Mountain Writers Series

 

 

Celebrating 45 years of serving the literary community --

In March 2019, Mountain Writers Series will host an off-site event, free and open to the public, during the annual AWP Conference in Portland Oregon. This event will celebrate 45 years of programming and serving the literary community in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Scheduled Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM at the Hotel Rose in downtown Portland, dozens of Mountain Writers Series' alumni poets and writers will pay tribute to a long list of those no longer with us and present as well some of their own work; they are listed below. 

Some of the poets and writers will have their own books for sale and will sign copies after their scheduled reading/tribute slot, as well as during the evening reception.

 

Celebrating 45 Years of Mountain Writers Series

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hotel Rose - 50 SW Morrison, Portland OR 97204

 

11:00 – 11:45

Tribute to Peter Sears  1937 - 2017

Robin Cody

 

Anita Helle

 

Christopher Howell

 

Robbie Pock

 

11:45 – 12:00

Derek Walcott 1930 - 2017

Patty Wixon

12:00 – 12:15

C. K. Williams 1936 - 2015

Vince Wixon

12:15 – 12:30

Lucille Clifton 1936 - 2010

Paulann Petersen

12:30 – 12:45

Denise Levertov 1923 - 1997

Paulann Petersen

12:45 – 1:00

Donald Justice 1925 - 2004

John Brehm

1:15 – 1:30

Robert Duncan 1919 - 1988

Carlos Reyes

1:30 – 1:45

Madeline DeFrees 1919-2015

Lex Runciman

1:45 – 2:00

Richard Hugo 1923 – 1982

Lex Runciman

2:00 – 2:15

Carolyn Kizer 1925 – 2014

Lisa Steinman

2:15 – 2:30

Vern Rutsala 1934 – 2014

Jim Shugrue

2:45 – 3:00

Maxine Kumin 1925 - 2014

Judith Barrington

3:00 – 3:15

Galway Kinnell 1927 – 2014

Jonah Bornstein

3:15 – 3:30

Quinton Duval 1948 - 2010

Gary Thompson

3:30 – 3:45

Tom Crawford 1939 - 2018

Gary Thompson

3:45 – 4:00

Katherine Dunn 1945 - 2016

Elinor Langer

 

4:00 – 4:45

Tribute to Denis Johnson

Cindy Lee Johnson

 

Gerald Costanzo

 

Michael Dickman

 

Christopher Merrill

 

Lee Montgomery

 

4:45 - 5:00

 

 

5:00 – 7:00

Toast & Tribute to

W. S. Merwin & Donald Hall

 

RECEPTION

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 – 7:15

Louis Simpson 1923 - 2012

Clem Starck

7:15 – 7:30

Czeslaw Milosz 1911 - 2004

Doug Marx

7:30 – 7:45

Ursula K. Le Guin 1929 - 2018

Barbara Drake

7:45 – 8:00

Tony Hoagland 1953 - 2018

Jennifer Grotz

8:00 – 8:15

Lucia Perillo 1958 - 2016

Maxine Scates

8:15 – 8:30

James Tate 1943 – 2015

Gerald Costanzo

8:30 – 8:45

Jack Gilbert 1925 – 2012

Joseph Millar

8:45 – 9:00

Philip Levine 1928 – 2015

Joseph Millar

 

Everyone is invited to join Mountain Writers Series poets and writers during the reception, for wine and appetizers from 5 - 7 PM at Hotel Rose. Many of the authors will have their books for sale and will sign copies for guests. Mountain Writers Series will also be giving away dozens of books, broadsides and flyers from the archives of its 45-year history.

Mountain Writers is also sponsoring a panel discussion at AWP. See below.

Friday, March 29 - 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

F257.  Mountain Writers Series - A Nonprofit Model (1993 - 2003).

Michael Dickman, Jennifer Grotz, Dorianne Laux Joseph Millar and Michael Robins.

After twenty years of building a regional network, in 1993, Mountain Writers opened the first writer’s center in Oregon, immediately increasing funding for NW literary activity—readings, workshops, craft talks—featuring acclaimed poets and writers: Bei Dao, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, David James Duncan, Jack Gilbert, Yusef Komunyakaa, Denise Levertov, Louis Simpson, James Tate, C.K. Williams, and hundreds more. Former Center staff, faculty, and students discuss the impact.

 

 

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In October 2010, Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, gave the following opening remarks as introduction to the events on the Mountain Writers Series stages for Wordstock 2010. 

Remarks at the Opening of Wordstock, 2010

It’s a delight and an honor to help launch the Mountain Writers’ readings at Wordstock 2010. Two stages. Two days. Sixty writers. Remarkable.

