & Learning Center - GRW 108 Concordia Univeristy, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland OR 97211

Free and open to the public.

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Spare Room presents Peter O'Leary & Valerie Wernet

Sunday, November 8 7:00 pm

Independent Publishing Resource Center 1001 SE Division

Valerie Wernet is a Portland poet, originally from Portland. She writes about color & vision. Valerie is currently at work on her first book, which is composed and executed on a typewriter. Her work has been published in Small Po[r]tions Journal, and is part of the holdings of the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago & an interdisciplinary BA from the Evergreen State College. More at her web site.

Peter O'Leary has written four books of poetry, most recently Phosphorescence of Thought (Cultural Society, 2013). In 2016, the Cultural Society will publish The Sampo, a book-length fantasy drawn from the Finnish national epic. Among other things, he is the literary executor of the Ronald Johnson estate, he edits Verge Books, and he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Chicago. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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FREE RANGE POETRY presents Gail Barker, Bill Denham, Tim Hicks

Monday, November 5th Northwest Branch Library 2300 NW Thurman Street Portland

An open mic will precede featured poets Sign up at 6:15 pm. Reading 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm.

For more info or questions email: freerangepoetry@gmail.com Please like Free Range Poetry on Facebook

GAIL BARKER left her native New York arms flailing with youth, spent time in San Francisco, British Columbia, Bend, Eugene, and landed in Portland thirty years ago. Today she lives in Milwaukie and serves on the Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee. Her poems have been published in Faultlines, VoiceCatcher, and The William Stafford Newsletter. She drinks from the deep well of poetry and sometimes adds her own.

BILL DENHAM is a Southern boy. Growing up in the middle of the last century, he learned to love the soft sounds and rhythms of the words he heard around him. A poet, spoken word artist and letterpress printer he was educated at Davidson College and at the University of California. Denham’s Looking for Matthew is a collection of poems that explore the grief and responsibility he has experienced following the 2008 street slaying of his step-son in San Francisco. Of Gossamers and Grace is to be published by Finishing Line Press in November 2015.

TIM HICKS is a writer by night and day and a mediator/facilitator by day. He is the author of Last Stop Before Tomorrow, his first novel, to be published this fall and is the co-author of the nonfiction book The Process of Business/Environmental Collaborations: Partnering for Sustainability. He is the father of two, step-father of one, passionate about living and dying, and passionately interested, as observer and participant, in the unfolding story of humanity.

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On Tuesday, November 3rd, Portland author and musician Willy Vlautin joins the Willamette Writers meeting to talk about the relationship of music and writing, the writing life according to WV, the struggles of working and trying to write, songwriting… and any other topics that come up. The doors open at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7:00 pm.

For more meeting info visit www.willamettewriters.com or call 503-305-6729. The meeting is held at at the Old Church in downtown Portland on the corner of SW 11th and Clay. Cost, $10, free to full time students under 25.



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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

7pm Thursday, November 12 Angst Gallery 1015 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660

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

angstgallery.com

With our featured reader, Kristin Roedell

Kristin Roedell is a Northwest poet and retired attorney. Her work has appeared in over 50 journals and anthologies, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Switched on Gutenberg, and CHEST. She is the author of Girls with Gardenias (Flutter Press) and Down River (Aldrich Press), a finalist for the Quercus Review Press poetry prize. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Web and once for the Pushcart Prize. She was the 2013 winner of NISA’s 11th Annual Brainstorm Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2013 Crab Creek Review poetry contest.

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Three poets: Klipschutz Intisar Abioto James Yeary

Tuesday November 10 7:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison Street

Poet, songwriter, and occasional journalist Klipschutz (pen name of Kurt Lipschutz) was born in Indio, California and raised in Palm Springs. Books include This Drawn & Quartered Moon (Anvil, 2013), Twilight of the Male Ego, and The Erection of Scaffolding for the Re-Painting of Heaven by the Lowest Bidder. Selected journalism: a two-part interview with Carl Rakosi and a monograph on Bill Knott. In 2006 his Luddite Kingdom Press imprint issued ALL ROADS . . . But This One. He and Jeremy Gaulke launched the handmade quarterly Four by Two in 2014.

Intisar Abioto is a writer, dancer, photographer, and explorer. She is always working with dance, word, self-mythos, and magic to merge internal and external Intisars from past, present, future, and fantasy occasions of time. Intisar studied English and Dance at Wesleyan University, where she danced/studied about the human genome with The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and wrote about the movement poetics in Chaucer. She is the founder of The People Could Fly Project (where she turned a children’s book, The People Could Fly, into an international 200,000-mile flying dance-media-performance expedition), The Black Portlanders, and The Black. Find her at theintisar.com.

James Yeary has written more than a dozen books of poetry in collaboration with other writers and artists. These include Folding Calendar, with collages by Fredrik Averin; the my day series of chapbooks (with Chris Ashby and Nate Orton); and the full-length The Do How (with Kyle Schlesinger). His visual work has appeared in the publications Picture Sentence, The Last Vispo anthology: visual poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics Books), and Eights.

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ARTISTS' TALK: Saturday, October 31, 2 pm. writer Merridawn Duckler and painter Christopher Shotola-Hardt will give an Artists' Talk at Blackfish Gallery. This event is open to the public and free of charge

"Poem, Object, Objection"

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Reading (Free and open to the public) Thursday, November 5th, 2015 Eliot Chapel, Reed College

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses(McSweeney's Books), and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Bomb, Tin House Magazine,and elsewhere, and her work is included in the forthcoming New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize and currently directs the Program in Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis.

