Hogue-Sponenburgh Series

Contemporary art scholar, professor and critic George Baker will present an illustrated lecture, “Paul Thek: Notes from the Underground,” Nov. 7, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall at Willamette University’s College of Law. The Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lecture Series presentation is free and open to the public.

Drawing from his recent catalog essay for a Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition, Baker’s lecture focuses on the challenging and vivid work of influential contemporary artist Paul Thek (1933-1988).

Thek initially gained notoriety in New York during the 1960s with a series of sculptures called “meat pieces,” which were flesh-like constructions encased in Plexiglas boxes. Through his use of perishable and fragile materials, Thek highlights the ephemerality of both art and life, experimenting with themes of religion, theater and literature.

About Baker

A leading art critic and a prolific historian of modern and contemporary art, Baker has taught art history and theory at UCLA since 2003. Baker is the author of “The Artwork Caught by the Tail: Francis Picabia and Dada in Paris” and several other books. Currently, he is writing a short book on the work of four women artists, “Lateness and Longing: On the Afterlife of Photography.”


Most Influential Books, 2001-2007

In years past, we have put out the same survey during Opening Days for participation by new students. Below are the results from our Influential Books survey from several years in the past (2001-2007). It is fun to look back at the top influential books over time and to compare them to this year’s survey (2011).

See our previous blog post for a complete list of most influential books from 2011.

Most Influential Books 2011

1. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
2. The Bible, Various
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
4. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
5. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
6. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
6. The Giver, Lois Lowry
7. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. 1984, George Orwell
9. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
9. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
9. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
9. Redwall Series, Brian Jacques
9. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
10. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
10. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
10. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
10. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
10. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton

Most Influential Books 2007

1. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
3. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
4. 1984, George Orwell
5. The Bible, Various
6. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
6. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
8. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
9. 100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
9. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
9. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
10. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
10. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

Most Influential Books 2006

1. The Bible
2. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
5. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
6. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
8. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
8. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
9. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
9. 1984, George Orwell
10. The Stranger, Albert Camus

Most Influential Books 2005
1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Bible
3. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
4. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
6. 1984, George Orwell
7. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
8. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Seuss
9. The Stranger, Albert Camus
10. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
10. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
10. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Most Influential Books 2004

1. The Bible
2. Catcher in the Rye
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Harry Potter series
6. The Da Vinci Code
7. The Great Gatsby
7. The Giver
8. Lord of the Rings
8. Brave New World
8. 1984
9. Ender’s Game
10. The Stranger

Most Influential Books 2003

1. Bible
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Catcher in the Rye
4. Harry Potter books
5. The Giver
6. 1984
6. Lord of the Rings
7. Great Gatsby
8. Pride and Prejudice
8. Catch-22

Most Influential Books 2002

1. Bible
2. Catcher in the Rye
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. 1984
5. Fountainhead
5. Harry Potter books
5. Lord of the Rings
5. Pride and Prejudice
5. Hamlet

Most Influential Books 2001

1. Bible
2. Catcher in the Rye
3. 1984
4. Grapes of Wrath
5. Great Gatsby
6. Harry Potter books
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
8. Invisible Man
9. Lord of the Flies
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Most Influential Books, 2011

What is the most influential book that you have ever read? During our library’s birthday celebration we posed this question to people.  The results?  Drum roll please for the top 26 books that were voted most influential by our library patrons…

For a list of previous years results (2001-2007), click here.

