Nan Phifer Holds Interactive Seminar

“Writing Meaningful Memoirs,” an interactive seminar presented by Nan Phifer and the Life Story Library Foundation, will be held October 10 and 11, 2014 at the Silver Baron Lodge, 2900 Deer Valley Dr. East, Park City, Utah. Nan Phifer, gifted teacher and author of Memoirs of the Soul, demonstrates a fresh writing process, enabling participants to identify the most significant events in their lives and ease them into spontaneously relating their story. Open to the public. Register online at or for more information email or call the Life Story Library Foundation 888-827-8893.

Jump-Start Poetry Workshop

A package of 6 workshops (3 months) for $50; $10 for one workshop.

twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in the evening from 6-7:30

First set is scheduled for 9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, 12/8, 12/22. No workshop session in November.

Pre-registration is required. To sign up contact

Jump-Start is a Poetry Writing Practice workshop. We will explore ways to spark our creative fire, working with free-writes and structured exercises. This is not a critique workshop — there will be opportunities to share what we write. Group members will pledge to listen respectfully and with kindness.

Once the group has formed for the 6 week period, a private Facebook page will be available where you can, if you wish, post some of your work from the workshop, either as written or as revised (or both!).

Toni Hanner has been leading poetry workshops in Eugene, LaGrande, Newport, and Pt. Townsend for many years. She has two books out, The Ravelling Braid (Tebot Bach, 2012), and Gertrude (Traprock, 2012). Gertrude was chosen by Mary Jo Bang as a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. Hanner received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship and recently won the CV2 48-Hour Poem Contest.

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September Windfall Reading


David Axelrod Workshop

Workshop with David Axelrod – Tuesday, September 16, 1:00-3:30 p.m. – $30 per person, pre-registration required – email to register – This workshop sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild:

Attunement, Dancing to a New Music : In a era when we casually “like” and “friend” solely what pleases us or confirms our expectations, what is the advantage of taking a long, hard look at what refuses to meet this standard? In her essay, “Attunement,” first published in the New Yorker, Zadie Smith discusses the creative perils of seeking out familiar aesthetic encounters only, confirmations of our well-established personal tastes. But what about aesthetic experiences that seem dissonant, challenging, or confusing, or that do not conform to any recognizable engagement of heart and mind? The stuff you cannot dance to. In this workshop, we will consider the claim that we learn the most from what initially pleases us the least, literary art that objects to conventional formal tastes. Please read Smith’s essay (and possibly Jeanette Winterson’s “Art Objects”) before coming to the workshop. Before embarking on writing exercises, we will read and discuss poems or mixed genre works by Anne Carson, Melissa Kwasny, Mary Szybist, perhaps even some dreaded L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, not to proselytize language’s instability or inability to describe reality, but to deepen our commitment to both language and reality.

David Axelrod is the author of six collections of poems. The most recent, Folly and What Next, Old Knife? were published by Lost Horse Press. His previous collection, The Cartographer’s Melancholy, won the Spokane Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award. His collection of cultural and environmental essays about the interior Northwest, Troubled Intimacies, appeared in 2004. His poems and essays have been published in New Letters, Boulevard, Alaska Quarterly Review, High Desert Journal, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, River Styx, Serving House Journal, Terrain, Verse Daily, among others. He co-directs the low residency MFA at EOU and edits basalt magazine.

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Laura LeHew Readings

The Festival of Eugene – August 23, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read on the C. Steven Blue Poetry Stage at Skinner Butte Park in Eugene, OR: 2:45 p.m.

Poetry is Everything – September 10, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read at Park Place Books, 348 Parkplace Ctr, in Kirkland, WA: 7:00 p.m.

Distinguished Writer Series - September 12, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read at Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens, in Tacoma, WA: 7:00 p.m.

SoulFood Poetry Night - September 18, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read at SoulFood Coffee House, 15748 Redmond Way, in Redmond, WA: 7:00 p.m.

Archon 38 - October 3-5, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read in Collinsville, IL.

Studio Series - October 12, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read in Leah Stenson’s Studio Series, Portland, OR: 7:00 p.m.

Poets West – November 6, 2014 – Laura LeHew will read at Phoenix Tea, 902 SW 152nd Street in Burien, WA: 7:00 p.m.

Poets West - April 12, 2015 – Laura LeHew will read at Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr. N, in Seattle, WA: 4:00 p.m.

For more information on any of these readings, check out Laura LeHew’s website:

Setting Forth Seeks Submissions

Setting Forth—on a Literary Itinerary is a brand new online literary magazine featuring short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by Eugene/Springfield-area writers. We went live on July 22 with 15 works by 10 writers and are now calling for more submissions. Check us out at

Authors: Our emphasis is on top-notch writing by local authors. There is no reading fee. Previously published work is fine; in fact, we encourage you to try first to get paid by another publisher since it will be some time before we are in a position to pay either our authors or our editor.

Readers: You’ll find top-notch writing on this site, carefully selected and edited.

Katharine Valentino, editor

Roving Park Players Do The Wind in the Willows

Grab an oar and come join Rattie, Mole, Otter, Badger and a host of others down by the River in this whimsical Roving Park Players adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Just be sure to watch out for Mr. Toad’s motorcar!

Performances continue in the parks:
August 14 & 15 @ Petersen Barn Community Center
August 16 & 17 @ Island Park, Springfield

Bring a chair or blanket! Shows start at 6:00 PM, rain or shine! (Canopies are provided.) Admission is FREE!
Call 541-914-2374 or 541-686-2738 for information.