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Reed College Visiting Writers Series Reading (Free and open to the public) Thursday, November 12th, 2015 Eliot Chapel, Reed College

Mary Jo Bang is the author of seven books of poems: Apology for Want, Louise in Love, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, The Bride of E, and Elegy, which received the National Book Critics Circle award. Her most recent collection is The Last Two Seconds. She has also published a translation of Dante's Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher. She's been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. She is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

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Wednesday, November 4

Karen Russell will read from her most recent short story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove(Knopf), in the Old Library at Marylhurst University at 3:30 pm. Karen Russell is an American novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 2013. Her first story collection isSt. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements 10/17/2015


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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Queen of the Night: An Evening in Shirley Jackson's World.


6:30 - 8:30, Wednesday, October 28


Glyph Cafe, 804 NW Couch St, PDX

Free, and open to the public

Join readers Rene Denfeld, Jemiah Jefferson and Lara Messersmith-Glavin for an evening of uncannily great stories by Shirley Jackson, master of the eerie and the mundane. Beverages for purchase.

Reading begins at 7:30 pm, "Lottery"-style raffle at the end of the evening with prizes including copies of Shirley, a new literary magazine.

This event is made possible by generous funding from Soapstone.

See https://www.facebook.com/events/465673300271855/

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Reading at The Vault featuring Mountain Writers teachers

Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm

Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Annie Lighthart, Kathleen Halme, John Brehm and Judith Barrington

O’Connors Irish Pub (in The Vault), 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 (Multnomah Village). http://oconnorsportland,com

Free and open to the public.

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Willa Schneberg will be the final reader in the Steeped in Words Poetry Series, Lan Su Chinese Garden

239 NW Everett St, Portland, Saturday, Oct. 31 3PM, Free with Admission.

http://www.lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/steeped-in-words-poetry-series/

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Mountain Writers presents:

Judith Barrington
Landscape & Memory
Four Saturdays in the Fall
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, October 31, November 7, 14 & 21, 2015

Landscape & Memory. This workshop will address writing both poetry and prose with a particular emphasis on place. Whether exploring the natural world or a city neighborhood, we'll dig beneath the surface for the history, personalities and stories rooted there. We’ll consider place as a significant “character” in your writing, rather then a mere setting. Selected readings and craft discussions will help participants generate new material, or take an existing draft to a new level. Anyone who has taken a memoir or poetry workshop before is welcome. Please read Writing the Memoir (Barrington) and/or The Conversation (Barrington) ahead of time.

Date & Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 & Nov. 21, 2015 (Four Saturdays)

Enrollment: Minimum 5; maximum 15
Place: Room 23, Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark, Portland OR

Cost: $300 [Four four-hour sessions.

Judith Barrington is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Conversation (2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the 2001 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.

http://www.mountainwriters.org/events/workshops.html#landscapememory

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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: www.soapstone.org.

The next deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.

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Sun., Oct. 25th, The Stumptown Lit Festival is a celebration of NW writers, writing, and publishing. Join us for a celebration where the winners of the OWC writing contest will read from their work. Online Sign-Ups.

9 to 11:30 a.m.; Steps to Success: Self-Publishing and Small Press Done Right, Mary Rosenblum, aka the Literary Midwife. Learn what it takes to be a successful author. $75

1 to 3 p.m.; Rock Your Readings for Writers, Cindy Brown and the Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters club help you make the most of your next presentation. $75

5:30 to 7 p.m.; A gala for mixing and mingling and readings by first-place winners of the OWC writing contest. Light fare and a no-host bar. $25

Crowne Plaza, Portland

http://oregonwriterscolony.org/event/stumptown-lit-2015/

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Readings from Of Course, I’m A Feminist!
and Open Mic

On March 8, 2015 – International Women’s Day – eighteen sister poets gathered in Portland, OR to share their voices and celebrate their foremothers. Led by Ellen Goldberg, these voices ranged in age from 15 to 73. Shawn Aveningo lent her talents and her publishing company, The Poetry Box, to preserve these voices in print. On November 4, 2015, the Milwaukie Poetry Series is privileged to sponsor a sampling of these voices and offer Of Course, I’m A Feminist for purchase. An Open Mic extending the feminist theme will follow.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 7-8:30 PM

2215 SE Harrison
The Pond House in Milwaukie
Adjacent to the Ledding Library

Contact: Tom Hogan
Poetry Series Coordinator
503-819-8367
tomhogan2@comcast.net

Sign-up ahead with Tom Hogan or add you name to the sign-up sheet there. Plan on 5-7 minutes to share your own or other people’s poems. If time allows, we’ll welcome more. Refreshments provided.

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Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box® are proud to announce the release of the “Poems about Food” issue of The Poeming Pigeon – A Literary Journal of Poetry, which is published twice per year.

We invite all of you to join us for our Portland book launch celebration featuring: Paulann Petersen, Carolyn Martin, Claudia F. Savage, Dan Raphael, Elizabeth Moscoso, Cathy Cain, Helen Kerner, Linda Ferguson, Nathan Tompkins, Tammy Robacker, Shawn Aveningo, Terri Niccum and Tricia Knoll.

The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Food Book Launch Celebration Monday, Nov 2th, 2015
7-9pm
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave (at Division)
Portland, Oregon 97202


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XY&Z is Write Around Portland’s fundraiser including our Spelling Bee or Not to Bee! with host Alex Falcone. Alex makes up words, definitions and sometimes even the correct spelling which you’d think would disqualify him from hosting a spelling bee, but makes him the best host ever! Expect great food and drinks as well as a silent auction, wine wall and fun raffle prizes. Best of all, XY&Z is a chance to enjoy a great night with great people while helping to transform lives through the power of writing. All of the funds raised go to support Write Around Portland's unique model of creative writing workshops held in hospitals, schools, shelters, prisons, treatment centers and more.

Thur, Oct 22 from 6:00 to 8:30pm

Holocene (1001 SE Morrison)

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Tickets are on sale now at www.writearound.org or by calling 503-796-9224.

