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.


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.

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.

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