The Windfall reading series is sponsored and produced in collaboration by the Lane Literary Guild, the Eugene Public Library, Friend of Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation. Readings are monthly from September until May, and are free and open to everyone.
2020 2021 Windfall Series
September 15th, 2020, 6 pm
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David Axelrod and Sabena Stark.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Melissa Kwasny has been named Montana Poet Laureate for 2019-2020, a position she is sharing with M.L. Smoker. Her most recent poetry collection is “Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today.” She says, “Most of my poems address in some way our human relationship to the nonhuman world and my own attempt to forge a communication and conversation with it ….Recently I read that one translation of the Chinese character for poetry might be ‘words laid upon the earth altar.’ I like to think of my work like that.”
Kwasny has published five additional books of poetry; a collection of prose writings, “Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision”; edited “Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800–1950”; and co-edited “I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights.” She recently published a book of investigative nonfiction, “Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear.” The recipient of many awards, she has taught widely including currently at Carroll College and Lesley University.
Christopher Howell is author of twelve collections of poems, including the recent “The Grief of a Happy Life.” Describing it, Yusef Komunyakaa said the book “feels and reads like a gift. Each healing song takes lyrical twists and turns and arrives at an abiding truth -- a blessed ransom paid to soil and sky, body and soul, to the Earth....Every vowel is weighed, every leap earned, and the sway of hope drives the natural music of a worthwhile journey."
Howell’s other books include “Love’s Last Number,” “Gaze,” and “Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected.” Widely published, he has been honored with the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two National Endowment Fellowships, and many other fellowships and awards, as well as being included three times in the annual Pushcart Prize collections. A military journalist during the Vietnam War, since 1975 he has been director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and is now also director for Willow Springs Books. Howell teaches on the faculty at Eastern Washington University and Eastern Oregon University.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Tuesday, January19, 2021
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Dianne Dugaw (she, her)
Scholar, teacher, folksinger, and creative writer, Dianne Dugaw has taught English and Folklore at the University of Oregon, Harvard, University of Colorado, and UCLA and performed at colleges, libraries, conferences, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. She has recorded two musical CDs and penned songs, stories, a memoir in progress, and more than 50 articles and 4 scholarly books on historical topics including cross-dressing women heroes and the origins of musical comedy. Her creative stories have appeared in such magazines as Blueline, Slippery Elm, Mount Hope, and others. On her CD, Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song(www.cdbaby.com), she sings ballads from her book, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650–1850 (UChicago Press). “My ranch childhood in the Pacific Northwest, a large musical family, and early convent experience propel my passion for storytelling, for women heroes, and for the culture, history, and stories of our past.” Her recent historical essay, “Transcendent Ephemera: Deep Structure in Elegies, Ballads, and Other Occasional Forms” appears in the current issue of 18th-Century Life http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00982601-8218591 Dianne lives in Eugene, Oregon with her wife of more than 30 years, Amanda Powell.
Amanda Wright Powell (she / ella / elle / ela / lei …)
Amanda W. Powell’s poems appear in the chapbook Prowler (Finishing Line), in anthologies including From Here We Speak: Oregon Poets and This Assignment is SO GAY: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, and in such journals as Agni, Catamaran, Crab Creek, Northwest Review, Ploughshares, and Sinister Wisdom. Her translations include poetry and prose by 17th-century Mexican philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (The Answer / La Respuesta, Feminist Press). She has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and recently the Jabberwock Review Nancy Hargrove Editors' Prize for Poetry (Fall 2020). Her in-progress translation of novelist Uriel Quesada’s Ms. Fortune Lets the Cat Out (Costa Rica) received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Writing about Prowler, poet Linda Bamber says, “Amanda Powell’s poems are dark, witty, and intimate; at once autobiographical and formally sophisticated … both deeply embedded in our literary traditions and right on the edge of contemporary poetics.” Recently retired from teaching as Senior Lecturer in Spanish literature and translation at the University of Oregon, Amanda lives with her wife Dianne Dugaw in Eugene.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Susan Leslie Moore’s poetry has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Quarterly, Best American Poetry 2020, Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She edited the online magazine Caffeine Destiny for 13 years, and is one of the editors of the anthology Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest, published by Ooligan Press. She is the winner of the Juniper Prize in Poetry, and her first full-length collection, That Place Where You Opened Your Hands, was published by University of Massachusetts Press. Exploring identity and the exterior and interior selves we create through the natural world, language, and relationships, the poems of this collection bring the ordinary rhythms of life and motherhood into coexistence with wilder truths. As Moore writes, “If I can’t be singular / in purpose, let me be quietly adrift,” but these are not quiet poems.Susan Moore lives in Portland and is the Director of Programs for Writers at Literary Arts.
Of her earlier work, Dara Wier, Juniper Prize for Poetry judge and author of You Good Thing, has said, “Moore is unafraid of rhyme’s song, of poetry’s brazen scales, of wanting to leave her life in order to see more, more widely. She wants to hover above; she practices a deadpan forthrightness and a prayerlike incantation. This is a wondrous book that leaves us understanding we must continue where it begins.”
David Bradley is the author of two novels, South Street (1975) and The Chaneysville Incident (1981) which was awarded the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Both novels have been issued in electronic format by Open Road Media (http://www.openroadmedia.com/contributor/david-bradley/). His most recent fiction, "You Remember the Pin Mill," appeared in Narrative and was selected for the 2014 O. Henry Prize. His essay "A Eulogy for Nigger" was awarded the 2015 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.
Since 1985 Bradley has worked primarily in Creative Nonfiction, publishing in Esquire, Redbook, The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and other journals and newspapers. Bradley has also published articles on and introductions to works by Melville, Twain, Richard Wright, William Melvin Kelley and Edmund Wilson and has coedited, with Shelley Fisher Fishkin, The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America(1998) and The Sport of the Gods and Other Essential Writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar (2005).
Bradley holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in United States Studies from the University of London. He has been a permanent faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia and the University of Oregon in Eugene, and a visiting professor at Colgate University, MIT, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, The College of William and Mary, the City University of New York,The Michener Center at the University of Texas and Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018 he was elected to the Bedford High School Hall of Excellence.
He is currently at work on a volume of creative nonfiction, The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race, History and America, a collection of essays, Lunch-Bucket Pieces, and a novel in stories, Raystown.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, he now lives in La Jolla, California.