Saturday, June 30, 2007

Michael Rockstar

Check out the website for Michael Rockstar, local Portland musician, whom I met at Pix Patisserie.


from his website:
"Michael Rockstar is a musical comedian. Hailing originally from Los Angeles, and currently living in Portland, Oregon, Michael's music is as diverse and interesting as the places he has resided. "I spent time in Asia, teaching English in rural China and hanging out in Thailand - I played shows twice a week for people who had no idea what I was saying. It forced me to become a much more involving entertainer," says Michael.

Growing up in a musical family, Michael is no stranger to the industry. His father Marc Wolin was in the successful Los Angeles-based band Wheeze in the early 70s and continues to perform and produce various acts through his company, Sedona Records, of which Michael is a part.

Experienced and prolific, Michael has written and performed music since the age of 11, and, after graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Music, Sound Recording, and Media Arts, Michael has embarked upon an artistic journey unlike his previous endeavors, or those of his musical comrades. "I'm working on a masterpiece," he says. A delightful combination of rock, folk, pop, comedy, and dialogue, Michael's charismatic appeal is most evident at his live performances."

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gigi Rosenberg

Check the nice new website for my writing pal Gigi Rosenberg.

From Gig's website:

"My love of theater and writing coalesced into several dramatic monologues which I wrote and performed as solo works in venues from private readings to theatrical performances in New York City, Boston, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. For 15 years, I worked in print, film and video production for corporations and non-profit organizations.

As a teacher, I lead Grant Writing for Success and The Art of Presentation, professional development workshops for writers and artists. I've taught in NYC, Seattle and at the Northwest Writing Institute, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Willamette Writers Conference."

Check out her calendar for upcoming events.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Susan Meyers wins SIBA

Susan Meyers has won the SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) award for 2007 for her book of poetry, Keep and Give Away from USC Press and sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initative.


HOORAY SUSAN! A BIG CONGRATULATIONS!


She is in the company of:

Charles Frasier (Fiction) Thirteen Moons (Random House)

Charles J. Shields (Nonfiction) Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Henry Holt)

Amy Sedaris (Cookbook) I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (Warner Books)

Watt Key (Children's) Alabama Moom (Farrar Straus Giroux)

SIBA



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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Martha Gies workshop on The Art of the Interview, August 12-18

Week-long writing workshop at Menucha on the Columbia River Gorge: *

The Art of the Interview: Using as our laboratory the Menucha campus, its studios and barns full of painting and ceramics, its individual classes full of people creating art, we will each choose one artist (may be faculty or student) to observe and interview during the week. The product will be a first-draft profile of a working artist. For inspiration we will look at profiles provided by the instructor, pieces of eloquence and skill published in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Note: Writers are welcome to bring tape recorders and cameras, though neither is required.

Instructor Martha Gies began publishing nonfiction in the mid-seventies and was a Seattle correspondent to Variety for two years. Her short stories and literary essays appear widely in literary quarterlies, including Zyzzyva, Orion and The Sun, and in various anthologies. She is the author of Up All Night (Oregon State University Press, 2004), a documentary portrait of Portland told through the stories of 23 people who work graveyard shift.

Held at Menucha, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, this one week residential workshop features a small class in a nurturing community atmosphere. 30 Minutes from Portland, the historic 96 acre Meier estate includes walking trails, gardens, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool. Other classes include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, pastel, collage and new this year, ukulele. These classes, which may be taken for credit, provide instruction and techniques for integrating a variety of art forms into the classroom for anyone from the total novice to the seasoned professional. Partial scholarships may be available.
Register online at Creative Arts Community.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Xujun wins Tartt First Fiction Award

My pal Xujun Eberlein has just found out that her short story collection has won the Tartt First Fiction Award. I met Xujun last summer at Tin House, where we were in Jim Shepard's workshop. Her writing is wonderful, and I'm so happy to see her get this award.

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