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|April 1, 2019
7:00 pm: The Poetry and Fiction of Pepper Trail and Tim Applegate
April 1, 2019 –
Monday April 1st 7:00 pm
The Poetry and Fiction
Pepper Trail and Tim Applegate
Ashland poet and naturalist Pepper Trail will read new work, as well as selections from his collections An Empty Bowl and Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems. These poems range from the pastoral to the political, and are filled with both the urgency of our present moment and with the timeless questions of what it means to be human.
From the moonlit beaches of Quintana Roo to the gritty waterfront docks of Crooked River, Florida, Tim Applegate's novel Fever Tree charts the surprising journey of a deeply troubled young man zealously guarding the secrets of his past. Fever Tree is the first book of The Yucatan Quartet. The second book in the series, Flamingo Lane – which ventures even further into the haunted territories of revenge and redemption first chronicled in Fever Tree – was released in February 2019.
|April 2, 2019||April 3, 2019
7:00 pm: Every Ravening Thing – Poetry
April 3, 2019 –
Wednesday April 3rd 7:00 pm
Marsha de la O
Every Ravening Thing – Poetry
"Every Ravening Thing is the most exciting book I've read in a very long time. At its heart is a profound empathy for human suffering of all kinds, but the poems offer neither solace nor cure. Each feels like a brave experiment that extracts a question from the world then answers it. In almost every poem I feel an unanticipated shock of recognition, which happens only when profundity, clarity, and a fierce allegiance to truth combine in one intelligence. Tough, searing, and dangerous, these are among the rare necessary poems of our age."-- Chase Twichell
Marsha de la O is the author of Antidote for Night, winner of the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award, and Black Hope, winner of the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and winner of an Editor's Choice, Small Press Book Award. Other awards include the Morton Marcus Poetry Award and the da Poetry Award. She has published extensively, including recent poems in The New Yorker and the Kenyon Review, with work forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. De La O lives in Ventura, California, with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart.
|April 4, 2019
7:00 pm: Our Ancient Mother's Alphabet
April 4, 2019 –
Thursday April 4th 7:00 pm
Madeleine Sklar discusses her book
Our Ancient Mother's Alphabet
Our Ancient Mother’s Alphabet was birthed in the ancient world of the Middle East, by peoples who derived their sense of meaning and individual value from understanding their place in the Sacred Web of Life. This book is for all who seek new insightful ways to connect with the Feminine Spiritual Presence, whether or not they are familiar with the Hebrew alphabet, Kabbala, or the Tarot.
Life brings numerous challenges.This book provides a valuable resource, as the numeric Hebrew letters, Kabbalistic Tree of Life, and the archetypes underlying the Tarot can connect us with our inherent wisdom.
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|April 8, 2019||April 9, 2019||April 10, 2019
7:00 pm: Poetry Reading with Amber West and Kelly Terwilliger
April 10, 2019 –
Wednesday April 10th 7:00pm
Poetry Reading with
Amber West and Kelly Terwilliger
Tearing into our ugliness to find beauty, tearing open the “known” to find mystery, the muscular voice of poet Amber West exposes our contemporary madness and looks for the cure. Through persona poems from a dizzying array of characters, Hen & God becomes a portrait of life in America now, unflinching and loving and bold. The scope of suffering that West addresses will stun the reader, but her linguistic skill makes this an exhilarating rather than a despairing exploration. She reminds us that consciousness—that art—is larger than suffering, is our redemption.
Amber West is a poet and educator who grew up on the central coast of California. She is the author of Hen & God , Daughter Eraser, as well as numerous plays and “puppet poems” that have been performed nationally. West lives in southern California and teaches writing at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The poems in Riddle Fish Hook Thorn Key invite readers into encounters with what doesn’t stay still. The longing here is not only to see things—the bones of a whale, a forgotten handkerchief, muddy horses in a field, a forsaken boy on an empty playground—but to inhabit them, to enter the well of other lungs, to journey into the throat of a land [we] didn’t know. These poems search for ways to belong in the world, and as they do so, the fleeting and uncertain become illuminated—and intimate.
Kelly Terwilliger grew up on the Oregon Coast, and is the author of a chapbook of poems, A Glimpse of Oranges and a full-length collection, Riddle Fish Hook Thorn Key . She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works as an oral storyteller and poet/artist-in-residence in public schools.
|April 11, 2019
7:00 pm: Poetry reading with Amy Miller and Judith Montgomery
April 11, 2019 –
Thursday April 11th 7:00 pm
Poetry reading with Amy Miller and Judith Montgomery
Amy Miller and Judith Montgomery will read from their new books.
Amy Miller’s latest poetry collection, The Trouble with New England Girls, which won the 2017 Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press, explores themes of home, loss, wolves, and legends of what has vanished and what stays with us. She will also be reading from new work that explores the West’s “new normal” of living with wildfire and smoke. Amy’s writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Nimrod, Permafrost, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA. She lives in Ashland.
