Poets Gary Lark, Pepper Trail and Michael Springs at Bloomsbury

Tonight, April 10 at 7:00, Bloomsbury Books in Ashland is busting out the big guns with three Southern Oregon poets, Pepper Trail, Gary Lark and Michael Springs. Not only do they each have terrific nature names, they are incredibly strong poets and thought-provoking writers. An evening with these poets is a real treat, so dash over to Bloomsbury and enjoy.
Pepper Trail was one of the first poets I heard read when I moved to Ashland. His work is a thoughtful, beautifully crafted and whip smart. Trail is a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and much of his writing, both poetry and prose, explores the natural world and humanity’s place in it. His poems have appeared in “Comstock Review,” “Windfall,” “Atlanta Review,” “Borderlands,” “Bellevue Literary Review,” and many other places. His poem “Syllabus for the Warming World” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by “Cascadia Review.”
A few years ago, I read some of Gary Lark’s poems in the “Jefferson Monthly,” and was hooked. That’s a bit of a pun, because those particular poems were about fishing the Rogue River. His work reflects his love for the outdoors, a clever sense of humor and a keen understanding of people and what moves them. Lark’s warm voice and easygoing style make readings seem more like a visit with a good friend. He is a retired librarian, storyteller, carpenter, janitor, salesman, and hospital aide. His most recent book is “Without a Map. ” He is the author of three chapbooks, and winner of the Holland Prize for his earlier book, “Getting By.” He’s had poems featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, and his work has appeared in “North American Review,” “The Sun,” Orion, and many others.
I haven’t been lucky enough to hear Cave Junction poet Michael Springs, but I’ve read a couple of his crisp, clear poems and I’m looking forward to hearing him. He’s a recent winner of the “Turtle Island Quarterly” chapbook contest for his book “Blue Wolf.” He also won the Robert Graves Award, and is published in “Atlanta Review,” “Dublin Quarterly,” “Windfall,” “The Oregonian,” and others.

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Bloomsbury is located at 290 E. Main Street, Ashland

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