Mountain Writers has been a fixture at Wordstock since its inception. Over 300 writers have appeared on the Wordstock Mountain Writers stages since 2005, and Mountain Writers has been the force establishing and sustaining poetry’s presence at this festival. For that, I give particular thanks to the entire Mountain Writers’ board of directors and staff.

Orchestrating over 60 writers on two stages for two days is a formidable undertaking. But it’s only one of Mountain Writers’ ongoing programs. Mountain Writers sponsors the monthly Press Club readings on Clinton Street in Southeast Portland. Third Wednesdays. Mountain Writers offers the bi-annual Columbia Gorge Writers’ Conference, which—in June of 2011—will feature on its faculty Annick Smith, William Kittredge, Barbara Drake, Vern Rutsala, and Gerald Costanza. And that’s only what MW is doing currently.

Established in 1973, Mountain Writers has spent 37 years enriching our region with visits, readings, and workshops by many of the world’s finest writers. The list of writers who have given readings and workshops and talks under the aegis of Mountain Writers and its partners includes W.S. Merwin, Rita Dove, Sherman Alexie, Lucille Clifton, Czeslaw Milosz, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Simic, and Derek Walcott. The whole list is hundreds of names long.

I took workshops led by Sharon Olds, Martin Espada, and Carolyn Forché, thanks to Mountain Writers. I heard C. K. Williams, Eavan Boland, Jane Hirschfield, and Galway Kinnell give readings, thanks to Mountain Writers. My West Linn High School creative writing students had workshops led by Li-Young Lee, Naomi Shihab Nye, Agha Shahid Ali, and Cornelius Eady, thanks to Mountain Writers.

For decades, through its Northwest Regional Residencies Program, Mountain Writers toured stellar writers through Oregon and Washington. For years, Mountain Writers opened the doors of its Center (on Milwaukie Boulevard, in Portland), inviting the public to readings, workshops and gatherings.

Am I listing all of MW accomplishments? No. I’ve mentioned only a fraction of them. The 37 years of Mountain Writers’ existence hold a remarkable variety and number of programs. But there is one constant in the Mountain Writers’ story. 

Sandra Williams.

Sandra founded Mountain Writers in 1973. She’s been, all along, its sustaining force, its guiding vision. What our community of readers and writers owes to Sandra Williams is immeasurable. Offering Sandra our praise and gratitude today is a pleasure.

                                                                                               —Paulann Petersen

 


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In Memoriam

Agha Shahid Ali 1949 - 2001

Lois Baker 1928 - 2016

Lennart Bruce 1919 - 2002

Jack Cady 1932 - 2004

Hayden Carruth 1921 - 2008

Lucille Clifton 1936 - 2010

Tom Crawford 1939 - 2018

Robert Dana 1929 - 2010

Madeline DeFrees 1919 - 2015

Brian Doyle 1957 - 2017

Robert Duncan 1919 - 1988

Katherine Dunn 1945 - 2016

William Everson 1912 - 1994

James Fleming 1924 - 2017

Marilyn Folkestad 1927 - 2002

Kathleen Fraser 1935-2019

Jane Glazer 1925 - 2017

Patricia Goedicke 1931 - 2006

Linda Gregg 1942 - 2019

Thom Gunn 1929 - 2003

Donald Hall 1928 - 2018

Kenneth O. Hanson 1922 - 2003

Ehud Havazelet 1955 - 2015

Geoffrey Hill 1932 - 2016

Tony Hoagland 1953 - 2018

Richard Hugo 1923 - 1982

Denis Johnson 1949 - 2017

Donald Justice 1925 - 2004

Galway Kinnell 1927 - 2014

Carolyn Kizer 1925 - 2014

Bill Knott 1940 - 2014

Maxine Kumin 1925 - 2014

Ursula K. Le Guin 1929 - 2018

Philip Levine 1928 - 2015

Morton Marcus 1936- 2009

Vaughn Marlowe 1931 - 2017

Irene McKinney 1939 - 2012

Czeslaw Milosz 1911 - 2004

Richard Murphy 1927 - 2018

Raymond Patterson 1929 - 2001

Walter Pavlich 1955 - 2002

Lucia Perillo 1958 - 2016

Vern Rutsala 1934 - 2014

Ralph Salisbury 1926 - 2017

Peter Sears 1937 - 2017

Jon Silkin 1930 - 1997

William Stafford 1914 - 1993

Mark Strand 1934 - 2014

James Tate 1943 - 2015

Derek Walcott 1930 - 2017

James Welch 1940 - 2003

C. K. Williams 1936 - 2015

 

 

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