I moved to Portland, Oregon, in September 2001, sight unseen, because I had heard about the city’s excellent coffee, independent bookstores and craft brewpubs. I also hoped to connect with other writers. Within the first few months, I discovered a whole community of scribes serious about their craft. That’s one of the reasons I decided to stay here permanently. (Stumptown Coffee–no wait–my husband–whew, that’s better–figured into the decision as well.)
Liz Prato, the fabulous short story writer and novelist, has launched an events listing blog that proves how amazingly rich and diverse our Portland literary scene is.
She started Write in Portland last month and it’s already an essential resource. She promotes classes, workshops, events and other calendar items and categorizes them by month and subject for easy access. There’s also a great list of regional literary links on the sidebar.
To submit a Portland writing event to Write in Portland, contact lizprato at gmail dot com with a post-ready paragraph that includes all the pertinent details and website links. For more background on Liz and her work, you can check out her Seven Questions interview.
The interviewer studied a number of Jackie’s stories and asked incisive questions about characterization, point of view, beginnings, endings and voice. It’s a wonderful read, especially for those fascinated by the short story form.
In other local news, Bart King, an Oregon literary fixture known for his sense of humor and, oh yeah, all his great books, had this hilarious essay published in the Sunday O section of the Oregonian two weeks ago or thereabouts. ”Tall Tales of the Author-Photo Variety” is a must-read, especially for authors who fantasize about picking a photo for the back of their book. Bart ever so helpfully offers a translation of what certain types of author photos really mean.