Every week, we spend most of our waking hours gathering and editing stories from creative communities to share with you. But some stories, for one reason or another, just haven’t come together. We get interrupted by breaking news or just need more time. This week, we say NO MORE. We’re sharing shelved but highly listenable stories from our personal vault, plus the tale of one artist who had to go the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.


The road coming back from Braenis, the mobile library's farthest stop on the Uig run.

The road coming back from Braenis, the mobile library’s farthest stop on the Uig run.

Celeste Noche/Courtesy of Celeste Noche

Celeste Noche At Scotland’s Mobile Libraries — 2:00

Portland photojournalist Celeste Noche works in a variety of subjects: portraiture, food photography, editorial features, but she might be best known for her series “Portland In Color” documenting the diverse artists in Portland’s creative class — people she felt were overlooked. Her latest spread, published by NPR, took about a year of work and much elbow grease to bring to life: a chronicle of Scotland’s mobile libraries. Like communities in Tillamook and Baker counties, Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are hard to reach and sparsely populated. Noche tells us the bookmobiles have become an important form of social glue, sometimes providing the only human contact residents experience in a week. We talked to her about how she found the story, and its throughline to the rest of her portfolio.


One of several venues hosting the 21st annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon.

One of several venues hosting the 21st annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon.

Claudia Meza/OPB

Tales From Fisher Poets 2019 — 12:45

Some assignments turn out to be so much more than you thought. Every Fisher Poets Gathering, held annually in Astoria, yields an astonishing variety of people and narratives. Forget everything you think you know about fisher folk and their work. This literary form has become a vehicle for talking about everything from familial strife to addiction to the challenges of delivering a quality haircut. It’s hard to hide anything on a boat. These stories, from Annie Howell-Adams (of Funk n Junk), Jimmy Kasner, Mike Scott and Katrina Gimbel were collected in February at this year’s Gathering.


Kris Bella, co-founder of Arte Soleil, at the center on Southeast 122nd Avenue in Portland.

Kris Bella, co-founder of Arte Soleil, at the center on Southeast 122nd Avenue in Portland.

April Baer/OPB

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Arte Soleil In East Portland — 43:00

As Portland’s arts scene has gone through crisis after crisis, one unassuming arts center has taken on the work of bringing arts experiences to one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Co-founder Kris Bella tells the story of how she forged a partnership with the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association and the Lents Gilbert Church of God to create Arte Soleil, an education center and community gathering space on Southeast 122nd.

Music Heard On 'State Of Wonder'

A Spotify playlist to share all the music we feature on our show and anything else that inspires us while we’re making it.