5th Edition North Coast Squid Literary Journal is available up and down the coast

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The journal showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

Expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

Great gift idea for the holidays and now available at the following outlets for $7 each:

 

 

Astoria:
The Blue Scorcher
Lucy’s Books

Seaside:
Beach Books

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Books
Jupiter’s Books

Manzanita:
Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
Manzanita News & Espresso

Nehalem:
The Beehive

Wheeler:
The Roost

Tillamook:
The Pioneer Museum

Launch Party for 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid on October 8

squid-5-coverManzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid literary journal at 7 pm on Saturday, October 8. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Seventy-seven writers submitted 160 pieces. Thirty-eight submissions were chosen by outside judges. Judith Barrington judged poetry, Cari Luna judged fiction and Brian Benson judged non-fiction.

The category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and previously advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

The expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2016/2017.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $7 cover price will go to produce future editions of the magazine.

For further information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

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Writing Critique Group Set for April 30

squid illustrationJoin fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Saturday, April 30. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing.

Please bring $5 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction).

There is no need to register, however, please let us know if you plan on coming by emailing northcoastsquid@gmail.com

Submit to the North Coast Squid March 1 through May 31, 2016

ink the squid button art v3The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America and teaches writing at the Attic in Portland.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

For more information about the judges click here.

All work must be submitted electronically here . Or go to the North Coast Squid page and click on the submit button.  Submissions must arrive by midnight on May 31, 2016.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose (fiction and nonfiction) category and three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1,500 words each. All work must be previously unpublished.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

Complete guidelines on format are here.

Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal

ink the squid button art v3Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the schedule and judges for the 5th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing.

The fifth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in October 2016.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 31, 2016. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category. All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art and photos will also be solicited for cover art and inside art. Watch for coming detailed submission guidelines.

With submissions possible thru May 31, take advantage of all our upcoming writing workshops to help you submit your best work — workshops on humor, personal essay, poetry, and more!  Click here.  Also we have Writing Lounge every Tuesday from 10:30 to 1pm at the Hoffman Center, with a drop-in fee of $5, where you can get feedback on your writing from fellow writers.

Judith Barrington will judge poetry for the North Coast Squid. She is the award-winning author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her latest collection, The Conversation, resulted from one poem winning the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition in 2013, which resulted in an Irish publisher bringing out her work in a new book.

Brian Benson will judge nonfiction. He is author of Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America. Benson teaches writing at the Attic in Portland and is currently working on The River Signal, an original radio story written on a paddlewheel riverboat as it floats the Mississippi.

Cari Luna will judge fiction. The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury and was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Oprah.com. Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in Salon, Jacobin, PANK, Avery Anthology, failbetter, Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere.

Our Young Writer category accepts submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young writers age 18 and under.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, are selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.

Can Artists and Writers See Through Each Other’s Eyes?

birdsFifteen artists and writers are immersed in a unique creative experience this summer at the coast, trying to see through each other’s eyes in their own creative process.

They are taking part in a new program at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Titled “Word & Image: A Dialog Between Writers and Artists,” the program paired artists and writers to create original pieces, each in response to the other’s work.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts is known for its variety of programming for all of the creative arts, with the Writers’ Series, Clay Studio, art workshops and shows, Friday Night Flicks, and musical events.

This summer, two women launched a program to combine two of those arts, spurring artists and writers to leave their comfort zones for this different kind of creative process.

Emily Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. A past recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland. Deborah DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Writers have been writing in response to art for centuries,” said Ransdell. “We thought it would be interesting to try a modern take on the tradition by letting artists have their turn as well.”

Ransdell described the project as a spin-off of the Hoffman’s weekly Writing Lounge, where local writers create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in works that surprise the authors themselves.
Whereas artists and writers usually generate works that reflect their own experience and vision of the world, this project compels them to respond to someone else’s vision of the world.

