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


Second Sunday: T. Geronimo Johnson and OSU-Cascades MFA Students
Sunday, November 8, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library


T. Geronimo Johnson When Dr. Emily Carr, director of the OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA, went looking for a mentor for her students and a writer who could assist with designing the curriculum, she quickly set her sights on bestselling National Book Award nominee, T. Geronimo Johnson. Join Carr, OSU-Cascades MFA students and Johnson for a lively afternoon of readings, discussion and sharing at Second Sunday, the Library’s celebration of the written word. The reading begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Johnson’s books will be available for sale following the reading.

“Each year, program participants are mentored by an accomplished writer,” says Carr. “I was looking for a writer who would be enthusiastic about the freedoms and challenges of growing an innovative, holistic MFA, and who would inspire our students to make art that is touched by, and in turn touches, the world,” she says. “Geronimo is all of that, and more. Like the rest of our MFA faculty, he distinguishes himself by his commitment to working collaboratively and by modeling what it means to be a whole writer,” she says.

Carr tells prospective students that one of the primary reasons to get an MFA is to develop relationships with writers who will be passionate advocates for their work in the world. “Mentorships give students an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty and to develop relationships outside the confines of the classroom,” she says. “Because each faculty works with a maximum of six students, they can also provide our students with the individualized instruction artists need to grow into their full, and fully individual, potential,” says Carr.





Second Sunday: Elizabeth Woody
Sunday, October 11, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library


Elizabeth Woody In an essay titled “Recalling Celilo,” award winning poet Elizabeth Woody says “The salmon, the tree, and even Celilo Falls (Wyam) echo within if we become still and listen. Once you have heard, take only what you need and let the rest go.” Known for poetry rooted in the natural world, her people and family, Elizabeth Woody shares her work at Second Sunday, the Library’s celebration of the written word and Pacific Northwest writers. The reading begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the reading and Woody’s books will be available for sale.

“Woody’s poetry acts as a tool for rebuilding history, reconstituting dignity, and communicating culture,” says reviewer Judy Elsley. Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) has published poetry, short fiction, essays and is a visual artist. Her first collection of poetry, Hand Into Stone, received a 1990 American Book Award. Two collections, Luminaries of the Humble, by the University of Arizona Press, and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts, Prose and Poetry, by The Eighth Mountain Press, were both published in 1994. As an artist she has exhibited regionally, served as a juror for several arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and illustrated Sherman Alexie’s poetry collection Old Shirts and New Skins (1993).

A member of the Tódích'íinii (Bitter Water clan), Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association in 1995. She was a finalist in the poetry category for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994 and is an alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program. From 1994-1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Woody earned a BA in the humanities from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

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.





August Third Sunday: Local Author Fair
Sunday, August 16, 2015 • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library



Second Sunday, Deschutes Public Library’s monthly celebration of northwest writers and the written word, moves to the Third Sunday in August for a special celebration of local writers. Taking place on Sunday, August 16, from 1:00–3:00 p.m., the Local Author Fair gives Central Oregon writers a chance to share their work with the public.

“We’re happy to highlight several local authors who are both new and experienced,” says Chantal Strobel, manager of community relations at Deschutes Public Library. “We’ve had enthusiastic author participation in the previous years, and this year wanted to try something a little different in terms of format,” she continues.

The 2015 celebration of local authors will feature writers in a new format. This year each participating author—10 in all—will have his or her own table at which books can be displayed and offered for sale. The public will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the authors whose work piques their interest. Participants include authors writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. The authors have confirmed and reserved their spaces; as such, there is not space available for drop-in participation by authors who have not already confirmed their spot.





