Have You Ever Been Blue?

You’re not alone! Drag yourself over to Temple Emek Shalom (1800 East Main Street in Ashland) by 7 pm on October 29 to hear stories of being “Down & Out,” tales of breakdowns, breakups, and being flat broke. This Fall Hearth event will explore all the ways life goes wrong. Come out and hear six brave souls share riveting stories of living through hard times. Tellers include Claudia Alick, Leigh Madsen, Kelly Cruser, Lucinda Weatherby, Lauren Cutler, and others. Music by Mark Gostnell, Sam Cuenca, Bob Evoniuk, Wendi Stanek, and Duane Whitcomb. Cost is $5 and proceeds at the door will benefit Uncle Foods Diner. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Refreshments available. Hosts are asking all audience members to please walk, bike, or carpool if possible to reduce our carbon footprint!

Still Room in Peter Sears’ Poetry Workshop!

Don’t forget Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears’ visit to the Rogue Valley, October 30-31. He’ll give a public reading in the basement of the Ashland Public Library Friday, October 30, 7:30-9:00.

On Saturday, October 31, 9:30-11:30 am Sears will lead a free workshop on Poetry Triggers in the basement of the Ashland Public Library. There’s still space for you to attend! Register at the reference desk, or call 774-6996. These events are FREE!


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October Happenings

Here are several events you will surely want to check out! Seems there is always space for poetry here in our valley. Are you inspired by this beautiful weather to write something yourself?

Thursday, Oct 8 OPEN MIC
If you do have something to share, why not read to your friends at this month’s Downtowners Open Mic at the Downtowne Coffee House in Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 and readings start at 7. Bring a friend and enjoy the company!

Saturday, Oct 10 FREE Workshop with Carol Brockfield

The “How to Start a Poem” Workshop with Carol Brockfield will help you to identify the subject of your writing and turn it into a poem. This workshop is free and open to poets at all levels of experience.  It will be especially helpful for anyone who has difficulty finding a place to begin, which really includes any of us from time to time. And Carol is masterful at turning daily life and unlikely subjects into poetry. She’s taken part in the NaPoWriMo April 30-day writing challenge, and the August Poetry Fest for several years. A former professional editor, Carol headed the local chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) for 5 years and she has just concluded a 3-year term on the statewide OPA board. She is also the author of 3 poetry chapbooks and 1 book of poetry.

This event will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Medford Public Library Adams Room. Pre-registration is requested to facilitate room set up. Contact marisahp9@gmail.com by Thursday, October 8th to participate.

Sunday, Oct 11, Joyce Epstein Reads

Come hear Joyce and enjoy other local performers at Ashland Sketches, Second Sunday Showcase at 7:00 pm. Sketches is held at the Dancing People Company / 310 Oak Street, Ashland (in the former Cantwell Building that faces A Street). Seating is limited, so come early!

Lawson Inada performs Saturday, Oct 17

Studio A.B Presents “TRANSMISSIONS II”    An Interdisciplinary Concert on Saturday, October 17, 8:00 pm at The DanceSpace, 280 East Hersey #10, in Ashland

This multimedia, interdisciplinary performance features guest artists Lawson Inada, Christine Williams, and Damon Honeycutt. They join Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard to create an abstract narrative that is improvisational in its format using music, voice, words, movement, and video. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors at Studio A.B: 621 A Street, Ashland, or online brucebayard.com/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the door but due to limited seating, advance tickets are advised.

Peter Sears in Ashland, October 30-31

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears will be visiting us again. Don’t miss his free public reading on Friday, October 30, from 7:30-9:00 in the basement of the Ashland Public Library.

And on Saturday, October 31, 9:30-11:30 am, Peter Sears will lead a free workshop on Poetry Triggers in the basement of the Ashland Public Library. Registration is required for the workshop due to limited class size. Sign up at the library reference desk, or call 774-6996. Then have a safe and celebratory Halloween, about which you will certainly want to write yet more poetry!


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Real Live Writers! See Them FREE!

Remember to stop round the Ashland Book & Author Fest on Saturday, 3 October at the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm you can browse book tables, speak with publishers, and see live authors up close!

Readings and workshops will be offered throughout the day. Please support your favorite local writers and meet somebody new at this family-friendly event.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Please join Patricia Wixon & Sandra Scofield
for their Poetry Reading
at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland
Tuesday, September 29th @ 7:00 pm

Patricia Wixon reads from her book of poetry Dear Spoon. Patricia Wixon’s Dear Spoon features poems that focus on people and food: how food brings people and cultures together. She explores the pleasures of cooking, baking and preserving food, food for ceremonies and holidays, and the supremacy of chocolate. The second half of the book gathers recipes from five generations of Wixon’s extended family from the early 1900’s to the present.

