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Mountain Writers Series presents a reading and book launch featuring Lucia Perillo reading from her latest book of poetry Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214)

MacArthur Genius Award winner Lucia Perillo is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015). Other books of poetry include Dangerous Life (1989), winner of the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Body Mutinies (1996), which won the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University; The Oldest Map with the Name America (1999); Luck is Luck (2005), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University; and Inseminating the Elephant (2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. She has published a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2005), and a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012). She has taught at institutions such as Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University, and St. Martin’s College, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. Perillo lives in Olympia, Washington.


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 and to see a list of programs funded thus far:

The next deadline for applications is June 15, 2016.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Arkansas-based poet Jo McDougall reads from her latest collection, The Undiscovered Room (

Thursday, May 5th, 7pm Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR 97214

Free. Open to the public. Books for sale. Facebook event:

In her signature economical style, Jo McDougall invites readers into the small towns of the rural South and Midwest and the dramas of their inhabitants. Through her spare, stoic, and at times spectral form of storytelling, she depicts lives limited by privation yet buoyed by dreams. Grief, resignation, awe, death, and joy abide in her work. McDougall is wed to realism, but obliged to invent; it’s these inventions that lend her portraits a singular sensitivity and clear-eyed register.

Jo McDougall was born in 1935 and raised on a rice farm near DeWitt, Arkansas. She is the author of Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family (University of Arkansas Press, 2011). Her collected poems, In the Home of the Famous Dead (2015), gathers together her previous seven collections of poetry, including Women Who Marry Houses (1983), Towns Facing Railroads (1991), and Dirt (2006). She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.



On May 5 at Headwaters Theater in Portland, Sound of Late new music ensemble will present a night of shimmering chamber music alongside the music and poetry of local marine biologists and commercial fishers. See for event details.

FISHER POETS (7:30pm–8:15pm)

Lara Merrersmith Glavin Joel Miller Lauren Sheehan Sean Talbot

CHAMBER MUSIC (8:30pm–9:30pm)

Social Sounds of Whales at Night by Emily Doolittle Buoys on the Water by Nicole Portley The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu

Sound of Late is a quintet composed of Sarah Pyle (flute), Rebecca Olason (horn), Bryce C. Caster (violin), Andrew Stiefel (viola), and Milo Fultz (double bass). Guest artists Emma Lynn (soprano) and Satchel Henneman (guitar) will also appear at this concert.


Join Write Around Portland for Prompt, a 10-week workshop devoted to generative writing and the transformative power of writing in community. Based on the successful Write Around Portland model, this dynamic workshop incorporates many of our favorite exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including free-writing; group discussion; imagery, character, plot and poetry development; and early-draft revision.

All proceeds from Prompt go directly toward funding Write Around Portland workshops and programs in hospitals, prisons, schools, treatment centers, low-income housing facilities and more.

Prompt meets weekly for 10 weeks Ten Wednesdays, May 11 – Jul 13 6:30 – 8:30pm Powell’s City of Books, 10th and W. Burnside $300 (Payment plans available. Includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powells.”)

Registration limited to 12 adults. For more information or to register, please contact Write Around Portland at 503.796.9224


On Tuesday, May 3rd, at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Willamette Writers welcomes Jocelyn Mozak, WordPress web designer and founder of Mozak Design, who will speak about her favorite author web platform — WordPress.

In this engaging presentation, Jocelyn will walk us through why WordPress is the most viable option, what writers should include in the design of their site, which writer-friendly WordPress plug-ins are best to use (and what plug-ins are!), and share some exciting upgrades and ideas for the more experienced user. You will walk away with the motivation and tools to successfully launch your own WordPress website. Visit to learn more about Jocelyn.

We hope you can join us at the Old Church, SW 11th & Clay, in downtown Portland. As always, the doors open at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7:00. The meeting is free to member of WW and full time students under 25, $5 for guests of members, and $10 for non-members.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a book from….France?!

Debut novelist Julie Christine Johnson will be reading from her book In Another Life and signing copies ($14.99, trade paperback) at Annie Bloom’s Books on May 5th. Julie is coming all the way from Port Townsend, Washington to share with you her novel steeped in the rich history of rural Languedoc, where time is liquid and love and loss fight for a woman’s heart. In Another Life went to a second printing only three days after it’s February 2016 release. Local author Val Mallinson conspired to bring Julie to PDX because her book is that good; come see for yourself.

In Another Life Annie Bloom’s Books 7834 SW Capitol Highway Multnomah Village Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 - 8 pm


The Indigo Editing & Publications office has an extra desk to rent out. It's perfect for a writer or designer. If you've been paying membership in a coworking space and want to trim your expenses, or if you've outgrown your home office, this is a great option!

We're asking $150/month, and you get:

Permanent, private desk with cabinet and drawer Ergonomic and adjustable chair High-speed internet Use of laser printer, fridge, microwave, and coffee pot 24/7 access Access to conference room Access to bike locker Secure location (locked office, building locks in evenings and on weekends) ADA-accessible office and building Great location downtown, four blocks from the MAX, across the street from Powell's, and a block from a food cart pod Office sharing with other writers, editors, translators, and designers.