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Broadway Books is pleased to welcome Scott Nadelson to launch his new novel Between the World and Me on Thursday, November 12th at 7 pm. Paul Haberman was happy living alone in the city until he met Cynthia, an enchanting suburban single mother. After he moves to New Jersey to marry her, Paul’s life reshapes itself dramatically around his new family and home, evolving over the years in ways he could never have imagined. In this funny, moving, episodic novel, Nadelson reveals the quiet beauty, doubt, and longing of a blended family’s life in the unglamorous American suburbs.

Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections published by Hawthorne Books, including Aftermath and The Cantor’s Daughter. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction, the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in Salem, Oregon.

This event is free and open to the public.

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We are pleased to announce that Linda Lee Peterson will read from her new mystery The Spy on the Tennessee Walker at Broadway Books on Tuesday, November 10th at 7 pm.

Magazine editor, amateur sleuth, and know-it-all Maggie Fiori is back. A package arrives with a double-frame photograph revealing a mysterious 19th-century woman, a dead ringer for Maggie. The unnamed woman is seated confidently on a handsome Tennessee Walker horse, and as Maggie brings the photo closer she feels an immediate kinship with the woman whose fearless gaze seems to see right into her soul. In a tale that takes Maggie from the Civil War era to the present, we are reminded that love lies down with danger — and courage is the answer to every question.

Linda Lee Peterson is the author of two previous Maggie Fiori mysteries, Edited to Death and The Devil’s Interval, as well as several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers (Chronicle), and Linens and Candles (Harper Collins). She is also one of the founding partners of Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, a marketing communications firm that serves education, arts and culture, environmental, and health care clients around the United States. Peterson lives in Portland.

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Emily Hunt
Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Eliot Chapel, Reed College

Emily Hunt is the author of the poetry collection Dark Green(The Song Cave, 2015), named a "standout debut" byPublishers Weekly. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, the PEN Poetry Series, TYPO, The Volta, and Diagram, among others. In 2013, Brave Men Press publishedThis Always Happens, a book of her drawings, and she has provided cover art for several poetry collections. She lives in San Francisco, where she is currently working on a second book of poems.

http://academic.reed.edu/creative_writing/visiting-writers/

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CONVERSATIONS WITH WRITERS

Monday, October 26 7:00-9:00 PM No charge
Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro

For October, the Conversations With Writers meeting will be led by Steve Theme.

Steve has made his living as a writer for the past 25 years. His work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers, including Personnel Journal, The Seattle Review and a number of metro papers, including The Seattle Times, The Spokesman Review, and WORK Literary Magazine. He won 1st place in the 2010 Oregon Writers Colony Short Story Contest. Steve recently completed Asphalt Asylum, Hitchhiking the Pathways of Change, published by Halyard Press. It’s a memoir of his life-changing journey as a youth.

Steve’s conversation will discuss “Marketing Books In The Modern Era". As George B. Wright, our August presenter put it, once you’ve completed the writing, your job is half done. Steve will explain his experiences completing the other half. In addition, he will read an excerpt from his book, and answer your questions about the creative process.

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer's development of his / her art. It's an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing. For more information, visit: cwwor.weebly.com

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An evening with Cari Luna & Dawn Diez Willis October 17, 2015 | 7 pm

Newport Visual Arts Center
$6 admission - Students Free


This month, we'll welcome Oregon Book Award honorees to the Nye Beach Writers' Series.

Cari Luna won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for fiction for her book Revolution of Every Day. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Dawn Diez Willis' first poetry collection, Still Life with Judas & Lighting (Airlie Press) was a 2015 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She is the editor and designer of OSPOA's monthly Trooper News, as well teaching poetry and professional development courses through Salem Art Association and other arts organizations. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon. Previously, Dawn served as a member and editor with the poetry collective Airlie Press.

The Writers' Series open mic will take place following intermission. Audience members are encouraged to read, sing, or recite original work for up to five minutes. Open mic slots are available to the first 10 writers who sign up. No pre-registration required.

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Furever Pets, Broadway Books, and the Oregon Humane Society are pleased to be hosting an event with Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, on Thursday, November 5th, at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at Furever Pets (1902 NE Broadway).

Elias Weiss Friedman walks the streets of America looking for dogs to photograph: dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. His canine radar is always on, scanning for a dog that stands out in some way – maybe wearing an outfit, sporting a funny haircut, or taking a stroll with an owner dressed to match. Most often it’s that intangible something that comes from a pup with a lot of personality.

Elias photographs dozens of dogs a day and posts them on his wildly popular blog and Instagram feeds, The Dogist. And now those photographs are available in a beautiful four-color book ($24.95; Artisan) that will be for sale at this event.

A portion of the sales of the book and of items purchased during the event will be donated to the Oregon Humane Society. Representatives from OHS will be pouring beverages at the event and will also have a couple of adoptable dogs with them.

Well-behaved dogs are happily invited to attend this event. There is a good chance that if time allows The Dogist will take a group photo of “dogs of northeast Portland”!!

This event is free and open to the public.

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Carolyn L. Wright, editor of the anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace and Oregon contributors Barbara Drake, Barbara LaMorticella, Willa Schneberg and Penelope Scambly Schott will read their poems and those of other contributors at two venues:

Nov. 2 Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway, Portland
Mon., 7PM

http://www.broadwaybooks.net/event/raising-lilly-ledbetter-women-poets-occupy-workspace

Nov. 5
Mother's Foucault's Bookshop
523 SE Morrison, Portland
Thurs. 7PM

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Coming Home to the Body: A Poetic Medicine Series with Birch Dwyer

Autumn is a season for gathering up the harvest of the year and turning our attention towards home. It also offers us the opportunity to turn this loving attention towards our bodies, our closest homes.

In this five-week series we will listen to the stories our bodies need to tell, the significant moments and challenges we have shared over the years. We will lift up what they have allowed us to experience, and honor their connection and access to the earth.