Book # of Likes
Harry Potter Series 38
The Bible Unearthed 19
Tom Sawyer 18
The Catcher in the Rye 12
East of Eden 11
The Lord of the Rings 9
The Giving Tree 9
The Great Transformation 8
1984 7
Ender’s Game 6
Goodnight Moon 6
Jane Eyre 6
Redwall Series 6
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 6
Catch 22 5
The Grapes of Wrath 5
Hamlet 5
Middlesex 5
The Pearl 5
Brave New World 4
Calvin & Hobbes 4
Crime and Punishment 4
Life of Pi 4
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 4
The Power of Now 4
One Hundred Years of Solitude 3
Author: Dr. Suess 3
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 3
Fahrenheit 451 3
Harold & The Purple Crayon 3
The Poisonwood Bible 3
Pride and Prejudice 3
Sand County Almanac 3
Siddhartha 3
Stone Butch Blues 3
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 3
The Great Gatsby 3
The Rebel 3
A Clockwork Orange 2
Angle of Repose 2
Animal Farm 2
Anne of Green Gables 2
Atlas Shrugged 2
Author: Kurt Vonnegut 2
The Brothers Karamazov 2
Captain Underpants 2
A Child Called “It” 2
Cry the Beloved Country Sparrow 2
The Da Vinci Code 2
Desert Solitaire 2
Eating Animals 2
Everything Is Illuminated 2
Exodus, by Leah Uris 2
Fight Club 2
Fox in Socks 2
Frankenstein 2
Green Eggs & Ham 2
Hatchet 2
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2
The Hunger Games 2
IT 2
It’s Kind of a Funny Story 2
The Koran 2
Les Miserables 2
Lord of the Flies 2
Necromancer 2
Of Mice and Men 2
Oh, The Places You’ll Go 2
On the Road 2
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 2
Romeo & Juliet 2
The Americans 2
The Bible 2
The Doors of Perception 2
The Looking Glass 2
The Lovely Bones 2
The Monster at the End of this Book 2
The Outsiders 2
The Picture of Dorian Gray 2
The Road 2
The Satanic Verses 2
The Secret Garden 2
The Secret History of the American Empire 2
The Short Stories of John Cheever 2
The Life of Pi 2
The Sun Also Rises 2
The Swiss Family Robinson 2
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 2
There Are No Accidents 2
Tupac Shakur (Just the Facts Biographies) 2
Understanding Economics 2
Unseen Rain 2
Watchmen 2
Water for Elephants 2
Watership Down 2
Where the Wild Things Are 2
A Brief History of Time 1
A Confederacy of Dunces 1
A Farewell to Arms 1
The Handmaid’s Tale 1
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 1
A Language Older Than Words 1
A Prayer for Owen Meany 1
A Tale of Two Cities 1
A Tree Full of Angels 1
A Walk in the Woods 1
A Windblown World 1
A&P General Textbook 1
Abstract Harmonic Analysis 1
The Acorn People 1
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle 1
Airborn 1
Alanna: The First Adventure 1
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 1
All-of-a-Kind Family 1
On Human Nature 1
Alphabet 1
Alphabet Dictionary 1
American Gods 1
Angela’s Ashes 1
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle 1
Animals in Translation 1
Animorphs 1
Anna Karenina 1
Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey 1
Ant Hill 1
Anything by Anton Chekhov 1
Are You My Mother? 1
Artemis Fowl 1
Arthur Series 1
As I Lay Dying 1
At the Mountains of Madness 1
Author: James Patterson 1
Author: Ray Bradbury 1
Author: Robert Frost 1
Author: Dostoevsky 1
Author: Henry James 1
Author: Roald Dahl 1
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas 1
Bach’s Sonatas & Partitas 1
Bad Kitty 1
Barefoot Gen 1
Bartemaeus Triligy 1
Bear Needs a House 1
Bel Canto 1
Beloved 1
Beowulf 1
Biology 1
Birth of Tragedy 1
Blood Meridian 1
Blue Eyes 1
The Bluest Eye 1
The Book of Job 1
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1
Brideshead Revisited 1
Brighty of the Grand Canyon 1
By the Sword 1
Candide 1
Cannery Row 1
Care of the Soul 1
Caterina 1
Cat’s Cradle 1
Cenizas de Izalco 1
Charat 1
Children of the Alley 1
The Cider House Rules 1
Cities of the Plain 1
Clementine 1
Clifford the Big Red Dog 1
Collapse 1
Columbine 1
The Communist Manifesto 1
Confessions of a Mask 1
The Conscience of a Liberal 1
Crash 1
Crispin 1
David Copperfield 1
Death in Venice 1
Der Untertan 1
Descartes, Discourse on Method 1
Diagnosis 1
Disney Training Book 1
Doctor Faustus 1
Dracula 1
Drop City 1
Drowned and Saved 1
Dune 1
Eat, Pray, Love 1
Economics in One Lesson 1
Electra 1
Ella Enchanted 1
The Elfstones of Shannara 1
End the Fed 1
Entangled Epehs 1
Eragon 1
Essays of EB White 1
Every Science Textbook 1
Falling Leaves 1
Fast Food Nation 1
Fatal Shores 1
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1
Feed 1
The Feminine Mystique 1
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center 1
Ferdinand the Bull 1
Finger, Hand, Thumb 1
First Adventure 1
Flowers for Algernon 1
Forgiveness 1
Foucault’s Pendulum 1
The Fountainhead 1
Friday Night Lights 1
From Baghdad, with Love 1
Gemma Doyle Series: A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, Sweet for Thing 1
Genealogy of Morals 1
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 1
Go, Dogs, Go 1
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater 1
The God Delusion 1
Going the Distance: The George Thomas Story 1
The Golden Compass 1
Golden Rain 1
Good Omens 1
Great Explorations 1
Guatamala 1
Guess How much I love you? 1
Guns, Germs and Steel 1
Handle with Care 1
Happy Ever After 1
Harlequin 1
Haroun and the Sea of Stories 1
Heart of Darkness 1
Hiroshima 1
His Dark Materials 1
Hoop Dreams 1
House of the Spirits 1
How Not to Write a Novel 1
How Soccer Explains the World 1
