Saturday, April 30, 2016

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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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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Soapstone Literary Announcements 4/2/2016

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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Donald Levering was born in Kansas City and grew up there and in Oceanside, New York. In addition to being awarded a NEA Fellowship, Levering won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets Forum, the Ad Astra Poetry Project, and the Duende Reading Series. His latest book, Coltrane’s God was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He now lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Carlos Reyes is a noted Portland poet, translator and world traveler. Released last year, The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the West of Ireland is Reyes most recent work. His previous poetry works were published by Lost Horse Press. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Boll Fellow (Ireland), An Island Institute Fellow (Alaska), Camac Centre of the Arts (France) as well as a poet-in-residence at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument.


Judith Barrington is the featured poet on April 26, 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 fourth collection, The Conversation. “This is a brilliant technical achievement; it reminds us all that great poetry is both fine thinking and achieved style” - Thomas McCarthy. “She has a subtle style that gathers force like an undertow and sometimes the illuminating prose-style of some poems surfaces in a blast of creative bubbles or a beautiful moment beneath a sky of possibilities” - Liam Murphy.

A great way to support poetry, and the store that hosts us, is to buy the book at least ten days before the event. That way, you can bring your copy to the event for the poet to sign.

You can also buy the book online here: … and if you have already read it, please consider posting a review on that page!

Here’s the event link:


Tavern Books Visiting Translators presented in partnership with Marylhurst University's English Department

Join Tavern Books for readings and a conversation about translation, featuring Piotr Florczyk (Los Angeles), Sonia P. Ticas (McMinnville, Oregon), and Keith Ekiss (San Francisco).

Tuesday, April 19th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Free, open to the public, all ages. Contact: Natalie Garyet (720) 771-4078

Old Library Marylhurst University 17600 Pacific Highway Marylhurst, OR 97036 map

Piotr Florczyk is the translator of Anna Świrszczyńska’s Building the Barricade (Tavern Books, 2016), in addition to several other books of Polish poetry. He is the author of East & West, Barefoot, and Los Angeles Sketchbook. Florczyk currently studies in the PhD in Literature and Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

Sonia P. Ticas is a co-translator of Eunice Odio’s The Fire’s Journey, a four-volume poetry collection published in stages by Tavern Books. Ticas, a native of El Salvador, received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Spanish and the Co-chair of Latin American Studies at Linfield College.

Keith Ekiss is a co-translator, with Ticas, of Eunice Odio’s The Fire’s Journey. He is a former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University and the author of Pima Road Notebook. The past recipient of several scholarships and residencies, he received the Witter Bynner Translators Residency from the Santa Fe Art Institute for his work on Eunice Odio.


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.


Story Seekers: A Creative Writing Retreat at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

The poet Mary Oliver writes, “Let me keep my mind on what matters… which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” In this creative writing retreat, we will immerse ourselves in the wild landscape of Opal Creek so that we, too, may become astonished. We will explore the ancient forest with our senses wide open, allowing objects of intrigue to awaken the stories inside us. With the help of experiential prompts, we will generate pieces of writing that are as wild and alive as the woods and rushing waters that inspired them. By the end of the weekend, we will each have a creatively rendered record of our discoveries and a variety of story seeds to take home. This retreat is a great opportunity for writers, artists, teachers, and anybody else who wants to break through blocks and access the wild and creative force howling inside us all.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 28th-29th Price: $185 includes food, lodging, and materials

To Register:


“Writing a Novel in a Month: How to Get Started” Presented by Maren Bradley Anderson

Monday, April 18, 2016 6:30–8:30 PM First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall Corvallis, OR Use 9th Street parking lot entrance

Join us in an interactive presentation about how to succeed at the challenge of writing a 50,000-word first draft in 30 days. Bring something to write with, and an idea to get you started.

Our guest speaker, Maren Bradley Anderson, is a writer, teacher, and alpaca rancher who lives in Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in The Timberline Review, and her novel, Fuzzy Logic, was released in 2015 by Black Opal Books. She adapted A Midsummer Night’s Dream for children in July 2015.

Willamette Writers on the River ( is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This event is free to members and full-time students. Guests of members pay $5; visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.


Airlie Press has begun its annual manuscript submission period. One or two manuscripts will be selected for publication. Please visit for details.

We look forward to reading your work, The Editors


Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème presents reading & book launch featuring

Joe Wilkins

reading from his latest book of poetry

When We Were Birds 2016 Finalist Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214) Suggested donation $5

Joe Wilkins has published three poetry books, most recently, When We Were Birds, a Miller Williams Poetry Prize finalist (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), as well as 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. He is also 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. 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.



