Just got this message from gallery guy Mark Woolley.
It's in regards to the local legend Walt Curtis (the author of Mala Noche that's him above in his youth) and the tragic fire at the Great Northwest Bookstore on Sunday.
Please share it with your friends.
From Mark: Walt lost most everything in the big fire Sunday which destroyed the Great Northwest Bookstore on Sunday, May 2: his apartment, studio, manuscripts, photos, paintings, much more. He has given so much to the community: 35 year unpaid host of the "Talking Earth" poetry show on KBOO, tireless volunteer for the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, organizer and participant in countless poetry and literary events, incisive poet/writer and extremely talented self-taught painter. One thing he escaped with was a small painting he was working on when the fire broke out on Sunday. Other than that, he needs our help for basic necessities, housing, art supplies, some living expenses while he rebuilds some of what he lost. Please help spread the word to your "tribe." This is the time to re-pay Walt for the richness he has brought to so many lives and our city.
Friends and supporters of Walt Curtis can help Walt by donating to the "Walt Curtis Fund" which Woolley set up yesterday through Wells Fargo Bank, with Walt's blessing and deep appreciation. Contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo branch.
Checks to the "Walt Curtis Fund" can be mailed to: Walt Curtis Fund Wells Fargo Bank, 4233 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97213.
Notes/Letters to Walt: Walt Curtis c/o Mark Woolley 2644 NE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Portland, OR 97212.
There is also a fund which has been set up by the friends of Phil Wikeland, owner of Great Northwest Bookstore, which lost it's historic building, over 100,000 books and rare collectables. "Phil's Fire Fund" is through On Point Credit Union.