Deschutes Public Library News
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/30/2005
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to host the monthly Second Sunday Readings on Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. This months reading will be in the Library Admin Conference Room at 507 NW Wall in Bend. This event is free and open to the public.
The monthly readings are the result of the efforts of local writers and poets who felt the need to gather to share their work and their love of writing. Each month has a focus and a featured reader. The gatherings end with an open mic time where anyone willing can share original pieces.
Featured reader for June is poet Rob Whitbeck. Raised in Springfield, Whitbeck has spent the last two decades as a timber and agriculture laborer in eastern Oregon. His poems are steeped in the remote beauty of the landscape of eastern Oregon, which according to Whitbeck have been “largely passed over by the forces of modernity.” Whitbeck’s poems work to “clarify and counter the effects of the modern world,” on an environment that has been “poisoned, killed, uprooted, destroyed and enslaved.” His poems have appeared in the Oregon journals Calapooya, Clackamas Literary Review, Hubbub, and the Portland Review. He has published two collection of poetry, Oregon Sojourn and The Taproot Confessions. His CD, Western Cross, features Whitbeck reading selected poems from both works. Last year he won an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship and The Working People’s Poetry Competition.
For more information about the Second Sunday readings, please call 419-2389. For more information about other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.lib.or.