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Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen in Astoria/Seaside/Newport

Paulann PetersenThe Seaside Public Library will host Oregon’s Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen on Thursday, April 21, 7pm. The Astoria Public Library will also welcome Paulann to the North Coast, Friday, April 22, 7pm and she will appear at The Newport Visual Arts Center, Saturday, April 23, 7pm. The Poet Laureate will present poetry readings and discussions.

Paulann Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010.  “Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind of person that is ideal to serve in this position” said the Governor.

Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a widely published poet, with four collections and several chapbooks to her credit.  She has also received Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and two Carloyn Kizer Poetry Awards.

Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway. (503)738-6742/www.seasidelibrary.org. Astoria Public Library, 450 10th Street (503)325-7323/www.astorialibrary.org. Newport Visual Arts, 777 NW Beach Drive (Admission is $5, students free, and includes a following Open Mic.)