Mountain Writers Series

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On-going Writing & Conference Options


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.

News & Notices

Mountain Writers recommends:

  • Saturday, October 3, 6:30 -7:30 PM.  Bridges: A Night of Poetry in Translation, TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont St, Portland. OR 97215). Translations of Russian poet Boris Slutsky by Judith Pulman and Marat Grinberg. Translations of Anglo-Saxon poetry by Annie Lighthart and Michael Faletra. Translations are bridges – across time, across language barriers, across political regimes, across faiths, and across cultures. Travel through poems with two pairs of poets and scholars as guides, and bring the gifts of these poems back across into your life. This event is funded in part by a project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Free admission; all ages welcome.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 PM. Vault Voices Reading featuring writers from OPA and from Mountain Writers Series Faculty Judith Barrington, John Brehm, Kathleen Halme, Annie Lighthart. O’Connors Irish Pub (In the Vault), Multnomah Village, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97219.

  • David Abel & Marilyn Stablein, Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 pm, Daedalus Books, 2074 NW Flanders, Portland. Artists' books and poetry will bring together two writers/artists for a special event in two parts: Dreams, Travelogs, Artist's Books, a talk and mini-trunk show with Marilyn Stablein, and Poetry in the Artist's Book, a reading and performance by David Abel.

News in the Literary Community

Mountain Writers Third-Wednesday Reading Series Moves to new locations!

After 7 years of successful third-Wednesday readings every month, Mountain Writers Series will take a break after the February 7, 2015 event with Ursula K. Le Guin. Readings on third Wednesdays will resume in the spring at two terrific locations -- one in SE Portland, Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue) located at SE 7th & Clay on Distillery Row in the Warehouse District; and one in NW Portland Old Town Floyd's ( 118 NW Couch), as well as our special events at Concordia University and TaborSpace. Watch our web site for upcoming announcements of readings and multi-arts performances of music and poetry/prose in the spring of 2015!

Volume 30 of Hubbub is now available. Poems by Jim Daniels, Danielle Hanson, Verlena Orr, Jon Veinberg, Christopher Buckley and many others; Christopher Howell's reviews of books by Buckley and Henry Carlile. Beginning with this issue, Hubbub is inaugurating an annual Vern Rutsala Memorial Prize of $1000.00, in addition to our standing prizes: the Vi Gale Award of $500.00, the Kenneth O. Hanson Award of  $100.00, and the Stout Award of $75.00. Lawson Inada will judge the first Vern Rutsala prize. Send submissions for the magazine, published once a year, to 5344 SE 38th Ave,  Portland 97202. Contributors are paid $20.00 per poem.


Ursula K. Le Guin was honored with the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation "in recognition of her transformative impact on American literature."

    "For more than forty years, Le Guin has defied conventions of narrative, language, character, and genre, and transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism to forge new paths for literary fiction. Among the nation’s most revered writers of science fiction and fantasy, Le Guin’s fully imagined worlds challenge readers to consider profound philosophical and existential questions about gender, race, the environment, and society. Her boldly experimental and critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and children’s books, written in elegant prose, are popular with millions of readers around the world.

    “Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and,
    particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” said Harold Augenbraum, the
    Foundation’s Executive Director. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated
    —and never really valid—line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for
    decades to come.

    "Le Guin is the twenty-seventh recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American
    Letters (DCAL), which was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement.
    Previous recipients include John Ashbery, Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow, Maxine Hong Kingston,
    Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, and Tom Wolfe. "

Le Guin Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Joseph Stroud honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lannan Foundation
Joseph Stroud is the author of five collections of poetry: In the Sleep of Rivers (Capra Press,1974), Signatures (BOA Editions, 1982), Below Cold Mountain (Copper Canyon Press, 1998), Country of Light(Copper Canyon Press, 2004), and Of This World (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Stroud has received a Pushcart Prize, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and in 2011 he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Stroud divides his time between a house in Santa Cruz on the California coast and a cabin at Shay Creek in the Sierra Nevada.


Spencer Reece was among those named on the long list of poetry nominess for the 2014 National Book Awards for his book, The Road to Emmaus ( Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Other poets, who have read in past seasons for Mountain Writers Series, named for this year’s long list were Edward Hirsch, for Gabriel: A Poem, Alfred A. Knopf; Fanny Howe, for Second Childhood, Graywolf Press; Linda Bierds, for Roget’s Illusion, G.P. Putnam’s Sons; and Mark Strand, for Collected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf. 


Peter Sears named Oregon's Seventh Poet Laureate. See web site for upcoming events in Oregon featuring readings, workshops and more.                                       Oregon Poet Laureate web site


Vern Rutsala. Memorial Service: Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lewis & Clark College.

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Mountain Writers Series appreciates the support of Concordia University, the Oregon Arts Commission, the RACC Work for Art program, our individual donors and our dedicated MWS membership.



In Memoriam

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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