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Christopher Howell Poetry Reading

Christopher Howell’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on December 8, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. (link is external) Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell attended Pacific Lutheran University from 1963 to ’66. After service as a military journalist during the Viet Nam war, he received graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. He is author of twelve collections of poems, most recently The Grief of a Happy Life (U. Washington Press, 2019), Love’s Last Number and Gaze (both from Milkweed Editions), and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (UW Press, 2010). He has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Artist Trust, and a number of…

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Kate Gray Poetry Reading

Kate Gray’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on November 10, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. Kate Gray’s passion stems from writing, teaching, leading salons, and volunteering. For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems was published by Widow & Orphan House in 2019. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (Cedar House Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. Her poetry and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In her novel-in-progress, she narrates, in Sylvia Plath’s voice, what led to The Bell Jar and her suicide attempt in 1953. Over the years she’s been awarded…

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Daylight Book Club

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM the Ledding Library Daylight Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss Crooked Heart: A Novel, by Lissa Evans. For more information contact Reference Librarian Laura Francillon at francillonl@milwaukieoreogn.gov.

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Fall Poetry Open Mic on Zoom

Fall Open Mic and Poetry Reading a virtual event on Zoom. The Open Mic theme is holidays. The Featured Readers are to be announced. Email Tom Hogan at tomhogan2@comcast.net (link sends e-mail) to register. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems, on theme holidays, depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on demand on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel (link is external) after the event.

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Judith Barrington Poetry Reading

Judith Barrington’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on October 13, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. (link is external) Judith Barrington’s sixth collection of poetry, Long Love: New & Selected Poems, 1985 – 2017 came out in 2018 from Salmon Poetry. She is also the author of The Conversation (2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award, and three previous collections of poems, as well as two chapbooks. Her Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the Lambda Book Award and runner-up for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Among her other awards are: The Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, The Andres Berger Award, The Dulwich Festival International Poetry Competition, an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Expression Award, and, from Literary Arts, The…

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Daylight Book Club

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM the Ledding Library Daylight Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss Personal History, by Katharine Graham. For more information contact Reference Librarian Laura Francillon at francillonl@milwaukieoreogn.gov.

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Grab & Go Book Clubs

Grab & Go Book Clubs for ages 5-12 begin the week of October 1-8 and go through April. Pick up your activity bag for the October books at the children’s desk any time October 1-8. Book selections will be posted at https://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/library/kids-book-groups  Little Comics Each month, October-April, we’ll read a graphic novel for first readers. Ages 5-7. Book Buddies Each month, October-April, we’ll read books nominated for the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award. Ages 7-9. ORCA Book Group Each month, October-April, we’ll read books nominated for the Oregon Readers’ Choice Award. Ages 9-12.

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Open Mic and Poetry Reading on Zoom

Open Mic and Poetry Reading a virtual event on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. This event is postponed one week due to the Labor Day weekend. Our Featured Readers are our community leaders, names TBA. The Open Mic will follow their reading. Email Greg Chaimov at gchaimov@gmail.com to register. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on demand on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel after the event.

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Marilyn Johnston Poetry Reading

Marilyn Johnston’s poetry reading will be livestreamed on September 8, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. Marilyn Johnston is a writer and filmmaker. She has received writing fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, and was the winner of the Donna J. Stone National Literary Award for Poetry, a Robert Penn Warren writing competition prize, and the Salmon Creek Journal’s Flash Fiction Contest. She is the author of Red Dust Rising (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, 2004), a chapbook of poems about her family’s healing from war, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a full collection, Before Igniting (Rippling Brook Press, 2020). She lives east of Salem, in the village of Macleay, and teaches creative writing in…

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Daylight Book Club

Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM the Ledding Library Daylight Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler. For more information contact Reference Librarian Laura Francillon at francillonl@milwaukieoreogn.gov (link sends e-mail).

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