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Writing Conferences: Worthwhile or Wasteful?

    As writers, why should we attend writing conferences? Are they worth our time and money? Can conference workshops help us resolve a technical issue or figure out how to get our work to people who will publish it? Or, are conferences just another way to procrastinate and avoid putting fingers to keyboard or … Continue reading

The Immensity of Small Things: A Literary Review of Gretel Ehrlich’s Solace of Open Spaces

By Kate Scowsmith The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich is an autobiographical account of the author’s experiences dealing with grief in the open planes of Wyoming. After losing someone dear to her, Gretel sets out to love life again by abandoning her creature comforts in the city. Working as a sheepherder, Gretel was … Continue reading

Poetry & Testimony: Spelunking the Self

While poetry has played many roles over the centuries, at its best, it weaves history, politics, love, hate, fear, every aspect of life into a singular moment, a single conceit, a unified epic, complexity through simplicity. In honor of Poetry Month, and the role that we believe poetry can play in contemporary life, The Haberdasher … Continue reading

When Good Guys Go Bad and Back Again: The Complex Characters of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons

by Andrea Huse In George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, many different characters are struggling for political power, revenge, or survival. Martin has created a very complex world with many interwoven story lines, telling the story through the eyes of … Continue reading

Pleasantly Surprised: White Oleander by Janet Fitch

By Tyler Solorio When I read White Oleander by Janet Fitch, it was out of a request I had put up on my Facebook wall about wanting some suggested reading, I decided I would read whatever title was suggested to me – well as long as I consider the person credible, I would. I’m usually … Continue reading

Leave ’em Wanting More: Fiction by Carrie Wasinger, Zu Vincent & Molly Emmons

What makes engaging fiction? What keeps a reader up until 3am, until the last word of the last page is absorbed and the white space allows for reflection? What sends us back to that first line, that opening paragraph? Why do we read, and then re-read? Many of those reasons – figuring out whodunit, crisp … Continue reading

An Evening With Gary Lemons

by Jessica Harrington Last Wednesday the Butte College Reading Series welcomed poet Gary Lemons, who is touring California promoting his new collection of poetry titled Snake (Red Hen Press). Despite having less than favorable weather conditions and this reading overlapping with Game 1 of the World Series, we had quite a turnout. Gary started by … Continue reading

Nick Flynn Comes to Chico!

by Jessica Harrington Last Monday was the highly anticipated reading from award winning poet and memoirist Nick Flynn. It was standing room only as people piled in from the hallways, finding places along the walls and aisles to nestle themselves. Amy Antongiovanni, an English professor at Butte College who put the reading together, got up … Continue reading

Alchemy and Rhyme: The Butte College Reading Series Kick-Off Event

by David Puerner The very first reading of the semester, presented by the Butte College Reading Series, went off without a hitch last Wednesday. Offering a medley of beautiful poetry followed by a powerful reflective essay, this first reading was quite the globe-trotter. Joanne Allred had the first at-bat. Weaving together thoughtful images with heartfelt … Continue reading

A Sad Story That Needs No Sympathy: A review of Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

by Jessica Harrington Nick Flynn has an impressive resume. Some Ether (2000) and Blind Huber (2002) are the first two books of poetry he put out; the former won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and he received  fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress for the latter. His first memoir, which I am … Continue reading