Poetry will serve as our inspiration on this journey, offering us a doorway to the wide field of the imagination and the healing power of imagery. ABSOLUTELY no experience with poem-making is necessary, only a desire to connect to one’s heart and to the hearts of others. Our weekly explorations will include:

Opening to Door: A Letter to Your Body
Lightning the Hearth: Reconnecting with The Embodied Self
The Golden Tree: Shedding Stories that No Longer Serve Us
The Uninvited Guest of Illness
Inviting in the Wise Woman
The Wildness of Our Earth Body

Coming Home to the Body:

Tuesday mornings Nov 3 – Dec 8 (no Nov 24 mtg) 10-12:30 pm * NE Portland * $150 * for more information please contact Birch Dwyer at ebircht@hotmail.com. No question is too small.

Birch Dwyer is a writer, artist and facilitator of Poetic Medicine circles. She has taught fiction and poetry workshops in a variety of contexts, most recently in healing environments. She holds an MFA from Saint Mary’s College in fiction, a BA in art from Stanford University, and is a candidate to be certified in poetry therapy. More information about Birch and the workshop series can be found at pdxwomenwriters.com.

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Award-winning Portland poet, Endi Bogue Hartigan, who has roots in La Grande, will be reading for the Roundhouse Reading Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd at Looking Glass Books (1118 Adams Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Hartigan’s second book, Pool [5 Choruses] (Omnidawn, 2014), was selected by Cole Swenson for the 2012 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Oregon Book Award. Her first book, One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), was chosen by Martha Ronk for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award. Her poems and selections have been published in New American Writing,Chicago Review, Verse, VOLT, Pleiades, Quarterly West, Northwest Review, Antioch Review and other magazines and anthologies. She has lived primarily on the west coast and Hawaii, and is a graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She has worked for many years in communications for public higher education, as well as other roles in teaching and education.

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Monday, October 26 7 p.m. Sound Ground Coffee Shop, 3701 SE Belmont, Portland. Free

Carla Perry, Leanne Grabel & Mary Slocum reading poetry

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Mountain Writers Series at Floyd's Old Town

presents a reading featuring Tom Bremer, Dan Hannon, Karen Reyes, Cindy Stewart-Rinier & Michael Selker

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Floyd's Old Town 118 NW Couch Portland OR

Suggested donation $5

Tom Bremer was born in Cincinatti and grew up in California. He has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he was co-founder of the Portland Poetry Festival in 1973 and a charter member of the board of the Oregon Writers’ Workshop. Now retired from many years of teaching English, he is the author of three collections of poetry, Par Amour (1986); A Bird That Changes Trees, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in 1988; and Just Once (2001).

Dan Hannon holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. For 31 years, he taught writing and international studies at Mt. Hood Community College where he also coordinated their study abroad programs, as well as those of a consortium of five Oregon community colleges. From 2011–13, he wrote a blog for older athletes, “Older Athletes Rock.” He continues to teach writing part time at MHCC, coaches a youth Nordic ski team, sea kayaks, backpacks, and writes. He has participated in Peter Sears’ poetry workshops for several years and has published poems in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets. He lives in Portland with his wife, Cathie, and enjoys following the lives of an eclectic tribe of offspring.

Karen Reyes has a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Architectural History and has worked as a real estate professional since 1981. She has also been involved for over 30 years with Portland’s literary community, working on the boards for the Portland Poetry Festival, Oregon Writer’s Workshop and Mountain Writers Series. She was instrumental in development of the first Oregon Book under the aegis of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts. She was also one of the founding editors of Hubbub Magazine. She now participates in Peter Sears’ on-going poetry workshops and has published poems in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets. Karen divides her time between her homes in Portland, Oregon and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Michael Selker is a painter, poet and photographer, whose chapbook, Crazies’ Bus Stop, was published by Pudding House Press in 2007. Since moving to Oregon thirty years ago, his focus has been poetry and photography, both of which were combined in broadsides that were selected for a recent Multnomah Arts Center Gallery Juried Group Show of broadsides and mixed media (2012). His poems have appeared in Hubbub, Cloudbank, Windfall, and elsewhere. He has participated in Peter Sears’ poetry workshops for several years and has published poems in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets. He makes his home in Portland.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from PLU's Rainier Writing Workshop, has served as guest poetry editor for three editions of VoiceCatcher, and is an active board member of Mountain Writers Series. Her work has appeared in Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, Nagatuck River Review, Women's Voices for Change, New American Vocies, and VoiceCatcher, as well as the anthologies, Siblings: Our First Macrocos (Wising Up Press), and the forthcoming VoiceCatcher 10th Anniversary Anthology. Four poems have also been nominated for Pushcarts. She is part of the regular faculty teaching poetry workshops for Mountain Writers Series each year.


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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Heroes & Friends Available on Amazon


Heroes & Friends Available on Amazon

Denali Reese is a young man who flees his comfortable home in the most advanced outpost on a newly colonized planet to seek adventure. A life of study has not prepared him for what it will take to become a hero in contests held in the outback. Denali quickly becomes enmeshed in deadly schemes and his only chance for survival is a little help from new friends. If they can get to him in time.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Writing From the Inside Out, by Bill Johnson


Well told stories are created with scenes that heighten a story’s impact. One method of writing potent scenes is to start with an understanding of the moment of greatest impact, that revelation, line of dialogue, or action at the heart of a scene that defines a character, that defines a story through some action. When I work with writers, I ask them to find that moment and write about it in the clearest, most direct way. Then write what supports that moment, sets it up, that allows time for an audience to fully take it in. I call this writing from the inside out.

