Mike O'Connor, a native of Montesano and Port Angeles, Washington, is a poet, writer, and translator of Chinese literature. His early years were spent in subsistence farming and forest work. Later, he lived 14 years in Taiwan, the Republic of China, working as a journalist and studying Chinese culture and literature. His most recent of eight books is When the Tiger Weeps, Pleasure Boat Studio: a Literary Press; and Where the World Does Not Follow: Buddhist China in Picture and Poem, with photographer Steven R. Johnson, Wisdom Publications. 
A former student of Elizabeth Bishop at the University of Washington, O’Connor has also received an MFA from Naropa University and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, he was made an honorary fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University, and in 2009 he was awarded an Artist Trust Literary Fellowship . He currently resides in Port Townsend, Washington.
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Mary O’Houlihan IS MIKE’S LATEST BOOK. IT’S AN ODD MIXTURE OF FICTION AND FANTASY, A LOVE STORY AND A CHILDHOOD MEMOIR. IT REFLECTS MIKE’S UNUSUAL SENSIBILITY AND HIS FASCINATION WITH HOW THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN. IF ONLY ....

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Mike O’connor
 

Immortality • $16 • poetry                                                                                               


The Basin: Poems from a Chinese Province • $10 • poetry

an empty bowl book


T
he Rainshadow • $16 • poetry • an empty bowl book  


Setting Out: The Education of Lili • Tung Nien • trans. fm Chinese

by Mike O'Connor • fiction • $15     


Songs from a Yahi Bow: A series of poems about Ishi Yusef Konumyakaa,

Mike O’Connor Scott Ezell, with an essay by Thomas Merton poems and prose $13.95


Unnecessary Talking: The Montesano Stories
• $16  


When the Tiger Weeps • poetry and prose • $15
  Also available as an eBook
 

Books available at Pleasure Boat Studio that have been written or translated by Mike O’Connor:


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Click above to see a video of Mike reading and discussing his work. It comes from Sharon Lia Robinson’s fine DVD focusing on the artists and poets of Port Townsend (Edge of the Sea Gallery, 1998-2003). In 1998, co-founders Steven R. Johnson and Sharon (both Port Townsend, Washington artists) opened the gallery to exhibit the work of under-recognized artists.  During the five years it was in existence, the gallery expanded its vision to include the work of artists who were more widely known, and became an informal  center for art, dance and poetry. This 69 minute long documentary features archival interviews and photographs of local artists,  their art work, and gallery happenings.  

Ms. Robinson sees her work on this project as a way to share her journey and to inspire others. This film is a labor of love and a tribute to the artists involved.  Dr. Fred Whitehead, a progressive arts advocate, wrote about the film, "You've documented a small institution that created and preserved culture - something I've urged everyone to do for years."

To purchase a DVD please send a check for $16 to Sharon Robinson, P.O.Box 895, Port Townsend, Wa. 98368.   For more information:  sharon@olympus.net       www.sharonrobinson.org