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Readings by six Northwest poets: James Vieira, Satya, Sylvia Consuello, Len Goodman, Gary Marshall, Michael Magee. Recorded Feb 8, 1977 at Otto Borsodi's coffee house, by Karen Berge.
The final reader, Michael Magee, was part of the 2009 Jack Straw Writers Program. You can also learn a little more about him here. If you have any information about the other readers, please send it along.
There are several tapes in Karen Berge's Poetry Windows collection made at Otto's Coffeehouse at 5509 University Way NE. Otto's did not last too long, only a year, but it is worth sharing a bit about it and Robert Otto Borsodi. According to the Seattle Sun, Aug 17, 1977, (attached) this was Otto's ninth or tenth coffeehouse since 1960 between New Haven, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Seattle's ("Otto's - A Poetry Showcase") opened Halloween 1976 and closed Oct 1977, with the last reading on Oct 11. See also Seattle Times article Feb 25, 1978 about the successor to Otto's.
After leaving Seattle, Otto went to New Orleans, where he settled down and lived for the next twenty-five years. See the memorial at the Chicken Bones Journal: Remembering Borsodi by Rudolph Lewis.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0037, KB0034
The description in the guide wasn't quite right, so the following is from the tape label: Readings by three Northwest poets. Sean Bentley and Patricia Ver Ellen recorded May 10 at Otto's Coffeehouse. Reading by Jim Heynen author of "Notes for Custer", recorded May 20 at the Book Project.
See listing of May 31, 1977 for more about Otto Borsodi and his Coffeehouse.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0039
Another reading by poet Diane Wakoski - recorded May 5 at the University of Washington.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0040
Three northwest poets: Fred Prydz, Fanny Frontside, and John Olson, reading from their own works. This is part 2 of the reading given May 10th of this year at Otto Borsodi's coffeehouse. Followed by Satya and Sylvia Consuelo recorded Feb 8, 1977, also at Otto's. Last is Charlie Burks reading Mar 18th at The Book Project.
The reading at Otto's Coffeehouse in the University District opens with an excerpt of Michael Gagnon playing harpsichord while people are gathering for the start of the reading.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0041
Today the featured writer is Colleen McElroy. June 3rd, she read from some of her work at a reading held at the Women's Cultural Center of the University YWCA. Recorded and Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0042
Recorded June 14 at Otto's Coffeehouse, today's program features a showcase of six Northwest poets: Otto Borsodi, Christina Em, Hank Curley, Bard Dahl, Al Norman, and Jimm Richards. Produced by Karen Berge.
Click on the tape label at right to find out who the KRAB Beepers were.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0043
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0045
Poetry Windows, featuring Steven Jesse Bernstein, who read May 8, '77, at The Book Project. Selections from The Eye of the Vulture. "Mr. Bernstein's work reads like an obscene auto repair manual...a promotional gag for a bedpan company." "He's definitely deranged...a literary monstrosity." "A great shipwreck of a writer." "...sunken treasure." "This bottomless reading cannot be topped!!!" Recorded and produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0048
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0049
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0054
Readings by Diane Wakoski and Ishmael Reed, recorded at the 1977 Bumbershoot festival on Sept 5. Wakoski is the author of, among other books, The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems, Smudging, and Dancing on the Grave of a Son of a Bitch. Reed was the recipient of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is the author of Yellow Back Radio Broke Down, Mumbo Jumbo, and other books, and is the editor of Yardbird. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0055
Jim Heynen reads from his forthcoming book, "The Boys" and Colleen McElroy, author of "Letters from Home", reads some of her newer poetry as the readings from Bumbershoot '77 conclude this week. Recorded and produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0056
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0060
Charlie Burks performs a ONE MAN SHOE! He is a Seattle poet, author of the play "Marvin, the Nephew of God", and coordinates Western Edge, a writers publication put out by Arts Resource Services. This feat was afoot on Oct 2nd at the Different Drummer bookstore and recorded by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0061
A reading by Karen Waring, author of "Exposed to the Elements", given at The Book Project on Nov 11, 1977. Produced by Karen Berge.
"From the 1960s until 1979 I lived the life of a poet and you can take that any way you want to."
"I had not found the mountains. Or perhaps the mountains had not found me yet. I still believe that the mountains chose me to write about them."
The two quotations above of Karen Waring come from the blog site Old Fitzroy - - Dreaming blues, karlos? .
It seems that a few years after this reading Waring found the mountains waiting for her, and became an avid hiker and climber. And, in 2014 she died in those mountains.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0064
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0067
Poetry by Christina Pacosz, author of SHIMMY UP TO THIS FINE MUD and artist-in-residence with the Portland Metropolitan Arts Commission and a short story by Barbara Wilson, writer for NORTHWEST PASSAGE and co-owner of Seal Press. Recorded 01/13/78 at the Women's Cultural Center and produced by Karen Berge.
Christina Pacosz: "I had started out on the path of becoming a writer early. My mother wrote my stories down and the nuns encouraged us to write rhyming poetry, as well as memorize some, including Joyce Kilmer's "Trees". My father told me stories about his life in Missouri and Poland. In high school my poems won honorable mentions in the National Scholastic Writing Awards. I read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and was convinced that my strong desire to not have children was the wisest choice, considering what future loomed for the earth. I took Journalism I and II and was elected Feature Editor of the Cass Technician. My Journalism instructor recommended me for a new venture: summer arts camp at Olivet College in Olivet Michigan for creative teens. William D. Snodgrass was a guest poet on several occasions. I see now that I was a young shoot of green about to be mowed down."
Barbara Wilson: "I’m a writer of memoir, mysteries, fiction, and travel books, and an editor of anthologies and nonfiction. My travel articles and other essays have appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, and American Scholar, as well as many other publications. I’ve written under the names Barbara Wilson (my father’s adoptive name) and, since 2000, Barbara Sjoholm (which means sea island). I answer to both. I grew up in a Christian Scientist family in California and wrote about it in my memoir Blue Windows and the novel If You Had a Family. I now live in the Pacific Northwest."
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0071 and KB0072
Kathleen Fraser, author of "Change of Address", "Little Notes to You", "What I Want" and professor ofcreative writing at San Francisco State Univ. reads from her own works. This was recorded Feb 11, 1978 at the Women Writers Conference at Shoreline Community College. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0074
A reading by Olga Broumas, the author of "Beginning with 0", and last year's winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Recorded Feb 12th at the Women's Writer's Conference at Shoreline Community College. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0075
Readings by Mary Ellen Addington, Elizabeth Monk, Mary Hansen, Dorothy Shellorne, and Kalinda Ericksen. Recorded May 5 at the Women's Cultural Center. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge, KB0084 (cassette)
Readings by Robert Sund and Paul Hansen, recorded at the Skagit Voices reading series by Bob Rose, the series organizer. Produced by Karen Berge.
Recording courtesy Karen Berge and Bob Rose, KB0087
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