This month in Literary Ashland

Last week Ashland celebrated William Stafford’s birthday with Thursday’s reading at SOU’s Hannon Library featuring “poets from eighteen to eighty,” including Eugene poets Ingrid Wendt and Ralph Salisbury and the Rogue Valley’s Kasey Mohammad, Marisa Petersen, Michael Holstein, and Lucia Hadella. It was a sonogrammatic, “you-may-open-your-eyes,” yowling celebration of Stafford, rounded out with Vince Wixon’s archives report, audience readings and a showing of the short film “Every War Has Two Losers.”

This week, don’t miss Robert Arellano’s Thursday evening reading from his acclaimed Curse the Names. It’s part of his west coast book tour and you can hear him at Bloomsbury Books on January 26 at 7 pm. Here’s a link to the Literary Ashland review.

There’s still time to see Dan Verner’s retrospective in the Stevenson Union Gallery at SOU. “Now & Then” is a retrospective his Verner’s series “The Call” and “The Religious” as well as his witty assemblages.

Coming your way in February at the Illahe Studios and Gallery on Fourth Street, there’s Poetry in the Neighborhood with Dave Harvey, Morgan Hunt, and Ashland High School “Voices of the Young.” That’s Thursday, February 16, at 7 pm.

If you want to explore a different perspective on civility, you might think about submitting something to the Summer 2012 issue of Oregon Humanities, on the theme “Fight.” Check out their site for more info on proposals and drafts.

At the end of February, the Ashland Public Library celebrate its centennial on February 26, and on February 29, award-winning author Hampton Sides will be featured at the Southern Oregon Arts & Lecture Series at the South Medford High School Auditorium, 7:30 PM.

And coming soon on Literary Ashland–interviews with Courtney Pondelick and Pat Brewer, more clips from Bill Cameron and a visit to Bauman Rare Books.

About Ed Battistella

Edwin Battistella’s latest book Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels was released by Oxford University Press in March of 2020.
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