When writers start with what is external -- what a character looks like, a description of action or environment -- they risk starting or ending a scene at a moment of no or low tension. When every scene starts with this type of introduction or ending, it creates a sense of the writer needing time to get to the point, then time to leave it behind. While that’s fine when writing a first draft, it creates a problem when those scenes aren’t revised. Even one extra exchange of dialogue in every scene, or two extra action lines, adds up to pages that dull the overall effect of a story.

To discover the heart of a scene, start with an understanding of the dramatic moment of change for the scene’s main character. That moment will often be rooted in what is dramatically true for a character being challenged or affirmed. Work back to what heightens the effect of that moment, what line of dialogue or action. Use that understanding to heighten a scene’s visual effect. This is writing from the inside out. In this way what is most true, most dramatic, most deeply felt, most visually unique in a scene will not be buried under the ordinary details of what I call stage building. Like a building scaffold, stage building has its place, but it often serves no dramatic purpose in a finished script.

Another way to find get inside the inner life of a character is to ask, what moral dilemma does a character face as a story starts? And how can the opening action of a story heighten the impact of that dilemma? Make it visible to a story’s audience? A character confronting a dilemma also faces making a choice, and by their action, they dramatically define themselves. A character with a comfortable inner world is difficult to convey (with the exception of characters who are comfortable in an uncomfortable world, a choice that still dramatically defines them). Such characters can come across as passive, simply reacting to events, instead of actively trying to shape the outcome of a scene.

When characters pass through a scene without some shift in feeling or of understanding, the risk is that the story’s audience will also pass through that scene without some shift in feeling or understanding of the scene’s dramatic purpose.

One way for a storyteller to fully experience the heart of a scene is a process I call dreaming. Let yourself relax and imagine a scene through the POV of a main character. Let yourself feel the emotions of the scene, internalize them, let the heart of the scene beat in your chest. Then use the words that most visually embody that feeling, that act it out. You can do the same for the other characters in a scene. Let yourself inside a character to feel the truth a character embodies. Consider what action would most confound a character, what moral dilemma would compel them to speak or act out.

I often dream scenes when I’m hired to do a rewrite. I use the process to build on the plot and characters already in place.

Another way to get to the heart of a character is to speak to them. Ask them what event would compel them to act, to speak out. Then use that information to strike at your characters.

Whatever method a writer uses to get inside a story’s characters to learn what drives them can help give scenes a quality of having different dimensions.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Teachable Moment


I was recently faced with mailing a 16 page newsletter first class in an envelope versus doing the same with a 12 page newsletter. I knew something needed to be done to meet the post office guideline that first class mail in an envelope be 1/4" deep or less.

So, I took the 25 stamped envelopes out to my car, put them under the front wheel, and drove over them.

If you can't stand the sight of spilled ink, stop reading now. Move to Canada. Save yourself.

Anyway, about 21 of the envelopes did get some version of being flattened. Four were ripped apart and had tire tracks on them. I knew I couldn't pin this on the post office since I hadn't mailed them yet, so I had to admit semi-defeat.

Thinking about it, I realized what I could have done was broke into a zoo late at night and hired an elephant to stand on the letters. I'm still trying to figure out what zoo elephants charge for working after midnight. I've seen several figures. It's worse than trying to figure out non-profit bulk mail rates.

Anyway, I think that would be safer than asking a bear to do it, but I guess that depends on what the bear would charge, too.

Just to put this in context, when I was a little kid I decided to bake a cake. It said put two eggs in the bowl. It didn't say take two eggs out of their shells and put them in the bowl. Turned out to be a very crunchy cake. I didn't have a driver's license so I couldn't use a car to drive over the eggs. Anyway, my parents kept a close on me when I was in the car, after the day I decided to open the door and get out about a block from home. I hadn't learned to tuck and roll when exiting a moving vehicle, so I had some bumps and scrapes for my effort to speed up the process of getting home. In my defense, in those days they didn't have a warning label on the door about exiting the vehicle while it was moving.

In my defense of my creative genius, a friend with a Volkswagon bug broke down late at night; the throttle cable broke. I rigged a piece of string to the throttle on the carburetor and ran the string over the top of the bug to the driver's side window. He pulled on the string and managed to drive home.

There might have been a better way to do this, but the elephants at the zoo weren't taking my calls that night.

The string trick doesn't work with women and sex, but I could have been doing it wrong.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Use of a Double in Storytelling


I recently re-watched Fringe, a television series. In one episode, I noticed a very striking technique being used. In the episode, one character feels out of place. The plot of the episode is that he's helping hunt down a character doing evil in the cause of -- fitting in. When the main character questions the character and finds out more about his motives, everything the murderous character says about doing whatever it takes to fit in, the dialogue has a subtext and a level of deeper emotions because the viewer is aware of the main character's issues.

One aspect of powerful storytelling is making what a main character feels accessible to an audience. Struggling writers are often so immersed in introducing a character, getting across their background, their history, their surroundings, creating a picture of their relationships, everything really except what an audience often craves from a story, something that suggests an author can help readers/viewers go on a journey to a state of deeper, potent feeling.

When novels become hugely successful while being denigrated by literary stylists, they have often created that deeper journey people crave from stories.

On a side note, I helped an author with a memoir that had a vivid and compelling action line...but I could barely get her to convey her feelings toward those closest to her, and to her own deeper feelings about tragic events in her life. On a first read, her deeper feelings were an almost complete void.

A literary agent passed on her memoir (that someone had, when the main events of the memoir happened, offered her $50,000 for the movie rights, but that was long ago).

It happened that another story person read her memoir and helped her to write about those deeper feelings from the first paragraph of the memoir, and the literary agent who had passed on the book agreed to represent it.

If you're not writing a sequel to a well-written movie about dinosaurs, you need to get to that deeper place and take your readers with you.

