Mountain Writers Series


After many years of holding readings at The Press Club, featuring Mountain Writers Series guest poets and authors, we're sad to announce The Press Club is closing. We are now in the prcoess of rescheduing the third-Wednesday  readings in other venues (TBA). Thanks to The Press Club for seven terrific years of events!


October 2014



Mountain Writers Series at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space

presents a poetry reading by

Dennis Schmitz & Carl Adamshick


Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 7:00 PM
Glyph Cafe & Arts Space • 804 NW Couch North Park Blocks Portland OR 97209
Suggested admission $5


Dennis Schmitz is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Animism (Field Editions/Oberlin College Press, 2014).  Earlier collections include We Weep for Our Strangeness (Big Table/Follett, 1969. Reissued by Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2008); Double Exposures Triskelion Press, 1971), Goodwill, Inc. (Ecco Press, 1976); String (Ecco, 1980); Eden (U. of Illinois Press, 1989); About Night: New and Selected Poems (Field Editions, Oberlin College Press, 1993); The Truth Squad (Copper Canyon Press, 2002). Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, he attended Loras College and the University of Chicago. He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and California State University, Sacramento. His work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The Nation, Paris Review, the Chicago Review, and Zyzzyva, to name just a few. Schmitz is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, among them the Discovery Award (Poetry Center, New York), the di Castagnola Award (Poetry Society of America) for best book-in-progress, the Shelley Memorial Award (Poetry Society of America) for distinguished achievement, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1976, 1985, and 1992. He and his wife Loretta live in Oakland, CA.


Carl Adamshick is the author of two books of poetry, most recently Saint Friend, published with McSweeney's. He is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a nonprofit publisher of poetry. Adamshick’s debut collection, Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press, 2011), was selected by Marvin Bell for the 2010 Walt Whitman Award. In 2012, the collection won the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry from Literary Arts.  Adamshick is also the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts and has been featured in Poetry in Motion. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Poetry Review, the Harvard Review, and American Poet. He lives and works in Portland OR.



Mountain Writers at Glyph in October 2014




November 2014



Mountain Writers Series at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space

presents a reading by

Barbara Drake & Jim Heynen


Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 7:00 PM
Glyph Cafe & Arts Space • 804 NW Couch • North Park Blocks • Portland OR 97209
Suggested admission $5


Barbara Drake’s newest book is Morning Light (Oregon State University Press, 2014), her latest memoir describing life in western Oregon’s Yamhill Valley and the lessons she’s learned from her long stint of country living. Her earlier memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, was an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999. Drake’s books of poetry include Driving One Hundred (Windfall Press, 2009), Love at the Egyptian Theatre, What We Say to Strangers, Life in a Gothic Novel, Bees in Wet Weather, and Small Favors. She is also the author of Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook, in print since 1983. Her writing appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Drake taught creative writing, environmental literature, and book arts at Michigan State University and Linfield College.


Jim Heynen is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, most recently Ordinary Sins (Milkweed Editions, 2014). Modeled after the work of Theophrastus – the Greek philosopher who originated the character sketch as a literary form – the short shorts in Ordinary Sins deftly capture the oddest of individuals to discover the most universal themes. Heynen is perhaps best known for his collections of short prose featuring young farm boys: The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories about the Boys (Vintage), Boys House: New & Selected Stories (Minnesota Historical Society Press), Fishing for Chickens: Short Stories about Rural Youth (Persea), and The Man Who Kept Cigars in his Hat (Graywolf). He is also the author of poetry and young adult fiction. Heynen lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife, Sarah T. Williams, formerly the Books Editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Mountain Writers at Glyph in November 2014



Concordia University Libraries' Art & Culture Program
and Mountain Writers Series
present a reading by
Barbara Drake & Jim Heynen
Thursday, November 20 2014, at 12:00 PM,
George R. White Library and Learning Center,
Concordia University 2800 NE Liberty Street Portland OR 97211
Free and open to the public


Heynen and Drake at Concordia






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