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.

Haiku Society at Willamette Fish Hatchery

The Haiku Society of America (Oregon Region) – Sunday August 24, 2014

2014 Oregon State-Wide HSA REGIONAL MEETING

To attend this meeting you do not have to be a member of the HSA. There is absolutely no cost to attend, and lunch is free. Beginning PROMPTLY at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Oakridge, Oregon at Willamette Fish Hatchery, 76389 Fish Hatchery Road, Oakridge OR 97463, (541) 782-2933.

Please park your cars right inside the entrance to the hatchery next to their little museum. After the tour, the group will drive up to the picnic area about 500 feet away where a different parking lot is available. Bring your books for sale, and help set up the book table. There will be a door prize drawing for Blyth’s 4 Volume Set. Lunch is free, and pizzas will be delivered (regular or gluten free available.) If you have any food allergies, please say so ahead of time, or bring your own special dietary food. Cold bottled water will be available. Sometime during the day, Barbara Snow, who leads the Willamette Haiku Group in the Eugene/Springfield area, will be conducting a fun, creative and inspirational haiku writing workshop. There will be time for anyone who would like to do a haiku reading. Dr. David Rosen and Johnny Baranski have already agreed to read, and all others are welcome too! It’s open mic. Peter B will take the group on a walk-about of the fish hatchery, and lead a 1/2 mile ginko through the forest for those of you who are able. Please bring your waling/hiking shoes, water bottle, and camera.

RSVP ASAP to An’ya <>

Actors’ Table of Eugene Seeks Actors

ACTING OPPORTUNITY – The Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.) is a small program in Eugene, offering free performances to the public four or five times a year. For each performance, the Actors’ Table sest a theme, and actors submit monologues or scenes they’d like to do that fit the theme. There are only two rehearsals prior to the night of performance, though actors can (and are encouraged to) work with an independent coach or director prior to those rehearsals. It’s low-stress, and has become very popular with Eugene audiences – our seats are almost always full! The next performance is scheduled for September 27th, and the deadline for submissions is August 23rd. If you’d like to participate, email to get the submission form.