Sandra Scofield reads from Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life. Retelling the story of her grandmother, Sandra Scofield examines the life of a plainswoman during the twentieth-century. Frieda Harms was born into a farming family in Indian Territory in 1906. Widowed at thirty and left with three children in the midst of the Great Depression, she worked as a farmer, a railroad cook, a mill worker, and a nurse in four states. She died in 1983.

Sandra Scofield is the author of seven novels, including Beyond Deserving, a National Book Award finalist. Ms Scofield is a former resident of Ashland and sales associate at Bloomsbury Books.

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Poet Kwame Dawes to speak October 19!

The fall Chautauqua Poets & Writers group presents Kwame Dawes, on Monday, October 19 at 7:30, at the Mt Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School. Buy your tickets online now through chautauquawriters.org (Reserved, $20), or at Bloomsbury Books and Bookwagon in Ashland (General Admission, $15). Students with ID can purchase tickets for $12 at Ashland High School. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event.

Chautauqua speakers are eagerly awaited and celebrated. Find out more about Kwame Dawes here, before the event:  http://www.kwamedawes.com/wp/

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The Ashland Book and Author Fest will be held on Saturday, October 3, from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Hannon Library on the SOU campus. Enjoy readings, workshops, and panel discussions, and two floors of booths featuring regional writers, publishers, and writing organizations. FREE to all! Support your favorite writers and meet new ones at this friendly opportunity to mix, mingle, and of course, purchase books you’re sure you “can’t live without!”

Attend discussions on small press and self-publishing, and connect with other writers. Maybe you’ll be inspired to put together your own chapbook of poems to offer next year.

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Local poet and icon Patty Wixon, has just debuted a new book of poems. “Dear Spoon,” now available at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland or on line from the publisher, Wellstone Press, is sure to please.

Patty is well known for her delicious poems about food, and in this new volume she sings praises to a favorite utensil. I’ve heard some of these poems in early form, and can’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful book, brought out by Jonah Bornstein’s local and celebrated press.

Wellstone produces high-quality books and a new title is always exciting. Check out their other titles at their website www.wellstonepress.com

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Pack Even Sooner!

Local poet and perpetual friend of the written word Patty Wixon will be giving a reading on Wednesday, September 9th by invitation of the Milwaukie Poetry Series in Milwaukie, Oregon. Wixon will be inaugurating the 9th season of the Series. The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Local poetry supporters know Patty and her husband, Vince Wixon, for their decades of work on behalf of the William Stafford Literary Archives and as long-time poetry editors for Jefferson Monthly. In 2014, Vince and Patty received the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award.

The reading will be held at The Pond House, located at 2215 S.E Harrison in Milwaukie. (Turn at the light on SE Harrison and McLoughlin and go four blocks east past the Ledding library to the Pond House.)

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Get Ready to Pack Your Bags!

Plan now to attend the Florence Book Festival, to be held in Florence, Oregon on September 25 & 26th. What better time to head to the coast than at the start of autumn?

On Friday the 25th, a free Publisher’s Panel will focus on navigating the world of publishing. Come to the Florence Events Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for this special event. Panelists include:
Ellen Traylor––Port Hole Publishing
Patricia Marshall––Luminaire Press
Veronica Esagui––Papyrus Press and CEO/Founder NW Writers & Publishers Association
Karen D. Nichols––Author, self published through CreateSpace.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Bestselling author, Jane Kirkpatrick, will be this year’s keynoter – Friday, 7 pm, Florence Events Center – tickets available at the FEC, $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The BOOK FESTIVAL will be open Saturday from 10am – 4pm, Florence Events Center. Over 80 authors and publishers will be represented. Hear authors read from their current work and mingle among the tables of books, books, books!

Be sure to send a postcard to a friend from the beautiful Oregon coast, and make a purchase to support a fellow writer.

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Send Your Work! Subscribe and Support!

The Timberline Review is a new literary journal, published by Willamette Writers, the first issue of which debuted on August 1st. It contains short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry. The Rogue Valley’s own Marisa Petersen was featured in this issue, along with former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen.

Timberline Review editors Peter R Field and Pam Wells seek “work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. We’re searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Our mission is to find these voices, to listen, and to let them resound from the treetops. Our mission is to support literary freedom.”

Consider submitting, but first subscribe and read the new Timberline Review here: http://timberlinereview.com/subscribe/

Message in a Bottle?

A few of us in the Rogue Valley have been participating all month in the August Postcard Fest, but its not too late for everyone to send a “message in a bottle” into the world. Oregon Humanities invites you to participate in a program called “Dear Stranger,” a letter-exchange program now in its second year. Ben Waterhouse, the creative mind behind the project, explained to me that it is an attempt to increase Oregonians’ contact with one another by writing letters on a pre-selected topic, which coincides with the theme of each quarterly magazine OH publishes.

Find out more about the program on the Oregon Humanities website, including address and permission release form (www.oregonhumanities.org) and join me at a letter writing workshop this Friday, August 28, at the Medford branch of the Jackson County Library 1-2:30 in the Adams Room.


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