APRIL 20th, 7 pm

from his award winning book The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernals, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History.

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, seeds support diets, economies, lifestyles, and civilizations around the globe. In The Triumph of Seeds, award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson explores both the natural and cultural history of seeds - why they are so dominant in nature, and why we are so utterly dependent upon them.

Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an independent conservation biologist based in the San Juan Islands. Hanson's many media appearances have included NPR's Fresh Air, PRI's Science Friday and The World. The Triumph of Seeds won a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award in 2016. He is also the author of Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, The Impenetrable Forest and the illustrated children's favorite Bartholomew Quill. His articles and essays have appeared in dozens of popular and scientific publications, including Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Orion, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, Bioscience, Conservation Biology, and The Huffington Post .



APRIL 26th, 7 pm

In Here Among Strangers, travelers find and lose themselves in unexpected places. Crawford's characters teeter on the edge of sanity as they reconcile who they were with who they have become, confronting their truest selves in the most unfamiliar places. Emotional integrity runs deep in these dark and compelling stories that chronicle what it is to feel alien at home amidst the heartbreak of everyday life.

Crawford has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Epoch, Ascent, Beloit Fiction Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Florida Review. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon and teaches for the Writers in the Schools program. She lives in Portland. This event is open to the public.


Willamette Writers on the River Spring Workshop Saturday, April 30, 2016 10am-5pm Comfort Suites, 1730 NW 9th Street, Corvallis, OR

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories Why write short stories, flash fiction and novellas? Come to this fast paced workshop to find out. Learn how to sell short fiction, where to find markets, what you need to include in a cover letter for short stories and more. We will practice dissecting markets and magazines to find the right ones for you. Sarina Dorie will share the secrets to her success so that you can write short stories and make money selling them. Bring pencil and paper to experiment with short story techniques.

Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to magazines and anthologies in the last six years. She has published in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, humor, and non-fiction, has won numerous awards and has several published novels. Sarina has worked as an English, art and dance teacher, a copy editor at an advertising agency, and a writer. She joined her first critique group when she was sixteen, and has given workshops at the Willamette Writers, Romance Writers of America, Wordcrafters and various science fiction conventions like Worldcon and Gearcon.

Student Rate = $25

$45 WW members $55 Non-members

Registration closes April 22nd (a minimum of 10 participants are needed) T

o register directly go to


New Performance and Conversation Series Interfaith Muse Engages Writers and Artists with Spiritual Questions

In a time of oversimplified and suspect spirituality, Interfaith Muse offers events to explore religious differences through creative arts. The inaugural conversation features poets Alicia Jo Rabins and Shadab Zeest Hashmi, on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Their conversation takes place at Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, Ore. and is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. The poets will read from their work and share a hosted dialogue. Their books will be available for purchase from bookseller partner, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Bookstore.

Alicia Jo Rabins’s collection, “Divinity School,” won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2015. A wide-ranging exploration of spirituality, sex, travel, food, holy texts, and coming of age, “Divinity School” is a fearless investigation of how we learn to live in a human body. Alicia teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is the author of “Kohl & Chalk” and “Baker of Tarifa,” which won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her essays on eastern poetic forms such as the Ghazal and Qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature and 3 Quarks Daily. Currently a resident of San Diego, Shadab graduated from Reed College in southeast Portland.

Interfaith Muse host Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo is a poet and educator who has created extensive curricula on religion and intercultural competency. She served for nine years as an Episcopal school chaplain. Elizabeth’s poetry has been published in many journals including Fourteen Hills, Anglican Theological Review, and VoiceCatcher.

Interfaith Muse: Artists in Conversation Alicia Jo Rabins and Shadab Zeest Hashmi Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Cerimon House 5131 NE 23rd Ave., Portland, 97211


Another Read Through Bookstore

April 10 @1:30 Authors Michael Mirolla (from Toronto) and Sam Roxas-Chua (local, from Eugene) will read, answer questions, sign books. Michael will be reading from his book that came out last fall, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, and Sam will be reading from Fawn Language. Info here:

April 14 @7pm Group of Authors from VoiceCatcher: VoiceCatcher's collection is out, and we'll have a handful of the authors from the book here to read and sign. Info here:

April 16 @1:30pm Strong Female Characters: Our first in the series of local female authors and female characters and the issues they face. Discussion panel with the Ellen Urbani, Rene Denfeld, and Karen Karbo. No reading, but signing to follow. Info here:


Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 pm at Grass Roots Books, in Corvallis, author Rick Attig and poets Henry Hughes, Jeanne Krinsley, and Keli Osborne read from the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of The Timberline Review.

