Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Your Lucky Day

Tickets for Soapstone’s biennial raffle are now on sale! It’s time to pick up that good luck penny and support women writers. The raffle includes seven fantastic, themed prize packages. Here’s a sneak peek at what you could win.

A week of your own at Soapstone.
Tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Opera, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Mt. Hood Railroad, and the Portland Spirit.
A cheesemaking class at Kookoolan Farms, cooking classes from Lost Arts Kitchen, and gift certificates to Linnton Feed & Seed and Concentrates.
A gift certificate to Zenana Spa, an acupuncture session at Yoga Pearl, and a 10-class card from Yoga Shala of Portland.
A week-long writer’s retreat in the Columbia Gorge.
Season tickets to the Portland Arts & Lecture Series.
A home remodeling consultation from Square Deal Remodeling, a $200 gift certificate to The Joinery, and a $100 gift certificate to The ReBuilding Center.
• Gift certificates to popular Portland restaurants, including Higgins and Mother’s Bistro.

Visit our website for full descriptions of the raffle packages. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. Tickets will be on sale from June 15 through September 5. The raffle drawing will take place at Broadway Books at 7pm on Wednesday, September 9. You needn’t be present to win. You can order tickets by downloading the form from our website. All proceeds go to support Soapstone’s writing residency program.

A special thanks to all the individuals and businesses who donated goods and services to create these wonderful raffle packages!

Ann Dudley
Anna Johnson

Annie Blooms Books

Artists Repertory Theatre

Beth Kaye

Campbell Salgado Studio

Chrissy Gardiner


Ellen Notbohm

Friends of Trees

Gigi Rosenberg

Higgins Restaurant
Ibex Studios

James Jeffrey-West

Judith Arcana

Judith Barrington

Julie Swenson

Kevia Jeffrey-West

Kookoolan Farms

Kristy Athens

Leslie & Atman Hutchinson

Linnton Feed & Seed

Lise Brackbill

Literary Arts

Lost Arts Kitchen
Martha Goetsch


Mimi Maduro

Mother’s Bistro

Mt. Hood Railroad

Nan Narboe

Noel Hanlon & Peter Koehler
NW Film Center

Old Wives’ Tales Restaurant

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Paloma Clothing

Pastini Pastaria

Patricia Norris

Portland Center Stage

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Opera

Portland Spirit

Profile Theatre

Reed College Theatre


Russ Corrigan
Sharon Wood Wortman

Square Deal Remodeling
Stephen Slusarski
Sue Einowski

The Joinery

The Monkey & The Rat

The ReBuilding Center

Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Thomas McElroy

Tina Lilly

Uma Dawn Osha Tupper

Wallace Books

Yoga Shala of Portland

Zenana Spa & Wellness Center

We hope everyone out there will support Soapstone by purchasing tickets and telling all your friends to do the same. Good luck!


Monday, June 15, 2009

No Stone Unturned

I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the next Director of Soapstone, an organization which has held a special place in my heart for many years.

My involvement with Soapstone began 13 years ago. I attended a work party while the building was still under construction, gathering branches and debris to heap onto the fledgling berm that was rising steadily along the perimeter of the land. What started as giving small amounts of my time to volunteer at a work party or help with a mailing led to being a writer-in-residence in 2007 and serving on the selection committee for 2008. Experiencing Soapstone as a resident and then reading dozens of applications from so many talented and deserving women made me realize just how impassioned I am about this organization.

I made my first donation to Soapstone when I was 25 years old, before the residency program had begun. Even then, I knew the importance of such an organization to women writers such as myself. Having time away from the demands and distractions of daily life to focus on writing is essential for many women writers. The opportunity to focus on a challenging, lengthy, or long-put-off writing project in such an inspiring, natural setting can be the flint that sparks the idea for that next poem, sustains the fire to write that 500-page novel, or ignites that dormant muse. And the women who have spent time writing at Soapstone bring its spirit back home with them, sharing their experiences and work with their communities and the larger literary world.

So I welcome the opportunity to serve an organization which has gifted me and many others so richly. I’m looking forward to working with all the women and men who have helped to make Soapstone such a unique and invaluable community over the past two decades. I want to especially recognize Ruth Gundle and her tireless, generous, and passionate dedication as Soapstone’s original Director. My gratitude, as well, to Judith Barrington, the current and past members of the Board, and to all of the devoted volunteers and supporters who make up Soapstone’s extraordinary community. I am humbled and ecstatic to step into this new relationship with Soapstone and our literary community – one as natural as the Water Studio open to Soapstone Creek, the Wind Studio perched among the trees, and the birds that bridge the two worlds – feet in the earth and wings open to the possibilities of the sky.