Second Sunday

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Second Sunday is a monthly celebration of poetry and prose. Each month, a regional writer is chosen to read a selection from their work. An open mic follows the guest reader, where poets both novice and published are invited to share their work.





Events


Jenny Root and Tim Whitsel Second Sunday: Jenny Root and Tim Whitsel
June 8, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Oregon poets Jenny Root and Tim Whitsel to Second Sunday, the Library’s monthly celebration of the written word, on June 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Bend Library. The program is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the reading and books will be available for sale.

Jenny Root’s first full-length collection of poems, The Company of Sharks, was published in the fall of 2013. Her work has appeared in such journals as basalt, Cloudbank, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Fault Lines, Fireweed, The Meadowland Review and Windfall, and anthologized in What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems and New Poets of the American West. A resident of Eugene for nearly 25 years, Jenny finds inspiration for her poems from animals and the natural world, interpersonal relationships, current events and the mysteries of interstellar space.

Tim Whitsel lives on a 100-year floodplain northeast of Springfield, Oregon. He is passionate about gardening, jazz, western rivers, soccer, bicycling and wine, topics he mines for his poems. For six years he hosted Windfall, a monthly reading series for the Eugene Public Library and the Lane Literary Guild. We Say Ourselves, a 2012 chapbook from Traprock Books, is his first collection. His work has been anthologized in journals and in online magazines.





Second Sunday on Saturday: William Sullivan
May 10, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


The author talks about his new book and “Oregon for the Curious.”





Second Sunday: David Biespiel
March 9, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


David Biespiel Widely recognized as one of the leading poets of his generation, David Biespiel founded the Attic Institute in Portland in 1999. Among his publications are Shattering Air, Pilgrims & Beggars and Wild Civility. His fourth book of collected poems, The Book of Men and Women, was named Best Poetry of the Year for 2009 by The Poetry Foundation and also received the Oregon Book Award.

He has been honored with a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.

His fifth volume of poems, Charming Gardeners, was published in late 2013. Grounded in the friendship, the camaraderie and the boldness that defines America, the poems in Charming Gardeners explore memory and the emotional connections between individuals and history. Originally from the South, Biespiel now makes in home in Portland, Oregon.





Cancelled - Second Sunday: Being Brave on the Page
February 9, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Writers and aspiring writers alike are invited to join three Oregon authors at the Downtown Bend Library on February 9 as they talk about their writing craft and the creative life, and the importance of being brave on the page. This event is part of the library’s Second Sunday series, a monthly celebration of the written word. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This panel discussion will feature writer, editor and publisher Laura Stanfill; writer Stevan Allred; and writer and editor Kim Cooper Findling. Their voices and more than two dozen others are captured in the new book Brave on the Page from Forest Avenue Press. In the book, publisher Laura Stanfill captures the voices of 42 writers about their approach to confronting the blank page. “I originally launched an interview series on my blog,” says Stanfill. “The book, Brave on the Page, grew out of that exploration. Writing can be lonely, but it doesn’t need to be.”

Laura Stanfill is the founder and publisher of Forest Avenue Press, which received a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her novels include The Serinette and Body Copy. Brave on the Page, which she edited, spent four months on the Powell’s Small Press Bestseller List.

Stevan Allred’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and websites, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches writing at The Pinewood Table and is the editor of the zine Dixon Ticonderoga. His novel, A Simplified Map of the Real World, was released in 2013.

Kim Cooper Findling is the author of Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir; a chapter from the book won the 2011 Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest. Her work has also appeared in Alaska Air, Oregon Coast, High Desert Journal, Runner’s World, and more. She is also the editor of Central Oregon Magazine.





Second Sunday: Featuring Krayna Castelbaum
December 8, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.

Krayna Castelbaum
Deschutes Public Library welcomes poet, artist and transformational coach Krayna Castelbaum to the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, December 8, 2013, for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written and spoken word. The event is free and open to the public.

For this special Second Sunday event, inspired in part by the Library’s “Know D.I.Y.” theme for December, Castelbaum will lead attendees through a poetry playshop. “This poetry playshop is an invitation to discard concepts about poetry. Instead, come enjoy dancing with words and images; give voice to your abundantly creative genius-in-residence,” says Castelbaum.





Second Sunday with The Nature of Words: Featuring Emily Carr
November 10, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
11:00 AM

Emily Carr
The Nature of Words and Deschutes Public Library will welcome Emily Carr to the Downtown Bend Library for November’s Second Sunday event. Carr is an award-winning poet and the director of the OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing program. This special Second Sunday event follows the 2013 The Nature of Words Literary Festival, which takes place in Bend November 7–10. Carr will read from her work on November 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Downtown Bend Library. The presentation is free and open to the public; an open mic follows Carr’s reading.





Second Sunday with Ivonne Saed
October 13, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2:00 PM

Ivonne Saed Writer and photographer Ivonne Saed reads from her work and discusses the creative process. Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual within the humanities, both in her own professional creation as well as teaching. Her published work includes the novel Triple crónica de un nombre, which is currently in translation to English (Triple Chronicle of a Name), as well as the non-fiction work Sobre Paul Auster. Autoría, dystopía y textualidad.

