Press Release: "Ales for Authors" Fundraiser at Silver Moon Brewing

Enjoy great beer, catch some open mic performances and support The Nature of Words at "Ales for Authors" on Wednesday, October 1, at Bend’s Silver Moon Brewing. The evening’s $3.00 cover charge will go to benefit Central Oregon’s premier literary festival, scheduled for November 5-9, 2008. Local slam poet Jason Graham will emcee the Open Mic from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Silver Moon Brewing is located at 24 NW Greenwood Avenue.

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Come hear about The Nature of Words 2008, featuring eight guest authors, including Patricia Smith, four-time national individual poetry slam champion. The author roster also includes Ursula K. Le Guin, icon of the science fiction and fantasy genre; Craig Childs, adventure travel writer and desert ecologist; Charles Bowden, journalist and essayist who writes about the environment and social issues along the U.S.-Mexico border; Luis Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize nominee whose dual-culture heritage influences his themes in fiction and literary non-fiction; Ekiwah Adler-Belendez, 19-year old poet prodigy from Mexico; Pam Houston, award-winning short story writer and novelist; and Judith Barrington, internationally known poet and memoirist.

Bring your own work to share at the Open Mic, or just come to listen and learn about The Nature of Words.

Silver Moon Brewing ( is a craft brewery specializing in hand crafted ales and lagers with a fun, casual taproom and great pub grub.

The Nature of Words includes two nights of guest author readings, two days of guest author-led workshops, a dinner and panel discussion, a VIP Reception, the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards for young writers, and an Open Mic. Tickets are now on sale at The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District (541.318.5457). Author reading tickets are also available at the Tower Theatre box office (541.317.0700) or Students are eligible for free tickets with valid student ID, and seniors can purchase discounted tickets at The Ticket Mill only.

More information is available at, via or by calling 541.330.4381 or 541.480.3933.