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Poetry Workshops with Oregon’s Poet Laureate

Gold Beach, OR.- Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will  present poetry readings and lead poetry workshops at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Curry county. Workshops are scheduled at the Gold Beach Center on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the Curry Campus in Brookings on Wednesday, October 3, 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the poetry workshops.

Petersen will have a poetry reading and book signing at the Curry Campus in Brookings on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. this event is free and open to the public.

Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. "Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon's poet laureate," said Governor Kulongoski. "Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind person that is ideal to serve in this position." Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections – The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle (2008) – and several chapbooks to her credit.

Petersen has received several awards, including Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art's Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon's Literary Life. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in Portland as part of Poetry in Motion® as well as in many publications. Petersen is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops schools libraries, colleges, and writer's conferences across Oregon

For more information about this free event, please contact Karim Shumaker at 541 247-2741 or kshumaker@socc.edu.

Published Sep 18, 2012 (Updated Sep 25, 2012)

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