Mark your calendars! Our next reading is September 22nd with Paulann Petersen, Timmy Straw, Rebecca Owen, & Monica Drake!
Friday, September 22nd
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR
Paulann Petersen is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University whose poems have appeared in many publications including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and Wilderness Magazine. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in 2002. A second, Blood-Silk, poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland in 2004. A Bride of Narrow Escape was published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series in 2006. Kindle was published by Mountains and Rivers Press in 2008. The Voluptuary was published by Lost Horse Press in 2010. Her latest book, Understory, is also from Lost Horse Press, 2013. Paulann served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate and she serves on the National Advisory Board for Friends of William Stafford.
Monica Drake is the author of three books, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and The Folly of Loving Life. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times's Modern Love column, as well as the Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Northwest Review and many other places. Notably, she once wrote an entire issue of the Stranger magazine, cover to cover. Similarly, she once ate an entire baked chicken. She is a Professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and working on another book.
Becca Owen's essays have appeared in Oregon Quarterly and Equus, and she was the recipient of a 2017 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in creative nonfiction. She received her MFA from Minnesota State University, teaches college writing, plays the cello in the Salem Philharmonia, and volunteers for Hytyme Equine Rescue.
Timmy Straw is a writer and musician from Oregon. Editions Plane published her first chapbook, To Water, Everything is a Swimmer, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spork, Tin House, Weekday & Volta. She’s composed music for film and ballet, put out the album State Parks, and is currently working on a second. She also studies Russian at Reed College.