Mountain Writers Series




Mountain Writers is delighted to announce that our third-Wednesday reading series is moving to two terrific new locations. 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) -- beginning this spring. Watch also for our events at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) and at the Concordia University library in NE Portland. 


April 2015

Mountain Writers Series at TaborSpace
presents a reading & musical performance featuring

Daniel Wolff & Alicia Jo Rabins

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
at 7:30 PM

Copeland Commons • TaborSpace • 5441 SE Belmont • Portland

Suggested admission $5 to benefit Mountain Writers programs & writers

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. Her manuscript, Divinity School, won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from APR/Copper Canyon in September 2015. Her poems appear in the Boston Review, 6×6, and Ploughshares. As a musician, Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released three albums. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance, was named one of Portland’s five best theater performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week.  She has played bluegrass fiddle across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department and toured for eight years as the violinist in Brooklyn-based klezmer-punk band, Golem. Alicia lives in Portland with her husband and their two small children.

Daniel Wolff is an accomplished author, poet and filmmaker whose collection of poetry, The Names of Birds, was just published by Four Ways Books (2015). His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and Threepenny Review; and his prose has appeared in diverse publications, ranging from Vogue to Education Weekly. Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Award for the best music book in 1985, Wolff is the author of You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke and 4th of July, Asbury Park, among others. He's also received credits on such documentaries as The Agronomist, about slain Haitian civil rights leader Jean Dominique, and several projects on post-Katrina New Orleans, including I'm Carolyn Parker—the catalyst for his look at the lives of everyday American heroes in his text, The Fight For Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back (Bloomsbury, 2012).

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May 2015

Mountain Writers Series
presents a book launch and a reading featuring


Judith Barrington
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Book-signing reception at 3:00 PM
Reading at 4:00 PM
George R. White Library and Learning Center Lobby
Concordia University 2800 NE Liberty Street Portland OR 97211

Cosponsored by Concordia Unversity's Art & Culture Program
& open to the public.

All donations will benefit Mountain Writers Series - programs & writers.

Judith Barrington is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Conversation (2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the 2001 Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is also the author of the best-selling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art. She has been a faculty member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s MFA Program and has taught workshops around the U.S. as well as in Britain and Spain. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents a reading & musical performance
Lucia Perillo & Glen Moore


Wednesday, May 20, 2015
at 7:30 PM


Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214


Suggested admission $10 general, $5 student & senior



Lucia Perillo is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Spectrum of Possible Deaths (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). 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. A former MacArthur fellow, Perillo lives in Olympia, Washington.

Glen Moore is a jazz bassist, co-founder of the group Oregon. For the past 30 years, Moore has played a Klotz bass fiddle crafted in the Tyrol circa 1715. He has played with hundreds of great jazz artists and performed in concerts with the Kronos Quartet, the Winter Consort, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Stuttgart Opera Orchestra, and the Stavanger, Norway Orchestra. Since 1988, Moore has worked with Mountain Writers Series, featured with such poets as Marvin Bell, Billy Collins, Linda Gregg, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Sharon Olds, Anne Waldman and Al Young.

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