The Jesus He Deserved – Sean Davis, Matthew Robinson, Jacob Meeks

Returned veterans are becoming writers and artists. And American stories are changing. The Jesus He Deserved tells the tales of the wars our soldiers fight at home before they fight abroad and once that battle has ended. Each holds the conscience of the world right now. Each shows how someone who has seen too much death can recover into life.

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

Matthew Robinson is the author of the novel The Horse Latitudes (an Oregon Book Award finalist), holds an MFA in Fiction from Portland State University, co-edits the online literary journal The Gravity of the Thing, and is an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. He lives, writes, and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Jacob Meeks is a veteran who has worked in humanitarian aid, specializing in operations and security in South Sudan, Guatemala, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, and most recently, Nigeria. In the past he deployed with the 82nd Airborne to Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is currently also working on his writing career. His first stories were published in War Stories 2017 and The Jesus He Deserved.

L. Kris Gowen, Lee Barkmann, Philip Kenney (Inkwater Press)

L. Kris Gowen has a prosperous career, a loving partner, a strong circle of friends … until tragedy strikes. She turns to karaoke: a source of joy. With a half-formed plan and a need to sing, she takes off on a 17,774-mile karaoke road trip through America. She reconnects with old friends, makes new ones—and heals. Each time Kris takes the microphone, she sheds a little more grief, stepping into a world where everyone is accepted simply for singing a song they love. In One Nation Under Song: My Karaoke Journey Through Grief, Joy, and America, readers gain an insider’s look at the unique culture of karaoke while riding and singing along with the author on her once-in-a-lifetime journey.

In Digging Up New Business: The Swiftpad Takeover, GG has a plan to capture the whole world’s attention. She hooks up with local pothead Kip to create SwiftPad, a renegade social media app that promises to convert the world’s fascination with itself into billions in cash for the crew and their backers. But when a sadistic killer’s handiwork is uncovered, new clues to an old crime point to Portland’s IT community. He is out there, using his high-tech talent to mock efforts to catch him. Digging Up New Business is a raffish, satiric account of how we are coping with the sweeping changes of recent decades.

The Writer’s Crucible provides a map for navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life. It does so by helping writers understand the psychology of vulnerability. Perhaps the most common vulnerability we face is the persistent sense of not being good enough. This troubling insecurity is often present in even the most successful writer, who, despite success, is subject to episodes of self-doubt that undermine creativity. To help authors manage this core experience, The Writer’s Crucible offers an in-depth exploration of the psychological underpinnings governing the internal narrative, “I am not enough.” That knowledge enables readers to begin undoing emotional constrictions and connect with an inner source of spiritual nourishment, allowing creative energies to move with greater freedom. The Writer’s Crucible is not a book that tells you how to write—it is one that shows you how to be a writer.

L. Kris Gowen, PhD, EdM, received her doctorate in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is also the author of Sexual Decisions: The Ultimate Teen Guide, a book for youth. She lives in Portland, Oregon–despite her dislike of gray skies. Her favorite artists to karaoke are Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John.

Lee Barckmann was born in South New Jersey in 1951. He played little League baseball, fished and hunted and otherwise had a Huckleberry Finn childhood. He went to college at the University of Kansas with a track scholarship, but was injured freshman year. Lee then became involved in the anti-war movement on campus.
He graduated in 1973 with a BA Economics and in History. Lee moved to Utah, then Oregon, and wrote his first (unpublished) novel in between learning Mandarin and working several jobs. Lee was invited to teach English in China, where he taught for 2 1/2 years. He returned to the US in late 1987. Lee started an IT career, changing jobs frequently for 25 years until retiring in 2015. He now lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with his wife, Mary, as a fulltime writer.

Philip Kenney has practiced psychotherapy and meditation for over thirty years in Portland, Oregon. In addition to these practices, he writes poetry, fiction, and essays on culture, psychology, and the spiritual challenges of our time. Mr. Kenney’s understanding of the many emotional vulnerabilities facing writers and artists is based on his own experiences as well as those of the creative people he sees in his psychotherapy practice. Having worked with these talented people through hours of intimate psychotherapy, and having heard and felt their considerable pain—the pain of feeling not good enough—he was moved to write this book.

