Language Arts

‘The Step Back’: Coming of age and basketball

Book review: J.T. Bushnell’s debut novel delves into family loyalty, bad decisions & the grace of empathy.

Joy Harjo: A poem is a sacred site

The U.S. poet laureate talks about a new anthology of Native Nations poetry and the values it celebrates.

LitWatch May: Oregon Book Awards

The Book Awards kick off a month of virtual events with Oprah, Whitney Otto, Stacey Abrams & Moby-Dick.

Joe Wilkins, a Linfield professor, is a finalist for a 2021 Oregon Book Award in poetry.

Joe Wilkins: ‘I’m always writing poems’

The Oregon Book Award finalist talks about poetry collections, the Western sensibility, and his love of chapbooks.

Ann Vileisis's book, "Abalone, The Remarkable History and Uncertain Future of California’s Iconic Shellfish," has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award

Freewheeling iridescence of the abalone

Port Orford author Ann Vileisis has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award for her book on the shellfish.

Poetry and video merge in the Cadence Festival

From a giant baby to dogs & birds, Amy Leona Havin dives into the sights & sounds of the Cadence Festival.

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.