If you're interested, please email Ali at and we can set up a time for you to come look at the space.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Former Oregon Senator and State Treasurer Jim Hill will be launching his new book at Annie Bloom's in Portland on May 25!

“The New “N” Word: The White Middle Class” and is a searing indictment of national efforts to suppress racial, gender, and voting equality, as well as an inspiring story of everything we can accomplish when we work as a community. Given our current political climate, Hill’s vision for America has never been more relevant.

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Speculative fiction writer in Gresham is seeking a critique group on the eastside for novels (and the occasional short story). I'm an experienced critiquer/editor with 3 books self-published and more on the way looking for a group that meets regularly and where members submit work in advance for feedback at the group. Open to critiquing all genres but erotica. And open to other group formats as long as they involve being able to run whole novels through the group without it taking a year; happy to crit as much as I get critted: unchangeling [at] gmail [dot] c o m.


The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist begin the First Friday poetry series readings for 2016 on Friday, May 6.

6:00 to 7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

‪The Featured readers will be from the staff and students of the North Clackamas School‬ District and the Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee. They will be reading their favorite poems or their own work. The featured readers will read for approximately 35 Minutes

An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read their own work, or some of their favorite poems. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. There will also be poetry books and light refreshments available.


Stephanie Lenox is the featured poet on May 31, 2016, in the friendly open mic held 7-8.30pm on each month's last Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain).

She'll read from her collection The Business. It transforms office politics and paper clips into a funny and critical examination of the mortal rat race. It's been called "the strangest, wildest, and most precise of poetry" - Laura Kasischke, "a look at office life as unflinching as Dilbert" - Charles Harper Webb, and "tragically funny, a wonderful new voice in contemporary poetry" - Victoria Chang.


From Almost Everywhere

an exhibition of paintings & books by Franco Beltrametti & Stefan Hyner May 3–28, 2016

Opening reception, reading, & book launch: Tuesday, May 3, 6:00–9:00 pm reading at 7:30 pm

Passages Bookshop 1223 NE ML King Blvd.

Passages Bookshop celebrates the publication of Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965–1995, edited by Stefan Hyner, with an exhibition of paintings and books by both poet-artists, up through the month of May.

For the opening of the exhibition, we are extremely fortunate to catch Stefan Hyner on a rare U.S. visit, as he makes his way from San Francisco to Port Townsend. Stefan will read from the selected Beltrametti, just out from Blackberry Books, as well as from his own poems and translations.

"Swiss-Italian poet, painter, and architect Franco Beltrametti (1937–1995) published more than thirty books and pamphlets of poetry, prose, collaborations, and translations, in several languages and countries, and had a similar number of solo and group exhibitions of his paintings and graphic works. Those will last however long words and objects do; but his existence as catalyst, connector and correspondent is gone for ever. He was a personal link between such disparate traditions as American beat — and New York school — poetry; the Fluxus group of artists; the European avant-garde; the music of Steve Lacy, Joelle Leandre, and Nino Locatelli; the Italian revolutionary left; and Japanese Zen Buddhism . . ." (read the rest of Tom Raworth's obituary for Franco).

Brought up in Schwetzingen, in the Rhine Valley, Stefan Hyner experienced the "anthropological change" (Nanni Balestrini) that some people went thru growing up in the ’70s in the West, when utopia became reality in some "institutions" for a short time. After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, he studied Chinese and East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University. In 1978 and 1979 he took part in the One World Poetry Festivals in Amsterdam, where he made the acquaintance of many US-American poets who he eventually translated into German. From 1981 to 1990 he traveled extensively in Asia and the Americas. Since then he's been living close to his family home in the small hamlet of Rohrhof on the banks of the river Rhine. His work has been translated into English, Italian, French, Swedish, and Chinese.

Stefan Hyner's books include 10 000 Journeys: Selected Poems, Here Before Again, In Stead of a Bullet, Both Gone, and "This Other World Not Civilized": Lao Tzu, T’ao Yüan Ming, Li T’ai Po (essay and translations). He edited Home Among the Swinging Stars: Collected Poems of Jaime de Angulo, and Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere: Selected Poems 1965–1995, and has translated a number of US-American poets into German. A recent interview with Stefan was published at Galatea Resurrects.


The Tuesday Writers of Waldport invite you to their annual reading from this year’s anthology of their work. Please join them on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. in Room 8 of the Yachats Commons. Each writer will read an excerpt from their section of the book.

Members of the group include well-known area poet Ruth F. Harrison, who founded the group in 1990. Ruth is a life-time honorary member of the Oregon Poetry Association and will read some her poems. Shirley A. Plummer, who has recently released her debut collection of poems, will participate also with selections of poetry; Sandra Mason with portions of her memoirs; Brenda Croghan with short short fiction; Stanley Buck with both prose and poetry; Brian Hanna with selections from his memory of his father’s last days; and Dan Taber with an excerpt from his science fiction novel in progress. Writings include wisdom and experience, humor and truth—all with clear attention to the artistry of expression.

In anticipation of the live reading, you can also hear the Tuesday Writers read from their works on KYAQ, 91.7 FM, on Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

At the live reading on May 14 the book will be for sale at a special price, and all authors will be happy to sign their work for you. Light refreshments will be served.


VoiceCatcher is a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area. We are seeking submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art through May 15.

Learn more and submit at



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