Dear CALYX friends,

September will be a busy time for CALYX! We have been working with our authors to organize readings and activities in which you, lovers of literature by women, can get involved.

First, let me give you more information about our next CALYX reading, which will take place here in Corvallis. For this reading, we will have three poetry writers and one prose writer.

Marianne Klekacz’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction are published in The Oregonian and numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Oregon Literary ReviewWindfall, and Manzanita Quarterly. Marianne’s first chapbook, Life Science, won the 2003 Edna Meudt Memorial Award. A full-length collection, When Words Fail, was published in 2009 by Dancing Moon Press. Marianne earned a BA in English/creative writing from Marylhurst University and an MFA in writing from Pacific University. She has served on the boards of the Mountain Writers’ Series in Portland and of Writers on the Edge in Newport. She is a past president of the Oregon State Poetry Association.


Dionisia Morales earned her MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University. Her creative nonfiction essays are published in Blue Earth Review and Blue Mesa Review, and are forthcoming in Brevityupstreet, and South Dakota Review. Originally from New York City, she now lives, writes, and rock climbs in the Pacific Northwest.

Lois Rosen’s first poetry book, Pigeons, was published by Traprock Books. Her writing is also published in many magazines, including Willow SpringsRaven Chronicles, and Northwest Review. A 2010 MFA in fiction graduate from the Rainier Writing Program, she teaches creative writing at Willamette University in Salem (OR).

Penelope Scambly Schott’s verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her newest book, Crow Mercies (2010), was awarded the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx Press. She is the author of a novel, eight full-length books of poetry, and five chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Wurlitzer Foundation, and her work is published in many journals. Penelope teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur (OR).

The reading will take place on September 17 at Grass Roots Books and Music at 2pm. Mark your calendar!

CALYX is also organizing a writing workshop with Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen on September 28 at the Corvallis Arts Center from 10am to 4pm.

Cost is $85 and all proceeds benefit CALYX. Registration is limited to 15, so sign up here now:

The workshop will be followed by a free reading with Paulann Petersen on the same day at 7pm at the Corvallis Public Library.

Hope you enjoy these exciting events!

Until next time,


CALYX intern.