Windfall Reading Series: 2002

Windfall Archive

January 2002

Gina OchsnerFiction writer Gina Ochsner‘s outstanding and imaginative stories have won many awards, including the Raymond Carver award from Humboldt State, Nimrod‘s Katherine Anne Porter award, the Robert Penn Warren award from The Southerner, a prize from Fish Publishing in Cork, Ireland, one from Crab Orchard Review, an Oregon Arts award, and many more. Her collection of short stories, The Necessary Grace to Fall, won the Flannery O’Conner award from the University of Georgia and has just been released by the University of Georgia Press.

February 2002

Steve Dieffenbacher and Jonah Bornstein

Steve Dieffenbacher was born in New York City but spent most of his early years in Latin America. He moved to Oregon in 1989 to work as a newspaper editor. Steve’s poems appear in Fireweed, Manzanita Quarterly, Mountains and Rivers, and West Wind Review, and in At the Boundary, a chapbook that came out in 2001.

Jonah BornsteinJonah Bornstein earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU. He directs the Ashland Writers Conference and has won the University of California’s Coulter Prize, an Academy of American Poets college prize, and an Oregon State Poetry Association prize. Jonha’s poems appear in One Fare, Violet, Headwaters, Manzanita Quaterly, and West Wind Review, and in the book A Path Through Stone. His full-length book, The Art of Waking, is coming out soon from Cedar Hill Publications.

March 2002

Karen Karbo and Bob Welch

Come hear two wise and funny people read from their work on March 19. This Windfall Reading Series event starts at 7 pm upstairs at the Eugene Public Library and is free to all.

Karen KarboKaren Karbo – or K2, as she calls herself – has already compiled a large list of accomplishments and cool experiences. Her first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her novel Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me is a touching and comic tour de force. The Seattle Times noted that, "If Carrie Fisher wrote with depth as well as wit, she would probably turn out to be Karen Karbo."

Karbo co-wrote Big Girl in the Middle with volleyball superstar Gabriella Reece. In Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives’ Club, Karbo takes on the complications of divorce and remarriage. Karen Karbo is a correspondent for Outside magazine and has written for for Vogue, Elle, Esquire, and The New Republic. Her current specialty is the professional guinea pig story, where she puts herself through terrifying and humiliating experiences for the enjoyment of smarter people everywhere. Exploits include diving in Micronesia, attending surf camp and boxing school, learning trapeze flying, and shark handling in the Bahamas.

Karen Karbo on the Web:

Karen Karbo’s official web site. Includes an overview of her work, descriptions of each of her books, reviews, links to her regular columns, and contact information.

A brief interview with Karen Karbo.

The Willamette Week’s review of Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me.

"I Faced My Boyfriend’s Ex-Wife": A six-page excerpt from Generation X: Tales from the Second Wives Club.


Bob WelchBob Welch is a columnist for the Eugene Register-Guard. He’s been in the newspaper business for 25 years and has also published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, and Runner’s World. Bob is the author of six books, including: The Things That Matter Most, Stories from the Game of Life, Where Roots Grow Deep: Stories of Family, Love & Legacies, and A Father for All Seasons.

Bob Welch has won more than three dozen awards for his writing, including the Oregon Newspaper Publisher Association’s "Best Writing" category and first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ humor category. He is a graduate of the UO’s School of Journalism and is an elder at Grace Community Fellowship. Bob and his wife, Sally, have two grown sons. Welch’s writing often centers around the themes of family and heritage. He writes: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

Bob Welch on the Web:

Biography and overview of Welch’s work on the World Journalism Institute faculty page.

"If you could see us now, Pop Youngberg": an excerpt from Where Roots Grow Deep: Stories of Family, Love & Legacies

Review of A Father for All Seasons listings of works by Bob Welch; includes editorial reviews and commentary by readers.

Essays on parenthood and family life:

April 2002

Marvin Bell

On April 23, Windfall honors National Poetry Month by bringing the wonderful poet Marvin Bell to read at 7 pm in the Eugene Public Library.

