Windfall Reading Series: 2003

Windfall Archive

January 2003

Ursula Le Guin

Windfall Brings Le Guin to New Library

Ursula Le GuinA prolific and versatile writer, Le Guin has published five books of poetry, seventeen novels, ten volumes of short stories, two collections of essays, eleven books for children, and two volumes of translation-with more on the way. Very few writers have done work of such high quality in so many forms.

Several of Le Guin’s major titles have remained continuously in print for over thirty years. Her best known fantasy works, the first four Books of Earthsea , have sold millions of copies in America and England, and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her first major work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness, is considered epoch-making in the field for its radical investigation of gender roles and its moral and literary complexity.

Margaret Atwood, in the Sept. 26, 2002 New York Review of Books, writes that Le Guin’s giant list of accomplishment "make one suspect that the writer has the benefit of arcane drugs or creative double-jointedness or ambidexterity? She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is. All her stories are, as she has said, metaphors for the one human story; all her fantastic planets are this one, however disguised."

In November 2002, Le Guin won the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. She was also awarded the 2002 World Fantasy Convention award for her novel, "The Other Wind," beating an impressive list of finalists that included Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury.

Le Guin’s next book, Changing Planes, is a collection of short stories that will be published by Harcourt in July 2003. In spring 2003 the University of New Mexico press will release a translation by Le Guin of a 163 of Gabriela Mistral’s poems.

The reading will be held in the Bascom/Tykeson room of the Eugene Public Library on January 21 from 6:30 until 8 pm. Seating is limited, so feel free to come early. Please note that no books will be signed or sold at the reading, but Ms. Le Guin will be at Tsunami Books to sign books from 12-1 pm. on January 22.

Ursula Le Guin on the web:
Her official web site. Includes excerpts from her works, a calendar of events, bibliographical and biographical information, more.

February 2003

Carol Ann Bassett and Steven Sher will read in the Eugene Public Library’s Bascom/Tykeson room on February 18 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The February Windfall features two writers who look at their surroundings and find their souls. Carol Ann Bassett‘s first book, A Gathering of Stones: Journeys to the Edges of a Changing World, is a collection of personal narratives based on the author’s wide-ranging travels throughout western North America and three other continents, from the Canadian sub-arctic to southern Chile, and from Botswana to Nepal. Bassett takes readers on an intimate journey into the communities, ceremonies, and lives of traditional peoples struggling to survive in the face of rapid change.

As much an inner journey as one to far-flung places, A Gathering of Stones shows the wisdom and fears of people living close to the land. With her keen curiosity, eye for detail, and sensitivity toward the people she meets and comes to know, Bassett chronicles some of the world’s last wild places and records the rich lives and cultures that are in danger of being lost forever.

Carol Ann Bassett spent 16 years as a full-time freelance writer, publishing numerous articles in places such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Condé Nast Traveler, The Nation, and others. Her work was selected for inclusion in the books American Nature Writing 2000 and American Nature Writing 2001. She is now a professor at the University of Oregon, where she teaches Environmental Writing, Advanced Magazine Writing and Literary Nonfiction. A Gathering of Stones is Bassett’s first book.

Steven SherCorvallis poet Steven Sher is the author of nine books, including two new poetry books: Thirty-Six and Flying Through Glass. This winter Solo Press will release At the Willamette, a series of poems inspired by the river of that name.

Sher’s poems and prose are often concerned with ritual and faith, the Jewish-American experience, family and community, and spirituality, with a nod to Woodstock, the ’60s, and alternative living issues. His work has recently appeared in Hubbub, Prairie Schooner, Witness, The Jerusalem Review, American Book Review, European Judaism, and Santa Barbara Review. Sher’s Traveler’s Advisory was an Oregon Book Awards finalist in 1994.

March 2003

Brian Doyle and Willa Schneberg

March Windfall brings two Portland writers to Eugene to share their words with us. The reading will be in the Bascom/Tykeson Room of the Eugene Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

Brian DoyleBrian Doyle is the author of Credo, a book of essays about believing in many things; Saints Passionate & Peculiar, a collection of "excitable, headlong essays" for teenagers about saints; and Two Voices (written with his father, Jim Doyle), a collection of their essays.

Doyle’s essays have twice been in the Best American Essays collection, and in the Best Spiritual Writing, as well as appearing in Harper’s, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, and other magazines and anthologies. He received The American Scholar’s Best Essay Award in 2000 for an essay on Plutarch, and his riotous parody-critique of "Ggfddfg," a poem that his three-year-old son hammered out on the typewriter, has appeared with the poem on the website Poetry Daily.

Brian Doyle is also the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He and his wife, the painter Mary Miller Doyle, and their three tireless children live in Portland, Oregon.

Willa SchnebergWilla Schneberg has received two Oregon Literary Arts Fellowships in poetry, and a Money for Women/ Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant in Poetry. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, MacDowell and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland.

American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women’s Poetry, Beacon Press, Points of Contact: Disability, Art & Culture, University of Michigan Press and Bearing Witness: Teaching About The Holocaust (textbook,) Heinemann, are among the journals and anthologies in which her poems have appeared.

