Poetry Month—No Fooling

In honor of National Poetry Month, Literary Ashland is featuring interviews with southern Oregon poets—watch for interviews with Amy Miller, Angela Decker, Amy MacLennan, Gary Lark, Jonah Bornstein, Hannah Darling, and Vince and Patty Wixon.

And here are some upcoming Rogue Valley events:

On Monday, April 2, Bloomsbury Books hosts a reading by Richard Lehnert, Angela Decker & Jonah Bornstein at 7:00 pm.

On Tuesday, April 10, Southern Oregon University will host Sia Figiel, Samoa’s first woman novelist, in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library at 4:30 pm.

And on Thursday, April 12, at Bloomsbury, hear Steve Dieffenbacher and Chris Anderson at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, April 14, Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association and the Medford Branch Library presents “Poetry and Pie” from 2 pm-4 pm. On Friday, April 20, at 7:30 pm, Chautauqua Poets & Writers presents Barry Lopez at Ashland High School. More about this soon. Tickets are on sale.

And on Friday, May 4 at 3 pm, the Hannon Library and the SOU Department of Language, Literature and Philosophy host poet Linda Bierds, who will give a reading/presentation titled Second Hand: A Poet’s Journey Toward Science. It’s in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library.

In non-poetry events, don’t miss the Ashland Independent Film Festival (animation =poetry) and Paul Steinle and Sara Brown’s presentation on Who Needs Newspapaers, a report of their 50 state interview project. That’s in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library on Thursday, April 12 at 4 pm.

And RIP to Adrienne Rich and Earl Scruggs, now forever linked in my mind.

About Ed Battistella

Edwin Battistella’s latest book Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels was released by Oxford University Press in March of 2020.
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