Coleman Stevenson at Conversations With Writers on August 27th

This month in Conversation With Writers wonderful poet, artist and writer Coleman Stevenson will expand our creativity. Her most recent book, Breakfast, was described as:
Aug“Coleman Stevenson’s Breakfast will jolt you awake, buzzing and crackling with a febrile, plain-spoken intensity, scouring the world for correspondences that signal a truth.”

—John Beer, author, Lucinda, & The Wasteland and Other Poems

In addition to writing, Coleman has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there. She currently teaches for Portland Literary Arts’ Delve Seminars and for the Independent Publishing Resource Center where designed the Image+Text track in their Certificate Program. She creates tarot cards and other divination tools through her business, The Dark Exact.

Join us on August 27th from 7-9pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church at 2785 SW 209th Ave, Aloha. If you have any writing on this topic you would like to share with the group please bring it along!

Dear Stranger : Connecting Oregonians, one letter at a time

From our good friends at Oregon Humanities


Dear Stranger, a letter-exchange project that connects Oregonians from different parts of the state through the mail, strives to create a little understanding across the vastness of this place. For this year’s edition of Dear Stranger, we’re asking people from all over the state to consider some of the questions at the heart of Bridging Oregon, our ongoing cross-community conversation series.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Write a letter. Address it “Dear Stranger.” Write about the place where you live or a community where you feel at home. What makes it unique or unusual? Is there anything about your place or your community that you feel is misunderstood by people outside of it? What might help people understand it better? Fill a page or two, or more if you feel inspired. If you’d like, feel free to include a photo or a drawing or a recipe—anything that will fit in an envelope.
  2. Print and sign the Dear Stranger release form. We cannot exchange letters without a signed release.
  3. Mail your letter and signed release form to Dear Stranger c/o Oregon Humanities, 921 SW Washington St., #150, Portland, Oregon 97205

When you write to Dear Stranger, your letter will be swapped with that of another writer from elsewhere in the state. They will get your letter; you will get theirs. The exchange is anonymous, and you can share as little or as much information about yourself as you like. Please keep in mind that photos, even ones without people in them, may contain information that could be used to identify you.

Dear Stranger is open to everyone, though writers under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate. (Click here to download the consent form.) Letters are paired at random, though we do our best to match participants with someone outside of their ZIP code. Oregon Humanities staff read all letters before they are exchanged.

Letters will be mailed to participants on a rolling basis beginning in August 2018. Letters will be mailed at the end of each month. We will continue exchanging letters received through October 26, 2018. Instructions for replying to your stranger will be included in your letter.

If you have questions about Dear Stranger, contact Ben Waterhouse at or (503) 241-0543, ext. 122.

Bag&Baggage Arts & Culture Series: Independent Authors


Bag&Baggage is proud to present a new arts and culture discussion series! B&B A&C will bring together diverse artists from a range of cultural industries to discuss their work, their challenges, and their influences. B&B A&C is free to the public!

Our first installment is “Independent Authors,” and will feature four local authors who have made a career self-publishing their work. The first event will include short readings from the author’s works followed by a discussion and Q&A session about the independent author and publishing industry. If you’ve ever wondered if you could write and sell your own books, this is a great introduction to the industry with special insights from local writers and editors who are making the magic happen!

When? September 6th at 6pm

Where? The Vault Theater & Event Space at 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro

Learn more here!

Confirmed Authors:

Brian C Palmer, reading from New Shoes, an urban fantasy series set in Portland

B.C. Palmer lives just outside Portland, OR with his husband Scott and his incredible wonder-dog Mac–the first dog to receive a Ph.D. in particle physics (just act impressed, please, Mac is very sensitive.)

Emerging from the shady underworld of ghostwriting (not nearly as magical as Ghost Writer made it look) and category romance, B.C. is now focused on his debut urban fantasy series, Saint-Moreno (which is very magical). He has plans for an epic fantasy-space-opera series and other unexpected rule-breaking series. “The top guiding principle in my fiction is this: be unconventional. I know the rules and followed them for a long time. Now I want to break them with precision.” -B.C. Palmer

Tonya Macalino, author of The Shades of Venice thrillers for adults, and The Gates of Aurora series for children, reading from Spectre of Intentionand Into The Hare Wood

Tonya Macalino lives in that space Between—where the crossroads of past and present tease the senses, taunts the almost-memory. Haunted by story, she seeks it in the shadows of the landscapes of history and in the blinding glare of what-may-come, both alone and with her family of children’s book authors: Raymond, Damien, & Heléna Macalino. For adults, Tonya’s national award-winning supernatural thrillers, THE SPECTRE OF INTENTION and THE SHADES OF VENICE series, combine the mythic surrealism of Pan’s Labyrinth with the thrill ride that is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. For children, Tonya’s highly acclaimed urban fantasy adventures, THE GATES OF AURONA series, remind readers of the magical family secrets from Spiderwick Chronicles as well the legendary call to heroism of Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark Is Rising.

Catherine Fredricks, reading from her recent Jane Austen-inspired fan novel, The Dissonance of Desire

Catherine Fredericks lives in the misty forests of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, an impossibly gregarious golden retriever, and a kitten who moonlights as an alarm clock.

Ms. Fredericks has been writing poetry since she was seven years old and still thought poetry had to rhyme. At the age of 12, she borrowed Pride and Prejudice from her school library and, after staying up all night to read it, became a lifelong Jane Austen fan. After attending Portland State University, she went to work in the legal system for a number of years before a happy combination of fate, friendship, wine, and a sprinkling of dogged encouragement from her mother resulted in her brazenly charging forth into the choppy, salty, and conspicuously warm waters of self-publishing.

Marie Robinson, reading from the first novel in her Magical Kingdomseries, Stone and Fire

Brianne (Marie Robinson)  is someone who always wanted to be an author when she grew up and she took a really long route to get there. Over the last ten years, she went from retail to baking, to corporate, to interning at an imprint of a Big 5 publisher, to briefly a literary agent, and finally to an editor and author. Along the way, she picked up a couple different college degrees, a husband, two dogs, and last year, a son. She’s edited independently published books that have hit the top 150 on Amazon and featured by USA Today and hopes to hit those achievements with her own series one day. Her newest series is the Magical Kingdoms series, a reverse harem fantasy romance. Book one, Stone and Fire, was published on August 24, 2018.