Celebrate National Poetry Month

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  3/2/2004

Join Deschutes Public Library in celebrating the magic of poetry during National Poetry Month on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room with a reading by poet Maxine Scates followed by open mic time. This event is free and open to the public.

Scates, who has lived in Eugene since 1973, says she was first drawn to poetry because of a poems way of “isolating an image, and widening the body of what we know.” She believes that although poets address the deeply personal through their poems, poetry remains appealing to a wide audience because “it taps into the archetypal experiences that we all recognize.”

Scates is the author of Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press), which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and subsequently the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She is co-editor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford recently published by Copper Canyon Press. Scates has been the recipient of fellowships in poetry from MacDowell Colony, Caldera and the Oregon Arts Commission, and Literary Arts, Inc.; she has also received a fellowship in Literary Nonfiction from Literary Arts, Inc. For many years she was the Poetry Editor of Northwest Review. She has taught poetry and writing throughout the state of Oregon in the Artists-in-the-Schools Program, at Northwest Writing Institute and at Lane Community College. She has also been Writer-in-Residence at Lewis and Clark College and, most recently, Reed College.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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