Second Sunday with Carl Adamshick
July 12, 2015
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Carl Adamshick Deschutes Public Library welcomes award-winning poet Carl Adamshick to the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, July 12, for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written word. The reading is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the reading and books will be available for sale.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Carl Adamshick grew up primarily in Harvard, Illinois. His debut collection of poetry, Curses and Wishes, was selected by Marvin Bell for the 2010 Walt Whitman Award and was published by Louisiana State University the following year. His work has been published in Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, and Narrative. Adamshick’s writing has also been featured on The Rumpus website and as the Weekly Poem on the PBS NewsHours website.

Adamshick received an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts and is a co-founder of Tavern Books. His second poetry collection, Saint Friend, was published by McSweeney’s in 2014.

Adamshick currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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.





Second Sunday: Tim Shaner and Karen McPherson
June 14, 2015
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Karen McPherson and Tim Shaner Poets Karen McPherson and Tim Shaner share the podium at Second Sunday, Deschutes Public Library’s monthly celebration of the written word. Second Sunday has welcomed poets, writers and musicians from around the state since 2004. The reading starts at 2:00 p.m. An open mic follows the reading and books will be available for sale.

McPherson, the author of the poetry chapbooks Sketching Elise and Skein of Light, and full-length volume Skein of Light (Airlie Press, 2014), is a professor of French at the University of Oregon. Her poems, described as “meditative” and “gorgeous” by Oregon poet Maxine Scates, have appeared in numerous literary journals. Additionally, she has published two scholarly monographs and a book-length translation into English of poetic essays by Quebec poet Louise Warren. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her life partner, Elise.

Poet Charles Berstein says that Shaner “mixes close observations of the social, natural, and linguistic.” The author of Picture X, Shaner’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Plumwood Mountain, The Poetic Labor Project, West Wind Review, Colorado Review, The Claudius App, Jacket, P-Queue, Kiosk and Shampoo. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University (London) and a Ph.D. from SUNY-Buffalo’s Poetics Program. From 2008-2014, Shaner curated A-New Poetry Reading Series @ DIVA in Eugene. He teaches writing at Lane Community College.





Second Sunday with Mark Pomeroy
March 8, 2015
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


In its 54-year history, Oregon State University Press has published only two novels. The first, Brian Doyle’s Mink River, garnered praise for its richly imagined and distinctive look at life in a small Northwest town. Four years after Mink River’s publication, OSU Press released its second fiction title—The Brightwood Stillness by Mark Pomeroy, a book that quickly earned its own acclaim as “absorbing and humane,” “perceptive” and “brave.” The book’s subject matter, and its decade-plus journey to finding a publisher, is anything but ordinary.

Pomeroy will discuss writing, The Brightwood Stillness and the challenge of finding a publisher when he reads at Second Sunday, Deschutes Public Library’s monthly celebration of the written word and Pacific Northwest writers.





Second Sunday: Jon Abernathy
February 8, 2015
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


With more breweries per capita than any other Oregon city, Bend is a beer mecca. Prior to Prohibition, the state had a burgeoning brewing industry and plenty of saloons to cater to the needs of the hardy frontiersmen who settled Central Oregon. The teetotaling ’20s brought all that to a screeching halt. Fifty years later, the arrival of pioneers like Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company breathed new life into Bend’s beer and brought about the booming industry for which the area is known today. Author and “The Brew Site” creator Jon Abernathy traces Bend and Central Oregon’s hoppy history from early settlement to the present day, sharing the stories behind its most famous breweries and the communities that have fostered the industry. Abernathy will read at the Downtown Bend Library as part of Second Sunday, the Library’s celebration of the written word, on Sunday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m. Books will be available for sale following the reading.





Second Sunday: The High Desert Poetry Cell
January 11, 2015
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Don’t think otherwise: the five men who make up the High Desert Poetry Cell are most definitely all about the poetry. But throughout their seven years together, the dinners, wine and camaraderie have been a big bonus. “Gourmet meals, under-$10-a-bottle wine and ribald life observations—why would anybody in their right mind not do this?,” asks Cell member John Kvapil.

