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75 years ago: a word from the edge

Seventy-five years ago this week, Bill Everson sat down and wrote out the following message and published it in a mimeographed newsletter called The Untide. He was sitting in a cabin on the Oregon Coast, at a work camp for … Continue reading

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Imagine if this were taught in schools as part of the regular curriculum… More Than Just a Holiday A Register-Guard editorial, Sept. 4, 2017 “What does labor want? . . . We want more school houses and less jails; more … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin: The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water

Since the events of November 8, I have struggled to find the right response. I tried to write it myself, but nothing was sufficient. So I began searching elsewhere, and recently found what I was looking for. This message from … Continue reading

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Not My Commander in Chief

I’ve been lying low this political season, watching the slow-motion collapse from a safe distance. But, after hearing the office of president referred to time and again as our “commander in chief,” I finally had to speak out. Here is … Continue reading

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The most subversive statement of the year

Christmas, 1942. War raged across Europe and the Pacific, with no indication of when it might end. At an isolated work camp on the Oregon Coast, a small group of conscientious objectors dared to make perhaps the most subversive statement … Continue reading

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75 years ago today: the first peacetime draft

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which constituted the first peacetime draft in United States history. It required all American males between the ages of 21 and 36 to register for … Continue reading

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How to Abolish War without Really Trying

Seventy years ago today, World War II officially ended with the formal signing of surrender documents by Japanese officials on board the USS Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. The toll of the war was horrendous worldwide, and you would’ve had … Continue reading

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Christmas 1944: How Silent are the Things of Heaven

Almost exactly seventy years ago, Bill Shank, an 18-year-old from New Jersey, took up the printer’s stick and set some type, then fired up the Challenge Gordon press in the Fine Arts work room and printed out a special Christmas … Continue reading

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Here on the Edge featured in the Sunday Register-Guard

A nice feature by Randi Bjornstad in the Eugene Register-Guard Sunday edition. She captures the story very well, and even reveals a little of the writer’s own history. (Yes, he really did study architecture and botany before picking up a pen to … Continue reading

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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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