Schneberg’s first book, Box Poems, was published by Alice James Books; her second collection, In The Margins Of The World, from Plain View Press, won the Oregon Book Award for poetry in 2002.

April 2003

April is National Poetry Month. Last year the Guild brought Marvin Bell to read, and Wanda Coleman graced the library’s stage the year before. But this year, in the new library, it seemed the best National Poetry Month celebration would be one that featured local writers whose voices aren’t heard often enough. So far we have four highly original and under-acclaimed poets scheduled to read, and there may be one or two more by the time April 15 rolls around. The reading begins at 7:00 pm in the Bascom-Tykeson room of the Eugene downtown library. Here’s a bit about the readers:

Kelly TerwilligerKelly Terwilliger is a visual artist as well as a poet. Her work has appeared in Malahat Review, among other places, and a piece of her sculpture was selected to show in the 2001 Eugene Mayor’s Art Show.

Anthony Robinson is a doctoral student in English Literature at UO. He serves as associate poetry editor for the Northwest Review and for the new poetry journal The Canary. His work has been published widely on the web and in print, most recently in the journals Fourteen Hills, Kitchen Sink, Samsara Quarterly, Cross Connect, and Spinning Jenny. Tony is also an instructor in the UO’s composition program.

Kenn MitchellKenn Mitchell has two books of poetry from Pygmy Forest Press: Poetry of the Deformed and The Fatman in the Mirror. His work has appeared in many places, including Yellow Silk, Fireweed, Social Anarchism, and Minotaur.

Quinton Hallett lives in Noti. She is the author of Quarry, co-author of Kwinnim Poems, and other work has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Manzanita Quarterly, Fireweed, The Oregonian, Verseweavers, and Scent of Cedars. She has won several OSPA awards and was a finalist in the 2002 OWC contest for a short story. She also received a residency from the Caldera Foundation to complete her first full-length poetry collection.

May 2003

Cultures in Conflict

On May 20, the Windfall Reading Series will host two fiction writers whose work highlights cultures in conflict-the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

The reading is free and starts at 7:00 pm May 20 in the Baskom-Tykeson Room of the Eugene Public Library. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild, the Lane Arts Council’s Cultural Services Division, and the Friends of the Eugene Public Library.

Diana Abu-JaberDiana Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to a Jordanian father and an American (Irish-German) mother. Crescent (Norton, 2003), her second novel, is a magical, multi-dimensional love story set in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles. Naomi Shihab Nye says of Crescent: "Please read this book. Diana Abu-Jaber is a high-spirited, magnificently graceful storyteller, a poet of deliciously fluted fiction, character, and culture, and her work is needed now, now, now."

Abu-Jaber earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton. Her first novel, Arabian Jazz, (Harcourt Brace, 1993), won the Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the National PEN/Hemingway award. The novel, set in upstate New York, where the author herself grew up, is a humorous look at a first generation Arab-American family migrating between their "Americanized" individual lives and the demands and expectations of the traditional extended family network.

Short-story writer Jennifer Cornell teaches fiction and courses in representation of culture in popular media at Oregon State University. Departures (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1995) is a book-length collection of her stories about life in Belfast. It won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and Booklist reports that the stories in Departures offer emotional and psychological responses to a life laden with war-zone ethics, unemployment, poverty, and the challenge of daily survival.

Cornell has degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Ullster. Her stories have appeared in The Brandon Book of Irish Short Stories, Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish-American Women Writers.

September 2003

Jorge (George) Hitchcock and Charles Goodrich (Meg Kearney cancelled)

The September Windfall reading opens the 2003-04 season on September 16 with two writers who work at their art in many ways. The reading is at 7 p.m. in the Eugene Public Library’s Bascom-Tykeson room. 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 the outspoken, big-hearted small-press impresario who founded and edited the avant-garde magazine kayak, which brought an astounding number of good writers to light during its existence from 1964-1984. Since 1984, Hitchcock 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 and a number of plays. This year, Story Line Press released One-Man Boat, which brings together a selection of Jorge’s poetry, fiction, drama, interviews, essays, and his infamous and unrepentant testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, reprinted from the Congressional Record. In writing the forward to One-Man Boat, Philip Levine sings high praise for the works of this extraordinary man.

Meg KearneyMeg Kearney’s first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2001. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as Agni, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, DoubleTake, Black Warrior Review, Third Coast, Tar River Poetry, Passages North, and the anthologies Where Icarus Falls (Santa Barbara Review Publications, 1998); and Urban Nature (Milkweed Press, 2000).

Meg is the Associate Director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, headquartered in New York City. Before joining the Foundation in 1994, she organized educational programs and conducted power plant tours for a gas and electric utility in upstate New York.

Recipient of a 2001 Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Meg also received a New York Times Fellowship and the Alice M. Sellers Academy of American Poets Award in 1998; the Geraldine Griffin Moore Award in Creative Writing in 1997 from The City College of New York; and the Frances B. DeNagy Poetry Award in 1985 from Marist College.

