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Poet Peter Sears Speaks at Newport
October 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Willamette Writers Coast Branch is excited to host Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, who will be presenting from 2-4pm on Sunday, October 18th, in the McEntee Room at the Newport Public Library, with a reading of his work followed by a poetry workshop. This event is free and open to the public.
Peter Sears is the author of four full-length poetry collections – Tour, The Brink, Green Diver, and, a new collection, Small Talk, New and Selected Poems, from Lynx House Press (distributed by the University of Washington Press) this year. 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 (Scholastic Publishers). His poems have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Saturday Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones The Christian Science Monitor, and Rolling Stone, as well as such literary magazines such as Field, New Letters, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest , Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and Black Warrior Review. He has received artist grants and awards from Literary Arts (Stewart Holbrook Award), Western States Arts Federation, the Oregon Arts Commission, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Willamette Writers, and the Oregon State Library.
A graduate of Yale University (BA English) and the Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA in Poetry), Peter Sears has taught creative writing at Reed College and has 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 Mountain Writers Series year -round workshops. He is the founder of the Oregon Literary Coalition and co-founder of Friends of William Stafford and Cloudbank Books.
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. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Fishtrap, and splits his time between Corvallis and Portland.