Poetry Reading with Pepper Trail, Amy Miller, Quinton Hallett, Laura LeHew, Catherine McGuire and Tim Whitsel
The reading will feature contributors to a new anthology called The Absence of Something Specified. This collection contains variations on the broad theme of drought. According to the introduction, “Drought has become an everyday word, and as we cope with the effects of global warming, an increasingly important phenomenon. But drought can also be a relationship gone dry, a loss of enthusiasm, an emptiness, a deep emotional state of longing for a person or thing that is absent.” The book is a collaboration of 4 small presses based in Oregon and Colorado: Fern Rock Falls, Tiger’s Eye, Uttered Chaos, and Noah’s Shoes.
Amy Miller’s poetry has appeared in Bellingham Review, Nimrod, Permafrost, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, and her most recent chapbooks are I Am on a River and Cannot Answer and White Noise Lullaby. She is the poetry editor of the NPR listening guide Jefferson Journal.
Pepper Trail is a southern Oregon naturalist and writer. His poetry has appeared in Rattle, Atlanta Review, Cascadia Review, Kyoto Journal, and elsewhere. His collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems, was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in poetry.
Quinton Hallett is the author of three chapbooks, founder of Fern Rock Falls Press, and her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently Cirque, The Knotted Bond, and december. Her full-length collection, Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast, from Uttered Chaos, was released in 2015.
Laura LeHew writes and edits from the hills of Eugene, Oregon. Widely published, her collections include: Becoming, Buyer’s Remorse (forthcoming ’17), Willingly Would I Burn, It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, and Beauty.
Catherine McGuire has three decades of published poetry, four poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry book, Elegy for the 21st Century.
For six years Tim Whitsel directed Windfall, a reading series at the Eugene Public Library. He won first prize at the 2013 Northwest Poets’ Concord. He has been honored with two artist’s residencies at PLAYA. His poems appear in magazines and online. WISH MEAL his first full-length volume was published in October 2016 by Airlie Press
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