What happens when a group of talented writers gut one another’s writing for nearly a decade?
Join The Guttery for an evening of eclectic ecstasy.
St. Johns Booksellers
8622 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
Wednesday, June 5th at 7pm
Guttery Writing Group members will share
poetry, nonfiction, and fiction at this free event.
Let the guttings begin!
David Cooke is one of Portland’s established poets. His debut poem earned the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and a Pushcart nomination. Winner of AmeriCymru’s Night of the Living Bards and the War Poetry Contest award, David continues to promote poetry globally as a builder, distributor, and curator of POETRYBOXES.com
Bruce Greene taught for 33 years at an urban high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a teacher-consultant for the Bay Area, Oregon, and National Writing Projects, he’s offered many workshops on the teaching of writing and literature. His specialty is using Blues music in Language Arts and Social Science curriculum. In his eclectic writing career, Bruce has been a correspondent for a national thoroughbred horse magazine and published everything from poetry to creative non-fiction and memoir. Recent credits include the anthologies The Pressures of Teaching, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. He was the 2010 winner of WORK Literary Magazine’s memoir competition. A founding member of The Guttery, a Portland based writing group. Bruce currently supervises and mentors beginning teachers at Marylhurst University. He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Read his memoir Above This Wall: The Life and Times of a VISTA Volunteer 1969-70 or check out his blog, Daily Views and Blues.
Beth Marshea managed a plumbing and heating manufacturers’ rep for years. Then she quit and moved to Portland to start my family and write. She has written dozens of unpublished short stories and two unpublished novels.
Lara Messersmith-Glavin is an educator, a writer, an editor, and a Fisherpoet. She performs her work around town and at the annual Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Alltopia Antholozine, Perspectives, The Spoon Café Journal, and MaLa, the premiere English-language literary journal in China. She is a co-editor of the recently published Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, and she serves on the editorial collective of Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the journal of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. She is a member of the Guttery Writers, and she also serves on the directorial boards of Living Stages Theatre (a community theatre project for social change) and the IAS. She is the partner of Paul and the mama of Silas.
A. Molotkov’s work has appeared in over 70 publications and won the New Millennium Writings and E.M. Koeppel fiction awards, as well as Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Visit him at www.AMolotkov.com.
Brian Reeves is a writer, English teacher, and former Peace Corps volunteer, who earned his M.A. in creative writing from Florida State University. His short fiction has appeared in Sand Hill Review and Spark: A Creative Anthology. His short story, “Wild Horses,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novel, A Chant of Love and Lamentation, was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.
Kip Silverman is a writer, technologist and father of three incredible daughters. He writes poetry, fiction, spoken word, essays, political diatribe and was one of the original “online diarists” (you kids call it ‘blogging’). Kip ran Nirvana Flats, a spoken word web site from 1996 to 2004. He is involved in disaster relief and food security projects and Occupies things from time to time. He also ran for President of the United States on the “It May Be Too Late in ’88? platform. It was, indeed, Too Late.
He currently runs several strange web sites including Politaiku.com and the facebook page Haiku Sundays. He also writes many very bad haikus. He has made Portland, Oregon his home since 1998.
Carrie-Ann’s second novel, Only Ghosts, received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Great Novel Contest. Her screenplay version of Only Ghosts was a collaboration with a school in Nepal, an artist in Iowa, and five other Portland musicians to create a percussive performance that Willamette Weekly wrote wasn’t like “anything we’ve seen in Portland for ages.” Her writing has also won Best Short Story at Third Goal, and most recently has been published in Portland Bridge Poem Anthology. She lives with her ten-year-old daughter in Portland.
A graduate of Portland State University’s M.A. program in English, Robin was first introduced to writing groups in 1996 through a course facilitated by author and professor Tony Wolk. Since then, she has taught writing and language arts at the college, high-school, and middle-school levels in a wide range of settings. In 2007, Robin participated in the Oregon Writers’ Project, reminding herself that she is indeed a writer. Currently, she teaches a mix of high-school freshmen and juniors how to express themselves in non-self-destructive fashions.
Robin Troche is a writer who feels inferior in the company of her peers. She has published nowhere and has extended internal debates on whether publication is a form of commitment, all of which should be avoided. While she appreciates thoughtful critique and effusive praise of her work, Robin persists in the belief that all words have both a half-life and a shelf life, after which they should be dismantled and put to new use. Titles in particular may survive the useful expectancy of their content and can be periodically unearthed and repurposed. In fact, she is currently considering an assemblage of poems based on the same title to be printed on soluble rice paper.