Monday, January 29, 2007

Looking Glass Bookstore

Looking Glass Bookstore is moving from downtown to Sellwood. The new address will be 7983 SE 13th Ave, near Grand Central Baking. Look for the red railroad car, soon to be full of good books. The downtown store is finishing up a January moving sale.


Saturday, January 27, 2007

ABA Winter Institute Feb 1 & 2 in Portland

The American Booksellers Association Winter Institute will be held in Portland Thursday and Friday, February 1st and 2nd.

Not open to the public (more's the pity - all those free books!) but important in that it keeps the focus on independent bookstores. One of the highlights will be a tour of Powell's. So you might see a passle of bookish folks around the Lloyd Center Doubletree.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Shakespeare quiz

How well do you know the Bard? Nodding acquaintance, wave when you pass on the street, stop and chat, or clink mugs at the local?

Take this Shakespeare quiz and find out.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mr. Nash

Pediatric Reflection

Many an infant that screams like a calliope
Could be soothed by a little attention to its diope.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

MFA rankings

The blogosphere is abuzz over MFA rankings. Here's the posting by Seth Abramson, and here's Tom Kealey's site.

Kealey has a good MFA blog, although his focus is almost entirely on residence programs, with very little mention or understanding of low-residency programs like Queens.

The forum at Poet's and Writers is getting lively! (Thanks to Jilly for the link.)


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Reed & Write, May 29-June 3 2007

Reed & Write is a writing workshop for Reed alumni, their families, parents of Reedies, and friends of the college. Tuition is $295. This is part of the annual alumni college, held during reunion week.

Here's the faculty list:
Janet Fitch '78 - Fiction
Vern Rutsala '56 - Poetry
Eric Overmeyer '73 - Dramatic Writing
Debra Ginsberg '85 & John Daniel '70 - Memoir

Guest speakers:
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge ’69 (Poet)
Lee Blessing '71 (Playwright)
Gordon Dahlquist '83 (Fiction)
Leslie Scalapino ’66 (Poet)
Lisa Steinman (Poet & Reed Professor)
Anne Washburn ‘91 (Playwright)
& Emeritus Reed Professors of Creative Writing:
Elinor Langer
Gary Miranda
Peter Sears

I graduated in 1971, and Lee Blessing was in my thesis production. That same year, Lee and Eric Overmeyer and I were in a production of Gorky's The Lower Depths. It will be great to see them both again.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007


Warning: may prove addictive. Proceed at your own risk.

Literature-Map is a moving, shifting spatial rendition of authorial affinities.

Thanks to the Ploughshares Blog for the link.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ogden Nash

The Panther

The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn't been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better still, if called by a panther,
Don't anther.

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Friday, January 05, 2007


"Words set things in motion. I've seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges."

Toni Cade Bambara,
in Janet Sternburg, ed. The Writer on Her Work, vol 1.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Euclid Alone Has Looked On Beauty Bare

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere

In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.
O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone

Of light anatomized! Euclid alone
Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
Who, though once only and then but far away,
Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.


Monday, January 01, 2007

William Stafford Birthday Celebrations 2007

Here's the list of readings for the Portland area and elsewhere.

from the Friends of William Stafford website:

"Each year, the Friends of William Stafford rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the late poet's birthday (January 17, 1914) with a full month of Birthday Celebration Readings. These events are held in communities throughout the country, and each year more are added. Free and open to the public, they offer literary friends, old and new, a chance to share in the spirit of William Stafford. Most events feature guest poets. Other events add an open mike, during which members of the audience are invited to read their own favorite Stafford poem or share a memory."