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WITS Writers Spring News & Events – 2022


Ed Edmo will share his creative process in a free artist talk at the Reser Center for the Arts on April 30th. He will be in conversation with Yaki Bergman, Joe Cantrell, and Nancy Ives about the making of Celilo Falls: We Were There, in preparation for the main performance by the Portland Chamber Orchestra in June. 


On June 4th at 7:30pm at the Reser Center for the Arts, under the baton of Maestro Yaacov Bergman, Portland Chamber Orchestra’s 2021-22 season is brought to a spectacular close in June with the world premiere of Celilo Falls: We Were There. Through personal recollections and powerful poetry, acclaimed traditional storyteller Ed Edmo takes listeners on a musical journey through the history of Celilo Falls, portraying the experience of the Native Americans who lost not only their livelihoods but their cultural home for millennia when the Dalles Dam flooded the Falls in 1957.


Emilly Prado worked with the rad non-profit, Morpheus Youth Project, to publish a collaborative chapbook called American, Us, co-authored with a young poet, Andres Mendoza.

More information here: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/arts-and-culture/2022/04/american-us-book-emilly-prado-morpheus-youth-project

Purchase the book: https://onda-made.square.site/product/american-us-book/32?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false (the chapbook is also available signed @ Powell’s but not online).


Erica Berry is teaching a two-day workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon, on September 8-9th titled “Exploring the Braided essay,” and a few spots are still available!

Sign up here: https://www.sitkacenter.org/workshops/3103-exploring-the-braided-essay.


Jennifer Perrine‘s short story, “A Searching and Fearless Moral Inventory,” was published in the most recent issue of Buckman Journal, and their recent poems have appeared in Stirring, JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, and Cutbank. “Sickness,” Perrine’s collaboration with artist Michele L’Heureux, was included in the anthology, Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic and Artistic Collaborations, just published by Provincetown Arts Press in April 2022. Perrine recently won the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, and a collection of seven of their poems will be published in the journal’s Spring 2022 issue.

On April 30, Perrine will be teaching an online class on nature writing as part of the Northwest Women’s Music Celebration. Other classes in the virtual lineup include songwriting, ukulele, guitar, and art. Register here.

Perrine co-hosts Incite: Queer Writers Read with Vinnie Kinsella. The next event will be in-person at Literary Arts on Wednesday, May 11, 7pm PT, and will feature readings by Emme Lund, Denise Dubois, and Andrea Deeken, followed by a community discussion. The theme for the May reading is “Awkward.”

On May 15, Perrine will be teaching an online class on poetic constraints as part of Hugo House’s Summer Write-O-Rama, an afternoon of one-hour writing classes. More info and tickets are available here.

Perrine is currently serving as a mentor for two Community Profile cohorts: one for traditional health workers and one for BIPOC queer young people (ages 18-28). Both are free affinity groups that include monthly writing workshops and access to all of Profile Theatre’s programming. 

On June 3rd, Perrine will be reading at the Orcas Island Lit Fest. Tickets for both the in-person and livestream version of the festival are available. 


Upcoming Events – Literary Arts

Jules Ohman‘s essay, How Writing a Novel Helped Me Say Gay, was published on LitHub.

They will be in conversation with Kimberly King Parsons at Powell’s on Thursday, June 16th, and at Third Place Books – Ravenna on Monday, June 20th in conversation with Sarah Neilson to celebrate the launch of their debut novel Body Grammar


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