The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic January 14, 2024 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

The Studio Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic January 14, 2024 (Sunday) @ 7:00 PM

Judith Barrington is the author of five poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. The most recent poetry book is Long Love: New and Selected Poems, 1985–2017; The prose books are: Lifesaving: A Memoir (winner of the Lambda Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), and Writing the Memoir: From Truth Art. Her work has been included in many anthologies, and published in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Narrative MagazinePrairie Schooner, and Americas Review.

In 2013 she was awarded the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and was a guest reader at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in Ireland. With her partner Ruth Gundle, she was awarded the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life. 

Katharine Salzmann lives and works as a poet and massage therapist in Portland. She has published two chapbooks with the pop-up persian pony press: Hemopoiesis, 1995, and Prayer Ceremony, 2007. She has poems scattered around in print and online journals, and in November, was featured on KBOO’s Talking Earth, the longest running poetry program for radio in the US. According to the Oregonian: Human limitation and the apparent schism between mind and matter are absent here…Sensual, sensuous, refusing the either-or categories of Western rationality, this is a poet who apprehends the world in its wholeness, it’s gift, and gives it back in kind.

The Open Mic is open to all audience members. Participants can sign up before the start of the reading or during the break. In the interest of time, Open Mic readers are asked to limit their readings to three minutes.

Did you know you can view clips of featured poets reading on our Facebook page?

The Ross Island Grocery and Café is a cozy space with capacity for 40 or so people. Tables are available, so people who arrive early can enjoy a light supper (i.e., a sandwich, salad or burger) while waiting for the reading to begin. If we run out of table space, folding chairs are available. A mic will enhance the readings. There is plenty of unrestricted parking on the streets around the Café.

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Leah Stenson