The collection: Random Readings

Idaho Writers Guild Presents a Summer Random Reading

Idaho Wine Country: A friendly collaboration

with Alan Minskoff and Paul Hosefros

The Place: Cole/Marr Coffeehouse

The Time: Saturday, August 11th from 1-3

Writing is a solitary activity unless you’re fortunate enough to have a good friend who shares your love of the subject matter. In this case, it happens to be wine. Alan Minskoff and Paul Hosefros combined their mutual curiosity about wineries and vineyards in Idaho to fashion the Idaho Wine Country book. Visually and literally, this collaborative effort reflects all that they learned during 15 months of interviewing and photographing more than 50 winemakers and grape growers. Now, Idaho writers can learn, firsthand, the joys and challenges of producing a book that calls on a writer’s wordsmithing and a camera man’s sensitivity to light and color.

Alan teaches journalism and writing at the College of Idaho. He was a longtime editor of Boise Magazine and editorial director of the Boise Journal and Art Idaho magazines. He teaches in the Cabin’s Summer Writing Camp, and is a widely published poet.

Paul is a retired New York Times senior photojournalist. His base in Washington DC allowed him to create memorable shots of political leaders. He graduated from BSU with an MFA in Creative Writing in 2007.

Come early, browse the gallery and grab a pastry or refreshing drink at the Cole/Marr counter.

The authors will graciously sign any books purchased during this event.

Cole/Marr Coffeehouse

404 So. 8th St. Suite 154 (downstairs near Café Ole’)

Random Readings: John Rember

The Idaho Writers Guild is pleased to present John Rember for our Random Readings Event. Please join us Saturday, January 21st from 1-3pm at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho.

John Rember writes from inside his skin. He captures the essence of Idaho and even more: the man who lives there. His MFA in a Box inspires writers from a personal point of view. It is not a “how to”, but a “why to” write a book. He encourages writers to tap the stories that belong to them. MFA in a Box won the 2011 Silver Award from Nautilus Books, the Grand Prize Short List and Finalist 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, and was a Finalist for the 2011 Midwest Book Awards. The Idaho Library Association recognized his book Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley as the 2004 Book of the Year. He has written numerous articles for publications such as Travel and Leisure, High Desert Journal and Wildlife Conservation. He has taught at The College of Idaho and, for many years, in the Pacific University MFA program in Forest Grove, Oregon. After his presentation, he will be available to sign books.

For more information: Judy Ware, 208-853-5198,

Fall 2011 Random Readings: Children’s Fiction

The Idaho Writers Guild is pleased to present Kristiana Gregory and Carol Heimbuch for our Fall Random Readings Event.  Please join us Saturday, October 15th from 1-3pm at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho.

Kristiana Gregory has written over 30 books for middle-school readers. She was an original author in the Dear America series for Scholastic and has written for the Royal Diary and My America series. Her other books include a California trilogy about pirates and mining towns. Her first book, Jenny of the Tetons, was set in Idaho and won the Golden Kite Award for best new children’s book.

Carol Heimbuch writes books inspired by her personal treks in the Pacific Northwest and SE Alaska, including Shadow Stallion, a Wild West adventure, Twilight Tracks about salmon in Idaho and Condor Caper, an adventure regarding the California condor and a wildfire.

National Poetry Month

There’s a week left in National Poetry Month and still many ways to celebrate.  Here’s what’s happening in Boise:

Tuesday, April 26, 2pm-4pm, “Afternoon with a Poet” – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Yanke Research Center, 220 Park Center Blvd. (former Ore-Ida HQ) – $10 fee (Register: 426-4027)

Wednesday, April 26, 7pm-9pm “Readings & Conversations” with U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, Egyptian Theater; 6 pm – Reception, Beside Bardenay. (Tickets: 331-8000)

Thursday, April 28, at 1pm, “The Writers’ Block” on Boise Community Radio (89.9FM):  Host Amanda Turner interviews Joan Logghe, the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe.  For details visit

Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm-8pm – Joan & Jon: Poetry and Music by Joan Logghe and Jon Klein – Shangri-La Tea House, Overland and Federal Way – free.

