Saturday, October 17, 2015

Soapstone Literary Announcements 10/17/2015

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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.



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.


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.


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.


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:

The next deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.


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


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

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.


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


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 or by calling 503-796-9224.


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.


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.


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.



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:


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.


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.


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

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


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 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


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.


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

Carla Perry, Leanne Grabel & Mary Slocum reading poetry


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.