Lane Community Writers Series on October 5, 2017

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2017 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Henry Alley — Norma Comrada — Tim Shaner

Henry Alley is Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Honors College at the University of Oregon.  He has four novels, Through Glass (Iris Press, 1979), The Lattice (Ariadne Press, 1986),  Umbrella of Glass (Breitenbush Books, 1988), and Precincts of Light (Inkwater Press, 2010).  His story collection, The Dahlia Field (Chelsea Station Editions) has just appeared.  For nearly fifty years, such journals as Seattle Review, Virginia Quarterly Review , and Harrington Gay Men’s Quarterly have published his stories.

Norma Comrada is Courtesy Professor of Slavic Literature at the University of Oregon; she specializes in the life and work of Karel Čapek.  Her Čapek books, all from Catbird Press, include Tales from Two Pockets (a Publisher’s Weekly “Best Book of the Year”), Apocryphal Tales (Booklist starred: “A radiant volume”), Cross Roads and Karel Čapek: Life and Work (both given a cover review in the Times Literary Supplement.)  She also contributed most of the new translations for Toward the Radical Center: a Karel Čapek Reader (Entertainment Weekly, A+).  In January, 2015, she received the Karel Čapek Medal from the Společnost bratří Čapků (Čapek Brothers Society).

Tim Shaner is the author of the poetry collection Picture X (Airlie Press 2014). His work has appeared in The Poetic Labor Project, Plumwood Mountain (Australia), Colorado Review, The Claudius App, Jacket, The Rialto (UK), Ambit (UK) and elsewhere. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University (London) and a Ph.D. from SUNY-Buffalo’s Poetics Program. He teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. His first novel I HATE FICTION is due out in 2018 by Spuyten Duyvil Press. 

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2017/09/lane-community-writers-series-2/

Henry Alley: [link to video will go here]

Norma Comrada: [link to video will go here]

Tim Shaner: [link to video will go here]

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Lane Community Writers Series on May 4, 2017

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Russ Pierson — Margaret Robertson — Tom Titus

Russ Pierson is always a writer in his dreams—and occasionally in real life. He has a DMin from George Fox University and holds several sustainability-related certifications. Russ oversees LCC’s Florence Center, and he has an intriguing, mixed-up background in construction management, the faith community, and higher education. He has contributed to Huffington Post, Justice Unbound, Sojourners, AMOS and is a frequent presenter at education-related conferences.

Margaret Robertson teaches at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She is the author of Sustainability Principles and Practice, now in its second edition, as well as the Dictionary of Sustainability.  Both titles are published by Routledge/ Earthscan in Oxfordshire, England, and are selling well around the world.  Her chapter titled “A Crash Course in Sustainability Science” will appear this fall in the Community Resilience Reader, published by Island Press. 

Tom Titus reveres the Pacific Northwest, where he loves running and rain and hunting for anything: agates, blackberries, clams, calypso orchids, deer, dogwood blossoms, elk, errant thoughts, fossils, firewood, old bones, old forests, salmon, salmonberries, wild turkeys, and Wild Turkey. His memoir Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace is a paean to Oregon. His writings have appeared in Oregon Quarterly Magazine and the collection Forest Under Story. Tom is president of the Eugene Natural History Society and co-director of the Windfall Reading Series.

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2017/04/lane-community-writers-series-may-4-2017/

Russ Pierson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OM2dI7dM08

Margaret Robertson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGQJ7CssyZk

Tom Titus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXCeJnBj5to

Lane Community Writers Series on April 6, 2017

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Charles Goodrich — Joy McDowell — Rodger Moody

Charles Goodrich is the author of three books of poetry: A Scripture of Crows; Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden; and Insects of South Corvallis; and of a collection of essays: The Practice of Home; and is the co-editor of two anthologies: Forest Under Story: Creatie Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest, and  In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. Following a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.

Joy McDowell is a 45-percenter, meaning she is a native Oregonian.  She graduated from the University of Oregon and has produced three chapbooks.  Her work is included in the anthology New Poets of the American West.  Joy has served as treasurer of the Lane Literary Guild board and she is currently the secretary of the Oregon Poetry Association board.  She has studied at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, and with the Coos Bay Poets in Charleston, Oregon.