Her photographs have been shown in galleries in the United States, Mexico and Turkey. Her first documentary Naïve premiered in March 2012 as part of “Object Stories,” a Portland Art Museum project.




Second Sunday: Author Peter Rock
September 8, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2:00 PM

Peter Rock Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Oregon author Peter Rock to Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written word, Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. Rock is the author of novels including the recently published The Shelter Cycle, the award winning My Abandonment and a story collection, The Unsettling. The reading is free and open to the public and books will be available for sale following the reading.

Although a work of fiction, The Shelter Cycle tells the story of the real Church Universal and Triumphant and their guru Elizabeth Clare Prophet from the point of two young people raised in the Montana doomsday cult. Rock first became aware of the cult when he was working on a sheep ranch adjacent to the cult’s property in the early ‘90s. “I was stretching barbed wire fences, tending bum calves and chain-sawing firewood.” While working Rock noticed the members of the church working much harder. “The fear of an impending Soviet nuclear strike drove the church to build underground shelters—some small enough for a family or two, others costing millions of dollars, built for hundreds of people—and to store enough food and clothing for seven years.” About five years ago Rock was beginning to think about taking on writing about the cult when he realized that a young woman, a student at Reed College where he teaches, had been a child in the church during the time of the shelter cycle. Through her generosity Rock was able to gather hours of interviewers with ex-members and true believers. His research confirmed that it would be a fascinating topic to explore though fiction.



Second Sunday: Jason Graham
August 11, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2:00 PM

Deschutes Public Library welcomes poet, artist and musical performer Jason Graham—also known as MOsley WOtta—to the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, August 11, 2013, for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written and spoken word. The performance is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the reading and CDs will be available for sale.

Graham is a prize-winning competitive poet and performer. Both his visual and auditory artistic expressions inspire people to find common bonds. “MOsley WOtta music is specifically designed to celebrate our commonalities and embrace our differences,” says Graham. “The idea that we are all made up mostly of water. It’s about commonality and feeling welcome. So, it’s a good way for me to find a family wherever I go.”

Graham’s Second Sunday performance is free and open to all.



Women Shaping Writing in Central Oregon
July 14, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2:00 PM

Deschutes Public Library welcomes three working Central Oregon writers to the Downtown Bend Library on July 14 to read from their work and discuss “Women Shaping Writing in Central Oregon.” This event is part of the library’s Second Sunday series, a monthly celebration of the written word. The presentation is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the reading.

In this event, Elizabeth Quinn, Kim Cooper Findling and Emily Carr will read from their work and discuss their current projects. Quinn in the managing editor of High Desert Journal; Findling is the editor of Central Oregon Magazine and the author of Chance of Sun; and Carr is the director of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Oregon State University-Cascades and the author of Directions for Flying.



Author Monica Drake
June 9, 2013
Downtown Bend Public Library
2:00 PM

Monica Drake Deschutes Public Library welcomes award-winning author and indie favorite Monica Drake to the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, June 9, 2013, for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written word. The reading is free and open to the public. An author signing follows and books will be available for purchase.

Monica Drake’s new novel, The Stud Book, is about the mating habits of animals—human and otherwise. “I write comedy about serious subjects,” says Drake. “The Stud Book is a comedy about overpopulation. It has a miscarriage in it. It has violence. I hope I’ve found the humor and humanity in the struggle of living within the physical urges, hopes and limits of one human-animal body on a crowded planet.”

Drake is also the author of the indie hit Clown Girl, which won an Eric Hoffer Award and an “IPPY” (Independent Publishers Award). In 2010 the film rights to Clown Girl were optioned by Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig.

In addition to her two published novels, Drake’s essays and short stories have appeared in journals including The Northwest Review, Oregon Humanities, Paris Review Daily and others. She has been a regular contributor to The OregonianThe Portland Mercury and the Stranger (Seattle). She has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently Department Chair of the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She blogs at monicadrake.com/blog.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Tina at 541-312-1034.



Oregon’s Poet Laureate Visits Central Oregon

May 11, 2013 • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Writing Workshop
Redmond Public Library

May 12, 2013 • 2:00 p.m.
Second Sunday
Downtown Bend Public Library

Paulann Petersen Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate, recently said that “we write to create ourselves, to discover, to define—moment to moment to moment—who we are, who we are becoming. This happens as we write.” Petersen will be creating, discovering, defining and writing at two library programs in May. She will lead a writer’s workshop at the Redmond Public Library on May 11 and will be the Second Sunday guest reader on May 12 at the Downtown Public Library. Registration is required for the writer’s workshop.

Petersen is a former high school teacher and author of five poetry collections and four chapbooks. Her most recent publication is Shimmer and Drone, a chapbook of poems about India. A sixth collection, Understory, is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press. She has led workshops and given readings in hundreds of places—from Powell's in Portland to Omsania University in India—and in nearly every nook and cranny of Oregon. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. A Portland native, she is a member of Friends of William Stafford and organizes the annual Stafford birthday readings.

Edwin Markham was named Oregon’s first poet laureate 90 years ago. The legislature made the post official in 1989. First appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2010, Petersen was reappointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to a second term in 2012. Oregon’s Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.







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