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!)

September 21Jennifer Reimer
Jennifer A. Reimer, Assistant Professor of American Studies and MFA Program Coordinator at the Oregon State University—Cascades, received her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2005. She is the 2011 winner of the American Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award.  She has numerous scholarly and creative publications.  As a scholar, Jennifer writes about poetry, race, gender, and migration.  Her first prose poetry book, The Rainy Season Diaries, was released in 2013 by Quale Press. The Turkish translation of The Rainy Season Diaries was released by Şiirden Press (Istanbul) in 2017.  Her second poetry book, Keşke (pronounced kesh-kay), is forthcoming from Airlie Press.  Additionally, Jennifer is the Forward Editor for the Journal of Transnational American Studies.  As kindergarten classroom aide, professor, writer, and freelance editor, Jennifer has lived and worked in Cyprus, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, and the Basque country. She is a proud native Californian who currently lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband. Follow her on FB (Jennifer Andrea) and Instagram (@jenniferareimerpoetry).
“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

Nancy Christopherson

John Sibley Williams

Setting the Table Storytelling Food

Lindsey Martin Bowen

Gregory Luce

Amelia Diaz Ettinger

Ryan Scariano

Megan Alpert

Gary Lark

Brittney Corrigan

Amelia Diaz Ettinger

David Pickering

Shaindel Beers

Jennifer Perrine