Poet Laureate Peter Sears in Ashland

Poets and poetry lovers, mark your calendars. Our new Poet Laureate is coming to town. Peter Sears will read from his latest book, “Small Talk: New and Selected Poems” on Friday September 12, 7:30-9:00 pm at the Ashland Public library. The event, presented by Friends of the Ashland Public Library, is free and open to the public.

In April of this year, Sears succeeded Paulann Peterson as Oregon’s seventh Poet Laureate. Sears expects to give numerous public readings and work to educate citizens as well as business and state leaders about poetry’s value and importance to Oregon’s culture.

Sears came to Oregon in 1974 to teach creative writing at Reed College, and has gone on to do many poetry workshops and readings at public schools, libraries, colleges, community centers and literary festivals throughout the state. He is the founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition and co-founder of Friends of William Stafford and Cloudbank Books. He teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University

“Small Talk” includes poems from his previous collections, and adds thirty new poems. Fans of Sears’ work will be thrilled to find many familiar favorites and all with his disarming, comic and surprising voice.

For more information contact the Ashland Library at 541-774-6996 or visit www.jcls.org.

Wait, there’s more. Sears is a generous poet and the following day, Saturday, September 13 from 9:30-to 11 am he will present a poetry workshop, “Ways of Revising,” in the Gresham room at the Ashland Library. The cost for the workshop is $20 and limited to 20 participants.

In the workshop, Sears will present some of his own poems that presented difficulties and discuss revisions he made to resolve problems and allow the poems their full development. Participants should bring one original poem to work with revision strategies.

Revising work is something most poets struggle with and having a master of tight, finely tuned poetry to offer advice and constructive criticism is a gift.

To register for the workshop send $20 check payable to Chautauqua Poets & Writers
c/o Ingrid Laursen, 1157 Iowa Street, Ashland, OR 97520. Include your name, address, email and phone number. You can also email the information to chautauquawriters@gmail.com.

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