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Gary Anderson, Jessica Pierce, Bob Sterry

June 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Multnomah County Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210 + Google Map

Free Range Poetry presents
Gary Anderson, Jessica Pierce, Bob Sterry

Monday, June 3, 2019
Northwest Library
2300 NW Thurman Street

An open mic will precede featured poets.
Open mic readers limited to two pages of material.

Sign up for open mic at 5:45 pm.
Reading 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Gary Anderson was raised near the mouth of the Columbia River. He has been moderator for spoken word events at Finnish-American Folk Festivals in Naselle, Washington and Finn Fest USA events nationally. In the fall of 2017, Gary led a Nature Conservancy poetry-in-place presentation in a 240 acre preserve in Onota, Michigan. A one-off book was prepared for the event and featured poems for those places visited on a hike through the preserve. Gary’s poems appear in Fishtrap Outpost anthologies 2015 and 2017. Three of his poems have been inspiration for works of art through ARS Poetica. He has been a frequent featured poet at the Poulsbohemian in Poulsbo, Washington and on Lyle Haataja’s Scandinavian Hour radio show in Astoria, Oregon. He has published two chapbooks, My Finnish Soul (2010) and Bunchgrass and Buttercups (2012). A third book, Skyfixer Journal is planned for early 2019.

Jessica Pierce’S work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in an episode of Painted Bride Quarterly’s Slush Pile podcast. Her poems have been published in Timberline Review, The Madison Review, The New Haven Review, Tar River Poetry, JMWW, Euphony, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mead, Illya’s Honey and Northwest Review. She earned her Ed.M. from Harvard, and is the Dean of Students at a public alternative school outside of Portland, OR working with students at high risk of being pushed out. She comes home to two wild and wonderful children and her sitar-playing husband.

Bob Sterry is a voice over actor, audiobook narrator, writer, singer, occasional stage actor and humorist. His first chapbook Wing Nut was published a decade ago and The Bob Sterry School of Burglary was published last September. No one else has yet dared to publish his work and it appears nowhere but here… and… perhaps there. By the way he is passionate about cycle racing, cooking, language and literature.


Multnomah County Library
2300 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97210
+ Google Map


Free Range Poetry