Readings: Local Poetry Events in January

Here's a list of several upcomming poetry readings around town:


Mountain Writers Series Readings at The Press Club (2621 S.E. Clinton St. Portland) will kick off the 2008 series Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 PM with poets Verlena Orr and Michael Selker reading from their new poetry chapbooks.

Verlena Orr will read from her third chapbook, One More Time from the Beginning, published by Stone City Press, Lake Oswego OR, in 2007. Michael Selker is a painter, photographer and poet. He will present work from his chapbook, Crazies' Bus Stop, published by Pudding House Press, Columbus, OH, in 2007.


Talking Earth Monday Nights
KBOO 90.7 FM Portland, 10-11 PM Pacific Time

Monday January 21: Gary Clay, organizer of workshops on radical poetry and an open reading series at Reflections Bookstore dedicated to Patrice Lamumba, brings poets to KBOO to read and talk with Barbara LaMorticella.


Free Reading at the Northwest Branch of the Multnomah County Library, fourth Wednesdays from 7-8 PM

Doug Marx, Penelope Scambly Schott, and Marilyn Johnston join to read in this month's Verse in Person, Wednesday January 23 from 7-8 PM at the NW Branch of the Multnomah County Library, 23 and NW Thurman.

Doug Marx's poems have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Willow Springs, Hubbub, and other publications. His chapbook Sufficiency was an Oregon Book Award finalist in poetry.

Marilyn Johnston's chapbook of poetry, Red Dust Rising, was published by the Habit of Rainy Nights Press in 2004, about a family's recovery from the Vietnam War. Poems from this collection were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Penelope Scambly Schott is a poet, painter, novelist, and non-fiction writer. Her fifth full-length collection of poems, May the Generations Die in the Right Order was published by Main Street Rag in 2007.


William Ferrell and Bob Davies will read 7-8:00 Wednesday January 30 at the NW Library (2300 NW Thurman).

William Ferrell has had poems published in Mr. Cogito, The Oregonian, From Here We Speak (O.S.U.Press) and was recently invited to read to the Oregon State Legslature. He co-hosts VERSE IN PERSON at the NW library.

Robert A. Davies has published hundreds of poems in literary magazines/online publications, his Tracks in Oregon was a finalist for the Oregon Literary Award, his most recent book is Timber (Traprock Books), he presently is publishing most of his poems at Counterpunch.org.

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