Charles Goodrich Steps In

Meg Kearney had to cancel her September appearance because of a crisis at the National Book Association, where she works. We’re grateful to Charles Goodrich, the wonderful Corvallis poet who stepped up to read with Jorge Hitchcock, an old friend of his.

Charles Goodrich worked for twenty five years as a professional gardener and built his own house with his own hands (and with the help of his wife, Kapa). Bad knees forced him to give up gardening; he’s now focusing more on writing and he teaches at Linn-Benton Community College. His first full-length collection of poetry, Insects of South Corvallis, was published last spring. In 2004 Lyons Press will introduce a collection of Charles’s personal essays, The Practice of Home. The essays are about "building our house, finding a nourishing community, learning about the natural environment that home and community are embedded in." Charles’s poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on his Writer’s Almanac show for National Public Radio.

We’re working with Meg to reschedule her reading for next season, and were pleased to have Charles entertain our September audience with Jorge Hitchcock.

October 2003

Michael Kroetch and Laura E. J. Moran

On October 21, the October Windfall features two exciting artists who experiment and push the boundaries in their work. The reading is at 7 p.m. in the Eugene Public Library’s Bascom-Tykeson room.

ichael KroetchMichael Kroetch’s credits include the 1990 groundbreaking THIS IS NOT A CONDOM, honored by the American Film Institute as among that year’s top 20 art videos in the world; a 1991 NEA Fellowship; the Sony Corporation selecting five of his videos as among the nation’s finest from 1990-94; two of his plays earning top prizes in national contests at Nat Horne Theater in New York and Red Octopus Theater in Newport; his fiction and poetry appearing in Northwest Review, NW Edge Fiction (books 1 & 2), Stringtown, Two Girls Review, Helios, and Timberline.

Laura E. J. Moran is the 1992 recipient of the Jean Garrigue Award. She travels throughout the country and abroad touring and headlining at numerous universities, elementary schools, festivals, competitions, women’s organizations, literacy groups, coffee houses, churches, and nightclubs. In addition, in 1992 Laura became Providence’s first Grand Slam Champion and in 1996, Seattle’s Grand Slam Champion. She has represented both Seattle and Providence on various national teams from 1996-1998.

Laura E. J. MoranFor four years as vice-president of Projective Verse, Inc., she introduced children of all ages to the wiles of poetry and hosted the Providence 2000 National Poetry Slam. Several of her pieces appear in such publications as Defined Providence, Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza 1994, Children Remember Their Fathers, Chokecherries: SOMOS Series Anthology 2002, and Quix Quarterly. She is featured on

Her work has been performed in collaboration with Words and Letters: RI Calligraphers and Poets and with Island Moving Company’s production of Out of the Box. In 1999, she received the Mayor’s citizen’s citation for artistic contribution in Providence, RI. In September 2002, her work was the subject of a half-hour poetry documentary that aired on MNN in NYC. She currently resides in Callicoon, NY.

"If one should wonder where the ‘poetry’ in ‘performance poetry’ has gone, one need look no further than the work of Laura Moran." – Daniel Solis, national award-winning poet

On Original Skin by Laura Moran: Laura Moran is that rarity: an intense stage performer whose work is imagistic, writerly, compressed and modulated. Her CD plus booklet is bare-bones but pure, Laura’s voice carrying loon and hawk, Penelope, Leda, Kali, and the other women of "Western Civ" "Liberty Walking" straight into your inner ear.

November 2003

Spring & Harrison Bring In November’s Windfall

November’s the month to be grateful, so get off the sofa and venture out to appreciate some good writers, at Windfall and elsewhere. Literary events in December are few and far between–and there’s no December Windfall reading–so save up your resting for the last month of the year.

Local fiction writer Wayne Harrison is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His fiction appears in Ploughshares, New Letters, and other magazines. He is currently teaching a class in fiction writing at Lane Community College, serving as an assistant fiction editor at the Northwest Review, and working as a youth director for the Methodist church.

A former student of Frank Conroy’s, John Rember’s, and Barry Hannah’s, Wayne was the recipient of a fellowship from the Fishtrap Writer’s Conference in Joseph, Oregon. His nearly finished novel about a parole officer is set in Connecticut, where he’s from, and his experiences working as an auto mechanic have informed a number of the stories in his collection, including the one he will be reading at Windfall.

Michael SpringMichael Spring is the author of blue crow, which was selected for the Literary Potpourri Poetry Series in 2003. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Black Bear Review, Midwest Quarterly, Paris/Atlantic, and Sulphur River Literary Review, among others. In 2000, he was Fishtrap’s Writer-in-Residence. Michael has spent over ten years as a poetry events coordinator and promoter for organizations such as da Vinci Days Festival, Grass Roots Books and Music, the Willamette Literary Guild, and the Corvallis Arts Center. He has worked many jobs on the Pacific Coast: line cook, used book buyer, counselor for abused and neglected children, small press publisher, and an instructor in wrestling and the martial arts.

Michael currently works in Corvallis, Oregon, where he assists mentally and physically disabled adults and is co-editing the poetry journal Riven. He and his partner, Danene, are natural builders (particularly with cob) who are sculpting their new home near Cave Junction.