October Happenings

Here are several events you will surely want to check out! Seems there is always space for poetry here in our valley. Are you inspired by this beautiful weather to write something yourself?

Thursday, Oct 8 OPEN MIC
If you do have something to share, why not read to your friends at this month’s Downtowners Open Mic at the Downtowne Coffee House in Talent. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 and readings start at 7. Bring a friend and enjoy the company!

Saturday, Oct 10 FREE Workshop with Carol Brockfield

The “How to Start a Poem” Workshop with Carol Brockfield will help you to identify the subject of your writing and turn it into a poem. This workshop is free and open to poets at all levels of experience.  It will be especially helpful for anyone who has difficulty finding a place to begin, which really includes any of us from time to time. And Carol is masterful at turning daily life and unlikely subjects into poetry. She’s taken part in the NaPoWriMo April 30-day writing challenge, and the August Poetry Fest for several years. A former professional editor, Carol headed the local chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) for 5 years and she has just concluded a 3-year term on the statewide OPA board. She is also the author of 3 poetry chapbooks and 1 book of poetry.

This event will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Medford Public Library Adams Room. Pre-registration is requested to facilitate room set up. Contact marisahp9@gmail.com by Thursday, October 8th to participate.

Sunday, Oct 11, Joyce Epstein Reads

Come hear Joyce and enjoy other local performers at Ashland Sketches, Second Sunday Showcase at 7:00 pm. Sketches is held at the Dancing People Company / 310 Oak Street, Ashland (in the former Cantwell Building that faces A Street). Seating is limited, so come early!

Lawson Inada performs Saturday, Oct 17

Studio A.B Presents “TRANSMISSIONS II”    An Interdisciplinary Concert on Saturday, October 17, 8:00 pm at The DanceSpace, 280 East Hersey #10, in Ashland

This multimedia, interdisciplinary performance features guest artists Lawson Inada, Christine Williams, and Damon Honeycutt. They join Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard to create an abstract narrative that is improvisational in its format using music, voice, words, movement, and video. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors at Studio A.B: 621 A Street, Ashland, or online brucebayard.com/tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the door but due to limited seating, advance tickets are advised.

Peter Sears in Ashland, October 30-31

Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears will be visiting us again. Don’t miss his free public reading on Friday, October 30, from 7:30-9:00 in the basement of the Ashland Public Library.

And on Saturday, October 31, 9:30-11:30 am, Peter Sears will lead a free workshop on Poetry Triggers in the basement of the Ashland Public Library. Registration is required for the workshop due to limited class size. Sign up at the library reference desk, or call 774-6996. Then have a safe and celebratory Halloween, about which you will certainly want to write yet more poetry!


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