First Wednesdays at the Blackbird Wine Shop

The readers for May 4th are Michele Longo Eder, Scott Sparling, Bruce Barrow, and Elizabeth Austen.

Michele Longo Eder's SALT IN OUR BLOOD, recipient of the 2009 WILLA Literary Award, recounts the moving story of a commercial fisherman's wife, who is both a mother and a successful attorney on the Oregon coast. Michele serves on the Board of Directors of the North Pacific Research Board, and, as a two-term Presidential appointee, is a Commissioner with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Scott Sparling's novel, Wire to Wire, is set in Michigan in the late 1970s and features train-hopping, drug-dealing, glue-huffing and love, with love being the most dangerous. It will be published in June by Tin House Books. Scott lives outside Portland with his wife and son.

Poet Jane Hirshfield describes Elizabeth Austen’s work as “powerfully original in both vision and voice.” For the past 10 years, Austen has produced author interviews and poetry commentary for KUOW 94.9 public radio. She has also authored two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet, one of four winners of the Toadlily Press chapbook award and part of the quartet, Sightline. 
First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting are held at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. 
-This show is 21 and over -
Contact Julie Mae Madsen at for more information.

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