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Author of Blood Ties Reads At Bend Library

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/5/2004

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome poet Paulann Petersen for a reading and signing in the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Petersen’s reading is free and open to the public and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale before and after the reading. Refreshments will be served.

Petersen is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University whose poems have appeared in many publications including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, and Wilderness Magazine. She has three chapbooks (Under the Sign of a Neon Wolf, The Animal Bride, and Fabrication). Her first full-length collection of poems, The Wild Awake, was published by Confluence Press in September of 2002. A second, Blood-Silk, poems about Turkey, was published by Quiet Lion Press of Portland in 2004. Another, A Bride of Narrow Escape will be published by Cloudbank Books as part of its Northwest Poetry Series in 2005. Her work has been selected for Poetry Daily on the Internet and for Poetry in Motion, which puts poems on busses and light rail cars in the Portland metropolitan area. The winner of two Carolyn Kizer Awards, she has been on the faculty for the Creative Arts Community at Menucha, and has given workshops for Oregon Writers Workshop, Oregon State Poetry Association, and Mountain Writers Series. She serves on the board for Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January William Stafford Birthday Events.

Petersen’s reading is in conjunction with the Oregon State Poetry Association’s fall workshops scheduled for Saturday, October 16. The conference, sponsored by the COCC Fine Arts/Speech Department will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning with an open reading and concluding with a presentation of awards for OSPA’s fall poetry contest. In addition to Petersen, Jarold Ramsey will be a featured presenter. For more information about the conference please visit the OPSA Website at

For more information about Petersen’s reading or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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