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Link to Workshops information MWS Writing Workshops:  


    Writing Workshops - Winter & Spring 2015

    • John Brehm - Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Seeing
    • Marilyn Stablein - The Art of Memoir: Your Story Your Way
    • Gary Miranda - A Workshop in Poetic Form
    • Christopher Howell - Image & Voice: A Poetry Workshop
    • Annie Lighthart - Winter 2015 Dickinson and Whitman for Writers
    • Barbara Drake - Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
    • Peter Sears - Spring 2015 Poetry Workshop
    • Annie Lighthart - Spring 2015 - The Prose Poem

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



Link to Mountain Writers Series readings

Mountain Writers Series Readings


    • Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 - Kate Gray & Marilyn Stablein at Glyph
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 - Clem Starck with Fisher Poet Musicians at Glyph
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 - Harold Johnson & Clem Starck at Concordia
    • Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 - Ursula K. Le Guin at Concordia University

News & Notices about Events:  

Mountain Writers recommends:

  • Dan Hannon & Michael Selker - Reading Poetry
    Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:00 PM
    Rain or Shine Coffee House, 5941 SE Division, Portland 97206
    Rain or Shine
  • Andrea Hollander & Kathleen Halme
    Monday, February 9, 8:00 PM
    Poets on Broadway, Rotunda of Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Other readings & events


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. 


    MOUNTAIN WRITERS SERIES at GLYPH CAFE & ARTS SPACE (804 NW Couch St., Portland): September 24, 2014, WW: "The tables house multiple drafts of poems by poets reading for an upcoming event in the prestigious Mountain Writers poetry series, which has taken up residence here."                                                                                                                         Willamette Week Coffee Issue 2014


    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


Mark Strand
1934 - 2014


Vern Rutsala

1934 - 2014


Galway Kinnell

1927 - 2014

Carolyn Kizer

1925 - 2014







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