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.
Ellen Waterston will read from her work, along with other Skyhooks poets Carol Barrett, Marion Davidson, Kake Huck, Judith Montgomery, John Martin and Jane Thielsen.
Location: Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall Street, Bend, 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.
A collaboration with current PLAYA residents. Ellen Waterston will join other writers in a reading at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.
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
"Keeping It Real" is a youth mentoring group conducted by the Crook County Juvenile Department. Ellen will speak and conduct a brief writing workshop.
Where: Central Oregon Community College Open Campus, 510 SE Lynn Boulevard, Prineville, 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.
The art book version of Via Lactea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino has been donated to the Central Oregon Community College Library. Marjorie Meret Carmen, who donated the book in memory of her husband Milton, will unveil this generous gift. Tina Hovekamp, Library Director at Central Oregon Community College, states, "The spotlight of the event is the "Art of the Book" with a message that bridges the beauty of reading with the artistic expression/inspiration found within a book."
Event: Reading from work created in "Writing for the Health of It" workshop at St. Charles Cancer Center, and dedication of art donated by students from St. Charles' workshops.
Event: Wild Arts Festival, annual fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Portland.
Ellen Waterston, author of the verse novel, Vía Láctea, A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino., and Ron Schultz, who illustrated the book, will be among the artists at the Wild Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon. They will have the soft cover and art book versions of Vía Láctea, A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino., as well as broadsides, available for purchase.
Ellen Waterston will be reading from her verse novel Vía Láctea, A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino.
Event: First Draft Writers’ Series
Location: Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., Pendleton, Oregon
Refreshments and lively conversations with Playa alumni Laura Winter, Pepper Trail and Ellen Waterston.
Ellen Waterston will read selections of her poetry at the Oregon Community Foundation 40th Anniversary Celebration in the Great Hall at Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon.
An information session on both Todos Santos workshops will be held in the Boyle Building, BEC 152, at the Central Oregon Community College.
Ellen Waterston, The Nature of Words Founder and award-winning author and poet, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, September 20, for the 2014 ONDA Desert Conference.
"September 19-20, 2014 The Desert Conference brings together, inspires and educates over 200 attendees who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. We’ll focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and its future promise with two days filled with compelling panel discussions & presentations, hikes and keynote speakers. - See more [here]." -ONDA