July 20, 2015: Meeting with Peter Sears, Oregon Poet Laureate

Peter will read from his own work and also provide writing prompts for the audience. With his excellent ear for the sound of language, he’ll provide instant and valuable feedback to those who  share their drafts. This will be an interactive event, so bring pen and paper. 

Peter Sears, Oregon Poet LaureatePeter Sears came to Oregon in 1974 to teach creative writing at Reed College, and has gone on to do many  poetry workshops and readings at public schools,  libraries, colleges, community centers and literary  festivals throughout the state.

A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Peter has also served as Dean of Students at Bard College as well as Community Services Coordinator for  the Oregon Arts Commission. Most recently, he served as a member of the core  faculty of the MFA low‐residency program at Pacific University and has taught in  numerous community‐based workshops, including the year‐round Mountain Writers  Series.

Peter is the author of four full‐length poetry collections: Tour, The Brink, Green Diver,  and Small Talk from Lynx House Press. His second full‐length collection, The Brink,  received the Gibbs‐Smith poetry prize and the Western States Book Award for Poetry.  He is also the author of several chapbooks and two supplementary teaching texts,  Secret Writing and I’m Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem.

Peter is the founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition and co‐founder of Friends of  William Stafford and Cloudbank Books. He serves on the board of advisors for Fishtrap, and splits his time between Corvallis and Portland.

Peter Sears was appointed Oregon Poet Laureate in 2014 by Governor Kitzhaber. To learn more about Peter Sears, Oregon Poet Laureate visit: the Oregon Poet Laureate website and Peter Sears’ website.

Meeting Time

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333.

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking
  • 6:45-8:15 – WWotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Networking and Speaker’s Book Sales