Marvin BellBorn in 1937, Marvin Bell grew up on the eastern end of rural Long Island. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Bell is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including Nightworks: Poems, 1962-2000; Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man, Volume 2; A Marvin Bell Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose; The Book of the Dead Man; Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Probably Volume of Dreams, which was a Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and Things We Dreamt We Died For. He has also published Old Snow Just Melting: Essays and Interviews.

Marvin Bell’s honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Lamont Award, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia. He is a long time member of the faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he is the Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters. In March 2000 he was selected to be Iowa’s first Poet Laureate.

Bell has been called a maverick and praised for redefining poetry. Through his poems, his teaching, and his writing about poetry, he has devoted himself to widening the circles of his thoughts, which have been described as those of "an insider who thinks like an outsider." In an interview, Bell said: "I suppose I am one version of a poet of ideas if one accepts the notion that ideas spring from the senses." His poems are metaphysical hymns and ruminations on earthy subjects, messages from beyond that make us see where we are more lovingly and think about what we can change more clearly.

Marvin Bell on the Web:

The Poetry Kit
An interview with Marvin Bell.

Iowa’s Poet Laureate Marvin Bell
His speech from the laurel-conferring ceremony.

UI Professor Named Iowa’s 1st Poet Laureate
This article includes a biography, bioliography, and the poem "Like Words, Like Music"

Secrets: Who Doesn’t Know?
Reprinted from Blue Heron’s Secrets.

Poetry Daily
Includes biographical information, a review of Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000, and a link to the poem "A Man May Change."
Poems from Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000.

Electronic Poetry Review
Includes links to the poems "The Dead Man’s Roulette" and several other Dead Man poems.

May 2002

George Hitchcock, Michael McGriff and Amanda Coplin

The May Windfall reading closes the 2001-02 season with a fresh perspective from three writers. The reading is on May 21 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Eugene Public Library. Windfall readings are sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild, the Friends of the Library, and the Cultural Services Division of the Lane Arts Council. Readings are free.

Jorge (George) HitchcockJorge (George) Hitchcock is a North American writer and painter. He is also known as a small-press impresario who founded and edited the avant-garde magazine Kayak and was the first to bring several good writers to light. Since 1984, Hitchock has lived and worked for part of each year in La Paz, Mexico. He is the author of two novels, Another Shore and The Racquet, plus several volumes of poetry including The Wounded Alphabet (Poems New & Collected) and a number of plays.

Jorge Hitchcock on the Web:

Jorge Hitchcock: Artist in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Information about the artist and an extensive gallery of his artwork.

We are pleased to announce that Michael McGriff and Amanda Coplin will be joining George Hitchcock at the May Windfall reading. Michael and Amanda, both students at the University of Oregon, are the two winners of the Kidd Prize, judged by Garrett Hongo and Charles Baxter.

September 2002

Molly Best Tinsley and Nance Van Winckel

The September Windfall begins the 2002-03 season on with two well-established women writers. Molly Best Tinsley and Nance Van Winckel will read for free on September 17 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Eugene Public Library’s reading room.

Molly Best TinsleyMolly Best Tinsley is a widely published fiction writer and has been awarded two NEA fellowships. Her story collection Throwing Knives was selected by Dorothy Allison as the winner of the 2001 Oregon Book Award in fiction.

Dorothy Allison commented: "Astute, passionate and unmistakably wonderful, these insightful stories are rendered in language as strong as the characters Tinsley portrays. It has been years since I have read a collection that so strengthened my own resolve about the ability of the most desperate of us to confront and surmount the awful choices of our lives. This is a powerful writer working at the limits of her talent–great talent and great work."

