Christine Colasurdo

copyright 2005 Christine Colasurdo

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

READINGS/​LECTURES

BROADWAY BOOKS READING
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017 IN PORTLAND, OR:
Christine reads and discusses her work with writer Melissa Madenski. Free and open to the public. Copies of Christine's books will be available. At Broadway Books in NE Portland, OR.

MOUNT ST. HELENS PRESENTATION
MAY 11, 2017 IN PORTLAND, OR:
Christine will give a presentation about the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and sign copies of "Return to Spirit Lake." Free and open to the public. At Another Read Through Bookstore in N. Portland, OR.

WRITING CLASSES

"READING & WRITING" ABOUT BIRDS
For Spring 2017, Christine continues her "Write Outdoors" series with "Reading and Writing about Birds" at the Multnomah Arts Center. The class runs from April 7 to May 26 on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30. As part of the writing process the class will visit three sites and write outside. For more information, see the Spring 2017 catalogue at www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org. Or call (503) 823-2787.

"READING & WRITING" ABOUT ROSES
To honor the 110th anniversary of the Portland Rose Festival, Christine is offering "Reading and Writing about Roses" at the Multnomah Arts Center. The 3-session class runs June 2, 9, and 16 on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30. For more information, see the Spring 2017 catalogue at www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org. Or call (503) 823-2787.

CHRISTINE'S PREVIOUS "READING & WRITING ABOUT" TOPICS:
Reading & Writing about Water (Winter 2017)
Reading & Writing about Trees (Fall 2016)
Reading & Writing about Gardens (Spring 2016)
Reading & Writing about Mountains (Winter 2016)
Reading & Writing about Portland's Historic Cemeteries (Fall 2015)
Reading & Writing about Nature (Spring 2015)
Reading & Writing about Portland (Winter 2015)
Reading & Writing about Oregon (Fall 2014)

If you'd like Christine to do a poetry reading or present a slide-illustrated talk about Mount St. Helens to your group, please email her at christine@​christinecolasurdo.com.

RECENT EVENTS

"AUTHORING YOUR ART" Workshop
January 28-29, 2017 in San Francisco, CA
Christine's writing workshop for visual artists. Offered through the Friends of Calligraphy (www.friendsofcalligraphy.org).

POETRY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
Monday, June 20 in Portland, OR
A mini-workshop to help poets practice reading their work out loud in a sympathetic classroom setting with other poets.
www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org

"Authoring Your Art" Workshop
March 6, 2016 in Portland, OR
Christine's writing workshop for visual artists. Offered through the Portland Society for Calligraphy.

"RAIN" EXHIBIT
OCTOBER 2 to 31, 2015 IN HOOD RIVER, OR

Christine was one of eleven artists participating in "Rain," an exhibit at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River. Copies of Christine's chapbook celebrating rain are still for sale through her website.

CALLIGRAPHIC JOURNEYS
JULY AND AUGUST IN PORTLAND, OR
Christine and fellow lettering artists Lawrence Wheeler, Anita Bigelow and Ingrid Slezak exhibited a group show. Christine read her poems on artmaking July 11 as part of the show's events. At Glyph Cafe, 804 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209.

WINDFALL POETRY READING
TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 IN EUGENE, OR

Christine was one of two featured speakers in the Windfall Reading Series sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild and the Eugene Public Library. http:/​/​www.laneliteraryguild.org/​

35th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ERUPTION
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 IN PORTLAND, OR

Christine gave a presentation to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. Part of the Institute's "Views and Brews" series (www.mshinstitute.org). At the Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby St., Portland.

PRESENTATION AND BOOKSIGNING
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015 IN PORTLAND, OR

Christine gave a talk about the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and signed copies of her book at Another Read Through Bookstore. 3932 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland. Free. Visit www.anotherreadthrough.com/​

PRESENTATION AND BOOKSIGNING
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 IN PORTLAND, OR

The 35th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Christine presented about Mount St. Helens and signed copies of her book, Return to Spirit Lake at the Garden Home Community Library. www.wccls.org/​libraries/​gardenhome.

