Events

UPCOMING!

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Mineral School Holiday Party (6pm-9pm) — Type Set, 3827C Edmunds St., Seattle 

Join us for a gathering of Mineral School alumni, board, and volunteers to celebrate the holidays, the launch of our 4th residency year, and announcements about new opportunities and changes at our organization. Bring a wrapped “Secret Santa” book or art item (inexpensive!) to share with a little note why you chose it — and be sure to take a gift home when you leave. (Secret Santa not mandatory — just please only take a gift if you brought one.) We’ll provide drinks and snacks, but pot luck additions are welcome.

 

WHAT YOU MISSED!

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017: Mineral School at Lit Crawl Seattle (7pm) — Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St., Seattle  

Join us in Seattle at Seattle’s annual Lit Crawl festival where Seattle authors and their audiences connect and celebrate. Hear work from recent alumni, including poets Gabrielle Bates and Rachel Edelman, fiction writer Urban Waite, and memoirist Putsata Reang! Nicole Hardy and Jane Hodges host. 

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017: Neal Thompson (7:30pm) 

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by Neal Thompson, the author most recently of A Curious Man, who has a new memoir forthcoming. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The ChronicleAmazon Literary Partners, and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017: Claire Dederer (7:30pm)    

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by Claire Dederer, the author of Poser, who recently published the memoir Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning (Knopf). As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017:  Leanne Dunic and Kathleen Flenniken (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by Canadian musician, poet, and fiction writer Leanne Dunic, a 2016 alum, and Seattle’s Kathleen Flenniken, past Washington State Poet Laureate. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

August 24, 2017: August residents’ reading (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading and art-sharing by our fabulous July residents! As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017: Connie Eggers and Kathy Miller (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by Oregon poet Connie Eggers, a 2016 June Dodge Fellow, and nonfiction author Kathy Miller. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017: July residents’ reading (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by our fabulous July residents! As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Friday, July 7- Sunday, July 9, 2017: Mineral School Arts & Crafts Fair (10-5pm daily, gym)

Come peruse and buy amazing locally and regionally made crafts in the gym at this free weekend-long art show held in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. See original watercolor, oils, acrylics, jewelry, quilts, fiber art, apparel, photography, wood work and carvings, and much more! Artist Trust will be on hand on July 8 to talk to patrons and booth artists about artist grants and professional resources it makes available to creative people from Washington state. This event is offered with support from The Mineral Lake Lions Club and The Chronicle.

 

Saturday, July 8, 2017: Coffee Talk with Artist Trust: Making a Statement (8:30-10:00 a.m

Please join Katy Hannigan from Artist Trust, which provides grant funding and other services for Washington-based artists, for a free and informative talk in the school’s multipurpose room aimed at helping artists learn to present themselves as creators. Whether writing an artist statement on a grant application or explaining technique and aesthetics to a potential customer, many creative people struggle to find the right words to describe the message they hope to convey through art. Artist Trust will share tips and best practices to help artists position themselves for success with funders and buyers of their work. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017: Residents reading and art-sharing night! (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room to hear and see fresh literature by our June residents, who include Gabrielle Bates, Kelly Froh, Urban Waite, and Emily May. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Friday, July 7, 2017: Shin Yu Pai on Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts (7:30pm)

Join us during the first night of our annual Mineral Arts & Crafts Fair in the school’s multipurpose room for a talk on “The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts” by Shin Yu Pai, a poet and arts administrator. She’ll discuss the  fascinating work that can result when visual arts and poetry collide. She’ll trace the history of artist-poet collaborations and creative innovation in American literature. During the talk, she shows her work as a writer, her commissions for both art and cultural museums, and her work with painters, photographers, installation artists, composers, and video artists on collaborative work. She’ll also discuss developing hybrid works that bring together writing, photography, and music. This event is made possible with support from Humanities Washington and with media support from The Chronicle

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017: Gretchen Schrafft and Josha Nathan (7:30pm)

Join us in the Mineral School multipurpose room for a reading by Oregon-turned-Seattle fiction writer Gretchen Schrafft, a 2015 June Dodge Fellow, and Josha Nathan, recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship for an emerging writer. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle and Mineral Lake Lodge.

