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Link to Workshops information MWS Writing Workshops:  


    Writing Workshops - Winter & Spring 2015

      • Christopher Howell - Image & Voice - A Poetry Workshop
      • John Brehm - Writing the Poems Only You Can Write
      • Barbara Drake - A Workshop in Nonfiction
      • Annie Lighthart - Winter 2015 Dickinson and Whitman for Writers
      • John Brehm - Reading as a Writer: Rich, Carson and Perillo
      • Kim Cooper Findling - Magazine Writing 101
      • Peter Sears - Spring 2015 Poetry Workshop
      • Paulann Petersen - First, Create. Then, Shape. A Poetry Workshop.
      • Annie Lighthart - Spring 2015 - The Prose Poem
      • Gary Miranda - Following a River: Writing & Conference - ongoing registration


      • Andrea Hollander - Line and Stanza: A Poetry Elements Workshop
      • Henry Hughes - Writing about Fishing and other Pleasurable Activities that Begin With F
      • Lucia Perillo - Poetry Hospital

    WATCH FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS with Gerald Costanzo, Lidia Yuknavitch and others



Link to Mountain Writers Series readings

Mountain Writers Series Readings


    • Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 - Ursula K. Le Guin at Concordia University


Other readings & eventsNews & Notices about Events:  


Mountain Writers Third-Wednesday Reading Series Moves to La Vie Boheme in March

After 7 years of successful third-Wednesday readings every month, Mountain Writers Series will take a brief 7-week break after the February 7, 2015 event with Ursula K. Le Guin. Readings on third Wednesdays will resume March 18 at a terrific location in SE Portland: La Vie Boheme.

La Vie Boheme at 1530 SE 7th Avenue is located on Distillery Row (7th Avenue) in the hip Southeast Portland warehouse district, one block south of Hawthorne.


Portland Poetry Slam Moves to Velo Cult

The word is out and it's official. Portland Poetry Slam is moving to a new permanent home starting February 1st! VELO CULT, a full sized venue/bar/cafe/fully operational bike repair shop, 1 block from the Hollywood Theater and 3 blocks from the MAX. More seats, more tables, more room for everyone, and the coolest atmosphere you can dream of in your most Portlandy dreams. NEW TIME: 6:30pm every single Sunday. Same format, same amazing touring poets, same all-folks all-ages all-genders all-hearts love fest. Still just a $5 suggested donation.


Mountain Writers recommends:

  • VoiceCatcher reading:  Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Rain OR Shine Coffee House, 5941 SE Division St., Portland, OR. Featured are Kelly Coughlin, Deborah Dombrowski, Stephanie Golisch, Christa Kaainoa, Annie Lighthart and Audra McNamee.
  • Windfall:  a Journal of Poetry of Place presents a reading Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Books (1714 N.E. Broadway, Portland 97232). Among the readers are Ursula Le Guin, Paulann Petersen, Carlos Reyes and Penelope Scambly Schott.
  • The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Mary Szybist and Heather Hodges  Feb. 8, 9:00 PM, Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland  97239. 
  • Poets on Broadway, Rotunda of Antoinette Hatfield Hall , Portland, will feature poets, Andrea Hollander & Kathleen Halme Monday, February 9, 8:00 PM.
  • Poetry Downtown 2015 Season. Winningstad Theatre, Portland. (Patron-level subscriptions $90 are still available.) Subscription Tickets
    • Terrance Hayes. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Mark Doty, Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
    • Anne Carson, Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • International Women's Day Poetry Reading. Sunday, March 8, 4 - 6 PM, TaborSpace. To initiate the new Soapstone program of grants--EVENTS CELEBRATING WOMEN WRITERS--Ellen Goldberg is hosting this reading of feminist poetry. Readers will be: Fran Adler, Judith Arcana, Shawn Aveningo, Gail Barker, Judith Barrington, Emily Carr, Brittney Corrigan, Pam Crow, Linda Ferguson, Andrea Hollander, Tricia Knoll, Elise Kuechle, Carter McKenzie, Penelope Schott, Marilyn Stablein, Ila Suzanne, Carlyn Syvanen, and Sharon Wood-Wortman. Free and open to the public.




News in the Literary Community


    Ursula K. Le Guin was honored with the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation "in recognition of her transformative impact on American literature."

    "For more than forty years, Le Guin has defied conventions of narrative, language, character, and genre, and transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism to forge new paths for literary fiction. Among the nation’s most revered writers of science fiction and fantasy, Le Guin’s fully imagined worlds challenge readers to consider profound philosophical and existential questions about gender, race, the environment, and society. Her boldly experimental and critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and children’s books, written in elegant prose, are popular with millions of readers around the world.

    “Ursula Le Guin has had an extraordinary impact on several generations of readers and,
    particularly, writers in the United States and around the world,” said Harold Augenbraum, the
    Foundation’s Executive Director. “She has shown how great writing will obliterate the antiquated
    —and never really valid—line between popular and literary art. Her influence will be felt for
    decades to come.

    "Le Guin is the twenty-seventh recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American
    Letters (DCAL), which was created in 1988 to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement.
    Previous recipients include John Ashbery, Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow, Maxine Hong Kingston,
    Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, and Tom Wolfe. "

    Le Guin Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award


    Joseph Stroud honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lannan Foundation
    Joseph Stroud is the author of five collections of poetry: In the Sleep of Rivers (Capra Press,1974), Signatures (BOA Editions, 1982), Below Cold Mountain (Copper Canyon Press, 1998), Country of Light(Copper Canyon Press, 2004), and Of This World (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). Stroud has received a Pushcart Prize, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and in 2011 he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Stroud divides his time between a house in Santa Cruz on the California coast and a cabin at Shay Creek in the Sierra Nevada.


    Spencer Reece was among those named on the long list of poetry nominess for the 2014 National Book Awards for his book, The Road to Emmaus ( Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Other poets, who have read in past seasons for Mountain Writers Series, named for this year’s long list were Edward Hirsch, for Gabriel: A Poem, Alfred A. Knopf; Fanny Howe, for Second Childhood, Graywolf Press; Linda Bierds, for Roget’s Illusion, G.P. Putnam’s Sons; and Mark Strand, for Collected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf. 



    Peter Sears named Oregon's Seventh Poet Laureate. See web site for upcoming events in Oregon featuring readings, workshops and more.                                       Oregon Poet Laureate web site


    Vern Rutsala. Memorial Service: Saturday, May 17, 2014, Lewis & Clark College.




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In Memoriam


Margarita Donnelly
1942 - 2014


Mark Strand
1934 - 2014


Vern Rutsala

1934 - 2014


Galway Kinnell

1927 - 2014

Carolyn Kizer

1925 - 2014







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