Posted October 3, 2018.

First Friday Poetry Reading and Open Mic – Tribute to Peter Sears

October 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
St. John the Evangelist
2036 SE Jefferson St
Milwaukie, OR 97222

The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist are delighted to continue this season of First Friday poetry readings for 2018 on Friday, October 5. It’s going to be another great summer of reading and sharing poetry!

         The reading will be part of the October 5 First Friday festivities, and will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

        The reading will be a tribute to the Seventh Oregon Poet Laureate, Peter Sears. (1937-2017).  “I write poems because I need art in order to seek full expression,” he said in a 2010 interview with  

the Oregonian.  Featured Readers will be Robin Cody, Dave Jarecki, John Morrison, Paulann Petersen, Ann Staley and Colette Tennant. They will share memories and read from Peter’s work for approximately 40 minutes.

         Peter Sears was a graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop and came to Oregon in 1974 to teach at Reed College and served in teaching and administrative roles at Bard College and Pacific University. His work has appeared in various national and literary magazines and newspapers. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections:Tour (1987), The Brink (1999),Green Diver (2009) and Small Talk: New and Selected Poems ( 2014), a number of poetry chapbooks, and books on teaching writing, including Secret Writing, and I‘m Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem.

          He was a founding director of the Oregon Literary Coalition and cofounder of Cloudbank Books. He served as Oregon Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2016, making more than sixty public appearances in communities all over Oregon. During his tenure, he focused on what he called “expanding voices,” often sharing the stage with poets working in languages other than English.

          An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read from Peter’s work or share a memory or story in his honor. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or  For information about the Milwaukie Poetry Series readings or other events, also contact Tom  at (503) 819-8367 or email him at There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. Peter’s books will be available and light refreshments will be served. Please join us for a wonderful evening.

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