Language Arts

A life in the dance theater

Former Oregon Ballet Theatre star Gavin Larsen's "Being a Ballerina": a memoir to sweep you off your feet.

The story of a man and his dog

Pacific City author Ben Moon’s memoir, “Denali,” is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award.

Photo Shoot: Six Oregon Poets

Photographer K.B. Dixon focuses on National Poetry Month with portraits of half a dozen leading Oregon voices.

LitWatch Monthly: It’s National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month – along with eight of the most exciting ways for you to celebrate.

Beverly Cleary: Plucky, adventurous kids can be fun!

Beverly Cleary reminded America that adventurous children weren't transgressive—they were fun! Especially on Klickitat Street.

‘Lilies’ Rising

How poet Joni Renee Whitworth transformed the pandemic experience into an experimental short film.

Tales from the traumatic edge

As things fall apart, Keith Rosson's collection "Folk Tales for Trauma Surgeons" asks readers to hold out hope.
In pre-COVID days, Ketzel Levine (far right) leads a discussion in the Wonder Garden. She says the garden has become the No. 1 gathering place in Manzanita for people who wanted to get together in masks. Photo courtesy: Ketzel Levine

Pulling back the curtain on Manzanita’s Wonder Garden

The Hoff Online program celebrates Manzanita Day with a talk by Ketzel Levine.

‘Pity Party’: This one’s for you

Portland writer Kathleen Lane and her smart new novel for middle schoolers turn the table on anxiety and spark creativity.

Matt Blairstone: Oh, the horror!

A Portland comics artist takes on a monster project: a 200-page anthology with 18 artists in 6 countries.

Maureen R. Michelson: publishing as an act of resistance

The winner of the Soapstone Bread and Roses Award brings out a fresh look at the history of women’s suffrage.

In honor of Lawrence Ferlinghetti: the last of the bohemians

From City Light Books, Lawrence Ferlinghetti illuminated the world of poetry, for the Beats to the present. Amy Leona Havin says good-bye to a hero.
Ross Gay, poet

Linfield University hits its streaming stride

Poetry, podcasts, theater, dance, and music are all available virtually from the McMinnville school.

Gigi Little covers the book world

The Portland writer and former clown is in demand for her book-cover designs. Next: Beth Kephart's new memoir.

LitWatch Monthly: Joy Harjo and author conversations

Our movement may still be restricted, but books are still available, along with online events in and around books. Amy Leona Havin's LitWatch has the details.

Bard to the bone: A Star (Wars) is born

Ian Doescher has built a mini-empire of modern pop tales retold Shakespeare style. May ye Force be withe hym.
Among the things Lisa Mayfield’s boyfriend left her after his death were masks he carved from stone. The story she will read in the Cannon Beach Library’s Writers Read Celebration explores the gifts she gained from that difficult relationship. Photo Courtesy: Lisa Mayfield

Pandemic prose and poetry

The Cannon Beach Library hosts a virtual reading Saturday of pieces inspired by life during COVID.

Poets helping dancers: It’s one of the benefits

Poet David Abel and friends moved a poetry benefit for Linda Austin's Performance Works NW to Zoom and the words poured forth.

Artists on the snooze of reason

What's the nation's current mess mean? We asked a few literary and artistic experts. You might be surprised.

LitWatch Monthly: Love and literature

February on the literary arts front is looking warm and cozy, surrounded by cups of hot chocolate and coffee, and seated in comfortable chairs.