Congratulations to Attic student, Kari Luna, upon the publication of her book, "The Theory of Everything"

Kari Luna's novel is due out next month, July 2013

"One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world."

A student in Merridawn Duckler's workshops, Kari Luna writes stories, teaches yoga and eats apricots. She also covets cashmere sweaters, collects toys from the sixties and thinks soul music is the cure for everything. She lives in Portland, Oregon.  You can visit the fictional Sophie Sophia, read her blog, and download mixtapes at

The Wall Street Journal praises Associate Fellow Elizabeth Rusch's book ERUPTION

"Ms. Rusch's gripping account is full of details that will snag the interest of children ages 9 and older: that volcanic gases act like bubbles in a soda bottle; that a humming earthquake known as a "harmonic tremor" means magma is rising and boiling away groundwater; that a leading U.S. geologist wears Harry Potter glasses. Photographs throughout by Tom Uhlman illustrate the work that scientists are doing, but the most dramatic image—of a little blue truck beetling along a dirt road just ahead of boiling volcanic clouds—comes from Alberto Garcia, who took it when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991."  ~ Wall Street Journal

Read the whole story | Meet Elizabeth Rusch

Associate Fellow Wendy Willis's major essay on place has been reprinted in the July/August issue of the Utne Reader.

Where Are You From?

Reconnecting to the places we live by Wendy Willis, from Oregon Humanities 

"Recently, driving home from a soccer game in the pouring rain, I looked into the rearview mirror and asked my two young and very wet daughters, “If someone from another country asked you where you were from, what would you say?”

Without a heartbeat’s hesitation, they responded in unison, “Portland, Oregon.” I drew a sharp breath. For them, it’s not even a question to ponder. When I am asked, I always say, “I live in Portland, but I’m from Springfield, Oregon—from East Lane County.” When my husband is asked, he always answers, “Harris County, Texas,” though he was born in Tulsa, has lived in a dozen states, and has bounced around the same two zip codes in Southeast Portland for more than fifteen years."

Congratulations to Associate Fellow Cheryl Strayed -- her memoir, Wild, selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0


Wild by Attic Institute Associate Fellow Cheryl Strayed Selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0™

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Oprah’s Book Club 2.0™ is an interactive, multi-platform reading club that harnesses the power of social media, bringing passionate readers together to discuss inspiring stories. The best-selling memoir Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, is Oprah’s Book Club 2.0™’s first selection.





Associate Fellow Paulann Petersen reappointed Oregon's poet laureate

Congratulations to Attic Institute Associate Fellow Paulann Petersen

Reappointed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to a second term, Paulann is Oregon's sixth poet laureate since 1921 and the second woman to have the title.

"Not only is she widely respected in the literary world, her commitment to bringing poetry to the people of Oregon makes her an ideal laureate for reappointment," Kitzhaber said in a statement on April 12, 2012.

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Congratulations to participants in the Attic Institute's first Creative Renewal Weekend

Nearly twenty writers gathered in Dufur, Oregon at the Balch Hotel, on February 25-27 to restart their writing lives.

Voices from the weekend:

Amy Knauer: "I am free! I know I will write a novel as well as I know my name."


"Suzy Harris: "The weekend gave me time to reflect, to connect, to learn and to practice new skills."


Debra Holbrook: "As my first ever event lke this I encourage anyone interested in writing to make it a priority to invest in this experience. The Creative Renewal Weekend delivered exactly what those words mean!"


Susannah Carver: "Going to the Creative Renewal Weekend was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I now feel much more confident, inspired and, indeed, renewed. I have found my passion and joy once again."

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Notes from David Biespiel, President of the Attic Institute


Letter announcing the new Attic Institute

"Eleven years have gone by in a blink. But today begins a new era as we renew our dedication both to the word and to the world."


Interview about the founding of the Attic Institute

"All sorts of excellent pieces of writing get started and finished here. That's what it means to be a literary studio."


Farewell commentary as editor of Poetry Northwest: " A Sense of Form and A Sense of Life"

"I realize now that the divide between Modernist American poetry and, let's call it, Rilkean American poetry is largely unnecessary. Poetry can be both a repository of wisdom and contain revolutionary feeling -- even in the same poem."


Essay on poets and democracy in Poetry magazine: "This Land Is Our Land"

"America's poets have a minimal presene in American civic discourse and a miniscule public role in the life of American democracy. I find this condition perplexing and troubling -- both for poetry and for democracy."