How to Interview Like a Top MBA 1
How to Win Friends & Influence People 1
Huckelberry Finn 1
I am a Strange Loop 1
I Take Thee, Serenity 1
I, Claudius 1
If You Give a Mouse a Muffin 1
I’ll Love You Forever 1
Illustrated Man 1
In Defense of Food 1
In the Time of the Butterflies 1
Indian Killer 1
Infidel 1
Intelligent Investor 1
Interpreter of Maladies 1
Into the Wild 1
Introduction to Psychology 1
Invisible Monsters 1
Island 1
John Wooden’s Memo 1
Johnny Tremain 1
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell 1
Journey Across the Pacific 1
Jude the Obscure 1
Knighingail 1
La Casa de Los Espiritus 1
Last Evenings on Earth 1
The Last Song of Dusk 1
Leaves of Grass 1
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse 1
Little House on a Prairie Series 1
Little Miss & Mr. Men Series 1
Little Women 1
Lolita 1
Long Walk to Freedom 1
Last Child in the Woods 1
Love and Other Four Letter Words 1
Love and Will 1
Love Comes Softly 1
Love in the Time of Cholera 1
Lucas 1
Madame Bovary 1
Magic Treehouse 1
Marley and Me 1
Maruja Barrig 1
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 1
Mein Kampf 1
Men’s Work: How to Stop the Violence that Tears Our Lives Apart 1
Mere Christianity 1
Meso-America and Its Cultures of the Sun 1
Middlemarch 1
Midnight’s Children 1
Moby Dick 1
Moneyball 1
Monsieur Ibrahim 1
Montaigne 1
Most Peacable Kingdom 1
Mountains Beyond Mountains 1
My Antonia 1
My Father’s Dragon 1
My Side of the Mountain 1
My Sister’s Keeper 1
My Sisters Made of Light 1
My Year Living Biblically 1
The Mysteries of Udolpho 1
Nancy Drew 1
Nemisis 1
Nickel and Dimed 1
Night 1
The Night Before Christmas 1
Nine Princes in Amber 1
Nisa: The Kungi 1
Nurtured by Love 1
Old Yeller 1
Oliver Twist 1
The Omnivore’s Dilemna 1
On Writing 1
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1
Orthodoxy 1
Outlander 1
Outliers 1
P.S. I Love You 1
Palestine 1
Paper Towns 1
Passing Nella Zarson 1
Pendragon 1
A People’s History of the United States 1
Perfect 1
Perfume 1
Perlandra 1
Petals in the Wind 1
Pipi Longstockings 1
Plain Song 1
Postmodern Pooh 1
The Power of One 1
Proust Was a Neuroscientist 1
A Prayer for Omen Meany 1
Publish This Book 1
Put Me in the Zoo 1
The Queen of Prophecy 1
Redeeming Love 1
The Road to Serfdom 1
Rowen of Rin Series 1
Sacred Games 1
Sailor Moon 1
Sanctuary 1
Seagull 1
Security Analysis 1
See Dick Run 1
Showdown at Gucci Gulch 1
Slaughterhouse Five 1
Small is Beautiful 1
Small Wonders 1
Something Wicked This Way comes 1
Starship Troopers 1
Stieg Larson’s Trilogy 1
Still Alice 1
Summer of the Monkeys 1
Surviving the Applewhites 1
Sweetness in the Belly 1
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea 1
Tales of a Wayside Inn 1
Taming of the Shrew 1
Terrier 1
Tess of the d’Ubervilles 1
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 1
The Alchemist 1
The Ancestor’s Tale 1
The Ancient One 1
The Artist’s Dilemma 1
The Autobiography of Malcolm X 1
The BFG 1
The Bluest Eye 1
The Book Thief 1
The Brothers K 1
The Cat in the Hat 1
The Chosen 1
The Color Purple 1
The Confessions of an Economics Hitman 1
The Corner of Bitter & Sweet 1
The Dark Tower 1
The Decameron 1
The Diary of Anne Frank 1
The Egyptian Book of the Dead 1
The Elegance of the Hedgehog 1
The End of Prosperity 1
The English Patient 1
The Female Brain 1
The Fly Guy Series 1
The Fountainhead 1
Psychohistory, and the Birth of Christianity 1
The Giggler Treatment 1
The Giver 1
The God Box 1
The Good Earth 1
The Gross and the Switchblade 1
The Happy Prince 1
The Help 1
The Hobbit 1
The Icewind Dale Trilogy 1
The Inner game of Music 1
The Joy of Sex 1
The Kissing Hana 1
The Kite Runner 1
The Last Song of Dusk 1
The Little Prince 1
The Lorax 1
The Lost Symbol 1
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat 1
The Martian Chronicles 1
The Master & Margarita 1
The Merlin Trilogy 1
The Milagro Beanfield War 1
The Mists of Avalon 1
The Narnia Series 1
The Odyssey 1
The Old Man and the Sea 1
The Omnivore’s Dilemma 1
The Once and Future King 1
The Origin of Species 1
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1
The Phantom Tollbooth 1
Time for kids: The Presidents of the United States 1
The Prophet 1
The Red Dawn 1
The Red Tent 1
The Republic 1
The Road Less Traveled 1
The Secret 1
The Secret Life of Bees 1
The Silver Chair 1
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America 1
Thus Spake Zarathustra 1
The Sparrow 1
The Stranger 1
Tao Te Ching 1
The Tea Roses 1
The Tempest 1
The Tom Swift Series 1
The Tiger 1
The Time Machine 1
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle 1
The Two Prisoners 1
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1
The Velvet Room 1
The View from Saturday 1
The Waves 1
The Wizards First Rule 1
Their Eyes Were Watching God 1
This Side of Paradise 1
Three Little Pigs 1
To Kill a Mockingbird 1
Transgender Warriors 1
Trans Liberation 1
Transparent Things 1
Tuesdays with Morrie 1
Twelve Dancing Princesses 1
Twilight 1
Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1
Unlimited Power 1
War & Peace 1
Wealth of Nations 1
What Was I Afraid of? 1
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 1
Wheel of Time 1
Where Men Win Glory 1
Where the Red Fern Grows 1
Where the Sidewalk Ends 1
Who Will Cry When You Die? 1
Winner Take All Politics 1
Wise Child 1
Wizard of Oz 1
Working in the Shadows 1
Written on the Body 1
Wuthering Heights 1
Your Inner Fish 1
Zach’s Lie 1

