The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic September 10, 2023 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic September 10, 2023 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

Featuring Marilyn Stablein and Jim Shugrue

Marilyn Stablein is an award-winning author of fifteen books. Milepost 27: Poems (Black Heron Press) won the Southwest Writers Book of the Year. Splitting Hard Ground: Poems (La Alameda Press) won the New Mexico Book Award, the National Federation of Press Women Book Award, and a Southwest Writers Award. She was a finalist for the Marie Alexander Prose Poetry Award.

Other books include Vermin: A Traveler’s Bestiary stories (Spuyten Duyvil), and a memoir of letters from the six years she lived in the Himalayas, Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu, (Chin Music Press) an epistolary mail art memoir penned on international aerograms which won the National Federation of Press Women’s Memoir Award.
Her limited-edition artist books are exhibited internationally and are in private and public collections including: SUNY Buffalo, Yale University Beinecke Library, Brown University Library, The British Library, UW Suzallo and Allen Libraries Special Collections. She is based in Portland, Oregon. See


Jim Shugrue has published three chapbooks:  Floating Verses; Small Things Screaming (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award); and Icewater, as well as Cards and Letters, a book of poetry and images in collaboration with artist Paul Schaap.  He’s received an Open Voice Award from the West Side Y in New York and a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Open Mic is open to all audience members. Participants can sign up before the start of the reading or during the break. In the interest of time, Open Mic readers are asked to limit their readings to three minutes.

Did you know you can view clips of featured poets reading on our Facebook page?

The Ross Island Grocery and Café is a cozy space with capacity for 40 or so people. Tables are available, so people who arrive early can enjoy a light supper (i.e., a sandwich, salad or burger) while waiting for the reading to begin. If we run out of table space, folding chairs are available. A mic will enhance the readings. There is plenty of unrestricted parking on the streets around the Café.

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Leah Stenson