Mountain Writers Series



Watch our web page for announcements about upcoming events at Vie de Bohème (SE 7th & Clay, just off Hawthorne) and Floyd's Old Town (118 NW Couch). Watch also for our events at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) and at the Concordia University library in NE Portland. 

June 2016
Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents a Writers Workshop Showcase Poetry Reading
hosted by former Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears and featuring
Sarah Bokich, John Harn, Helen Puciloski, Robbie Pock & Bob Monson


Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214 
This event is made possible by support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Community Foundation.


Sarah Bokich is a poet, freelance writer, and marketing consultant.  Her work has recently appeared in VoiceCatcher, and is forthcoming in Cloudbank and Timberline Review.  She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

Originally from Michigan, John Harn moved to Oregon in the late 1970s. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner and Cloudbank. Last year his manuscript, Less, Probably, was a finalist in two Northwest book competitions. John spent 20 years as an ESL teacher. So if you notice that his poems are 100% grammatically correct, he asks for your understanding.

Bob Monson grew up in Silverton, graduated from Willamette, and taught high school English. He is now retired. 

Robbie Pock teaches writing and humanities at Pacific University, and reading and writing at Portland Community College. She is a graduate of Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Her poems have appeared in Cloudbank, Present Tense, Rain, and The Long Islander. Her chapbook manuscript, Vantage from the Tree House, is currently looking for a loving home.

Helen Puciloski is a lifelong Oregonian who currently resides in Rainier, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Calyx, Cloudbank, Floating Bridge Review, and others. She has an MFA from Pacific University.

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Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents reading & book launch featuring
Lucia Perillo
reading from her latest book of poetry


Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones
Selected and New Poems
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214 
Suggested donation $10
This event is made possible by support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Community Foundation.
About Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones

"Perillo's poetic persona is funny, tough, bold, smart, and righteous. A spellbinding storyteller and a poet who makes the demands of the form seem as natural as a handshake."


"For a poet obsessed with the steady degradation of the body and looming of death, Lucia Perillo manages to be highly entertaining.... Humor is actually the key to the power of her poems."

—The Los Angeles Times

"The poems [are] taut, lucid, lyric, filled with complex emotional reflection while avoiding the usual difficulties of highbrow poetry."

—The New York Times Book Review

”Lucia Perillo’s Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: New and Selected Poems is a significant retrospective that includes work from her six previous books .… Fans will recognize her signature style—accessible, attuned to the small dramas in people’s lives, and at times witheringly funny. They will also find familiar themes: the delights of nature, the frailty of the physical world and the many ways the human body lets people down. The book shows Perillo’s ability to balance the timely and the timeless, and to capture some of the struggles that all humans face, regardless of when or where they live.”

—Washington Post

“Perillo writes skillfully of urban, suburban, and wild environments, but she’s nearly unparalleled when addressing the ‘meat cage,’ and its pain and mortality. Perillo’s poems move against the backdrop of her own struggle with multiple sclerosis: ‘If I sleep on my belly, pinning it down,/ my breasts start puling like baby pigs/ trapped under their slab of torpid mother.’ Yet these vivacious poems reveal humor, sexuality, and a sharp sense of images and turns of phrase… [a] marvelous collection.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

”Lucia Perillo writes poignant, smart, very engaging poems.… She has a vast storehouse of sometimes arcane knowledge to call upon, and    her palpable knowledge of the mortality of all things gives her work a primal power. [S]he has a fine sense of humor, sometimes deliciously caustic and sometimes delightfully silly…. What a welcome publication!”

—Open Books: A Poem Emporium

MacArthur Genius Award winner Lucia Perillo is a fearless poet who, with characteristic humor and incisive irony, confronts the failings and wonder of nature, particularly the frail and resilient human body. This generous collection draws upon five previous volumes, including books selected as a New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year" and as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Lucia Perillo is the author of a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing (Trinity University Press, 2005), a book of short stories, Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (Norton, 2012), and seven collections of poetry, most recently Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2015). Other books of poetry and some of her awards 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;
  • Inseminating the Elephant (2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

Perillo has taught Syracuse University, Southern Illinois University, St. Martin’s College, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. She lives with her husband in Olympia, Washington.




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