Poet Laureate visits Hood River

Paulann Peterson presents reading, workshop Oct. 30

Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, brings her love of poetry and other writing to an afternoon creative writing workshop and an evening of poetry reading on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The creative writing workshop will take place at Columbia Gorge Community College’s Hood River campus, on the Heights, from 1-5 p.m. It is free and open to both CGCC students and members of the community.

“I am offering this writing workshop to help people generate new creative writing that is not genre-specific, to see where their writing will take them,” Petersen said. “Anyone interested in writing is welcome.”

Register for the workshop by contacting Susan Lewis at slewis@cgcc.cc.or.us or 541-506-6047. Space is limited.

That evening, Petersen will offer a poetry reading and discussion in the History Room of the Hood River County Library from 7-9 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.

Petersen was named to a two-year appointment as Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate by then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski on April 26, 2010. On April 12, 2012, Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed her to a second term.

“Paulann Petersen is the perfect choice to serve as Oregon’s poet laureate,” said Kulongoski. “Her wonderful poetry and her commitment to sharing her craft with the people of Oregon through her teaching and service exemplify the kind of person who is ideal to serve in this position.”

The poet laureate position is a collaborative project of the state’s five statewide cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office. The position is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by Oregon Humanities.

More information on the poet laureate program and history is found at oregonpoetlaureate.org


Paulann Petersen was born and raised in Oregon and spent half of her adult life in Klamath Falls. She is a committed teacher who has taught high school English and led dozens of workshops in schools, libraries, colleges and writer’s conferences across Oregon.

Petersen is a widely published poet, with five collections — “The Wild Awake” (2002), “Blood-Silk” (2004), “A Bride of Narrow Escape” (2006), “Kindle” (2008) and “The Voluptuary” (2010) — as well as chapbooks to her credit. Her poetry is featured on TriMet public transportation in Portland as part of Poetry in Motion as well as in many publications.

Petersen has received Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, two Carloyn Kizer Poetry Awards, and Literary Art’s Stewart Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon’s Literary Life.

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