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Birds Fall Silent in Portland, OR

  • The Waypost 3120 North Williams Avenue Portland United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, at the wonderful Waypost and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

Featuring contributors and special guests Brittney Corrigan, Merridawn Duckler, Brad Garber, Matthew Hupert, Christopher Luna, Dan Raphael, Kelly Terwilliger, and Gina Williams.

Hosted by Jane Ormerod

We will start promptly with a limited open mic so please arrive early.

Free admission, donations welcome and appreciated.

Brittney Corrigan was raised in Colorado but has called Portland, Oregon, her home since 1990. She holds a degree from Reed College, where she is also employed. Brittney’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and she is the author of the collection Navigation (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press) and the chapbook 40 Weeks (Finishing Line Press). Her current manuscript is a collection of persona poems in the voices of daughters of various characters from folklore, mythology, and popular culture.

Merridawn Duckler is a poet and playwright from Portland, Oregon, and author of INTERSTATE from dancing girl press. Recent work can be found in Ninth Letter, Pithead Chapel, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and the anthologies Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry and Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems (Dos Gatos Press). Fellowships and awards include NEA, Yaddo, Southampton Poetry Conference, and Horned Dorset Writers Colony. Merridawn is an editor at Narrative and at the philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics.

Brad Garber has degrees in biology, chemistry and law.  He writes, paints, draws, photographs, hunts for mushrooms and snakes, and runs around naked in the Great Northwest.  Since 1991, he has published poetry, essays and weird stuff in such publications as Edge Literary Journal, Pure Slush, Clementine Poetry Journal, Sugar Mule, Barrow Street, Aji Magazine and other quality publications. He is a 2011, 2013 & 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee.    

Matthew Hupert is a writer and multi-media artist from New York City. He is the founder of the the NeuroNautic Institute and its associated poetry workshop, and of NeuroNautic Press which just released his latest collection Secular Pantheism (2019). He is the author of Ism is a Retrovirus (Three Rooms Press) and several chapbooks, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications including Midstream Magazine, the DaDa journal Maintenant, and the anthology Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets. Matthew hosts several poetry reading series in New York City including the annual “Night in the Naked City” and the monthly series “NeuroNautic Institute Presents.” When he’s not writing, Matthew can be found cooking for his family.

Christopher Luna served as the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Washington, from 2013-2017. His first full-length collection of poetry, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, was published by Flowstone Press in 2018. He has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press for Northwest writers. Since 2004, he has hosted the popular Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic in Vancouver, Washington. Christopher’s books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA, and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978.

Dan Raphael’s twenty-first book, Manything, was published by Unlikely Books in 2019. Recent poems have appeared in Otoliths, Caliban, Mad Swirl, The Opiate, Indefinite Space, and The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker (great weather for MEDIA). Most Wednesdays, Dan writes and records a current events poem for the KBOO Evening News in Portland.

Kelly Terwilliger is the author of a chapbook of poems, A Glimpse of Oranges. Her most recent book, Riddle, Fishhook, Thorn, Key, was published in the fall of 2017 by Airlie Press. Kelly currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she works as an oral storyteller and poet/artist-in-residence in public schools.

Gina Williams is a journalist, photographer, former firefighter, and gardener. She’s a Pacific Northwest native and can often be found rambling in the Oregon Outback, volunteering at the community garden, or on assignment in a far-flung location. Much of her creative work is influenced by experience and observation. Gina is a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and founder of Plein Air Poetry Northwest, a nonprofit organization supporting literary arts and environmental activism.


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