“Writing the Northwest: The Myth of the ‘Other World’ in Oregon-Set Films”

I’m very proud to have a post up on Michael McGregor’s new website Writing The Northwest. Michael was a tremendous influence on me during my MFA years and I am quite indebted to his guidance. It’s on the topic of the hero’s journey or “monomyth” and how that framework has played out in regards toContinue reading ““Writing the Northwest: The Myth of the ‘Other World’ in Oregon-Set Films””

Kithe: A Journal For New Art and Writing

I am tremendously excited to announce the upcoming launch of the inaugural issue of Kithe Journal! As one of the founding members of the editorial board I have been fortunate to be a part of this magazine from the very beginning. I know the considerable amount of work, effort and love that went into thisContinue reading “Kithe: A Journal For New Art and Writing”

Erickson’s Saloon For The Oregon Encyclopedia

This was another honor! Few topics in the history of Portland have been subject to more mythologizing, hagiography and good old-fashioned hyperbole than August Erickson’s Saloon or, the Workingman’s Club. Separating fact from fiction was a difficult task. Most histories of the topic begin and end with Stewart Holbrook’s influential “Elbow Bending For Giants” whichContinue reading “Erickson’s Saloon For The Oregon Encyclopedia”

“Francis J. Murnane`” for the Oregon Encyclopedia

The privilege of “setting the record straight” for an historical figure or event that has been unjustly forgotten is one of the real honors of working with the Oregon Encyclopedia. Francis Murnane is one such figure. A devoted Leftist, anti-racist, trade unionist, historical preservationist and labour leader, Murnane’s impact on the city of Portland isContinue reading ““Francis J. Murnane`” for the Oregon Encyclopedia”