Judith Montgomery’s fourth poetry collection, Litany for Wound and Bloom, explores the joys and challenges of motherhood and considers women’s many identities in the arena of a violent, modern world. Judith’s poems appear in Bellingham Review, Rattle, Tahoma Literary Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies. Her first collection, Passion, received the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She lives in Bend.
|April 12, 2019||April 13, 2019||April 14, 2019|
|April 15, 2019
7:00 pm: Absolutely Adored – Stop Choosing Narcissistic Men and Finally Be a Well-Loved Woman
April 15, 2019 –
Monday April 15th 7:00 pm
Sierra Faith author of
Absolutely Adored –
Stop Choosing Narcissistic Men and Finally Be a Well-Loved Woman
Join dating and relationship coach, Sierra Faith, for a reading from her new book, Absolutely Adored-Stop Choosing Narcissistic Men and Finally Be a Well-Loved Woman. Her book offers a practical, romantic re-education for smart women who habitually over-give in romantic relationships, using a fresh approach to online dating. The reading will be followed by Q & A and a book signing.
|April 16, 2019
7:00 pm: Rick Snyder talks about Decisive Intuition in Everyday Life
April 16, 2019 –
Tuesday April 16th 7:00 pm
Rick Snyder talks about how his book applies to Every Day Life
Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart
When we make choices that are in alignment with our deeper wisdom and guidance, we feel more on purpose, fulfilled and engaged in our lives. Yet with the constant stream of data, stimulation, media and entertainment, and overall busyness that we are subjected to daily, we're often disconnected from our innate wisdom and guidance and struggle tuning-in to this powerful resource, which then has real-world consequences. Decisive Intuition explores how we can each learn to listen to, trust, and act on our intuitive intelligence so that we can make choices from a deeper and wiser resources that has impacts in our personal and professional lives. We'll explore what gets in the way and what we can do to integrate our inner knowing with our outer world for better decision making that is in alignment with our deeper purpose.
|April 17, 2019||April 18, 2019
7:00 pm: The Poetry of Kim Stafford
April 18, 2019 –
Thursday April 18th 7:00 pm
The Poetry of Kim Stafford featuring
How to Sleep Cold and Wild Honey, Tough Salt
Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan.
In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.
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|April 22, 2019||April 23, 2019||April 24, 2019||April 25, 2019
7:00 pm: The Poetry of Tia Hatch and Diana Morley
April 25, 2019 –
Thursday April 25th 7:00 pm
The Poetry of
Tia Hatch and Diana Morley
Life Woven in Words is a journey across the years, a canopy of smiles and tears woven in words. Tia Hatch will share poetry from the book’s nine sections, including poems on landscapes, ocean reveries, creatures large and small, Native American injustices, love, love lost, poetic prose and much more.
Diana Morley published Something to Howl About (literary fiction from a dog’s POV) in 2014. Last year, her poems were published by Right Hand Pointing and Passager, and she received Second Prize from the Oregon Poetry Assn. This year she published Spreading Like Water, a chapbook, from which she will read selected poems.
|April 26, 2019||April 27, 2019||April 28, 2019|
|April 29, 2019
7:00 pm: Poetry Reading with The 'Somewhat Rogue” Group
April 29, 2019 –
Monday April 29th 7:00 pm
Poetry Reading with
The 'Somewhat Rogue” Group
“Somewhat Rogue” comprises Ann Lovett, Linda Jaffe, and Kim Hamilton, who are long-time practicing poets, but relatively new to the Rogue Valley poetry community. They each teach poetry classes at OLLI and have published widely in national journals including Comstock Review, The Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-Atlantic Review, Ursa Minor and LOCUSPOINT. Their collection, Sight Reading, is now available.
|April 30, 2019||May 1, 2019||May 2, 2019
7:00 pm: Fire at My Feet
May 2, 2019 –
Thursday May 2nd 7:00 pm
Clay Dickerson discusses his book
Fire at My Feet
The book shares real-life events taken from the nearly 40-year career of local author, Clay Dickerson. Dickerson is a veteran wildfire fighter and retired professional Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Most of his long career was spent in Southwestern Oregon (SWO).
Fire At My Feet tells how the author began his lengthy ODF employment of nearly 40 years, by working as a summer crewman on a rural patrol engine for the Grants Pass ODF Unit. The book shares some of his interesting, exciting, and sometimes frightening experiences from 1962-66 at various jobs on wildland fire lines. He continued with ODF full-time after college graduation, with hair-raising tales of logging accidents, violent winter storms and landslides that were survived when at work daily in the coastal woods. More fire experiences from diverse locations are also told from, across Oregon and in surrounding states.
|May 3, 2019||May 4, 2019||May 5, 2019|