Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide

web_flyer2Oyez Roslyn! and the Roslyn Library are pleased to co-host an evening with photographer John Marshall.  Sponsored by Humanities Washington.

Thursday, April 17th, at 7pm at the Roslyn Library, Roslyn.  Join us!

Photographer John Marshall will lead a discussion on the past philosophies and future policies regarding forest fire management in Eastern Washington. Lightning strikes and Native Americans historically ignited many small fires, resulting in open forests with a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats. As Europeans settled the area, many began to argue for the vigilant prevention of wildfires. For half a century, the U.S. Forest Service battled all fires and invented Smokey Bear, a character that spread the discredited notion that all fire is bad. Now fires are larger and hotter as forests have grown into living tinderboxes. All of Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests will inevitably burn. The question for us is: How do we want them to burn? more “Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide”

Approaching the Season finale!

Friends fans and web surfers,
Roslyn is hunkered down close to our woodstoves, enjoying day three of  big snows.
It’s also time to gear up for–

the final Oyez Roslyn! event this season

Saturday March 15th, 8 PM

The Roslyn Cafe

This time we will have two visual artists and a writer of prose:
Alice Wheeler’s portraits and photo essays have been exhibited around the United States at museums such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Experience Music Project, Henry Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She is perhaps best known for her documentation of the Pacific Northwest music scene including Nirvana, Grunge and Riot Grrl, but plenty of other subjects are caught by her lens.

Charles D’Ambrosio has published short fiction and essays, and won a serious number of serious awards for his writing, including A Whiting Writer’s Award, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Rasumuson Fellowship. D’Ambrosio portrays real-time people and the sometimes gritty, sometimes glinting world we move through.

Dianne Kornberg  is a photographer, digital print maker and more. She will talk and show some of her collaborative work with poets, particularly Madonna Comix. Come see not just the work itself, but how her multimedia images were developed, the way in which  visual and verbal, poems and images, refer to more, and how virtual collaboration can work.

Hope you were there!

We had a truly great evening November 16th. Every seat taken, and a few more standing in the corners as our three friends did their wonders. Details about each performer are in the last post (below), which announced the event.

Joe Powell warmed up the crowd with a few bovine bits of poetry (he is from Ellensburg, after all) then moved on to deeper regions of thought and feeling. He closed out with a poem about the Sinkiuse-Columbia people (Chief Moses’ tribe), their homelands, and ties to place that can and cannot be broken.

This served as a nice transition into LeRoy Adams presentation. LeRoy started with some basic history about the Yakama Nation’s ceded lands and then was generous enough to share stories, remembrances, and considerations of his own experience being raised as a Yakama hunter, and passing this tradition on to others, as they come of age. A privilege to listen.

Michael David Bushman then stepped up and took us on a tour of some of his music, explaining the background and backstory of his songs and melodies and kept us laughing and listening throughout.

Many stuck around to gab and catch up before heading out into the icy night.

Enjoy the multitude of deep-winter celebrations coming soon, and rest up for —

the next Oyez Roslyn!
at the Roslyn Cafe
Featuring Lauren Shuck telling tales, cellist Valerie Doerrfeld, and contemplator and artist Deb Davis.