Stillpoint: A Center for the Humanities & Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a sense of community through the humanities. We work toward this through a small number of events each year, including poetry readings, writers workshops, author talks, music programs and other forums for experiencing and understanding the meaning of community in our lives.
For Current Events & Further Information see… stillpointcenter.blogspot.com
Examples of events include:
- An Evening of Stories & Music: Gary Holthaus & Friends reading from Circling Back, about the American West in a poem of the land, a rhythmic tale of heroics, protest and lament; with musicologist Lauren Pelon playing original music she composed for Circling Back; AND Ted Chamberlain reading from his new book, If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?
- Common Roots: Music and the Word, a week-long series of musical events with musicologist Lauren Pelon;
- Isabella Bird: Amazing Traveler, with author Evelyn Kaye;
- Fundraisers to support Education in the Balkans and The Kenya Family Housing Project
- Gary Holthaus & Luis Alberto Urrea: A Series of Events with Two Extraordinary Authors – Right Livelihood & Finding our Place in the World
- Jane Augustine, Michael Heller, Margaret Locanini, Hubert Martinez, Victress Sitko, Michael O’Hanlon & Susan Tichy: Celebrate Local culture with Storytellers & Writers of the Wet Mountains
- Lauren Pelon Series: Common Roots: Music & the Word
- Gary Holthaus, Lauren Pelon & Ted Chamberlain: Circling Back: The Play and If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories?
- Jane English: An Afternoon with Jane English
The Stillpoint Center’s namesake is the former hermitage founded by Gia-fu Feng. When Gia-fu died in 1985, the community he developed dispersed. Gia-fu left the land’s care in Margaret Susan Wilson’s hands. Her commitment and vision saved Stillpoint from commercial development and preserved the land for more appropriate use. Sadly, her untimely death led to yet another transition for Stillpoint. The Stillpoint Center continues to pursue Gia-fu’s inspiration and Susan’s vision for community.