From C. Steven Blue, a local Eugene Poet:
Hello Eugene Poets, My name is C. Steven Blue and I am a local Eugene Poet.
I am working with the Eugene Public Library to coordinate 2 poetry events this year:
- One for the summer reading series at the Eugene Public Library
- One for the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration in September, leading up to Eugene’s 150th Birthday on October 17th
I am seeking local Eugene poets to be involved in these 2 events.
The Summer Reading Series
The first event, The Summer Reading Series, will take place on 2 consecutive Saturdays, July 14 and July 21, 2012, from 1-5 p.m. The first Saturday will be a poetry workshop, and the second Saturday will be a reading day to showcase local poets.
This event will be open to the general public. We can probably expect about 30 people for the workshop. I am looking to put together a panel (maybe of 4 poets) to help run this event.
Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration
For the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration event, we have 3 hours on one day, Saturday, September 29, from 2-5 p.m. This event will also be open to the general public.
This will be a reading event of poetry with a theme of Eugene (such as its history, culture, politics, nature, etc.). I am looking to put together a panel to select the works and poets to read at this event. Also, I am considering a limited edition chapbook of the Eugene-themed poetry, to be given to recipients, the groups involved and the library.
Panel members will receive an honorarium for their participation. Participants at the Eugene 150th Birthday Celebration will receive the chapbook with the Eugene-themed poems. The library has suggested that participating poets could add their books to the library collection. We are also working on some other surprises.
Eugene Poets: Contact Steven to participate
I believe there are plenty of local poets out there who would love an opportunity like this to read their work and maybe have it published and/or read and available in the library.
If you would like to participate in or attend any of these events, please contact me, preferably by email, as soon as possible, so I can put together the panels and get rolling on these exciting events.
Thank you so much,
C. Steven Blue
Photo: Erik Bishoff