Art of Songwriting

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19, for the second event of the Fall 2011 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University. Songwriter and Willamette alum Al James will perform his music and discuss the art of songwriting at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library. The event is free and open to the public.

Al James began writing songs as an English major at Willamette University in the late 1990s. For nearly a decade since then his Portland-based band Dolorean has written and recorded four albums, Not ExoticViolence In The Snowy FieldsYou Can’t Win, and most recently,The Unfazed. Dolorean has toured throughout Europe, The United Kingdom and The United States, and in the studio James has crafted beautiful, thought provoking music that has amassed praise by album collectors, music critics, bloggers, filmmakers, writers and musicians around the globe.

When their debut Not Exotic was released in November of 2003 The New York Times ran a review of the album on the front page of the Sunday Arts section: “The songs gesture at folk and country, but they do it quietly and slowly, as if hesitant to disturb Mr. James’s delicate parables. And yet, despite the stillness, this is a wild, passionate album.”

More recently, music critic Ken Tucker had this to say about The Unfazed on NPR’s Fresh Air: “Conflicted is Al James’ default mood … He’s a sensitive singer-songwriter in the best sense: He describes his own emotions, yes, but he also seeks to get under the skin of the person he’s involved with. He knows that as you continue to listen, you’re going to get caught up in the things he’s caught up in — trying to put to music the clutter of the things that comprise a life together. And he’s unfazed by that daunting challenge, too.”

Listen to the full NPR review here: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/24/133280627/dolorean-unfazed-by-lifes-challenges. Or learn more about Dolorean and Al’s music here: http://www.doloreanmusic.com/.


