Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Poetry Month at the Salem Library with Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen

The Salem city Library is hosting a art show of poetry broadsides (printed pages of a poem that is sometimes paired with an image) as well as some interesting presentations including a day with Oregon's Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen.

The day of Paulann's workshop you can see the images she and I worked on together. You can also see the image poet Cindy Williams Gutierrez and I worked on. It it beautiful (and for sale!!)
Snow Red II, by Cristina Acosta and Paulann Petersen

A Day of Poetry with Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Poetry Workshop

(Pre-registration required for this session only.)
1-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12       Anderson Rooms A & B

Third Thursday Poets, Salem’s longest-running poetry series, is thrilled to bring Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen to the Salem Public Library for a day-long event featuring a workshop and a reading.

The afternoon workshop will provide an opportunity for poets to improve their work and foster creative expression. The workshop will give poets the opportunity to work one-on-one with Paulann Petersen. The workshop is free and open to the public, with pre-registration is required. The workshop size is limited and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations should be sent to Maureen Clifford at
Poetry Reading
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12

Loucks Auditorium

Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will finish her visit to Salem with an evening reading that is free and open to the public. Her work will be available for purchase after the presentation, courtesy of Brigadoon Books.

Paulann Petersen has given readings in hundreds of spots from Powell's in Portland to Omsania University in India, from Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls to the Museum Hotel in Central Turkey. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in the Portland area as part of Poetry in Motion. She frequently teaches workshops for colleges, high schools, libraries, and writers' organizations.

More information about both events is available from Maureen Clifford at

Crowned in Song
Musical Settings of Emily Dickinson Poems
3 p.m. Sunday, April 17

Loucks Auditorium

Marva Duerksen, who teaches both music and women’s studies at Willamette University has a special interest in music by women composers and poets. Recently, she has pursued a fascination with musical settings of poems by the famous American poet, Emily Dickinson. She will turn that fascination into a special program of Dickinson’s work set to music, featured as part of the Salem Public Library celebration of National Poetry Month.

Although Dickinson lived in the 19th century, her short poems are fresh and modern sounding even to 21st century readers. It is no surprise that many modern composers have been drawn to her words as lyrics for their songs. A broad range of musical styles will be represented in this program, including by Ernest Bacon and Leo Smit. In a couple of instances, the program will contrast two different composers’ settings of the same poem.

Dr. Duerksen will be joined by fellow Willamette faculty member, Christine Welch Elder, and Portland singer Barbara Wester Skipworth to interpret these solo songs and duets.  Duerksen and Dr. George Skipworth will accompany them on the piano.
The event is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. More information is available from the Information/Reference Desk at 503-588-6052.

La Voz de la Poesia/The Voice of Poetry
Bilingual Poetry Reading (Spanish and English)
7 p.m. Thursday, April 21

Anderson Room B

Published poets Efrain Diaz-Horna from Peru and Juan Marcos Cervantes from Mexico will each present a 20-minute bilingual poetry reading. Afterwards, audience members may participate in a question-and-answer period, followed by book sales and a reception.

Efrain Diaz-Horna is a native of Talara, Peru, who has been drawing, paiting, and writing since he was a child. His poetry has been published in Expreso, The Oregonian, The Hispanic News, the National Catholic Reporter, and several newsletters. He is the author of a collection of poems titled The Many Faces of Love (1983).

Juan Cervantes Morales is a writer, poet, and essayist from Oaxaca, Mexico. A writer from an early age, Cervantes was awarded the 2010 Proyeccion Latina 2010, for the first place in poetry. Cervantes has recently published El Jardin del Eden, a book of poetry (Spanish).

The Salem Family Literacy Program is sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Kelley Morehouse at

Workshop is available to people who register.
for more information about reading at 7 pm april 12th.