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Word UP! With Barret O'Brien, Rob Lewis and Manya Orescan Campos
June 3, 2019 –
Monday, June 3rd 7:00 pm
With Barret O'Brien, Rob Lewis and Manya Orescan Campos
A Trio of poets to confront the climate crisis at Bloomsbury Books.
When Ashland playwright Barret O’Brien premiered his climate-focused play Water Made to Rise to sold-out audiences at the Historic Ashland Armory and Willow Witt Ranch, he ended each performance with a poem from Rob Lewis’s book, The Silence of Vanishing Things.
Now, with poet Manya Orescan Campos, they are joining forces to bring Word Up: 3 Poets’ Response to the Climate Crisis to Bloomsbury Books, “It’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed these days by the climate numbers. But numbers don’t tell the whole story,” says Lewis. “Through the vantage of poetry we can twist the lens a little and let new light in, light we really need right now.” All three poets will speak from their perspectives and read from their own work, but with a common concern for the people and creatures being uprooted by climate chaos. As Orescan Campos put it, “we want to challenge a system that keeps us from the intimate and the sacred.” There will be time for questions and answers. Following the reading the authors will sign copies from their most recent poetry books The Silence of Vanishing Things (Lewis), A look of defiance. Radiant. (Campos), and The Full Bent (O’Brien).
Rob Lewis works to bring the power of language to the defense of the more-than human world.
His writings have been featured in Dark Mountain, Cascadia Weekly, Manzanita, The Atlanta
Review, Southern Review and others. As owner of Earth Craft Painting he also works to revive
the use of local wild clays to paint our work and living spaces.
Barret O’Brien is a poet, playwright, and actor whose works have been performed at venues
nationwide. He is a six-year company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the founder
of “Finding our Tails,” educational workshops that help youth find their voice through theater.
His newest play Water Made to Rise premiered last winter the Historic Ashland Armory and
Willow Witt Ranch.
Manya Orescan Campos is a queer xicana poet and mama. Her work explores cultural and
queer identity, environmental sanity, and aims to challenges a system that keeps us from the
intimate and sacred. Her work has been featured in We’Moon, The Jefferson Journal, Isis Scrolls,
Main Squeeze and Essential Oil Vol.2. Her most recent chapbook is A look of defiance. Radiant.
She lives in Oregon with her cactus eating family, an old typewriter, and a fierce commitment to
social justice and poetry