Auditions for the Merry Wives of Windsor

The Roving Park Players announces auditions for Shakespeare’s THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, seeking 18-20 players, men and women, ages 18 and over.

Come prepared to read from the script.

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 2:00–4:00pm

Tuesday, April 5, 6:00–8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10, 2:00–4:00pm

at the Good Samaritan Center, 3500 Hilyard Street in Eugene

This play will be performed in the parks June 9-12 & 16-19.

Call (541) 556-9686 for information.

Northwest Women Writers Symposium

“Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition,” May 6 – 8, 2016

Highlights for the 5th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium include workshops, readings, panels, a documentary film premiere, music with a Zapotec hip-hop artist, book signings, and a keynote talk by American Book-Award winning author Reyna Grande, whose 2012 memoir The Distance Between Us tells the story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries.

A panel discussion at 1 pm on Friday, May 6, in the Knight Library Browsing Room features Eugene School District 4J superintendent Gustavo Balderas as one of four commentators focused on the topic “Crossing Borders: What It Means in the Life of a Child.”

Taking the concept of Crossing Borders in yet another direction, Ariel Gore—editor & publisher of the Alternative Press Award-winning magazine Hip Mama and author of 8 books—and local novelist Chris Scofield (The Shark Curtain), will discuss “Fearless Journeys on the Edge.”

Free workshops with limited spaces will be held on Saturday, May 7 and include “Traveling through the Landscape of Our Lives: Going Beyond Gendered Traditions,” a memoir workshop led by Ariel Gore; “Setting: More Than Just a Backdrop,” a fiction workshop led by Miriam Gershow; “Penelope’s Loom: A Poetry Workshop,” led by Ana-Maurine Lara; “Spicing Up Travel and Migration Narratives with Food,” led by Jennifer Burns Bright. Sign up in advance.

For details and for the full schedule, go to:  

Conversation with Hector Tobar at Cozmic

Journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar will appear at Cozmic on Wednesday, April 20, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for a Think & Drink conversation presented by Oregon Humanities.
Tobar’s most recent book is Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, which recounts the aftermath of the 2010 cave-in at the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile, that trapped thirty-three miners 2,000 feet underground for sixty-nine days. He is also the author of Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States and two novels, The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Nurseries.
In two decades writing for the Los Angeles Times, Tobar served as bureau chief in Buenos Aires and Mexico City and was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.  is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
Cozmic is located at 199 W. 8th Ave., Eugene. The all-ages event begins at 7:00 p.m.; doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance at or $8 at the door. Think & Drink sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The 2016 series features conversations with Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists in Portland, Bend, Eugene, Astoria, and Ashland.
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Skloot, Willis, Eastlund at Springfield Public

Poets Floyd Skloot, Dawn Diez Willis, and Kelly Eastlund will read at the Springfield Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m.

Floyd Skloot is the author of 19 books including the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (U. of Nebraska Press, 2003), The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life (U. of Nebraska Press, 2008), and Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), and the poetry collections The End of Dreams (LSU Press, 2006), The Snow’s Music (LSU Press, 2008) and Approaching Winter (LSU Press, 2015). His work has won three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Booksellers Association Book Awards, and two Oregon Book Awards, as well as many other distinctions. With his daughter, bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, he co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Beverly Hallberg.

Dawn Diez Willis holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, where she served as an editor with Northwest Review. An alumni editor of Airlie Press, she has received a Literary Arts Fellowship and has been a Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She is currently collaborating on a fine arts book with Ann Kresge that features art and poetry around the subject of sacred sites. Diez Willis’s poetry book Still Life with Judas & Lightning (Airlie Press) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Kelly Eastlund’s poems have appeared in the journals Poetry Quarterly, Four and Twenty, Shot Glass Journal, The Whistling Fire and others, as well as the chapbook How to Love Everything, by members of the Eugene critique group Red Sofa Poets. She is a member of the Oregon Poetry Association, Secretary of the Lane Literary Guild, and co-coordinator of the Lane Writers Reading Series. She lives in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband and two dogs. More information can be found at

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Poetry Writing with Janice Rubin

Poetry Writing, An Introduction: Instructor, Janice Rubin

Six week Spring Term 2016 class begins Thursday April 7th at the Lane Community College Downtown Center. Class meets on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. $125. Register at

If you love poetry and dabble in penning your own, dig deeper and take this class! We’ll cover the basics and review published poets, plus we’ll focus on developing your poetry writing skills in a workshop environment. Text, The Poet’s Companion, A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry,Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux.

Readings by Sam Roxas-Chua

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Lane Writers Reading Series – March 27, 2016

The Lane Writers Reading Series (LWRS) will feature Robert Hill Long, Louisa Lindsay, and Nicholas Chase at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2016, in the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road, Eugene OR.

ROBERT HILL LONG has published six books, including Walking Wounded, The Kilim Dreaming and The Effigies. He taught writing for 20 years at the University of Oregon and other institutions. He has also worked for nonprofit organizations serving writers and craftspeople, and as a research funding consultant. His work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council and has appeared in journals across the country since 1973.

LOUISA LINDSAY studied education, psychology, literature, dance and drama and lived in several multi-disciplined intentional arts communities. Performance poetry — story, poem and dance — is the lens she brings with her. Louisa has worked with passionate community people to provide engaging opportunities for young people to develop conversations between their inner and outer worlds.

NICHOLAS CHASE’S music has been hailed by the L.A. Times as “brawling… Rite of Spring meets Metallica.” He’s been commissioned by Long Beach Opera, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, California E.A.R Unit, New Zealand’s 175 East, and by soloists internationally. On his hunt for musical possibilities, Chase has performed playing the bicycle, playing mannequin limbs, and sitting inside a grand piano. This spring Cold Blue Music releases “Bhajan” for violin and sine waves, while new works premiere in Boston, New York and L.A.