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Video of Sustainability Reading

Margaret Robertson and Howard W. Robertson read prose and poetry about sustainability at Tsunami Books on April 5, 2014.  A high-quality video of the event was made by Steven Blue and is now viewable on YouTube:

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Windfall with Oregon Book Award Finalists

Please join three Oregon Book Award Finalists, reading at 5:30 Tuesday, April 15, in the Eugene Public Library.

Sustainability Reading at Tsunami Books

Northwest Women Writers Symposium

PEN/Faulkner Award Winner Karen Joy Fowler to headline the 2014 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium: “Family, Animal, Story” May 1 – 3

The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon sponsors third annual event

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A book about what it means to be a human animal stands at the center of the 2014 third annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium: “Family, Animal, Story.” The three day series of events, which run May 1 – 3 on the UO campus and at downtown Eugene Public Library, will include panel discussions, readings, book signings, and workshops, and will feature anthologists, editors, professors, researchers, a theatre director, and a group of celebrated authors who have won many awards. They all have the Northwest in common, and they all explore such topics in their work as family dynamics, the lives of animals, indigenous storytelling, or what it means to be a human animal.

The symposium’s keynote author is 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award winner Karen Joy Fowler, whose recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves tells the story of two sisters who grow up on the most intimate of terms, until one of them—a chimpanzee who is the father’s research project—suddenly gets removed from the family. This book, about a family torn asunder, gets full focus on the opening night in a panel discussion moderated by CSWS director Carol Stabile. “Cheek by Jowl: Re-Writing the Human-Animal Relationship,” will begin on Thursday, May 1, at 5 p.m. in Gerlinger Lounge, 1468 University St., on the UO campus. Karen Joy Fowler will read selections from her novel, and Professor Stabile will direct a conversation about how humans relate to nonhuman beings—whether as family members, research subjects, trained workers, zoo dwellers, or free beings—asking questions such as how do we re-write our relationships? They will be joined at the table by an interdisciplinary panel of scholars, including Caroline Forell, a professor in the UO School of Law who teaches a course in Animal Law; Joan Haran, an associate research fellow at Cardiff University, Wales, who specializes in research on science in fiction; Louise “Molly” Westling, professor emerita in the UO Department of English and core faculty member, Environmental Studies Program; and Frances White, professor and chair, UO Department of Anthropology, who specializes in behavioral ecology and has active field projects with wild bonobos.

On Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m., Karen Joy Fowler will read from her exceptional body of work during the downtown Art Walk, at Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th. Fowler is author of four story collections and six novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club, which spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

On Saturday, May 3, the Northwest Women Writers Symposium will convene from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th. Two morning panels and four afternoon workshops will feature Karen Joy Fowler, Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, PNBA-award winner Naseem Rakha, playwright La Donna Forsgren, anthologist Grace Dillon, PNBA- and Oregon Book Award-winner Lauren Kessler, memoirist Melissa Hart, poet Cecelia Hagen, and editor Brenna Crotty.

Panel 1: “Expanding the Family Story,” moderated by historical fiction author Barbara Corrado Pope, will begin the program at 9 a.m. Panel 2: “The Politics of Publishing the Family Story,” moderated by scholar Mary E. Wood, will begin at 11 a.m. Four workshops will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. People must pre-register for limited spaces in workshops beginning April 12 (and not sooner!), by calling (541) 682-5450 (Press 2).

Workshops include: 1) “Planning, Shaping, and Selling Your Memoir,” with Melissa Hart; 2) “The Joy (and Terror) of Writing about Family…Your Family,” with Lauren Kessler; 3) “In the Language of Our Animal Soul,” a generative writing workshop with Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate; and 4) “Cut the Crap,” a non-genre specific workshop with Naseem Rakha.

All events are free and open to the public. The Northwest Women Writers Symposium is sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, and co-sponsored by Eugene Public Library; Oregon Humanities Center; the UO School of Journalism and Communication; the UO Department of English; the UO Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; and the UO Libraries.

Contact: Alice Evans, Coordinator, CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

A New Poetry at DIVA

“A New Poetry” Series @ DIVA features Ce Rosenow, Standard Schaefer, and Maryrose Larkin


DIVA Poetry reading, April 5th, 7:30pm Ce Rosenow, Standard Schaefer and Maryrose Larkin

DIVA’s “A New Poetry” series features Eugene poet Ce Rosenow and Portland poets Standard Schaefer and Maryrose Larkin in a presentation of their work at 7:30 PM on Saturday, February 8 at the DIVA Gallery, 280 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR.  Donations welcome.


Ce Rosenow’s books and chapbooks include The Backs of Angels, Even If, North Lake, Pacific, A Year Longer, and Spectral Forms. She is one of eight authors in Beyond Within: A Collection of Rengay, one of four authors in The Color of Water edited by Carolyn Hall, and co-editor of The Next One Thousand Years, The Selected Poems of Cid Corman with Bob Arnold. She is also the former President of the Haiku Society of America, former co-editor of Northwest Literary Forum and Portlandia Review of Books, and the publisher of Mountains and Rivers Press.


Standard Schaefer is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His first book of poetry Nova was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon Books. His second book, Water & Power, was published by Agincourt in 2005. Desert Notebook was published in Italy and the US in 2008 in limited editions. His poetry has been translated into Italian and anthologized internationally, most recently in Nuova Poesia Americana (Mondadori, 2005) as well as in Vol. 5 of The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century. (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005. He has co-edited several literary and arts journals including Ribot, New Review of Literature, Rhizome and Or. His work has appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, New American Poetry, Aufgabe, and Slope. He has taught writing and literature at Otis College of Art (Los Angeles)and California College of the Arts (San Francisco). His latest book of poems is The Notebook of False Purgatories (Chax Books 2013). He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter.


Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009) and The name of this intersection is frost (Shearsman Books, 2010) Marrowing (Airfoil, 2010) and The Identification of Ghosts (Chax, 2013). Maryrose was a founder of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Maryrose received her MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Art. She keeps her friends close and her muses closer.

Jump-Start Poetry Writing Workshop w/ Toni Hanner

To register or to find out more about the workshop email Toni Hanner.