Poets Floyd Skloot, Dawn Diez Willis, and Kelly Eastlund will read at the Springfield Public Library on Tuesday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m.
Floyd Skloot is the author of 19 books including the memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (U. of Nebraska Press, 2003), The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life (U. of Nebraska Press, 2008), and Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2014), and the poetry collections The End of Dreams (LSU Press, 2006), The Snow’s Music (LSU Press, 2008) and Approaching Winter (LSU Press, 2015). His work has won three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Booksellers Association Book Awards, and two Oregon Book Awards, as well as many other distinctions. With his daughter, bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, he co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Beverly Hallberg.
Dawn Diez Willis holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, where she served as an editor with Northwest Review. An alumni editor of Airlie Press, she has received a Literary Arts Fellowship and has been a Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She is currently collaborating on a fine arts book with Ann Kresge that features art and poetry around the subject of sacred sites. Diez Willis’s poetry book Still Life with Judas & Lightning (Airlie Press) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
Kelly Eastlund’s poems have appeared in the journals Poetry Quarterly, Four and Twenty, Shot Glass Journal, The Whistling Fire and others, as well as the chapbook How to Love Everything, by members of the Eugene critique group Red Sofa Poets. She is a member of the Oregon Poetry Association, Secretary of the Lane Literary Guild, and co-coordinator of the Lane Writers Reading Series. She lives in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband and two dogs. More information can be found at http://thepoetryloft.net/keastlund.