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Christopher Howell Poetry Reading

Christopher Howell’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on December 8, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. (link is external) Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell attended Pacific Lutheran University from 1963 to ’66. After service as a military journalist during the Viet Nam war, he received graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. He is author of twelve collections of poems, most recently The Grief of a Happy Life (U. Washington Press, 2019), Love’s Last Number and Gaze (both from Milkweed Editions), and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (UW Press, 2010). He has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Artist Trust, and a number of…

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Broadway Books: Virtual Holiday Book Chat

We continue our Indies First Celebration by hosting our annual Holiday Book Chat (virtually) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Monday, November 29th. While we’re crestfallen that the relentless virus is preventing us from hosting you all in person with wine, goodies, and other beverages, we invite you to grab your favorite beverage and plunk yourself down in front of your computer (notebook at the ready) and join us as Kim and Sally talk as fast as they possibly can about all of the delightful possibilities for holiday gift giving. If you can’t make the event in live time, you will be able to watch it at your leisure on our YouTube channel. Kim’s Book List  Sally’s Book List If you missed the event you can…

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Kate Gray Poetry Reading

Kate Gray’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on November 10, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. Kate Gray’s passion stems from writing, teaching, leading salons, and volunteering. For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems was published by Widow & Orphan House in 2019. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (Cedar House Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. Her poetry and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In her novel-in-progress, she narrates, in Sylvia Plath’s voice, what led to The Bell Jar and her suicide attempt in 1953. Over the years she’s been awarded…

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Graduate Lecture Series: Janice Lee

The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies welcomes novelist Janice Lee to campus on Nov. 3rd, from 6:30-7:30 (PST), as part of the Graduate Lecture Series. Lee will read from her most recent novel, Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press). Following her most recent publications Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015) and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), the writer’s seventh novel explores “the layered and complex fabric of how loss, abuse, trauma, and death have shaped their pasts, and how these pasts continue to haunt their present moments, a moment in which time seems to be running out,” according to Texas Review press. PNCA faculty Brandon Shimoda wrote that Imagine a Death “confirms Lee as the descendant of Béla Tarr, of moss that breathes,…

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Pre-Show Discussion: Emily Rapp Black in Conversation with Vanessa Severo

Join us online for this conversation between Emily Rapp Black, The New York Times bestselling author of Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg, and Vanessa Severo, actor/playwright of Frida … A Self Portrait. Both artists will discuss how the life, art, and disabilities of Frida Kahlo have impacted their work. This event will be streamed online at YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch. About Emily Rapp Black Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press), a New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel…

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Judith Barrington Poetry Reading

Judith Barrington’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on October 13, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. (link is external) Judith Barrington’s sixth collection of poetry, Long Love: New & Selected Poems, 1985 – 2017 came out in 2018 from Salmon Poetry. She is also the author of The Conversation (2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award, and three previous collections of poems, as well as two chapbooks. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the Lambda Book Award and runner-up for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Among her other awards are: The Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, The Andres Berger Award, The Dulwich Festival International Poetry Competition, an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Expression Award, and, from Literary Arts, The…

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Consider This with Mitchell S. Jackson

Our 2021–22 Consider This series, American Dreams, American Myths, American Hopes, kicks off October 13 with a conversation with writer Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math and The Residue Years. Join us for a live virtual conversation on self-determination, family, and redemption with Jackson and Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, October 13, and will be streamed live on YouTube and on [the Oregon Humanities] page. Following the panel’s discussion, at 6:00 p.m., viewers may join other participants in facilitated conversations on Zoom. To participate in the second part of the program, please RSVP here. Mitchell S. Jackson was born and raised Portland, Oregon. His work explores his hometown, including the systemic forces that shaped his community, his family,…

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Open Mic and Poetry Reading on Zoom

Open Mic and Poetry Reading a virtual event on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Our Featured Readers are to be announced. The Open Mic will follow their reading. Email Tom Hogan at tomhogan2@comcast.net (link sends e-mail) to register. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on demand on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel (link is external) after the event.

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Lecture with Eileen Isagon Skyers

Eileen Isagon Skyers, an alumna of the MA in Critical Studies Program at PNCA, will share a talk covering her multifaceted practice and career in the arts. She will discuss our contemporary framework for viewing, making, and valuing art against a backdrop of rapidly shifting technology, and how that manifests in her own work and criticism about digital art and culture. Wednesday September 22 in PNCA’s Shipley-Collins Mediatheque and Livestreaming 6:30 pm Live Captioned PNCA LiveVideo on YouTube Eileen Isagon Skyers is an artist, writer, and curator based in New York City. Her work and research engages with identity, new media, and digital culture. She co-founded the New-York based gallery HOUSING, whose mission is to support artistic practices and aesthetic experiences that contour the limits…

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Open Mic and Poetry Reading on Zoom

Open Mic and Poetry Reading a virtual event on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. This event is postponed one week due to the Labor Day weekend. Our Featured Readers are our community leaders, names TBA. The Open Mic will follow their reading. Email Greg Chaimov at gchaimov@gmail.com to register. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on demand on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel after the event.

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