Friday, April 29, 7pm-8:30pm – Joan Logghe reads from her new book, “The Singing Bowl” at Rediscovered Book Store, 180 N. 8th St. – free.

Saturday, April 30, 1 pm-3pm – “Random Readings” sponsored by the Idaho Writers Guild – Joan Logghe and Maya Jewell Zeller read work and discuss the art and craft of creating poetry – The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd. – free (info: 331-8000)

Saturday, April 30, 4 pm-5:30pm – Idaho City Writing Workshop Reunion – The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd. – free (info: 336-2128) – social gathering with brief program.

April Events with the Idaho Writers Guild

4/19 – Lit Lunch with the Idaho Writers Guild and Special Guest Sam Mattise 

11:30-1:30 at Smoky Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter.  All are welcome to attend.  Network with your fellow writers, enjoy a casual lunch, a fabulous speaker, and if you’re feeling up for it, participate in our 3 minute open mic.

Sam Mattise is a singer, songwriter, poet and musician.  He has been performing professionally for over 35 years.  Sam was voted the 2006 Singer of the Year for the Cowboy Poets of Idaho; in 2009 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.  In 2010, along with professional photographer Mike Luque, Sam published Dancing Shadows, Mustangs and Dreams.  Learn more at

4/30 – RANDOM READING with Joan Logghe and Maya Jewell Zeller

1-3pm at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise (Jean Wilson Reading Room, garden level).

Celebrate National Poetry Month by engaging with two poets inspired by the natural world, daily life and family. Emerging poet Maya Jewell Zeller, Spokane, Wash., and Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logge, La Puebla, N.M., will share insights about the writing life, read their work and answer questions about craft and the joys/challenges of ministering to their Muse. Zeller’s first book, “Rust Fish”(Lost Horse Press, Sandpoint, Id.) and Logghe’s latest book, “The Singing Bowl,” (University of New Mexico Press), are being released in March and will be available for purchase. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

Joan Logghe works at poetry and arts activism off the academic grid in La Puebla, N.M., where she and her husband, Michael, raised three children and have three grandchildren. She has worked with children, teens and adults for 30 years at Ghost Ranch Abiquiu, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, Santa Fe Community College, Artworks, Santa Fe Girls’ School, Santa Clara Pueblo Day School, and in Bratislava, Vienna and Croatia. From 1998 to 2008 she led writing retreats in Idaho City.

Logghe has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grants, a Mabel Dodge Luhan Internship and a Barbara Deming/Money for Women grant.

Her books include “What Makes a Woman Beautiful,” “Twenty Years in Bed with the Same Man” (a finalist in Western States Book Award), “Sofia,” “Rice” and “The Singing Bowl.” She also is a founder of Tres Chicas Books ( Information:

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born at home in the upstairs apartment of her parents’ gas station on the Oregon coast, Maya has been a high school teacher, cross-country and track coach, editor, college professor and, most recently, a mother. Her poetry has won awards from “The Florida Review” and “Crab Orchard Review.” She lives in Spokane with her husband and one-year-old daughter and teaches English at Gonzaga University. Information:

Random Readings Featuring Alan Heathcock and William Johnson

Essays and Short Stories are the topics for the January 22nd Random Reading event set from 1-3 pm at The Cabin in downtown Boise. You won’t want to miss presentations by these two distinguished Idaho authors:

Alan Heathcock is currently the Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boise, and was named a Literature Fellow for the State of Idaho by the Idaho Commission for the Arts; he also teaches fiction writing at BSU. His fiction has been published in top magazines and journals, and he has a new collection of stories, entitled VOLT, due to be released in March 2011.  Photo courtesy of Diane Ronayne/ Idaho Writers Guild.




