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Full House at City Lights Bookstore

Back from a whirlwind visit to San Francisco (photos below) — a packed house at City Lights Books, with special guests from the Fine Arts Group: Vladimir Dupre, 94, executive secretary of the Fine Arts, and Chuck Davis, 91, who … Continue reading

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Gearing up for San Francisco and Berkeley

After a heady month of being named a finalist for the $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, I’m now headed to San Francisco for two shows next week. Wednesday, Oct. 15, I’ll be at City Lights Bookstore, with two special guests: Vladimir … Continue reading

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Here on the Edge is finalist for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dear Friends of Here on the Edge, I am thrilled to announce that Here on the Edge has been named a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the prestigious award given annually to one book each in fiction and nonfiction. This … Continue reading

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It was seventy years ago today…

Seven decades ago, Glen Coffield distributed copies of his second Untide Press book, and the first to use a letterpress printer. Coffield was still at Waldport when he signed the copy below, and an online search revealed a Priscilla Gipson … Continue reading

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Opposing war for 70 years

A few days ago, I received an email composed of this simple sentence: July 25, 1944. On this date, 70 years ago, having declared my opposition  to all wars, I was inducted into Civilian Public Service Camp No. 46  at Big … Continue reading

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Revisiting thoughts on war

I just returned from a weekend conference at Fishtrap, in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon. The conference was celebrating the centennial of William Stafford’s birth, and there was a fair amount of conversation on war and peace, and the complex … Continue reading

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The man who taught the artists how to print

Just spent two days visiting with Chuck Davis, who came to Camp Angel in 1943 and taught the earliest Fine Arts members how to set type and run a press. In fact, he is the one who provided the first … Continue reading

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First Oregon Coast show a sell-out!

Had a great show in Yachats this past weekend — another full house, another box of books sold out. The interest and enthusiasm is truly humbling. There is a great scene being built at the Yachats Academy of Arts and … Continue reading

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D-Day at Camp Angel, 1944

On June 6, 1944, William Everson sat down at his desk in Civilian Public Service Camp #56 and articulated a vision for those who believed so strongly in peace that they refused to fight for it. Here are a few … Continue reading

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“Fascinating, funny, and surprising on every page”

Here on the Edge is “fascinating, funny, and surprising on every page,” says Adam at Grass Roots Books, the locally-owned, independent bookstore in downtown Corvallis since 1971. That’s right: 1971. They’ve been doing business in a real store for 43 years. And now you can … Continue reading

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Another great talk with the next generation

This past week, I was invited to visit some history classes at Toledo High School, a few miles inland from Newport on the Oregon Coast, and a two-hour drive from my home. The kids had been reading through 20th century history (remember, … Continue reading

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Inspiring show at Camp Angell

It has been an amazing spring break. After the show in Davis with Vlad Dupre (see below), I went over to the coast and gave a talk to the students at the current Camp Angell. They packed the gymnasium, listened … Continue reading

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