“This way of finding subject matter for an art piece is both similar and different than the way I usually work,” says artist Lori Dillon, “a lot of the time I do get inspired by an event, series of events, or my own poetry/writing in my head.  So the difference is that I’m being ‘led to create’ by someone else’s voice.”

“One key thing here,” adds Ransdell, “There are no rules. No set process. The artist and writer can choose to meet or not, discuss or not, share results ahead or not. The whole goal of this was for people to experiment.”

Everyone seems to be approaching it differently. Some have looked at other works by the artist and writer. Some met once to discuss, others not at all. Some pairs are exchanging process progress and results all along the way.

Artist Vera Wildauer and poet Phyllis Mannan were matched and chose not to meet or discuss their process.
“It might be good to see the original,” Mannan wrote Wildauer in an email, “but I don’t think I want to hear the background, at least not right away. I want to let my unconscious mind work a bit first.”

“I rarely work from a picture or photograph when I write,” Mannan added in an interview, “so this way of working was unfamiliar to me. I learned to closely study the nuances of a scene, to question the relationship between people and objects. I hope to use the process of careful questioning in future work.”

“I was immediately drawn to one of Phyllis’ three poems,” Wildauer describes working from the other direction, “since it included so many images and evoked so much meaning about the ‘real world’ versus faith — with some odd juxtapositions. I had a great time with it, finding mixed media to lend itself to the process perhaps more than other forms.”
Writer Aina Tonjes and artist Cathi Howell did choose to meet.

“I got two pieces to choose from,” says Tonjes, “and after meeting with Cathi in person one of them became much more relevant than the other. I did need to know what exactly moved her to put those shapes down, and without having talked about it I don’t think I would have been able to motivate myself to write.”

“I wasn’t sure how to best write about Deborah’s piece at first,” Ransdell said. The two coordinators are taking on the same challenge as all the participants. “I didn’t want to just describe. I wanted to evoke something.”
She remembered a technique that poet and teacher Andrea Hollander used during a PoetryFest workshop in Manzanita. Hollander had the participants choose six words and work from there.

“So I chose six words that Deborah’s piece made me think of and I’m working from those,” Ransdell adds, “It’s definitely a technique I’ll use again. I was surprised and pleased; it’s a different kind of poem for me.”

The thirty participants range in age from 15 to mid-80’s, and come from as far away as Long Beach Peninsula and Portland to those who live full or part time in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler. At the evening event where participants were paired up,

Juleen Johnson attended via Facetime. Her husband held up an iPad so Juleen could see the audience and the event from her location attending the Iowa Writers Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

The event has certainly paired up people who might never have interacted otherwise. 15-year-old writer Elizabeth Johnson brought her parents along from Long Beach, Washington, to meet with photographer Steve Jones, 61.

Artist Karen Gale said “the biggest surprise was to find how much my partner Deb Simmons and I had in common both in our styles and in our lives. We are the perfect partnership!”

Simmons responded in an email to the same interview question whether anything surprised her about the process with “the friendship that has formed with MY artist!”

“I think all of us feel like the bar is kind of high,” says Dewit, “I need to do something worthy. Plus it’s just one piece of art or writing, not one of many of your works in one place. And everyone feels a commitment to each other, to honor their work.”

“What a challenge this has been, what a stretch,” adds Simmons, “The bottom line is to come up with something ‘worthy’ of the artwork, which I admire and love.”

The results will be unveiled at an opening reception and reading at the Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 29, open to the public. Each pairing will be printed as a frame-able art piece and offered for sale as a souvenir for people who come to the show.

The project might well become a recurring event. After all, it exemplifies the Hoffman Center for the Arts’ tagline and goal: Explore. Create. Connect.

And who knows, it might inspire other projects.  “This is such a unique event!” says Lori Dillon, “Now I’m thinking about the concept of pairing musicians and writers and visual artists.  Whoa, doesn’t that sound crazy and good?

Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal on Saturday, April 18

SquidCoverEdition4Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes 19 pieces of art and photography from local artists as well. (24 artists submitted 74 pieces).

This edition was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The campaign-funding goal was $3000. Support from local fans as well as friends and family of Squid volunteers and submitters raised $3600.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2015.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Hoffman Center will be announcing another great project for local writers and artists during the evening’s activities.

Crowdfunding Campaign for the North Coast Squid

video overlay imageManzanita Writers’ Series kicks off crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to print and launch the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing..

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in April.

The crowdfunding campaign, through Indiegogo, is just one part of the overall budget. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of submission management, design time, editing, and with Squid sales.

Donation amounts range from $25 to $500. In thanks for each donation, a perk is available.

Perks vary, from a copy of the Squid with your name on the donor page, a signed print of the cover image, to a literary agent review of your book proposal. You can even have a character named for you in Phillip Margolin’s next novel.

The campaign funding goal is $3000, with a stretch goal of $5000. That would allow a few pages of color on the inside as well as the cover of the Squid, to showcase great local art that is included with the writing. Any amount raised past the goal will go to the next Squid.

Click here to visit the campaign page and check out our cool little video (made by our friend Judson Moore).

The campaign ends at 1159 PST on March 18.

 

 

Manzanita Writers Series Announces the Featured Authors for 2015

The Manzanita Writers’ Series kicks off its 7th year at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 21.

We’re excited to share an interesting mix of authors and books. Explore different worlds from a historical novel set in a lawless frontier town to an apocalyptic world in the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse. Learn what works and what doesn’t in anti-aging, and what it’s like to ride your bike across America. Step into a darkly humorous memoir and into a stark world where evil and magic collide.

Featured authors for 2015 include: Lauren Kessler Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate and Other Adventures in the World of Antiaging, Feb. 21; Anna Keesey, Little Century, on March 21; Ariel Gore, The End of Eve: A Memoir, May 16; Brian Benson, Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America, Sept. 19; Daniel Wilson, Robogenesis, Oct. 17: and Rene Denfield, The Enchanted, November 21.

A number of the authors will also teach workshops during the day.

The admission price for the evening author events will be $7.

This year we’ve added a “suggested theme” for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write on that topic for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement. See sidebar for information on the themes.

Our annual PoetryFest on April 18 will include morning and afternoon workshops followed by readings at 3:30pm, open to the public.

That same evening we’ll host our North Coast Squid literary magazine launch party, with Open Mic readings from the Squid entries. This is the 4th edition of the Squid.

We’ll have one other special poetry event on Sunday, Sept. 13 as Judith Barrington reads from her fourth poetry collection The Conversation at 2pm.

View the full 2015 Schedule.

Your Beach House Can ‘Ink the Squid’!

squid covers imageDo you have a beach house that you rent to visitors?  Would you like to support the next issue of the North Coast Squid?

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com to fund the printing costs of the North Coast Squid, A Journal of Local Writing.  The magazine’s mission is to give voice to local writers and artists, as well as those who have strong ties to the north Oregon coast.

In the past, we’ve funded the project in part with grants and sponsorships from local businesses and individuals. For this issue, we would like to try something new.

To prepare for the campaign we’re collecting “perks” to offer contributors.  For example, at the $25 level, each donor will receive the magazine and have their name printed on the donor page.  At a $100 donors will receive the magazine, recognition and a year’s pass to all six Manzanita Writers’ Series events.

For writers, we have levels to get a tour of Portland publisher Tin House and lunch with one of the editors or an online writing class with New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Lauck.

We would like to add a beach weekend to our list of perks.  Do you have a home here at the coast that you already rent to visitors?  Would you be willing to donate a weekend’s lodging?

Your donation would make a huge impact as weekends away are among the most popular items in fundraising campaigns. Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or leave a message at 503.368.3846. The campaign will launch February 3, 2015, so please let us know by January 30th. Dates for the beach weekend would be arranged between the home owner and the donor once the campaign ends.