Alejandro de Acosta describes his Art Lecture as”a discussion of the work of Argentine poet Antonio Porchia (1885-1968), and his translation of Porchia. Porchia developed and wrote solely in a singular form he called voces (voices). His single book, named, precisely, VOCES, was little known when it appeared, due in part to his distance from literary circles and to its unclassifiable short, aphoristic poetry. Alejandro will discuss Porchia’s poetry and poetics, his finished and unfinished voices, and his approach to sharing them; their influence on subsequent Argentine poets; and the process of his current collaborative translation of them, opening out onto a larger set of ideas about language and translation, poetic forms and how they are circulated and made public.”
Alejandro was born in Buenos Aires in 1972, and grew up in Caracas, Madison (Wisconsin) and Cleveland (Ohio). Tertiary education in Amherst, MA (Hampshire College, bachelor’s degree) and Binghamton, NY (doctorate at Binghamton University). A onetime participant in the zine and mail art milieu, in Austin, Alejandro founded mufa::poema, a micropress that freely distributed a dozen poetry and prose chapbooks. Long standing interest in sound art and poetry reading led to a two-year radio and podcast project, “Sector Phy,” on KPWR-FM, as well as numerous audio performances under the moniker JANO (THING) SELECTOR.
Back in Binghamton, study of the history of Western philosophy and contemporary continental thought brought Alejandro to write a dissertation on Spinozan themes, not without a discussion of exhortatory graffiti. These studies subsequently displaced themselves in the direction of, first, Latin American philosophy, and second, an articulation of (for lack of a better word) anarchist ideas in various genres of prose. An outcome of this second trajectory, informed by continued engagement with poetry and poetics, are his two recent collections of critical and experimental essays: The Impossible, Patience (Ardent Press, 2014) and How to Live Now or Never (Repartee/LBC Books, 2014).
For many years, Alejandro taught philosophy and poetry at Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX), as well as in popular education settings. Readings, lectures, and presentations in Albany, Austin, Berkeley, Denver, Morelia, Portland, Seattle and elsewhere. With Joshua Beckman, Alejandro has translated the poetry of Jorge Carrera Andrade (Micrograms, Wave Books, 2011) and Carlos Oquendo de Amat (Five Meters of Poems, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Most recently, Alejandro translated Fabian Luduena’s H.P. Lovecraft: The Disjunction in Being (Schism Press, 2015). Two current projects are an anthology of writing by and about Antonio Porchia and The Ponge Stone, a manuscript of translations, essays, and letters emerging from the study of Francis Ponge’s Pour un Malherbe. Alejandro’s ongoing research is in U.S. and Latin American poetry, and, still, philosophy. Alejandro de Acosta currently lives in Olympia, WA.
Submitted by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation
Deadline to apply for early learning grants is May 1 The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) is inviting grant applications from early childhood education providers (K-3) to implement innovative, sustainable classroom projects.
Submissions must be received in the Foundation office by 5 p.m. on May 1. Any Thurston County school district, nonprofit organization, early learning provider, or collaboration thereof may apply for funds. OTF is especially interested in supporting strategies that stimulate student creativity, increase motivation to learn, and enhance the current learning environment. Individual award amounts range from $250 to $3,000.
The Olympia Tumwater Foundation’s education program has awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships and grants to hundreds of talented and deserving students and teachers. An application and more information can be found under “Scholarships & Grants” on the Foundation’s website: www.olytumfoundation.org or by phone at 360.943.2550.
I would classify this weekend as the granddaddy of community events. Three massive events culminate in one weekend of free, family-friendly entertainment in downtown Olympia. Here’s my suggestion for the best strategy to be able to experience all three events while still leaving some time to hit some other activities. Click on the links below to get complete event information.
Want to try something else this weekend? Here are even more ideas for activities and events around Thurston County on April 24 – 26.
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It’s been a long ambition to make paper. In my early twenties I took up bookbinding and ended up working for Don Guyot at Colophon Book Arts Supply in Olympia, Washington. As part of my job, I was able to attend the Paper Book Intensive a couple of times, helping to run the small store and taking amazing workshops with some of the finest teachers in the country. I took classes in hand lettering, box making, paper marbling, alternative book structures, paper decoration and more. It was at the Paper Book Intensive that I was exposed for the first time to hand papermaking. I remember thinking… “I’m going to come back to this.” And I have.
