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Fumbling Forward: Personal stories of awkward grace, hosted by Erin Leichty Modern Art and Waterstone Gallery

  • Waterstone Gallery 124 NW 9th ave Portland, OR 97209 (map)
                                Golden Ray by Erin Leichty

                                Golden Ray by Erin Leichty

An evening of storytelling by local writers Sage Cohen, Susan Domagalski Fleming, Christi Krug, Gypsy Martin, and Carisa Miller, highlighting the fumbling, bumbling, panic-induced sweating, excruciatingly awkward way we trip over ourselves on our way to making sense of life.

Artist, Erin Leichty, has invited us to bring our personal embarrassments and insights to her latest show at Waterstone Gallery, "Confluence: Where Our Stories Run Together." We chose our theme as a complement to her show’s title, being under the impression that the occasional graceless misnavigation of circumstances is something universally human and that those who cannot  relate are either flawlessly programmed robots, or Audrey Hepburn.

Please join us for a night of artful/awkward/elegant/human expression. We've created a Facebook event, if you're up for letting us know you plan to attend.

About the artist and writers...

Erin Leichty

Erin Leichty is a native Oregonian, full time artist, mom and dreamer. She is passionate about creating delicious foods, loving and caring for family and friends, designing beautiful and functional homes, running in the forest, and always seeking to find peace, beauty and inspiration in the chaos of everyday life. She paints in her large garage studio, playing with paint and plaster, hot and cold waxes, blue tape, propane torches, palate knives and an endless supply of letters and words. Her work explores the idea that we are all made up of the stories that were handed down to us from generations before, and ones that were written for us from the day we were born. Each panel she creates is a cathartic memoir designed to inspire the viewer to bring their own stories to light.

Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen writes books and poems, essays and love letters, strategic marketing campaigns and thank-you notes. She is the a author of The Productive Writer, Writing the Life Poetic, and Fierce on the Page (forthcoming) all from Writer’s Digest Books, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press. Her articles about the writing life have been featured in multiple editions of Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Writer's Digest magazine. Sage believes that we are shaped not by the experiences we have but by the stories we tell about those experiences. She offers strategies and support for writers at and for parents navigating divorce at

Susan Domagalski Fleming

Susan Domagalski Fleming is a Portland writer, screenwriter,  blogger, and local producer of the Listen To Your Mother show. She has worked in marketing communications for several nonprofits and has been published in The Oregonian, Fireweed, Pearl, and Voicecatcher. She and five other women co-authored the play Just Like You, produced by Well Arts Institute and performed at the Firehouse Theatre in 2014, and her screenplay “Six Months of Wonder Woman” won the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short features. 

Christi Krug

Christi Krug is a soul lamplighter, word maven, and writing coach. Her bionic listening skills were developed in a lab with two daughters and two stepsons. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in everything from kindergarten classrooms to horror anthologies. She paints, keeps journals, and empowers creatives through her classes, blogs, coaching program, and her book, Burn Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Creative Breakthrough


Gypsy Martin



Gypsy Martin is mom to two boys in Camas, Washington, and has achieved minor fame as a lunch lady at their elementary school. Her work has been published online at Journal of Microliterature and VoiceCatcher Journal, and has made its way into print in Madroad: the Breadline Press West Coast Anthology. Her short short fiction will appear in the forthcoming Flash in the Attic: Volume II Anthology from Fiction Attic Press. She also received a prize in the 2012 Writer's Digest Writing Competition for her memoir piece about the indignities of homemade underwear. Gypsy writes about her adventures in the kitchen and on the home front at her blog, Martin Eke.

Carisa Miller

As seen adjusting her undergarments in public, writer, humorist, nut-job, and Listen To Your Mother: Portland director Carisa Miller, lives in SW Portland with her exceptionally patient husband, two fireball daughters, an ill-tempered cat, a dog she’s allergic to, and horrendous PMS. Her published essays, one-liners, blog, and social media gobbledygook can be found at-hey wait a second-this is my website you're on. 




Earlier Event: September 15
Unchaste-Women Reading Their Minds
Later Event: February 20
Listen To Your Mother:Portland Auditions