Portraits of artists. Portraits of everyone. Portraits of anyone.
Anyone who has left a mark, made a dent or cracked a wall, applied color to canvas or brushed their fingers through water, darned yarn or punched a typewriter, defended and resisted, held the room breathless in their particular way of passing through.
The Staple is presented by the IPRC, and produced by Sunny Bleckinger.
Essayist Martha Grover reads from her latest collection, “The End of My
Career,” an Oregon Book Award finalist for 2017.
The music in this episode is by In Love with a Ghost, Hiroto Kudo,
and Lucy in Disguise.
Photo by Martha Grover.
Voices of people taking positive action followed by an interview with
activist Kathryn Stevens.
Below are links to some of the organizations mentioned in the episode:
Be The Millers
Emergency Houseless Resource Drive
Boots on the Ground
Shanti Webley, a 2nd degree black belt in Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu, explains how
his martial art helps people uncrumple fear and move through it. Marcus
Atkins, a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Kung Fu, shares the challenges and
rewards of a life dedicated to the study of martial...
Jo Hamilton was searching for an artistic medium to express the way she
saw the world. She tried everything, until one day she discovered that the
medium she was looking for had been with her all along. She just never
realized it could be considered art. Now she has pioneer...
A short piece that turns the entire IPRC into a piece of moving origami,
Produced in December of 2015, back when it felt like the IPRC might remain
forever tucked away in it's location on SE Division, even as the city
spun like a whirlwind.
This episode was...
Featuring the quintessential outsider: a Native American living in his Native
America. We take a walk through the Whitaker Ponds Nature Park with poet
Trevino Brings Plenty who talks about life as a native, life as an American,
and how he explores those dualities in verse, ...
Piano music of Samual Barber carries us into the confined world of short
story writer Jacob Aiello who is cooking the same lunch for himself again and
again until magically we are transported to Paris and toward the source of
his particular disorder.
Music provided genero...
Roy Smallwood was mourning the sudden loss of his parents, looking for
comfort in heroin and falling deeper in despair. Then he stumbled
upon something that saved his life. And everyone else calls it trivial.
On a walk through Forest Park, author Alexis Smith (Glaciers, Marrow Island)
talks of loathing summer, the joy of running, and her family's history of
Music generously provided by Laura Gibson.