Posted September 10, 2018.

Salem Poetry Festival

October 25, 2018 – October 27, 2018 all-day America/Los Angeles Timezone
IKE Box, The Book Bin, Salem Public Library
2165 Heather Stone Ct NE
Keizer, OR 97303
Marc Janssen

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm at the Ike Box featuring Paulann Peterson

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the Choir at Trinity College Cambridge.

Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm at The Book Bin featuring Lawson Fusao Inada

Lawson Fusao Inada is a third-generation Japanese American from Fresno, California. As a child during World War II, he was imprisoned in California, Arkansas, and Coloraado. A graduate of Fresno State University and the University of Oregon, he is an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University.

Saturday, October 27,10:30 am The Salem Public Library Workshop with Lex Runciman

This workshop – part talk, part reading, and part writing exercise – will use that question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” to engage some of those “large, general misconceptions about how writers work.” As a writer, how do you work? Limited to 20 participants.
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Saturday, October 27, 12:30 pm at the Salem Public Library Spanish Poetry Panel: Poesía en el XXI

A panel of three Spanish language poets discuss poetry and other topics. Includes Luna Flores, Concepcion Samano and Juan Cervantes.

Saturday, October 27, 2:30 pm at the Salem Public Library featuring Octaviano Merecias

Octaviano Merecias, Portland, Oregon, is a digital visual storyteller, motivational speaker, photographic artist, trilingual writer, and educator, who works with a socially-engaged practice facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, collaborations with groups in the US and abroad. For more information visit learn more about his upcoming presentations, publications, and performances. This event will primarily be in Spanish.

Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm at the Salem Public Library featuring Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.

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