Please join us for a conversation with Carolyn Adams. Carolyn is a poet, artist and performer, her poetry, photography, and collage art have been published in numerous journals, including Willawaw Journal, Caveat Lector, Skylark Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Forge Journal, among others. She is author of four chapbooks, Beautiful Strangers (Lily Press), What Do You See? (Right Hand Pointing Press), An Ocean of Names (Red Shoe Press), and The Things You’ve Left Behind (Red Shoe Press). She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, as well as for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology. In 2013, she was a finalist for the post of Houston Poet Laureate. Having recently relocated from Houston, TX, she now resides in Beaverton, OR. Conversations With Writers meet the last Monday of each month from 7-9pm at the Reedville Presbyterian Church at 2785 SW 209th Ave, Aloha.
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:
“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.”
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!
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:
- 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.
- Print and sign the Dear Stranger release form. We cannot exchange letters without a signed release.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 241-0543, ext. 122.
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!
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.
Spanish-language writers – here’s a write-in for you! This is a fabulous opportunity that’s very much needed in Washington County. Please pass the word: June 7th at 6pm at Insomnia, Downtown Hillsboro location.
En este lado de la frontera el día se me va en inglés. A veces en spanglish. A veces en mute. Hay días en los que siento que me he ido desvaneciendo poco a poco. Partículas y expresiones que se me quedaron olvidadas en la mudanza y que se me siguen yendo cada día que pasa. Este grupo surge pues a manera de muro contención, de placebo, de grito de auxilio.
Pensado para todos los latinos que habitan este lado y que necesiten letras en español. Pongo en la mesa la siguiente propuesta: dividir las sesiones en dos diferentes discusiones, la primera enfocada en la lectura correspondiente y la otra en la lectura de los trabajos generados por los participantes. La mayoría de las lecturas que se proponen se encuentran ya en el mundo virtual, por lo que no será necesario comprar o generar copias. En las ocasiones en las que sí se necesite el PDF, se proporcionará el enlace para comprar dicha obra.
No se necesita tener experiencia previa. Se recomienda enérgicamente asistir a las sesiones con una pluma, un cuaderno y notas sobre la lectura acordada.
Sin costo, gratuito, solamente por las ganas de reunirse
Por el momento no hay lugar fijo, pero este es el meetup con el horario y lugar de las reuniones http://meetu.ps/c/3VLJh/tHz1H/f
Head on down to the Reedville Presbyterian Church to discuss the writer’s pursuit of perfection with Emmett Wheatfall!
Do you like write-ins? Good news! There are several new write-ins around Washington County now, through 9Bridges. All manner and style of writers welcome. Short form, novel, poetry, comic book, screenplay, fiction (pick your genre, or not), nonfiction, journaling, journalism, essay, term paper, dissertation, etc? This is the write-in for you!
These are structured write-ins, which means, in case you have never attended one of those before, that there is a silent writing period for a set time, then a break where everyone is welcome to talk; about what they’re writing about the writing process, or any other topic that might arise. After the break period, there is another writing period, another break period, etc… until the write-in is over. You don’t have to stay the whole time, you don’t even have to show up on time! Just drop in for as long as you like and enjoy the creative atmosphere.
All of these write-ins are held every week, and are available through meetup.com (a free service), but you do not need to join meet up to attend them. The main advantages of using the meetup.com system are to keep thee write-ups you are attending organized and to let the write-in host know ahead of time who will be attending.
Monday Afternoon Write-In (Hillsboro)
Insomnia Coffee Co
5389 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Format: 1 Hour Writing / 15 Minute Break / Repeat
Monday Evening Write-In (Hillsboro / Tanasbourne)
22075 NE Imbrie Dr, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Format: 25 Minute Writing / 10 Minute Break / Repeat
Tuesday Afternoon Write-In (Beaverton)
Jim & Patty’s Coffee
4130 SW 117th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
Format: 1 Hour Writing / 15 Minute Break / Repeat
Wednesday Evening Write-In (Tigard)
12345 Southwest Main Street, Tigard, OR 97223
Format: 25 Minute Writing / 10 Minute Break / Repeat
There is currently no Aloha Write-In, though the timeslot of Wed 12pm-4pm is set aside for one as soon as a proper venue can be found.
Conversations With Writers Presents Joe Wilkins
The Power Of Place – Its Place In Our Lives & Our Writing
Though we live in a world chock full of chain restaurants and department stores, on-
screen communications, and cross-country airplane travel, we ignore the power of place at our own psychological and, increasingly, physical peril. Truly, place and landscape are active forces in all our lives. They shape and re-shape us; they offer us foundation and refuge; they challenge us to be good citizens of our biotic and built communities. In life and in writing, we ought to be aware of this; we ought to try to understand and harness the power of place. This conversation will offer writers four ways they might begin to do just that.
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and three collections of poems, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry from the Oregon Book Awards. A winner of the High Plains Book Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Wilkins’s essays, poems, and stories appear in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate. Of his work, the Indiana Review writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.” Wilkins’s debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, will be published by Little, Brown in early 2019. Though born and raised on the Big Dry of eastern Montana, he lives now with his family in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College.
Deborah Kennedy, author of the novel Tornado Weather, will be offering a free mini writing workshop, The Writer’s Craft: Keys to Unlocking the Interconnected Narrative, on Saturday, February 17th at 10:15 – 11:45am at the Forest Grove City Library. The event is free but sign up is required. Please contact the Forest Grove City Library Reference Desk at 503 992-3337.