[Local events] [Fwd: literary announcements]
passages at rdrop.com
Wed Nov 2 10:24:04 PST 2005
A few upcoming literary events, selected from the much longer complete
listing that Ooligan Press/PSU Publishing Program regularly sends out.
To be added to their mailing list, write to Dennis Stovall at the
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Subject: literary announcements
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 13:10:12 -0800
From: Dennis Stovall <stovall at pdx.edu>
To: 0_OoliganCommunity at fafnir.oit.pdx.edu
THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY OOLIGAN PRESS AND THE
PUBLISHING PROGRAM AT PSU.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS lecture
Date: November 3, 2005
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland, Oregon
Circles of Community: From Castle Valley to Rwanda.
Fresh from a month-long trip to a recovering Rwanda, Terry Tempest
Williams will speak on circles of concern: how they move out, how
they move in. How do they compare with each other? What are the
correspondences between the grassroots work in Castle Valley, Utah
and the healing work in Rwanda?
The talk is being held as a fundraiser for City Repair, a Portland-
based non-profit which assists grassroots efforts to create public
places rich in community and ecological integrity. City Repair is a
group of citizen activists creating public gathering places and
helping others to creatively transform the places where they live.
Noted in Portland for hosting local Earth Day and Hands-Around-
Portland events and the Share-It Square and Sunnyside Intersection
Repairs, City Repair was awarded the national Lewis Mumford Award in
2004 by Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social
Responsibility. The talk is co-presented by Illahee, which provides a
forum for science-based, policy-relevant environmental inquiry.
Tickets: $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com. Call 503-235-8946
for additional information.
STUDENTS, $15 at the door, with student ID.
Tickets will be available at the door, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Terry Tempest Williams Bio
Terry Tempest Williams is perhaps best known for her book Refuge: An
Unnatural History of Family and Place, in which she chronicles the
epic rise of the Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the Bear River
Migratory Bird Refuge in 1983, alongside her mother's diagnosis with
ovarian cancer. It is now regarded as a classic in American nature
writing. Having grown up within sight of the Great Salt Lake in Salt
Lake City, Utah, Terry Tempest Williams believes landscape shapes
How we engage in civic life raises political questions, but what
Williams has come to understand in trying to solve environmental
issues is that it is not just a political process, but a spiritual
one. Williams speaks about creating a language that opens hearts
rather than closes them; she writes, "the heart is the first home of
democracy." As a writer, Williams seeks to see the world whole, with
all its paradoxes, humor, and complexity. Her art form is
storytelling where one remembers what it means to be human.
Her book Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert traces her lifelong
love of and commitment to the desert. Other books include Pieces of
White Shell - A Journey to Navajoland; Coyote's Canyon, An Unspoken
Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; and Leap: A
Meditation on Hieronymous Bosch's Triptych, "The Garden of Earthly
Delights." In October 2004, the Orion Society published her book The
Open Space of Democracy.
A passionate advocate for public lands and a fierce voice for freedom
of speech, Williams was named by Utne Reader as one of its "Utne 100
Visionaries," and Newsweek called her a "a person most likely to have
a social and political impact on the American West." She has
testified twice before Congress regarding the environmental links
associated with cancer, and is a strong proponent for America's
Redrock Wilderness. Williams is the recipient of a Lannan Literary
Fellowship in creative nonfiction, as well as a Guggenheim
Fellowship, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Community Grant. Her
writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion
Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for
social change and ecological consciousness.
Terry Tempest Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in the
Environmental Humanities Program at the University of Utah. She
lives in Castle Valley, Utah.
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Illahee - Illahee Lecture Series
darcycronin at illahee.org
The Spring Creek Project is partnering with the LBCC English
Department to present a series of readings and symposia, featuring
Port Townsend poet and translator, Mike O’Connor:
"Peak Oil & Old Chinese Poets: Why Classical Chinese Poetry Matters"
Mike O’Connor will read and discuss his own writing and his
translations of Chinese poetry, exploring the role of Taoist,
Confucian, and Buddhist ideas on the American environmental movement
and the influence of T’ang dynasty writing on the Beat poets and on
other contemporary writers.
