Delve Seminar Summary: Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

Delve Seminar Summary: Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

[by Patrick Findler]   Dispatch 1: There were fifteen of us gathered around a square wooden table to talk about Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, specifically the first two parts of volume I, “Facts and Myths.” This will be a record of some of the things said during that conversation, to give a sense…

Delve Seminar Summary: Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ & the 2016 Election

Delve Seminar Summary: Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise’ & the 2016 Election

[by Ben Adams]   Don DeLillo is known as a literary curmudgeon. Suffice it to say he makes public appearances with great hesitance and many grievances; you can almost see him protesting onstage. He detests trivialities involving his work, and when pressed will pass on questions or give blunt one-word answers. So, when I was…

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Melissa Joan Walker is a local writer whose work has appeared in outlets such as the Denver Quarterly, Sentence, Banshee, theNewerYork, After Hours; Orion Headless, Parable Press and more. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught writing, literature, and creativity to students at Roosevelt University, DePaul…

Delve Guide Spotlight: Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Delve Guide Spotlight: Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is a poet-dramatist who draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. The 2016 recipient of the inaugural Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color, Cindy was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones (Bilingual…

Delve Guide Spotlight: Danielle Frandina

Delve Guide Spotlight: Danielle Frandina

Danielle Frandina is an educator, writer, and editor who made Portland her home four years ago. She earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, where she chaired the school’s humanities department. Danielle is the founder, curator and host of the Portland reading…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler & the Poetics of Intimacy

Delve Seminar Summaries: Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler & the Poetics of Intimacy

[by Alexei Bien]   Seminar #1 – O’Hara We began the seminar by introducing ourselves and saying why we were interested in delving into Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler. Afterwards, our guide and poet, John Brehm, introduced us to Frank O’Hara. O’Hara, we learned, was famous for tossing off a poem at a moment’s notice.…

Seminar Summary: Tennessee Williams & Eugene O’Neill

Seminar Summary: Tennessee Williams & Eugene O’Neill

by Sophie Soprani     Week 3   I joined the O’Neill/Williams Delve seminar two weeks into its run due to a lasting case of influenza, which in truth provided an uncomfortable but appropriately nauseating context in which to read Eugene O’Neill for the first time. Prior to my arrival, our Delve Seminar had gathered…

Delve Poetry by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Delve Poetry by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez is a recent Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. She participated in this fall’s Delve, Haunting Legacies: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Contemporary Representations of Slavery, and crafted a poem inspired by the seminar’s discussions:   Toni Morrison’s Beloved Story   This is not a story to pass on. This is a story that will…

Delve Seminar Summaries: The Works of Carl Jung

Delve Seminar Summaries: The Works of Carl Jung

[by Sarah Vanderpoel] Week 1 As each member of the group gave a brief explanation of what brought them to “The Works of Carl Jung” Delve seminar, I realized how fortunate I was to be among these people—so many different histories and interests, and, yes, some real Jungian experts! Seeing how my own knowledge of…

Delve Seminar Summaries “Haunting Legacies: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Contemporary Representations of Slavery”

Delve Seminar Summaries “Haunting Legacies: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Contemporary Representations of Slavery”

[by Kirstin Fulton]   Week 1 My fellow Delve participants and I began our six-week session on Toni Morrison’s profound and complex novel Beloved with a conversation on Morrison the writer. In preparation for this first meeting, our guide Béalleka sent us a New York Times article to familiarize ourselves with Morrison, her work, and…