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* PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP : Workshop on Teaching at Community Colleges,Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00-8:30 PM, SMU 298

GLO has invited local community college instructors to come speak about their experiences in teaching, how they got where they are today, and what graduate students need to know to prepare themselves for teaching positions. These are full time instructors representing three different colleges.

Our guest speakers will be:
Jill Darley-Vanis - full-time English instructor at Clark Community College. Jill earned her M.A. at Portland State University.

Tom Huminski - full-time instructor of composition and literature at Portland Community College. Tom earned his M.A. at Portland State University.

Ryan Davis - Now a full-time instructor at Clackamas Community College, Ryan previously worked as an adjunct, or part-time instructor, at numerous other colleges and universities. Ryan earned his M.A. from Mississippi State University.
Carol Burnell - Carol works at Clackamas Community College and she also graduated from PSU with her M.A. in English. She also worked at PSU's Writing Center, and is now the coordinator of CCC's Writing Center, as well as a full-time instructor.

Please come to SMU 298 on Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM to hear wonderful insights and valuable job tips. This will be an open discussion, giving you a chance to hear answers to your questions.
These friendly faculty are enthusiastic about what they do and excited to help graduate students learn more about possible job opportunities. If you have ever thought of teaching at a community college, or at any other level, you should not miss this event!
* Blackfeet Writer STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES to read from his latest book, Ledfeather, on Wednesday, November 19th, from 12- 2 in the Multicultural Center, followed by a Q & A from 3-5, and then again from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson (Broadway and Jackson), in Portland. Sponsored by Portland State University Studies, Native American Studies, Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Equity, Department of English, and Graduate Literary Organization.

Free event! Free refreshments. Books will be available for purchase. There will be time following the reading for questions.

"Stephen Graham Jones writes every line in blood from the deepest recesses of his heart." –slushpile.net

"Stephen Graham Jones is a thinking man's writer who possesses the uncanny ability to lay all of his cards out on the table yet keep readers from seeing his hand." –Dark Scribe Magazine

Jones' published novels include: Ledfeather (2008); The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti (2008); The Fast Red Road - A Plainsong; All the Beautiful Sinners; The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto; and Demon Theory. His short story collection is titled, Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories.

Jones has won several awards, including: Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction (2005) Finalist, Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction (2004)
First Prize, Writer's League of Texas Fellowship in Literature (2002), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature: Fiction (2001), Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction (2001) nFinalist, Steven Turner Award for First Fiction, and Texas Institute of Letters (2001).

* BOOK DRIVE is going on for the next two weeks. We will have boxes set up outside the Writing Center (188F in CH) and the English Department office. All books will be donated to a local literacy program.
* CONFERENCE essays due on Friday, Nov 21 by 5 pm!!! GLO is hosting two contests--one for the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) in San Francisco March 11-14, 2009; and AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in Chicago February 11-14, 2009. If you win, you get to go to your choice of conferencefor almost FREE!! That means, we pay the registration, flight, hotel--you'll be responsible for food, etc; that's a great deal!
Here are the guidelines:
Write a 500 word "essay" about what you planning on doing with your degree--going on to teach, write, PhD, join the circus? If you want to include how the conference will benefit you and what you're ultimate plans are, go for it. Write with finesse, style, charisma...show our judges what you've been learning in those grad classes!

The entries will be blind--simply put a cover sheet with your name, contact info, and WHAT CONFERENCE YOU'RE APPLYING FOR on your submission. On the submission itself, do not put your name or contact info--if you do, we'll have to disqualify you and that would be :-(
Judges are: Professor Hildy Miller for the CCCC and Professors Michele Glazer and Debra Gwartney for the AWP conference.

Leave all entries in the EGO or WEGO mailbox in the English Dept office. We like to think of them as GLO's one, giant mailbox.


Winners will be announced December 8th, 2008! :-)

We encourage everyone to submit--this is a great opportunity that you won't want to pass up!
Third Thursday Poets

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Third Thursday Poets gives thanks with a cornucopia of poetry.

The October event will be Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.in the Alumni Lounge in the Putnam University Center at Willamette University. The media is encouraged to attend. The theme for the reading is "Thanksgiving."

Featured poets will be Stephanie Lenox, Paulann Peterson, and Peter Sears.

Stephanie Lenox received an MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho and a BA in Literature and Writing from WhitworthUniversity. Her work can be found in Crab Orchard Review, GulfCoast, Seattle Review, and Washington Square, among others, and online in DIAGRAM and AGNI. The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, a chapbook of poems inspired by record holders, human superlatives, and ludicrous acts, won the 2007 Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest. Her work has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2006, nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, and published as a limited-edition broadside by the Center for Book Arts. She is a recipient of a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works in promotions at a children's museum in Salem, Oregon, and co-edits the online literary journal Blood Orange Review.

Paulann Petersen is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University whose poems have appeared in many publications including Poetry, The NewRepublic, Prairie Schooner, and Wilderness Magazine. She has three chapbooks (Under theSign of a Neon Wolf, The Animal Bride, and Fabrication). Her first full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in 2002. A second, Blood-Silk, poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland in 2004. Another, A Bride of Narrow Escape was published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series in 2006 and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A fourth collection, Kindle, is just out from Mountains and Rivers Press.

Her work has been selected for Poetry Daily on the Internet, and for Poetry in Motion, which puts poems on busses and light rail cars in the Portland metropolitan area. In addition to having taught high school English (at West Linn High School, West Linn, Oregon, and at Mazama High School, KlamathFalls, Oregon), she's been on the faculty for the Creative Arts Community at Menucha, and has given workshops for Oregon Writers Workshop, Oregon State Poetry Association, Mountain Writers Series, OCTE and NCTE Conferences, and the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. The recipient of the 2006 Literary Arts Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon's Literary Life, she serves on the board for Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January William Stafford Birthday Events.

