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Thursday Readings: April 24, 2014

This week, we welcome Ryan Chin and Rick Lamplugh.

Prior to publishing In the Temple of Wolves, Rick Lamplugh submitted stand-alone chapters from the book-in-progress to literary journals and contests. Those chapters about living and volunteering in Yellowstone National Park during the winter won the 2012 Jim Stone Non-Fiction award and appeared in the literary journals Composite Arts Magazine, Shoal, and Gold Man Review. Since the book’s publication in November of 2013, blogs based on chapters have been posted on the blogs of Oregon Wild, Coyote Watch Canada, and Yellowstone Reports. Other essays, focusing on the struggle to deal with aging, physical decline, and mortality, have appeared in the literary journals Phoebe, Soundings Review, and Feathered Flounder. Rick lives in Oregon with his wife, Mary. He hopes to observe packs of wolves in the Oregon Cascades one day.

Ryan Chin tells us:

“Creative aspirations are a top priority in my life. I gave up my career as a teacher so I could have more freedom to create. Whether it’s short films or writing, the sharing of stories is my passion. I’ve recently completed a memoir on my teaching experience in New Zealand. The memoir is a multimedia experience; dozens of tightly edited shorts accompany the written word.  The book’s site. http://www.withoutrain.com/

“My love of fly fishing and surfing connects me to rivers and the ocean. Time with water reminds me to pursue those silly little streams of thought that run rampant in my head.

“I live in Portland with my wife Lori, two cats, two boyeeeees! and a crazy yellow lab.”

Thursday Readings: April 17, 2014

This week we welcome Kathleen Glanville and Cindy Brown.

Kathleen Glanville grew up in the shadow of a wigwam burner in Central Oregon, listening to the roar of the band saws and smelling the scent of fresh-cut wood.  She wrote her first story at age nine – it involved aliens and ended badly – and never stopped writing.  But she didn’t really believe writing novels would be a reliable way to make a living and became a journalist, thinking that would lead to a paying job.  She graduated from the University of Oregon and won awards for writing and photography as a reporter at the Albany Democrat Herald. She  wound up her career in newspapers at The Oregonian and recently completed an adventure novel featuring a female warrior that has been in the works for more than a decade.

Cindy Brown is an award-winning writer, a mystery lover, and a theater geek (musician, actor, director, producer, and playwright).  She’s recently combined her passions to produce MacDeath, a mystery set in the off-off-off Broadway theater world, where the best drama happens offstage. MacDeath earned her a scholarship to Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and was a Quarterfinalist in 2012’s Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Sue Grafton recently awarded Cindy 3rd place in the international Words with Jam First Page Competition  for her work-in-progress, The Sound of Murder. 

Cindy is crossing her fingers that MacDeath will be published soon, and in the meantime, tries to live up to the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”

All readings are scheduled to start at 6:30pm. We may sometimes start a little later to allow for guests to place orders and get settled.

Thursday Readings: April 10, 2014

This week we welcome Jill Kelly and Stephanie Sarver.

A freelance editor and former professor of literature, Jill Kelly has been writing and publishing since 2002. “Fog of Dead Souls,” her first thriller, was recently released by Skyhorse Publishing. Her memoir, “Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman,” was a finalist for the prestigious Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of “Sober Play: Using Creativity for a More Joyful Recovery” and “The Color of Longing,” a romance. When she’s not offering creativity workshops and leading writing retreats around the country, she’s usually in her Portland, Oregon studio, where she creates deep-color pastels.

Stephanie Sarver is a Portland writer with roots in a California town known for surfing and serial murders. She has worked as a corporate manager, college professor, bureaucrat, editor, and occasional ghost writer. These days she writes fiction and edits Colonygram – the Oregon Writers Colony newsletter. Stephanie’s writing has appeared in Travellers Tales, Terra Nova, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and several academic journals. Her book of literary scholarship, Uneven Land, was published by the University of Nebraska Press.

