Spring Classes at the Multnomah Arts Center

 The Multnomah Arts Center is located in SW Portland and offers classes in various artistic disciplines for people of all ages through Portland Parks and Recreation. 
To register call (503) 823-3187 or visit www.multnomahartscenter.org to get full course listings and find out more about our teachers.

Fiction—Writing What You Don’t Know with Michael Cooper
Mondays 7 - 9 pm  Apr. 7 - May 19  $120 [7 classes]  Michael Cooper
Advanced Memoir Writing with Rob Freedman
Tuesdays 10 am - 12:30 pm   Apr. 1 - May 27  $184  [9 classes]
Writing Poetry That Pops  with Donna Prinzmetal
Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 pm  Apr. 1 - Jun. 3  $135  [10 classes]
Writing Personal Histories  with Meg Eberle
 Wednesdays 10 am - 1 pm  Apr. 2 - May 28  $120 [5 classes]
Reading & Writing About Oregon with Christine Colasurdo
Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm Apr. 2 - Jun. 4 $170 [10 classes]
Writing Our Lives As Story with Nancy Linnon
Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm   Apr. 3 - May 22  $136 [8 classes]
The Writer’s Toolbox  with Judith Pulman
Fridays 10 - 12:30 pm  Apr. 18 – Jun. 6  $164 [8 weeks]
Reading Your Work Aloud with Robert Freedman
Saturday 1 - 4 pm  May 31  $28 [1 class]
Writers’ Boot Camp with Michael Cooper
Saturdays  Apr. 121 - 3:30 pmMay 10 & Jun. 71 - 2:30 pm $48 [3 classes] 

Dan Berne's "The Gods of Second Chances" Launch

Portland Author Debuts at Powell’s 

The Gods of Second Chances, Portland author Dan Berne’s debut novel, will launch with a reading at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside Ave., Portland.

The Gods of Second Chances features Ray Bancroft, a widowed Alaskan fisherman raising his granddaughter with help from a multitude of gods and goddesses—not to mention rituals ad-libbed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend. But statues and otter bone ceremonies aren’t enough when Ray’s estranged daughter returns from prison, her search for a safe harbor threatening everything he holds sacred.

“Every so often a novel comes along that feels like nothing you’ve read before,” said Karen Karbo, author of Julia Child Rules. “Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances is one of those, soulful and shattering in equal measure. Berne shines a light on rarely visited corners of both the world and the human heart in a page-turning story that stays with you long after you’ve reached the end.”

Berne, whose fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines, owns a market strategy consultancy and lives with his wife Aliza in Portland. Learn more at danberne.com

The Gods of Second Chances is illustrated by Portland artist Reid Psaltis, who draws inspiration from the natural world. Psaltis’s comics and illustrations have been featured on Top Shelf 2.0, Study Group Comics, Trip City, Scout Books Good Ink Series, and by other independent publishers. More of his work can be seen at reidpsaltis.com. 

Forest Avenue Press chose Berne’s manuscript as the first novel in its fiction catalog, following the release of the linked story collection A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred, which was named a #1 book of the year in the Powell’s Staff Top 5s. The Night, and the Rain, and the River, an Oregon short story anthology edited by Liz Prato of Portland, and Skin Drag, a debut novel by Portland poet Kate Gray, are forthcoming in May and September 2014. 

For more information, see forestavenuepress.com.