Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Editorial Staff


A night of stories and merrymaking: the 3rd annual Post Defiance Winter Reading

winter_reading_004Since 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 Schornwinter_reading_086

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 Wendtwinter_reading_018

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.



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