All readings are scheduled to start at 6:30pm. We may sometimes start a little later to allow for guests to place orders and get settled.


Thursday Readings: April 3, 2014

On April 3rd, we welcome Dave GarlockEliot Olingrad, Robert Benefiel, and C.I. DeMann.

Dave Garlock grew up among the redwoods of Mill Valley, California. After graduating from Tamalpais High School, he moved to Portland to attend Reed College. He’s lived there, mostly living the working-in-food-service-while-writing-a-novel cliché, ever since. His interests include hiking, camping, photographing and foraging in the spectacular wilderness of the Northwest, bicycling, gardening, collecting records and rooting for the Timbers in Portland, and traveling in the rest of the world. Dave will be reading from Fillings, a literary mystery. Learn more at davegarlock.tumblr.com.

Eliot Olingrad is a long-term member of The People’s Ink. He writes speculative fiction (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism) that contains what he calls ‘dangerous ideas’ — ideas that challenge the status quo, imagine dystopian futures and explore new definitions of what it means to be human. Eliot is raising money via kickstarter.com for intense, surreal artwork for a print version of Lucretia’s Love until December 30th, 2013. His next two novels, psychological and philosophical sci-fi thrillers—New Shenzen and The Heralds of Devastation—will be available in 2014. Eliot will be reading from Lucretia’s Love, an existential horror. Learn more at eliotolingrad.com.

Robert Benefiel will be reading from Vote No For President, a poetry collection, and other works.

Robert was born in 1970 in Santa Monica, California. He was first published when he was 17 years old. His first book, Easy Battles For Lazy Armies, was released when he was 27. The author currently lives in Oregon and continues to write and release new works of poetry and fiction, with several volumes slated for later release. Learn more at Smashwords.

C.I. DeMann will be reading from A Punk Rock Love Song, a young adult novel.

C.I. DeMann isn’t actually a person. He’s a robot, sent from the future to write fiction. His stories are designed to prevent a future war between humans and robots.

Wait. No. Reverse that. His stories are designed to CAUSE a future war between…

Wait, no that’s wrong, too. Dammit. This time travel stuff can get confusing. Give me a second.

Okay, I think I’ve got it.

His stories are about unicorns. Learn more at C.I. DeMann’s Facebook page.

All readings are scheduled to start at 6:30pm. We may sometimes start a little later to allow for guests to place orders and get settled.

Thursday Readings, March 27, 2014

This week we welcome poets Betsy Fogelman Tighe and Kelley Jacquez.

Betsy Fogelman Tighe has published widely in small literary magazines, including TriQuarterly 74, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and Verseweavers, Number 14 for which she was awarded third prize by the Oregon State Poetry Association in the New Poets category.  She had the opportunity to apprentice at American Poetry Review during her college years, and currently works as a teacher in Portland, OR.  She greatly relishes being the mother of two captivating youth.

Holding Woman cover3revdKelley Jacquez is a former college English teacher who later switched to journalism and worked her way through the ranks from researcher to proof reader to reporter to managing editor. Her short stories have won awards for Best Humor and Best Short Story in multiple publications. Her poem, “Crazy People Rock”, won a national award in 2011 from Persimmon Tree. Her recently-published collection of interrelated short stories, Holding Woman and Other Stories of Acceptable Madness is a contender for the PENN-Faulkner award. These are just a few of the reviews she’s received from readers:

“I read it in one night. Kelley is Ray Carver meets Steinbeck.” Steve Chase, Longview, WA

“I loved every story in the book. What a gift for story telling.” Kathy Engel, Clatskanie, OR

“It is so well written I felt I was there.” Linda Edleston, Portland, OR

“Such imagery, color and verb choices—what a talent for understanding human nature.” Cathy Tibbetts, Farmington, NM

“She is an outstanding writer!” Emma Merrin, San Diego, CA

“What a talented writer. I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book and found myself missing the characters.” Gwen Bouschor, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico