Windfall Reading Series: 2000-2001

Windfall Archive

November 2000

Poets John Addiego and Dorianne Laux
Tuesday, November 21 – 7:00 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library

Poet and fiction writer John Addiego’s work has been published in several literary magazines, including a chapbook of poems that appeared in The Ohio Review. In 1999, he won an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship in fiction and was chosen as a finalist in the International Hemingway Festival First Novel Contest. Addiego, who lives with his 13-year old daughter on a small farm outside Corvallis, is currently working on a novel that consists of interrelated short stories about an Italian-American family whose lives each come in contact, in some way or another, with the divine. He received an MFA in writing from the UO and has been a poetry editor for the Northwest Review.

Dorianne Laux’s third book of poems, Smoke, is due out from BOA Editions in October 2000. Her first books, Awake (1990) and What We Carry (1994), show a poet who lives very much in the world of the body, the senses, and the fantastic realm of possibility that we call life. Laux has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Award and is co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet’s Companion: A guide to the Joys of Writing Poetry (1997). Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment fellowship, and publication in The Best American Poetry 1999. Laux is Associate Professor and Director of the University of Oregon’s Program in Creative Writing.

January 2001

Poets Featured in Millennial Spring: Eight New Oregon Poets
Tuesday, January 16 – 7:00 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library

This tag team event will feature readings from:

  • Debra Brimacombe
  • Barbara Davis
  • Charles Goodrich
  • Carolyn Miller
  • Pat Ware
  • Victoria Wittenberg

March 2001

Diana Abu-JaberDiana Abu-Jaber is the author of Arabian Jazz, which won the Oregon Book Award for fiction in 1994 and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize for a first novel. Arabian Jazz is a humorous and daring portrayal of Arab Americans living in upstate New York. Two different cultures clash within and around the family, bringing them closer and tearing them apart at the same time. The review in The Los Angeles Times remarked on the author’s "superb craft and seemingly limitless imagination" while The New York Times described the book as "suffused with energy, sympathy, and sneaky wit." Her second novel, Memories of Birth, is scheduled for release this year. Diana also writes a food column and book reviews for The Oregonian.

Diana is a Writer-in-Residence at Portland State University.

Sites of interest include:

Robert Hill LongRobert Hill Long’s poetry has been published widely in magazines and journals. His collections include The Power to Die, The Work of the Bow, and The Effigies. Most recently, he completed a manuscript of narrative sonnet sequences.

His accolades are likewise numerous, and include fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission (1997), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), and the North Carolina Arts Council (1986). He was a finalist for the Hazel Hall Award for Poetry (Oregon Book Awards) for The Effigies (1998), and was awarded the Balch Prize by the Virginia Quarterly Review (University of Virginia) for the best poem published there during 1999.

Robert is a member of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Oregon.

Sites of interest include:

April 2001

Wanda ColemanWanda Coleman’s many books of poetry include Bathwater Wine (1998), Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors (1996), Hand Dance (1993), African Sleeping Sickness (1990), A War of Eyes & Other Stories (1988), Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories 1968-1986 (1988) and Imagoes (1983). Mambo Hips & Make Believe: A Novel was published in 1999; her newest book, Mercurochrome, will be released in April 2001.

Wanda was the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, for Bathwater Wine. This prize is awarded in conjunction between The Academy and The Nation magazine, and recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. Wanda has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Marilyn Hacker, jury chair for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, described Wanda Coleman as "a poet whose angry and extravagant music, so far beyond baroque, has been making itself heard across the divide between West Coast and East, establishment and margins, slams and seminars, across the too-American rift among races and genders (there are more than two of each) for two decades."

Sites of interest include:

May 2001

May’s Windfall will join poetry with prose, closing out the season with novelist Craig Danner and poet & translator Amanda Powell.

Craig DannerCraig Danner is a native Oregonian and fourth generation bootmaker, who holds a license to practice medicine as a Physician Assistant. He studied creative writing at The Evergreen State College, and has lived and worked in Indonesia, the South Pacific, India, Nepal, Mexico, and Ecuador. Craig’s debut novel, Himalayan Dhaba, stems from experiences gained while he and his wife spent six months running a remote hospital in the mountains of Northern India. His next novel, The Fires of Edgarville, is due out in the fall of 2003.

Hugo award winner Neal Stephenson writes that:

Craig Danner gets more done in a page than some of us do in a chapter. Himalayan Dhaba moves from gorgeous descriptions to telling insights to surprisingly gripping action with the speed and intensity of a bus plunge.

PNBA award winner Pete Fromm adds:

In a perfect world, you would be introduced to Craig Danner with a major publisher’s full-scale publicity blitz, by Oprah inviting him onto her stage. But, the way things work, you’ll probably have to pick up Himalayan Dhaba on your own. Don’t miss it. Mr. Danner is a born storyteller, and writing with rare competence, he has given us a unique and unforgettable world.

Well, we may not be Oprah, but our stage is cozier. And we serve cookies and lemonade.

Sites of interest include the Himalayan Dhaba web site.

(Photo: Craig & his wife, Beth Epstein, by Barbara Deppe.)

Amanda PowellAmanda Powell’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Agni, Helicoptero, Mudfish, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, The Women’s Review of Books, and Sinister Wisdom. They are also published in a number of anthologies, including Passionate Lives (Queen of Swords Press, 1998), My Lover is a Woman: Contemporary Lesbian Love Poems (Ballentine Books 1996), From Here We Speak: Oregon Poetry (Oregon State U. Press, 1993), and Going for Coffee: Poetry on the Job (1981). Her manuscript What Is Night?, now in circulation, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize.

Amanda’s translations of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry and prose by Spanish and Latin American women writers appear in Untold Sisters: Hispanic Nuns in Their Own Works (New Mexico, 1989). With Electa Arenal, she translated and co-edited The Answer/ La Respuesta by the Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (The Feminist Press, 1994), and with Kathleen Myers, A Wild Country Out in the Garden, the spiritual autobiography of Mexican mystic María de San José (Indiana University Press, 1999).

Working with Alison Weber, Amanda is currently completing Book for the Hour of Recreation, a "protofeminist" 16th-century biography and defense of saint Teresa of Avila by a nun who was one of Teresa’s companions. Translations of contemporary poetry and prose include Pía Barros in Pleasure in the Word: Erotic Writing by Latin American Women (White Pine Press, 1993).

Amanda has received awards for poetry, translation and scholarship including the Massachusetts Poetry Foundation Fellowship, the Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship, an Oregon Humanities Center Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. She teaches Spanish and Latin American language, literature, and literary translation at the University of Oregon, and lives in Eugene with her partner.

Sites of interest include:

September 2001

Noti writer John Daniel will begin the eighteenth year of the Windfall Reading Series this month.

John DanielJohn Daniel is the author of Looking After: A Son’s Memoir (Counterpoint, 1996), and The Trail Home, a collection of nature essays (Pantheon, 1992). Both books won the Oregon Book Award. He has published two books of poems, Common Ground and All Things Touched by Wind. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University. In 1998-99 he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

John’s current project is an account of a four-and-a half-month experiment in solitude in the Klamath Mountains of southwestern Oregon. This book, River of Solitude: A Winter in the Rogue River Canyon is under contract with Counterpoint Press. John Daniel lives with his wife Marilyn, plus a cat and usually a pack rat, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene.

Sites of interest include an interview with John from the Literary Nonfiction department at the University of Oregon.

October 2001

October will bring the voices of fiction writer Leslie What and poet Jane Bailey to the Windfall audience.

Leslie WhatLeslie What is the author of The Sweet and Sour Tongue, (Wildside Press, 2000), a debut collection of short stories which blend realistic, traditional and absurd situations. Leslie’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hysteria, Lilith, Talebones, and Realms of Fantasy. She was awarded the Nebula Award in 1999 for her story, The Cost of Doing Business, which will be included in a forthcoming anthology from Harcourt Brace Publications; her story Why I Wash the Dead won the Oregon Writers Colony Award for nonfiction in 2000. Leslie was also selected as an Artist-in-Schools by the Lane Arts Council for 1999-2000.

Leslie was born in Los Angeles and now lives in Eugene. She is a first generation American. Her father was in the Red Army and escaped to the American sector Checkpoint upon reaching Berlin. Her mother was a German who spent most of The War as a slave and prisoner in the Riga Ghetto. Leslie writes because "it’s the only way [for me] to make sense of a world that makes no sense."

Sites of interest include Leslie’s website at the sff.net.

Jane BaileyJane Bailey is a poet who has spent her life Salem, Oregon. She is a registered nurse at the hospital where she and her seven siblings were born. Bailey was the first in her family to attend college. She started writing poetry in earnest when she was 35. She returned to school a few years ago to get a bachelor’s degree in English at Portland State University, where she won a number of awards for her writing, including three Academy of American Poets Prizes.

Jane’s writing deals with the roots in her life – roots of family, hometown, loves, and disasters. She says, "I try to maintain my position as a scribe… listening for what must be said. I try to speak up for those who need to hear what remains to be said about buried trees and the extensive roots that connect us to every other living thing." Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, Bailey is currently working on a book-long manuscript of poems, The Fine Art of Postponement.

November 2001

Molly Gloss and Maxine Scates (rescheduled from September) will read for the November Windfall.

Molly GlossFourth-generation Oregonian Molly Gloss lives in Portland. She is the author of four novels and of more than two dozen short stories, essays, and book reviews. The Jump-Off Creek was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction and a winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the H.L. Davis Oregon Book Award. The Dazzle of Day, a novel of the near future, was named a 1997 New York Times Notable Book and was awarded the PEN Center West Fiction Prize. Her fourth novel, Wild Life, is set in 1905 in the mountains and woods of Washington State. Wild Life won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was recently chosen as the Seattle Public Library/Washington Center for the Book 2002 selection for "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book." Her work explores questions of landscape and the human response to wilderness.

Maxine ScatesMaxine Scates is the author of Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press) which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Oregon Book Award. She has completed a second book of poems, Uprooting. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Agni, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, Luna, Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, and ZYZZYVA. She is co-editor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford, which was recently published by Copper Canyon Press.

Maxine has taught poetry throughout the state, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Lewis and Clark College and at Reed College. She currently teaches at The Mountain Writers Center in Portland. Originally from Los Angeles, Maxine has lived in Eugene since 1973.