Mountain Writers Series

Link to Mountain Writers Series readings

Mountain Writers Series Readings

Link to Workshops information MWS Writing Workshops:  

Mountain Writers is currently offering a variety of writing & reading workshops and classes by some of the region’s finest writers and teachers. Check out our 2015 sessions taught by Judith Barrington, John Brehm, Barbara Drake, Kim Cooper Findling, Andrea Hollander, Christopher Howell, Annie Lighthart, Gary Miranda, Paulann Petersen, Peter Sears, Marilyn Stablein, Lidia Yuknavitch and others.


  • Henry Hughes - Writing about Fishing and other Pleasurable Activities that Begin With F
  • Lucia Perillo - Poetry Hospital


News & Notices

Mountain Writers recommends:

  • Tavern Books presents on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 PM, a book release party for The Wounded Alphabet by George Hitchcock and the world premiere of Hitchock on Trial, a staged production featuring Jerry Harp & Joseph Bednarik, at Mother Foucault's Bookshop (523 SE Morrison, Portland). View PDF flyer
  • 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.
  • Caldera Presents Patricia Smith - Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Wieden+Kennedy (224 NW 13th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97209). Caldera is honored to host a free public reading with renowned poet, Patricia Smith, four-time national individual champion of the notorious National Poetry Slam. Smith is in Portland teaching a special week-long in-school slam and spoken word poetry residency at one of our Arts Partner schools, SEI Academy. Opening for Smith at the reading will be Caldera youth performing original poetry.  Click here for more information. 
  • The Uncanny Reader, edited by Marjorie Sandor and available from St. Martin's Press (Feb, 2015), comes alive at Mother Foucault's Bookshop on Friday, March 13, at 7 PM.
  • Milwaukie Poetry Series, 2nd Wednesday, in the Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR.
    • March 11, 2015 – Lex Runciman
      April 8, 2015 – Harold Johnson
      May 13, 2015 – Lisa Steinman
      June 10, 2015 – Annie Lighthart
  • Poetry Downtown 2015 Season. Winningstad Theatre, Portland.
    • Mark Doty, Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
      Anne Carson, Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
  • Reed College Visiting Writers Series presents readings featuring --
    • Jen Bervin: Thursday, March 5, 6:30 PM (Eliot Chapel). Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist's books, and large-scale art works. Read more . . .
    • Randa Jarrar: Thursday, April 2, 6:30 PM (Eliot Chapel). Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator whose book, A Map of Home, won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review.  Read more . . .

News in the Literary Community

Mountain Writers Third-Wednesday Reading Series Moves to new locations!

After 7 years of successful third-Wednesday readings every month, Mountain Writers Series will take a break after the February 7, 2015 event with Ursula K. Le Guin. Readings on third Wednesdays will resume in the spring at two terrific locations -- one in SE Portland, Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Avenue) located at SE 7th & Clay on Distillery Row in the Warehouse District; and one in NW Portland Old Town Floyd's ( 118 NW Couch), as well as our special events at Concordia University and TaborSpace. Watch our web site for upcoming announcements of readings and multi-arts performances of music and poetry/prose in the spring of 2015!

Volume 30 of Hubbub is now available. Poems by Jim Daniels, Danielle Hanson, Verlena Orr, Jon Veinberg, Christopher Buckley and many others; Christopher Howell's reviews of books by Buckley and Henry Carlile. Beginning with this issue, Hubbub is inaugurating an annual Vern Rutsala Memorial Prize of $1000.00, in addition to our standing prizes: the Vi Gale Award of $500.00, the Kenneth O. Hanson Award of  $100.00, and the Stout Award of $75.00. Lawson Inada will judge the first Vern Rutsala prize. Send submissions for the magazine, published once a year, to 5344 SE 38th Ave,  Portland 97202. Contributors are paid $20.00 per poem.


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


Galway Kinnell

1927 - 2014

Carolyn Kizer

1925 - 2014

Maxine Kumin

1925 - 1914

Philip Levine

1928 - 2015

Vern Rutsala

1934 - 2014

Mark Strand

1934 - 2014











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