Celebrate Second Sunday's 2nd Birthday!

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  9/1/2006

Join Deschutes Public Library for the 2nd Anniversary of the monthly Second Sunday gatherings in Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library at 610 NW Wall Street on Sunday, September 10, 2006. The reading begins at 3:00 p.m. and 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. During the birthday celebration, four local writers, Peter Lovering, Kake Huck, Kristina Bak and Jason Graham will share their work. No open mic will follow the reading. However, birthday refreshments will be served.

According to Marion Davidson, a regular attendee and one of the dutiful organizers of Second Sundays, the monthly event is important because “it provides a steady diet of contemporary writers, live and in the flesh.” Each month, notable writers from around the state as well as from across the country have shared their work at the casual gatherings. Davidson attributes the success of the gathering in part to the “gentle and steady hand of Peter Lovering as the MC.” For Davidson, highlights of the past two years include a performance of traditional Haiku, translations of poetry from Chinese and Spanish, and the history and contributions of one of Oregon’s small presses.

Second Sunday Master of Ceremonies and organizer Peter Lovering says his favorite moments come during the open mic, which usually follows the guest reader. According to Lovering, reading at the open mic can be intimidating for beginning writers but that Second Sunday provides a safe place to test the waters. “The shy, struggling, first timers that read their newly birthed words, usually find that they are well received and appreciated by other writers.”

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

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