Mori Readings

Please join us on Monday, Oct. 10th, at 7 p.m. in Cone Chapel for an evening of readings and conversation with Japanese-American writer Kyoko Mori. Encouraged by her mother, Ms. Mori began writing at an early age, winning essay contests in grade school. Her mother fostered an appreciation of nature and art and urged her to apply to a nontraditional high school. In 1969, Mori was accepted but the month before she entered this school her mother committed suicide. Devastated, Mori had to struggle with her abusive father and manipulative stepmother.  Much of Mori’s writing focuses on coming to terms with her mother’s death and the years leading up to her relocation to America at age 20.


Magadan: the people and the place

A new photography exhibit on the Magadan Region located in Northeast Russia has opened in the Hatfield Library. Magadan: the people and the olace is designed to introduce the audience to this fascinating place through the art of two local photographers, Pavel Zhdanov and Andrey Osipov, as well as displaying some Soviet-era artifacts.

The photographs capture the everyday life of the Magadan Region’s inhabitants, views of Magadan and other regional communities with their historical era-specific architecture, from GULag-era wooden private houses, to highly decorated Stalin Empire buildings, to the Khrushev’s plane rectangular multi-story apartment buildings, and show spectacular landscapes and beautiful nature of the Northeastern part of the vast Russian territory.

Pavel and Andrey are popular Magadan photographers working in the publishing company “Okhotnik” that in the past 10 years published hundreds of books, photo-albums, magazines and brochures about the Region. In 2010 similar exhibitions were held at the University of Alberta in Canada, and Malta. The authors do not use computer effects in their art.

Race and Sports

Dr. Thabiti Lewis, Associate Professor of English at Washington State University in Vancouver, will read from and discuss his book Ballers of the New School: Race and Sports in America (Third World Press, 2010), Wednesday afternoon, October 5, at 4:15 in Cone Chapel.

The book considers contemporary athletes and the public response to them, challenging the familiar narrative of sport as America’s most significant site of racial progress by scrutinizing the true role of sport in mobilizing and shaping definitions, social relations, and public life. Ballers of the New School points to glass ceilings in areas of leadership on and off fields of play, and argues that American sport culture performs and propagates rituals, symbols, and expressions of fear and difference that sustain racism and notions of racial supremacy and that block bridges to racial progress.


Facebook Photo Contest 2011

Thanks for celebrating our library’s 25th birthday with us yesterday. We gave out hundreds of slices of absolutely delicious birthday cake (carrot, chocolate & white), stylish library bookmarks, “I read banned books” buttons, and bags of sweet candy.

One of our activities was listing the “Three most influential books” you’ve read. Everyone who participated received a stylish little book bag that said “READ LEARN CREATE @ the Hatfield Library” (bags are still available at the circulation desk!). We will tally up the responses and post them on this blog and also on the Library’s Facebook page.

Another activity was our Facebook Photo Contest. We took dozens of pictures of people who had a blast dressing up as book characters or just outlandish costumes. Blitz the Bearcat also stopped by to take pictures with people. You can still participate in the photo contest by “LIKING” your favorite photos. The top three photos with the most LIKES will receive either a $5 gift certificate to the Bistro or to the Willamette Bookstore. So get involved and vote on Facebook!!!

We also have a display of Banned Books that are on the library’s first floor in which books can be checked out to celebrate Banned Book Week. There were a number of people who were surprised by the classic titles of frequently challenged books. Swing by our display and check out some banned books!

 Blitz the Bearcat

Blitz the Bearcat


Oliver de la Paz Reading

Please join us for the first event in the Fall 2011 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University, featuring poet Oliver de la Paz. The reading will take place next Wednesday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Hatfield Room and is free and open to the public.

Oliver de la Paz was born in the Philippines and grew up in Eastern Oregon. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Names Above HousesFurious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like The Southern Review Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and inanthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He teaches at Western Washington University.

About Requiem for the Orchard, poet Jon Pineda wrote, “de la Paz renders in beautiful and exacting language the tenderness and ferocity of boyhood, alongside the enduring vulnerability of parenthood.  Out of such intimate recollection a generous wisdom blossoms.”

Read more about Oliver here: http://www.oliverdelapaz.com/. Or read one of his recent poems at Poetry Daily: http://poems.com/poem.php?date=15192


Birthday Party!

On Thursday Sept 29th, we will celebrate the Hatfield Library’s 25th “birthday”. We’ll have cake, a Facebook photo contest, Blitz the Bearcat, and giveaways.  So come enjoy cake, take your photo with your favorite banned book or with Blitz and have them posted on Facebook.

Keep tuned for more info!