RAIN Magazine is pleased to host A River of Words: An Evening with Northwest Authors Brian Doyle and Robert Michael Pyle.
Brian Doyle, editor of the award winning Portland Magazine at the University of Portland is the author of ten books including The Grail (about adventures in Oregon's pinot noir vineyards) and Mink River, his new debut novel set in the fictional Oregon Coast town of Neawanaka, which Molly Gloss praises as “absolutely in the tradition of Northwest literature, richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful. ” His recent essay "Irreconcilable Dissonance" (about a long-lasting marriage) was recently selected for inclusion in the Best American Essay anthology which also honored Doyle's thoughtful and often humorous nonfiction in 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2005. Joining Doyle for what promises to be a lively evening along the river is the Lower Columbia's own Robert Michael Pyle. In 1979, after earning a PhD from Yale, renowned lepidopterist and conservationist, Pyle moved from Portland, Oregon to the rural community of Gray's River southwest Washington. His was "a deliberate migration, in the Thoreauvian sense, toward the requisite setting for confronting life's bare essentials and to see what effect that may have on the creative act of writing." And lucky for his readers, he has kept busy with his essential goals. His fourteen books now include The Thunder Tree, Wintergreen (winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing), Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge: Life as Field Trip (in the Milkweed Credo Series), Sky Time in Gray's River, and most recently Mariposa Road: The Butterfly Big Year.
Below is a sample of Brian Doyle’s poetry appearing in this year’s edition of RAIN Magazine:
On Seeing, and Being Seen By, a Mink,
Early One Morning by a Serious River,
By which I mean, you know, a river with some sprawl in it,
Some wet fat, a river ludicrously deeper than it seems to be,
A river you can’t throw a rock over no matter how cool you
Think you are, a river with residents you never hardly really
Actually see, but give you the willies when you do, like this
Mink looking at me with, God bless us, a snake in its mouth.
All sorts of thoughts cross my mind and almost certainly his,
And I am sure the mink is a guy, from the I’d come up there
And kick your ass but I am busy stare, which I have received
Many times in life. I think about having snakes for breakfast,
And about how a mink is mostly a muscle, and how the river
Must savor many mink, and what the local geese think about
All this, and what the mink thinks of a mammal with glasses,
Sipping coffee on the bench. Probably I’d come up there and
Kick your ass but I am busy, but you never know, and I think
This is the point of the lesson this morning and every blessed
Morning, yes? There are many mink and we just never know.
This Clatsop Community College Arts & Ideas event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Baked Alaska, Cannery Pier Hotel, Lucy's Books and Hipfish Monthly, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd in the Baked Alaska Expedition Room on the beautiful Astoria waterfront at #1 12th Street. A $5-$10 suggested donation includes a complimentary copy of this year’s RAIN Magazine. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing publication of RAIN Magazine. A no-host bar and light refreshments, along with recent titles for book signing will be available. Also offered will be a limited number of $35 tickets for an after hours dinner with the authors. Contact Nancy Cook, at 503-338-2335 for more information and/or author dinner reservations.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. The Baked Alaska Expedition Room is ADA accessible.