2016 Readers — 23rd annual event
Patrick deWitt was born in Canada in 1975 and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of three novels: Ablutions, The Sisters Brothers, and Undermajordomo Minor. The Sisters Brothers won the 2011 Rogers Prize, Canada’s 2011 Governor General’s Award for English language fiction, and the 2012 Stephen Leacock Award, and the Ken Kesey Award for fiction at the 2012 Oregon Book Awards ceremony. Undermajordomo Minor is longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Kate Caroll de Gutes
Kate Carroll de Gutes’ book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. Kate is a wry observer and writer who started her career as a journalist and then got excited by new journalism which became creative nonfiction and is now called essay (personal, lyric, and otherwise). You can learn more about Kate and sign up to get an essay a week from her about grief, the drama of perimenopause and dating, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living at her website.
Charles Goodrich is the author of three books of poetry, A Scripture of Crows; Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden; and Insects of South Corvallis; and a collection of essays, The Practice of Home. He has co-edited two anthologies, Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest and In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and his poems have been read more than a dozen times by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Following a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.
Wayne Harrison was an auto mechanic for six years before starting college. His short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Narrative Magazine, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Salon.com, The Sun and on NPR’s All Things Considered. His debut novel, The Spark and the Drive, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2014, and his short story collection Wrench, which was a finalist for the Iowa Book Award and runner-up for the Flannery O’Connor Award, won the 2016 New American Prize and will be published in 2017. He teaches writing at Oregon State University.
Jennifer Richter’s new poetry collection, No Acute Distress, was named a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s Selection; her first book, Threshold, was chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky as an Oregon Book Award Finalist. Richter has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years. She currently teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA Program.
Justin St. Germain
Justin St. Germain is the author of the memoir Son of a Gun, which won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was included on best books of 2013 lists by Amazon, Amazon Canada, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, BookPage, and Salon. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Best of the West anthology, and elsewhere. He attended the University of Arizona and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He teaches at Oregon State University.
David Shafer is the author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2014), a well-received suspense novel with big ideas and believable characters. That one took him years, and he currently lives in fear of being a one-book guy. To avoid that outcome, he is, as they say, hard at work on his next novel, a climate change opus that will be so good it will probably keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Like the last one, this next book will have a lot of Northwest in it, and characters you can really get behind. That’s the idea anyway. In the twelve-thirteenths of his waking life that Shafer is not staring at a blinking cursor, he wipes down kitchen surfaces, rolls the trash bins back in and lines up children’s shoes by the front door.
Sallie Tisdale is the author of eight books, including Talk Dirty to Me, Stepping Westward, and Women of the Way. Her collection of essays, Violation, will be published in April by Hawthorne Books. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, Threepenny Review, The New Yorker, and Tricycle, among other journals. Tisdale is the 2013 recipient of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship. She has received a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, the James Phelan Literary Award, and was a Dorothy and Arthur Shoenfeldt Distinguished Writer of the Year. Tisdale is a long-time member of PEN and was a judge for the National Book Award in 2010.
Elizabeth A. Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her collections of poetry include Hand into Stone (1988) (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Luminaries of the Humble (1994). A practicing artist, Woody also illustrated Sherman Alexie’s poetry collection Old Shirts and New Skins (1993). She received the American Book Award in 1990, and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995. She is the current Oregon Poet Laureate.
Karen Karbo - Emcee
Karen Karbo, of Portland, is author of the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child Rules; How Georgia Became O’Keeffe; The Gospel According to Coco Chanel; and How to Hepburn.Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and winner of the 2004 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times and salon.com.
There’s a lot of history behind the music and sounds of Sideways Portal. They’ve spent countless hours rehearsing, recording, inventing, and supporting each other with sound. They’ve also spent a goodly time apart. But time and distance are somewhat irrelevant concepts for this band of four. This year’s event will be a re-union of sorts for them. Please welcome them back and enjoy their offerings as they continue to create their brand of music which is, if expressed as formula: energy + motion = e-motion.
Dave Storrs – drums, percussion, exotic bells and other metal clanky things
Rob Birdwell – horns, keys, loops/effects, vocals, percussion
Page Hundemer – bass, loops/effects, percussion
John Bliss – guitar, loops/effects, percussion