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LANE WRITERS READING SERIES PRESENTS
Shannon Applegate, Dianne Dugaw, Amanda Powell
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014, 4:30-6:00 P.M.
at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road
Shannon Applegate is an author, musician, lecturer, and historian. Her works include Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family’s History and Lore (1988) and Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery (2005). Shannon is a direct descendant of Charles Applegate who blazed the Oregon Trail in 1843. She is the site director for the Applegate House Heritage in Arts and Education, which includes a historic Pioneer cemetery. Shannon is the co-editor of Talking on Paper: Oregon Letters and Diaries, sixth edition (1993). In 2007 she received a Governor’s Arts Award. Shannon is a member of the cowgirl band Slow Ponies.
Folksinger, scholar, and creative writer Dianne Dugaw has published articles, scholarly books, stories, and memoir and teaches English and Folklore at the University of Oregon. She has performed and lectured at universities, libraries, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Her CD, Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song (www.cdbaby.com) presents lively historical ballads from her first book, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650–1850 (Chicago UP, 1996). Her ranch childhood in a musical and religious family informs both her interest in traditional songs about women heroes and her memoir How Do the Horses Know? Growing Up Cowgirl. She is currently writing about her youthful years as a Catholic nun.
Amanda Powell has published poems in journals from Agni, Borderlands, and Catamaran … to Zoland, and in anthologies including This Assignment is SO GAY: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013; an American Library Association-honoree) and A Knotted Bond: on Sisters (Uttered Chaos Press, 2014). Her translations include poetry and prose by the 17th-century Mexican feminist poet Juana Inés de la Cruz. A 2014 NEA grant supports her current translation project of a comic Costa Rican novel of homophobia, family crisis, and self-discovery by writer Uriel Quesada. She teaches Spanish & Latin American literature and translation at UO.
SHARON LASK MUNSON and LOIS ROSEN will be reading their latest work at TSUNAMI BOOKS in Eugene on Saturday, November 15th at 5:00 p.m. Tsunami Books is located at 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene OR 97405.
SHARON LASK MUNSON is the author of the chapbook, Stillness Settles Down the Lane (Uttered Chaos Press, 2010), a full-length book of poems, That Certain Blue (Blue Light Press, 2011), and upcoming, Braiding Lives, (Poetica Publishing Company, 2014) She lives and writes in Eugene,Oregon. www.sharonlaskmunson.com
LOIS ROSEN’s award-winning poems and stories have appeared in over a hundred journals including most recently: Calyx, Conversations across Borders, VoiceCatcher, Alimentum: the Literature of Food, and The Night, and the Rain, and the River. She leads two Amherst Writers Workshops in Salem, where she’s taught Creative Writing at Willamette University and ESL at Chemeketa Community College. She received an MFA in fiction from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Traprock Books published her first poetry collection, Pigeons, in 2004. Tebot Bach Publications has scheduled her second poetry book, Nice and Loud, for release in June 2015.
In memoriam, by Claudia Lapp:
Between the October Eclipses (Full Moon 10/8 & New Moon 10/23) and Samhain/Day of the Dead/Halloween, two American poets/translators, passionate and prolific, entered the bardo of death. Carolyn Kizer (12/5/1925) died on 10/9, in a rest home in Sonoma, CA. Galway Kinnell (2/1/1925) took his leave on 10/28, in Sheffield, VT (leukemia). They came from the same generation “pod”, as did Maxine Kumin (6/6/25), who passed away in rural NH in February. Kizer was a close friend of Lucille Clifton and I attended a workshop given by them in Columbia, MD. Vive La Poesie!
Here is a small mix of their voices, Cyber Ofrendas (altars) in memory of their unique cadences and the flowering of their heart/minds..
GALWAY KINNELL – PRAYER
Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is what
I want. Only that. But that.
“To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying with as little concealment as possible,
what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.”
From The Milk Bottle (Mortal Acts Mortal Words, 1980) : “….seeing that any time/would be OK/to go, to vanish back into all things – as when/lovers wake up at night and see/they both are crying and think, Yes,/but it doesn’t matter, already/we will have lived forever.” ….
On the tidal mud just before sunset,
dozens of starfishes
were creeping. It was
as though the mud were a sky
and enormous, imperfect stars
moved across it as slowly
as the actual stars cross heaven.
All at once they stopped,
and as if they had simply
increased their receptivity
to gravity they sank down
into the mud; they faded down
into it and lay still; and by the time
pink of sunset broke across them
they were as invisible
as the true stars at daybreak.
CEL sez: The famed Oregon Coast starfish are suffering from a terrible wasting disease – they dissolve into jelly. Local biologists don’t know why but are keeping tabs on them. They recently found a large number of baby starfish, a hopeful but uncertain trend.
Crying only a little bit
is no use. You must cry
until your pillow is soaked!
Then you can get up and laugh.
Then you can jump in the shower
Then you can throw open your window
and “Ha ha! Ha ha!”
And if people say, “Hey,
what’s going on up there?”
“Ha ha!” sing back, “Happiness
was hiding in the last tear!
I wept it. Ha ha!”
CAROLYN KIZER, from Mermaids in the Basement, Copper Canyon Press, 1984
Sixteenth Day (A Month in Summer): Nearly every night I dream of my mother, dead these four years. I remember reading an account by a well-known doctor, himself the victim of the agonizing disease which had been his specialty, saying the in extreme pain we all call for our mothers.
The dream of the dead,
Kind, brilliant and comforting.
The lost return to us
When we are lost.
Food of Love (1st stanza)
I’m going to murder you with love;
I’m going to suffocate you with embraces;
I’m going to hug you, bone by bone,
Till you’re dead all over.
Then I will dine on your delectable marrow.
Love and Blessings from Cel & Gary in Oregon,
where mushrooms bloom chalky white under our laurel tree ( wet season is here).
AUDITIONS for the Roving Park Players’ adaptation of Fanny Burney’s satirical delight, THE WITLINGS, will be held on November 1 & 2 and November 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, and on November 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Good Samaritan Center, 3500 Hilyard in Eugene. Seeking 11 players, age 15 and up. Be prepared to read from the script. See rovingparkplayers.org or our Facebook page for synopsis and specific roles. Call 541-914-2374 or 541-686-2738 for more information.
Michelle Naidoo is in the process of starting Lane Monthly, a regional monthly magazine which will cover a myriad of stories encapsulating Lane County. She is seeking freelance writers who would like to work with her moving forward. She expects to publish the first issue in January/February. She can be reached at michelle@LaneMonthly.com.