William Johnson is Professor Emeritus at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, and Idaho’s Writer in Residence (from 1998-2001 and 2010-11). He has won fellowships from Fishtrap, the Environmental Writing Institute, the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent works include A River without Banks, a book of essays about family experiences in northern Idaho with a focus on seeing/belonging, what they are, and mean.  Photo courtesy of Diane Ronayne/Idaho Writers Guild.

Al and Bill will briefly read from their books, and share their creative process. Informal audience interaction with the authors, light refreshments and time to socialize will follow.

“Random Readings” will take place in the Jean Wilson Reading Room, on the garden level of The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise. Admission is free; non-members are welcome. For further information contact Diane Graham at

Random Readings for January 22nd

Please join us this Saturday from 1-3pm at The Cabin for Random Readings.  Two incredible Idaho authors will read from their works and answer questions.  Alan Heathcock is an award-winning author whose collection of short fiction VOLT is due out from Graywolf Press this spring.  William Johnson has authored three books of poetry and a recent collection of essays A River Without Banks, which Scott Russell Sanders describes as “a book to savor and celebrate.”  Join us for readings, refreshments and an informal discussion with these two remarkable writers.

January Events from the Idaho Writers Guild

January 15th – Backtalk at the Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park.  Bob Shaver will discuss internet law; Amanda Turner will talk about social media.  Why should you educate yourself on these matters?  Well, we hate to break it to you, but writing is really only half the battle.  Join us for lunch and lively discussion. 11:30-1:30

January 22nd – Random Readings at The Cabin.  This month’s Random Readings will cover essays and short stories.  William Johnson, author of A River Without Banks, and Alan Heathcock, author of VOLT will read and answer questions.  We’re really excited about both of these authors and their works.  This is your chance to meet them, so don’t miss it! 1-3pm

Guild News

Mark your calendar!   There’s a lot happening with the Idaho Writers Guild.  Here’s what’s coming up:

10/16 – Random Readings: Historical Fiction.  This event is free and open to the public at the Cabin from 1-3pm.  Historical fiction authors will read from their works and answer questions about research, craft and publication.  Join us for light snacks, beverages, and lively discussion.

10/23 – The Idaho Writers Guild will have a booth at this year’s Booktoberfest.  Stop by and say hello on Saturday from 10-6 at the University of Phoenix.  Local and national authors will be speaking, including the IWG’s own Doug Copsey.  For more info check out

11/6 – Backtalk! at the Sun Ray Cafe in Hyde Park.  Attorney Brad Fraser will be on hand to discuss Intellectual Property, Internet Law and what you need to know when it comes to contracts.  Free and open to the public from 11:30-1:30.  Come early and have lunch!

Also, the IWG Blog is open to Spooky Submissions through October 15th.  Scare us in 500 words or less, no poetry please.  Email submissions in the body of an email, subject line should read “Submission.”  Open to active members of the Idaho Writers Guild.

Reunion: Idaho Writers Guild & Idaho Songwriters

A Repeat of the IWG Event with Idaho Songwriters:

Tuesday, August 31, 6-9 p.m., 1419 Warm Springs/168 S. Villa

 The RANDOM READING event for July with the Idaho Songwriters Association was so much fun we want to do it again!! Same thing – only the August 31st event is purely a social one. It’ll take place at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Diane Graham’s house at 1419 Warm Springs Avenue. You’ll find a lot more parking and easier access to Diane’s HUGE backyard if you enter the event by going to the end of South Villa Street. (Warm Springs to Walnut St. Right on Walnut (South) to Lewis and turn left. Lewis to S. Villa and turn left again. Be looking on the curb on the right hand side for a stenciled address 168 S. Villa. There, you will see the gray cedar fence and some balloons on the right leading to the Graham’s back yard. When parking, please do not park in front of someone’s driveway. There should be plenty of places to park.)  Hope to see you there!