Deschutes Public Library News
Two Poets at July's Second Sunday
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 6/19/2006
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to host the monthly Second Sunday Readings on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library. 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.
Poets Deborah Navin-Wells of Eugene and John Martin of Bend will share the stage for the July reading. Both poets are celebrating the publishing of their first chapbooks. According to local poet Judith Montgomery, “both John and Deborah are close observers of the natural world, and their poems are strongly based in nature and with birds in particular.” Montgomery also says that although nature is the springboard for their reflection on timeless issues “their delight is tempered by our knowledge that our time is limited.” She says that both poets are bittersweet and that marry the joy and the longing.
Martin is a poet, a journalist and a landscaper who has lived in Bend for a mere four and a half years. His writing has appeared in the Bulletin, Bend Living, Cascades East and Gusto magazine, among others. In April his poetry chapbook, The Nick Of Time, was published by Iota Press. Narin-Wells has an MA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, Poet Lore, Comstock Review, Southern Poetry Review among others. She won the 2005 Lois Cranston Poetry Prize from Calyx Journal. Formerly an instructor at Lane Community College, she currently teaches creative writing workshops through the Young Writers Association.
For more information about the Second Sunday readings, please call 419-2389. For more information about other library programs, please call 312-1032