Alicia Jo Rabins is a Portland-based writer, musician, composer and performer. Her second collection of poems, "Fruit Geode," was published in October 2018.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a Portland-based writer, musician, composer and performer. Her second collection of poems, “Fruit Geode,” was published in October 2018.

 Jason Quigley

  • Oregon is experiencing a nursing shortage, which is not unique to the state. Part of the problem is the increasing demand for nurses across the healthcare industry. But a lesser known factor is the shortage of nursing faculty in programs around Oregon. We’ll hear from Susan Bakewell-Sachs, dean of the OHSU School of Nursing.
  • The public comment period closes soon for the environmental impact statement on a proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama. The plant would convert natural gas into methanol that would be shipped overseas. Kent Caputo is the Chief Commercial officer for Northwest Innovation Works, the company that would operate the plant. Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky is Senior Organizer for Columbia Riverkeeper, which has challenged the project’s permits.
  • The poems in Alicia Jo Rabins’ “Fruit Geode” speak to inhabiting a flesh and blood body, one that breaks open both literally and figuratively. In her second collection of poems, she also writes about the breathtaking love of a parent, and poems that draw on Jewish mysticism firmly rooted in everyday life. Rabins is also a musician, a Torah teacher and what she calls a “ritualist” in Portland.

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