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Waterston workshop begins January 17th

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Ellen Waterson’s “The Story You Came To Tell” Workshop Starts January 17th
Popular Seven-Session Series Helps Writers Explore Poetry, Fiction and Literary Nonfiction

Bend, Ore. — Dec.19, 2011. Award-winning author and poet Ellen Waterston will lead her popular seven-series workshop, “The Story You Came To Tell,” starting Tuesday, January 17, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Waterston, founder and Executive Director of The Nature of Words, invites new writers and those with ongoing projects to gain experience and inspiration, while taking their writing to the next level. The seven-series workshop explores poetry, fiction and nonfiction with a special emphasis on the relationship of literary nonfiction and fiction. The series includes in-class writing prompts, reading and writing assignments. The class meets Tuesdays from January 17 through February 21 at The Nature of Words, 224 NW Oregon Ave. in Bend. The workshop concludes with a reading on February 23. To enroll, visit Central Oregon Community College’s Community Learning link.  Class number is 16809 and the fee for the entire series is $289.
Feedback from students in previous workshops includes these comments:
“You have the natural gift of a great teacher, always giving exactly the information we needed at the right moment in our progression as writers. Thank you for offering these workshops.” — Carol Sternkopf, Bend, OR

“Your ability to connect with each person in class is inspiring. This is certainly a gift you possess. Your encouragement and suggestions…have motivated me to become a more complete and accomplished writer.”—Michael Reeves, Christmas Valley, OR

“Thank you seems a meager sentiment to express my gratitude for what you’ve given me. Taking your class has opened creative gates that have been shut for many years. May other fledgling writers bask in the glow of your support.”—Dee DelDrago, Bend, OR
About Ellen Waterston
Just released in December 2011 by Fishtrap, Inc., Cold Snap, assorted writings by Ellen Waterston, is available at Where The Crooked River Rises, a collection of Ellen Waterston’s award-winning personal and nature essays about Central Oregon’s High Desert, was published by OSU Press in fall 2010. She was the winner of the 2008 NW Perspectives Essay Contest. Waterston’s memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, was rated one of the top ten books by the Oregonian in 2003. Poetry awards include the 2009 and 2005 WILLA Award in Poetry for her collections Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, respectively, and the 2007 Obsidian Prize in Poetry. Waterston has been awarded many writing residencies including, in 2011, Playa, Fishtrap’s Werner Fellowship, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She was one of two 2011 finalists for the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers. Waterston delivered the keynote address at the 2011 Women Writing the West Conference in Seattle.

New Poets of the American West reading in Pendleton, July 9th

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Nine Northwest poets will read from the anthology New Poets of the American West, Ed. Lowell Jaeger (Many Voices Press, FVCC:2010) at the Arts Center of Pendleton, 214 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. on July 9th. David Axelrod, Boyd Benson, Barbara Drake, M.E. Hope, Bette Lynch Husted, Penelope Scambly Schott, Pamela Steele, Lisa Steinman, and Ellen Waterston will read. Axelrod, Husted, Steele and Waterston have published books of poetry with Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC. Refreshments will be served and copies of the anthology will be available for purchase courtesy of Armchair Books.

Upcoming Readings: Bette Husted

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Bette Husted, author of At This Distance, has scheduled to following readings for Sping and Summer:

April 10, 7 p.m., Studio Series, 3508 SW corbett Ave., Portland–hosted by Leah Stenson

April 15, 7 p.m., Crossroads, 2020 Auburn, Baker City–with Karena Youtz, hosted by Perry Stokes

May 6, 3 p.m., Northwest Poets Concord, Hallmark Inn, Newport–with Scot Siegel, Kirsten Rian, John Williams, Al Molotkov (hosted by Sandra Ellston)

May 19, 7 p.m., at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, with Molly Gloss, hosted by Kirsten Rian (regional writers “Comma” series)

June 2, 7:30 p.m., Blue Mountain Writers, First Thursday Reading Series, La Grande Public Library–hosted by Nancy Knowles

July 9, 7 p.m., Bette will be hosting a “New Poets of the American West” Anthology reading at the Pendleton Arts Center.