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017: Mineral School Seattle Fundraiser (6:30pm) —  Type Set, 3827C S. Edmunds St., Seattle 98118                                                 

Join us for our annual fundraiser, which supports overnight creative residencies and arts events in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Tickets include open bar (breaking news, beer from Lantern Brewing!!!!), tasty snacks (including appetizers made by one of our summer culinary volunteers), 3 raffle tickets (more for sale!) for Mineral-made prizes, a short movie, the chance to buy some advice from June Dodge, and a silent auction for great art and awesome experiences – all of it hosted at Type Set, a brand-new writers’ co-working space. Tickets are just $60.

 

Sunday, January 29, 2017: Residencies Revealed, Seattle Central Library, Seattle (2-4pm) — Level 4, room 2 (1000 4th Ave., Seattle)

With support from Hugo House and Seattle Public Library, we’ll be among six residencies from Washington state and several writers who have attended them providing information and doing a Q&A about our different programs and writers’ experiences attending them. Mineral School will be joined by ArtSmithBloedel ReserveHedgebrook, Hypatia-In-The-Woods, and Till, and our alums Cara Diacanoff and Gabriela Denise Frank will be on hand along with other writers. There will be refreshments, handouts, and plenty of time for questions and answers. 

 

Thursday, October, 27, 2016: Mineral School at Lit Crawl Seattle (6pm)                                                              Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

We’ll host alumni at a special reading at Lit Crawl Seattle featuring Daemond Arrindell, Leanne Dunic, Gretchen Schrafft, and Jason Vanhee. Nicole Hardy and Elisabeth Eaves emcee.

 

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Poetry with Poet Laureate Tod Marshall & Nicole Hardy (6:30pm)                                       114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

Join Mineral School for an evening of verse and song, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine-by-donation. Piano & Poetry will begin with preview selections from “Mineral: The Musical” by Diane Mapes. Readings and discussion with Tod Marshall and Mineral School‘s own Nicole Hardy will headline the evening. Gonzaga professor and award-winning poet Tod Marshall is the author of three poetry collections: Dare Say (2002), The Tangled Line (2009), and Bugle (2014). Dare Say, Marshall’s first collection of poetry, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. His third collection of poetry, Bugle, won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Seattle writer Nicole Hardy is the author of Confessions of a Latter Day Virgin and the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle.

 

Friday, September 16, 2016: Summer Visiting Authors – Mineral School multipurpose room (7:30pm)                     114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

Join us for a wonderful evening of creative nonfiction by past resident Wendy Call and multi-genre super heroine Anastacia Renee Tolbertwho is currently completing a new book of poetry. Wendy Call is a professor of creative writing and environmental literature at Pacific Lutheran University, an essayist and memoirist, and a translator. Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a fiery presence whose work often touches on themes of social justice. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our summer readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016: Summer Visiting Authors – Mineral School multipurpose room (7:30pm)                           114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

Join us for a wonderful evening of young adult fiction by past resident Stephanie Kuehnert and special guest Carly Anne West, Seattle friends and wordsmiths who will share from their work and discuss their storytelling process and all the delicious character-forming vulnerability of adolescence. Adults young and old are welcome! As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our summer readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle.

 

Saturday, July 23, 2016: Summer Visiting Authors – Mineral School multipurpose room (7:30pm)                           114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

Join us for a wonderful evening of fiction by past resident Kirsten Lunstrum and special guest Deepa Bhandaru, Seattle friends and wordsmiths who will share from new work and discuss their storytelling process. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our summer readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle.

 

July 8-10, 2016: Mineral Art & Craft Fair, Mineral School Gymnasium (10-5 M/F; 12-5 Sun)                                              114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

We’re hosting our first-ever annual art and craft fair. Admission is free, and you can see a showcase of affordable as well as “fine art” made by artisans from Lewis County and the greater Cascades region, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and more. Plus an Espresso cart and chair massage. Want to show your stuff at the fair? Contact Dora Hale, dory@lewiscounty.com. Our summer readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle. The Mineral Lake Lions Club has also offered support for this event.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2016: Summer Visiting Authors – Mineral School multipurpose room (7:30pm)                         114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral

