Sunday, March 6, 2016
Sponsored by Soapstone in partnership with Concordia University. Located in the Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center
Readers: Leanne Grabel, Kate Gray, Brandi Katherine Herrera, Annie Lighthart, Kaia Sand, and Wendy Willis
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.
Leanne Grabel is a poet, memoirist, illustrator, and special education teacher working with at-risk, emotionally disabled youth. In love with mixing genres and media, Grabel has written and produced numerous spokenword shows, including The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression; Anger: The Musical; Badgirls; and The Little Poet. Grabel’s books include Brontosaurus, Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes, Short Poems by a Short Poet and numerous illustrated chapbooks. She is currently writing graphic prose poetry.
Kate Gray’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) attempts to stare at bullying without blinking. She is the author of three poetry collections and has also published essays. She is a teacher and writing coach. This year she led a Soapstone study group on Sylvia Plath and is conducting writing salons at Another Read Through books that use a different woman writer every month for discussion and generative writing. She and her partner live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with their sidekicks, Rafi and Wasco, two very patient dogs.
Brandi Katherine Herrera is a Portland, Oregon based poet and multidisciplinary artist whose work in poetic text, film, and sound has been performed for Poetry Press Week, Pure Surface, Free Verse, and AiPD INK, and was most recently featured in Poor Claudia, The Volta, Thru Magazine, Octopus Magazine, and The Common, among others. She is the co-editor of The Lake Rises, a WITNESS POST Series anthology (Stockport Flats, 2013), and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Pacific University.
Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String, has had her poetry chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals, and has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with students of all ages. She currently teaches with Mountain Writers and lives in a small green corner of Portland.
Kaia Sand writes investigative poetry that is often experiential and material, including a magic show, walks, sign projects, and art installations. She is the author of three poetry collections: Interval (Edge Books), Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press), and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Money that Lost Its Puff (Tinfish Press); and she co-authored Landsapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space. Sand investigated Portland Police surveillance files of activists in the 1960s and 70s to create “She had her own reason for participating,” a poem about women organizing for rights that she sledgehammered onto copper cards. More info: http://kaiasand.net/
Wendy Willis is a poet and essayist from Springfield, Oregon, but lives in Portland, Oregon. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released in 2012 by Press 53, and she has published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals. Willis is also the executive director of Kitchen Table Democracy, a national non-profit housed at Portland State University dedicated to improving democratic governance.