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Rhonda Zimlich, the current chair person of the writing group Pros and Cons (formerly Fiction 2), has just published a children’s picture book with Green Clovers Press. Zimlich is writing and illustrating under the nom de plume of Ida No for children’s books. Her debut picture book, Brannagan Bunny Moves, is a tale about a young bunny facing the life challenge of relocating. The book can be purchased through Amazon as a Kindle book. Print editions will be available for sale in 2015.
Announcing the 3rd annual C. Steven Blue Poetry Workshop & Poetry Showcase @ Eugene Public Library, October 11th & 18th, 2014.
C. Steven Blue Poetry Workshop: Saturday, October 11th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This is a basic adult poetry workshop, open to the general public. Join Eugene poet C. Steven Blue, Michele Graf and Rachel Rich, as they guide you through 3-4 fun poetry writing exercises and discussions. They will also read and tell back-stories of some of their own work. Beginners welcome. Even if you have never written anything, you will have no trouble writing poems by the time you are finished with this workshop. Writers of any experience level are also welcome and will benefit from this exciting workshop. Refreshments provided.
C. Steven Blue Poetry Showcase & Open Mic: Saturday, October 18th, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This is an exciting poetry event. Eugene poet C. Steven Blue gathers some of Oregon’s most renowned poets for this annual event, along with new poets and artwork by local artists. You will be entertained by the exciting talents of Literary Poets, Performance Poets, Slam Poets and a Poetry Open Mic to top it off. Three of Eugene’s finest artists will be displaying and selling their artwork. Bring something to read at the open mic or just sit and enjoy the afternoon’s presentations. Three minute time slots are available for the open mic reading on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up starts at 1:00 pm. Refreshments provided, along with gourmet coffee, tea and herbal tea. The poets who will be featured at this year’s showcase are: Quinton Hallett, Nancy Carol Moody, Laura LeHew, Joan Dobbie, Howard Robertson, Michele Graf, Rachel Rich, Kit Chell, Michael Hess, Andrew Gonzalez, Candace Renee Perkins, Joe Cronin and C. Steven Blue. Also, three fine Eugene artists will be represented this year: Ellen Gabehart: Known for her wonderful watercolor paintings of local landscapes, musicians and more. Ellen has done sketches live at our last two showcases, sketching our poets as they read. She has consented to do so again this year. She will also have some of her work on display and for sale. Judy Hayden: Photography artist, her amazing photo art pieces are fantastic and well loved. Many look more like paintings than photographs. Steve LaRiccia: Multi-talented artist and coordinator of New Zone Gallery, Steve’s Steamworks art sculptures are like nothing else you have ever seen (Pioneering Steampunk art!).
Anita Sullivan sends the following sad news:
My husband Edwin (Ted) Good passed away at Riverbend Hospital on September 12. Ted was somewhat of an honorary poet in the local literary community; he enjoyed the works of our local authors and loved to attend readings. The family is holding a memorial celebration for Ted at Tsunami Books on Saturday, October 18 at 11:00, and I would like to invite all of you who may have known Ted to join us for a performance of music and spoken word, and opportunity for conversation and reminiscing.
The Lane Writers Reading Series will launch on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road. Joan Dobbie, Alice Evans, Carter McKenzie, and Howard W. Robertson will read poems as well as excerpts from a novel. An article about the reading appears in the September 25th Eugene Weekly: http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20140925/books/wagon-trails-and-woodstock.
A book signing for Janice D. Rubin‘s book Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems will be held Friday, September 26, from 6-8 pm at the Bookmine in Cottage Grove in conjunction with the art walk.
LANE WRITERS READING SERIES GEARING UP FOR ACTION
The new LANE WRITERS READING SERIES will feature local Lane County Writers at the River Road Annex (1055 River Road) every 4th Sunday from 4:30-6:00 pm. The first reading will take place on September 28, 2014, with poetry and fiction by Howard W. Robertson, Carter McKenzie, Alice Evans and Joan Dobbie. We look forward to seeing you there!
Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon. He has published a short novel: Peculiar Pioneer (2013); and nine books of poems, including most recently: Odes to the Ki of the Universe, 2nd rev. ed. (2013); Ode to Certain Interstates (2013); and The Green Force of Spring (2013). He was the 2010 Henry Art Gallery Poet-in-Residence and the winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize. His poems have been anthologized often, most recently in Literal Latté: The Anthology (iUniverse, 2008), and his poems have been published in many literary journals, most recently in Yellow Medicine Review. For more about Howard W. Robertson, go to www.howardwrobertson.com.
A founding member of Airlie Press, Carter McKenzie is the author of the chapbook Naming Departure (Traprock Books) and a full-length book of poetry Out of Refusal (Airlie Press). Her poetry has appeared in a various journals and anthologies, and her essay “A Simple Instrument” is included in the anthology The Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A History of the Times, edited by Charles Entrekin. Through affiliation with Young Writers Association and libraries, and through private arrangements, Carter teaches poetry workshops to students of all ages in Eugene, Oregon, and in the surrounding rural areas. She lives in the Cascade Foothills with her youngest daughter.
Alice Evans is communications specialist at the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society. She is coordinator of the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium. A professional journalist with roots in creative writing, Alice has served as managing editor of publications for Holt International Children’s Services; editor of Midwifery Today magazine; managing editor for one of Advanstar’s trade publications; and bookseller at Marketplace Books. She has freelanced for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Quarterly, Poets & Writers magazine, The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly, and many other publications. She has written dozens of book reviews for The Oregonian book pages since 1996. An assistant editor of fiction for Northwest Review in the early ’90s, she studied creative writing with Ralph Salisbury and Maggie Anderson. She was awarded a one-month residency at the Wolf Pen Writer’s Colony (Kentucky Foundation for Women) in the early 1990s. Her essays have been published in five Seal Press outdoor anthologies and her poems and stories have appeared in numerous small literary publications and anthologies. She is a former newspaper reporter and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. She is a mother and grandmother.
Joan Dobbie, mother of two, grandmother of six, teaches hatha yoga and sometimes poetry in Eugene, has a 1988 MFA in Creative Writing from the U of O, recently published : BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND, Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse Press, 2012), THE MANY FACES OF HATHA YOGA (Kendall/Hunt 2012-13); and WOODSTOCK BABY, A Novel in Poetry (The Unforgettables Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and small press mags & zines. Several have won prizes, including “My Birth” which took 2nd place in the members only category of the Spring 2014 Oregon Poetry Association Contest and “My Sister’s Hen” which was given honorable mention. Her latest literary project has to do with this Lane Writers Reading Series which she’s co-creating with fellow Eugene author, Howard Robertson. Her website is: http://joandobbie.blogspot.com.
The Lane Literary Guild is a friend of the Lane Writers Reading Series.