Red Hen Press at the Jack London Bar in Portland

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I am going to be in Portland, Oregon tomorrow at the Jack London Bar.

Why I used to love Jack London: There are three kinds of conflict—man against man, man against himself and man against nature. Also man against woman—the story of Samson, man against God—the story of Job, man against the bottle—well, that’s a lot of stories. But the main three are the first ones and of those my favorite is human against nature.

I like to think we all struggle against the odds. I like to think of struggling against storms and lightning, against flooding and hurricanes, volcanoes and tornadoes. Maybe that’s why people like to swim with the sharks.

Jack London was full of epic quotes. Here are a few of them:

“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

“I’d rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.”

“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”

You can see why he’s my kind of guy.

Come to this reading! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Featured Writers: Brian Doyle, Brynn Saito and David Mason

September 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR

https://www.poets.org/viewevent.php/prmEventID/12403

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. Doyle is the author of ten previous books: five collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), two collections of short prose, and the sprawling novel Mink River, which Publisher’s Weekly called a “original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life.” Doyle is a four-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. Among various honors for his work are a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife and children. Bin Laden’s Bald Spot (Red Hen Press, 2011), is his latest book.

David Mason’s books of poems include The Buried Houses (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), The Country I Remember (winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award), and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow (Red Hen Press), was published in 2007, and named best poetry book of the year by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was also featured on the PBS News Hour. Author of a collection of essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, his memoir, News from the Village, appeared in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Agenda, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, The Irish Times, and The Southern Review. He has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter (which will have its professional premiere at Opera Colorado in May 2013) and her oratorio, Vedem. He recently won the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize for the development of a new libretto. A former Fulbright Fellow to Greece, he now serves as Poet Laureate of Colorado and teaches at Colorado College.

Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of Red Hen Press’s 2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat, among other journals. Brynn was born in the Central Valley of California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. She received an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in religious studies from NYU. Currently, Brynn lives in the Bay Area and teaches in San Francisco.

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