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A Night of Poetry

5/10/2011
Klamath Community College is pleased to welcome Oregon State Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen to A Night of Poetry, Friday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. Peterson, who was born and raised in Oregon, spent much of her adult life in Klamath Falls and is a former employee of Mazama High School. She is a widely-published poet with five collections: The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle. Her most recent work, The Voluptuary was published last year.
 
A Night of Poetry
 
Klamath Community College is pleased to welcome Oregon State Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen to A Night of Poetry, Friday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. Peterson, who was born and raised in Oregon, spent much of her adult life in Klamath Falls and is a former employee of Mazama High School. She is a widely-published poet with five collections: The Wild Awake (2002), Blood-Silk (2004), A Bride of Narrow Escape (2006) and Kindle. Her most recent work, The Voluptuary was published last year.
A Night of Poetry is free and open to the public. Before Petersen takes the stage to read selections from her work, KCC students and community members will be reading their own creative works from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to read their own poetry should contact Jacquelyn Ray, Learning Resources Center Manager, at ray@klamathcc.edu or 541-880-2258. Ray is excited to bring Petersen to Klamath Falls, and feels this presents a great opportunity for local poets and fans of poetry, “this event is an opportunity to engage poets in the local community and foster a shared reading experience with Oregon’s Poet Laureate,” she said.
A Night of Poetry will take place in Building 6 on campus at Klamath Community College. It is sponsored by KCC’s Arts in Action Club.
 
About the Poet Laureate: Paulann Petersen was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to be Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate. She has received several awards, including Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Awards and the Literary Art’s Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon’s Literary Life. The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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