Steeped in Words: Lan Su Chinese Garden Poetry Reading Series
In conjunction with the Essence of Tea Month, Lan Su will host a weekly series of poetry readings every Sunday in October. Participating poets include “M.”; Daniel Skach-Mills and Margaret Chula; Andrea Hollander Budy; and David Rutiezer.

Sunday, October 7

“M.” has lost a lover to suicide, a first husband to divorce, a second husband to diabetes, but still believes herself to be lucky in love. Her manuscript, entitled “To That Mythic Country Called Closure,” has yet to be accepted by a publisher, but still she considers herself blessed to be a writer. She’s received scores of rejection letters, but still her work has found a home in such notable publications as Rattle, Harpur Palate, and Pedestal, been nominated twice for Best New Poets, and received second place finalist position in Rattle’s $5,000 2011 Poetry Prize. She’s a recovered agoraphobic, but still treasures every opportunity to perform her work on a public stage. She contracted Hepatitis C in the mid-‘80s, but still would not trade her life for anyone else’s. Oh, and she loves what the words “but still” can do to completely alter the trajectory and mood of a sentence.

Daniel Skach-Mills and Margaret Chula
Sunday, October 14

Daniel Skach-Mills was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and raised in Portland, Oregon. He holds an undergraduate degree from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon; and a graduate degree from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. His award-winning poetry has been published in a variety of publications and anthologies, including: The Christian Science Monitor; The Christian Century; Sojourners; Open Spaces; and “Prayers To Protest: Poems That Center And Bless Us” (Pudding House Publications, 1998). His chapbook, “Gold: Daniel Skach-Mills’s Greatest Hits, 1990-2000” was published by Pudding House in 2001; and a full-length collection, “The Tao of Now” (published by Ken Arnold Books in 2008) was listed as one of the “…150 outstanding Oregon poetry books” by Jim Baker, columnist for The Oregonian; David Biespiel, editor of Poetry Northwest; and Jim Scheppke, Oregon State Librarian.

Margaret Chula lived in Kyoto, Japan for twelve years where she taught English and creative writing at Doshisha Women’s College. She also studied the traditional arts of woodblock printing and flower arrangement. Writing haiku, tanka, and haibun for more than thirty years, she travels internationally to promote these forms through presentations and workshops. She currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, West Marin Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Kyoto Journal, Poet Lore, Americas Review, Windfall, Sufi journal, Cloudbank, and Runes, as well as in numerous haiku journals. Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts Culture Council have supported her writing as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. In 2009, she was inaugurated as Poet Laureate of Friends of Chamber Music.

Andrea Hollander Budy
Sunday, October 21

Andrea Hollander Budy (pronounced BEW-dee) is the editor of When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women and the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, House Without a Dream, which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Some of her other honors include the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for memoir, the Runes Poetry Award, the Ellipsis Poetry Prize, two poetry fellowships the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, college textbooks, and literary journals such as Poetry, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, FIELD, and Creative Nonfiction. Budy has been featured at writers’ conferences and festivals throughout the United States, as well as in England and France. A relatively new resident of Portland, she has worked for the past twenty-one years as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

David Rutiezer
Sunday, October 28

David Rutiezer, the grandchild of Jewish immigrants, was born May 2, 1968, in Skokie, Illinois, and raised in Illinois and Massachusetts. The only child of a teacher mother and a computer programmer father, he spent his childhood writing poetry and puppet shows, singing his own songs, folk dancing, and entertaining his grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-aunt and uncle.

David sings and plays keyboard and ukulele at senior assisted living facilities, and for folks with Alzheimer’s, and has taught Israeli and International folk dancing.

He graduated in 2012 from the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has volunteered for several community organizations, including Friends of William Stafford, Cascade Festival of African Films and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.


June 16, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
162 SE Lagoon Lane
Shelton, WA
Class size limited to ten

We’ll spend the morning reading haiku by Japanese masters and Western poets, followed by some fun writing exercises. After lunch, we’ll walk the labyrinth and in the surrounding woods for inspiration. For all levels of writers. Come with an open mind and a bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

This is a fund-raiser for Hypatia-in-the-Woods, a women’s writing retreat.

Register by calling 360-427-0760 or emailing

May 27, 2012

Haiku Society of America
Quarterly Meeting
Featured Reader (haibun)
Hanlon Art Center, Mill Valley, CA
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

May 26, 2012

American Literature Society
Haiku Society of America Panel on “Haiku of Place” with Joshua Gage and Deborah Koladji
“Beauty Behind Barbed Wires: Haiku by Japanese Americans in Internment Camps
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
9:20- 10:30 AM

April 26, 2012

Tanka Poetry Salon
Reading by Margaret Chula at the home of Kathabela Wilson, with flute accompaniment by Rick Wilson
Pasadena, California
6:30 PM

April 27, 2012

Caltech Poetry Red Door Reading
Featuring Margaret Chula
Pasadena, California
4:30 – 6:00 PM

May 13, 2012

VoiceCatcher Reading
Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland, OR
7:00 PM FREE

January 14, 2012

WIlliam Stafford Birthday Celebration
Hillsboro Main Library,
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
2:00 P.M.