Patty & Vince Wixon read poetry at Bloomsbury Books

Friday, March 25th, 2011
Thursday, March 31, at 7 PM
Get a head start on Poetry Month by hearing Patty & Vince Wixon read poems from their new books—Patty’s first book, Airing the Sheets (Finishing Line Press) & Vince’s book, Blue Moon: Poems from Chinese Lines (Wordcraft of Oregon).
Bloomsbury Books
290 East Main
Ashland, OR

Thomas E. Kennedy reading in Portland, April 4

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Thomas E. Kennedy, an American living in Copenhagen, will be coming to Portland as part of his U.S. book tour for the release of the second novel in his Copenhagen Quartet, Falling Sideways (Bloomsbury, March 2011). Kennedy will be reading at Powell’s Hawthorne Bookstore, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. on Monday, 7:30 p.m., April 4. Kennedy is no stranger to Oregon having done reading in Portland, La Grande and Enterprise and conducted a fiction workshop at Eastern Oregon University. He’s published four books with Wordcraft of Oregon, most recently the novel, A  Passion in the Desert (2007), a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction. He has also been a contributor to the Portland literary journal, Glimmer Train.


The first novel in the Quartet, In The Company of Angels received wide acclaim from, among others, the Washington Post, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and, in England, The Times, Guardian and elsewhere. In The Company of Angels is now available in paperback (January 2011). Kennedy has published eight novels, three story collections, four books of essays and four books of literary criticism in addition to editing several anthologies. Hundreds of short stories, personal essays and literary criticism have appeared in magazines and journals and he has won an O. Henry Award, Pushcart Prize, Gulf Coast, and European Prizes, the Charles Angoff Award and the Frank Expatriate Writing Award and two Eric Hoffer Book Awards. An essay published in New Letters received a National Magazine Award—winning over the finalist essays from the New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, Elle, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2007, Kennedy’s work was celebrated in a panel during the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) annual conference with presentations by six professors, editors and writers. All of the presentations were later published in literary magazines and South Carolina Review devoted two issues to Kennedy’s work.

Kennedy has lived in Denmark for more than thirty years, but often visits the United States where he teaches in the low-residency MFA program of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kennedy will also be reading in Seattle at University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, 7 p.m, April 5 and in San Francisco at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, 7 p.m. on April 6.

About Falling Sideways :

The Tank, a high-profile firm in Copenhagen, has just announced a period of downsizing, and the game playing has begun.

Top executive Frederick Breathwaite is frantically trying to ensure a foothold on the career ladder for his son Jes. Harald Jaeger, estranged from his wife and daughters, harbours desperate passions for an alarming number of women but has somehow managed to catch the CEO’s eye – as a possible replacement for Breathwaite. Meanwhile the CEO’s son Adam should be following in his father’s alpha-male footsteps but instead is head-over-heels in puppy love with his au pair. And in a nearby shoe repair shop, Jes, who personally can’t imagine anything worse than his father’s corporate life, is pursuing a very different kind of future.

As the city settles into autumn, a season of brittle days and foreboding nights, the impending downsizing causes a ripple effect that touches not just every employee in the Tank but their spouses, children and lovers as well. Sharp, funny and remarkably tender, Falling Sideways is a shrewdly observed tale of ambition and anxiety, of backstabbing and backsliding, and of office politics and family affairs.

Advance reviews:

“A clever spoof about work and the relationships formed there.”Kirkus Reviews

“Kennedy’s force is his ear for good dialogue, those understated conversations between irony and intimacy of which Anglo-Saxon and Irish literature have always been world champion.   And the book is also a novel about love.”            -Bo Tao Michaélis, Politiken (Copenhagen)

“…a whirlwind of intense, rich language and a poetic vision of the things that really matter in a man’s life.” – South Carolina Review

Link to Minneapolis Star-Tribune review of Falling Sideways.

