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. 




August 2015


Educating for Peace: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age 70 Years After Hiroshima & Nagasaki
a poetry reading featuring
Former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken
and Oregon's Poet Laureate Peter Sears
with poets Allison Cobb, Leah Stenson and Chelsea Lin
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Book-signing reception at 3:00 PM
Reading from 3:30 - 5:00 PM
George R. White Library & Learning Center Lobby
Concordia Univeristy, 2800 NE Liberty Street, Portland OR 97211
Cosponsored by Concordia University's Art & Culture Program, Mountain Writers, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Free and open to the public.


Kathleen Flenniken is the author of two poetry collections: Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), which won the Prairie Schooner Book prize and was named an ALA Notable Book; and most recently, Plume (University of Washington Press, 2012), a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site, which won the Washington State Book Award and was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her other awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust.  Flenniken works with Writers in the Schools and other arts agencies bringing poetry to youth and served as Washington State’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. 


Peter Sears is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Small Talk: New and Selected Poems (Lynx House Press, 2014). Previous books of poetry include The Brink, which received the Gibbs-Smith poetry prize and the Western States Book Award for Poetry; Tour; and Green Diver; as well as a number of poetry chapbooks. Sears has taught at Reed College, Pacific's low-residency MFA program, and in numerous community-based programs, including Mountain Writers Series year-round writing workshops. The co-founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition, Friends of William Stafford, and Cloudbank Books, he is on the board of advisors for Fishtrap and currently serves as Oregon’s Poet Laureate. 


Leah Stenson has published two chapbooks, Heavenly Body (2011) and The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems (2013), both from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared Oregon Literary Review, Cloudbank, Verseweavers, VoiceCatcher and Colere. She served as a regional editor for Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013) and as co-editor of Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out (Inkwater Press, 2014). An active member of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, she also serves on the boards of Friends of William Stafford and Tavern Books and hosts the Studio Series, a monthly poetry and open mic reading in SW Portland.


Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School) about a nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” Cobb’s work combines history, nonfiction narrative and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She is a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist and a 2014 Playa Resident Artist. She has also received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading series.


Chelsea Lin is a senior at West Linn High School in Oregon. Although she is interested in the STEM-based areas of study, her true passion is writing – specifically prose fiction and poetry. A native Oregonian, Chelsea is devoted to the preservation of the environment and the preservation of peace. 



Mountain Writers Series at Vie de Bohème
presents a book launch celebration and poetry reading featuring


Nancy Flynn
Wednesday, August 19, 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


Nancy Flynn’s first book-length poetry collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar, was published by Cayuga Lake Books in June 2015. An earlier version was a finalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Competition in 2013 and 2014. Her first chapbook, The Hours of Us, was published by Finishing Line Press (2007) and her second, Eternity a Coal’s Throw, by Burning River Press (2012). Her poems have appeared widely in journals including Gold Man Review, PANK, Poemeleon, Posit, and Raven Chronicles; since 2007, over twenty of her poems have been Oregon Poetry Association contest winners including three in first place. Nancy received the 2004 Oregon Literary Fellowship/Leslie Bradshaw Award in Literary Nonfiction and the inaugural James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 1993. She attended Oberlin College, Cornell University, and earned an M.A in English/Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1994. For two decades, she worked as a senior administrator and publisher in Cornell University’s information technologies division where educational and training materials produced by her staff won numerous national prizes. She grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent many years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Northeast Portland.


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