Ellen Waterston’s upcoming title, High Centered: The Oregon Desert Trail as National Metaphor, will be released by University of Washington Press in 2020. Stay tuned for release date and details!
Winner of the inaugural 2015 Waterston Desert Writing Prize, Rebecca Lawton will launch her new book, The Oasis This Time-Living and Dying with Water in the West (Torrey House Press), which is based on the proposal she submitted for the Prize. Lawton is a scientist, river guide and prize-winning author and currently serves as Executive Director of PLAYA, an artists’ and scientists’ residency program in Summer Lake, Oregon. Lawton will read from her new book, answer questions and sign copies.
Where: Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota, Bend, Oregon
Ellen Waterston will be reading an excerpt from her nonfiction manuscript titled High Centered, The Oregon Desert Trail as National Metaphor, to be published by University of Washington Press in 2020. The excerpt she will be reading from in the book is also included in an anthology titled Edge of Awe, Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country edited by Alan Contreras, with a foreword by William Kittredge and illustrations by the late Ursula K. Le Guin. It will be released by OSU Press spring 2019.
Location: Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend, Oregon
Cowgirl Poetry Night returns to the High Desert Museum! Grab your boots and a friend, and come enjoy a night of poetry and libations. Poets and ranchers Kathy Moss, Jessica Hedges and Ellen Waterston will share poems about the joys and challenges of life in the West. Enjoy the sweet folk and blues music performed by Coyote Willow.
Location: High Desert Museum, 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, Oregon
Cost: Members $7, Non-members $12
No host bar.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Ellen Waterston will read from her fourth and newest poetry collection, "Hotel Domilocos," followed by "Write Where You Are," a poetry writing workshop. The event is free and open to the public.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
61980 Skyline Ranch Road., Bend, OR 97701
Oregon poets Judith Montgomery, Penelope Scambly Schott and Ellen Waterston will read from their work in a round-robin format, followed by Q&A.
Judith Montgomery's poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner and Cave Wall. Her first collection, the chapbook "Passion," received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for poetry. "Red Jess" was a finalist for several national first book prizes in 2006. "Pulse and Constellation" (2007) was a finalist for the Finishing Line Poetry Prize. With the help of residences at PLAYA, she is working on two new manuscripts, "Litany for Wound and Bloom," (a finalist for the 2016 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize) and "Mutable Flame."
Penelope Scambly Schott, author of a novel and several books of poetry, was awarded four New Jersey arts fellowships before moving to Oregon, where her verse biography, "A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth," received an Oregon Book Award for poetry. Several of Penelope's books and individual poems have won other prizes. Forthcoming poetry titles in 2017 are "Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic" and "Bailing the River." Her individual poems have appeared in APR, Georgia Review and elsewhere. Penelope and her husband host a series of poetry readings in Portland, Oregon called The White Dog Salon. She also leads a coveted annual poetry workshop in Dufur, Oregon.
Location: Dudley's Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota, Bend, OR 97701
Dudley's Phone: 541-749-2010.
The Waterston Desert Writing Prize will recognize its 2017 winner, Naseem Rakha, and finalists at a reading and reception on June 28. In addition, Kathleen Dean Moore and John Calderazzo (who also served as guest judge) will serve as panelists for "A Desert Conversation" moderated by Ellen Waterston. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required on the High Desert Museum website.
Ellen Waterston will celebrate the release of her fourth volume of poetry, Hotel Domilocos, published by Moonglade Press. The event at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bend will include a reading, signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase. Please reserve at email@example.com.
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Bend.
Ellen Waterston will be poet-in-residence at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine in its annual program. Other poets who have served as poet-in-residence include Naomi Shihab Nye and Richard Blanco. More details soon!
The High Desert Museum will reprise its popular Cowgirl Poetry evening, including readings by Jessica Hedges, Carolyn Dufurrena and Ellen Waterston. Grab your boots, round up your girlfriends and enjoy an evening of poetry, music and libations. Museum members: $5; Non-members: $10. No-host bar. Reserve here!
The Waterston Desert Writing Prize will accept submissions for the 2017 prize from January 1 through April 1. Submission details are available here . John Calderazzo will act as a guest judge. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash award, be recognized at a reading and reception on June 28 at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and receive a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.
Poetry in Performance, featuring Ellen Waterston, is a presentation on the making of Via Lactea, A New Opera in English, which premiered in June 2016. The opera was based on Ellen Waterston's verse novel, Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino. Ms. Waterston wrote the libretto for the opera and Rebecca Oswald composed the musical score.
Ellen Waterston, Poet with Aimee Larson, Soprano and Christopher Wicks, Accompanist.
Location: Woodland Chapel, 580 High St. SE, Salem, Oregon
Admission is free. Books and CDs for sale and signing.
