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Archive for March, 2011

4/19 – Lit Lunch with the Idaho Writers Guild and Special Guest Sam Mattise 

11:30-1:30 at Smoky Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter.  All are welcome to attend.  Network with your fellow writers, enjoy a casual lunch, a fabulous speaker, and if you’re feeling up for it, participate in our 3 minute open mic.

Sam Mattise is a singer, songwriter, poet and musician.  He has been performing professionally for over 35 years.  Sam was voted the 2006 Singer of the Year for the Cowboy Poets of Idaho; in 2009 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.  In 2010, along with professional photographer Mike Luque, Sam published Dancing Shadows, Mustangs and Dreams.  Learn more at www.SamMattise.com

4/30 – RANDOM READING with Joan Logghe and Maya Jewell Zeller

1-3pm at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise (Jean Wilson Reading Room, garden level).

Celebrate National Poetry Month by engaging with two poets inspired by the natural world, daily life and family. Emerging poet Maya Jewell Zeller, Spokane, Wash., and Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logge, La Puebla, N.M., will share insights about the writing life, read their work and answer questions about craft and the joys/challenges of ministering to their Muse. Zeller’s first book, “Rust Fish”(Lost Horse Press, Sandpoint, Id.) and Logghe’s latest book, “The Singing Bowl,” (University of New Mexico Press), are being released in March and will be available for purchase. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

Joan Logghe works at poetry and arts activism off the academic grid in La Puebla, N.M., where she and her husband, Michael, raised three children and have three grandchildren. She has worked with children, teens and adults for 30 years at Ghost Ranch Abiquiu, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Santa Fe Community College, Artworks, Santa Fe Girls’ School, Santa Clara Pueblo Day School, and in Bratislava, Vienna and Croatia. From 1998 to 2008 she led writing retreats in Idaho City.

Logghe has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grants, a Mabel Dodge Luhan Internship and a Barbara Deming/Money for Women grant.

Her books include “What Makes a Woman Beautiful,” “Twenty Years in Bed with the Same Man” (a finalist in Western States Book Award), “Sofia,” “Rice” and “The Singing Bowl.” She also is a founder of Tres Chicas Books (www.treschicasbooks.com). Information: http://www.thepoemdifferent.blogspot.com/

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born at home in the upstairs apartment of her parents’ gas station on the Oregon coast, Maya has been a high school teacher, cross-country and track coach, editor, college professor and, most recently, a mother. Her poetry has won awards from “The Florida Review” and “Crab Orchard Review.” She lives in Spokane with her husband and one-year-old daughter and teaches English at Gonzaga University. Information: http://mayajewellzeller.wordpress.com/.

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