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Readers of Rose City

Tanya Street Reads

 

Tanya, Southeast Portland

I’m reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Readers of Rose City

Ian

 

Ian, Southeast Portland

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

It’s a vivid, often startling book.  Some of these stories are so punchy and fierce they really get your attention.

Readers of Rose City

Introducing Readers of Rose City, inspired by the humans over at Humans of New York and Humans of Portland.  Us Grovers are going around town, snapping a pic, and asking our fellow Portland-dwellers what they’re reading.

Kelsey

 

Kelsey, Northeast Portland

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

I’m not too far into it, but it seems to be a quirky and clever quick-read that makes me laugh out loud, which tends to be my favorite kind of book.  And it’s based in the Pacific Northwest, so I can relate.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Portland

Laila, Grove Review Intern

Few Portlanders consider the Lan Su Chinese Gardens to be a literary destination, but the garden represents a sanctuary for the scholar of arts, including the disciplines of music, painting, calligraphy and poetry. Throughout the garden you will find delicately scribed Chinese couplets written on columns with meanings that reflect the physical beauty the garden holds.

Chinese is a language that lends itself to wordplay. According to one of the garden’s many dedicated volunteers, the mark of true intelligence and control over the language is to achieve mastery at what is now known as “couplet capping.” This game is comprised of reciting specific couplets, in turn with others, that include the same number of characters, syllables, and logic of the introductory couplet.

Poetry and story inhabit every building and section at Lan Su. This year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse, there will be two “Scholar’s Art & Poetry” days committed to acknowledging the garden’s connection to communal and individual creation. Among several weeks of celebration that have already begun, Wednesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 12th will focus on art. Here is a listing of the events on those specific days (included with price of admission):

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Calligraphy & Brush Painting Demonstration

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seal Carving Demonstration

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Make Your Own Calligraphy Art Card

12 – 2:30 p.m. Music in the Teahouse

1:30 p.m. Poetry Reading with Daniel Skach-Mills

3 p.m. Poetry Tour of Lan Su

Whether the year of the Horse is your year or not, take advantage of the communal, social gatherings that fuel those born in this year. Thanks to the rain, the gardens continue to be green and lush with peaceful waters and paths. It will be a year full of friends, communication, and success. Happy New Year!

William Stafford Centennial Celebration

Laila, Grove Review Intern

One of Oregon’s most celebrated poets, William Stafford, died the year I was born. At six months old I did not witness his travels through the darkness and the gray, through the damp northwest trees to the heavenly gates above the mountains. But, through his many books of poetry, presented and prompted by Friends of William Stafford and Lewis and Clark College in SW Portland where he taught, all that is now available to me. Now I can understand and cherish his work.

For the past 20 years Stafford’s January 17th birthday has been celebrated in all parts of the state of Oregon. This month and next are crammed with dozens of events for his centennial anniversary. Libraries, colleges, bookstores, and coffee shops are honoring his contribution to the poetry world and Pacific Northwest culture. Events in the Portland area include the following: Centennial Event and Book Launch, January 19th 4:00-6:00 PM at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, a Birthday Celebration January 26th 1:30-3:30 PM at the Multnomah Central Library, and a tribute to William Stafford at the Newmark Theater presented by Lewis & Clark College and Literary and Arts February 7th 7:30-9:00 PM featuring Li-Young Lee, Ted Kooser, Kim Stafford, and Paulann Petersen.

Stafford was a collector of details according to a colleague, Robert Bly, and believed that each one was an individual end of a thread. Like William Blake said, the group of these golden threads will “lead you in at Heaven’s gate.” Thanks to these organizations and memorial events the Northwest community can take time to rediscover William Stafford and acknowledge his immense work of collected threads.

[Check out stafford100.org and www.lclark.edu for listings]

In Remembrance

Dorothy Stafford, beloved member of Portland’s literary community, passed away earlier this month.  A lovely article about her life can be accessed via The Oregonian.  Our Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, has these words to add:

This is a terrible loss. Sad, terribly sad, but each wave of sorrow I experience is followed by a wave of gratitude. I’m grateful that I got to know Dorothy, grateful to have been her friend. Grateful for every minute I spent in her remarkable company.
There is a memorial service for Dorothy Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm.  All are invited to the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis & Clark College to celebrate her life.

Online Submission Period is Open

We are thrilled to announce our online submission period is now open! It’s never been easier to submit your fiction, poetry, and visual art to The Grove

To submit, click here

Thank you, Seamus Heaney

To celebrate the life and words of Seamus Heaney, listen to him read one of his poems below

Literary Events Around Portland

Our friends at Tavern Books are hosting Pint Club: a party, reading, and fundraiser at Disjecta on Saturday, July 27th.  The event starts at 5pm and includes music by Laura Gibson, food, drinks, and a slew of talented poets reading their work.  Check out their Facebook page for further event details

World’s Longest Book Domino Chain

Seattle Public Library kicked off Summer Reading with the World’s Longest Book Domino Chain.

Happy Midsummer!

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