In the last few weeks my partner and I have acquired a Hollander beater (A 1.5 pound Voith-Allis Valley type beater) and have undertaken to restore it. It has been living outside for some time and was in such a condition I almost passed on it. But it looked sound in spite of some rust and dirt. And I had looked for so long for a beater and this one needed some serious and dedicated love. I felt up to the task, especially with Terry’s help. There is no better help than his. He can do anything. And he has been enormously generous with his time and skills.
Submitted by West Olympia Farmers’ Market
West Olympia Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce the opening of its fifth season on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm. The market has brand new location this season at 1919 Harrison Ave. NW in the West Central Park. Hours are Tuesday evening from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, mid-May – mid-October 2015. Keep an eye out for the signs on Harrison Ave and Black Lake Blvd.
In addition to a great selection of local food vendors, this season will feature a monthly Crafter’s Market showcasing handmade goods from local artisans. Also, to make shopping even more convenient and accessible, West Olympia Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and debit transactions. Drop by the Market Information booth for more information on all of this year’s happenings or check the West Olympia Farmers’ Market website and facebook page.
West Olympia Farmers’ Market (WOFM) is your neighborhood market. WOFM strives to help build a vibrant local food economy by supporting small-scale and beginning vendors. All of WOFM’s farmers, artisans and producers are based in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, or Grays Harbor county, with the majority based in Olympia. Products at this years market include fresh produce, baked goods, pastured poultry and meats, flowers, veggie starts, crafts, and much more. Everything is locally grown and produced, so come on out and support your local producers.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Dres at firstname.lastname@example.org and find us on facebook.
Submitted by The Port of Olympia
Paddles up! Two teams from China will join 46 local and regional teams in the race for the gold at the 10th annual Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival on April 25 at Port Plaza.
More than 6,000 spectators are expected to cheer the racers on, enjoy cultural performances, and browse the booths along the boardwalk. Booths include food, fun and cultural arts and crafts.
The Dragon Boat teams represent colleges, universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies and community organizations.
Saint Martin’s University (SMU) hosts the festival in cooperation with Kaikane Events. The event is free and open to the public.
If you go: Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Port Plaza on Budd Inlet, immediately north of Percival Landing at 701 Columbia Street NW. Look for the large viewing tower.
The Port of Olympia is a proud sponsor of this community event.
For more information, including ways to support the festival or organize a team, visit www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat or contact the SMU Office of International Programs and Development at 360.438.4521.
Submitted by Pope John Paul II High School
Author of New York Times Best Seller Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J., will be the Keynote Speaker for Pope John Paul II High School’s Light & Truth Gala on May 2 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey. Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and is helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.
A life-long resident of Louisiana, Prejean moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981 – 1984. During this time, she was asked to correspond with death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola. She agreed, becoming his spiritual adviser, and eventually accompanying him to his death. She has since accompanied five other men to their deaths. In 1995 Dead Man Walking was made into a major motion picture featuring Susan Sarandon as Prejean and Sean Penn as Sonnier.
Of tackling one of the most complex issues of our day, Prejean stated, “I have no doubt that we will one day abolish the death penalty in America. It will come sooner if people like me, who know the truth about executions, do our work well and educate the public.”
She has also been featured on an NBC series on the death penalty and has appeared on 60 Minutes, and ABC World News Tonight. Published articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Baltimore Sun. She has received no fewer than 60 honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the world.
This Fall, JPII students brought Dead Man Walking to the stage, marking the high school’s first full-scale dramatic production.
In it’s fifth year of operation, Pope John Paul II High School provides a college preparatory education to South Puget Sound students in the rich tradition of Catholic education. The mission of JPII is to educate young men and women who are intellectually strong, spiritually alive, and committed to serving the needs of others. The school is located at 5608 Pacific Avenue in the former Lacey fire station building, just east of St. Martin’s University.
JPII is open to all young men and women, regardless of their faith tradition. We are committed to serving students from all economic backgrounds and provide financial assistance to families in need. The Light & Truth Gala is JPII’s primary source of scholarship funding.
Reservations for the event can be made by calling JPII at (360)438-7600 or visiting the website at www.popejp2hs.org.
Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College
South Puget Sound Community College recently won two Gold Paragon Awards at the national convention of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The 2015 national conference was held March 22-24 in Portland, Ore.
SPSCC, represented at the conference by Dean of College Relations Kellie Purce Braseth and Communications Consultant Aaron Managhan, earned Gold Paragon awards in two categories, placing those entries as the top submissions for community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
The college won for its redesigned print catalog, taking the gold in the Academic Catalog category, as well as for the marketing successes of the relaunched Artist & Lecture Series, which was honored with gold in the Communications Success Story category. The latter category focuses on media coverage and outreach of a college event, program crisis, news story or feature.
The NCMPR is the representative trade group for public relations and marketing professionals at community and technical colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The NCMPR’s Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. While at the district level, the awards are judged by other member colleges in other districts, the Paragon Awards are judged by marketing and public relations professionals in the private sector.
Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Updated harvest estimates for Mocrocks show that beach has sufficient clams to support additional digs, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
“We have reviewed our harvest levels to date and are excited to offer additional dates to round out a great razor clam season at Mocrocks,” Ayres said.
Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat. For additional information about upcoming razor clam digs, see WDFW’s website.
Proposed digs are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides (newly added digs are in bold):
Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
Submitted by Thurston County
Thurston County Commissioners today proclaimed Wednesday, April 22 to be Earth Day in Thurston County and celebrated the event with the fanfare, music and dancing that have become the hallmark of the county’s annual Earth Day recognition.
“Our Earth Day proclamation is our chance to thank the people in our community who really do the heavy lifting when it comes to protecting the environment,” said Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe. “There is no government, no institution that can accomplish our environmental protection goals alone. We need partners in the community just like the wonderful people who joined us here today. It’s great to see so many people in our community who embrace the environmental protection effort on Earth Day and every day of the year.”
Commissioner Bud Blake said, “I think it’s important to remember that protecting the environment is serious business. No matter where you live in Thurston County, you need clean water to drink, you need clean air to breathe, and you need clean soil and clean water to grow the food you eat every day.”
“I always look forward to our annual Earth Day celebration—it’s so much fun and our guests always bring such spirit with them,” said Commissioner Sandra Romero. “This celebration is well-deserved in our community. Thanks to our partners and volunteers throughout the years, I think we can say we’ve truly accomplished a lot since the first Earth Day in 1970. That said, we know there’s so much more we can do to protect our air, our water, our forests and our prairies. But when we put community first, great things can happen.”
Wednesday’s Earth Day proclamation event included presentations from:
To view more pictures and video of today’s Earth Day celebration at the Board of County Commissioners meeting, visit the Thurston County Facebook page.
Submitted by Thurston County
The deadline is April 30 for Thurston County residents to pay their 2015 first half property taxes.
Property taxes can be paid through the Thurston County Treasurer’s web site. There is no additional charge for the electronic check payment option on-line, but there is a 2.5% fee for a major credit card payment and a flat $3.95 fee for a VISA debit card payment. Payments can also be made in person at the Treasurer’s Office or the courthouse parking lot drop box – located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building One, Olympia 98502. The same fees apply for payments made in person.
Treasurer’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the due date. Penalties and interest will be charged for those who do not have their payments in on time.
Submitted by March of Dimes
It was the best feel-good moment of the week in Olympia when 400 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens in Thurston County —babies—by participating in March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Heritage Park in Olympia was packed with strollers, families and teams today to celebrate raising more than $75,000 to help babies be born healthy.
“We’ve seen how important it is to help our babies,” said State Director Jean Allenbach with the March of Dimes Washington Chapter. “It is so rewarding to be part of a community where people come together for such a great cause. This has been an incredible event, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished here together today.”
Money raised from the event funds research, awareness, education and local community grants to see that all babies are born healthy.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects nearly half a million babies each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.
About the March of Dimes
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by participating in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook @marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter @marchofdimeswa.
The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Mission Pharmacal and United Airlines.
March for Babies is sponsored locally by KeyBank, Twin Star Credit Union, Olympia Federal Savings, Providence Southwest Washington Region, Capital Medical Center, Les Schwab Tires, Heritage Bank, Hardel Builders Center, John L. Scott, KING 5, WARM 106.9, Click 98.9 and MOViN 92.5.