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Cascade Manifesto

Cascade Manifesto: An Open Letter to Residents of the Cascade Range is a celebration of the mountain range that has shaped so much of the West Coast of North America. This 8-page, single-poem chapbook was produced in 2015 to honor the 35th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. It is for sale in a limited edition. To order a copy, email Christine at christine@christinecolasurdo.com.


From the opening stanza of Cascade Manifesto:


We live in a land of volcanoes.

We live in a land of earthquakes and volcanoes.

We live in a land of landslides, rock fall, debris flows, mudflows,

avalanches of snow and ice, avalanches of pyroclastics.

We move through a moving landscape—

a land alive beneath our feet, beneath our houses,

beneath our schools, beneath our streets.

We move beneath a sky of moving mountain—

of glassy ash, blizzards of earth drifting down to settle

as the forest’s next percolated layer of rain-soaked soil.


© 2015 Christine Colasurdo



"A Little Garden of Sand: Bringing Back San Francisco's Native Dunes," in Holding Common Ground: The Individual and Public Lands in the American West (EWU Press 2005).
"Everlasting Wilderness," in In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens (OSU Press 2008).

“As Old as the Hills: The California Slender Salamander,” California Wild, Winter 2005.
“Life After Iceplant: Growing Natives in the GGNRA,” California Wild, Winter 2003.
“A Stack of Swifts,” California Wild, Summer 2002.
“My Blue Heron,” California Wild, Summer 2002.
“The City Goes Wild: Reintroducing Native Wild Plants to San Francisco’s Presidio,” ORION Afield, Spring 2002.
“Urban Peaks,” (cover story) Westways, May-June 2002.
“Out of an Ancient Sea: Notes on the East Bay Landscape,” Bay Nature, April-June 2001.
“Mammoth’s Perilous Magma,” California Wild, Fall 2000.
“Mount St. Helens Revisited,” Audubon, May-June 2000.
“Landscape in the Making,” Sunset, May 2000.
“Remembering Spirit Lake,” USFS Volcano Review, Summer 1999.
“Fort Ord,” Sunset, August, 1999.
“Best of the West,” a 6-month series, Sunset, June 1998-December 1998.
“Return to Mount St. Helens,” ORION, Winter 1997.
“Before the Mountain Blows,” Pacific Discovery, Spring 1996.
“Mount St. Helens Today,” Bird Watcher’s Digest, March/April 1996.
“A Quick Trip to Paradise,” Pacific Discovery, Fall 1996.
“Oregon’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” Sunset, November 1995.
“Clearcuts and Volcanoes,” Cascadia Times, June 1995.
“Return to Harmony,” Sierra, May/June 1995.
“Return to Mount St. Helens,” Sunset, May 1995.
“Life Erupts in Spirit Lake’s Backcountry,” Pacific Discovery, Winter 1994.


Fifty Years: Portland Society for Calligraphy. Editor: Christine Colasurdo. (Portland Society for Calligraphy, 2019).


“Weathergrams as a Way of Life,” Bound & Lettered, Summer 2020.

“A Visit to the Letterform Archive,” Letter Arts Review, vol. 31, No. 2.

“Living My Life through Word & Line,” Alphabet, Winter 2016.

“Carmina Burana: Experiencing A Medieval Manuscript as Real Life,” Alphabet, Spring 2015.

“Tuscany, Calligraphically,” Alphabet, Summer 2013.

“Authoring Art: When the Verbal Self Meets the Visual Soul,” Alphabet, Winter 2013.

“A Calligraphic Tour of Rome and Pompeii,” Alphabet, Autumn 2012.

“Lloyd J. Reynolds: A Life of Forms in Art,” Alphabet, Autumn 2011.

“Margot Voorhies Thompson: The Power of Giving Shape to Meaning,” Letter Arts Review, Winter 2010.
“The Secret Letters of Lyon,” Letter Arts Review, Fall 2009.
“Carl Rohrs at the Intersection of Calligraphy, Signpainting, and Typography,” Letter Arts Review, Summer 2007.
“Jacqueline Svaren,” Letter Arts Review, Vol. 21, no. 1 (2006).
“Georgia Deaver, Her Brush, and That Line,” Letter Arts Review, Vol. 19, no. 2 (2004).

"Recollecting a Landscape: Oral Histories of Spirit Lake and Mount St. Helens," Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2000.
“Tell Me a Woman’s Story: The Question of Gender in the Construction of Waheenee, Pretty-shield, and Papago Woman,” American Indian Quarterly, Summer 1997.
“The Dramatic Ambivalence of Self in the Poetry of Louise Bogan,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Fall 1994.

© 2021 Christine Colasurdo