AS PART OF its celebration of National Library Week and in honor of National Poetry Month, Driftwood Public Library welcomes Oregon poet Clemens Starck, speaking on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm, and Poet Jennifer Boyden, who will be teaching a workshop at the library entitled “Create Your Own Story through Poetry” on Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 4pm.
A regular at the Fisher Poets Gathering, Starck’s first book of poetry, “A “Journeyman’s Wages” won the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award in 2006. That book also won the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Northwest Booksellers Association. His 2003 book, China Basin, was nominated for the Oregon Book Award.
Originally hailing from Rochester, NY, Starck briefly attended Princeton before dropping out and taking on a series of blue-collar jobs across the country. He has Working jobs as a carpenter and construction foreman throughout the Northwest before settling in Oregon, he has also worked as a merchant seaman, a newspaper reporter, a door-to-door salesman and as a ranch-hand. He has said that he worked to support his poetry.
Boyden’s class will focus on the use of poetry for personal storytelling and is being described as an “intergenerational workshop” open to anyone aged 12 and older. Jennifer reads from her own works on Sunday, April 17th at 3pm.A widely published poet, Boyden has taught at Walla Walla Community College since 2001. In 2008 she was awarded The Brittingham Prize in Poetry.
While the reading on Sunday is open to the public at large, those wishing to attend the workshop must register with Sue Jenkins: 541-996-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Both events are free. Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, on the 2nd Floor of the City Hall building.