Tinsley is also the author of the novel My Life with Darwin and of several plays. She lives in Ashland, where she pursues playwriting full-time and teaches an ongoing workshop called "Writing from Life" at Southern Oregon University’s Extended Campus Program. She is also a professor emerita of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Nance Van WinckelNance Van Winckel is the author of three collections of poems: Bad Girl, With Hawk, The Dirt, and After a Spell. She has also published three collections of short stories: Limited Lifetime Warranty, Quake, and Curtain Creek Farm. She is currently under contract to complete a novel. Nance is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry and a 1998 Washington State Artists Trust Award in fiction. Her poems and stories have appeared in many journals, including The Nation, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Ohio Review, and Field.

She is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. She describes a good poem as serving as "a bridge between one’s most private inner life and something outside oneself: another inner life, the natural world, the mysteries of society, culture, politics." Li-Young Lee says, "There is so much unpredictability and surprise in Nance Van Winckel’s poems that they seem to hover, sometimes tremble, slightly ahead of the reader and writer, yet all the while rewarding anyone who cares to follow."

October 2002

Lauren Kessler and Joseph Soldati

October 15, the Windfall Reading Series brings Lauren Kessler and Joseph Soldati to the Eugene Public Library. The free reading begins at 7 p.m. upstairs in the library’s reading room.

Lauren KesslerLauren Kessler is the author of nine books, including Los Angeles Times bestseller and Oregon Book Award finalist The Happy Bottom Riding Club, the biography of pioneering aviatrix, Hollywood stunt pilot, and bordello madame Pancho Barnes.

Kessler’s other books include a season-in-the-life narrative about women’s sports, Full Court Press, Stubborn Twig, which won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for literary nonfiction; and After All These Years, portraits of 60s radicals.

Kessler’s essays have appeared in Salon, The Nation and Oregon Quarterly. She writes regularly about the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest and has published articles in a variety of magazines. The founder and editor of Etude, an online magazine devoted to new and emerging voices in literary nonfiction, she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. Kessler is also working on her next book, Queen Spy, which is "a spy story, a love story, and a true story."

Joseph SoldatiJoseph Soldati is a retired English professor who lives in Portland. He received two Fulbright Fellowships, which took him to Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire. His poems and essays have been published in Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems, Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places, and Flying Machines. He is also the author of a scholarly book, Configurations of Faust, and a poetry collection, Making My Name. Working with Eduardo Gonzalez-Viana, Soldati co-edited a bilingual book of poems by Peruvian and Oregonian poets. A book of essays, English Lessons: Thoughts and Reflections on Literature, is forthcoming.

November 2002

Christopher Howell and Dana Magliari

Christopher Howell and Dana Magliari will read for the Windfall Reading Series at 7 p.m. on November 19 in the Eugene Public Library’s reading room.

Christopher HowellChristopher Howell was born in Portland, Oregon, and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He was a Navy Journalist during the Viet Nam War and afterward earned graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. He is author of six full-length books of poems, including Memory and Heaven. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission, the Writer of the Year Award from the Washington State Library Association, the Helen Bullis Prize, the Vachel Lindsay Award, and the Book Project Award from the King County Arts Commission.

His poems have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many journals, including Harper’s, Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Gettysburg Review. Since 1975 Howell has been director and principal literary editor for Lynx House Press and coordinator/editor for the Blue Lynx Prize Competition. He is also the editor of Willow Springs magazine and director of Eastern Washington University Press. He lives in Spokane with his wife Barbara and his son Evan.

About his poetry, he has said: "You write what you are given to write, follow your inclinations, even when they seem odd, maybe especially when they seem odd."

Dana MagliariFiction writer Dana Magliari is a former Eugenean who served on the Steering Committee of the Lane Literary Guild. He has a BA in creative writing from San Francisco State and an MA from in Geography from the UO. In addition to writing and producing a radio documentary on the Inuit self-government movement in Quebec, he’s working on a humorous, heartfelt novel that’s set in San Francisco during the Reagan years. In the midst of the rampant materialism of the era, the protagonist works as a bike messenger who searches for a meaningful existence.