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Thursday Readings: October 23, 2014

On October 23rd, we welcome the return of VoiceCatcher. This week, the featured readers are: Helen Sinoradzki, Donna Prinzmetal, Linda Ferguson, Kate Cumings, Jennifer Foreman, Tanya Jarvik

Prose Co-Editor of the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher’s journal, Helen Sinoradzki moved to Portland 17 years ago and plans to stay for the rest of her life. She has been a bookseller at various independent bookstores for more than 20 years and currently works for Powell’s Books. Before that, she taught English at Ithaca College and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, and worked as a technical writer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. With the help of the amazing writers at Pinewood Table, she completed a memoir, Thursday’s Child, and is searching for a publisher. She has published narrative nonfiction and short stories, most recently in the print edition of Crack the Spine.

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet, tutor and psychotherapist. She has taught poetry and creative writing for over twenty-five years to adults and children. Donna often uses writing to facilitate restoration and healing in her psychotherapy practice. She also tutors and coaches middle and high school students and edited the Young Voices section of VoiceCatcher’s journal in the last three issues. Her poems have appeared in many magazines including Prairie Schooner, The Comstock Review, and The Journal. Her first book, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, was published with CW Books in May.

Linda Ferguson’s poetry, fiction and essays have been published in many journals such as The Milo Review, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, The Saranac Review, Square Lake, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Fiction at Work and Cloudbank. She’s won numerous awards for her poetry as well as the Perceptions 2013 award for nonfiction. She also teaches writing classes for adults and children.

Kate Comings received a B.A. in English from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a single mom and is a retired medical transcriptionist. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, she writes almost every day and is working on a series of novels set in Portland, Oregon. She lives in Northeast Portland with two dogs. She is the author of Playing in the Apocalypse, a memoir about the riots and bank burning in Isla Vista.

Jennifer Foreman lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She works for the county with the elderly and disabled population and writes quirky personal poems in her spare time.

A longtime lover of words, Tanya Jarvik lives in an eco-village in northeast Portland. She has several alter egos, one of whom is an advice columnist.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm.

Thursday Readings, October 16, 2014

On October 16th, we welcome Anne Hendren and Michael Dal Hornsby.

RUNAWAY-Cover-MockUp-GFollowing completion of her doctoral thesis on the artistic mediation of language in Marcel Proust and critic Walter Benjamin, Anne Hendren began freelance writing and editing for electronics, alternative medicine and arts and literature. Educated at Cornell, Columbia and Wellesley, Hendren has a high regard for research, education and the arts.

Her writings in alternative medicine inspired an interest in various approaches to healing; her work in art and literature ranged from music, ballet and literature critic to advocate for literary arts.

A Dream of Good and Evil, published in September 2012 by Ring of Fire Books, is Hendren’s first work of fiction. It concerns sustainable prison architecture and a woman’s desire to learn the truth about a friend’s murder.

Project Runaway, Hendren’s second work of fiction, also published by Ring of Fire Books, in June 2013, focuses on fraud, conspiracy and decline in the design industry in New York. She is currently working on a mystery about African elephants, safaris, blood and ivory trade.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm.

Thursday Readings: October 2, 2014

On October 2nd, Rain or Shine opens the 2014-2015 season with Martta Karol and Kate Dyer-Seeley.

Martta KarolMartta Karol describes herself as at last ripe for writing in the wake of varied pursuits, adventures and misadventures potentially yummy for the soup of storytelling. For added zest, she has a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is working on her first novel, writing short stories, essays, and articles, just beginning to submit pieces for publication, and recently launched a new website/blog, MarttaKarol.com. After years lived in fascinating cities—Minneapolis, San Francisco, New York, Paris and Portland–Martta now happily resides in Vancouver, WA.

Kate Dyer-Seeley Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, SCENE OF THE CLIMB, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.

Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, The Oregonian, Portland Family Magazine, Seattle Backpacker Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.

Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three. Find her online at www.katedyerseeley.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/katedyerseeley, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/katedyerseeleyauthor.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm.

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Thursday Readings, May 15, 2014

On May 15th, we welcome two veterans of the Rain or Shine Reading Series, Lisa Alber and Lori Lake.

Lisa Alber is the author of KilmoonA County Clare Mystery, which has been called “poetic,” “moody”, and “a stirring debut.” Ever distractible, you may find her staring out windows, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. Ireland, books, animals, photography, and blogging at Lisa Alber’s Words at Play round out her distractions. She’s currently working on her second novel in the series. Visit her at www.lisaalber.com.

Lori L. Lake is the author of ten published novels (so far) and two books of short stories and the editor of two anthologies. She’s known for her enjoyment of teaching and for sharing writing resources with both aspiring and published writers. Her 2013 mystery, “Jump the Gun,” recently won a Rainbow Award. She received the Ann Bannon Award for “Snow Moon Rising,” Golden Crown Goldies for “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Snow Moon Rising,” and was honored with the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award. Her work has been a Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years, but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. When she’s not writing, she’s at the local cinema, watching her beloved nieces in sports, theater, and musical events, or curled up in a chair reading. She’s currently working on a comic romance that will be out July 1st. She loves to hear from readers. Her website: www.LoriLLake.com.

The event begins at 6:30pm.