Walt Curtis

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Walt Curtis (born July 4, 1941) is a poet, novelist and painter from Portland, Oregon. His autobiographical work, Mala Noche (1977), became the basis for Gus Van Sant's 1985 film of the same name. He was the co-founder of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.[1] He has written about and championed Oregon literary figures such as Joaquin Miller,[2] Hazel Hall,[3] Frances Fuller Victor,[4] and many others.

Curtis has shared the bill with many Beat Generation writers, such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey.[5]

Portland Mayor Sam Adams declared July 1–7, 2010 "Walt Curtis Week."[6]

Books[edit]

  • Angel Pussy (1970)
  • The Erotic Flying Machine (1970)wr
  • The Sunflower and Other Earth Poems (1975)
  • The Mad Bombers Notebook (1975)
  • The Mad Poems, The Unreasonable Ones (1975)
  • The Roses of Portland (1974, poetry)
  • Mala Noche (1977)
  • Peckerneck Country (1978)
  • Journey Across America (1979)
  • Rhymes for Alice Bluelight (1984)
  • Salmon Song, And Other Wet Poems (1995)
  • Male Noche: And Other "Illegal" Adventures (1997)

Films[edit]

  • Penny Allen : Property (1978)
  • Penny Allen : Paydirt (1981)
  • Gus van Sant : Mala Noche (1985) as George
  • Bill Plympton and Walt Curtis : Walt Curtis, The Peckerneck Poet (1997)
  • Sabrina Guitart : Salmon Poet (2009)
  • Courtney Fathom Sell : An Afternoon with Walt Curtis (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeff Baker, Portland celebrates poet Walt Curtis with two birthday parties, movie screening, The Oregonian 6/22/2010
  2. ^ http://www.ochcom.org/miller/ retrieved 10/13/15
  3. ^ http://www.ochcom.org/hall/ retrieved 10/13/2015
  4. ^ http://www.ochcom.org/writersmap.html retrieved 1013/2015
  5. ^ Mark Christensen, "Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD and the Politics of Ecstasy", Schaffner Press, Inc, 2010
  6. ^ Richard Speer "Walt Curtis A poet/painter rises from the ashes" The Willamette Week 6/29/2010
  • John Trombold and Peter Donahue (eds.): Reading Portland: The City in Prose (2006). ISBN 0-295-98677-8

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