More Alex Kuo Readings Scheduled

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

In addition to readings at EOU in La Grande on February 23rd, Watermark Books in Anacortes on March 21, and the Anchor Art Space in Anacortes on March 25, Alex Kuo will be doing the following readings:

 Hong Kong,  Bookazine, March 10
Moscow ID, Book People,  April 6
Seattle, WA, Elliott Bay Books, April 7
Seattle, WA, U of WA, University Bookstore, May 12
Beijing, Beihang University, May 17
Beijing Forestry University, May 23
Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 24

Read more about A Chinaman’s Chance: New and Selected Poems 1960-2010 at

Wordcraft of Oregon poets reading around Oregon

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Dan Raphael (whose book, Impulse and Warp: the Selected 20th Centure Poems, was released September 1st) will be reading with Pamela Steele (Paper Bird) at Blue Mountain Community College in Hermiston, Room 204 on October 11, 7 p.m.

Dan Raphael and Bette Husted (whose book, At This Distance, was also released in September) will be reading after an opening reception of a new exhibit at Bette Feves Memorial Gallery in Pioneer Hall at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the reading at 7 p.m.

Dan Raphael will be reading for Ars Poetica Program at Eastern Oregon University in the Pierce Library Reference Room at 7 p.m.

Vincent Wixon (whose chapbook, Blue Moon: Poems from Chinese Lines, was just released October 1) will be reading for The Milwaukie Poetry Series, The Pond House, Milwaukie, OR — adjacent to the Ledding Library — at 7 p.m.

Pamela Steele and Penelope Scambly Scott will be reading at Nye Beach Writers’ Series at Newport Visual Arts Center in Newport on October 16th, 7 p.m.

Bette Husted will be reading at Neill Library, Pullman, WA, Nov. 9 at noon.

Matt Schumacher will be reading at Colleen Johnson Community Room, Cook Memorial Library, La Grande, OR. November 6, 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Appearances in conjunction with the release of his new novel, Clara and Merritt, published by Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC. Release date: June 1, 2010.


Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. Blue Mountain Writers Series, La Grande Public Library, La Grande, OR 

Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., Annie Bloom’s Books, Multnomah Village, OR

Friday, June 11, 7:00 p.m., Powell’s City of Books (Burnside), Portland, OR

Saturday, June 12, 3:15 p.m., Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Conference, Portland, OR

Thursday, July 8, 7:00 p.m., Orca Books, Olympia, WA

Sunday, July 11, 3:00 p.m., Eagle Harbor Books (Winslow), Bainbridge Island, WA

Monday, July 12, 2:00 p.m., Freeland Public Library, Whidbey Island, WA (Sponsored by The Bookbay)

Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 p.m., Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park), Seattle, WA

Friday, July 16, 7:00 p.m., Elliott Bay Book Company (Capitol Hill), Seattle, WA

Monday, July 19, 7:00 p.m., University Books (U District), Seattle, WA

Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m., Riverwalk Books, Chelan, WA

Thursday, July 22, 7:00 p.m., Parkplace Books, Kirkland, WA

Alex Kuo finalist for Washington State Book Award in Fiction

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The 2009 Washington State Book Awards have been announced. This is the 43rd year for the award which is given to a book based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality. It was formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

White Jade and Other Stories by Alex Kuo was a finalist in the fiction category.

All About Lulu, Jonathan Evison won the fiction award.

Other finalists were:

Guernica, Dave Boling

Oxygen, Carol Casselia

The Other, David Guterson

The 2009 Washington State Book Awards are sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. Authors will be honored at a public ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 14th, at a public ceremony at the Seattle Public Library, at the Central Library branch, in the Microsoft Auditorium. The event, which is presented in partnership with the Elliott Bay Book Co., will feature remarks and readings by the award recipients. Books will be available for purchase and a reception and book signing will follow the program.

Leslie What finalist for Oregon Book Award

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Wordcraft of Oregon is proud to announce that Leslie What’s story collection, Crazy Love, was named a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in fiction (the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction).

Other finalists were:

Miriam Gershow, The Local News (Spiegel & Grau)

Gina Ochsner, The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight (Portobello Books)

Barbara Pope, Cezanne’s Quarry (Pegasus Books)

Jon Raymond, Livability: Stories (Bloomsbury)

The fiction this year was judged by Robert Olmstead. The winner will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony, which takes place Monday, October 26, 2009 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Tom Bissell will hose and tickets aare available at

Congratulations to all the finalists. More information on finalists for other categories can be found at the Literary Arts, Inc. website and