Friday, April 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements April 4th, 2015

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The New Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers 

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

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

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

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

Go to our website for more details:


Spring Workshops with PDX Writers

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


A reading by Harold Johnson

7 PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison

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

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

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


Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnville, April 18

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 4pm

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne 3723 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Venue: Holy Names Heritage Center

Ample, accessible parking.

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


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

Shop early for the best selection.

Bookshelves will also be for sale.

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

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

Gary Wilkie and Marilyn Stablein

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


Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème

presents a book launch celebration & reading featuring

Kathleen Halme

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

Suggested donation $5

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


Mountain Writers Series at TaborSpace

presents a reading & musical performance featuring

Daniel Wolff & Alicia Jo Rabins

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Copeland Commons • TaborSpace • 5441 SE Belmont • Portland

Suggested admission $5 to benefit Mountain Writers programs & writers

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

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



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

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

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

This event is free and open to the public.


A Couple of Poets

David Meltzer and Julie Rogers
8pm Thursday, April 23

Angst Gallery Vancouver, WA 98660

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Why We Connect - The Poetry of Mary Oliver

Saturday, April 18, 2PM-4
No charge

Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro

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

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

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

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

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


portland readings of two new books

All Fire All Water by Judith Roche

denoument by margareta waterman

sunday afternoon, april 12 3:00 pm

RollUp, 1715 se spokane

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

Judith, margareta and Meg will perform

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


tuesday evening, april 14 7:00 pm

Judith Roche, margareta waterman and dan raphael

Mother Foucault's Bookstore 523 se morrison


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

margareta waterman

Glyph Cafe and Art Space

804 NW Couch (North Park Blocks

with the walls full of the visual magic of Meg McHutchison

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

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

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


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

Saturday, April 18th | 2-5pm

UPE exhibition runs April 2nd to May 2nd

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

Free, open to the public, all ages.

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

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


Haibun: Doing the Light Fandango
Workshop with Margaret Chula

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

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

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

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

Deschutes Public Library, Brooks Room, Bend OR


Handcrafted: Sharpen Your Tools, Shape Your Writing.

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

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

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

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

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

$15-$25 sliding scale

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


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

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

Saturday, April 11 3:00 pm

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

Free with Garden membership or regular admission


Spare Room presents

Jan Clausen

Kit Robinson

Sunday, April 12 7:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison

$5 suggested donation

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

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


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

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

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

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


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