CCC & Fort George Brewery present Ales & Ideas November 4, “Poetry is Not a Luxury” with Nancy Cook & friends.


November 4, 2021    
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm


Fort George Lovell Showroom
14th and Duane St., Astoria, OR, 97103

Event Type

“Poetry is not a luxury,” wrote Audre Lorde in 1977. “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” The words of self-described “black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde, along with the auspicious occasion of Pulitzer Prize poet Jericho Brown’s visit to Astoria, inspired CCC Writing Instructor Nancy Cook to prepare this evening of readings, performance, and contemplations about the importance of poetry in our diverse communities and in her own life as a mother, teacher, climate-justice advocate, and aspiring anti-racist citizen. One need not be a poet to enjoy this celebration of the power of words in our worlds today. Come learn about compelling trends in contemporary poetry—on the page, and in traditions of spoken word and multimedia performance. Consider poetry’s role in the evolution of languaging in our multicultural nation. Get excited for Jericho Brown’s visit, and even try your own hand at a simple poem.

Clatsop Community College is pleased to follow Fort George’s lead in returning to LIVE audiences for this year’s Thursday Night Talks. An audience cap of 50 will be enforced, to include physically distanced seating. Face coverings are required, except while actively eating or drinking. Doors open at 6pm, with food, ales, and other beverages available; no purchase necessary. Minors are welcome at this FREE event. This event will also stream live on Facebook LIVE at 7pm. . No log-in/membership required.

Selfie of Nancy Cook
Nancy Cook, Writing Instructor at CCC
Nancy Cook (she, her, hers) has taught as full-time faculty of Writing, Literature, and Humanities at Clatsop Community College since 2004. A former wilderness educator, Alaska fisheries biologist, and National Park Service interpretive ranger, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska in 2004. She also studied writing at the University of Washington, the Evergeen State College, in Ireland and Barcelona. Nancy’s poems and essays appear in Riverteeth, Permafrost, Mountain Gazette, Hipfish, In the Tote, Anchorage Daily News, Xtra Tuff, Ice Box, RAIN Magazine, Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild (Seal Press 2004), and the poetry chapbook Book of Fire. She also writes songs, and performs each February as part of the Astoria Fisher Poets Gathering. The mother of one daughter, Nancy continues to spend summers at her cabin in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska and directs the nonprofit Riversong Workshop along the Copper River and its tributaries.

Non-Discrimination Declaration

It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Desiree Noah, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Lower Library, Suite 103, 503-338- 2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Director of Student Access Services, Helen Fleming, is in Columbia Hall, Suite 115, 503-338-2474.


Persons having questions about or a request for classroom accommodations should contact Helen Fleming Director of Student Access Services, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Columbia 115,, Phone (503) 338-2474 or TDD (503) 338-2468.

Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact Shaun Martin, Interim Physical Plant Director, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Alder Hall,, Phone (503) 338-2393 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Declaración de no-discriminación

Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Desiree Noah, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en Library número 103 número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. Director de Servicios de acceso para estudiantes, Helen Fleming, se encuentra en Columbia Hall, numero 115, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas

Las personas que tengan preguntas o una solicitud de adaptaciones en el aula deben comunicarse con Helen Fleming Directora de Servicios de Acceso para Estudiantes, en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Columbia 115,, teléfono (503) 338-23932474 o TDD (503) 338-2468.

En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con Shaun Martin, Director de instalaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Alder Hall, número teléfonico (503) 338-2393 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de notificar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.