In Klamath Falls Saturday July 28:
Free Literary Elements in Songwriting Workshop
Klamath County Library, 126 S. Third St. Klamath Falls, OR
Performance by Laura Gibson and workshop students at 4:30p.m. Free and open to the public. Portland singer and song writer Laura Gibson will conduct a Literary Elements in Songwriting workshop at the downtown library Saturday, July 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Lunch will be provided.
In the workshop Ms. Gibson will discuss the challenge of expressing what is hard to put into words, and then develop methods of finding and eventually sharing those words. The workshop will include how to develop imagery, work with various structures, explore poetic tools, observe the great songwriters of past and present, and ponder the mystery of what makes a good song. Whether a curious beginner, or a seasoned veteran, this workshop will give participants the tools and encouragement to move forward and share the song within.
Of her workshop Laura Gibson says: Good songwriting, like good literature, can move us to be better people, to love more, to think deeply, to feel the things we need to feel. Songwriting is unique to all other forms of word craft, but can involve elements of poetry and storytelling, and can benefit from hard work and thoughtful revision.
Participants are encouraged to bring instruments and share their own songs at a public performance with Laura Gibson following the workshop at 4:30 p.m.
Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson has toured across America, Europe, and Japan. Her music has been championed by NPR, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone. Her most recent record La Grande (Barsuk Records) was inspired in part, by her Oregon upbringing. NPR said of La Grande "It's the sound of a confident artist stretching her own limits, without losing sight of the warmth, richness, subtlety and haunted beauty that made her worth celebrating in the first place".
This free songwriting workshop and performance is funded by a grant from the Cow Creek Foundation and the Friends of Klamath County Library. Please contact the library to register for the workshop or for more information: 541-882-8897. Visit the library website to learn more about library news and upcoming free programs: www.klamathlibrary.plinkit.org.
August 1 Deadline
New Online Poetry Journal
Elohi Gadugi Journal Summer Issue
Now online at http://egjournal.org/
Our inaugural issue of Elohi Gadugi Journal humbly begins with some
fine work by an international assortment of contributors. We are
pleased to present the extraordinary poetry of local--but
widely-known--poets, Penelope Scambly Schott and Dan Raphael, who each
offer us a quartet of moving, insightful pieces. Also in the poetry
department, we have the post-apocalyptic musings of poet Devan Phenix,
who resides in Portland's Milepost 5 artists' community, and a fine
poem from Australian, Ian Messenger. Our fiction includes a flash
fiction piece by Elohi Gadugi Journal editor, Duane Poncy, and a story
about remembered bullying by British author, Caroline England. Ger
Killeen and Patricia McLean give us reviews of novels by Oregon
authors, Vanessa Velselka and Misha. Duane Poncy offers a video poetry
reading, and Portland artist, Darrin Stokke, whose watercolor is our
cover image, has a gallery of paintings.
Since we are a dynamic online magazine, we continue to accept new work
through August 1, and will be updating the issue weekly, so remember
to come back and see what new things we have for you. The best of the
work here will be published annually in a print issue in the fall
(fall 2013 for this coming years issues).
Elohi Gadugi Journal will be accepting submissions of poetry, short
fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and book reviews through August
1 for our dynamic summer issue. We are also seeking art and
Contest Announcement from Christopher Luna:
Earlier this year, Leah Jackson and Niche Wine and Art Bar produced a set of ten coasters containing poetry from the winners of last year’s Coaster Poetry Contest. On January 18, we celebrated the winners with a special reading at Niche. The poetry coasters have been so popular that Ms. Jackson and Niche Poet Laureate Christopher Luna have decided to sponsor another contest to create a second set.
We are once again seeking submissions for lines of poetry to be printed on a limited edition set of coasters for Niche. Here are the submission guidelines:
Please submit no more than 7 lines of poetry (excerpts from longer poems are OK) by July 31.
Previously published poems are acceptable; however, be aware that we may not be able to fit any information on the coaster about where the poem was previously published.
Send all submissions to email@example.com.
Include contact info and a one-line bio.
We will choose ten winners from the submissions we receive. Each winner will receive a set of the coasters and the glory of knowing that their work will be read by many bar patrons. At some point in the near future the winners will also be invited to read their winning entries to an adoring crowd at Niche.
Name the new Online VoiceCatchers
Name VoiceCatcher's new online journal
An online literary and art journal where women's voices are heard
throughout the year
Art selections in both color and black and white
A section periodically dedicated to the work of young women under-18
Public readings where contributors celebrate their work
This is just the beginning of what VoiceCatcher imagines for its new
online publication. The call for submissions will be issued soon and
we need a name for our journal. This is where you come in: What would
you like this publication to be called?
First consider VoiceCatcher's mission
VoiceCatcher is a non-profit community that connects, inspires, and
empowers women writers and artists in greater Portland/Vancouver.
Then send your suggestion(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday,
July 13, at 11:59 p.m. A team of VoiceCatcher leaders will select
their favorite from your wonderful ideas.
What you receive in return
The honor of becoming part of VoiceCatcher's history and a gift
certificate for the VoiceCatcher workshop of your choice in the months
ahead. There's no expiration date on your certificate so you can sign
up for the workshop and time that's perfect for you.
Stay tuned for the winner--and for the announcement of our submission
period and guidelines. We're making history together!