Kvapil and his four Cell mates—Larry Jabobs, Don Kunz, Peter Lovering and John Martin—will read their work at the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written word. The reading is free and open to the public, and books will be available for sale.

The High Desert Poetry Cell released their first collection, The Guys Big Book of Poetry, in 2010. In it, the men deal with love, relationships, fathers, loss—and a little sarcasm about some sacred cows. The group went on to release The Guys’ Home Relationship Maintenance and Improvement Manual in 2011. They have plans to release a third collection in spring of 2015.





Second Sunday: Fractured Fairy Tales and Myths with Judith Montgomery and Suzanne Burns
December 14, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


What if Gretel stayed in the forest? What does Death do on vacation? Come to the dark and delicious side of the folk stories you know and love, with Bend poets Suzanne Burns and Judith Montgomery, guest readers at December’s Second Sunday. Second Sunday has often featured two poets reading together. But the pairing of Burns and Montgomery is more than just two poets reading in the same space on the same day.

Both poets have explored fairy tales and myths in their poems and December’s Second Sunday provides an opportunity to observe how the voices of two poets can blend together. Open mic follows the reading.





Second Sunday: Lois Leveen & Juliet’s Nurse
November 9, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


“Why is riffing on—and ripping off—Shakespeare so incredibly enticing?” Author Lois Leveen posed this very question, and it’s one she asked herself while writing her own Shakespearean riff, the novel Juliet’s Nurse. In the book, Leveen imagines the 14 years leading up to the events in Romeo and Juliet as told by the woman who was both insider and outsider among the wealthy families of Verona. “I realized I hadn’t actually read the play since high school,” says Leveen. “I pulled my copy off the shelf, devoured it in a single sitting, and happily discovered the nurse was every bit as ribald, comic and tragic a character as any novelist could hope for.”

Leveen will discuss all things history, Shakespeare and writing at her upcoming Second Sunday event at the Downtown Bend Library. This monthly celebration of the written word and Pacific Northwest authors is free and open to the public.





Second Sunday (on the first Sunday): April Genevieve Tucholke
October 5, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
3 p.m.


Author April Genevieve Tucholke once received a vintage bottle of poison as a gift. No kidding. But a bottle of poison seems a most appropriate gift for the author of the YA Gothic Horror novels Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and the recently released sequel Between the Spark and the Burn. Tucholke reads at Second Sunday (on the first Sunday), Deschutes Public Library’s monthly celebration of the written word, at the Downtown Bend Library on Sunday, October 5. The reading begins at 3:00 p.m. and books will be available for sale.

Described by Voice of Youth Advocates, the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, as a “stunning debut with complex characters, an atmospheric setting, and a distinct voice,” Tucholke’s first novel, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, debuted in 2013. The story of Violet White is a gothic thriller romance, with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop that includes cemetaries, a mysterious stranger and family secrets. The recently released sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn, has received positive reviews including one from the School Library Journal that clearly establishes Tucholke as a writer to watch. “The lush and polished prose, eerie locales and pervading sense of dark unease are as engrossing as they were in the first installment.”





Second Sunday: The Oregon Book Award Tour with Elena Passarello & Kari Luna
September 14, 2014
Downtown Bend Public Library
2 p.m.


Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome two authors who are touring the state as part of the Oregon Book Award author tour. Elena Passarello and Kari Luna will read from their books and discuss their writing at the Downtown Bend Library September 14 for Second Sunday, the library’s monthly celebration of the written word. The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.

Elena Passarello is a writer and an actor. She is the author of Let Me Clear My Throat, a 2014 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Oxford American, Slate, Iowa Review and Creative Nonfiction, among other journals, as well as the music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. She teaches creative writing at Oregon State University.

Kari Luna is a teen novelist, whimsicologist, creative director and copywriter. Her debut novel, The Theory of Everything, was named the American Booksellers Association’s Fall 2013 New Voices Pick, and won the Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Kari writes essays for The Weeklings and is currently at work on her next novel.









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