..The spark for this event is the publication of Sea-Level Nerve (Book One), James Grabill’s first book in 8 years. He’ll be joined by Matt Schumacher and dan raphael.

James Grabill has published 9 books, 4 of which were finalists for the Oregon Book Award, one of those (Poem Rising Out of the Earth and Standing Up for Someone) that won. His work has appeared in hundreds of places. During a long career of teaching writing and literature, James began teaching a course in sustainability, which concerns inform the prose poems in his new books.

Matt Schumacher has published two collections, Spilling the Moon and The Fire Diaries, and is poetry editor of the fabulist journal Phantom Drift. He has taught in at least 5 different colleges in the Portland metro area and is working toward a second PhD.

Dan Raphael is known throughout the region for his energetic performances of his image- & language- rich poetry.

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