Birthday Celebration – Portland, OR

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January 14, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Broadway Books, Portland, OR
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR

Open to the Public: Yes
Admission: No
Event Host(s): Joanna Rose
Featured Guest(s): Turiya Autry, Mark Pomroy, Harold Johnson

Event Site Contact Info:
Name: Sally MacPherson
Phone: 503-284-1726

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For nearly two decades, Turiya Autry has spent her time educating, motivating, and inspiring audiences of all ages. Her work incorporates the arts, pop culture, and history with personal, community, and political struggles. Her latest project is a one woman show based on her book of poetry Roots, Reality & Rhyme. The first staged readings happen in late January as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival. Turiya’s provided feature performances, workshops, residencies, panels, and keynotes at over 20 colleges, hundreds of community venues and for over 50 different K-12 schools. Creating and delivering almost 20 unique university courses, across 4 departments, Turiya has built a veritable trunk show on culture and identity.
Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born in 1969. He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction and a residency at Caldera Arts. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, The Wordstock 10, Portland Magazine, The Oregonian, the Waco Tribune-Herald, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. A former classroom teacher, he holds an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was a Fellow in Teaching. OR State Univ Press recently published the Brightwood Stillness, his first novel.
Harold Johnson was born in Yakima and is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with degrees in English and art from the University of Portland and PSU, and taught English in high schools, grade schools and colleges. A former editor of Fireweed, his work is featured in many journals and anthologies, most recently New Poets of the American West. Now retired, he was an Africa-USA Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation of Lake Forest Illinois and has recently completed his first novel, and this year saw the release of his poetry collection, Citizenship.