First Person: authors talk

First Person: authors talk


May 14, 2021    
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


1017 Marine Drive , Astoria, Oregon, 97103

Event Type

KALA Performance Space Reopens
With New Series, First Person: authors talk
A live interview show, Featuring Host Heather Hirschi and premier guest author Cliff Taylor. Friday May 14, 8pm. Doors at 7:30pm. Tickets at

KALA Performance Space presents a new and original monthly series and marks its opening after the one year pandemic performance venues closure. “First Person: authors talk” on Friday May 14, at 8pm, (doors open 7:30pm)is an hour of lively discussion on the Kala stage, with local authors/writers and welcomes interview host Heather Hirschi. The program will feature writers’ perspectives on everything writing–from craft to the zone of “focused fun”. Audience Q&A and a few surprises are part of the festivities!
“It’s with great anticipation and deep respect that we safely welcome back KALA audiences,” says Dinah Urell, proprietor of the performance space, overseen by HIPFiSHmonthly, of which she is the publisher.

Host Heather Hirschi is a writer and educator transplanted from Salt Lake City, Utah. She opened Pink Elephant Juice Emporium, which In addition to an array of healthy juices, provided a venue for local artists and writers. Heather hosted classes, readings for local and visiting writers and open mics for the Writer’s Guild of Astoria. Pink Elephant closed last summer due to COVID and Heather began Creative Juices Language Arts, a writing and tutoring service. She envisions First Person as an entertaining vehicle to support local writers. “Supporting each other is how we’ll survive, even thrive,” she says, “and Kala is an ideal venue for First Person, intimate and friendly, yet spacious enough for safe gathering.”

The premier First Person features Astoria author Cliff Taylor. His book, The Memory of Souls, is Cliff’s story of “stumbling into his people’s ways…shedding the bindings of trauma and getting his soul back; it is the story of a young Ponca walking with the little people on a journey of cultural recovery/regeneration and remembrance.” Reviews attest to Cliff’s book as a story “of curiosity, redemption, and healing.” Copies of The Memory of Souls will be available for purchase at the event.

Friday, May 14. Doors open 7:30pm, Show at 8pm. Tickets: $15. Limited Seating. Covid Guidelines. 9 Table seatings of 2-3. We apologize, no single tickets available. Tickets at, KALA Performance Space. 21+ please. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878. (No tickets sold at the door).