Ariel Gore to read from The End of Eve: A Memoir Saturday, May 16

ariel_goreAriel Gore will read from her book The End of Eve: A Memoir at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

“By turns tender and heartbreaking, Gore’s book is a brave, thoroughly authentic journey to the center of the human heart. Wickedly sharp reading filled to bursting with compassion, rage, pain and wit.”—Kirkus Review

Ariel Gore is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers’ movement. “It’s the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart,” The New Yorker noted (May, 2000).

Cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her “One of the best feminist writers of our times— perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive.”

In 2000, Working Woman magazine named Gore one of “20 Under 30” influential women in America.

Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore’s teenage travels, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010.

Gore’s other books include Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness; How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead; The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show; and The Hip Mama’s Survival Guide. She lives in Oakland, CA.

She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers.

Following Gore’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “mother.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole on March 12

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, March 12 at 7p.m.  This time Liz has chosen the theme of “Turning Points”.  She will share stories and poems about those surprising events that change our lives forever, whether or not we recognize it at the time.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups twice before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served.