Mourning Brian Doyle

The literary world, Oregon, and all of us at Hoffman Center for the Arts were thrown for a loss recently with the death of Brian Doyle, beloved author and gifted storyteller.

Brian generously visited the Hoffman Center twice to read at our Manzanita Writers’ Series in its fledgling years. He packed the house. He also stepped up to judge submissions when we launched our literary publication the North Coast Squid. He was eager to encourage other writers.

When Brian read from his works, he could make us laugh or cry. He often cried along with us. His passion for writing and storytelling was contagious.

Brian was a born storyteller. Even when he wasn’t reading from one of his carefully crafted books, he engaged audiences with fascinating stories. One favorite told of an exchange he had with a Buddhist monk backstage before an appearance of the Dalai Lama. They discussed, at length and with some passion, whether basketball or soccer was the best sport. It took a few minutes before Brian realized he was talking with the Dalai Lama himself, not one of his entourage.

It’s hard to believe Brian is no longer with us here but we expect he’s busy telling stories wherever he is.

For fans who would like to help Brian’s family in this time of need, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up at:

If you’re not acquainted with his work, here’s A Guide to Brian Doyle’s Best Works by April Baer of OPB:


Judges for North Coast Squid Finalized

three judges

The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are excited to announce the judges for the next North Coast Squid literary magazine, which is due out December 2013 with a submission deadline of August 31.

The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area.

Writing is accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).

Brian Doyle will judge fiction. Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He is the author of thirteen books, among them the novels Mink River and Cat’s Foot, the story collection Bin Laden’s Bald Spot, the nonfiction books The Grail and The Wet Engine, and many books of essays and poems.

Karen Karbo will judge nonfiction. Karbo is author of thirteen books. Her memoir, The Stuff of Life, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, O, More, The New Republic, The New York Times, and other magazines. Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, including How Georgia Became O’Keeffe, How to Hepburn, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, and Julia Child Rules, due out in October 2013.

Stephanie Lenox will judge poetry. Lenox’s chapbook, The Heart That Lies Outside the Body, won the 2007 Slapering Hol Chapbook Contest. She received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission and recently published a full-length collection of poetry, Congress of Strange People.

“We’re also looking for art and photography submissions to accompany literary content for the publication,” says cofounder Vera Wildauer. Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings as well as color images for the publication’s cover. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.

Click here for full submission guidelines for writing and art.  Please read them carefully as they have changed from last year.

For writers interested in workshopping their pieces before submitting to the Squid, join us for another Writers’ Lab on August 17th — Click here for more information.

Fundraising for the Squid continues with the goal of $3000 to cover design and publishing costs. Make checks payable to Hoffman Center with “Squid” in the “for” line and mail to PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130.