ALWAYS Free Admission
Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The First Draft Writers’ Series brings authors and poets of note to the Pendleton stage to share new work. On the third Thursday of each month people who love the written word gather at the PCA’s Pearson Auditorium to hear our featured authors as well as three to five minute open mic readings by local emerging writers.
This month’s featured writers:
Past featured writers:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
January Joe Wilkins
February Scot Siegel and Kristen Berger
April Tiffany Midge and Xavier Cavanos
May George Venn
January Tom Madden and Nancy Knowles
February Brittney Corrigan
July Pepper Trail
August Oregon Poet Laureate Elizebeth Woody
September We take a break for Round Up
November Shann Ray Ferch
January David Axelrod and David Memmott
February Jennifer Boyden and Scott Elliott
March Robert Stubblefield
April Alice Derry, Katharine Whitcomb and Christianne Balk
May Kathleen Flenniken
June Penelope Scambly Schott
July Kirsten Rian
August Brian Doyle
September Round Up Break
October Rob Whitbeck
November Alex Kuo
December Pamela Reese
July Lawson Inada
August Michael Spring
October Elizabeth Enslin
November Ellen Waterston
December Jennifer Karson-Engum and Bobbie Conner
May Molly Gloss
June Ingrid Wendt, Ralph Salisbury
July Charles Goodrich
August Naseem Rakha
September East/West Poets: Maralee Gerke,
Bette Husted, Jack Lorts, Thomas Madden, Erik Muller,
October Ursula Le Guin with Richard Dorband
November Craig Lesley
December Karen Spears Zacharias
You can hear recordings of past events at the East Oregonian’s website.
The event is free to the public thanks to generous support from Oregon Humanities, as well as from local sponsors and regional foundations. Our founding sponsors include Jan and Tom Groat, Delores and Steve Bjerke, and Barbara and Dale Brandt.
“Truly, [First Draft] was one of the best adventures of my writing career, right up there with winning the PNBA awards and being interviewed by Studs Turkel.” - Craig Lesley
Scot Siegel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems (County Clare, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2016), and Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (Salmon Poetry, 2012). He has received awards and commendations from the Oregon Poetry Association, Nimrod International, Aesthetica (UK), Poetry Northwest, and the Oregon State Library. The late US Poet Laureate, Philip Levine, recognized Scot's long poem, “Pages Torn From a Schoolmarm’s Diary,” as a Finalist with Honorable Mention in Nimrod International’s 2012 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Competition. Scot is the recipient of writer residencies from Playa and OSU's Spring Creek Project, and his poetry has appeared in Terrain.org, The Oregonian, High Desert Journal, Open Spaces, and Verse Daily, among others, and is part of the permanent art installation along the Portland-to-Milwaukie Light Rail ‘Orange Line'. More information at www.scotsiegel.com.
Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and co-edited VoiceCatcher 6: Portland/Vancouver Area Women Writers and Artists (2011). Her long prose-poem, Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin is the recipient of writer residencies from Playa, OSU's Spring Creek Project, and Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, outside LaGrande, Oregon, and her poetry and essays have appeared in Cirque, Passages North, Terrain.org, Windfall, and in the forthcoming anthology, Drought, from Tiger's Eye Press. A Detroit-native, Kristin has lived in Portland for 22 years, and is co-host of a poetry series at the Lents International Farmer's Market. More info at www.kristinberger.me.
Left: Molly Gloss at the inaugural meeting of FDWS. Above: Ursula K. LeGuin and Richard Dorband discuss the writing life.
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