Featured Readers: Tim Applegate, Barbara Drake, Margaret Chula, Penelope Scambly Shott, and Mark Thalman. Each of us will read a poem by William Stafford as well as one of own. Cake and coffee are served after the reading.


September 3, 2011

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, Oregon
Scholar’s Art Month

As a part of the Scholars Art’s Month, Lan Su Chinese Garden will host a weekly series of poetry readings every Saturday in September. Participating poets include Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate; Ken Arnold; Margaret Chula; and Daniel Skach-Mills. The readings begin at 2:00 in the Scholar’s Study.

August 3-7, 2011

Haiku North America
Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington
“Fifty Years of Haiku”

“Who Wrote That? How My Haiku Has Changed Over Three Decades”
Panel Discussion: Jerry Ball, Garry Gay, and Penny Harter, chaired by Margaret Chula.

August 8-10 2011

Japanese Americans at Manzanar Annual Reunion
Hotel California, Las Vegas, Nevada
Margaret Chula and Cathy Erickson, Keynote Speakers

June 21, 2011

In Other Words Bookstore
14 NE. Killingsworth
Portland OR
(503) 232-6003

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Poetry & Music
June 21, 2011
7:00 PM
Maggie Chula, Poet
Cindy Gutiérrez, Poet
Kendra Carpenter, Cellist
June 11, 2011

La Connor Quilt and Textile Museum
703 South 2nd Street
La Connor, WA
June 11, 2011
1:00 PM
$12, includes admission to Museum exhibits.
Call to reserve 360-466-4288

Artists Margaret Chula and Cathy Erickson will lead a discussion of their book, What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, including a slide presentation and poetry reading by Chula. The inspiration for the work is based on interviews with former detainees, photos of the camp life, present day visits by the artists to the camps, and biographies of Japanese Americans.

June 21, 2011


Bend Haiku Weekend
Liberty Theater, Bend OR
June 3-5, 2011

Haiku Society of America Quarterly Meeting. Readings, art walk, displays, workshops. I’ll be giving a workshop entitled “Haiku Inspired by Ikebana” on Saturday afternoon.

May 17, 2011

Windfall Poetry Series
Eugene Public Library, Eugene OR
Beauty, the Ultimate Strength
May 17, 2011
5:30 – 8:00

Slide show presentation and poetry reading from What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps with a reading by Kenneth Helphand, author of Defiant Gardens

May 6-7, 2011

Northwest Poets Concord
Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 2011
Hallmark Inn & Resort, Newport OR

Margaret Chula and Ce Rosenow will be giving a workshop at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday entitled: Haibun: The Harmony of Poetry & Prose. Cost is $35 for the entire weekend of panels, workshops, and readings. Contact organizer Dr. Sandra Ellston at 541.563.6263 for more information.

April 19, 2011

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Lake Oswego Library’s Third Tuesday Author Series
706 4th Street
Lake Oswego, OR
7:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Poetry reading by Margaret Chula and slide presentation of Cathy’s Erickson’s quilts with discussion of their collaborative process.
Contact Alicia Yokoyama at 503-675-3995.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

VoiceCatcher Reading
Multnomah County Central Library
801 SW Tenth
Portland Oregon
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Maggie Chula
Constance Hall
Tonia Twigger McConnell
Christi Krug
Penelope Scambly Schott
Sage Cohen

March 19, 2011

Manzanita Writers Series Poetry/Fest
Hoffman Center
594 Laneda Avenue
Manzanita, OR 97130
Phone: 503-368-3846

10:00 – 3:30
Prompting New Work: Spend an hour with each of these acclaimed poets. They’ll share their favorite writing prompts. You’ll come away inspired and with new material for your work. Pick and choose, or spend time with all four; the price is the same.
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Poetry Reading featuring poets Margaret Chula, Paulann Petersen, Carlos Reyes, and Penelope Scambly Schott

E-mail: hoffmancenter


January 18, 2011

Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR
(503) 615-3485
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Spoken Word: What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps. Margaret Chula and Cathy Erickson make the Japanese American World War II internment experience come alive in their seven-year collaborative project combining poetry and quilts.


January 7, 2011

Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland
2025 SE Yamhill Street
Portland OR
Haiku Talk and Reading
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Tomodachi
Japan-America Society of Oregon
(503) 552-5636



November 14, 2010

Stayton Public Library
515 N. First Avenue
Stayton, OR
3:00 – 5:00 PM
North Santiam Poetry Works: Artists Respond to Poems by Contemporary Oregon Poets


October 9-10, 2010

Wordstock Literary Festival
The Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, Oregon
Poetry reading at 2:00 on Saturday, October 9, 2010



September 11, 2010–
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Program of a Poetry Reading and Slides of Art Quilts from What Remains: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps with quilt artist Cathy Erickson




September 16-19, 2010

Yuki Teikei Society Haiku Retreat
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Keynote speaker. Reading, workshop, and lecture