First Wednesday Blackbird Wine Shop Reading

Blackbird Wine and Atomic Cheese
4323 NE Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213. 
Wednesday, March 2 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Again. Yes again!  The Guttery reads at Blackbird Wine Shop again.  The sequel that reaffirms the rich, heart wrenching, thought provoking, vivid writing read by the very authors of the very words. Words published, words awarded, words paid for, words you get to hear for free while enjoying some of the world’s finest wines.  This is where it all began.  Blackbird Wine Shop was the first to host The Guttery writers a little over a year ago.  From the packed house at Blackbird various permutations of The Guttery have performed to standing room only at 3 Friends Show and Tell Gallery, for, what was it 4 hours? at Beach Books, Tony’s Tavern, Last Monday in Hilsboro, Third Thursday at the Reed Opera House, and even on the radio as featured by Talking Earth on KBOO .  The authors have continued to win prizes for their short stories and poetry and will have pluthera of publications for purchase.  The Guttery writers Bruce Greene, A. Molotkov, and David Cooke will be joined by John Milliken who is claiming fame through the Poetry Post movement.  Builder of poetry posts and poster of poetry John Milliken joins David Cooke in raising funds and awareness of the poetry posts/poles/boxes popping up in Portland neighborhoods. 

Come see The Guttery writers at the reading that started it all.  David Cooke, Bruce Greene, John Milliken ,  and A. Molotkov will read from their work.

First Wednesday Readings

WORK Literary Magazine

 Poetry Posts

 The Guttery

John Milliken is a local writer of poetry and short stories.  He developed an eclectic voice writing about people and sense of place from extensive travel as soldier, student, bicycle tourist and work as a construction manager.  John has called Portland home for the past 35 years and lives with his partner, Ellen, in the Irvington neighborhood.  Their daughters, Poppy and Robin, though world travellers as well, chose to remain in Portland as PSU graduate and PNCA undergraduate students respectively.  John is a member of the group First Friday Writers, a student of local poet John Morrison and a self described groupie / admirer of Billy Collins.

John also designs, builds and installs poetry poles throughout Portland.  John’s inspiration is Jim Bodeen’s Poetry Post at the Begonia Press home and office in Wenatchee, Washington.  Each pole location is an intimate venue that promotes a sense of community and appreciation for the written word.  John’s motto is:  “I write because I must.”  Begonia Press .   John’s Blog (poetry poles)

Bruce Greene taught English, history, and psychology in the Bay Area for many years. He now works with beginning teachers at Marylhurst University. In his eclectic writing career, Bruce has been a correspondent for a national thoroughbred horse magazine and published everything from poetry and educational research to creative non-fiction and memoir. Recent credits include winning the memoir competition sponsored by WORK Literary Magazine. He is always looking for another river to fly fish and coffeehouses conducive to writing.  A literary agent might be nice too.  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.(

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker and visual artist. He blends art forms to build a varied body of work in which individual components contribute to a greater whole. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. He is the author of several novels, short story and poetry collections and the winner of the 2008 E. M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award. His winning short story “Round Trip” was nominated for a Pushcart. Molotkov’s work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online. He frequently reads poetry in Portland, OR. Visit him at 

David Cooke’s debut poem Edges won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize. His work appears in Flatmancrooked, Hunger Mountain, A River & Sound Review, Heavy Hands Ink and in performances at the Blackbird Wine Shop, Show and Tell Gallery, Stonehenge Studio, and KBOO’s Talking Earth.  He is also known as The Lawn Guy throughout Portland and Lake Oswego for his lawn maintenance business.  Much of his current work is included in his forthcoming chapbook, Discretion