Sponsored by the Mid-Valley Poetry Society, a unit of the Oregon Poetry Association, with support from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation.
Where: H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon
The Blue River Writers Group will hold a gathering of writers in the Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River. Contact the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University-Corvallis for more information. The Blue River Writers Gathering is a biannual gathering at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest intended to be an inspiring and restorative weekend for northwest 'nature' writers—a chance to meet one another, share our stories, give each other courage in difficult times, and find to solace and insight in the deep streams and ancient forests of the Blue River watershed in Oregon.
Location: World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, Oregon
Ellen Waterston will read from her work as one of the evening's guest performers. In addition, a discounted Fall 2017 Writing Ranch creative writing workshop at PLAYA will be offered during the auction.
PLAYA is a nonprofit facility in Summer Lake, Oregon which provides the gift of time and solitude for visual, literary and performing artists and scientists to focus on their work through its residency program.
More information is available on the PLAYA website.
The opera created from Ellen Waterston's verse novel, Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, will have its world premiere on the stage of Bend, Oregon's Tower Theatre. A production of OperaBend; libretto by Ellen Waterston, music by Rebecca Oswald, adapted for the stage and directed by Nancy Engebretson. Tickets are available at www.towertheatre.org.
The opera created from Ellen Waterston's verse novel, "Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino," will have its world premiere on the stage of Bend, Oregon's Tower Theatre. A production of OperaBend; libretto by Ellen Waterston, music by Rebecca Oswald, adapted for the stage and directed by Nancy Engebretson. Tickets are available at www.towertheatre.org.
The first world premiere performance of the opera created from Ellen Waterston's verse novel, Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, will be presented by OperaBend on the stage of Bend, Oregon's Tower Theatre. A production of OperaBend; libretto by Ellen Waterston, music by Rebecca Oswald, adapted for the stage and directed by Nancy Engebretson. Tickets are available at www.towertheatre.org.
Join us for an evening of music, libations and cowgirl poetry. We’ll celebrate the spirit of ranch women as captured in Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West with poets Ellen Waterston, Jessica Hedges, Linda Hussa and Carolyn Duffurrena. Grab your boots and a girlfriend, and come enjoy a night of poetry and live music. No-host bar; hors d'oeuvres. Members $5, non-members $10.
Where: High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend, Oregon
During Portland Opera Guild's annual holiday party, Ellen Waterston will discuss the transition of her verse novel, Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, to a libretto, and then to a musical score for the June 2016 world premiere of "Via Lactea: An Opera in Two Acts," produced by OperaBend. Jason Stein, executive director of OperaBend, with Kari Burgess, Jocelyn Claire Thomas and Amanda Taddeo, will perform some numbers from "Via Lactea," as well as excerpts from Carmen and Die Fledermaus.
Where: Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Where: 507 NW Skyline Crest Road, Portland, Oregon
Poet and author Penelope Scambly Schott will host the White Dog Salon, which she and her husband founded. Ellen Waterston is one of two poets who will read at this event. The public is invited. Ellen will read from her verse novel, Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, and then read a corresponding portion of the libretto.. Vocalist Amanda Taddeo will then sing the same section from the libretto (also written by Ellen) of the opera, with music composed by Rebecca Oswald, based on Ellen's book. The world premiere of "Via Lactea: An Opera in Two Acts" will take place June 10-11-12, 2016.
Where: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library - with Grass Roots Books
The Crazy Eights Author Tour continues. I and my author colleagues will, once again, talk about what makes us Oregon writers, followed by mixing, mingling and book signing. Thank you to George Wright, Crazy 8s originator and organizer.
What: From Shadow to Dance: Form, Function and Peripheral Vision in Poetry
Where: Women Writing the West 2015 Conference, Eagle Crest, Redmond, Oregon
"Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance," wrote Carl Sandburg. Come dance with three-time WILLA Literary Award Winner Ellen Waterston as she leads a preconference poetry intensive. Ellen is an internationally recognized poet and author who will explore the elasticity of form and function as well as the importance of peripheral vision in nabbing that telling phrase or detail in writing poetry.
Where: Cottage Grove Public Library - with Books on Main
The Crazy Eights Author Tour brings eight authors to eight selected Oregon communities, large and small. The authors have a shared passion for independent booksellers and public libraries, and want to increase public interest in increasing public interest in books, those who write them, those who sell them, and those who house them for the public good.
I and my author colleagues will talk about what makes us Oregon writers, followed by mixing, mingling and book signing. Thank you to George Wright for making Crazy 8s a reality!
The Combined Visions Exhibit opening reception at the Oregon State Capitol Building, Salem, Oregon
The art book version of Ellen Waterston's "Via Lactea" verse novel will be included in the display. Also displayed: broadsides of artwork from the book created by illustrator Ron Schultz. Broadsides and soft cover copies of "Via Lactea" will be available for purchase in the Capitol Gift Shop.