Archive for the ‘Readings’ Category

VoiceCatcher Vault Reading

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

11880550_877932215610410_297878354463690733_nI get to read with a lineup of amazing women as part of Vault Voices, a new reading series started by VoiceCatcher Jennifer Dorner. The August reading features Hedgebrook writing retreat alumnae and VoiceCatchers. I get to read alongside the likes of Nancy Flynn, Judith Pulman, Tammy Robacker and Tiah Lindner Raphael, Kate Gray, Kathlene, Postma.  Hmmmm, now to decide what to read!

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, Doors open at 6:00pm (for food and drink), reading starts at 7:00 p.m.
O’Connors (in the vault)
Multnomah Village neighborhood
7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219

VoiceCatcher Reading

Monday, May 11th, 2015

IMG_6036Come on out, way out, to the Waypost.

This Thursday night, May 14th, 7:00-9:00 pm. Six women reading stories we wrote for VoiceCatcher. I’ll be reading my essay, “Left as it Was, It Would Come Apart”, which was published in the Winter 2015 issue.

Get your social hat on and arrive early for food, drinks, community. And to see the work of visual artists whose work appears in VoiceCatcher.

Baby’s on Fire

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Baby_s_On_Fire_CoverI’m excited to go to Powell’s tonight to join our wonderful literary community in celebrating Liz Prato and the launch of her short story collection, “baby’s on fire,” published by Press 53.

I met Liz about 10 years ago at the Pinewood Table. She brought something new to those weekly classes. A fierceness and honesty and a passion to bring her work into the world. And she made me want to be a better writer.

So it is very, very satisfying to see her collection of short stories come to the world. Her stories are vivid and the characters are messy in a delightfully real way.

Come on out and hear Liz read, hang out at Powell’s, buy a book, buy this book!


A Simplified Map of the Real World

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

1265660_206424739538412_1218559071_oHere’s something to celebrate:  Stevan Allred and his short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World, being published by Forest Avenue Press.

I celebrate this book for so many reasons, most being that it is a spectacular collection of linked stories filled with love and heartbreak, the dark side of being human, the light that can fill simple moments, and the many ways we try to find connection. And it’s about a small town. Of course I celebrate that. Plus in these stories there is not a wasted word or a poorly placed sentence. Stevan knows how to WRITE.

He also knows how to teach and that’s how I first met him and Joanna Rose, the Pinewood Table teachers. I studied with them for three years and not only did I grow as a writer, my community of writers grew as well. This is another reason I celebrate, that community, created at that table and extended beyond it, the generosity of each writer for the other to grow and learn and become better at what we do, and to be endlessly excited for each other when our work comes out in print. When it comes to Stevan Allred, we  already know what a powerhouse  writer he is, now we want the whole world to know.

C’mon out and hear Stevan read, come early and watch your book being made at the Espresso Book Machine. The celebration begins with the launch of A Simplified Map of the Real World at Powell’s Books,  7:30 pm Thursday, September 12th. If you can’t make it to the reading, you can buy the book at the usual places.

Brave on the Stage

Monday, November 19th, 2012

That’s what Kate Gray said before she read her beautiful essay at the Brave on the Page event last Saturday. Gosh it was fun. I love giving a reading of my work, but this one was a little scarier than usual. I read the opening chapter of my memoir in progress. Usually, for a reading, I pick a short story, something with a bit of humor. This time I read something true. And I was getting a cold so my voice was hoarse. But it turned out well and I liked how it sounded in front of all those people, my hoarse voice held out (thank you Backspace for having such a fine sound system – that microphone). And I felt very honored to be reading with the likes of Scott Sparling, Stevan Allred, Liz Scott. And the amazing Kate Gray.