All are welcome!

Grass Roots Books, 227 SW 2nd Street, in Corvallis.


Willamette Writers Coast Chapter Presents: Author Tom Towslee April 17th at 2:00 pm

Tom Towslee will present a two-hour workshop titled People, Places and Events: Techniques to Keep Your Story Moving. This free workshop will be held at the Newport Public Library in the McEntee Room.

Tom Towslee was born in Los Angeles and raised in Tillamook, Oregon. He went to the University of Oregon and graduated from Linfield College. He is a former newspaper and wire service reporter in Washington, D.C. and Oregon. He left journalism for a career in communications, working for a number of Oregon state agencies as well as communications director for an Oregon governor and a United States senator. His novel "Paradise Girls" was published last November. Tom and Dinah Adkins live in Portland.


The Third Annual Poetry Contest to benefit KVGD-LP Goldendale Community Radio raises much needed funds for radio station operation costs. Contest entry period ends on April 15. Poetry Contest Entry Form and Submission Guidelines are available online at: .

By submitting an entry, poets are agreeing to have their poems recorded for terrestrial broadcast and/or internet podcast.

The contest includes two divisions: Youths (18 years and under) and Adults. Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Winners will be announced by Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 22, 2016.

Entry fee is $2 per poem. There is no limit on the number of poems each writer may enter. A prolific poet entering ten poems will have to pay a total of $20 in entry fees. Poems will not be accepted without the entry fee paid in full.

Recipients of First Prize in each division will split an amount equal to 25% of the entry fees collected for the poetry contest. Second Prize in each division will split 10%, and Third Prize in each division will split 5% of the collected entry fees. Sixty percent of receipts to go towards supporting Goldendale Community Radio.

A completed permission form, signed by parent or guardian, is required for every student (age 18 and under) who enters the contest. In addition to the poem and its $2 entry fee, poets will need to include a 40 to 100 word biography.

Submit entries by mail to:

KVGD-LP Poetry Contest 514 S. Columbus, Ste. 7 Goldendale, WA 98620


Comma, A Monthly Reading Series at Broadway Books

The popular author reading series Comma returns! After a hiatus, Comma resumes for 2016. The third Thursday of each month Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway) hosts a unique regional authors series beginning at 7 pm. Hosted and curated by writer Kirsten Rian, the readings combine voices from different literary genres, and writers have the freedom to read from new projects, established pieces, or ongoing works in progress. Selected authors read for 15-20 minutes each, and following is a conversation between the two writers and/or the audience. Free and open to the public.

On April 21, 7 pm, Kim Stafford and Floyd Skloot will read.

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems. His most recent books are 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from the Oregon Coast. In 2016 the 30th anniversary edition of his collections of essays, Having Everything Right, will come out from Pharos editions. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.

Floyd Skloot's most recent books include Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), the poetry collection Approaching Winter (LSU Press, 2015), and the forthcoming novel The Phantom of Thomas Hardy (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2016). He has won the PEN USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, two Pushcart Prizes for essays and one for poetry, Oregon Book Awards in both poetry and creative nonfiction, and two Pacific NW Book Awards for poetry. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing anthologies.



Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm Thursday, April 14 Angst Gallery 1015 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660

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

Featuring Writers From Poetry Matters, Christopher Luna’s Monday evening class

Roxanne Bash Holly Black Bruce Hall Morgan Hutchinson Livia Montana Darcy Scholts Tiffany Burba-Schramm


Shawn Aveningo

Sunday, April 24 1:00-4:00pm

High End Market Place 1906 Broadway St. Vancouver, WA 98663

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1pm Poeming Pigeon Book Launch Doobie or Not Doobie?

The Poetry Box is proud to announce our third Issue: The Poeming Pigeon: Doobie or Not Doobie? A Journal of Poetry and Prose -- The Cannabis Issue. The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is a hot topic facing America and other countries across the globe. Homer examines this controversial issue through an international curated collection of poems and stories. You’ll enjoy tales of hilarious first encounters with the herb, gratitude for the escape from physical pain, fellowship in passing the spliff and learn why some prefer not to partake in the "madness." So, light up (or not) and enjoy!

This special Vancouver book launch will feature Southwest Washington contributors Lori Loranger, Christopher Luna, Tiffany Burba-Schramm, and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, as well as Portland contributors Nathan Tompkins and Casey Bush. Poeming Pigeon Publisher and Editor Shawn Aveningo will also read from the book. Copies of the new issue will be available for sale at the event.

2pm Poetry with High End Market Place Featured Artists Christopher Luna and Toni Partington

2:30-4:00 A Performance by River Twain


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