MAY 15, 2012 IN VANCOUVER, WA:
THREE MONUMENTAL DECADES: A 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
OF THE CREATION OF THE MSHNVM

It was 30 years since the US Congress passed an act to establish the national volcanic monument in 1982. Conservationist Susan Saul recounted how the monument was created. Christine Colasurdo hosted the evening with the question, "What does the monument mean to you?" This event supported the Mount St. Helens Institute. http:/​/​www.mshinstitute.org/​

JULY 15, 2012 FIELD SEMINAR:
JOURNEY UP THE TOUTLE:
A DAY OF HISTORY AND NATURE AT MOUNT ST. HELENS

Christine led a horizon-widening day trip up the Toutle River to three visitor centers to gain an understanding of how the Toutle River valley was shaped by the volcano. (www.mshinstitute.org/​)

OCTOBER 7, 2011 IN HOOD RIVER, OR:
POETRY READING FOR “TREES” EXHIBIT

Christine Colasurdo read from her manuscript of tree poems to celebrate the opening of the fine-arts exhibit, “TREES,” at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Street, Hood River, OR. http:/​/​www.columbiaarts.org/​gallery/​2011/​10_11/​trees.html

June 2, 2011 in Kelso, WA:
REMEMBERING MOUNT ST. HELENS

Christine Colasurdo hosted an evening of remembering Mount St. Helens with special presentations by photographer/​mountaineer Darryl Lloyd and conservationist Susan Saul at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum in Kelso, WA.

May 7, 2011 IN PACIFIC CITY, OR:
"Life and Landscape at Mount St. Helens"

A slide-illustrated lecture and booksigning of Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscape at Mount St. Helens at Rowboat Gallery, 34950 Brooten Road, Pacific City, OR at 6:30 pm. Free.

November 4, 2010 IN KELSO, WA:
"Life and Landscape at Mount St. Helens"

A slide-illustrated lecture and booksigning of Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscape at Mount St. Helens. Cowlitz County Historical Museum, 405 Allen Street, Kelso, WA. Free.

November 21, 2010 IN PORTLAND, OR:
Booksigning with other Northwest authors from noon to 4 pm at the Wild Arts Festival in the Montgomery Park Bldg. on Vaughan Street in NW Portland. Admission supports the Audubon Society of Portland.

October 19, 2010 IN PORTLAND:
"A Hike through Time: Decades of Change on Mount St. Helens' Harmony Trail"

The $5 admission supports the Mount St. Helens Institute. This presentation was part of the institute's Views and Brews lecture series at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub at 1945 NW Quimby, Portland, OR.

October 20, 2010 IN PORTLAND:
"Remembering Mount St. Helens: A Trek through Time"

This special 30th-anniversary event commemorating the 1980 eruption was an evening of public remembrance sponsored by the Mazamas at 7 pm at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center, SE 43rd & Stark Street, Portland. Guest presenters (besides Christine Colasurdo) include photographer Darryl Lloyd, conservationist Susan Saul, and longtime Mazama member and eruption survivor Marianna Kearney. Free.

June 26, 2010: "The Largest Landslide in Recorded History: The Day Mount St. Helens Collapsed," a field seminar for the Mount St. Helens Institute including a 2.5-mile hike on the Hummocks Trail.

May 4, 2010: "Remembering Spirit Lake: A Public Gathering," at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub, Portland, Oregon. This event was part of the institute's Views and Brews lecture series.

April 7, 2010: "The Odd and Haunting Transformation of Spirit Lake: A Contrast Between the Pre- and Post-eruption Landscape." 7 pm at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center, Portland, Oregon.

Selected Works

Nonfiction/Outdoors
“superb popular science . . . This is engaging writing, full of human warmth.”
KLIATT
A massive coastal landscape is captured in one concise book.
To hear Colasurdo's commentaries for KQED's Perspectives series, go to http://www.kqed.org/radio/. To hear her read her poem “The Paradox of Enrichment” go to http:/​/​terrain.org/​one-poem-by-christine-colasurdo/​
Nonfiction/Biography
A glimpse at the fascinating life of anthropologist Erna Gunther

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