Thursday, July 23, 2009

Teaching summer quarter July 27 - August 17

I'm teaching Summer Quarter at the UW Women's Center. But the class will not be in Cunningham Hall, where the winter and spring classes were held. The summer class will be in Sieg Hall, room 228, near the Drumheller Fountain.
Here's a campus map.

Online registration is now closed, so please call the Womens Center at 206.685.1090, (Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm) to register.

Writing Your Story, Finding Your Voice
4 Mondays July 27-Aug 17, 7-8:30 pm, Sieg Hall room 228, $45

Every woman has a story to tell, in her own voice. In this four-week session we will release our stories, silence our inner critics, and have a good time! Come prepared with pen and paper, your imagination, your fears and joys, your secret expectations. We will focus on short pieces of prose and poetry, using lively free-writing exercises. For those new to writing, and those who want to revisit the freedom of the beginner.


Saturday, July 11, 2009 by Randall Brown is a new site by Randall Brown. And a very fine resource for all things flash!

Er, yes (coughs and points toe) I have a flash on the site. Look under authors, then under L.


Monday, July 06, 2009

author readings at Tin House next week

If you're going to be in the Portland area next week, check out the great lineup of lectures and readings as part of the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop.


Sunday, July 12th 2009
8 p.m. Lan Samantha Chang, Kevin Young, Steve Almond

Monday, July 13th 2009
8 p.m. Karen Shepard, Ann Hood, Walter Kirn

Tuesday, July 14th 2009
8 p.m. Jan Elizabeth Watson, Stephen Elliott, Keith Lee Morris

Wednesday, July 15th 2009
8 p.m. Anthony Doerr, David Shields, Charles D’Ambrosio

Thursday, July 16th 2009
7:30 p.m. Special Celebration for Tin House’s 10th Anniversary
To be held in Downtown Portland

Friday, July 17th 2009
8 p.m. Bret Anthony Johnston, Ehud Havazelet, Ron Hansen

Saturday, July 18th 2009
8 p.m. Aimee Bender, D.A. Powell, Jim Shepard

All readings (except for Thursday) to be held in Cerf Amphitheater on Reed College Campus. Door charge to readings is $5.


Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sir Thomas Beecham 1879-1961

Sir Thomas Beecham was a famous conductor and impresario who founded the London Philharmonic, and was influential in both British and American classical music.

When rehearsing Handel's Messiah, Beecham said to the choir, "When we sing 'All we, like sheep, have gone astray,' might we please have a little more regret and a little less satisfaction?"

from The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes, edited by Clifton Fadiman.


Saturday, July 04, 2009


And the big Doberman is quietly bemused as the little Chihuahua dances around the apartment. Makes me dance in my chair.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Home of the Brave

My pal Jeff Hess has edited an anthology of stories about men and women in the service called Home of the Brave: Stories In Uniform. The publisher is the always excellent Press 53.
"A portion of this book’s proceeds are being donated to USA Cares, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that assists post 9/11 military service members and their families to cope with the financial burdens resulting from their service to America."

Contributors include Tim O'Brien, Kurt Vonnegut, Mary Akers, Tobias Wolff, Zoey Byrd, James Salter, Hannah Huber, Kevin Jones, Valerie Hamilton, Bruce Overby, Chris Offut, Tracy Crow, and Sarah Davis.

Hess has put together a fine collection, starting with WWII and finishing up with Iraq and Afghanistan. As he says in his lively introduction, "Short fiction shows us things we might never have known, even if we've experienced it already."

And it's a darn good read for the summer time too. Take it to the beach, or the nearest sofa on a rainy afternoon. Glory, trouble, worry, fear, blood, and courage, they are all here, between the covers of this fine anthology. I heartily recommend it.

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