02-02-13 Oyez Roslyn!

The season finale– Saturday, February 2nd.
Candlemas, Ground Hog’s Day, and someplace to go, what could be better?

More details about our four performers BELOW.







Paul Hunter
Paul Hunter has worked corn, hay, wheat and oats, from plowing to harvest. Stretched fence, tended cattle and hogs, forked and spread manure.  Fingered the full range of whatall goes in a garden.  Fixed machinery.  After a good while spent teaching high school English, history, arts and manners, he mostly writes, whittles, sets type, and plays music.
For the past 18 years Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, currently including 24 books and 60 broadsides.  His poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Raven Chronicles, The Small Farmer’s Journal, The Southern Review and Spoon River Poetry Review, as well as in five full-length books and three chapbooks.  His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in the New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award.  A second volume of farming poems, Ripening, was published in 2007, a third companion volume, Come the Harvest, appeared in 2008, and the fourth from the same publisher, Stubble Field, just appeared.  He was recently a featured poet on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.  He also has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, published by the Small Farmer’s Journal.

Lisa Norris is the author of two prize-winning books of short stories–Toy Guns (Helicon Nine Press, 2000) and Women Who Sleep With Animals (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2010). She grew up in a Navy family and later, under the influence of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and carrying Walden under her arm, earned a forestry degree and worked briefly in that field before she became an English teacher. She is now an Associate Professor at Central Washington University.

Jack Massie works for the Cle Elum Ranger District USFS as a seasonal botanist specializing in lichens. He came to this work after a 34 year career as a high school teacher of research science and biology, in Washington State. Jack’s work focuses on one of natures great pioneer organisms. Lichens are among the first to colonize areas and prepare them for mosses, liverworts, ferns, and flowering plants. He now attends Northwest Lichenologist functions, meetings and forays regularly.

Bill Doerrfeld 
The music of composer and pianist Bill Doerrfeld ranges from classical orchestral, chamber and solo piano to jazz to hybrid genres. His passion is to create and present unique, accessible and meaningful concert music.
Born April 3, 1964 into a musical family from Chicago, Illinois Bill Doerrfeld began playing piano at age 4. During his youth Bill earned numerous awards for his music including winning a Downbeat Magazine DB award at age 16 (the youngest person at the time to earn said award), the Jacksonville And All That Jazz Great American Jazz Piano Competition, the Yamaha National Electone Festival, a New York Youth Symphony Commission and Carnegie Hall orchestral premiere performance along with awards, honors and fellowships from BMI, ASCAP, Tanglewood, Yaddo, Banff, MacDowell Artist Colony. Delius Foundation, Fontana Arts Society and others. At age 13 he was invited by Yamaha to perform his original solo jazz piano work in Japan and across the United States as part of the Junior Original Concert.
Bill’s works have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta and Youngstown Symphony among others. Doerrfeld’s piano works have been performed on international tours by renowned pianists such as Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Ralph Votapek. As a classical pianist Bill has been featured guest of the Northwest Sinfonietta and Methow Music Festival among others. Bill has also performed and recorded for CD release his original alternative work at the Bang On A Can festival in New York. Bill has released three albums on the Jassical label featuring his original solo piano compositions.
Conductors who have presented Doerrfeld’s work include David Zinman, David Alan Miller, David Effron, Christophe Chagnard and George Tsontakis among others.
Bill studied classical composition and piano earning degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music and Yale School of Music. His composition teachers include Joseph Schwanter, Samuel Adler, Louis Andriessen, Jacob Druckman and Martin Bresnick. Bill currently resides in a small town near the mountains 1.5 hours East of Seattle where he composes and records his music full-time.

01/12/13 Oyez Roslyn!

And the season continues– Saturday, January 12th.
Details on our readers just below–












Brian Saluskin will share some of the history and biology of the sockeye, or blueback, and their return to our drainage more than a century after their runs up the Cle Elum River were wiped out by dams.
As Cle Elum fish passage biologist for the Yakama Nation, Brian works to collect the sockeye at Priest Rapids Dam and release them into Lake Cle Elum, “making a way” for the sockeye’s return into the Cle Elum, Yakima, and Columbia Rivers. Come and hear about the return of our former neighbor, the sockeye.

Kathleen Flenniken is Washington State’s current Poet Laureate and the author of two poetry collections. Her most recent book, Plume, is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. Famous, her earlier collection, considers our estimation of ourselves “Aren’t all of us/ waiting to be discovered?” Famous, was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and also finalist for the Washington State Book Award.
Flenniken’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust. She’s working to bring poetry and poets to all 39 counties before her two-year appointment ends in February 2014.

Kathleen Smith comes from a long line of Irish immigrant story tellers, and carries this tribal tradition in her bones. Growing up in Montana, as neighbor to the Flathead tribe, Kathleen learned daily the importance of the tribal sense of place and clan. She also had the good fortune to encounter a wide variety of working poets. Influenced most by the Montana poets, Kathleen has been writing since 1965.
She uses her poet’s voice to craft her songs well enough to point us to the great mystery of our own place, rather than to the great war over place. Recent retirement in Roslyn has freed up more time for writing.

Jonathan Evison   In his own words, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is “a story of total collapse, and ultimately, reconstruction. Before it is over, this calami­tous journey will cover five states, resulting in one birth, two arrests, and one instance of cannibalism and including a dust storm, a hail storm, several shit storms, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious Buick Skylark.” This is his third published novel.
His first novel, All About Lulu, won the Washington State Book Award. His second novel, West of Here, is a historical novel set on the Washington coast. In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
There’s an interview from the Seattle times here.




11/3/12 Oyez Roslyn!










Mark your calendars– Oyez Roslyn! kicks off the season on the Saturday, November 3rd, at Vintage Vine. Starting at 7:30 PM a panoply of artistry will converge:

Emily Washines and Jon Shellenberger, enrolled members of the Yakama Nation, will share the personal, cultural, and geo-botanical journey of the Wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) as it reappeared in Toppenish Creek and rejoined their family’s lifeway. Emily published a case study and film “The Return of the Wapato” and works for Yakama Nation Fisheries. Jon is the Yakama Nation’s Wildlife Archaeologist and surveys the Yakama reservation, the Lower Snake and Lower Columbia Rivers for protecting and restoring Yakama Nation sacred sites.

Microballadeer Stefanie Brendler is making the trek from Seattle to serenade us with poetic pleas for accordion and voice. On a Clear Day, her solo project, showcases original work whose lyric loveliness is as strong as its haunting melodies through live-looping, electro-acoustic soundscapes and storytelling.

Cathy Cook, a Roslyn visual artist, will guide us through the life and work of Emily Carr, a painter and writer who chronicled life in British Columbia from the late 1890s until the mid-twentieth century. Inspired by the landscape, she sketched and painted in the native villages on the NW coast and she wrote about these experiences in Klee Wyck.

Hear ye, hear ye! Upcoming events

Another season of Oyez Roslyn! coming your way– starting in November!

A series of readings, verbal riffs, and pronouncements held at Vintage Vine (in Roslyn, WA), where beer, wine, and conversation mix it up.

Come on down and hear for yourself.
Start time is always 7:30 PM.


The 2012-2013 series is getting its sea legs:


  • Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013
  • Saturday, February 2, 2013

More details on these events VERY shortly.

For more information about the history of Oyez Roslyn! and others who have performed in earlier seasons, use the tags on this page.

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