Workshop participants get free access to borrow books from our big literary library.
Thinking about taking an Attic workshop? Add this to your calculation: When you take a class here you get to use the books in our two libraries. We have several thousand books available. If you see something you like, use the check-out form and the book will be saved for you to read during the weeks you're taking a class.
Congratulations to Whitney Otto for being named the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters' newest associate fellow.
Everyone is invited!
Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm
Reading by Atheneum faculty: David Biespiel, Wendy Willis, Karen Karbo, Lee Montgomery, Merridawn Duckler, and Greg Robillard.
Plus, meet the new Atheneum Fellows: Cathy Cain, Brian Biggs, Janine Robben, Betsy Porter, Ryan Lopez, Kristen Nichols, Star Marabella, Katie Hughes, Tessa Togeson, Celia Carlson, Roger Scarbrough
STONEHENGE STUDIOS, 3508 SW Corbett Ave.,
Sep 30, 7:30pm / FREE
Poetry is downtown.
The Portland'5 Foundation and The Attic Institute are pleased to present: Poets on Broadway – a free poetry series hosted by Portland'5. Three monthly poetry events will be presented October 2014 – April 2015 in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda. Nationally renowned poets will read alongside local emerging poets in the greater Portland community and the Pacific NW. Readings are free.
WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 7pm.
WHERE: Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave. 503.224.3640.
Free. Seating is limited.
Wayne Gregory's Kill Your Darlings: Learning How to Revise Your Writing | Oct 25 - Nov 22
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Oct 25 - Nov 22, five weeks
Leave this workshop with practical tools and confidence to help make your writing ready for your readers.
Poems Hold the Mysteries of the Present, Dreams of the Future
Congratulations to Wayne Gregory upon the publication of his new memoir.
I spoke with the tongues of men and angels in the muggy shadows behind the interstate rest area, begging God to save me from sex with a strange man a week before my wedding day. Born and raised in the evangelical Christian South of the sixties and seventies, Wayne Gregory hid his homosexuality from others and from himself for years until he was finally forced out in middle age. This story chronicles the beginnings of his struggle as an adolescent, his budding sexuality and simultaneous passion for God. Despite desperate attempts to build an acceptable straight life, his homosexual desires got stronger, creating questions and exposing inconsistencies in his faith. Then came the crushing realization that the homosexual feelings were not random sins, but part of his very identity. The story takes place as Wayne struggles with this realization, life continues to bring new challenges: adopted children, infidelity, a crumbling marriage. A vortex of self-loathing and despair leads to a transformation in which the author gets a glimpse of how spirituality and homosexuality can come together in a single, honest, free life.
Celebrate with the end-of-year Atheneum readings. This event is one of the Attic Institute's best nights: great community, great food and drink, and great writing of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Mon June 2: Catherine Craglow, Kelly Wallace, Jennifer Dorner, Leah Hanes, Tiffany Stubbert, Janine Robben, Theresa MacDonald
Tue June 10: Brad Kerstetter, Catherine Kernodle, Greg Berman, Zaha Hassan, Elizabeth Lampman
Both readings are held at 7pm in Southwest Portland at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave. / email@example.com
John Ebersole sits down with the president of the Attic Institute to discuss his upbriging, the world of contemporary poetry, and his latest book, Charming Gardeners.
"David Biespiel‘s Charming Gardeners (University of Washington Press, 2013) is unlike any book I’ve read in a long time. Filled with epistolary poems, his book – despite being populated by the poet’s friends and family – is actually a work of great loneliness. In many ways, Biespiel’s journey is America’s, where the road is both a symbol of arrivals, but also departures, and in between is solitude. On the surface, Biespiel’s poems seem like the private meditations of one man. However, his poems encompass each of us, socially and politically, by illuminating our nation’s contradictory character: a longing for enchantment in a disenchanted world. The poems in Charming Gardeners live between the wilderness and the civilized and the poet, finding himself in this zone of uncertainty, does what any of us would do: call out to those we love. In our conversation we discuss his years in Boston and D.C., the Attic Institute in Portland, the poetry wars, and so much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did." ~ John Ebersole
David Biespiel's Poet and Muse Poetry Workshop
February 23, 2-4pm
Take a couple hours out of a winter weekend to rejuvinate your writing and thinking about your past and future poems. We'll be looking at one of your current poems, learning new methods of revision, and creating time to start fresh poems from prompts and discussion. This two-hour workshop will provide you with strong support, encouragement, critique, and inspiring ideas, as well as leads for reading and publication. Ideal for poets who have not yet taken one of David Biespiel's workshops at the Attic Institute.
Congratulations to Jennifer Lauck for being named the Attic Institute's newest senior fellow.
Natalie Serber is a fiction writer, essayist, and educator. She is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times 100 “Notable Books” of 2012, a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest for 2012. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared at The Rumpus, The New York Times, and Salon. Her awards include The John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, HE Francis Award, all for fiction, and an honorable mention for the Annie Dillard Award for Non Fiction. Natalie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she is currently working on a novel set in Boring, Oregon.
Emily Whitman writes books for children and teens. Her YA Wildwing won the 2012 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature and was a Bankstreet College Best Children’s Book. Radiant Darkness was #1 on the IndieBound Kid’s Next List, selected by independent booksellers, and was an Oregon Book Award finalist. Emily has taught at writing conferences including the Pacific Northwest Children’s Book Conference and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Oregon Conference, and she writes poetry, prose and nonfiction for educational publishers. She’s currently at work on a Middle Grade novel.
His column in the Oregonian was the longest running newspaper column about poetry in the United States
The first piece of prose I ever wrote about poetry in a daily newspaper was in 1989 for the old Book World section of The Washington Post. Egged on by an insipid poetry review the Post had recently published, I wrote to the editor, Michael Dirda, to offer my services as a new reviewer and pitched some books.
This was audacious of me, for sure. I was 25 years old. And I'd never written a poetry review before.
"How do I know you're not married to one of these people?" he asked in a subsequent phone call before assigning, on spec, a roundup of five books that included new work by Louise Gl£ck, James Dickey, Lucille Clifton and others. Thus my career writing about poetry in newspapers began.
Check out Attic Institute faculty and writers October 5-6 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Saturday Oct 5
2pm: David Biespiel reads from his new book, Charming Gardeners
4pm: Stacy Bolt, former Atheneum Fellow, reads from her new book, Breeding in Captivity: One Woman's Unusual Path to Motherhood.
Sunday Oct 6
11am: Whitney Otto reads from her new book, Eight Girls Taking Pictures.
11am: David Melville, JoAnna Prahl, Shelley Stearns, former Atheneum fellows read poetry.
12pm: Andrea Hollander reads from her new book, Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 - 2012.
12pm: Elizabeth Rusch reads from her new book, The Mighty Mars Rovers.
1pm: Ariel Gore reads from her new book, The End of Eve: A Memoir.
3pm: Karen Karbo reads from her new book, Julia Child Rules.
3pm: Paulann Petersen reads from her new book, Understory.
Cheryl Strayed is the keynote speaker on Thurusday, Oct 3, at the Mission Theater on NW Glisan.
Notes from David Biespiel, President of the 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."
"All sorts of excellent pieces of writing get started and finished here. That's what it means to be a literary studio."
"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."
"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."