The next deadline for submission
of a grant application is December 15, 2017.






Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers

Soapstone provides grants to support ad hoc events and short-term study groups that introduce or offer the opportunity to delve into the work of women writers. All events and study groups are open to the public. Events are free of charge; there is a small fee for study groups, with scholarships available.

Small Grants to Support Events and Study Groups

The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short.

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Upcoming study groups:

Reading Linda Pastan, led by Andrea Hollander
Four Saturday mornings, 10 to 1
January 13, 20, 17 and February 10
ArtSpace Room, TaborSpace, 60th & SE Belmont

Reading Adrienne Rich, led by Sara Guest
Four Saturday mornings, 10 to 1
March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28
ArtSpace Room, TaborSpace, 60th & SE Belmont

Reading Susan Glaspell, led by Gay Monteverde
Three Saturday mornings, 10 to 1
May 12, 19, 26
ArtSpace Room, TaborSpace, 60th & SE Belmont

Reading Virginia Woolf's Essays, led by Judith Barrington
Four Saturday mornings, 10 to 1
September 15, 22, 29 and October 6
Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark

The fee is $60; scholarships are available. The group is limited to 16. To register, send an email to, and a check made out to Soapstone, 622 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.


Reading Linda Pastan, led by Andrea Hollander

In the early 1970s when I began to teach myself to write poems, I discovered the work of Linda Pastan. I was drawn to her poems, in part, because of her subject matter, which, though it may have been labeled “domestic” at the time, I found much richer than such a label suggested. Yes, her subjects seemed to dwell upon the everydayness of ordinary lives, but beneath such triggering subjects were deeper, even disturbing, ones. A contemporary of Sylvia Plath at Radcliffe (Pastan won the Mademoiselle Poetry Prize the year Plath was runner up), Pastan’s work continues. Now 85, she has published 17 volumes of poetry, most recently Insomnia (Norton, 2015), which she says has to do with “a struggle with consciousness itself as well as a struggle with the looming dark, just outside the window.”

My interest in examining this poems of Linda Pastan has to do with the nature of the creativity over time. How does a writer’s work develop? In what ways does a writer’s subject matter evolve, or does it? What changes? What stays the same? Each session will focus on a few poems, most of which can be found in Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems 1968 - 1998 (Norton, 1998) and in Insomnia (Norton, 2015), which will be our texts. Participants will be expected to read the poems ahead of time and to engage in our discussion about them. The atmosphere will be relaxed and welcoming. Due to our lengthy sessions, participants are encouraged to bring lunch. The study group welcomes both readers and writers, those who already know Pastan’s work, those who would like to know it better, and those for whom the study group will be an introduction.

Andrea Hollander moved to Portland in 2011, after many years in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where she ran a bed & breakfast for 15 years and served as the Writer-in Residence at Lyon College for 22. Her 4th full-length poetry collection, Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 -2012, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; her 1st, House Without a Dreamer, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Among her many other honors are two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and literary nonfiction) and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. In September 2018, Hollander’s 5th poetry collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, will be published by Autumn House Press.


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