Cloudbank Books published Peter Sears's fifth chapbook "Luge" in June of 2008, and third next full-length collection "Green Diver" is due out in the fall of 2009. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Saturday Review, New York Times, Rolling Stones, The Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Orion, and many literary journals and anthologies. He teaches at the Pacific University Writing Program in Forest Grove, Oregon. He lives in Corvallis.

WillametteUniversity is located at 900 State Street SE in Salem. For more information, contact Maureen Clifford at maureen@thirdthursdaypoets.org.


Celebrate the season for change with these four local activist-authors: Miriam Feder, Jane Glazer, Willa Schneberg and Evelyn Sharenov, as they read their work at 6:30 PM on Sunday, November 30 at Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe in downtown Lake Oswego. Books, broadsides available for purchase and signing.

Free and open to the public.

Arrive early enough to order chocolate and beverages before the program begins.

$5 Free will offering welcomed to support Haitian orphanage.

Contact: 503-697-7097 for directions
45 South State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, OR 97034

* Talking Earth Monday, November 17, 10-11 PM PST, KBOO 90.7 FM

Excerpts From Blog Entry Sep 13, 2008
Stumbles with Charlie:

There are just a couple of points I want to clear up from my little sit-down with Charlie Gibson on 9/11 here in Fairbanks, the second-largest city in the great state of Alaska (population almost 35,000!).

First, Charlie asked me about the Bush Doctrine, and a lot of people seem to think I looked kinda stupid, like I was stumblin' and didn't really know what he was talkin' about. The truth is, I was just a little confused. I thought he was sayin' the Bush doctorin'....

Let me be clear. I totally agree with the Bush DOC-TRINE, which states that, basically, the president can go and blow the heck out of anyone he sees fit to if they're, ya know, lookin' at us funny or whatever. As you all know, like George Bush, I'm all for shootin' first and askin' questions later. The second thing I want to address is when I told Charlie we might need to go to war with Russia to protect Georgia.... If you go way out to the Bering Straits and stand on Little Diomede Island, which is part of Alaska, you can see Big Diomede Island, which is Russian. You can literally wave to a Russian guy over there. And then, while he's busy wavin' back, you can pick up a rocket launcher and blow him to kingdom come. Like I told Charlie, you can't blink in those situations. Cause if you blink, that Russian might think you're winkin' at him, and then he might get the wrong idea and think you're a gay, and as we all know, bein' gay is an abomination in God's eyes and of course a sign of weakness, and if a Russian sees any sign of weakness he will attack, which brings us back to Georgia.

Now I'm not sayin' Georgia is gay, but it is a girl's name, after all. So maybe Russia thought, here's this little, weak country with a girly name, let's go ahead and invade. What are they gonna do? Hit us with their little girly purses? So let this be a lesson to all countries out there with girly or gay-soundin' names. And yes, I'm lookin' at you, Chad. You'd be a lot better off if you just changed your name to something tough. Like, I dunno, Grenada. I mean, you say "Grenada," what's the first thing that comes to mind? A grenade! Who's gonna attack a country that sounds like a small explosive, pin-activated device? No one!...

From "The Palin Prophecies"
by Brent Mooseburger
Ken Arnold Books

Ken Arnold and Connie Kirk, publishers and editors for the new Ken Arnold Books, join forces to read from their new offering "The Palin Prophecies," and to talk about the press and on-demand publishing. According to Connie and Ken, "The Palin Prophecies" was brought to them by an Alaskan Pentecostal sports reporter, Brent Mooseburger. Mooseburger claims that,with the cooperation of God Almighty, he channeled Sarah Palin in a daily blog in the weeks leading up to the election.

Ken is a poet, non-fiction writer and prize-winning playwright. Connie is a poet, essayist and children's book author. Brent Mooseburger is a suspicious character.

VERSE IN PERSON, Wednesday, November 19, 7-8 PM.
Northwest Branch Library, 23 & NW Thurman

Three new voices featured in VIP tonight: Mark Alter, Heidi Greenwald and Jeff Ettlin. Mark and Heidi are cutting their reading teeth, while Jeff shares material from his newest chapbook, "Poem Pie." Come for a slice of literary pie and comeraderie. Free.


A Note from Barbara

In the new KBOO line-up, Talking Earth will be broadcasting on the second (Walt Curtis) and third (Barbara LaMorticella) Mondays of every month, from 10-11 PM. I will be personally contacting the many people who called, wrote and pledged generously to KBOO in response to last month's call for support. While I am disappointed that the overall time for a pure poetry program has been (for the moment) cut back, there is also an element of liberation involved for Walt and I, as we both need to spend time on our own poetry and art.

We will both continue to urge that more time be allocated to on-air poetry, and we hope you will also-- not for more air time for Walt and I, but for live poetry on air in general. You proved with your flood of support that there is an enthusiastic audience for a general poetry show, not limited to a particular clique or age or genre, but broadly representative of the whole spectrum of poetry writing going on today.

The new Monday night line-up, broadcasting from 8 PM on every monday night, will feature new, experimental, live and eclectic music, performance pieces, and live theater, with two hours of "pure poetry," (and sometimes very impure poetry) each month, hosted by Walt and myself. For the inaugural program on this new strip, I join in the spirit of radio theater by featuring a theatrical reading, in monologue and dialogue form.

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