The Artsmith Reading Series takes place at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound, WA. Readings are followed by Q&A, book-signing, and author reception with hors d'oeuvres.
Darvill's Bookstore 296 Main Street Eastsound, WA Orcas Island
2017-2018 Salon Series Calendar
Bounty: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community Reading - Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 5PM
Join Lopez Islanders Iris Graville, Sue Roundy, and Kim Bast at a special Orcas Island event celebrating their book, Bounty, and the farming and food-sharing community that puts the "culture" in Lopez Island's agriculture.
Chef Kim Bast was fortunate to grow up under the loving tutelage of many exceptional cooks and knew at an early age that her life’s focus would be food. She’s prepared meals at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, base camp on Mt. Rainier, and many fine kitchens in between. Kim lives with her husband and a bevy of animals at Windy Bottom Farm, where she’s discovered that growing food is as much fun as cooking it. Writer Iris Graville believes everyone has a story to tell. She collaborated with BOUNTY photographer, Summer Moon Scriver, on the award-winning book Hands at Work—a collection of stories and photographs of people (including several BOUNTY farmers) who are passionate about work with their hands. Iris’s personal essays and profiles have been published widely, and she posts regularly at irisgraville.com. Her most recent book, the memoirHiking Naked: A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance, is available at Darvill’s Bookstore and at https://irisgraville.com/.
Project Manager Sue Roundy was trained in design and for 30 years has worked with others to create community good. Growing up in Bellingham, WA, Sue’s family fished, foraged, and preserved the bounty of Whatcom County. Living on Lopez has brought her back to her Northwest locavore roots. She served on the Lopez Community Land Trust board 2008-2011 and is currently on the board of the Lopez Locavores.
Artsmith Artist Residency Reading - Thursday, January 4, 2018, 5pm
Artsmith fellows Yvonne Garrett, Carrie L. Larson, Achy Obejas, Penn Stewart, and Tina Schumann will share works ranging from historical fiction to personal essays to lyric poetry at this special Salon Series reading.
Peggy Shumaker - March 2, 6pm
Peggy Shumaker is the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist for 2014. She is also the Artsmith Artist of the Year for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.
Peggy's poems have been published in Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and throughout the United States. Her nonfiction has appeared in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton), A Road of Her Own (Fulcrum), Under Northern Lights (U. Washington Press), A Year in Place (U. Utah Press), Prairie Schooner, Brevity, and Ascent.
In 2008, Peggy founded Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, to publish literature and fine art from Alaska. www.borealbooks.org
Stephen Corey - Tuesday, March 27, 6pm
Stephen Corey is the author of four full-length poetry collections, among them There is No Finished World (White Pine Press), and six chapbooks. His essay collection, Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary, and Cultural, describe, analyze, and meditate upon his concurrent lives as family member, publishing writer, editor for a major literary journal, and cultural-political observer of the broader world within which he has lived while experiencing his smaller realms. In these essays, Corey finds himself unwilling and/or unable to write about a family member without alluding to poetry or other arts, about his editing work without reference to his own writing practice and philosophy, or about his own writing without connecting it to history and society. Whether writing on being a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war, on the death of Roy Orbison, or about an adoption document that comes to America in advance of his new South Korean infant daughter, Stephen Corey finds himself moved to new definitions of his other life’s blood, poetry. As the title of one of Stephen Corey’s poetry collections states, “There is no finished world,” and many of the essays collected here speak to one or both senses of that crucial word “finished”: for the artist, there is always the urge to polish the work, to move it one word or brush stroke closer to an ever-elusive perfection; for the human being, there is always the need to argue with inevitable mortality so as to make the most of the life at hand.
John co-founded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, and has served as Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford, Co-Director of the Walt Whitman 150 organization, and Annual Contest Chair of the Oregon Poetry Association. John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University, where he served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Marketing Manager of Three Muses Press. Currently John works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon.