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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

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

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

Student Salon: Using Surrealist Techniques to Break Down Creative Barriers

by Jessica Harrington This last weekend was the first ever Wordfire writing conference at Butte College. We had an amazing turnout to accompany the wonderful workshops, food, and good vibes that filled the day. Us Haberdashers took part in the workshop fun and held our very own student salon where we focused on overcoming writing … Continue reading

“Almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” Stoppard’s Arcadia

by K. Koenig When I sat down last Saturday in the 1078 Gallery to watch Rogue Theatre’s presentation of Tom Stoppard’s, Arcadia, it had been quite some time since I’d read the play. I did, however, vividly remember one exchange from the opening scene. Thomasina Coverly (Ashley Garlick), a young woman ahead of her time … Continue reading

Butte College Reading Series: April 2012

by Erica German What can I say about the Butte College Reading Series?  Once again, it showcased three incredibly talented authors.  This time, Rob Davidson, Troy Jollimore, and Susan Wooldridge entertained Butte College students and members of the community in the student lounge of Butte College’s Chico Center on April 19, 2012.  Each gave a … Continue reading

Butte College Reading Series: March 2012

by Debbie Stearns            I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful event on the evening of Thursday, March 8, 2012. An evening of creative writing was held at the Chico Center. Butte College associate faculty Sarah Knowlton, Jen White, and Corey Gruber each read one of their literary works.             Sarah Knowlton read a … Continue reading