portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements portland metro

alternative media | arts and culture

Free Public Reading February 3 by Ana Callan, Alissa Nielsen, Lauren Schmidt, Bennett Huf

Oregon Literary Review co-hosts First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. This show is 21 and over. Contact Julie Mae Madsen at  maemadsen@gmail.com for more information.
February 3 witness the magic and wonder of live writers reading their artwords just for you!

Ana Callan, Alissa Nielsen, Lauren Schmidt, Bennett Huffman will bring joy, confusion, and understanding to your life at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. This show is 21 and over. First Wednesday of February!

Bennett Huffman received his BA in English from the University of Redlands. After a circumnavigation of the globe he earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, where he co-authored the novel Caverns (New York: Penguin, 1990) with Ken Kesey. Bennett earned his PhD in 20th Century Literature from the University of Liverpool in 2001. He has had poems published in Northwest Passage, Ambit, and Calapooia Collage, among others. After many years of teaching college English Bennett currently guards the state of Oregon against invasive insect species with the State Department of Agriculture.

Ana Callan an award-winning poet and essayist, whose latest collection is Duet With Hummingbird. She teaches intimate Spiritual Memoir and Mystic Poetry classes around the country.

Alissa Nielsen is a short-fiction writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Raven Chronicles, Ellipsis, and Slightly West. She has studied literature and writing at Charles University in Prague, The Evergreen State College, and earned her MFA at Pacific University. Currently, she lives in Portland, Oregon, and is working on a collection of short stories.

Lauren Schmidt's work may be found or is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ruminate, Wicked Alice and others. Her poems have been selected as finalists for the 2008 and 2009 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, the 2009 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her poem "Once Upon an Emergency Exit Row" was awarded first place in the 2009 So to Speak Poetry Prize named for a journal out of George Mason University. In December, Lauren's poetry was nominated for the AWP Intro to Journals Project as well.

Coming Up: The readers for March 3 are Mark Thalman, John Blackard, Penelope Schott, and Pedro Ponce.