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The Family: Poets Willa Schneberg and Ingrid Wendt Read from Their Work
Saturday, November 1, 2014 / 5–7 pm / Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette, Eugene / (541) 345-8986 / Admission: Free
Willa Schneberg has authored five poetry collections: In The Margins of The World (recipient of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry), Box Poems, Storytelling In Cambodia, the letterpress chapbook The Books of Esther, and the recently released Rending the Garment (Mudfish/Box Turtle Press). Willa has read at the Library of Congress, her poems are heard on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. She is a social worker in private practice and a visual artist. Willa lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. www.threewayconversation.org
Ingrid Wendt’s first book of poems, Moving the House, was selected by William Stafford for BOA Editions’ New Poets of America Series. Her next three books won The Oregon Book Award, the Yellowglen Award, and the Editions Prize. Co-editor of the Oregon poetry anthology From Here We Speak, Ingrid has taught at all educational levels, including the MFA program of Antioch, L.A. She recently opened the Oregon state legislature with a poem. A musician by training, her most recent book is Evensong. Ingrid lives in Eugene with her husband, poet and writer Ralph Salisbury. www.ingridwendt.com
The sorcerers are bored and frustrated
standing in their glittery robes and pointy hats
in the corner of my parents’ small kitchen
where the cupboards never close properly,
the pilot light always goes out, and
my father remains spindly and mute
as before he died.
from “Grief,” Willa Schneberg
Now, the small unexpected bells of forgiveness
ringing, ringing, calling me
to attention: what made you
someone to love. All along. I loved you.
And was too busy practicing defense to see.
from “Armistice,” Ingrid Wendt
John Yau describes his workshop — Is it possible to learn to write what you don’t know? Can writing become what you discover as you write, moving from word to word? Suppose there is nothing to unlock, no need for inspiration, no need to write about something that happened. Can you still write? Can one gather materials together, like an artist organizing his or her palette? Can you use those materials to make a poem, something unexpected? The workshop will focus on different ways of gathering materials from a wide range of sources as well as developing ways of putting them together. Everyone will need to bring a computer with wi-fi capabilities and paper to write on.
Combustus – On-line arts and literary magazine features poet Sam Roxas-Chua. Read the full article by clicking here. Enjoy!