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!


July 2014


Mountain Writers Series at TaborSpace
and Just Now - An Anthology of Poets

present a reading featuring
Caitlin Scott, Michael Selker, Allison Tobey & Leah Stenson
hosted by Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears


Sunday, July 27 , 2014, at 3:00 PM


Copeland Commons • TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont Portland

Suggested admission $5


Every year Mountain Writers Series is pleased to introduce new, as well as experienced, writers who participate in some of our annual writing workshops. This reading will feature members of poetry workshops taught by Peter Sears.

Join host Peter Sears and these four featured poets reading their work, including some poems from the 2012 publication, Just Now: An Anthology of Portland Poets from Cloudbank Books.

Copies of Just Now - An Anthology of Poets will be available for purchase at the event as will copies of the newly released volume of poetry by Peter Sears, Small Talk: New & Selected Poems (Lynx House Press, 2014). Readers and host will happily sign copies before and after the reading.


Caitlin Scott is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Florida writing program. Her poems have appeared in Threepenny Review, Field Magazine, and Onset. She is interested in connections between writing and the world of dreams.

Michael Selker is a painter, photographer and poet. His photographs have been shown on the Oregon Coast and in diverse Portland locations, including a one-man show at the Mountain Writers Center. His work has been published in Hubbub, Cloudbank, Windfall and others. His chapbook, Crazies’ Bus Stop, was published by Pudding House Press.

Leah Stenson is a Friends of William Stafford board member and host of Portland's Studio Series poetry reading and open mic. She is regional co-editor of the anthology Alive at the Center, author of the chapbook Heavenly Body and co-editor of Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out (2014) Another chapbook, The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems, is forthcoming (Finishing Line Press, 2014). 

Allison Tobey holds an MFA from University of Antioch, Los Angeles and currently teaches writing at Chemeketa Community College.  She is also the poetry editor at Gertrude Press. Recently, her work can be found in Sugar House Review and Cloudbank.



August 2014


Concordia University Libraries' Art & Culture Program
and Mountain Writers Series

present a reading featuring Oregon Poet Laureate
Peter Sears


Saturday, August 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM


George R. White Library and Learning Center at Concordia University

2800 NE Liberty Street Portland OR 97211

Free and open to the public

A catered reception & signing to follow,

celebrating the launch of the latest volume of poetry by Peter Sears

Small Talk: New & Selected Poems (Lynx House Press, 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 TourThe Brink, which received the Gibbs-Smith poetry prize and the Western States Book Award for Poetry; and Green Diver; as well as a number of poetry chapbooks. He also has two books on teaching writing, Secret Writing, and I'm Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop, 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. He has served as Dean of Students at Bard College and the community services coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. Sears is the founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition and co-founder of Friends of William Stafford and Cloudbank Books. He serves on the board of advisors for Fishtrap, and splits his time between Corvallis and Portland.

On April 25, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber appointed Peter Sears Oregon’s seventh Poet Laureate.


Mountain Writers and Concordia present . . .




Mountain Writers Series at TaborSpace
Spencer Reece & Michael Achterman
reading poetry

Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 3:00 PM


Copeland Commons • TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont Portland

Suggested admission $5

Spencer Reece is a poet and priest; his first collection, The Clerk’s Tale, won the Bakeless Prize in 2003. He has received an NEA grant, a Guggenheim grant, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Library Congress, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, and The New Republic. Last year, he served as the chaplain to the Bishop of Spain for the Reformed Episcopal Church, Iglesia Español Reformada Episcopal. Currently he is completing a book of prose, The Little Entrance, about his decision to become a priest in middle age.




Michael Achterman is a fourth-generation Oregonian who attended Whitworth College for his undergraduate degree in English. He earned his MFA degree from Portland State University’s Creative Writing program. His work has appeared in Portland Review’s 20 Minutes in Portland and the Oregon Literary Review. He produced his first chapbook Dismantling in 2010. He lives in NE Portland with his wife Amy and their son Owen and works for The Oregon Community Foundation.







Mountain Writers Series at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space

A VoiceCatcher Reading
Maggie Chula, Jennifer Weinberg, Cindy Stewart-Rinier, Shawn Aveningo, Burky Achilles & Thea Constantine


Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 7:00 PM


Glyph Cafe & Arts Space • 804 NW Couch North Park Blocks Portland OR 97209

Suggested admission $5


Join a group of talented poets and prose writers reading original work from the Summer 2014 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women's voices & visionsVoiceCatcher is a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in greater Portland/Vancouver. Its first online literary/art journal appeared in October 2012 and its first four editions have attracted more than 17,000 first-time visitors. The following are the August readers at this upcoming Press Club event.



TOP: Maggie Chula, Jennifer Weinberg, Cindy Stewart-Rinier

BOTTOM ROW: Shawn Aveningo, Burky Achilles, Thea Constantine


Burky Achilles is on sabbatical from her fitness coaching business. She began a spontaneous eruption of poetry in January 2014 following the deaths of her mother and mother-in-law in 2013. Burky was raised on the south shore of Kauai and received her Masters in Writing in Fiction from Portland State University in 2002. In 2000 she was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship and honored to be a Summer Fishtrap Fellow. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul Series.

Shawn Aveningo is a globally published, award-winning poet who can’t stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes … especially red ones! She believes poetry, especially when read aloud, is the perfect literary art form for today’s fast-paced world due to its power to stir emotion in less than two minutes. Shawn carries a band-aide and a safety pin in her wallet. She’s given birth on two continents and her three children make her an extremely proud “mama bear.” She shares the creative life – and business, The Poetry Box – with her best friend and soul-mate. They have recently made Portland, Oregon their home.

Margaret (Maggie) Chula lived in Japan for twelve years where she taught creative writing at Kyoto universities. Her seven collections of poetry include Just This, published by Mountain and Rivers Press in 2013. She has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at writers’ conferences and festivals throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada and Japan. In 2010, Maggie was appointed poet laureate for Friends of Chamber Music, composing poems while listening to concerts. She currently serves as president of the Tanka Society of America.

Thea Constantine grew up in Hollywood, CA, and has worked as an award-winning performer, filmmaker and playwright. She is a certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists method and does workshops with PDX Writers here in Portland. Her short stories have most recently appeared in the Watercress Journal, In Focus, Stellazine and Roving Writers. She has also written “On the Yellow Line,” a column for Street Roots, and a serial for the on-line magazine The Black Boot. She shares writing VoiceCatcher's monthly website prompt column with friend and writer, Carrie Conner. She is currently editing her first novel, Stumptown.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poetry has appeared in Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review, Ascent, VoiceCatcher, and [forthcoming] the Naugatuck River Review. A Pre-Kindergarten teacher by day, she also teaches evening poetry writing workshops for Mountain Writers Series and serves on their board of directors. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her younger son, a bandy-legged Pitbull, and her husband of 31 years. 

Jennifer Liberts Weinberg's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Tuesday: An Art Project, and Subtropics. She received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and three children.



Mountain Writers at Glyph Cafe pdf.



September 2014


Mountain Writers Series at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space




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