Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen at Cedar Mill, Friday, March 4

Meet Paulann Petersen, Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate on Friday, March 4, at Cedar Mill Community Library. Reading begins at 7 pm.

Paulann Petersen was appointed by Ted Kulongoski as Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate in 2010. Thanks to funding provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Paulann will appear at the Cedar Mill Library. The program is free and open to the public.

Inspired by Klamath Fall's high plateau landscape, Paulann began writing poetry, and her first published poem appeared in the Sunday Oregonian in 1975. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Paulann spent a year in Stanford studying with poets including Adrienne Rich and Grace Paley. In 1991 she moved to Portland to teach at West Linn High School and now lives in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood.

Paulann has given readings in hundreds of spots from Powell's in Portland to Omsania University in India, from Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls to the Museum Hotel in Central Turkey, and in virtually every nook and cranny of Oregon. Her poetry is featured on Trimet public
transportation as part of Poetry in Motion. She frequently teaches workshops for colleges, high schools, libraries and writers' organizations.