The Nature of Words Wraps Up At Bend Public Library

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/25/2006

Deschutes Public Library and Deschutes Public Library Foundation are pleased to welcome The Nature of Words for a reading by winners of the Rising Star creative writing competition in the Brooks Room on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. The readings will be followed by a community open mic. This program is free and open to the public.

The Rising Star creative writing competition is in association with the annual literary festival held the first weekend of November in Bend. Prizes will be awarded in fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry in two age categories, 15-18 and 19-25. Winning writers will receive a cash prize of $50.

“The Rising Star competition is a natural extension of our interest in supporting emerging Northwest writers,” said Ellen Waterston, Director of The Nature of Words. “We want to encourage the next generation of writers by providing a forum for their work and giving them an opportunity to compete with their peers.”

Entries were judged by a panel of well-known Northwest writers including: Fiction: Jane Kirkpatrick, author of A Clearing in the Wild and Hold Tight the Thread; Non-fiction: Jarold Ramsay, author of New Era, Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon and Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country; and Poetry: Judith Montgomery, author of Passion and Red Jess.

For information about The Nature of Words, please visit For library programs, please call 312-1032.

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