The ACE Writing Project hosts monthly author readings. Enjoy an evening of literary arts and learn about the talent hiding in our backyard! Following the featured reading, we’ll open the floor to anyone interested in sharing an original piece. Writers of all genres are welcome; open mic sign-up starts at 6:45 pm on a first-come basis (limit of 10 readers per night). Please keep your reading under 5 minutes. 

Dates: Every 3rd Wednesday

Facilitators: Nancy Knowles & Amelia Ettinger

Cost: Free Admission

Guest Reader Form: Click here to signup to be a guest reader. 

Location: HQ (112 Depot St. La Grande, OR) or Virtual via Zoom (CLICK HERE TO JOIN!)

July 20Kathryn Miles phd
Kathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and science writer. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Louis University and took both her Master of Arts and Doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. The long-time editor of Hawk & Handsaw, Miles served as a professor of environmental studies and writing at Unity College from 2001-2015 and has since taught in several graduate schools and low residency-MFA programs including, most recently, at Green Mountain College, where she was also writer-in-residence. Miles is the author of five books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, Quakeland, and Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Audubon, Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Politico, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She currently serves as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council, a faculty member for several MFA programs, and as a private consultant available for emerging and established writers. She lives in Portland, Maine.
August 17 Featured reader: TBA
September 21Jennifer Reimer
Assistant Professor of American Studies and MFA in Creative Writing Program Coordinator at Oregon State University—Cascades. She has lived in Cyprus, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, and the Basque coast. A proud native Californian, she currently lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and The Cat Belmonte. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferareimer
“Keşke reworlds the neglected desire and historical will of Calypso. Reimer remolds myth’s methods, embodied as seaworn landscapes. Even as her epic’s aperture opens on the political violence of contemporary Turkey, even as the stony ruins of the physical and the mythical accumulate, Reimer’s verse maps the oft unanswerable, historical cry of What if?" —J. Michael Martinez, author of Museum of the Americas
Connie Soper is a retired public transportation planner who writes poems in her head while she’s hiking or beachcombing. A hard-core Oregonian, Connie is also an enthusiastic hiker and lover of the Oregon Coast. She is the author of Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail, a day-to-day guide for hiking the whole of the Oregon Coast Trail. She's actively engaged in advocacy efforts to complete and enhance the trail and serves on the board of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. Her poems have previously been published in North Coast Squid, The Adirondack Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Catamaran, Windfall, VoiceCatchers, Calyx, and elsewhere. She has recently come back to poetry after a long hiatus and is trying to make up for lost time. A Story Interrupted is her first poetry collection.

Mary Emerick

Tashon Phoenix

Amelia Diaz Ettinger

Megan Alpert

Amelia Diaz Ettinger

Lindsey Martin Bowen

John Sibley Williams

Ryan Scariano

Gary Lark

Jennifer Perrine


David Pickering

Brittney Corrigan

Shaindel Beers