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To read some of my longer reviews of popular movies, check out my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, available on Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements 6/14/2015


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JUDITH BARRINGTON AT BROADWAY BOOKS ON JUNE 23rd

Broadway Books is pleased to announce that internationally renowned poet Judith Barrington will read from her newest collection, /The Conversation,/ on Tuesday, June 23^rd at 7 pm. She will be introduced by /The Oregonian/’s Poetry Editor, Kirsten Rian.

/The Conversation/ is Barrington's long-meditated dialogue with the many interlocking parts of her life, the record of her sustained career as writer, teacher, activist, and explorer of the heart's mysteries.

Barrington has published three other collections of poetry and two poetry chapbooks, a memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir which is used throughout the United States and in Australia and Europe. Her memoir, /Lifesaving/, won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her poems have been featured by Garrison Keillor. In 2013 she was awarded the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize.

This event is free and open to the public. Broadway Books is located at 1714 NE Broadway, Portland. You may also visit our website: www.broadwaybooks.net .

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

Go to our website for more details: www.soapstone.org

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Applications for the 2016 *Oregon Literary Fellowships are due Friday, June 26, 2015. Fellowships are awarded to Oregon writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Young Readers Literature. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon's independent publishers and small presses that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing. There is no charge to apply. Recipients are determined by a panel of out-of-state judges.

Applications may be mailed via U.S. mail or hand delivered to the Literary Arts office at 925 SW Washington in Portland.

Fellowship applications* can be found on our website. Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $3,000.

In 2016, for the first time, Literary Arts is also offering a Writers of Color Fellowship, as part of the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program.

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. All applications for the Writers of Color Fellowship will also be considered for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.

The deadline to submit books for the 2016 *Oregon Book Awards *is*Friday, August 28, 2015.* Books written by Oregon writers, with an original publication date between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015, are eligible. Awards in 2015 will be presented in the following genres: Fiction, Poetry, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, and Graphic Literature. Please note that Graphic Literature has separate eligibility guidelines. *Submission guidelines* can be found on our website.

If you have questions about how to apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship or how to submit a book to the Oregon Book Awards, contact Susan Denning at susan@literary-arts.org or *503-227-2583 x107. The 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists and Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients will be announced in January 2016.

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OPA's Fall Conference 2015 is at the University Place Hotel in Portland, October 2-4

We will again use the very successful format of last fall's conference at Bandon: a multi-stream mix of workshops, panels, readings, and other presentations. We'd like to hear your proposals.

Please submit a one-page proposal with:

Title and Poet(s):

Workshop: include examples and writing exercise
Panel: include different viewpoints on a topic, theme, form
Presentation: slide show, multi-media, history, etc.
Reading: focus on theme, ie. nature, bilingual, poetry of witness

Proposals will be accepted starting June 1st, 2015 and deadline is July 1st, 2015.

Submit via email to:
dorothyblackcrow@gmail.com
Subject line: OPA Fall Conference Proposal

or mail to: OPA Fall Conference Proposal
Dorothy Blackcrow Mack
3671 Ross Ave.
Depoe Bay, OR 97341

Notification of Acceptance by August 31, 2014.

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

7pm
Thursday, July 9
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

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

With our featured reader, Alex Dang: Alex Dang is a member of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Portland Poetry Slam Team competing at the National Poetry Slam and the youngest representative from Portland in the slam's history. Alex is the Eugene Grand Slam Champion of 2014 and 2015.

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On Thursday, June 25^th at 7 pm Broadway Books will host Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker and Jen Stevenson, authors of the newly published book */The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket/, *a collection of their recipes and stories. The authors will share what they consider to be the top picnic basket essentials, demonstrate secrets for making the perfect deviled eggs, and their inspiration for this ingenious and beautiful guide to all things picnic. Audience members are invited to share in the eggs and some picnic-perfect beverages!

/The Picnic/ offer guidance on everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice and includes ninety-nine uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly catcher, or cookie jar), rules for scoring lawn games, and refreshing drinks to mix up in crowd-friendly batches. Let /T//he Picnic/ take the stress out of your next outdoor party and leave only the fun.
This event is free and open to the public.

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Broadway Books is pleased to host /The CSA Cookbook/ author Linda Ly on Monday June 22nd at 7 pm. This newly published book presents a no-waste, “nose to tail” approach to cooking and eating the vegetables from a Community Supported Agriculture box, farmer’s market, or backyard harvest.

Join us in learning about common food myths, the surprising parts of plants you might not have known were edible, and how to reduce waste in the kitchen by using the odds and ends from your vegetables in recipes.

Linda Ly is the blogger behind the award-winning Gardenbetty.com , named “Best in Gardening” by /Country Living/ and deemed a go-to source for all things green by HGTV. As a member of Slow Food USA, Ly delights in growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking only food that comes from the earth. She gains endless inspiration from her modern homestead by the sea, which she shares with her husband, a pair of pugs, and a flock of chickens.

This event is free and open to the public.

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the gallery / Passages Bookshop

BRICOLAGE / DISCRETE SERIES

an empirical exhibition

June 6-30, 2015

Opening reception:

Saturday, June 6
Noon to 3:00 pm

17 SE Third Avenue, Suite 502
(corner of Ankeny, top floor)
503-233-4562

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Writing Contest for Short Stories and First Chapters (fiction or nonfiction)-

The Oregon Writers Colony annual writing contests' deadline is June 22nd. Request the optional critique from their talented judges. Also, if you are among the winners, you'll increase the exposure and recognition of your writing by reading at Stumptown Lit in October, being recognized in their Eblast! and Colonygram newsletters, on their Facebook page, website, and the authors' catalog/brochure distributed by OWC at Stumptown Lit. and Wordstock. www.oregonwriterscolony.org for full details.

