The readers/performers for Aug. 6 are Cecelia Hagen, Kate Mann, Matt Love and Smoky Epley. Love and Epley will present "Men In Exile: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Inmates of the Oregon State Penitentiary." Epley, a former inmate, will also read from
his new work.
Cecelia Hagen was the Fiction Editor for the Northwest Review for many years. Her work has been published in Portlandia, Exquisite Corpse, Prairie Schooner, Poet & Critic, Puerto del Sol, and in the book, From Where We Speak, an anthology of Oregon poets. Hagen has received writing awards from Oregon Literary Arts and the Associated Writing Programs, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Caldera Foundation, and Soapstone.
A former high school teacher, Kate Mann had an awakening of sorts in 2005 and dedicated herself to music full time. She traded in her car for a van, fixed up her mother's old 1963 Gibson acoustic, and started touring the Western United States. Her unique brand of moody Americana has been cultivating a loyal local fan base, and she is continuing the trend regionally. Her song "Cowboys are my Weakness" was recently selected as a finalist in the Americana category of the Independent Music Awards,
Matt Love is the founder and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press(www.nestuccaspitpress.com). He is author/editor of the Beaver State Trilogy: Grasping Wastrels vs. Beaches Forever Inc.: Covering the Fights for the Soul of the Oregon Coast(2003); The Far Out Story of Vortex I (2004); and Red Hot and Rollin': A Retrospection of the Portland Trail Blazers' 1976-77 Championship Season (2007).
Smoky Epley, or inmate #3892, has continued to write since his release from prison.
Oregon Literary Review co-hosts First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 3519 NE 44th off Fremont, 7-9pm. Readers and performers interested in participating should contact Julie Mae Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest and sample work.