Second Sunday: Maxine Scates

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  6/28/2011

The Deschutes Public Library and Second Sunday are pleased to present a free poetry writing workshop with Eugene poet Maxine Scates. This event will take place on Sunday, July 10th at 11:00 am in the Deschutes Public Library Administration Building. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can register at the link above or by calling Lisa McGean at 541/312-1034. An open mic will follow the reading.

Do you decide what to write before you write, or do you begin with only an impulse and follow where the poem leads? Are there subjects you know you avoid? Are there subjects you return to again and again? In this workshop, participants will discuss their writing process and through that discussion and writing prompts suggest ways in which they can become a better listener when it comes to what your poems want to say.

Maxine Scates was born and raised in Los Angeles, she received a B.A. in English from CSU Northridge, where she studied with the poet Ann Stanford, whose selected poems she later co-edited with another former student of Stanford’s, the poet David Trinidad.

She is the author of three books of poetry, “Undone” (New Issues 2011) “Toluca Street” and “Black Loam”..Her poems have been widely published in such journals as AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Ironwood, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her work has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, The Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She has taught at Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College and most recently Reed College. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

For questions about this or other library events or ADA concerns, please contact Lisa McGean at 541-312-1034 or visit the library at

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