meet and retreat

April 17, 2017

Here are a number of conferences, retreats and other events in the greater Cascadia area (and beyond) that merit some planning for the coming months (all 2017).

For readings and other events, see the Calendar page.

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Writers Resist

January 15, 2017

Writers Resist Bellingham

Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017, writers of every stripe, from communities around the world, are coming together to commit to the fundamental principles of democracy. Events are planned for many cities, including

Visit the Writers Resist website for more information.

Pacific University OregonThe Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host a week of readings by some of the best writers of contemporary literature during its residency in Seaside.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, January 6, 2017 ~ Chris Abani, Judy Blunt & Pete Fromm
Saturday, January 7 ~ Ellen Bass, Jack Driscoll & Cate Kennedy
Sunday, January 8 ~ Steve Amick, Craig Lesley & Joseph Millar
Monday, January 9 ~ Frank Gaspar, Mike Magnuson & Kellie Wells
Tuesday, January 10 ~ Claire Davis, Debra Gwartney & John McNally
Wednesday, January 11 ~ Marvin Bell, Scott Korb & Laura Hendrie
Thursday, January 12 ~ Kwame Dawes, Valerie Laken & David Long
Friday, January 13 ~ Sandra Alcosser & Sanjiv Bhattacharya

treats and retreats

April 24, 2016

Emma Larkins - writing outdoors

If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, this might be a good time to start thinking about the writing months ahead. When it comes to writing festivals and retreats, summer begins in May. Below is a selection of 2016 goings-on in the wider Cascadia region. Some of these events have fees and require applications. Follow the links for more information.

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photo by Emma Larkins

get thee to Portland!

October 22, 2015


Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival is coming up. Re-launched as a one-day event, Wordstock will take place at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00am – 6:00pm. The all-ages event will feature more than 80 authors, 40 events, 17 workshops, a book fair with 60+ local and national publishing vendors and literary organizations, food carts, a beer garden, live music, and more.

Poets include: Mary Jo Bang, author of The Last Two Seconds; Katie Ford, author of Blood Lyrics; Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus; Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of Heaven; Alicia Jo Rabins, author of Divinity School; Diane Seuss, author of Four-legged Girl; and Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning.

Details on the Literary Arts website and on Facebook.

ekphrastic in Oregon

October 13, 2015

Black & White & Read

Black & White & Read is currently on view at the Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. In the exhibit, 15 poets responded to black-and-white photographs of women by a selection of visual artists. Both photos and poems are on display. The show continues through Friday, October 30, 2015, and will include a curator’s talk at Noon on the closing day.

writing the garden

September 30, 2015

Kahini - The Garden and the Wild

Take a day to escape to the garden and return home with inspiration and new writing. Kahini presents a one-day workshop, The Garden and the Wild, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Working with poet Colette Tennant and writer and writing instructor Jordan Hartt, participants will explore, in conversation and writing, the concepts of “garden” and “wild” for metaphor, character and setting. Enrollment is limited to 10 people and, as of this writing, only 4 spaces remain. Sign up for workshop by contacting

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