CLASSES & LECTURES
ALBERTINA KERR LUNCHEON LEARN
Christine will present her talk, Forty Years at Mount St. Helens, at the Albertina Kerr Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020. $38 admission includes lunch and supports the work of the Albertina Kerr Center. 424 NE 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. To register call (503) 239-8108 x 2.
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM
Christine will participate in a panel discussion the evening of May 7, 2020 with USFS Archeologist Rick McClure and Cowlitz Spiritual Leader Tanna Engdahl to answer the question, What Does Mount St. Helens Mean to You? Suggested donation of $5 supports the Mount St. Helens Institute. Doors open at 5 pm. Third-floor ballroom of the Mark Building, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR.
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF OREGON
Christine will present her talk, Plants of the Blast Zone, at the monthly meeting of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. TaborSpace.
We will make art with capital letters from different historic periods. Class meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm from April through May 2020. Students must have had at least one calligraphy class. For more information and to register go to https://www.multnomahartscenter.org/ or call (503) 823-2787.
READING & WRITING ABOUT THE WILLAMETTE RIVER
We will learn about Portland's river while we write beside it! There will be at least 3 field trips (transportation and admission fees not included). All genres welcome. Class meets on Fridays from 10 am to 12:30 pm from April to through May 2020. For more information and to register go to https://www.multnomahartscenter.org/ or call (503) 823-2787.
CHRISTINE'S PREVIOUS TOPICS:
Reading & Writing about the Earth (Winter 2020)
Reading & Writing about Portland's Historic Cemeteries (Fall 2019)
Reading & Writing about Gardens (Spring 2019)
Reading & Writing about Oregon (Winter 2019)
Reading & Writing about Survival (Fall 2018)
Reading & Writing about Art in Portland (Spring 2018)
Reading & Writing about Music (Winter 2018)
Reading & Writing about Autumn (Fall 2017)
Reading & Writing about Roses (June 2017 and 2018)
Reading & Writing about Birds (Spring 2017)
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 email@example.com.
WINDFALL SPRING 2019 READING
Christine reads with other poets published in the spring 2019 issue of Windfall at 7 pm on June 4 at Broadway Books in NE Portland. Free and open to the public.
INTERVIEW WITH DARRYL LLOYD
To celebrate the launch of his new book, Ever Wild, Christine interviews mountaineer and photographer Darryl Lloyd at the Hawthorne Powell's Books store Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 pm in SE Portland. Free and open to the public.
FIELD SEMINAR: EXPLORE THE TOUTLE RIVER VALLEY
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018
Christine led a day-long field seminar up to Mount St. Helens for the Mount St. Helens Institute and performed a reading of her poem "Cascade Manifesto" a few miles from the volcano.
READING OF RAIN
As an invocation for rain, Christine read her chapbook, RAIN: A Song Cycle at Another Read Through Bookstore in N. Portland on August 18, 2018.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS, MAY 2018
To honor the 38th anniversary of the eruption, Christine visited Portland State University Honors College as well as the Cannon Beach Academy to talk with students about the volcano.
40 YEARS OF CHANGE AT MOUNT ST. HELENS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 in CANNON BEACH, OR:
Christine's 1-hour talk about Mount St. Helens at the Cannon Beach Library was featured in the news:
HISTORY IN THE NEWS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 IN SALEM, OR:
Christine discusses how humans relate to extreme natural events (such as eruptions and eclipses) on a panel with astronomer Jay Pasachoff and anthropologist Jason Younker at the Willamette Heritage Center's Dye House, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301. From 5:30 to 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Food and drink available.
BROADWAY BOOKS READING
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017 IN PORTLAND, OR:
Christine read and discussed her work with writer Melissa Madenski at Broadway Books in NE Portland, OR.
MOUNT ST. HELENS PRESENTATION
MAY 11, 2017 IN PORTLAND, OR:
Christine gave a presentation about the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and signed copies of "Return to Spirit Lake" at Another Read Through Bookstore in N. Portland, OR.
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.
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: LA LLUVIA 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.
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.