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Endi Bogue Hartigan, C E Putnam, Allison Cobb, James Grabill, Marilyn Stablein, Jared Hayes, Jen Coleman and dan raphael will read their work (and some others) from the new anthology, Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia. Recently published by Leaf Press in Lantzvllle BC, this book has the work of 92 poets from the region, including Sam Hamill, George Bowering, Judith Roche, Lisa Wolsak, Jim Dodge and Emily Kendall Frey. Paul Nelson, one of the editors and the director of the Cascadia Poetry festival will also be speaking. Copies of the book will be on sale. *June 24**^th **at MilePost 5, *doors open 6:30.

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WWotR Quarterly Reading – Open-Mic June 15, Corvallis, OR, where you can sign up and read your own work! Free and open to the public.

This is your chance to engage in an important aspect of the writing life — reading your work in front of others. Anyone can participate, but you have to sign up. These events often fill up, so if you want to read, it's a good idea to get there as soon after 6:15 PM as possible. The number of readers is limited. First to sign up is first to read. Each person gets 7 minutes. No graphic violence, sex, or hate speech. Please tell the audience if your piece is fiction or non-fiction, and if it is a part or whole.

Remember, this is an opportunity to read your written work. It is not meant to be an interactive forum or teaching session. A few tips to help make your performance a success:

• Time yourself beforehand.
• Speak loudly.
• Shine!

And of course an audience is also needed. So if you don't want to read, please come hear some talented writers present their work. WWotR meets on the 3^rd Monday of each month with the exception of January when we meet the Tuesday after MLK day. First Presbyterian Church 114 SW 8th Street (enter Dennis Hall off the 9th Street parking lot behind the church) http://willamettewriters.com/wwotr/ _See Summer Reading_

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On Tuesday, July 7th, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, celebrated author Brian Doyle comes to the *Willamette Writers* membership meeting. Doyle says “The best writers are great listeners.” So come and listen! Join us July 7th, at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th. Celebrate our 50th year with a piece of cake and a good story, or two or three. And bring your writing implement of choice. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30.

Doyle is the author of fourteen books: collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), and two collections of “proems,” most recently Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices. His novel Mink River was published in 2010 by Oregon State University Press, followed by The Plover, (St. Martin’s Press, 2014). “The only way I can figure it out is with my fingers, so … I wrote a whopping large sea novel. I just loved Conrad and Stevenson and Jack London and Kipling and sea logs and accounts and journey and voyages and Kon Tiki and Aku Aku and I guess this is My Sea Novel bless its salty soul.”

Attendance is free to members of Willamette Writers and full time students under 25; non-members pay $10.

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*Harvest Writing Contest Open for Entries* Central Oregon Writers Guild is accepting entries for their 8th annual Harvest Writing contest from June 1st until August 16th. The contest is open to residents of Oregon and all current members of Central Oregon Writers Guild.

This is a great opportunity to gain constructive feedback from a panel of judges, polish your writing, and possibly win.

The top 10 winners will read their entries at a special Showcase Event, to be held on the evening ofOctober 24th at the Hampton Inn and Suites, in Bend, Oregon. Winners and their winning entries will be featured in the Central Oregon Writers Guild 2015 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection, a book published each year following the writing contest. Winners will also receive a complimentary print copy of the book upon publication. Winners may also be featured in author presentations and readings at Central Oregon bookstores.

Entries must be 1,200 words or less, and are being accepted in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One entry is allowed per writer and one poem per poetry entry. All submissions must be previously unpublished original works of the writer.

Full contest details, as well as online entry information, are available at www.centraloregonwritersguild.com

Questions regarding the contest may be submitted to cowgcontest@gmail.com .

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The First Draft Writers’ Series takes place at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main, at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Free

Penelope Scambly Schott is a past winner of an Oregon Book Award in Poetry and many other prizes. Her most recent book is HOW I BECAME AN HISTORIAN. She lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon where she teaches an annual poetry workshop.

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Broadway Books is pleased to announce that Sue Schaefer will read from her debut novel /Now I Am Here Doing This/ on Thursday, June 18th at 7 pm.

The setting is 1984 in the Pacific Northwest and Val, an unconventional mother and artist, knows she's losing her daughter Hana but doesn't know to what to do about it. A domestic detective story, /Now I Am Here Doing This/ is about mothers, daughters, art, adolescence, memory, crime, death, secrets, love, illusion, loss, and redemption.

Schaefer is a Portland artist and writer. In her most recent project she painted a sentence every Tuesday for a year from page 147 of found, random books. /Now I Am Here Doing This/ is her first novel.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Bard Deluxe at the Oregon City Library, Thursday June 18th, 7-8pm.

The Oregon City Library will feature a reading of three of the Bards, Marj Hogan, and Oregon Literary Fellowship Winners Armin Tolentino (2014) and Laura Christina Dunn (2015). The Oregon City Library is a cultural haven and in addition to poetry has recently hosted a wide range of events including music, yoga, video game night, pajama story time and a Star Wars party. The OCL is an historic and beautiful Carnegie Library, located in Uptown, on the bluff, at 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. 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.

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PACIFIC UNIVERSITY MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN WRITING PROGRAM PRESENTS ANNUAL READING SERIES ON FOREST GROVE CAMPUS, JUNE 19-26

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 19, through Friday, June 26, 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 Australian fiction writer Cate Kennedy, winner of the Queensland Literary Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; and poet Eduardo Corral, recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

EVENING READING SCHEDULE – 7:30 p.m.
6/19 Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll & Dorianne Laux
6/20 Ellen Bass, Pete Fromm & Scott Korb
6/21 Judy Blunt, Vievee Francis & Craig Lesley
6/22 Eduardo Corral, Valerie Laken & Joseph Millar
6/24 Marvin Bell, Sanjiv Bhattacharya & Laura Hendrie
6/25 Sandra Alcosser, Steve Amick & Mike Magnuson
6/26 Debra Gwartney & Cate Kennedy

www.pacificu.edu/as/mfa/

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Award-winning Oregon coast author Melissa Eskue Ousley will launch the final book in her young adult series, The Solas Beir Trilogy, this July, kicking off a regional book tour. She will be reading from The Sower Comes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at a book launch party at Beach Books in Seaside (616 Broadway). For every book sold during the first week of its release (July 11-18), the author will donate one dollar to Clatsop Community College for student scholarships (up to $500) to assist students with financial need.

