Mountain Writers Series

Link to Mountain Writers Series readings

Mountain Writers Series Readings

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Joe Wilkins Book Launch at Vie de Boheme

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Lucia Perillo Book Launch at Vie de Boheme


Link to Workshops information MWS Writing Workshops:


Mountain Writers offers a variety of writing & reading workshops and classes by some of the region’s finest writers and teachers. Among our faculty are Judith Barrington, John Brehm, Barbara Drake, Kim Cooper Findling, Kate Gray, Andrea Hollander, Christopher Howell, Henry Hughes, Annie Lighthart, Gary Miranda, Gay Monteverde, Paulann Petersen, Peter Sears, Marilyn Stablein, Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Lidia Yuknavitch and others.

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Mountain Writers recommends:

Peach Blossom Poetry Series. Chinese gardens in China and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland are filled with poetic inscriptions: as text, calligraphy, engravings and plaques. Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, five prolific poets will share their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April at 3 PM. Discover an additional poetry series, workshops and more during Poetry Month at Lan Su. Free with Lan Su membership or admission; no registration is required. Details and more information.

  • April 23 — Emmett Wheatfall
  • April 30 — Sara Guest

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12pm – 2pm. Oregon's Poet Laureate Peter Sears joins Get Lit Festival lineup in Spokane, Washington for a reading presented by Lost Horse Press and Lynx House at the Historic Davenport Hotel (10 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201). The reading featuring Rob Carney, Kathleen Flenniken, Piotr Florcyzk, Katrina Roberts, Peter Sears, and Bill Tremblay will be emceed by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Free admission!

Tuesday, April 19th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm. 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). Free, open to the public, all ages. Old Library, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway
Marylhurst, OR 97036.  Contact: Natalie Garyet (720) 771-4078

Tuesday, April 19, 7 PM, a reading presented by The Timberline Review featuring Andrea Scarpino, Michigan UP Poet Laureate; Paulann Petersen, former Oregon Poet Laureate; and Kathleen Flenniken, former Washington State Poet Laureate.  O’Connors Vault (7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219).

Saturday, April 23, 7 PM. An IPRC reading (1001 SE Division, Portland) featuring Deborah Poe, Kyle Schlesinger and Lu or Lucy Lee Yim.

  • Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections and a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Loose Change, Colorado Review, and Jacket2. Her visual works--including video poems and handmade book objects--have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF "a light festival" (Seattle), as well as online with Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, she directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit. She has also taught at Western Washington University, Binghamton University, SUNY, the Port Townsend Writer's Workshop in Washington, and Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson and serves as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University during Winter Term 2016.
  • Kyle Schlesinger is a poet living in Austin, Texas, whose recent books of poetry include Sydney Omarr's Wild Children with Flynn Maria Bergann (Planned Obsolescence Press, 2016); Far & Away (Textile Series, 2016); Keep the Change with Deborah Poe (Great Fainting Spells, 2015) and Parts of Speech (Chax Press, 2014). Scholarly works include Poetry & Typography (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2016) and Threads with Steve Clay (Cuneiform/Granary Books, 2016). He is proprietor of Cuneiform Press, a nonprofit literary organization, and Associate Professor of Publishing at UHV.
  • Lu or Lucy Lee Yim creates work through a combination of experimental sound, writing, video and somatic movement practices. Support for her work has come through residencies from the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Creative Exchange Lab), Performance Works Northwest (Portland) and Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles).

Saturday, April 23rd, 7 pm: Queen of the Night: Patricia Highsmith. Mother Foucault's Bookshop (523 SE Morrison), free & open to the public. Queen of the Night is a semi-monthly reading series celebrating the work of women writers no longer living, who were under-appreciated, marginalized, and unconventional in their writing.  This month's readers of works by Patirica Highsmith are Melissa Favara, Valerie Geary, and Sara Jaffe.

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Judith Barrington is the featured poet in the last Tuesday open mic at Barnes & Noble Vancouver (7700 NE Fourth Plain). More information.

Monday, May 2, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. FREE RANGE POETRY: an open mic and a reading by Annie Lighthart, Judith Pulman, Cindy Stewart-Rinie.. (Northwest Branch Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Portland). Sign up at 6:15 pm. For more info:

For a thorough listing of events from Soapstone, go to: Soapstone Community Announcements for April 2016


The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic  is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact

Milwaukie Poetry Series, Second Wednesday of the month at 7 PM (Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison, Milwaukie) - Link to flyer.

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. For further information, please contact Kirsten at
--April 21, Floyd Skloot and Kim Stafford,
--May 19, Bette Husted and Mollly Gloss





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Thank you!

Mountain Writers Series appreciates the support of the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Comunity Foundation (The Small Grants Program), Concordia University, the Oregon Arts Commission, the RACC Work for Art program, our individual donors and our dedicated MWS membership.




In Memoriam

Madeline DeFrees 1919 - 2015

Galway Kinnell 1927 - 2014

Carolyn Kizer 1925 - 2014

Maxine Kumin 1925 - 2014

Philip Levine 1928 - 2015

Vern Rutsala 1934 - 2014

Mark Strand 1934 - 2014

James Tate 1943 - 2015

C. K. Williams 1936 - 2015



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