3508 SW Corbett Ave., Portland, Oregon 97239
Gallery opening: May 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Lea Barozzi, April Bullard, Lisa Feather, Tonia Twigger McConnell, Deb Scott, and Tina Tran for their gallery opening. Wine bar and refreshments available along with breathtaking art.
Lea Barozzi populates her work with little maidens and echoes of discarded dolls who are no strangers to loneliness, but persevere to find their way in the dark out of the corners they have found themselves painted into.
Artist, photographer, and poet April Bullard creates and lives aboard her boat on the Columbia River.
And on May 13, Studio Series host Leah Stenson and VC6 co-editor Toni Partington will emcee our reading at Stonehenge at 7 p.m.
Susan Dobrof is a retired labor and employment lawyer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Now she studies and teaches yoga and studies and practices meditation; these life changes have allowed her to fully experience the joy of walking around the block with her cat. She’s been published in the online journal, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Momentum, the magazine of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She gratefully acknowledges the instrumental critiques of her beloved writing group, Broads on the Side.
When Carol Frischmann moved from the blackwater woods of her youth to Portland, she never imagined the volcanic landscape would become as beautiful to her as her beloved Coastal Carolinas. In the nine years since, eating the vegetables and fruits that she grows in her city backyard, Cascadia has— literally and figuratively— become a part of her. Carol’s work has appeared in Bacopa, Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment, Soundings, and the Los Angeles Review. Carol’s poetry has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Chemeketa Community College, as well as a freelance writer.
Bonnie Minden Ward is a Portland native. She enjoys spending time in the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, where she hikes, camps, and cycles. She works with children, loves the moon, and finds great strength in the power of words and stories. Bonnie believes that our best work comes from honoring the brokenness in us, that our brightest light shines after facing the darkness. Bonnie would like to dedicate the publication of her poem, “And This Is How We Grieve” to Sister Gemma who wrote across her page in seventh grade: “This is really good. Have you ever seriously considered writing?”
Alissa Nielsen is a fiction writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared in Ellipsis, Prick of the Spindle, and The Raven Chronicles. She studied literature and writing at The Evergreen State College and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and earned her MFA from Pacific University. She has worked as an English teacher, a contracted literary arts programmer for Bumbershoot music festival, a zine curator/librarian for Richard Hugo House, an editor-in-chief of Silk Road, and a chocolate-and-wine pusher for Pix Patisserie. At present, Alissa lives in Portland, Oregon where she is working on a collection of short stories.
Margaret Chula lived in Japan for twelve years where she taught creative writing at Kyoto universities. She has published six collections of poetry, most recently What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, a collaboration with quilt artist Cathy Erickson. Specializing in Japanese poetry, she teaches workshops at universities, Zen centers, and at international poetry conferences. One of her haiku was printed on Itoen tea cans distributed throughout Japan. Last year, she was invited to be Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music in Portland. Poems from these concerts are published on their website and in concert programs. She also serves as President of the Tanka Society of America. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and ikebana.
Katharine Salzmann lives in Portland. She has two poetry chapbooks, Hemopoiesis (1995) & Prayer Ceremony (2007) both published by Persian Pony Press. The Oregonian said of her poems, “Human limitation and the apparent schism between mind and matter are absent here … . Sensual, sensuous, refusing the either-or categories of Western rationality, this is a poet who apprehends the world in its wholeness, its gift, and gives it back in kind.” Her poems have appeared here and around the block, tucked into small pockets, buried in the back yard, and occasionally been seen leaping all kinds of things in a single bound.