The next deadline for submission
of a grant application is December 15, 2015.






The New Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Small Grants to an Individual Woman or an Ad Hoc Group of Women

These funds are to support events and study groups celebrating the work of women writers. General information for both kinds of grants.

The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short. For the first year, Soapstone board members will serve as the grant review committee.

All events and study groups are open to the public. Events are free of charge; for study groups there is a small fee, with scholarships available.

Soapstone will continue to provide bi-weekly email announcements for writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington, as we have done for many years.


Grants funded last grant cycle:

Queen of the Night
An Evening In Shirley Jackson's World

A live reading event celebrating the work of Shirley Jackson, a master of chilling fiction, in late October 2015. Jackson is perhaps best known as the author of the widely-anthologized short story "The Lottery," but her novels, stories, and essays deserve a wider audience. Her work has been a central influence on modern fiction of the Gothic and supernatural. The Wall Street Journal said that her novel The Haunting of Hill House is "widely regarded as the greatest haunted house story ever written." Jonathan Lethem wrote about Jackson that "[s]he's also terribly funny. Her observations are dry, her dialogue shockingly fresh and absurd, and her best stories can make you think of a collaboration between James Thurber and a secular Flannery O'Connor." And in his own reflection on Jackson's opening to Hill House, Stephen King wrote, "I think there are few if any descriptive passages in the English language that are any finer than this."

Open to the public, free of charge. Organized by Karen Munro.

Reading the Poetry of Maxine Kumin
A Study Group led by Andrea Hollander and Judith Barrington

Maxine Kumin (1925 - 2014) is one of the great poets of our time. Winner of the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes among many others, and Poet Laureate of the United States, she produced a large body of work which was very important to both Andrea Hollander and Judith Barrington, both of whom also knew her personally.

The study group will meet for four Saturdays in January of 2016: January 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 10 to 1 at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont. Participants are limited to 15. There will be a $40 fee for the series, payable in advance to secure a place. For scholarship information contact

Each session will focus on a few poems, all of which can be found in Where I Live: New and Selected Poems. You will be expected to read the poems ahead of time and participate in discussion about them. It will be a relaxed atmosphere, with participants encouraged to bring their lunch, to make it easier to fit in on a Saturday.

The study group welcomes both readers and writers, those who already know Kumin’s work well, those who would like to become better acquainted with it, and those for whom the study group will be an introduction to her work. It is not a writing workshop.

To register for the study group: