04th May 2013
Ian Gamache

Leaving Normal: the Outsider Artists

One of the hardest things in the world is to piece together one's own Truth, inspired in part by what has already gone before, yet here and there altered to fit with a personal code and mores not necessarily shared by those who love you.

04th May 2013
Deborah Stein profile

Deborah Jiang Stein, a Woman Born in Prison

"Children need their mothers. I feel lucky I lived a year with my birth mother in prison. We bonded and I know this helped better prepare me for life. The down side, the trauma of our separation, after that year together, took its toll. She had a long sentence ahead of her." ~writer, Deborah Jiang Stein

27th Apr 2013

An Interview with Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

"It’s those moments of transition...wherein the true magic lies, for there lies the anticipation, the feeling that one is on the verge of falling into the great unknown ~ a sensation that is at once thrilling and terrifying. These are the moments most ripe for discovery and invention."

27th Apr 2013
Julie Albers

Julie Albers, Cellist

I feel that when I'm completely "in the zone" performing, I need to exit the thoughts of the mind and go into a different place of listening, feeling and reacting. This is the state where I feel like I am an instrument for the music to speak through instead of having to "make the music."

27th Apr 2013

“Find Yourself by Serving Others:” Interview with Sam Hamill

I think the burden we bear as artists is often a burden of privilege. We’ve “made it” to a place wherein we can search for art or discuss the meaning of being or search our own souls for the sweet sad music our angels make. Understanding how lucky we are to have the opportunity to make art of our speech, for whom shall we speak? The song of the self soon grows stale, while the songs of engagement bind us and poultice our wounds and open our hearts to the world. Chuang Tzu lived in a harsh cruel world and yet had the courage to dream he was a butterfly.

24th Apr 2013

BodyVox Celebrates Fifteen Years of Innovative Dance

"I think the key is to pay attention when those ideas do come. If you ignore them, they don't come as quickly the next time. They say, 'You're not friendly to us.' So then you have to spend time rebuilding the universe's trust. With creativity, just like everything else, you have to keep working at it. There's ability, and then there's craft. Craft involves homework. And just doing it. And doing it. So we work a lot on our craft." ~Jamey Hampton, dancer, choreographer, co-founder with wife Ashley Rowland of BodyVox

21st Apr 2013

Alexandra Levasseur: Playing with Fire

"My stories are about the bipolarity of the human state of existence for sure. They reflect my inner uncertainties. Movement also means changes, transmutations! Changes in emotions, positions, locations, weather conditions; everything is related. Movement fascinates me at the point that I’m starting a major in film animation..."

21st Apr 2013
dawn thompson Portland writer

Writing and Sacred Spaces: Dawn Thompson, Portland, Oregon

"I have come to believe that the 'fiction' which arises from my imagination holds as much 'truth' as my lived experiences." ~Dawn Thompson, poet, Portland, Oregon, USA

21st Apr 2013

Dorianne Laux: “All Poetry is Preparation for Death”

"Poetry allows us access to the quotidian mysteries. It allows us to revere the miracle of our lives as we live them, so that when death comes, we’ll be grateful." ~Dorianne Laux, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

21st Apr 2013

Judith Barrington ~ memoirist, poet, essayist; Portland, Oregon

“When I think of how women are portraying ourselves, I tend to think in terms of memoir, which is my primary focus as a writer now..." -- Judith Barrington

20th Apr 2013
Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate

"There are achingly empty spaces, spaces waiting for us to fill them with our creativity." ~Paulann Petersen, Oregon's Poet Laureate

20th Apr 2013
Paulann Petersen

Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen: Writing Your Understory

Think of a month of the year that resonates deeply with you. (A time of the year when you are particularly attuned to an abundance of strong sensual details.) Write that month down...