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. 

 

 

February 2016
Mountain Writers Series at Floyd's Old Town
 
presents a Writers Showcase Reading
featuring poets from Peter Sears' Fall Poetry Workshop
Carol Ellis, Jane Greenbaum, Dan Hannon, Martha Ragland, Caitlin Scott & Michael Selker
Wednesday, February 3, at 7:30 PM

Floyd's Old Town
118 NW Couch
Portland OR
Suggested donation $5

 

Jane Greenbaum has been writing poetry for over 50 years. The first poet who helped her was the late Donald Justice when he was Poet in Residence at Reed College, and the second was Peter Sears, who was at Reed as well. Over the years, Peter has been her mentor in workshops and privately. He has also been a big support and influence in her writing. With his help, she is currently readying a chapbook for publication. A few of the other poets she has worked with are the late William Stafford, Marvin Bell, Matthew Dickman, and Henry Hughes. Her poems are reflections on life on the rural Oregon Coast and of the lost and found department of life in general. Her poems have appeared in Cloudbank Magazine as well and in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets.

Carol Ellis was born in Detroit, Michigan, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. She’s been around the academic block with her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems and essays are published in anthologies and journals including ZYZZYVA, Comstock Review, VoiceCatcher, and Cider Press Review. Her poetry chapbook, I Want A Job, has been published by Finishing Line Press. She has spent time in Cuba writing a book and giving readings.

 

 

 

 

Dan Hannon holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.  For 31 years, he taught writing and international studies at Mt. Hood Community College where he also coordinated their study abroad programs, as well as those of a consortium of five Oregon community colleges. From 2011–13, he wrote a blog for older athletes, “Older Athletes Rock.” He continues to teach writing part time at MHCC, coaches a youth Nordic ski team, sea kayaks, backpacks, and writes.  He has participated in Peter Sears’ poetry workshops for several years and has published poems inJust Now: 20 New Portland Poets. He lives in Portland with his wife, Cathie, and enjoys following the lives of an eclectic tribe of offspring. 

 

Martha Ragland lives with her husband and a Welsh corgi in a quiet Southeast Portland home cheerfully cluttered with books and unopened mail. She has enrolled in a Mountain Writers poetry workshop with Peter Sears every autumn since 2010. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst andhas published poems in Cloudbank and essays in Bark and Brave on the Page. In 2012, Mystery Writers of America awarded her one of two Helen McCloy Scholarships for Mystery Writing.

 

 

Michael Selker is a painter, poet and photographer, whose chapbook, Crazies’ Bus Stop, was published by Pudding House Press in 2007. Since moving to Oregon thirty years ago, his focus has been poetry and photography, both of which were combined in broadsides that were selected for a recent Multnomah Arts Center Gallery Juried Group Show of broadsides and mixed media (2012). His poems have appeared in Hubbub, Cloudbank, Windfall, and elsewhere. He has participated in Peter Sears’ poetry workshops for several years and has published poems in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets  He makes his home in Portland.

 

 

Caitlin Scott studied poetry writing with David Young and Stuart Friebert at Oberlin College and with Donald Justice at the University of Florida graduate writing program. She won an Ohio Arts grant in 2000. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as Field, Threepenny Review, and Cloud Bank. She currently works as an education researcher.

 

 

 

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Mountain Writers Series at Concordia University

Concordia University Libraries' Arts & Culture Program
and Mountain Writers Series present a reading featuring

Henry Hughes
 
Wednesday, February 17 , 2016 at 12:00 PM
George R. White Library & Learning Center - GRW 108
Concordia Univeristy, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland OR 97211
Free and open to the public.

Henry Hughes is the author of an angling memoir, Back Seat with Fish (Skyhorse, 2016) and four collections of poetry, including the Oregon Book Award-winning Men Holding Eggs, and most recently Bunch of Animals (Cloudbank Books, 2016). Hughes is the editor of the anthologies, The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing (Knopf, 2011) and Fishing Stories (Knopf, 2013), and his reviews and essays appear regularly in Harvard Review. Hughes, who grew up on Long Island, New York, has lived in Oregon since 2002 and now teaches at Western Oregon University.

