Migration Stories: June 1 – July 2, 2018

Migration Stories Postcard

[Two excerpts from my book Hooked on Antifreeze: True Tales About Loving and Leaving Alaska have been accepted into the show, Migration Stories (more info below). I will attend the show’s opening reception on Friday, June 1, 6-9 p.m. at the Multnomah Art Center. I hope to see you there.]

Multimedia show honors World Refugee Day

In conjunction with World Refugee Day, Multnomah Art Center is exhibiting a juried multimedia show called “Migration Stories” June 1 through July 2, 2018.   

Former UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon states, “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future.  It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family.”   

We are a nation of indigenous peoples, ancestors of slaves and captives, refugees, and immigrants.  The show mission supports MAC’s commitment to fostering creative relationships with our community through reflecting our inner and outer worlds, expressing our diversity, building bridges and learning from each other. This exhibit explores the many aspects of leaving home, of finding home, and how we make home where we are.  An opening reception will be held Friday, June 1, 6-9pm.

The show includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, installation, photography, mixed media, poetry, prose and video from these 45 artists representing a wide range of cultures and personal histories from England, Germany, Honduras, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Jewish diaspora, Korea, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Native American Tribes, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, Vietnam and more. The exhibit closes 5pm on July 2.

The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) provides excellent arts education in the visual and performing arts at an affordable cost to students of all ages.  We offer programs in dance, theatre, music, drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry/metalsmithing, printmaking, photography, literary arts and more.  Programs run year-round, and scholarships are available.  For more information about MAC or the nonprofit support organization, Multnomah Arts Center Association, call 503.823.2787 or visit www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org.

 

 

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Reading to take place June 15

The public is invited to the first performance of Nancy’s Amazing Crew of Yarn Spinners, Tall Tale Tellers and Big Fat Liars. The evening will include readings by Nancy Woods and several of  her students, including Catherine Magdalena, Kerry McPherson, Howard Schneider, Jamie Caulley and Mark Alejos.

The reading will take place Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. It will take place in the Copeland Commons room of TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215. Free. Donations accepted.

Dinner with Julienne

Last night I got together with Julienne Givot, who’s helping me market my books. We talked about everything from word-of-mouth selling to character types, and finished the evening off with boysenberry cider and burgers (with bacon!) at Killer Burger just down the street from my office.

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Elizabeth Woody speaks at Willamette Writers

Shirley Lewton Kathy Eaton Debbe Borders MarketStreetMcMenamins 9-1-15 2x

Yesterday evening, Kickstart Your Writing students Shirley Lewton, Kathy Eaton and Debbe Borders and I started out at McMenamins Market Street Pub, in Portland, Oregon, before attending the Willamette Writers monthly meeting.

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During the meeting, featured speaker Elizabeth Woody—a poet, visual artist and enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs—entertained us with poems and stories, including one story about how Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” invited Woody to submit a story to be read on the air.  Woody did so only to have Gross reject the story and use one written by Sherman Alexie instead. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who lives in Seattle, Alexie wrote a poetry collection Old Shirts and New Skins, which Woody illustrated.

Just goes to show: All writers are subject to rejection.