Posted January 28, 2019.

Poetry Reading

February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Deschutes Public Library
507 NW Wall Street
Bend OR
Janice D. Rubin

Downtown Bend: Writers Reading – Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts
Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.

Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.
About “Tin Coyote”: A poignant journey traversing love, loss, memory and renewal, Tin Coyote is rooted in the inner landscape of the heart as well as the physical landscape of the poet’s beloved Oregon. The Oregon Coast, Warm Springs, Siuslaw River and Lake Paulina, among other iconic destinations at home and abroad, are vividly rendered backdrops to reflections and self-explorations. ‘Light reflects, refracts/creating space and possibility.’ Janice Rubin is a keen observer of self and environment.

Janice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. She received her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in English Literature. Her poems have been published in CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, the Austin International Poetry Anthology, Red River Review,Tiger’s Eye Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Quizzical ChairAnthology, It Demands a Wildness of Me (Uttered Chaos Press, 2018) and many other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. She’s the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems(Flutter Press, 2010) and Tin Coyote (Blue Light Press, 2017).

Jack Lorts, an ex-patriot from Suburbia, fled southern California some forty years ago to settle in rural Oregon. He has taught in small communities ever since, retiring in 2004 as superintendent of schools in Fossil, Oregon (population: 500). His poems have appeared widely, if infrequently, since the late 1950s in such places as Arizona Quarterly, English Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Oregon English, Oregon East, Fishtrap Anthology, Arsenic Lobster, Quantum Tao, etc. He has two chapbooks out from Pudding House: The Daughter Poems & Others (2008) and The Meeting-Place of Words (2010). In 2011, Finishing Line Press published his Dear Gilbert Sorrentino and Other Poems.

He has also assembled several “serial poems,” thematically inner-connected poems by several different poets, including The Great Oregon Serial Poem (Talent House, 2001) and The Other Side of the Hill: A Trek Through Eastern Oregon by Poet (Ice River, 2003).

Active in Democratic state politics, he has chaired the DPO’s Rural Caucus, been a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a delegate, and is currently Mayor of Fossil, where he lives with Celia, his wife of fifty years.

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