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Thank you for your strong support of the writing community. I wanted to let you know that registration is now open for the 2015 Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest, and we hope you'll spread the word to your members and friends. A web-ready graphic is attached here as well as a print-ready poster, so whether you reach your members online or in person, it's easy to show your support of Sledgehammer.

This year's contest will take place July 25–26, beginning with an online scavenger hunt that participants can complete from anywhere. Along the way, they'll collect four writing prompts, all of which must be incorporated into their story, which is due by midnight on Sunday. Writers can compete individually or as teams, and the contest is open to all ages.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best short stories of the weekend in the following categories:

* Individual
* Team
* Readers' Choice
* Judge's Choice
* Youth (two prizes: elementary/middle school, high school)

Winners will also receive entry to writing-related events and the coveted golden sledgehammers. Registration is just $25 for adults and $10/$5 for youth. Visit www.sledgehammercontest.com to learn more and register.

Thank you for your support,

Ali McCart
Executive Editor
Indigo: editing, design, and more
www.indigoediting.com

Director
Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest
2015 Dates: July 25–26
www.sledgehammercontest.com

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This Saturday, June 13th, from 1 to 3 p.m., Award-winning Historical Fiction/Adventure writer Anne Sweazy-Kulju will be signing copies of her books, including latest release, "Grog Wars," at the Safeway Store, in Tillamook (across from the Pelican Brewery Tap Room).

Grog Wars is part I of a 2-Part Epic Oregon Trail story, and has just been nominated for a Global eBook Award. The book has also taken 1st place in WritersType.com 's international "First Chapter" contest, in March 2013, and has been awarded three "5-Star Review" medals from *Readers' Favorite Book Reviews*. Come and visit with the author and find out why she is called the B&B Innkeeper-turned-Psychic Storyteller!

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Spare Room presents

Michael Friedman
Sarah Mangold
Jeff Alessandrelli

Saturday, June 27, 7:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop*
523 SE Morrison

$5 suggested donation

Michael Friedman* is the author of the recently-published Martian Dawn & Other Novels (Little A) and two full-length books of poetry, including Species (The Figures), and four chapbooks. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems (Scribner). Previously, he was the board chair of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, and an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University's MFA writing program. He is the cofounder of the literary journal Shiny, grew up in Manhattan, and lives in Denver.

Sarah Mangold is the author of the just-released Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish) and Household Mechanics (New Issues). Her most recent chapbooks include The Goddess Can Be Recognized By Her Step (dusie kollektiv) and An Antenna Called The Body (LRL Textile Editions). > From 2002-09 she edited Bird Dog, a print literary journal of innovative writing and art. She lives near Seattle.

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection This Last Time Will Be the First. Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, and five chapbooks. The name of Jeff's dog is Beckett Long Snout; the name of his micro-press is Dikembe Press.

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Mer/Art Productions proudly présents 'HE/ART MOVES', a unique reading, one hour event of performance, temporary art, installation, mixed media hanging sculpture, sound art, stories, and movement on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm.

The location is the Collins View Center, 318 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 97219. Donation: $7-10. Refreshments, please carpool if possible. Questions: 503 777 6363 or meredith@merartstudio.com

Artist, Meredith Dalglish, MFA, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA is presenting her newest work dealing with the emotional and physical issues of the heart."This is more personal work now," she says, which follows her former large scale art installations, with performance she previously did to heal the earth, at colleges, universities nationally and internationally, and in Miami, FL, where she was also an Artist in Education. "This work was created to deal with the entropic nature and fragility of the earth," she said. Her other art performances were done internationally, and she was invited to Sao Paulo, Brazil in '97 and '98, for example where Dalglish did her sound art with temporary art performance to bring attention to the problems of the slash and burn techniques to remove the trees in the Amazon Rainforest, she knows are called "the lungs of the earth."

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Community Announcements from Soapstone
622 SE 29th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 USA

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Virginia Woolf, To The River, a video by Bill Johnson


This video explores the creative life and death of the great author. Production by Bill Johnson, author of A Story is a Promise (www.storyispromise.com); voice by Lizzy Shannon, author of Time Twist.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements May 1st, 2015


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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For more information about receiving the announcements or sending your own announcement to this list, go to

http://soapstone.org/announcements.html

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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ON AN EVERY OTHER WEEK SCHEDULE.

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Mountain Writers Series

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

JUDITH BARRINGTON

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.

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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 http://soapstone.org/announcements.html 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: www.soapstone.org

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The Shore Ode: Writing at the Edge of the World

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, August 1/2

www.sitkacenter.com 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: www.davidoates.info.

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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.

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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 www.350pdx.org.

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.

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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.

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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 http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/oba-home/fellowships/

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: http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/oba-home/fellowships. Applicants who would like guidelines and applications emailed or mailed to them can contact Susan Denning at susan@literary-arts.org 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 http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/oba-home/fellowships/.

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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

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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, swhyte@linfield.edu.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 p.m.in 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 tomhogan2@comcast.net.

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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!

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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.

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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
7-9pm

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 www.poemingpigeons.com.

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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.

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/events/614907518610250/), 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.

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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.

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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 www.writingranch.com

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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, http://www.clackamas.edu/english/.

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Meg McHutchison Woven: New Monotypes

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

Exhibition runs May 4-30

margareta waterman

denouement

Reading
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.

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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

Free

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