Literary fundraiser for KYAQ, 91.7 FM – Lincoln County’s local entertainment and deep discussion center!
LIVE SCRIBE JAM:
A Literary Fundraiser for KYAQ radio
KYAQ, Lincoln County’s ONLY public radio station, will be hosting its first LIVE SCRIBE JAM, a literary fundraiser to help keep the station expanding their broadcasting capabilities. The event is similar to music jams, but this time the entertainment is literary.
Nine local authors and one special guest will be reading their work on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the South Beach Community Center, 3024 SE Ferry Slip Road (just south of Newport & the Yaquina Bay Bridge). Admission to LIVE SCRIBE JAM is a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away.
Free Pizza by Panini Bakery!
CARLA PERRY, author of the novel, “Riva Beside Me,” which was adapted for the stage and debuted at the Newport Performing Arts Center, will serve as host and emcee for the event. Carla was the Founder and Director of the nonprofit, Writers On The Edge and the Nye Beach Writers’ Series. She recently retired from Dancing Moon Press and now focuses on her own creative writing and art projects.
Special Guest LEANNE GRABEL is considered a rock star in Portland’s legacy of performance poets. She’s a prolific writer of memoir (“Brontosaurus: Memoir of a Sex Life)”, poetry including “Badgirls,” and “Short Poems By A Short Person,” and spoken word multi-media shows such as the “The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression.” She is brave in subject matter and brutally honest and funny in her writing, yet she is also passionate about teaching writing, focusing on at-risk teenagers, who need to learn to use the power of words to heal themselves. On March 6, Leanne Grabel received the 2020 Soapstone Bread and Roses Award, which honors women whose work sustains the writing community.
The other eight featured writers are: PATSY BROOKSHIRE, author of “Threads,” and its sequel, “Scandal at the Willamina Quilt Show.” ED CAMERON, an artist, cartoonist, Nye Beach icon, and the author of the graphic novel, “Gilmore By The Sea,” famous as the only flophouse with an ocean view and a waiting list.” MARIANNE KLEKACZ, who has been a cowgirl, policewoman, race car driver, lifeguard, technical specialist in computers and communications, and past president of the Oregon State Poetry Association. She is the author of the poetry collection, “When Words Fail.” WALLACE KAUFMAN has made his living as a wrestling coach, museum curator, high school biology teacher, college professor, land developer, property appraiser, licensed construction contractor, conflict mediator, journalist, land use consultant, adviser on housing and land reform to the government of Kazakhstan, Spanish translator, president of three statewide environmental groups, and economics researcher for World Bank and USAID projects. He’s also the author of seven books that cover the gamut of science fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry.
ANDREA SCHARF is the author of “Saving Big Creek,” the story of the 30-year epic struggle by a bunch of hippies to keep a developer from converting a small creek on the Central Oregon Coast into an enormous resort. Andrea also writes an entertaining book review blog from her secluded home up the Yachats River. DEBORAH TRUSTY is the author of a biography about Don Davis, Newport’s first City Manager. “The Kid From Valsetz” chronicles the life of Donald A. Davis and his service in Newport from 1962 to 1991, during which he placed the people of the community first. Deborah is also the director of the Toledo Public Library. CAROL VAN STRUM is a writer and seasoned troublemaker. Her books include “A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights,” which tells the story of the fight she helped lead against aerial spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides in the Five Rivers area in the 1970s and ’80s. To honor her environmental activism, Carol was awarded the international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding environmental and social justice work in 2018. GUS WILLEMIN is the author of two novels. His first, “Sideman,” is the story of a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran struggling to readjust after combat. He plays his saxophone on the streets of Nye Beach, but inwardly must deal with guilt, relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, and self-forgiveness. Gus’s second book, “Catch & Release” is set in a campground in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of eastern Oregon. It’s a book about family secrets and how past behavior sheds light on current motivations.
Join us for a lively afternoon of literary entertainment. Each author will read for about seven minutes with time before and after for informal conversations. Copies of the author’s books will be available for sale and autographing. For additional information, call 541 635-0034 or go to www.KYAQ.org