Longtime Attic teacher Ariel Gore returns to Portland to teach a special weekend master class

Come on up! October 22-24.

Jump-start your writing life, get feedback on essays you've been working on, breath new energy into a project, or just explore the memoir possibilities. This weekend intensive is appropriate for new and seasoned writers interested in fashioning stories from real life.

Duckler on Dance

Attic instructor Merridawn Duckler has a new essay in Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces

"Adventures in Dance" is Merridawn's contrbution to Site Dance, edited by Melanie Kloetzel & Carolyn Pavlik, published by the University Press of Florida. In February 2010, Merridawn, a former Oregonian dance critic, will speak about her essay at UCLA.

The applause goes on & on

Students cheer for the Attic Writers' Workshop:

"After each class, I left feeling so stimulated that I could barely get to sleep. Lots of ideas jumping around in my brain, all I wanted to do was sit down at the computer and write. I'm glad I've found this intentional community of talented writers."  --  Rob Freedman

"I found the Attic workshop allowed me to see the value and potential in every piece of writing submitted to the group. The atmosphere of the workshop was warm and respectful, but that level of professional courtesy never interfered with honest, well-constructed feedback. After their first round of Attic scrutiny, one of my own stories, "Address Book," underwent drastic changes as a result of feedback from the group, and it was accepted for publication soon after. I couldn't ask for better results."  --  Deborah Cravey

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"Incorporamento" / Gerding Theater / January 24 & 31, 10:15pm

Attic director David Biespiel and OBT principal dancer Gavin Larsen bring movement to poetry and voice to dance at the Fertile Ground Festival.

Tickets required.  Order now.

Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Attic Writers' Workshop present "Incorporamento" by David Biespiel & Gavin Larsen.

If language could move and the body could sing, the result would be "Incorporamento," the unique collaboration between a poet and a dancer. In 2008, award-winning poet David Biespiel began writing a series of epistles—poems in the form of letters—to fellow poets, friends, and spirits from the past and future. "Incorporamento" is OBT principal dancer Gavin Larsen's fabulously choreographed sequence of dances in response to some of those letters.

The performance answers a profound question: Can two arts, one spoken and one silent, marry? The answer is, yes! This one-of-a-kind collaboration—between poet and dancer—will also include a post-show Q&A with the audience, moderated by Portland writer Dave Jarecki about how Biespiel and Larsen created the performance and what the collaboration suggests about the relationship between the body of poetry and the poetry of the body. Improvisational music preformed by Joshua Pearl.

Fertile Ground Festival
"Incorporamento": Jan 24 and 31 at 10:15 pm
Venue: Hothouse on the Mezzanine, Gerding Theater at the Armory (128 NW 11th)
Single Tickets: Call 800-494-TIXS or online at www.fertilegroundpdx.org

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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."