Local Author Don DuPay

Pimps, prostitutes, safe crackers, murderers, drug addicts, thieves and thugs—and of course, the Portland Police Bureau—Don DuPay introduces them all in this candid, entertaining and brutal look at the stark realities of police work. DuPay, a 17 year veteran of the force, has written an intimate memoir that will take the reader on an unforgettable journey, pulling back the curtain to reveal the true and shocking machinations that fueled police culture, during his time. It’s a world of danger and contradictions, where officers are torn between their duties and the demands of survival. Police officers get dressed, strap on a gun and go to war. It’s a different war every day but it’s still a war. In this unforgettable story, the reader is never left to choose between the good guys or the bad guys. DuPay keeps it real as he wrestles with a vocation that nearly destroyed him. DuPay provides, startling revelations about the corruption, burn-out and heartache that he experienced during his time on the force—dynamics which remain a common pattern in long-term law enforcement careers.

John H. Fitchen, Ingrid Kincaid, Jim Nail (Inkwater Press)

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Join us for readings by three authors from the same publishing house, the first in a new monthly series.

The tales in John H. Fitchen’s Life Through the Lens of a Doctor-Birder are about two grand passions: medicine and birds. Through the eyes of a physician and a birder, we witness the glory that is nature. From a remote Aleutian Island to his own backyard, and from the research lab to the bedside, we see what makes birders tick and doctors marvel.

Ingrid Kincaid’s The Runes Revealed will challenge you to remove the tainted, distorted lens of patriarchal interpretation and start seeing the runes with clearer vision. Long before Odin, the Vikings or Christianity, the runes were. Written in a style that’s a mixture of both prose and poetry, this unconventional book about the runes presents a perspective that is challenging, thought-provoking and controversial.

In Jim Nail’s The Ballad of Johnny Arcane: A Novel, seven summers pass without a champion climbing the silo to claim the Cornfest Prize. Enter young Johnny Arcane, who brings down the hive of bees, the townspeople hefting him onto their shoulders, crying, “Arcane! Arcane!” The legend of Johnny Arcane is born, a saga of a reluctant hero on an epic journey, from his glory at Cornfest, through his shame at the Dolmens, to his most perilous quest-to cross the border between the known and the unknown worlds.

John H. Fitchen, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. After nearly twenty years in academics, he accepted a leadership role at Epitope, Inc., the Portland-based biotech company that developed OraSure, the first and only oral HIV test. He has published articles in The Atlantic, Birding, the New England Journal of Medicine, and dozens of other peer-reviewed medical journals. He is an avid birder and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Ellen.

Ingrid Kincaid is the daughter of Arctic glaciers, rocky shorelines and windswept moors. She was born knowing the runes. They’re etched in her bones. They’re her lineage, her ancestry, her bloodlines. Their wisdom informs all that she does. People in the community know her as the rune woman. The Runes Revealed is a companion text to an online course of the same name. Visit her website to discover all that she have to offer: classes, rituals, online courses and private, spiritual guidance.

The Ballad of Johnny Arcane started with a song Jim Nail composed in 1973. The song stuck in his mind until, decades later, it exploded into a full novel. Nail is a songwriter, author, father, husband. He lives in Oregon with his wife and fellow author, Claire. They have two grown sons, Brendan and Devin.

Bella LaVey, Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood

How does an ordinary New England girl become an international dominatrix who gets flown to Milan, London, and Paris to elicit pleasure through pain?

Bella LaVey is a single mother faced with an uncertain future. She needs to provide for her young son but she has little education, no family support, and minimal resources. Her decision to become a stripper sets off a series of events that lead Bella through the different worlds of erotic wrestling, BDSM performance art, addiction, and a deeply dangerous relationship. Along the way, she uncovers the seeds of violence that took root in her childhood. Fierce and fearless, Fetish Girl artfully renders the true story of one woman’s discovery of her own limits as she balances mothering, desire, and survival—and finally arrives at healing.