 

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Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents reading & book launch featuring
Henry Hughes
reading from his latest book of poetry A Bunch of Animals (Cloudbank Books, 2016)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM
 
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214

 

Suggested donation $5

 

 
About A Bunch of Animals

Henry Hughes is that rare and wonderful animal:  a poet with a sense of humor, a spine, feathers for flying, a seething intellect, a deep reverence for the craft he's chosen, as well as for the human and animal condition, and a very keen ear for the music of our humble language.  Hughes brings insight and awe to the smallest things, and levels the large stuff with his wit.  Everything here is both casual conversation and High Mass--which is the true magic of all the best poetry.  This is the book you'll read out loud to whomever is within earshot, full of poems you'll memorize without trying.  Hughes marries the comic with the sorrowful, and breaks our hearts while we laugh.  Bunch of Animals is the collection you've been waiting for, the one that will revive your love of poetry, and one you won't forget.

                                                                                     —Laura Kasischke

Terrific!  A poetic bestiary of strange and wondrous creatures.  

                                                                                     —Carlos Reyes

 

With great agility and knowing, the poems in Bunch of Animals surprise their reader in the illusion-lands between animal bodies and the human body, between the lives and desires of American fauna and the loves and duties of the people, including the poet, who share the land and water.  Writing in an erotic, witty, restrained style, Hughes offers an expansive vision of life's richness.

                                                                                     —Ed Skoog

Henry Hughes—what a rare creature, indeed!  These poems remark the territories between nature and the human, the tame and untamed, as they coax out the “little wild” from within the day-to-day.

                                                                                    —Emily Rosko

Like a fishermen casting into the unseen, the speaker of these spells carries us past the reflective surfaces of our days into realms of wonder, sorrow, humor, intrigue, and illumination.

                                                                                    —Kim Stafford

 

 Link to Book Cover

 

March 2016
Mountain Writers Series at Floyd's Old Town
 
presents a Workshop Showcase
featuring students from Peter Sears' class
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Floyd's Old Town
118 NW Couch
Portland OR

Sarah Bokich is a writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon.  Her work has recently appeared in VoiceCatcher literary journal.  [Pictured right]

 

 

 

E. Ben Crawford is a third-generation Alaskan who thanks God he did not see a TV until he was 14 years old. He spent 30 years as a mental health clinician and feels fortunate to pursue his dream of writing. He and wife, Ginny, now live in Damascus OR.  [Pictured left]

 

 

Sherri Levine is a poet and short fiction writer, with work recently published in the Timberline Review, Hartskill Review, and Sassafras Literary Magazine. Sherri teaches English as a Second Language at Portland State University and Portland Community College.

 

 

Helen Puciloski is a lifelong Oregonian, currently living in Rainier, OR. She has a MFA from Pacific University, and her poetry has appeared in various journals, including Calyx, Cloudbank, Floating Bridge Review, Windfall and others.

 

 

 

 

Patricia McConnell is an Oregon poet who has been published in Pudding Magazine, Enhance Magazine and Avalon Literary Review.

 

 

 
Suggested donation $5
 

 

 

 

Mountain Writers Series at Concordia University

Concordia University Libraries' Arts & Culture Program
and Mountain Writers Series present a reading featuring

Barbara Drake & Brian Doyle
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM
George R. White Library & Learning Center - GRW 108
Concordia Univeristy, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland OR 97211
Free and open to the public.
Author bios and photo below.

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Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents a reading featuring
Barbara Drake & Brian Doyle
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM
 
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214

 

Suggested donation $5

 

Barbara Drake is the author of both nonfiction and poetry. Her newest book, Morning Light (Oregon State University Press, 2014), is a finalist for this year’s Oregon Book Award in nonfiction. Her earlier memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, was an OBA finalist in 1999. Drake is also a poet, with numerous collections, most recently Driving One Hundred from Windfall Press (2009). She is  the author of Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook, in print since 1983. Her prose and poetry appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. After teaching at Michigan State University, she joined the faculty at Linfield College in 1983, retiring as Professor of English Emerita in 2007. Drake lives with her husband in rural Yamhill County Oregon.

 

Brian Doyle is an Oregon Book Award finalist for two of his books: Children and Other Wild Animals (OSU Press) and Martin Marten (St. Martin’s Press). His published work includes collections of essays, nonfiction books, collections of “proems,” a short story collection, a novella and the novel Mink River. Widely published in newspapers and magazines around the world, he is editor of several anthologies, most recently HO`OLAULE`A. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, Foreword Reviews' Novel of the Year award in 2011, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008.  Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon.

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