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November 2nd, 2016
Johnny Stallings Presents “King Lear”
This is an encore performance of Johnny Stallings’ solo version of King Lear. Stallings first performed his solo version of King Lear in the spring of 1978, thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Commission of Portland. Since then, he has performed in schools, theaters, prisons, and at the Cornelia Connell Theater in New York.
November 16th, 2016
A Poetry Reading by John Beer
John Beer is the author of Lucinda: A Poem (Canarium, 2016) and The Waste Land and Other Poems(Canarium, 2010), which received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also edited Poems 1962-1997 by Robert Lax (Wave, 2013). He lives in Portland and teaches creative writing at Portland State University.
December 1st, 2016
A Fiction Reading by Arthur Bradford
Arthur Bradford is an O Henry Award winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Vice, Men’s Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, was published by Knopf and Vintage paperback in 2002, and has been translated into ten languages. In 2012 McSweeney’s published Benny’s Brigade, a children’s book. Bradford’s newest book, “Turtleface”, will be published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in February 2015.
January 25th, 2017
A Poetry Reading by James Galvin
James Galvin was raised in northern Colorado. He has published eight collections of poetry, most recently EVERYTHING WE ALWAYS KNEW WAS TRUE (Copper Canyon, 2016). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed prose book THE MEADOW, and the novel FENCING THE SKY. His honors include a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, a Lannan Literary Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a home and some horses outside of Tie Siding, Wyoming, and is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
February 28th, 2017
Marketing, Publicity, and Editing with Mary Bisbee-Beek
For over thirty years, Mary Bisbee-Beek has been immersed in the world of books and literature, serving at different times as editor, publicist, and marketing consultant. She will talk to students about the world of publishing books – and the state it’s in, today. She will discuss what book publicity is, and what a potential career in the literary arena might look like, today, and in ten years.
March 15th, 2017
A Poetry Reading by Derrick Austin
Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions), selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A Poulin Jr Prize. He is a Cave Canem fellow. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Nimrod, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. Currently, he is the Ron Wallace Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.
April 6th, 2017
A Fiction Reading by Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. His transcendent novel The English Patient explores the stories of people history fails to reveal by intersecting four diverse lives at
the end of World War II. This bestselling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.