Clem Starck and Robert Jones at Tsunami

Here’s an invitation from Rodger Moody of Silverfish Review:

“Poets!  Please join us on Saturday July 16th 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR., to celebrate the release of Winter Garden by Robert Hunter Jones and the release of the Second Edition of Studying Russian on Company Time by Clemens Starck.  Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. And there will be an Open Mic to open the event and again at mid point right after the break.  Jones and Starck will both read twice for about 15 minutes each time.”

Robert Hunter Jones spent three years as a logger in the Oregon Coast Range and two years working the swing shift in a sawmill before returning to college to study literature and writing. After attending Southwestern Oregon Community College, he won a scholarship to complete his undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College and, subsequently, a Fellowship to the Graduate Writing Program at Brown University. Jones worked for eight seasons on National Park Service fire crews, five at Crater Lake National Park, where he did both research on fire effects and fire suppression, and three seasons with Arrowhead Hotshots, a type one fire crew based in Sequoia /Kings Canyon National Park. He published a series of essays in Wild Earth and Wildfire Magazine arguing for the return of fire to wilderness ecosystems and the need to reshape the role of professional wildland firefighters to meet the challenges posed by a century of widespread fire suppression. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, Fireweed, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, and West Wind Review, and in the chapbook The Clever Man’s Forest, Traprock Press, 2011. Since 1990 he has taught Literature and Theory of Knowledge at American International School of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Clemens Starck, a 1998 Witter Bynner Fellow at Willamette University, received both the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and the Oregon Book Award in Poetry for his collection, Journeyman’s Wages (Story Line Press, 1995). For thirty-five years, Starck has earned his living as a journeyman carpenter. He lives in rural Oregon. Silverfish Review Press released the Second Edition of Studying Russian on Company Time earlier this year.  In this unusual book, Oregon poet and carpenter Clemens Starck recounts in verse and in prose his involvement with Russia and the Russian language. “What began as a joke,” writes Starck in the prologue, “soon turned into an obsession.” Poems written during and around his two trips to Russia in the 1990s alternate with brief prose commentaries providing the background and context from which the poems arose.

This event is sponsored by Silverfish Review Press. / Rodger Moody, Editor / Silverfish Review Press / PO Box 3541 / Eugene, OR 97403 / / 541-344-5060 (h) / 541-228-0422 (c)

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Wonder Institute Holds Essay Contest

THE WONDER INSTITUTE awards $1,000 first prize and online publication for a personal essay on “What Is Your Life’s Purpose?”  1,500 word maximum.  Deadline  November 1 .  Final Judge: Linda Durham.  Fee: $20.  Full guidelines:

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Matador Review Calls for Submissions

Matador Review is currently accepting work for the Fall 2016 issue. Their call for submissions will end on August 31.

Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois.  They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art.

They call themselves an “alternative” magazine; that is to say: “Our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the ‘alternative’, Matador Review is a home.”

Submission information can be found at:

The Poets’ Corner at Alton Baker Park

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C. Steven Blue Interview in Australian Journal

C. Steven Blue was recently interviewed in the Australian literary journal The Daily Write. You can read the interview at
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Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award Ceremony

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award ceremony will honor winning author Rebecca Lawton and three finalists. Lawton will read an excerpt of her proposed book project, “The Oasis This Time.” Selected for its quality and meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature, her book will focus on California palm oases and their role as barometers of the effects of falling groundwater levels in communities around the American West. For more information about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, visit The event is free.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm / FREE / High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend OR / Info: 541-382-4754, ext. 241

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Joy McDowell Wins Awards in NFSPS Contest

Joy McDowell won a 3rd place and a 3rd place honorable mention in the 2016 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contest.

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