On December 19th, we’re joined by Joe Spooner and Susan Blackaby.
Joe Spooner is a Portland children’s books writer and illustrator. His books include The Elephant Book, N is for Nostril, and 12 Pugnacious Penguins. His latest, Ten Twisted Christmas Tales, is available through the iTunes store for iBooks.
Susan Blackaby’s creative life and professional life collide at a messy intersection, poorly marked except for the ubiquitous broken glass and spent flares. On the clock she writes for the educational marketplace, teaches writing workshops to children and adults, embarks on school visits, and provides manuscript consultations. On her own time, she dabbles across genres. Suz is the author of a collection of habitat-and-denizen poems for children—Nest, Nook & Cranny—which won the 2011 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry; a middle grade biography of Cleopatra; and several picture books, including Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox and the newly released Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise. She lives in a mostly empty nest in Raleigh Hills with her husband, Jeff Shaffer, and their daughter’s yellow lab.
This week, we are joined by Vargus Pike and Jan Baross.
Jan Baross is a novelist with a background in art, film and theater production. She will be reading from her award winning novel Jose Builds a Woman and presenting her new books, graphic travel with sketches and commentary.
Poet, philosopher, performance artist, Vargus Pike was born thirty feet off the ground fully formed from the eye of a maelstrom and has been stirring things up ever since. His latest book published by Pietzsche Pit Press and titled April Song consists of thirty poems written in the thirty days of April 2013. It includes an appendix that details insights by the author. Mr Pike currently resides in Washington County just outside the city limits of Portland with his loving wife, three not so wicked stepchildren and his beloved cat Poster Nutbag.
On December 5th, we welcome writer and artist Cherilyn SunRidge and poet Robert Leverenz.
Cherilyn tells us:
I am a visual artist working with words and images. As I paint, I write. As I write, I paint. My written themes are offerings of permission to live your sweetest life with awareness of our bounteous world. My visual themes run through personal mythology, abstractions of “images of exploration,” delightful spirits-of-place, and the quest to see and feel and portray the energy of the land and world. I have spent decades painting and writing in the field, working in southeast Alaska, living in the Rocky Mountains, and traveling the midwest to the western coast. I now live in the metropolitan Portland, Oregon area.
Robert Leverenz is a retired pastor and poet.
This week we will have the pleasure of hosting Amber Cook and D’Norgia Taylor-Price.
Amber Michelle Cook writes stories of deep, meaningful fun. She’s the author of What the Faeries Left Behind, Defense Mechanisms, and the forthcoming Sleepwaking—urban fairy tales. Partly raised in Germany, she went to an international school, majored in linguistics, loves literature and period pieces. She’s also a photography/graphic arts artist of color and wonder. In addition to leading improv writing tables, she’s one of the team behind National Novel Editing Month and Member Relations Chair of Communications/Marketing for the Northwest Independent Writers Association.
D’Norgia Taylor-Price is the author of String Beans & Candy Canes, a twisty-turney sci-fi novel about two time-traveling friends. Learn more at http://www.dnorgia.com/index.html
Readings begin at 6:30 PM. The event is free and all ages are welcome! Seating is first come first served. See you there!
This week we see the return of Chuck Caruso and Nick Slosser.
A 19th-century American literature scholar, Chuck Caruso is a prolific short story writer in the crime, horror, and western genres. His dark tales have appeared in dozens of print and and online publications, including Cemetery Dance, Dark Discoveries, Shroud, Swank, Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey, The Big Adios, and The Western Online. In recent months, he’s had stories mentioned on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and selected for inclusion in the Otto Penzler anthology Kwik Krimes. You can find him online at chuckcaruso.com.
Nick Slosser is a writer living in Portland with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. His stories have appeared in SHOTGUN HONEY and BLOOD & TACOS.