Bella LaVey is a holistic sex coach, writer, educator and workshop facilitator. She believes that life opens us through our sexuality and that our sexual energy is inextricably linked to our creativity. She hopes to inspire others to burn through their shame, and embrace their erotic desires. After many years of journeying to sexual liberation to create a thriving, integrated life of sacred sex, intimacy, kink, and deep feminine devotion, Bella empowers men and women to create healthy, fulfilling and transformative sex lives and relationships in her Soulful Sexuality Coaching Program and workshops. Remote sessions are available. See BellaLaVey.com for details.

Local Author Emily Wanderer Cohen

Join us for a reading and discussion with Emily Wanderer Cohen, a memoirist and trauma healing coach.

Most children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors felt the omnipresence of the Holocaust throughout their childhood and for many, the spectre of the Holocaust continues to loom large through the phenomenon of “intergenerational” trauma.

In From Generation to Generation: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Storytelling, Emily Wanderer Cohen connects the dots between her behaviors and choices and her mother’s Holocaust experiences. In a series of vivid, emotional—and sometimes gut-wrenching—stories, she illustrates how the Holocaust continues to have an impact on current and future generations. Plus, the prompts at the end of each chapter enable you to explore your own intergenerational trauma and begin your healing journey.

This book will help you:

• Understand how Holocaust and other trauma survivors transmit their trauma to their children and grandchildren

• Recognize that you’re not alone in your emotions and feelings

• Uncover your own intergenerational trauma and specific triggers

• Stop the cycle of intergenerational trauma in your family

• Replace anger and resentment with forgiveness—and begin the healing process

Emily Wanderer Cohen is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Ever since the day she came home from religious school asking her mother about the Holocaust, Emily heard her mother’s stories of incarceration in and escape from concentration camp as well as eventual immigration to the United States. Her mother also spoke to schoolchildren and other audiences about her personal Holocaust experiences, helping to ensure that this horrific event would never be forgotten. Emily now works with multiple generations of Holocaust survivors to understand and heal their transmitted trauma. She also speaks to Jewish and other organizations about her mother’s history as well as how her mother’s trauma affected her as a second-generation (2G) Holocaust survivor.

Local Author Nathaniel Barber

Join us for a reading of Luck Favors the Prepared, a collection of short personal stories and essays from Nathaniel Barber.

“In his first collection of short stories, Nathaniel Barber allows a peek inside the life observant. Luck Favors the Prepared is a straightforward read, shifting from remote and comic documentary to lived-in memoir, dreamily recalling the absurd choreography of divorce, landlordship, role playing video games, misguided activism, customer service and sudden, unexpected wardrobe failures.”

Author Janet Capron

Author Janet Capron is coming all the way from New York to share her memoir, Blue Money, with us. She writes about street life in NY in the 70’s, and there are some stories you don’t want to miss in here!

“Capron writes with the fearless, experiential drive of a Beat poet, though her images are more controlled and precise than the subject matter would suggest. There’s an enormous amount of clarity here.”—Shelf Awareness

Local Author Carolyn Wood

Tough Girl opens as sixty-five year old Carolyn decides to walk the Camino de Santiago in hopes of reawakening the youthful determination and resilience that took her on the road to Rome and gold at the 1960 Olympics. What she encounters along both paths–fear, fatigue, pain and loss–are well worth the rewards of discovery. Reading and Q&A, followed by book signing.

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Local Author Panel with Erica Satifka, Jeannie Burt, Mandy Smith, and Patricia Kullberg

This group is a genre mashup! Join us for 4 different authors, in 4 different genres, for an afternoon of good writing. We’ll hear from Erica Satifka (Stay Crazy, science fiction), Jeannie Burt (When Patty Went Away, literary fiction), Mandy Smith (Secrets in Big Sky Country, memoir), and Patricia Kullberg (Girl in the River, historical fiction). It’s a fun way to experience local authors writing across genres, and a fun way to spend part of your afternoon.

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