Upcoming events: William Stafford and Ex-Southerners

Just wanted to let folks know about a couple of upcoming reading events I’m involved in.

[UPDATE: The William Stafford reading was originally Monday night, but it’s been rescheduled for Wednesday. I’ve edited this post to reflect that change.]

For the first event, on Tuesday, January 13, I’ll be hosting a reading full of Southern ex-pats who’ve escaped their hot hometowns and congregated in cool, rainy, literary Portland. “Ex-Southerners in Portland” will feature work by Hobie Anthony, James Bernard Frost, Edee Lemonier, Edie Rylander, Davis Slater, and of course me. We’ll be reading at the American Legion Post 134 in Portland.

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And since we’ll be at a veteran’s post, I’ll be extending my donation offer: in addition to the money I’m sending to the National Military Family Association from the December sales of Hagridden, I’ll be adding one dollar for every book sold at the Ex-Southerners reading. That’s anyone’s book — regardless what book it is or who wrote it, if you’re at the reading and you buy a book, I’ll add a dollar to my donation.

And if you bought a copy of Hagridden in December, thank you! You all really came together and helped make a difference in the lives of military families. And if you bought a copy before December or plan to buy one later, but you still want to contribute to military families, you can always donate directly to the National Military Family Association or to an organization of your choice.

American poet William Stafford (1914-1993)
American poet William Stafford (1914-1993) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second event is the next night, Wednesday, January 14. Each year, the Friends of William Stafford organize a series of readings to commemorate the life and work of Oregon’s own William Stafford, and next Wednesday, Linfield College in McMinnville is hosting one of those events.Linfield professor emerita and Oregon poet Barbara Drake will be hosting the reading, and I’ll be joining area students, Linfield faculty, and local writers and poets Joe Wilkins, Emily Grosvenor, and Lisa Ohlen Harris, among others. We’re all reading from Stafford’s work and some work of our own.

That reading is January 14 at 7 p.m. If you’re in the area, look for us at Linfield College, in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

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