Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Editorial Staff0
A night of stories and merrymaking: the 3rd annual Post Defiance Winter Reading
Since our first year of existence, Post Defiance has hosted an annual Winter Reading, a salon wherein we observe the season by sharing stories.
Every year, more of our readers and friends have joined in and this year was by far the biggest reading we’ve seen. Forty enthusiastic attendees filled the home of Lynn and Ed Raisl on December 14 and listened to dozens of pieces that captured the spirit of the season.
It was once again a satisfyingly diverse selection encompassing original work, comedy, poetry, songs, and excerpts.
Perhaps you joined us that night; if you missed it, we hope you can come next year. For any who are curious, here’s a list of the great works shared that night:
Malaspina, the Roving Glacier of Death an excerpt from Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot
The Fish in Central Park an excerpt from Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
Jinglebell FAQ by Susan Schorn
Lassoing the Moon in the Tense of Winter by Fletcher Taylor
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns
Snow, a short story from Realm of the Dead by Uchida Hyakken
Star of Norway, a short story from Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollman
Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver
The Cat on the Dovre Mountain, a Norwegian folktale
Saving Christmas by Kirk Cameron
A Couple by Carl Sandburg
On One of the Lesser-Acclaimed Functions of Swearing, a poem in Evensong by Ingrid Wendt
Kind Sir, I See You’ve Come Again, an Appalachian ballad
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry
A Bell for Ursli by Selina Chonz
Rain by Kazim Ali
First Winter Rain by Matsuo Basho
Excerpt from The Death of Frank Sinatra by Michael Ventura
Excerpt from chapter 9 of My Antonia by Willa Cather
December by Mary Lynn
All photographs by Kali Raisl.