Rodger Moody is the founding editor of Silverfish Review Press. Poems have appeared in many magazines, including Caliban, Cloudbank, upstreet, Indiana Review, Mudfish, and ZYZZYVA. Self-Portrait / Sixteen Sevenlings, 2012 recipient of the At Hand Chapbook Award from Bright Hill Press was released in June of 2013. History, a full-length collection of poetry, was released by sight | for | sight books in 2015. For the past thirty-one years he has made his living as a warehouse worker.

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2017/04/lane-community-writers-series-april-6-2017/

Charles Goodrich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEYCAWBwtTw

Joy McDowell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFsQ_A6fDEI

Rodger Moody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B1gvYVFcrk

Lane Community Writers Series on March 2, 2017

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Cai Emmons — Lauren Kessler — Tim Whitsel

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son and The Stylist. Her most recently completed novel, Weather Woman, forthcoming in 2018, is about a meteorologist who discovers she has the power to change the weather. Formerly a playwright and screenwriter, her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, and Arts and Culture, among others. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.

 Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author, an immersion reporter, blogger, long-distance biker, barre-fly, and quadruple Aries. She is the author of nine works of narrative nonfiction, including Raising the Barre, Counterclockwise, My Teenage Werewolf, Dancing with Rose, and Stubborn Twig. Her books have been BookSense selections, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestsellers, Wall Street Journal and People magazine “best” selections, Pacific Northwest Book Award winners and Oregon Book Award winners.  She was twice a guest on the David Letterman Show.

 Tim Whitsel lives outside Springfield, Oregon. He is passionate about western rivers, jazz, wine and words. For six years, he directed Windfall, a monthly reading series at the Eugene Public Library. He won first prize at the 2013 Northwest Poets’ Concord. He has been honored with two artist residencies at PLAYA. He can be heard reading his poems on thepoetryloft.net. His book WISH MEAL was published by Airlie Press in October 2016. A recent poem “Western Summer” is included in The Absence of Something Specified, an anthology of poems about drought. 

 For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2017/02/lane-community-writers-series-mar-2-2017/.

Cai Emmons : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQ8VeTOpqA

Lauren Kessler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtjTumLAy3U

Tim Whitsel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0OQlKwnNbM

Lane Community Writers Series on February 2, 2017

THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED DUE TO FLU AND RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 6, 2017.

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Charles Goodrich — Joy McDowell — Rodger Moody

Charles Goodrich is the author of three books of poetry: A Scripture of Crows; Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden; and Insects of South Corvallis; and of a collection of essays: The Practice of Home; and is the co-editor of two anthologies: Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest, and  In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. Following a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.

Joy McDowell is a 45-percenter, meaning she is a native Oregonian.  She graduated from the University of Oregon and has produced three chapbooks.  Her work is included in the anthology New Poets of the American West.  Joy has served as treasurer of the Lane Literary Guild board and she is currently the secretary of the Oregon Poetry Association board.  She has studied at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, and with the Coos Bay Poets in Charleston, Oregon.

Rodger Moody is the founding editor of Silverfish Review Press. Poems have appeared in many magazines, including Caliban, Cloudbank, upstreet, Indiana Review, Mudfish, and ZYZZYVA. Self-Portrait / Sixteen Sevenlings, 2012 recipient of the At Hand Chapbook Award from Bright Hill Press was released in June of 2013. History, a full-length collection of poetry, was released by sight | for | sight books in 2015. For the past thirty-one years he has made his living as a warehouse worker.

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2016/12/lane-community-writers-series-february-2-2017/

Charles Goodrich: [insert link to video here]

Joy McDowell: [insert link to video here]

Rodger Moody: [insert link to video here]

Lane Community Writers Series on December 1, 2016

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

C. Steven Blue — Howard W. Robertson — Janice D. Rubin

C. Steven Blue is a multi-media performance poet and a producer and host of poetry events. He has been published in over a dozen countries. He has been interviewed on television, radio, and in literary magazines.  His work appears in countless journals and anthologies, both in print and online.  His publishing company, Arrowcloud Press, has published the work of other poets, anthologies for the Oregon Poetry Association and the City of Eugene, and six of his own books. He is the pioneering author of the first ever chapbook published as a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/591180474377593.

Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon.  He has published ten books of poems, including Hope Speaks in 2016, and two books of fiction, including Hyperzotica in 2015.  He received Atlanta Review’s International Merit Award in 2014 and won the Sinclair Poetry Prize in 2009.  His poems have been anthologized often, including in Literal Latté: The Anthology in 2008, and his poems and stories have been published in many literary journals, most recently in Yellow Medicine Review and Setting Forth

Janice D. Rubin is a vocational rehabilitation and career counselor.  She received the M.S. in Community Development & Human Services and the B.A. in English Literature, both from the University of Oregon.  Her poems have been published in Tiger’s Eye, Glass, Flutter Poetry Journal, Arabesque and The Quizzical Chair Anthology.  She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. Her chapbook titled Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems was published by Flutter Press in 2010.  She is working on her second book of poems, a full collection.

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2016/11/lane-community-writers-series-december-1/

C. Steven Blue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvhuoDcaZXM&t=470s

Howard W. Robertson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbhyuaddGfE

Janice D. Rubin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y9IWWvuUZ8&t=817s

Lane Community Writers Series on November 3, 2016

Lane Community Writers Series / 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 / Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus / 101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Laura LeHew — Whitey Lueck — Keli Osborn

Laura LeHew is widely published. Her four collections include: Becoming (Another New Calligraphy), Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press), It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, (Winterhawk Press), and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press). She received the MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. She edits and owns Uttered Chaos, a poetry press, and co-hosts the reading series Poetry for the People. She also owns a computer forensics and network security consulting company. Laura always thought she’d be an astronaut.

To help make ends meet during graduate school, Whitey Lueck worked as a Male Cocktail Waitress–his actual job title–at the Moose Lodge in Corvallis, Oregon. These days, he is an instructor for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, where his courses draw on his broad background in horticulture, landscape design, and ecology. His first collection of essays, Staying Put in Lane County, was published in late 2015. Two more collections are due out before the end of 2016.

Keli Osborn lives and writes in Eugene, where she also works with community organizations, hikes Mt. Pisgah, and bikes to the library. A resident of Eugene for more than 40 years, Keli grew up in four countries–attending 12 schools in a dozen years. She co-coordinates the More Voices and Windfall reading series. Her poems have appeared in Timberline Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, and The Quotable, among others, and in the anthology, All We Can Hold.

For a poster of this event: http://www.laneliteraryguild.org/2016/11/lane-community-writers-series-november-3-2016/

Laura LeHew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pjJrc2AmMI

Whitey Lueck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-CVCHf2Acw

Keli Osborn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwX5NCRplm0

Lane Community Writers Series on October 6, 2016

 

Lane Community Writers Series

5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016

Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus

101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Eric Alan  –  Valerie J. Brooks  –  Mike Copperman

Eric Alan is an author, photographer, broadcaster and lyricist. His first book of prose and photography, Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, received wide national acclaim. Its sequel, Grace and Tranquility, paired with a music CD with international recording artists Gypsy Soul. His third book took him into the world of Major League Baseball: This Is Our Time! captured the unique saga of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. He currently works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones on the “Celebrate What’s Right with the World” project. He’s also the primary music, arts and culture reporter for NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, after a long tenure as music director of Jefferson Public Radio. 

Valerie J. Brooks is a literary activist and award-winning author who has published in Scent of Cedars: Promising Writers from the Pacific Northwest and in France, a Love Story: Women Write About the French Experience. She served as Associate Fiction Editor on Northwest Review and co-founded Willamette Writers Speakers Series. Recently she completed Stealing Paris, a novel, and was awarded a Playa residency to work on Vida Flats, a memoir of her early tumultuous years as a single mom from the East Coast trying to make a home in 1970s rural Oregon. (Photo by Shannon O’Dell)

Michael Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon for the last decade.  His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing, and Copper Nickel, among other magazines, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission. University Press of Mississippi just released his memoir of the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta.

Eric Alan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9o0LcK2PBg

Valerie Brooks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qheH7V_GqXU

Mike Copperman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X80lB6q0SE