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. 



October 2015
Mountain Writers Series at Floyd's Old Town
presents a reading featuring
Tom Bremer, Dan Hannon, Karen Reyes,
Cindy Stewart-Rinier & Michael Selker
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM

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

Tom Bremer was born in Cincinatti and grew up in California. He has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he was co-founder of the Portland Poetry Festival in 1973 and a charter member of the board of the Oregon Writers’ Workshop. Now retired from many years of teaching English, he is the author of three collections of poetry, Par Amour (1986); A Bird That Changes Trees, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in 1988; and Just Once (2001).




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 in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets. He lives in Portland with his wife, Cathie, and enjoys following the lives of an eclectic tribe of offspring.



Karen Reyes has a Master’s Degree with a specialization in Architectural History and has worked as a real estate professional since 1981. She has also been involved for over 30 years with Portland’s literary community, working on the boards for the Portland Poetry Festival, Oregon Writer’s Workshop and Mountain Writers Series. She was instrumental in development of the first Oregon Book under the aegis of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts. She was also one of the founding editors of Hubbub Magazine. She now participates in Peter Sears’ on-going poetry workshops and has published poems in Just Now: 20 New Portland Poets. Karen divides her time between her homes in Portland, Oregon and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



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.



Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from PLU's Rainier Writing Workshop, has served as guest poetry editor for three editions of VoiceCatcher, and is an active board member of Mountain Writers Series. Her work has appeared in Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, Nagatuck River Review, Women's Voices for Change, New American Vocies, and VoiceCatcher, as well as the anthologies, Siblings: Our First Macrocos (Wising Up Press), and the forthcoming VoiceCatcher 10th Anniversary Anthology. Four poems have also been nominated for Pushcarts. She is part of the regular faculty teaching poetry workshops for Mountain Writers Series each year.



Vault Voices at O'Connors Pub (In The Vault)
presents a reading featuring Oregon Poetry Association writers
and Mountain Writers Workshops Faculty
Judith Barrington, John Brehm, Kathleen Halme and Annie Lighthart
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM
O'Connors Pub (In the Vault)
Multnomah Village
7850 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland OR 97219
Open to the public. The Vault is "Family Friendly"

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 currently lives in Portland.




John Brehm is the author of two books of poetry, Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize, and Help Is on the Way, which won the 2012 Four Lakes Prize, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the chapbook, The Way Water Moves, from Flume Press (2002). From 1996-2008 he lived in Brooklyn, he was the associate editor for The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006). He has taught at Cornell University, Emerson College, and Portland State. In addition to serving as regular faculty for Mountain Writers, Brehm teaches for Literary Arts in Portland and The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. He has received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and Yaddo. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.




Kathleen Halme’s fourth book of poetry, My Multiverse, was named winner of the 2014 Green Rose Prize at New Issues Press at Western Michigan University. Her first book of poetry, Every Substance Clothed, was winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Equipoise, was published by Sarabande Books, and her third, Drift and Pulse, by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Halme is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship in Anthropology, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. She is a native of Michigan's upper peninsula and lives in Portland.




Annie Lighthart is the author of Iron String, published by Airlie Press in 2013. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with community groups of all ages. Annie’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Hunger Mountain, Cimarron Review, The Greensboro Review and other journals. She writes and teaches in and around Portland, Oregon.






November 2015


Mountain Writers Series at Concordia University

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

Joe Wilkins
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 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 bio and photo below.


Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents a reading featuring
Joe Wilkins
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Vie de Bohème
SE 7th & Clay on Portland's Distillery Row
1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland 97214


Suggested donation $5


Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (2012), which was named a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book, as well as a 2013 Orion Book Award finalist. He has also published two poetry books: Killing the Murnion Dogs (2011), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award, and Notes from the Journey Westward (2012), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies. Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Montana, graduated from Gonzaga University and earned an MFA from the University of Idaho, where he worked with the poet Robert Wrigley and memoirist Kim Barnes. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.


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