Delve Seminar Summary: Roberto Bolaño–State/Art/Violence

Delve Seminar Summary: Roberto Bolaño–State/Art/Violence

[by Patrick Newson] Seminar Title: “Roberto Bolaño: State/Art/Violence” Guide: Benjamin McPherson Ficklin Texts by Roberto Bolaño: The Savage Detectives  Distant Star Antwerp     Bolano: Art, State, Violence   My first encounter with Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives was an audiobook version I bought in San Francisco several years ago. My friend, BMF —…

Delve Seminar Summary: Octavia Butler’s Parables

Delve Seminar Summary: Octavia Butler’s Parables

[by Krystal Wu] Seminar Title: “Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents” Guide: Christopher Rose Novel Series by Octavia Butler: Parable of the Sower (novel) Parable of the Talents (novel)     All that you touch, You Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change. God Is…

Delve Seminar Summary: George Saunders–The Long and Short Of It

Delve Seminar Summary: George Saunders–The Long and Short Of It

[by Elizabeth Scott] Seminar Title: “George Saunders: The Long and Short of It” Guide: Trevor Dodge Texts by George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (novel) Tenth of December (stories)   9/6/17 After introductions, Trevor spent some time talking about George Saunders’ writing process based on an essay he wrote.  Saunders views the process of writing as one…

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

[by Monica Vilhauer] Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Guide: Satya Byock   On the night of our first rain in Portland in three months, I made my way over to Literary Arts downtown, wondering to myself about my company for the evening.  Who uses their free time to…

Delve Seminar Summary: One Nation Still On Fire–James Baldwin & Jesmyn Ward

Delve Seminar Summary: One Nation Still On Fire–James Baldwin & Jesmyn Ward

[by Jenny Chu] One Nation Still On Fire: James Baldwin and Jesmyn Ward Guide: Béalleka Makau     *This blog article will appear also in the Oregon Arts Watch in 2018.   I want to write about a dead elephant. As a scribe, my tuition was comped for the sold-out Delve, “One Nation Still on…

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…