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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 www.fishtrap.org. 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.

LENNON & ME, new e-book by Greg Herriges

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

It’s 1964, the height of Beatlemania, and thirteen-year-old Jamie Presto (true to his name) pulls a rabbit out of a hat by striking up a pen-pal friendship with none other than John Lennon! 

It’s a good thing, too, because Jamie needs a magic trick in his life.  He finds his Catholic school education at best downright oppressive.  His parents are trapped in a loveless marriage that grows increasingly violent.  And Father Alberto, his parish priest, the one authority figure he actually respects, betrays him in one of the worst ways imaginable an adult can do to an adolescent.

But he has that one bright spot—his letters to and from a world-famous Beatle. 

Or does he?  Is Jamie telling us the truth—or is he unreliable,  so desperate for a silver lining that he grows delusional, fabricating for us and for himself a relationship that he only wishes could be real?

There are ominous times ahead, literal and metaphorical nightmares—for Jamie, his mother, his father, and even for Jamie’s hero and best friend, John Lennon.  Life is, at times, hell on earth. But there are saviors, and they tend to make their entrances quietly and inconspicuously.  Jamie’s ultimate messiah is an ordinary one, a teacher who achieves extraordinary results in the life of his young student.

Written in the tradition of Candide, Lennon and Me is a comic-tragic social satire, presenting a corrupt world as seen through the eyes of an innocent, a showdown between ancient tradition and modernity, between parochialism and pop culture. John Lennon drew the line in the sand in 1966, with his infamous off-handed comment to journalist Maureen Cleave about The Beatles being more popular than Jesus, and in Herriges’s witty, iconoclastic novel, the twain not only meets, it implodes.  Available beginning next week from Amazon.com and from Herriges’ website: http://www.herriges.net

 

 

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.

Greg Herriges STREETHEARTS Availalbe as E-Book

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Streethearts, a sequel to Greg Herriges’ novel, Secondary Attachments, is now available for Barnes and Noble Nook and will be available in all e-book formats next week. You can read a description of the book and view the cover art by Michelle Everst at:  www.streethearts.info

“Waiting in the wings,” Greg says, “is another e-book, Lennon and Me, about a teenage boy who becomes John Lennon’s penpal in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania.”

Serving House Books, edited by Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy, will be publishing The Bay at Marsailles and Other Stories this fall.

Websites for these books are in developmental stage. Blogs and photos forthcoming on Greg’s website: www.herriges.net 

Kuo at Chuckanut Writers Conference

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Alex Kuo is on the faculty of the Chuckanut Writers Conference to be held June 24 & 25 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. He is joined by Samuel Green, the first poet laureate of the state of Washington, the inimitable Tom Robbins, and novelists, Jim Lynch and Nancy Rawles, among others. For more information, http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com/chuckanutwritersconference/

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.

American Quarterly publishes article on Alex Kuo

Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

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.