Oyez Roslyn! coming up—-January 16, 2016

We’ll be at BASECAMP BOOKS again, this time in their new downstairs event space.

8pm, Saturday, January 16. Arrive early, order refreshments, nab a good seat.

Come and see for yourself:

  • GUS HELLTHALER, poet and musician
  • MARIA CRISTALLI, a local blacksmith
  • RALPH LAMPMAN, lamprey research biologist and rapper


gus hellthayer pixLatitudinarian, defrocked draftsman, and carpenter, Gustav Hellthaler will be reading from Wallace Stevens and from some of his own poetry. He says this:

“Unlike the woman in Stevens’ poem church bells stopped ringing for me when I was twelve. Religion, mythology, or all philosophy for that matter, are like a first language lost; words come to mind and are understood, but inexpressible. The beauty of the world around me is sufficient to my needs.

“Should a recognizable eagle emerge from my efforts my head will soar and fly me post haste into a bar so I can whelm the words awash inside. The eagle says: ‘Poetry is to literature what snowballs are to winter. Sometimes you hit your mark and come to regret it.'”



Maria Cristalli gets inspired by working at the forge. She loves the material, the process, and the experimentation that can be done with fire, hammer and anvil. Her work has been displayed in museums and galleries including the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, has been featured on HGTV’s program, ‘Modern Masters’, and will soon be aired on ‘Handcrafted America’ on the INSP channel.

She will talk about the process of forging and show pictures of her architectural and sculptural work over the years.

Photo by Monica J. Frisell



ralph Lampman Slide7Ralph Lampman (aka Lamp-rey-man) has been working as a Lamprey Research Biologist  for the Yakama Nation Fisheries since 2012. Pacific Lamprey, commonly called “eels” by tribal members and others, is an incredibly important species for the Columbia River tribes in terms of food, medicine, and culture. They also serve many roles in the stream ecology, benefiting many, many native species.

Ralph will demystify Pacific Lamprey secrets in relation to biology, ecology, and more, using photos, videos, and songs. He will also provide a synopsis for the work that has been done to restore this important species.