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More Alex Kuo Readings Scheduled

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

RATTAPALLAX selects Raphael as one of Northwest’s Innovative Poets

February 12th, 2011

Rattapallax has posted a piece on the Northwest’s Innovative Poets and Dan Raphael is among them. The feature includes 5 of Raphael’s poems, an audio recording of him reading his poetry and an interview with John Olson. “The poets presented here are at the froniter of the most recent efforts.”

PD #1 Acceptances Progress Report

February 11th, 2011



We are blissfully skipping along in accepting material for PHANTOM DRIFT #1. So far we have accepted or arranged for the following:

Fiction (accepted by Leslie What)
“No, Really,” Eliot Fintushel, 2,600 words
“Over the Rolling Waters Go,” Stefanie Freele, 1,179 words
“What the Billy Goat Said,” Peter Grandbois, 2,891 words
“Dwindle Chick,” Carolyn Ives Gilman, 300 words
“Fated,” Joe L. Murr (Joel Kuntonen), 745 words
“The Problem of Furniture,” Ray Vukcevich, 1,100 words

Poetry (accepted by Matt Schumacher)

Jonathan Ball: “In Vitro City,” “Lost(A Found Poem),” and “Do the Crows”(written under the pseudonym Richard Crow)
Lawrence Raab: “Sunrise with Sea Monsters,” “Testament”
Aaron Anstett: “Good Morning”
Joshua McKinney: “The Couch,” “A Sentence is a Snake,” “The Death of the Author”
Wade German: “Lichfield”
Anita Sullivan: “When Solstice is Late”

Other material (arranged for by David Memmott)

Reprint of Brian Evenson story

Reprint of an essay by Thomas E. Kennedy

Essay on Exploring The Haunted Palace: GothicWarped Space, Phantasmagoria, and The Evolution of the Haunted House from Poe to Danielewski, Matt Schumacher

We are planning to have two featured artists with black and white galleries of their work, Jessica Plattner and Richard Schindler. One of Jessica’s paintings will be used for the cover art.

Deadline for submissions is: March 31, 2011.

The journal will be 120-160 pages, 7.5 X 9.25, perfectbound, full-color cover.

Subscriptions with free shipping are $15 in advance of release. Send check or money order to: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, PD Subscription, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850.

Herriges & JD cited in scholarly work on Salinger

December 19th, 2010

Facts on the Library of American Literature’s A Companion to J.D. Salinger: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work by Bruce F. Meuller and Will Hochman, to be released next month, includes a photo by Greg Herriges of Salinger’s first house (reproduced in black and white). The color photo was used on the cover of Herriges’ JD: A Memoir of a Time and a Journey which was published by Wordcraft of Oregon in 2006. A Companion contains 10 references to Herriges, 4 references to his original article, “Ten Minutes With J.D. Salinger” and 4-5 references to JD. For more on the book go to:  

Who would have thought a small press in Oregon would be mentioned in a book about J.D. Salinger? We are thrilled. Congratulations, Greg. For more on JD, go to:

Phantom Drift accepting submissions

December 5th, 2010

PHANTOM DRIFT: NEW FABULISM Call for Submissions. Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, announces that we are now accepting submissions for the first issue of Phantom Drift, an annual literary journal of new fabulism. Reading period will be December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. The journal will be a perfectbound, 120-160 page, 7.5 X 9.25 volume. #1 will be released October 1, 2011. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, poetry and prose poems. Poetry editor Matt Schumacher says, “I welcome work readers might label new weird, slipstream and/or fantastic…work that shatters or valuably distorts reality, whether this means surrealism, magic realism, fantastique, or bizarrerie.” Fiction editor Leslie What likes stories “that favor the unusual over the usual…stories that create a milieu where anything can happen.” We pay on publication ($25 for flash fiction up to 2,000 words and $50 for short stories 2001 – 6500 words, $10 per poem, plus 1 contributor copy). Full guidelines can be found on our website at:  Subscriptions are $15 with free shipping if in advance of release date. Send payment for subscriptions to: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, PD Subscriptions, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850. For more information, contact Managing Editor David Memmott at  Fiction inquiries can be sent to Leslie at  and poetry inquiries to Matt at .

American Quarterly publishes article on Alex Kuo

October 31st, 2010

The September 2010 issue of American Quarterly includes a scholarly article by Wen Jin on Alex Kuo’s Panda Diaries. The article, is entitled “Toward a U.S.-China Comparative Critique: Indigenous Rights and National Expansion in Alex Kuo’s Panda Diaries.”

Kennedy tv interview in France

October 28th, 2010
Thomas E. Kennedy, author of four Wordcraft of Oregon books, was interviewed about publication of IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS (Bloomsbury 2010) on French TV in Paris (France24, Culture Journal, Eve Jackson).  Here’s a link to it in case you’d like to see it — but you have to scroll forward through about three minutes of Dubai Film festival footage before you get to the 5min10secs interview with Tom. 

Lappin Essay in The Writer’s Chronicle

October 14th, 2010


Linda Lappin, author of Katherine’s Wish, has published a new essay, “D.H. Lawrence’s Etruscan Places: Literary Travel Narrative & Spiritual Testament,” in Volume 43, Number 2, October/November 2010 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle, the magazine of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Another essay on the relationship of Katherine Mansfield and D.H. Lawrence tied for first place in the international essay contest sponsored by the Katherine Mansfield Society in England.

Wordcraft of Oregon poets reading around Oregon

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.

Peter Donahue’s interview with KUOW’s Dave Beck

August 18th, 2010

Peter Donahue, author of Clara and Merritt, was recently interviewed for KUOW Preseents by Seattle’s Dave Beck. You can listen to the interview at: