The Poets’ Corner at Alton Baker Park

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C. Steven Blue Interview in Australian Journal

C. Steven Blue was recently interviewed in the Australian literary journal The Daily Write. You can read the interview at
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Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award Ceremony

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award ceremony will honor winning author Rebecca Lawton and three finalists. Lawton will read an excerpt of her proposed book project, “The Oasis This Time.” Selected for its quality and meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature, her book will focus on California palm oases and their role as barometers of the effects of falling groundwater levels in communities around the American West. For more information about the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, visit The event is free.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm / FREE / High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend OR / Info: 541-382-4754, ext. 241

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Joy McDowell Wins Awards in NFSPS Contest

Joy McDowell won a 3rd place and a 3rd place honorable mention in the 2016 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Contest.

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Poetry for the People: Message from Laura

Here’s a message from Laura LeHew about Poetry for the People at Tsunami Books:

“Roy Seitz and I took over the reading series at Tsunami Books from Charles Thielman (we miss you Charles). Our first read rightfully featured Carter McKenzie, followed by Peggy Barnett and Mary Eliza Crane, Renee Roman Nose, Christopher J. Jarmack, Quinton Hallett and Patty Wixon and a wonderful all open mic for the December holidays, Tim Applegate and Erik Muller, Ralph Salisbury, Eleanor Berry and Dorothy Black Crow,
Laura LeHew and William James Lindberg and closing out our first season with Duane Kirby Jensen and Brandon Pitts.

“Thanks everyone for making our first year fantastic. Thanks for bringing yourselves out on a Saturday night. For signing up for the Open Mic. Thanks to the fine fine folks at Tsunami Books for well everything.

“Roy and I are taking the summer off but Poetry for the People will be back in the Fall with another incredible lineup.”

Roving Park Players Present the Merry Wives

The Roving Park Players starts off the summer season with Shakespeare’s  MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.  A purse-poor Sir John Falstaff concocts a scheme to woo the wives of two of the wealthiest men in Windsor, but the very savvy Mistresses Ford and Page discover his plan and lead him down a merry path of their own making!  Throw in a pair of young lovers, an international gaggle of hapless wooers, and a bevy of resigned servants, and you have the riotous farce The Merry Wives of Windsor!  Performances in the parks:

June 9 at Willamette Oaks Retirement Community, 455 Alexander Loop, Eugene

June 10 at Campbell Senior Center, 155 High St, Eugene

June 11 & 12 at Maurie Jacobs Park, End of Fir Ln (off River Rd), Eugene

June 16 & 17 at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene

June 18 & 19 at Island Park, 200 West B St, Springfield

All shows start at 6:00 PM.  Rain or shine! (Canopies are provided.)  Admission is FREE!  Call 541-556-9686 for information.

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Howard W. Robertson Publishes Hope Speaks

Howard W. Robertson has published his tenth books of poems, titled Hope Speaks.  In the foreword, he states, “The poems in this book were written within an idea, a big idea, which is that our culture needs to rethink its entire relationship to the biosphere, to Gaia, and that our poetry should share in that rethinking and refeeling.  All the old themes of love and death, beauty and truth, need to be refelt in terms of Gaia and the entire history of the Universe.”

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