Join us for a wonderful evening of poetry by past resident Jane Wong and special guest Michelle Penaloza, Seattle friends and wordsmiths who will share from new work and discuss narrative, lyric, and other poetry. As always, we’ll serve dessert — but you’re welcome to potluck additional treats. This reading is free to all, with donations welcome. Our summer readings and events are made possible through support from The Chronicle.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016: Mineral School fundraiser, Girl Friday, Seattle (TBD time)

Our friends at Girl Friday Productions are hosting our annual fundraiser and Avasta Press founder Kelsye Nelson, author of the forthcoming Book Lush: What to Read with What to Drink, will be pouring craft cocktails. We’ll raise a toast to June Dodge, add to your and our library, enjoy tasty snacks, play trivia games for prizes, and learn who 2016’s residents are!

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016: Residencies Revealed, Hugo House, Seattle (4-6pm)

We’ll be among seven residencies from Washington state and several writers who have attended them providing information and doing a Q&A about our different programs and writers’ experiences attending them. Mineral School will be joined by ArtSmithBloedel ReserveDrop OutHedgebrookTill, and Willapa Bay AiR and our alum Wendy Call will be on hand along with writers including Johnny Horton, Corinne Manning, Donna Miscolta, and Chris Robinson. Cash bar for coffee, tea, beer, wine.

 

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015: “Get (Mineral) Schooled: Lit Crawl Seattle” (7pm)

Join us at Still Liquor for a short-and-sweet Lit Crawl Seattle reading featuring Seattle alumnae of Mineral School, including Stephanie Kuehnert, Jane Wong, Susan Meyers, and Kirsten Lunstrum.

 

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015: “Climbing the Mountain”: Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen + Charlotte Austin (7:30pm)

Washington poet laureate Elizabeth Austen draws creative inspiration from time spent on trails and has led several “poetry hikes” as part of her two-year role supported by The Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington. Seattle prose writer and adventurer Charlotte Austin treks with International Mountain Guides when she’s not writing essays or journalism about the outdoors. Both authors will read from their work and hold a conversation about how the outdoors informs their — and others’  — creativity. This reading is free (donations are welcome). If you wish, bring a potluck dessert to share.

 

Thursday, July 16, 2015: “Woman vs. Nature” – Charlotte Austin, Litsa Dremousis, Nicole Hardy (7:30pm)

Join us as at Mineral School to hear three adventuring women authors with very different takes on nature’s extremes. Charlotte Austin (The Better Bombshell) routinely treks the globe’s tallest peaks in her role at International Mountain Guides and kayaks entire rivers for sport. Washington State Book Award nominee Nicole Hardy (Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin) so yearned for adventure that she signed up for a year-long round-the-globe journey working on a wooden tall ship. Meanwhile, Litsa Dremousis (Altitude Sickness) knows what it’s like to love a person addicted to extreme sports and climates and to grieve his death caused by this passion for danger. The authors will share from their work and discuss how they have defined their relationships to nature—as explorers, adventurers, subjects, bystanders, and critics. This reading is free (donations are welcome). If you wish, bring a potluck dessert to share.

 

June 18, 2015: Domingo Martinez reads (7:30pm)

dmtrnz_headshot_2013_1Join us as at Mineral School to hear National Book Award-nominated memoirist  Domingo Martinez, who presents from his newest work, My Heart is a Drunken Compass, with a short Q&A afterwards. Martinez charts human nature in this memoir that pits his guilt, pathos, and dark humor against a backdrop of intensive care, far-flung family ties, and his awkward arrival at redemption through the power of love. Publishers Weekly called him an “essential new American voice.” This reading is free (donations are welcome). If you wish, bring a potluck dessert to share.

 

February 5, 2015: Girls Gone “Wild”?

Join us at The Bean Tree Coffee House in Morton for a no-host dinner (5-6:30 pm) followed by a panel (admission: by donation) at The Roxy Theater starting at 6:30 pm. We’ll ask outdoor-focused mental health counselor Shiloh Reynolds, the U.S. Forest Service’s Andrea Durham, and Ann Lindh of the Mount Adams Backcountry Horsemen about the work they do helping people face their fears — internal and external — on the trails, and how the phenomenon of Cheryl Strayed’s quest memoir  and film “Wild” is influencing popular culture’s understanding of the dangers and rewards of long-haul hiking, especially as it relates to women.