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Don Colburn’s poetry presented on stage

mugDon Colburn’s newest collection of poems, “Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues,” will be performed on stage this weekend in Springfield and Corvallis.

Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bock will present all the poetic monologues in the book, telling the story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant — a story Colburn reported in The Oregonian newspaper.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at the Wildish Theater in Springfield and at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

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New releases: Raw Faith

photo_Marilyn_forest_11The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian Universalist minister and writer, leader, activist, and speaker, announces her new memoir, “Raw Faith: Following the Thread,” is out now in digital, print and audio formats.

She is also an adjunct fellow at the Attic Institute, a literary think tank and visual arts studio in Portland that is a haven for writers and artists.

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Second in Crazy Cat Lady Mystery Series

Cat’s Eyes, the second mystery in Mollie Hunt’s Crazy Cat Lady series, will be published by Amazon in print and electronic form in December.

What if a retired cat-lady found a stolen 68-carat chunk of trouble in her Portland back yard pond?

Lynley Cannon is the crazy cat lady, but she’s not quite crazy yet, even though a bizarre connection to a bumbled heist and two murders has got her wondering. The cops think she’s the killer, but the real killer targets Lynley, herself.

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Upcoming Robert Rubinstein appearances

Robert RubinsteinRobert Rubenstein, the storyteller, actor and writer, has a series of performances lined up in the Eugene area in October.

He plays the part of the inspector in two benefit performances of “Murder Weighs In” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Springfield Elks Lodge, 440 Tiffany St., and at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the River Road Park and Recreation District, 1400 Tiffany St., Eugene.

He will also give a talk on “Monster Folklore” at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and a performance of “Tales for Halloween” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Ave., Eugene.

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Christine Colasurdo Teaches New Class

Author Christine Colasurdo is teaching a new class called “Reading and Writing about Oregon.” The 10-week class begins October 3 at the Multnomah Arts Center and runs fall term from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

It’s for writers as well as readers. Students will look at the works of Oregon authors and have some fun talking about landscape, how a sense of place develops, favorite reads, literary technique, and fun facts about Oregon. You can register online at Multnomah Arts Center

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David Oates teaching course at Sitka

david_oates_portraitDavid Oates teaches “Honing the Very Short Personal Essay” at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Sept. 7 and 8 in Otis, Oregon.

Oates will help you craft two short, polished essays in the two-day workshop. Writers will draw inspiration from their own lives in addition to learning from examples read together and observations made during walks about the Sitka Center.

Cost is $235.

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Poet Nancy Flynn to read in Seattle

Portland poet Nancy Flynn will be among the poets and writers reading from their work at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle on Sept. 12 to celebrate the Raven Chronicle’s latest journal, “Sound Tracks.”

The celebration will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the $9 magazine will be on sale.

“Everyone’s life has its own “soundtrack”—certain sounds or songs that whenever they’re heard reawaken a memory. Music plays this role for many. But it could be the sound of a waterfall, or traffic noises, or nightly arguments on the other side of the wall; the wailing of sirens, the music of bird song. Whatever the memory there’s a story connected to it, or perhaps a poem, or a painting.”