Friday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.–Noon: Reading and Discussion,
LBCC Main Campus, Takena Hall, Room T-207
Friday, Nov. 4, 7–8:15 p.m.: Reading and Discussion,
LBCC Lebanon Campus Annex
Mike O’Connor, with Charles Goodrich
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1–3 p.m.: Reading and Symposium,
LBCC Benton Center, Room 104
Mike O’Connor is the author of eight books of poetry including his
most recent, When the Tiger Weeps. He has also published highly
regarded translations from the Chinese, including When I Find You
Again, It Will Be in Mountains: Selected Poems of Chia Tao; and (with
co-editor Red Pine) The Clouds Should Know Me by Now: Buddhist Poet
Monks of China. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
Events are free and open to the public. FMI contact Jane White at
whitej at linnbenton.edu
A Reading by Poet Daisy Zamora
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2005
7 p.m. SMSU 294
Daisy Zamora was born in Managua, Nicaragua on June 20, 1950. As a
young girl, she attended convent schools and later went on to study at the
Universidad Centroamericana, receiving a degree in psychology. She has a post-
graduate degree from the Institutio Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas
(INCAE) and has studied at the Academia Dante Alighieri and the Escuela
Nacional de Bellas Artes.
During the Nicaraguan revolution, Zamora was a combatant in the National
Sandinista Liberation Front and director of Radio Sandino’s
clandestine programs. After the Triumph she served as the Vice-Minister of
Culture and the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research of
Zamora has published three books of poetry: En limpio se escribe la
vida, La violenta espuma, and A cada quien la vida, as well as the anthology, The
Nicaraguan Woman in Poetry. Three of her books of poems are
available in English: Clean Slate, Riverbed of Memory (1992), and The Violent Foam
(2002). She currently lives in the United States.
Literary Arts Coordinator
Portland State University
litac at pdx.edu
Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet, writer, songwriter, and singer,
will be reading from her work on Friday, November 4 at 7pm at First
Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th in Portland. The title of the reading
is “A Maze Me: Poems and Conversation.” Ms. Nye will sign books
following the reading. Ms. Nye’s books and a broadside of her poem
“Kindness” will be available for sale courtesy of Looking Glass
Books and the University of Oregon’s Knight Library Press. And on
Saturday, November 5, Nye will present the keynote address at the
William Stafford Symposium at Lewis & Clark College (a few spaces
Space for the Friday reading is limited. Admission: $10 adult, $5
student. For reservations please send a check to: Arbor School of
Arts & Sciences, 4201 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, OR, 97062. No
tickets will be mailed; guest list at the door. For information,
please email: info at arborschool.org. This event is sponsored by the
Arbor School of Arts & Sciences, William Stafford Center at Lewis &
Clark College, and First Unitarian Church. For information about the
William Stafford Symposium on Saturday, which will cost $125, email
mcdevitt at lclark.edu or call 503-768-6162.
The back room: an occasional series of presentations/symposia/
bacchanals, replete with food, drink, music, and general
boisterousness garlanding the central pleasure of bright intellects
voicing their excellent texts, winging it in conversation, and
screening or presenting various textual and visual delights.
The back room continues on Monday evening, November 14th, with
special guest Pablo de Ocampo, director of Portland's Independent
Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in conversation with back room host
Matthew Stadler. The IPRC puts printing equipment (and the skills to
use it) into the hands of Portlanders, young and old. You've probably
seen the results, in the myriad of independent writers and artists
self-publishing their zines, books, posters, and broadsides. We'll
assess the pleasures and problems of a city where myriad voices find
form through this independent, accessible resource.
Because Pablo wears many hats (producing his own art work and taking
part in the Cinema Project collective, which he helped found), our
conversation will also focus on the dynamics of his own practice,
which is in many ways typical of Portland. In Portland, the audience,
presenters, and artists are often not separate but one and the same.
What are the hazards and potentials of this radical form of
collectivity? How is it different from other places?
As always, superb food from ripe and bottomless wine and brandy
should make this conversation a deeply interesting one. Live music,
selected by Curtis Knapp of Marriage Records, TBA. The back room is
hosted by Matthew Stadler, the writer in residence at ripe, and is
cosponsored by ripe and The Cooley Gallery at Reed College.
Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:00 pm, at the family supper space. $35
inclusive. Email ripe at eat at ripepdx.com or call 503-235-2294 to
The following links provide more information on both the back room
series and the IPRC:
Join us for an Evening with Novelist & Poet
Marge will read from and sign her newest book Sex Wars (Morrow/
HarperCollins, December 2005) to benefit Planned Parenthood of the
Thursday, December 8, 2005
First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Avenue
5:30 pm Pre-event reception (location TBA)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reading & Book signing (coffee and sweets served)
General admission: $25 contribution to Planned Parenthood
Students: $12 contribution to Planned Parenthood
Pre-event reception: $100 per person (Includes a copy of Sex Wars.
Approximately $60 of each ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to
Seating is limited; please reserve promptly. Call (503)788-7277, e-
mail development at ppcw.org or buy tickets online at
Sex Wars will be available for purchase at a 10% discount from its
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