This week, the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program presents the 2018 Annual Spring Reading Series. Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus, at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The readings:

  • Saturday, June 16 – Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Kellie Wells
  • Sunday, June 17 – Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Pete Fromm & David Long
  • Monday, June 18 – Judy Blunt, Mike Magnuson & Matthew Shenoda
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Marvin Bell, Frank Gaspar & Molly Gloss
  • Thursday, June 21 – Debra Gwartney, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Friday, June 22 – Claire Davis, Laura Hendrie & Dorianne Laux

farm-fresh poetry

June 15, 2018

In the brief history of the birth of the Lents International Farmers Market Poetry Series, Lents, Oregon, is described as a “little rugged, urban neighborhood…. in Outer Southeast Portland, a place that is often overlooked for its past history of crime and poverty, but an area that is rich in culture and down-to-earth-people.”

Founded in 2012, the series features monthly poetry readings on the main stage at the Sunday morning farmers market. Each reading features several distinguished local poets. This summer’s readings are on July 1, August 5, and September 9.

Good idea!

examining metaphor

June 14, 2018

The National Pubic Radio program In Contrast explores “creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians.”

In the latest podcast (Episode #25), poet/essayist/physician Dr. Rafael Campo (previously mentioned here) talks about his personal journey in medicine and poetry.

on poetry

June 13, 2018

“As I walk, I construct perfect sentences that I cannot remember later at home. I don’t know if the ineffable poetry of those sentences derived from what they were or from their never having been (written).”
Fernando Pessoa
(June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935)
. . . . .
quote: The Book of Disquiet

Wednesday in Bellingham

June 12, 2018

Bring it, poets! Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (and the second Wednesday of every month), the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater invites you to read your original writing (all forms welcome) for up to (but no longer than) 7 minutes. The summer location is the atrium at Lovitt Restaurant, 1114 Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. Sign up to read between 6:30 and 6:45pm. Readings begin at 6:50pm.

poetry on the streets

June 11, 2018

“The pulse” is a poem by Marcus Amaker, the first poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s also a video featuring Amaker, Memo, Gina Mocha, Matthew Foley, Maggie Robinson, Katie Zimmerman, and Jasmine Tabor walking Charleston’s streets, reciting the poet’s words. Watch The pulse (a poem about Charleston) on YouTube.

good news

June 10, 2018

In case you missed this, NPR says “Poetry Is Making A Big Comeback In The U.S., Survey Results Reveal.” We can all use a little good news, right?

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