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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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ON AN EVERY OTHER WEEK SCHEDULE.

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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.