Monday, June 27, 2011

Suzanne Sigafoos Celebrates New Poetry Collection

Please join us tonight at 7 pm as we welcome local poet Suzanne Sigafoos back to Broadway Books! Suzanne will be reading from her first collection of poetry, Held in the Weave, recently published by Finishing Line Press.

Suzanne began her writing journey in earnest at age 50, when she took a workshop at UC Berkeley Extension entitled "Appreciating and Writing Poetry," where she had the opportunity to share her writing out loud and to learn to give and receive critique.

After relocating to Portland in 1999, she found her poetry home with Mountain Writers, taking workshops with Michelle Glazer, Joseph Millar, Jennifer Grotz, Maxine Scates, and Paulann Petersen. She also attended a 10-day writing retreat in Port Townsend at Centrum, studying with Dorianne Laux. In 2002 she co-founded the group River Rock Writers, which meets twice each month to share writings and critiques.

Suzanne is an avid poetry reader and attender of poetry readings -- both of big-ticket national authors and of Portland's many gifted local poets. She has presented week-long creative writing workshops to third-, fifth-, and seventh-grade students in Portland Public Schools as part of Community of Writers, where she managed to sneak in much poetry appreciation! She currently volunteers as co-facilitator of a support group for elders, emphasizing finding and maintaining emotional well-being while living with the challenges of aging.

We last enjoyed the pleasure of Suzanne's poetry in 2007, when she read here with four other Portland poets who were included in the anthology Regrets Only: Contemporary Poets on the Theme of Regret, published by Little Pear Press.

We're so looking forward to welcoming Suzanne back to read and to celebrating the release of her new book. Please join us tonight for a delightful evening of poetry.

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