Props To:

Dear Writers,

What are you and your characters doing today? I’m continually dazzled by the wonderful work people are doing in our region. Here are some that recently caught my attention!

Props To:
  • The multitalented Andrea Hurst for the release of her latest book, The Guestbook, available in paperback and e-book. Both a literary agent and published writer, Andrea lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona of The Guestbook. How she carves out time to write amidst managing her many literary and business endeavors beats me, but way to go, Andrea!

July 2012 Open Mic

Dear Writers,
Our midsummer ensemble at the July open mic at Village Books was a hit! Thanks to Village Books for providing us with a great venue and for its regular support and nurturing of local writers. Here’s the July recap:
Photo: Intellectual look!

Nancy Lou Canyon

Nancy Lou Canyon treated us to a short piece “Jeannie Ann” from her e-book Dark Forest. Her quietly moving prose evoked a past that heavily informs the future. Kudos to Nancy as well for having her beautiful art adorn the walls at Village Books. Rae Ellen Lee, who we all look to for hilarious guidance on spotting geezers, tonight showed us a beautifully different style with a vignette from her childhood, published in Sea of Voices, Isle of Story (TripleTree Publishing 2003). Sporting a Periodic Table of the Elements t-shirt, Jim Milstead amused our group with his clever response to e.e. cummings, but then also turned wonderfully reflective, reading “Appointment.” Dick Harris read from “Midstream,” his blogged work, and not to be outdone on t-shirt night, Dick had on his shirt from the 2000 Iowa Summer Writing Festival, where he is an eleven-time alum! Continue reading