Second Sunday Back at The Library

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/9/2005

Deschutes Public Library pleased to host the monthly Second Sunday Readings on Sunday, May 8, 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 May is Portland poet, Margaret Chula. Internationally known for her haiku poetry, Chula lived in Kyoto for twelve years, where she taught creative writing at Kyoto Seika Unversity and Doshisha Women’s College. She has published five collections of poetry including Grinding My Ink, and Shadow Lines, both of which earned the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award in 1994 and 2000. Her newest collection, is titled, The Smell of Rust. She has received two Oregon Literary Arts Fellowships and several Regional Arts and Culture Council grants.
The poetry form known as Haiku traces it roots to early Japan, where people used a format of 5-7-5-7-7sylablles known as “tanka,” to praise their local monarchies and offer prayers to their gods. Haiku emerged when the last two lines were dropped from the tanka form. Because of their brief form, Haiku writers must employ evocative language and vivid imagery while they embrace living the Way of Haiku (in an awareness of just this -- this moment) and the Spirit of Haiku (to hold all things with reverence).
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.

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