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 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.
Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM
Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333.
- 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